The circuit conditions for the 3-hour race were perfect, with all cars starting on slick
tyres. Stuart Hall driving the Stratton Motorsport # 91 machine led the field round on
the green flag lap and as the lights went out for the race start it was Stuart who led
from Olivier Bouche in the Stratton Motorsports with Immun`age and Osato # 22 car,
Tom Black in the Vantage Racing # 24 car was third. Paul Cripps in the MB Racing
# 7 car had a fantastic start and moved up from seventh on the grid to fifth by the
end of the first lap.
Ben Gulliver driving the Aston Martin Racing # 8 car also had a great start moving up
from tenth on the grid to eighth by lap 4, this was Ben’s first ever motor race but he was
already driving like a seasoned pro. By lap 5 Stuart Hall in car # 91 had already created
a 14 second lead; Stuart had to push hard as the # 91 car had been given a 120 second
penalty for Stuart being an FIA Gold level driver, this would be broken down into three
lots of 40 second sections to be served at the beginning of the cars three mandatory pit
There was a very closely fought battle going on for fifth spot with Sid Sadique in the # 88
Stratton Motorsport with 88 Racing car holding off Kenneth Greenberg in the Stratton
Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200 # 62 machine, he in turn was being pushed very hard
by Ben Gulliver in car # 8 and Desmond Smail in the Mardi Gras # 5 machine.
Desmond Smail in the # 5 Mardi Gras car was having a great battle with Chris Kemp in
the # 91 Stratton Motorsport car and the # 62 Stratton Motorsport with TeamWrinkle200
entry of Kenneth Greenberg.
By Lap 22, Stuart Hall had built up a very impressive lead of over one minute and as he
approached the first round of pit stops looked in very good shape. The first to pit was the
Aston Martin Racing # 8 machine with Ben Gulliver handing over driving duties to Dan
Shepherd; this was Dan’s first race in the GT4 Challenge of Great Britain as he normally
races in the Hong Kong touring car championship. Following the # 8 machine into the pit
lane was the leader with Stuart Hall, handing over driving duties to Chris Kemp in the
Stratton Motorsport car, before Chris could get in the car they had to take their driver
penalty of 40 seconds. The rest of the field all started to pit for their first of the three
mandatory stops and by lap 28 every one had completed their first pit stops. After
everything had settled down it was Chris Kemp driving the # 91 machine leading but he
was being chased down by Pierre Mantello now driving the # 22 Stratton Motorsports
with Immun`age and Osato car they in turn were being chased down by Alan Bonner
now driving the # 24 Vantage Racing car.
Pierre started to catch Chris and by lap 37 had reduced the lead to under a second and
on lap 38 he managed to find away passed the # 91 car going down the inside on the
way into Hamilton`s bend.
On Lap 53 there was a coming together between Tom Black in car # 24 and Adrian
Johnson in car # 14, Tom was lapping the # 14 machine but as Adrian tried to get out of
the way going into the Bomb Hole, Tom ran slightly wide on entry, spinning the Vantage
Racing car and collecting the Adrian Johnson Racing machine, taking both of them out
of the race. Adrian managed to get his car back to the pits but it was too badly damaged
to continue, Toms car couldn’t be moved and forced the race director to put out the
safety car to aid recovery of the stricken # 24 Aston Martin.