Round 3 of the British GT came from Silverstone this weekend. Billed as the spectator’s favourite with a fantastic support race package and live coverage of the 3 hour event on Motors TV it was surely not going to let us down and deliver a fantastic spectacle.
Oliver Bryant and Marco Attard in the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 managed to secure pole on the Saturday with a blistering 2:02.600.
Yet again the weather didn’t fail to disappoint either, splashes of white fluffs in the sky broke up the otherwise scorching sunlight.
During some down time I took the opportunity to have a snoop around the pit lane, on my travels I spotted this unusual entrant to the BGT.
Tyre performance is taken very seriously in the British GT, these tents would store tyres prior to the teams runs. If the sun wasn’t enough to heat these black tents, they cranked the space heaters up to full blast!
Prospeed Competition’s No 48# Porsche 997 GT3R had a rather fetching livery that caught the eye.
Who needs to bring spares to an event when you can just bring a spare car.
All teams had packed wets as a precaution, not sure they would be needed though.
Finally the call came to grid up, Ahmed Al Harthy gets himself ready to head to the grid. You’ll notice the bungee cord attached to the seat belts, this prevents them from flapping about during frantic pit stop driver changes.
One of the many FF Corse entered Ferrari 458 Italia GT3′s heads out to the grid ready for the start of the race.
Ahmed Al Harthy sits patiently in the Oman Air Motorbase 997 GT3R on the start finish straight waiting for the 5 minute board.
Green lights and the #79 BMW Z4 of Attard and Bryant makes a clean get away from the pursuing pack of Trackspeed ran 997′s.
As the day progressed heat haze started to become an ever increasing problem, the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage GT3 shimmers in the mirage left at Stowe.
Not something you see racing in the UK an awful lot, this Chevrolet Camaro SS GT4 weaves its way through Becketts.
Another impressive livery wrapped around the #80 Barwell Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Poole and Abra.
Blendini brought along this beast as well as there Ginetta G50 GT4, I think I know which one I’d prefer.
The #18 FF Corse 458 GT3 of Eastwood and Barff heads down the Hanger Straight in pursuit of the competition.
The Oman Air Motorbase 997 GT3R heads onto the National Pits Straight whilst being chased down by another FF Corse 458 GT3.
Silverstone can be quite hard on the tyres especially in temperatures like that of the weekend, a delaminated tyre is a team’s worst nightmare, this puncture lead the retirement of the #27 car.
Compulsory helmet and goggles for the refuelers, not sure he cares as Fortec seem to be doing it right here.
Caine would bring home the Oman Air Motorbase 997 GT3R in a respectable 9th given the stop and go penalty served in the last hour of the race.
From Pole to Flag the Attard and Bryant peddled Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 provided a faultless performance, P1 never tasted sweeter.
Jonny Adam gets caught for an interview before taking the 2nd step on the podium with fellow Beechdean AMR driver, Andrew Howard.
And thats it, time for the champagne. As the teams pack up here lots will be wondering what could have been, Snetterton is only 3 weeks away so not long to wait until mistakes can be corrected.
British GT Official website: http://www.britishgt.com/
Photography and words: Will Belcher