Four-way showdown for Avon Tyres British GT3 title
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship will come to a thrilling head at Donington Park this weekend (Sept 12/13), when no fewer than four teams will battle for the headlining GT3 title.
The Barwell Motorsport / Ecurie Ecosse pairing of Alexander Sims and Marco Attard lead the championship charge, going into the Donington finale at the top of the standings in their BMW Z4.
They have just two points over the Aston Martin Vantage of Beechdean AMR pairing, Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard.
Meanwhile, the similar Oman Racing Team Aston Martin of Scot Rory Butcher and Liam Griffin, plus the Triple Eight Racing BMW Z4 of Joe Osborne and Lee Mowle are also both mathematically able to take the crown at the Leicestershire circuit.
The championship title fight was blown wide open at the last round at a rain-soaked Snetterton track. Adam and Howard took a much-needed victory while an early off for joint points leader, Sims, left the door open for his rivals, setting up what promises to be a nail-biting finish to the 2015 season.
While the GT3 title is still up for grabs, the GT4 class title fell at Snetterton to Beechdean AMR crew, Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick – Chadwick becoming the first female winner of an Avon Tyres British GT crown.
The GT4 Pro/Am competition, reserved for full-time and gentleman driver crews, is still to be decided at Donington also, with three teams in the running. It is currently led by ISSY Racing’s Oz Yusuf and Gavan Kershaw.
The Donington finale will prove even more intense as it will be fought over a single, two-hour race on Sunday, September 13.
Gavin Johnson, Avon Tyres Development Manager – Motorsport, said, “The fast, sweeping curves of the historic Donington race circuit present engineers and drivers with unique challenges. Optimum performance will demand that teams extract the highest levels of grip from their tyres, on what is a very smooth, low abrasion track surface. A key part to this will be balancing tyre wear with accurate control of pressure and temperature.
“With the GT4 title decided at Snetterton, there will be an intense focus on the Pro/Am title, whereas the highly competitive GT3 category is still wide open. The two-hour race will ensure that team strategy, highly-polished pit stops and optimised tyre performance will provide a thrilling final round title decider.”