Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod broke their British GT Championship duck by claiming a maiden GT3 victory with Team Parker Racing and Bentley in today day’s second race at Spa-Francorchamps. Meanwhile, Charlie Fagg and Matthew Graham’s Ebor GT Maserati sealed a second class win in the space of just over four hours in Belgium.
Jon Minhsaw might have added to his Race 1 victory but span out of the lead following contact with a GT4 car, which allowed Team WRT’s Alain Ferte and Stuart Leonard to claim their second runners-up spot of the day. They took the chequered flag just 0.3s behind the winning Continental GT3, while Macmillan AMR’s Jack Mitchell and James Littlejohn completed the overall podium a further 11.8s behind.
HHC Motorsport’s Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton went one better than their GT4 third place in Race 1 by passing David Pattison and Joe Osborne’s Tolman Motorsport McLaren on the final lap.
GT3: LOGGIE AND MACLEOD FINALLY FULFIL POTENTIAL
Winning the day’s first race meant Minshaw and Barwell Motorsport co-driver Phil Keen carried a 10s pitstop success penalty into the second. And having survived the opening lap onslaught, the latter duly set about converting pole position into a lead big enough to negate the handicap.
While the Lamborghini pulled clear, Carlo van Dam – up two places from fourth on the grid – held off front-row starter Macleod, the second Barwell Huracan driven by Patrick Kujala, Jonny Adam’s TF Sport Aston Martin and Seb Morris, who dropped from third to sixth at the start in Team Parker’s championship-chasing Bentley.
Meanwhile, Stuart Leonard – who was relegated six places on the grid for a Race 1 infringement – benefitted from lap one contact at Les Combes between Ryan Ratcliffe and Adam Christodoulou, which also subsequently involved Sam Tordoff. Seventh then became sixth just before the pitstops when Kujala retired.
Keen’s rapid opening stint ensured Minshaw retained the lead after the pit window closed despite remaining stationary for 10s longer than Loggie. However, the Bentley was on a charge and had slashed the gap from 4.4s to 0.9s when the Lamborghini spun while trying to avoid a recovering GT4 car.
Alain Ferte also moved into contention after the pitstops and benefitted from Rick Parfitt Jnr – who would have inherited second from Minshaw – picking up a drive-through penalty for multiple track limits violations across his and Morris’ stints. But although the Team WRT Audi kept Loggie honest over the closing laps, the Scot never looked overly threatened after backing off.
Fourth might have gone to Van Dam and Kessel Racing co-driver Piti Bhirombhakdi, but the pair had 30s added to their race time at the chequered flag in lieu of a drive-through penalty for a short pitstop.
Instead, the spate of issues and penalties played into the hands of Macmillan AMR whose Silver Cup pairing of James Littlejohn and Jack Mitchell came through from 11th to finish on the podium. It was a similar story for TF Sport’s Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes, and the Kornely Motorsport Mercedes-AMG driven by Kenneth Heyer and Patrick Assenheimer, who kept their noses clean to complete the top-five.
Adam and Derek Johnston were sixth in the second of TF Sport’s Aston Martins after the latter half-spun while attempting to pass Bhirombhakdi’s Ferrari. They finished ahead of Morris and Parfitt Jnr – whose penalty was compounded by spinning in avoidance of Minshaw’s stationary Lamborghini – and the penalised Kessel Ferrari. Minshaw recovered to pinch ninth from Lee Mowle’s AMDtuning.com Mercedes-AMG in the closing stages.
Minshaw and Keen therefore increase their championship lead from four to 12 points over Parfitt Jnr and Morris, while another podium for Mitchell and Littlejohn lifts them up to third, albeit 47.5 behind the leaders.
Elsewhere, Morris won the Sunoco Fastest Lap Award, and set a new British GT3 benchmark for Spa, with his Race 1 best of 2m18.821s, while Loggie’s Race 2 performance earned him the Blancpain Gentleman Driver of the Weekend trophy.