Closely fought championship switches to Snetterton

As the Avon Tyres British GT Championship heads for the power-hungry straights of the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk next weekend (4/5 July), the focus is on the exceptionally tight championship points situation. Five different driver pairings have taken overall race honours already this season, and just three points separates the top six drivers in the series. It's as close a season as anyone can recall.

Thanks to their maiden British GT race victory in Scotland earlier this month, and their podium-finishing consistency during the rest of the season, it's the Jones brothers, Godfrey and David, who lead the championship to Norfolk. Their Preci-Spark Ascari was ideally suited to the undulations and twists of Knockhill, and proved quick also at the start of the season at the faster circuits of Oulton Park and Spa-Francorchamps, which should bode well for their Snetterton pace.

But Snetterton's long straights and fast circuits will favour several of the Ascari's rivals also, not least the ABG Viper handled by Aaron Scott and Craig Wilkins. They took their first British GT win in Belgium in May and were victorious again in the wet-then-dry second race at Knockhill.

Then there's the Momo Mosler, in which erstwhile championship leader Daniel Brown plans to celebrate his 18th birthday in winning style at Snetterton. Dan, partnered by Stuart Hall, won both the Oulton races and was victorious in GT3 again - this time sharing duties at the wheel with Gregor Fisken - in one of the Rockingham rounds.

Next weekend young Brown will have to adapt himself to yet another co-driver, for he will share the Mosler with Martin Short, the boss of Cambridgeshire-based Rollcentre Racing. Short may be nearly three times Brown's age but he's lost none of the pace which has brought him countless British GT wins over the seasons, not least that which he scored with Fisken at Spa in May.

"It's half-way through the season and Dan has been bouncing into the lead of the championship and out again," said Short. "Gregor can't make Snetterton because of business commitments, so I am stepping in to give Dan the best help that I can. Snetterton has traditionally been my local track, and I have always enjoyed the racing in British GT, so I am looking forward to it and to supporting him with his championship bid."

The Ferrari brigade are expecting to put on a good show at Snetterton also, not least the Rosso Verde pairing of Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen, who topped the GT3 results sheet at Rockingham and who are reunited after Simonsen missed Knockhill in favour of a Ferrari drive at Le Mans.

After some dire luck in the early races, Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox now have the VRS Ferrari right on the money. They were second in GT3 at Rockingham and runners-up in both of the Knockhill races also.

All the Ferrari bad luck seems to have landed in the laps of MTECH Ferrari duo Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, whose 430 Scuderia has proven as fragile as it is beautiful. It would have won in Scotland but for a major mechanical failure almost within sight of the chequered flag.

Chad Racing celebrated a maiden podium finish last time out, and regular pilot Chris Hyman is rejoined for Snetterton by Paul Warren. Another GT3 car to watch out for in Norfolk is the mighty Ford GT - a race winner here in 2008 - which is driven this season by RPM men Michael Bentwood and Philip Walker.

Two cars which missed the Knockhill rounds - the Barwell-Beechdean Aston Martin and the Barwell Motorsport Invitation Class Ginetta G50Z - return for Snetterton, with Andrew Howard and Jamie Smyth handling the former and Piers Johnson partnering Rockingham outright race victor Olly Bryant in the latter.


The GT4 class battle at Snetterton could see Yorkshireman Jody Firth put the championship title virtually beyond the reach of any his rivals. Firth now has a clear solo championship lead as his regular co-pilot, 17-year-old Nigel Moore, was away making history as the youngest-ever British driver at Le Mans earlier this month when he might otherwise have been driving the Team WFR Ginetta at Knockhill.

There was a new GT4 class victor last time out in the shape of Stark Racing duo Ian Stinton and Paul Marsh. Stinton returns solo to the fray at Snetterton with his Ginetta, hoping for a repeat win.

The championship is sponsored by Avon Tyres and is further supported by motorsport insurance specialist AON, by Sunoco Racing Fuels and by Anglo American Oil Company.

sportSo, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Arts and Entertainment
Dennis speaks to his French teacher
tvThe Boy in the Dress, TV review
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia was one of the 300 US cinemas screening
filmTim Walker settles down to watch the controversial gross-out satire
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Life and Style
Mark's crab tarts are just the right size
food + drinkMark Hix cooks up some snacks that pack a punch
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Arts and Entertainment
Madonna is not in Twitter's good books after describing her album leak as 'artistic rape and terrorism'
music14 more 'Rebel Heart' tracks leaked including Pharrell Williams collaboration
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all