The #1 AMR and #7MB Racing cars made contact at Druids, however this was ruled to be a racing incident by race control and no further action was taken. The pit widow opened on the 30th minute, with the pit lane becoming congested very quickly as the teams made their mandatory stops. By lap 23, Stuart Hall and John Gaw were enjoying a close fight in their GT3s, John in the newer Kinfaun Vantage GT3 being tested by Hall in the older DBRS9.
The win that Oliver Bouche & Pierre Mantello took on the previous day would not be repeated due to a lengthy pit stop following a puncture on their #22 Stratton Motorsport car dropping them down the order. James Martin, now driving the #1 AMR was narrowly avoided as he exited the pits by the #80 Barwell Motorsport & #77 Bilstein cars as they scrapped for a the podium positions behind Villois.
As the race progressed in to the afternoon, there was mechanical issues for the both the #87 Drayson Racing GT3 and the #29 GPR Vantage GT4, both retiring on the GP loop. As Villois maintained their commanding lead, Calum Lockie, now in the #27 Track-Club.com car assumed the lead of the GT4 class after putting in some blistering laps.
With less than 10 minutes of the race to run, a flurry of drive through penalties was issued by race control for yellow flag infringements. The culprits included the leading #100 Villois car, being driven by Massimiliano Wiser. The driver through cut the lead to only a few seconds, with John Gaw pushing hard in the black & blue GT3. At the flag, Wiser managed to hold on to the win by 5.475 seconds, rounding off a dominant afternoon for the Italian squad. John Gaw & Phil Dryburgh took 2nd with Richard Abra & Mark Poole taking 3rd.
The GT4 class was won by Calum Lockie & Kevin Norville, ahead of Angelos Metaxa & Andrew Jarman in 2nd with Desmond Smail & Richard Meins taking third.
The race was a fantastic celebration of Aston Martin Racing and the extended family that we have. We thank each and every one of you for making the weekend so special.
The next round of the GT4 Challenge of Great Britain takes place at Spa on July 26 & 27. Anyone interested in hospitality passes to attend as a spectator/guest or competing in the race on an ‘arrive and drive’ basis with Stratton Motorsport should go to www.astonmartin.com/gt4challenge for further information.