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Photo: British GT, Jakob Ebrey

Barwell, TF Share Spoils at Snetterton

A beautiful day at Snetterton saw the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3, driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen, and the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston take a win apiece.

[Race 1 Results]

Jon Mishaw would start the Lamborghini from second place, alongside the #24 MacMillan Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 which would be piloted by Jack Mitchell during the first half of the race.

Mitchell had the better start of the entire field, quickly building a gap between he and Mishaw; who also set about gapping the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley of Rick Parfitt Jr and the sister #6 Barwell Lamborghini of Liam Griffin.

By the time the mandatory pit stops arrived, the MacMillan Aston was 14.2 seconds up the road, however, a combination of Minshaw pitting early and a five second success penalty earned from its third place finish at Rockingham would see Phil Keen bring the Lamborghini back out with a significantly smaller gap to the #24, now driven by James Littlejohn.

Keen took very little time to close the gap, breaking his own lap record in the process, but it took him until the final nine minutes to find a way past the impressively defensive Littlejohn. Once he had done though, that was it and he would eventually come home almost four seconds clear.

Sam Tordoff, now in the #6 Lamborghini, would also find a way past the Aston to make it a Barwell 1-2, whilst Littlejohn would hold on to third to complete the podium.

Race two saw a great start from Jonny Adam, as he leapfrogged Sam Tordoff to move up to second, just behind Phil Keen.

Keen could not be caught however, as he set about getting as much distance between he and Adam in order to compensate for the 10 second success penalty they had been handed due to the win earlier in the day. The gap had reached nine seconds by the time it had reached the pit stops.

Derek Johnston would have appeared from the pits in the lead of the race, had it not been for the stalled Ginetta which temporarily blocked the pitlane, leaving Minshaw to sail past into what looked like a race winning gap.

Two things would prevent this however: firstly, a safety car would be called to recover the stranded #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley of Callum MacLeod, secondly, the Minshaw car was found to have been slightly under the mandatory pitstop time, earning it a drive through penalty.

This allowed Johnston to bring the #1 car over the line in first for the first time since Rockingham last season. Tordoff and Griffin would come home second, whilst Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer, in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin, would offset their disappointing race one by rounding out the podium for race two.

In GT4, a 10 second success penalty would not be enough to stop Stuart Middleton and William Tregurtha taking their second consecutive win in the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 in race one. The Lanan Racing #51 Ginetta of David Pittard and Alex Reed and the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570s GT4 of Ciaran Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell would round out the podium.

Photo: British GT, Jakob Ebrey

In race two the #100 would come out on top, whilst Reed and Pittard would once again cross the line in the runner up spot. Completing the podium would be the #56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren of Joe Osborne and David Pattison.

[Race 2 Results]

Alex MacDonald