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Adam and Howard storm to victory in second British GT race

Sunday, June 22 2014

The reigning Avon Tyres British GT Champion team, Beechdean won a curtailed second race of the weekend, after a storming drive from Johnny Adam and team mate Andrew Howard at Snetterton today (Sunday).

Adam made the best getaway at the start of the race, with Adam Carroll falling in behind to defend from Joe Osborne and Jonny Cocker as the field rounded the opening corners. Adam drove a perfect first lap, but with an incident between Luke Hines, John Gaw and Andy Schulz leaving the two Aston Martins in the tyre wall at Riches, the race was red-flagged.

The resultant repairs to the tyre barrier took almost an hour to complete, and the race was restarted under the safety car, for a duration of 55 minutes. Unfortunately the M-Sport Bentley barely made 200 yards, but there were no such problems for Adam, who was given the all-clear to race when the safety car pulled into the pits after three laps. Even so, he backed the field up into Murray's, before pulling a useful lead on Carroll, who was busy defending his position in the face of an attack from Osborne and Cocker's BMWs. Tom Onslow-Cole and Matt Bell were also in the mix for the fight for second place, and race one winner Phil Keen was catching them too.

The pit window opened with Adam holding an eight second lead over the tense battle for second place, and with Keen a similar distance ahead of Richard Lyons' Ferrari, it looked as though the race would be fought by these seven cars, with the am drivers expected to take over at the last possible moment.

Carroll was the first of the leading group to blink, pitting four minutes before the window closed to hand over to Gary Eastwood. Adam was in on the next lap and was followed by the rest of the top seven. Predictably team mate Howard resumed in the lead, but the biggest winner was the United Autosports Audi, with Ian Dockerill taking second place, with Paul White in the Strata 21 Aston Martin third. Eastwood dropped to fourth, but was ahead of Osborne's team mate Lee Mowle, Ecurie Ecosse's Marco Attard and Trackspeed's Jon Minshaw.

One lap later and with tyres getting up to temperature, Eastwood was back in second from White and Dockerill. Minshaw, however, lost time and fell back, whilst Howard had managed to almost double the Beechdean car's advantage over the rest.

The Ferrari attempted to close the gap, but Howard was able to open up an advantage at will and the reigning champion duly took the chequered flag ahead of Eastwood and White. Behind them the Ecurie Ecosse and Triple 8 BMWs fought vigorously for honours as they tracked Dockerill's Audi, and with the recovering Minshaw now in the mix along with Mark Poole's Aston Martin, the fight went to the bitter end. Minshaw took fourth, from Mowle, Dockerill and Poole. Attard, meanwhile, ended up tenth behind Steve Tandy's Bentley and Pasin Lathouras' Ferrari.

Despite a misfire at the original start, the ISSY Racing Lotus Evora initially led the GT4 class before Team Parker's Dan Cammish passed Gavan Kershaw, who was then forced to abandon his car early on. After the stops Twisted Team Parker's Adrian Barwick and Beechdean's Ross Wylie demoted the Porsche. However a stop-go penalty for the Aston Martin was the result of a short pitstop, ending the team's bid to win both classes of the race.

This left Andrew Jarman in the TF Sport Aston Martin to take second but problems for the car promoted the Century Motorsport pairing of Rick Parfitt Jr and Morten Dons to complete the GT4 podium.

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Avon Tyres British GT Championship Race two
1, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam, GT3, 25 Laps
2, FF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Gary Eastwood/Adam Carroll, GT3, +13.799s
3, Strata 21, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Paul White/Tom Onslow-Cole, GT3, +24.682s
4, Trackspeed, Porsche 997 GT3 R, Jon Minshaw/Phil Keen, GT3, +28.986s
5, Triple 8, BMW Z4 GT3, Lee Mowle/Joe Osborne, GT3, +31.504s
6, United Autosports, Audi R8 LMS Ultra, Iain Dockerill/Matt Bell, GT3, +33.155s
7, MP Motorsport AMR, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Mark Poole/Richard Abra, GT3, +33.362s
8, Generation Bentley Racing, Bentley Continental GT3, Steve Tandy/James Appleby, GT3, +33.675s
9, AF Corse, Ferrari 458 Italia, Pasin Lathouras/Richard Lyons, GT3, +34.001
10, Ecurie Ecosse, BMW Z4 GT3, Marco Attard/Jonathan Cocker, GT3, 37.248s

The next major event at Snetterton is Modified Live on Saturday 5 July. Tickets are available for £12, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, or to book tickets click  here.