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Morris, Parfitt Win Amidst Confusion

An action packed, and slightly confusing, two hour event saw the No. 31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, driven by Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr, take victory at Rockingham.

Race 2 Results

Rick Parfitt Jr would start the No. 31 from fifth on the grid and get a decent start, albeit losing a place to the No. 24 MacMillan Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of James Littlejohn who jumped up from eighth to third as the field ran up into turn two.

The racing would be brought to a halt temporarily not long after the start, after the No. 69 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT3 of Harry Gottsacker took a trip into the gravel at turn four, leading to the first of what would be three yellow flag periods in the race.

This bunched the field up nicely, and allowed Parfitt to pass the No. 11 TF Sport Aston Martin GT3 of Mark Farmer before the Bentley driver set off in pursuit of the leading trio of Derek Johnston, in the No. 1 TF Sport entry, Jon Minshaw, in the No. 33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, and Littlejohn.

Parfitt remained there until the pit stops where he handed over to Seb Morris and, due to success penalties from the previous rounds for the Minshaw and Johnston entries, he re-entered the race in second position behind the No. 24, now driven by Jack Mitchell.

Morris would quickly make inroads into Mitchell, eventually passing him with half an hour to go. Matt Griffin, in the No. 21 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3, would follow him through. The Bentley would be passed by the Ferrari not long after, although the Ferrari had a five second time penalty to serve due to Duncan Cameron exceeding track limits in the first half of the race.

Griffin would build an almost three second lead, before the third safety car of the day, caused by the No. 63 RCIB Insurance Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 of Matt Chapman going into the turn four gravel trap, would cut the gap back to nought.

This is where things got confusing: Griffin was waved around by the safety car and gifted a half lap lead over Morris, and this is how they crossed the line. Post-race however, it was adjudged that Griffin had used avoidable contact to pass Morris, awarding the win to the Bentley.

Littlejohn would put in a fantastic stint in the GT3 MacMillan Aston for the first hour, in order to keep up with the front runners and even leading for a while, whilst Mitchell would also defend superbly from Championship leader Phil Keen and Sam Tordoff, in the Barwell Lamborghinis, in the closing stages of the race to take third by under a hundredth of a second.

In GT4, William Tregurtha would drop to second on the first lap in the pole sitting No. 55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4, as Ciaran Haggerty got a fantastic start in the No. 100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S GT4 and had the lead by turn two.

This order would remain the same until the end of the race, when the No. 55, now driven by Stuart Middleton, would pass the No. 100, now in the hands of Sandy Mitchell, to take the win; a maiden victory for HHC Motorsport and the two young drivers.

The next round for the 2017 British GT Championship is set for May 27 – 28 for the Snetterton 300.

Alex MacDonald