Beechdean triumph in Rockingham rain as the championship front-runners stumble

4 09 2011

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin braved the rain at Rockingham to take the win (Pic: BritishGT)

BEECHDEAN Motorsport took a comprehensive victory in a rain-soaked first race at Rockingham finishing nearly a minute ahead of their closest rival.

The Aston Martin of Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam took the win with the Preci-Spark Mercedes of David and Godfrey Jones in second and the consistent Trackspeed Porsche of David Ashburn and Phil Keen completing the podium.

After torrential rain in the morning warm-up session feelings in the paddock were mixed as to what set up to run and it was the  Aston Martin that made the most of the conditions with Howard and latterly Adam leading from the Mercedes of the Jones brothers.

The rain seemed to be clearing up with the track drying out as the start approached but with the race underway the rain started to fall again and those on the wrong tyres had to dive in to the pits to get their wet weather tyres on.

Championship leaders Matt Bell and Michael Guasch managed only tenth place and their title rivals, the Geddie father-son combo, failed to capitalise having to start the race from the pitlane and ended 12th. Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron, third in the title hunt, only managed 11th throwing the championship wide open.

The Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 of Jody Firth and Stefan Hodgetts produced a stunning display to finish fourth, only failing to make the podium after contact with the Trackspeed Porsche late on.

Sole GT3-B runners, John Dhillon and Aaron Scott finished fifth overall with Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari fifth, also setting the fastest lap, a 1;36;769.

Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman continued their debut season with a seventh place but struggled to match the leaders’ pace finishing a lap down. Adam Wilcox managed to put aside brake trouble and with Phil Burton brought the Ferrari 430 Scuderia home in eighth just ahead of the Ginetta G55 of Ian Stinton and Michael Simpson in ninth.

In GT4, Dan Denis and David McDonald followed up their victory at Spa with another class win finishing a lap ahead of the two Lotus’. Freddy Nordstrom and Leyton Clarke took second in class ahead of Lotus Sport UK teammates Ollie Jackson and Phil Glew and have closed the gap on the KTM X-Bow championship leaders. The open top racer of Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton came fifth and last in the GT4 class showing that this title race is not over either.

Race One Results

GT3 & overall

1  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam 1h 1m 35.928s / 68.02mph

2 Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Phil Keen +41.965

3 Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +58.425s

4  Century Motorsport  Ginetta Jody Firth/Stefan Hodgetts +1:11.225s

5  MTECH Ferrari John Dhillon/Aaron Scott + 1:28.880s

6  Rosso Verde Ferrari Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen +1:36.514s

7  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman +1 lap

8  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  +1 lap

9  Stark Racing Ginetta  Ian Stinton/Michael Simpson  +1 lap

10  United Autosports Audi  Michael Guasch/Matt Bell +1 lap etc

Fastest lap: Simonsen 1m 36.769s / 72.17mph

GT4

1  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  +1 lap

2  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  34 laps

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus Ollie Jackson/Phil Glew 34 laps etc

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Adam and Howard to race Aston Martin DBRS9 in 2011 British GT

3 03 2011

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9

The Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Pic: BritishGT)

EX-BTCC driver Jonathan Adam has been confirmed alongside Andrew Howard to drive an Aston Martin DBRS9 for the 2011 British GT season.

Highly-rated Adam, 26, will form a driver pairing with 2009 British GT podium finisher Howard, in the Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9.

Adam, who drove an Airwaves BMW in the 2009 BTCC but did not have a full-time seat in 2010 is relishing the chance of racing competitively again.

The Scot, who won on his sports car debut in 2010 driving a Ginetta G50 at Knockhill, told the official website that he was excited to be challenging in the British GT.

He said: “We tried to do BTCC but we couldn’t get the funding. It’s good to be back and I’m excited about doing British GT.

“I shouldn’t have too many problems getting used to the car.

“There are a lot of new cars so it will be a tough year, but I can’t see why we can’t challenge for regular podiums and finish in the top three or four in the championship.”

And with more driver announcements due in the next week, team-mate Howard is optimistic about the strength of the field for the 2011 season.

He added: “The field looks the strongest it has been for many years.

“Although the Aston is getting on a bit it is incredibly reliable and, at the right tracks, still a very fast car.”