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Double Aston success at Snetterton British GT

Sunday, May 27 2018

Aston Martin Vantage's claimed victories in the two British GT races at Snetterton today (Sunday), as Britain's top sportscar series delivered a dramatic double header at the Norfolk circuit. 

The TF Sport pairing of Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim converted their race one pole position into victory, finishing seven seconds ahead of the Jetstream Motorsport Aston of Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin.

Farmer led from pole at the start and stayed there for much of the opening stint until Graham Davidson and Rick Parfitt Jnr found their way past as the race clock ticked past one-third's distance.

However, the timing of a Safety Car - to recover Balfe Motorsport's stranded McLaren GT4 - would turn the race on its head. The contest was still neutralised when the pit window opened on the 25-minute mark, prompting all-but two cars - both of them GT4s - to stream into a busy pitlane.

With no success penalty to serve Jetstream's Aston Martin should have re-joined with its advantage intact. However, a radio issue and subsequent confusion allowed TF Sport's Nicki Thiim to assume a lead he would never lose. Indeed, the Dane completed a straightforward run to the chequered flag 7.4s ahead of Maxime Martin, who claimed his and Davidson's maiden British GT podium.

There was a grandstand finish in the second race as the TF Sport Aston of Derek Johnston and Marco Sorensen claimed victory by just over half a second after an hour long contest, with Andrew Howard and Darren Turner securing second in their Aston Martin.

Astons filled the top four, as the Farmer/Thiim car held off Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam by just 0.364s.

In the co-headlining BRDC British F3 Championship races, there were victories for Manuel Maldonado, cousin of Former F1 ace Pastor Maldonado, and for Swedish driver Linus Lundqvist, who reclaimed the championship lead. 

The next major event at Snetterton is the Bennetts British Superbike Championship on 15-17 June. Tickets are available in advance from £28 for adults, with free entry for children aged 13 and under. For more information or to book, click here