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BRITISH GT: Sims and Leung win GT3 race as Loggie clinches title

Sunday, October 16 2022

Alexander Sims and Darren Leung won the final round of the 2022 Intelligent Money British GT Championship at Donington Park for Century Motorsport with Ian Loggie taking the title in a hectic race for the GT3 class.

Sims and Leung took the win by avoiding any mistakes whilst their rivals encountered difficulties. Polesitters Abba Racing had led convincingly at the start before retiring from the lead after 45 minutes, a second retirement from first position in two races for the Neary duo. The baton was then handed to the Orange Motorsport McLaren of Simon Orange and Michael O'Brien who led into the pitstop phase from the Century Motorsport duo.

During the pitstops, the Century Motorsport team were much slicker and once everything had shaken out had more than a five second lead on the RAM Racing car of Ian Loggie and Jules Gounon. Orange Motorsport had dropped to fifth with Barwell Motorsport and Enduro Motorsport also taking advantage.

The pitstop phase solidified the GT3 title for Loggie who had made life extremely difficult for himself during the opening stint. After taking avoiding action into the gravel at Redgate on the first lap of the race, Loggie had to recover through the entire field. After a couple of laps he had cleared the majority of the GT4 class but then on the exit of Goddards, he spun putting the power down and had to the work all again. A fortunate safety car after two McLarens collided and a clean pitstop launched the RAM car into race contention and a comfortable championship position.

With 45 minutes to go, a second safety car period due to debris and barrier repairs closed up the field and for the remainder of the race, Gounon hunted Sims. BMW versus Mercedes. Neither driver put a foot wrong and despite immense pressure Sims came home to seal the victory with Gounon under a second behind as runner-up but with the title secure for Loggie.

Third place went to Enduro Motorsport partnership of Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton with Orange Motorsport recovering the fourth following issues for fifth placed Barwell Motorsport (Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon).

The Barwell Motorsport duo succeeded in taking second in the championship with five points in their favour over Enduro Motorsport in third.

In GT4, Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding's Steller Motorsport Audi clinched the hugely tight class championship with a second placed finish behind the imperious Toyota GAZOO Racing UK of Jordan Collard and Tom Edgar. The Toyota was hardly phased as they took a class victory by 16.902 seconds.

Second place in the standings went to the Newbridge Motorsport Aston Martin driven by Matt Topham and Darren Turner who marginally beat R Racing's Jamie Day and Josh Miller.

Intelligent Money British GT Championship GT3 Results

  1. Leung/Sims, Century Motorsport, 76 Laps
  2. Loggie/Gounon, RAM Racing, +0.558
  3. Tillbrook/Clutton, Enduro Motorsport, +1.836
  4. Orange/O'Brien, Orange Motorsport, +5.787
  5. Balon/Mitchell, Barwell Motorsport, +10.613
  6. Flewitt/Hankey, 7TSIX, +25.742
  7. Howard/Proctor, Beechdean AMR, +44.245
  8. Davidson/Walker, 2 Seas Motorsport, +54.103
  9. Cottingham/Williamson, 2 Seas Motorsport, +1.08.422
  10. Borodin/Pead, Greystone GT, +1 Lap

For full race result, click here.