[Circuit] British GT R2: Rockingham

4 Posted by - May 9, 2013 - Circuit, Photos, Supercars

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This weekend saw round 2 of the British GT come knocking at the doors of Rockingham Speedway. The purpose built ASCAR speedway track with technical infield circuit provided an interesting backdrop to the thunderous GT3 & 4 cars taking part!

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I have a massive soft spot for SLS’s, as will be come clear the more you read on…

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The sun graced the Northamptonshire venue all weekend long, something quite rare for a bank holiday weekend.

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Everything seems to be made of carbon fibre in this world of motorsport.

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The McLaren MP412C has some beautiful lines and details that can be easily missed.

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United Autosports brought along three of their GT3 complement, two MP412C’s and a R8 LMS Ultra.

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Fortec decided to start up one of their SLS’s on the air jacks and check the gearbox out…

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The team brought two of there SLS GT3′s along, its a shame blogs don’t do audio…!

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The first of the ‘endurance’ races of the saw the arrival of the foil coated fuel rigs to the pit lane.

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The aero setups on the GT3 cars are something to behold.

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The drivers control panel inside the SLS seemed fairly straight forward, crucial when the driver is heading around the banking at 140mph plus.

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The moments before you head to the grid allow the drivers to compose themselves.

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This naked carbon fibre Z4 GT3 caught our attention quite a fair bit.

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The Practice and Qualifying sessions on Sunday gave a chance for me to take a look around the circuit and reccy some locations for Monday’s race. Having never shot at Rockingham before I was a little apprehensive.

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Rockingham has a fairly flat layout so finding angles to keep the photos interesting can be quite tricky.

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Full face helmets and goggles are mandatory for pit crew when refueling takes place.

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The rolling start showed how many cars were entered into the two hour race, 32 cars would make the start.

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The amazing Scottish tartan livery of the Westbrook and Fisken 997 GT3 R on its way out of Yentwood.

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The Demon Tweeks sponsored 997 GT3 cuts through spectators who lined the banking of the Corby Speedway.

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During pit stops, the ‘wet’ pit lane can get quite busy – given the 30 plus cars that are entered.

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Rockingham suited the Porsche’s because of their ability to put power down out of the low to mid speed corners, this provided us with a Trackspeed Porsche 1,2,3 grid lock out with Nick Tandy/Dave Ashburn on pole.

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Jason Minshaw heads around the banking in the Fortec SLS keeping as tight to the wall as possible.

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Tom Wilson in his Molson sponsored Gt4 Aston Martin Vantage would go on to take a class victory

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The winning Trackspeed Porsche of Richard Westbrook and Gregor Fisken sits in parc ferme as the drivers make their way to the podium.

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…and time for the champagne.

We can’t wait for the next round of the British GT at Silverstone, make sure you set the  25th of May aside in your diary!

For full qualifying and race commentary please visit http://www.radiolemans.com/

British GT Official website: http://www.britishgt.com/

Photography and words: Will Belcher