Champions crowned at Donington Park hosts sensational British GT finale
A number of champions were crowned at Donington Park today (Sunday, 13 September), as the circuit hosted the final round of the British GT Championship, and penultimate rounds of the BRDC F4 Championship.
Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam were crowned champions in British GT, the pair emerging on top of the pile after a barely believable final race of the season which saw many of the four title contenders crash out or suffer misfortune.
Heading into the race, four teams were in contention for the title, but it wasn’t long before the contenders struck trouble. On the third lap of the two hour race, championship leader Marco Attard spun from third down to 13th and shortly afterwards, Liam Griffin, another challenger for the title, was forced out of the race after suffering damage in a collision with title rival Lee Mowle. Mowle was able to continue but Griffin retired to the pits. Having already encountered drama, Attard dropped out of the race for good after crashing out, meaning reigning champions Howard and Adam simply needed to keep their nose clean to win the title for the second year running.
The drama all happened in the first 30 minutes of the race, leaving the Aston Martin of Derek Johnson and Matt Bell well clear at the front to take victory ahead of TF Sport Aston Martin team mates Andrew Jarman and Jody Fannin. Fifth place was enough for Howard and Adam to take their second successive title win.
Meanwhile in the co-headlining BRDC F4 Championship, Will Palmer, the son of ex-F1 racer Jonathan Palmer, and brother to Lotus F1 test driver Jolyon, took two wins today to secure the championship title a round early. Palmer’s wins came in dominant style, but the racing behind was intense as Donington proved a perfect circuit for single seaters to put on a show for the very strong crowd of race fans.
F4 also provided a moment of history at Donington Park, as Harrison Newey, son of F1 designer Adrian Newey, took his first ever car racing win in the championship’s first race yesterday. Newey and Palmer were also recipients of special awards from the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC).
Champions were also crowned in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, with James Kellett taking the title after another dramatic late twist, as well as Aaron Mason taking glory in the Volkswagen Racing Cup. There was further intense racing from the Ginetta Racing Driver’s Club, and from Formula Jedi.
The next event at Donington Park is the MotorSport Vision Racing Championships next weekend (19-20 September), with action from a range of saloon and sports cars. For more information, visit www.donington-park.co.uk.