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Parker Dominates at Silverstone

Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr took a dominant victory in the Silverstone 500, after pace and pit strategy kept the No. 31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 at the front of the pack.

Silverstone 500 Results

Parfitt took the first stint, and started the No. 31 machine from second place on the grid. He would not stay there for long, however, as he made his way past the pole-sitting No. 24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Jack Mitchell coming out of the first turn.

The Bentley would then continue to gap the rest of the field and build a very comfortable margin by the time the first pit stop came around; interestingly, Parfitt was the first of the leaders to the pits after just over 40 minutes in. The timing was just over the minimum stint time permitted by regulations.

Morris continued the good work, by building over a 40-second gap by the time the second pit stop came around, giving Parfitt a healthy buffer for his second 40 minute stint. A spin caused by contact with the No. 11 TF Sport Aston Martin of Mark Farmer would be the only blip in his second stint.

With just under 50 minutes to go, Morris jumped back in the Bentley, and ran a sublime final stint to bring the No. 31 machine over the line with a very comfortable one minute and three second gap over James Littlejohn, in the No. 24 Macmillan Aston Martin.

Matt Griffin brought the No. 21 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 to the finish in third place after a solid race from himself and Duncan Cameron, whilst pre-race championship leaders Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw would finish fourth in their No. 33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

In GT4, the race was less clear cut with all of the top five seemingly able to take the win as the race entered the final hour; but it would be the No. 72 Track-Club McLaren 570S GT4 of Adam Mackay and Adam Balon which would prevail at the end of the 180 minute duel.

The start of the race would see another McLaren come to the fore, as Ciaran Haggerty, in the No. 100 Black Bull Garage 59 entry, would pass pole-sitter William Tregurtha, in the No. 55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4, to take the lead on the first lap. William Phillips followed him through in the No. 42 Macmillan Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4, demoting the blue and white Ginetta to third.

More grief would strike the pole-sitter, and championship leader coming into the race, as the No. 55 came to a stop on track within the first ten minutes, effectively ending any chance of a victory challenge.

The final half an hour saw that great five way battle for the lead, only interrupted by a drive-through penalty for the second place No. 100, due to a short pit stop.

Mackay would prevail, whilst Matt Nicoll-Jones in the No. 62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 came home in second, the No. 29 In2 Racing McLaren of Matty Graham finished third, and the No. 42 ended up fourth with Jan Jonck at the wheel.

Alex MacDonald