[Circuit] British GT R7: Donington

1 Posted by - October 12, 2013 - Circuit, Photos, Supercars

The seventh and final round of the British GT was held at the former F1 Donington Race circuit last weekend. With only 21 points separating the top ten drivers and 37.5 points on offer, it was going to be quite the spectacle come race day. We have massively enjoyed covering the Brititsh GT this year and can’t wait to see what they have to offer next year.

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The Donington paddock was filled to bursting with supporting race series from the Ginetta Juniors and VW Racing Cup.

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Track Speed had brought along their full contingent of Porsche 911 GT3 R’s. Spotted these tyres on there way to the garage no doubt ready for the impending qualifying session.

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Fishing line beats having to get the car laser aligned before every session.

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With the drivers in a ready to go it was time to get qualifying under way.

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As with most events this year, qualifying gave me an opportunity to scout out some locations around the circuit to shoot from.

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Joe Osborne stormed to pole position in the 888Optimum BMW Z4 GT3, he shares the car with Lee Mowle.

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The Beechdean Aston Martin GT3 Vantage makes it’s way back to the pits after qualifying 6th. Would this be enough for Andrew Howard to clinch championship victory come race day?

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The morning of race day gives a select few the opportunity to wonder around the grid prior to green lights. Snapping through the window and catching this driver moments before the race it does leave me thinking what could possibly be going through their minds?

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For most starts at Donington there is a rather large gathering of photographers right at the end of the start/finish straight. With this in mind I decided, with another tog, to head down to the bottom of the Craner Curves and capture the start from there. As the safety car pulled in, the cars came thundering down the start/finish straight hang a right into Redgate and then  into view.

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After they head down the Craner Curves and through the Old Hairpin they pass under Starkeys Bridge, unfortunately now missing its famous silhouette of a passenger aircraft.

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After almost straight lining the Schwantz Curve they then arrive at McLeans. Current championship leader Howard leads a pack of GT3 cars into the right hander.

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The Fogarty Esses provided an opportunity to catch some of the GT3 cars on overrun, this Ginetta GT3 was a constant tease with its will it won’t it spew flames from the rear every lap!

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Standing within 20 feet of the same spot on the outside of Roberts you really are spoiled for angles as the Melbourne Hairpin spits cars at you up to Goddards.

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Al Harthy and Caine were title contenders for this weekends race after finishing every single round in the points so far this season. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as an early accident forced them down the running order and ironically out of the points.

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I think the award for most photogenic car this year goes to the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3′s.

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I think the jury is still out on the Ginetta G55 GT3′s…

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Beechdean AMR finished in 4th which handed Andrew Howard his maiden British GT Championship title. I wanted to make sure I was up there to capture the moment he and his team celebrated as the car crossed the line.

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Robb  Barff climbs out of the FF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, he finished a very respectable P2.

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Andrew laments his championship win by dousing his opponents in Champagne.

TV Highlights from this round will be shown at 0300hrs on the 16th of October on CH4.

It’s been a fantastic year and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people, I can’t wait to repeat it next year. Thanks to Chris “accommodation” Gurton, James “results” Broomhead, Adam “cloud hunter” Piggot, Kev “laptop secuity” Mc Glone and many, many more!

For official press releases and other official British GT info please visit: http://www.britishgt.com/