Aston Martin reign over Snetterton as they take five of six podium places
PUBLISHED: 19:37 27 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:37 27 May 2018
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The Aston Martin V12 Vantage ruled Snetterton as they locked out five of the six British GT Championship podium places with victory shared between Nicki Thiim/Mark Farmer and Derek Johnston/Marco Sorensen.
A mid-race safety car interlude disrupted the opening race and allowed Thiim to race the Aston Martin Vantage, he shared with Farmer, to victory.
Graham Davidson had forced his Aston Martin into the lead prior to the interlude in the action, having unseated Farmer, and finished up in second place with Maxime Martin at the wheel.
The Phil Keen/Jon Minshaw Lamborghini Huracan completed the podium, after Minshaw had been an early challenger for the lead, while in the GT4 category the McLaren 570S of David Pattison/Joe Osborne was successful.
The top four teams pitted together to exchange drivers in race two with Johnston emerging first from the pit lane, unhindered by success time penalties, but had to hold his nerve as Andrew Howard, who co-drove with former Norfolk resident Darren Turner, was constantly in his rear view mirror.
Farmer made sure of a second podium place building upon Thiim’s excellent early work while the GT4 race victory changed hands two minutes from the end when Ben Tuck passed Lewis Proctor at the Bomb Hole.
Victory in the opening British Formula Three race for Nicolai Kjaergaard drew the Danish racer level in his championship battle with Linus Lundqvist whose late race error at Hamilton saw him lose second place to Kush Maini.
Topcroft racer Harry Webb made a stunning debut in the series by claiming fifth place just unable to unseat fast starting Jordan Cane.
Manuel Maldonado made good use of pole position in the reverse grid race two to lead throughout chased home by Krish Mahadik while race one winner Kjaergaard had overtaken 11 cars but a clash with Tom Gamble at Palmers on lap three saw him end up in the safety barrier.
Meanwhile Lundqvist kept his cool and fought his way up the order to fourth place, to re-establish himself as the series leader, with Webb stopping for new tyres and therefore finishing in 11th place. Lundquist controlled the third race to increase his series lead to 30 points while Nicolai Kjaergaard tried everything he knew to force an error without success.
Webb held fifth throughout fortunate not to be taken out by Gamble who had a high speed spin at Hamilton on the opening lap and just missed the local driver’s car as he careered across the grass.