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Brands Hatch set for epic GT battle on the Grand Prix circuit

Thursday, June 21 2012

The strongest and most open Avon Tyres British GT Championship field for years heads to Brands Hatch this weekend (23/24 June) for an epic two-hour battle between eleven marques, spread across two classes. Taking place on the Grand Prix circuit, the race will also feature pitstops for driver changes.

Brands Hatch hosts the championship's sixth race, and no driver pairing has yet to score more than one victory, although two of the Trackspeed team's three Porsche crews have crossed the line first. The result of this is an incredibly close title battle, with the Mtech Ferrari 458 of Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin leading Trackspeed's David Ashburn by less than ten points. Not far behind Richard Westbrook's sister Porsche are the 911 GT3s of Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti, from Wrotham's Motorbase outfit.

However whilst the legendary rivalry between the Ferrari and Porsche marques dominates the top of the table, their teams would be foolish to ignore the rest at Brands Hatch. The opening race at Oulton Park was dominated by two other German manufacturers, with the United Autosports Audi leading comfortably before problems on the last lap handed the win to the revived Ecurie Ecosse team's BMW Z4.

Also tasting success this year is the Beechdean-run Aston Martin DBRS 9 of Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam. The latter has quickly established a reputation as one of the championship's best drivers but the Nürburgring victory stands in stark contrast to a trying half-season for the team.

Promising performances from the Nissan GTR of Alex Buncombe and Jann Mardenborough have netted fifth place in the standings and a win cannot be far off, whilst twins David and Godfrey Jones are sure to hit back soon in their Mercedes SLS. With a Chevrolet Corvette and trio of Ginettas also in the field, expect an intense fight this weekend.

Leeds-based Ginetta dominate the GT4 class in both numbers and results, with Jody Fannin and Warren Hughes leading Zoe Wenham in the standings. However the Lotus Sport pairing of Phil Glew and Sailesh Bolisetti are sure to be on the pace, along with the improving Mazda of Mark Ticehurst and Owen Mildenhall.

The nature of GT racing ensures that each team's drivers differ in their abilities, so the car leading on lap one is unlikely to be in the same position at the end of the race. Whichever team crosses the line first on Sunday will have beaten one of the championship's best fields.

Tickets for the British F3/GT Championships at Brands Hatch on 23/24 June are available on the gate from £13, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.