Rick Parfitt Jr and Seb Morris took the No. 31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 to the top step of the podium, handing them the points lead going into the season finale at Donington Park in September.
Parfitt started the No. 31 from fifth place on the grid, after a wet qualifying session yesterday had seen title rivals Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen dominate proceedings in conditions which suit the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 more than the Bentley.
The first quarter of an hour saw most of the frontrunners hold station, albeit within close proximity of each other. Parfitt tailed Liam Griffin, in the No. 6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini, for that period and finally found a way through with a little assistance from the first encounters with the slower GT4 traffic.
The big Bentley then set its sights on third place, held by Mark Farmer in the No. 11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. There wasn’t much of a wait this time, as a small mistake from Farmer allowed both Parfitt and Griffin through.
A bigger challenge lay ahead, with the leading pair having a comfortable gap due to the time taken by the Parker car in previous battles.
Brighter conditions seemed to also hamper the race pace of the No. 33, as Parfitt caught the Huracan quite rapidly, and proceeded to quickly dispatch the Demon Tweeks liveried car after a small mistake was made at turn two; no second invitation was needed for Parfitt.
James Littlejohn, in the No. 24 MacMillan AMR Aston Martin, was lapping quickly up front and keeping the No. 31 at bay, until a throttle issue just before the pit window opened sent them to the garage and out of proceedings. This handed a very comfortable lead to Parfitt, as he had a 20 second lead over Farmer in the TF Sport Aston.
Seb Morris emerged from the pits after the stops with a 26 second lead, and he would remained unchallenged for what turned out to be a very comfortable run in to the flag, crossing the line with an astounding gap of 33.838 seconds.
Jan Jonck and Will Phillips took the honours in GT4, in the No. 42 MacMillan AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4, giving the team something to smile about after the disappointment of the GT3 car being ruled out in the first half of the race.
Joe Osborne brought the No. 56 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570s GT4 home in second, after a second half charge saw him rise from sixth to second, after a solid run from David Pattison in the first half brought the car into the pits in one piece.
A third place for Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha, in the No. 55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 means that they extend their championship lead in GT4, as the rival No. 51 Lanan Racing Ginetta hit issues early on, leading to them finishing outside the points.
Both of the top qualifiers in GT4 had days to forget; an early driveshaft failure resulted in a DNF for the No. 62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin of Will Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones, whilst the No. 100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren would crash out on the penultimate lap whilst fighting to retain third position.