Machitski, Lind Clinch British GT Title
Barwell Motorsport’s Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind finished fourth in mixed conditions at Donington to clinch the Intelligent Money British GT Championship drivers’ title.
They won by 9.5 points over Yelmer Buurman and Ian Loggie, whose RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo finished one place and one second shy of overturning the result.
Marcus Clutton and Morgan Tillbrook earned a maiden British GT victory for McLaren outfit Enduro Motorsport in Sunday’s two-hour race.
The start was held in wet conditions that saw the and pole-sitting WPI Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo spin out of title contention.
Richard Neary assumed the opening-stint lead in Team Abba Racing’s Mercedes-AMG, ahead of Loggie and Tillbrook with Machitski running further back.
A 10-second success penalty at the pit stops, during which the field took slick tires, dropped Loggie’s co-driver Buurman further behind Sam Neary in the leading Mercedes.
Clutton, in for Tillbrook, increased the pressure on Buurman and overtook the Dutchman before claiming the lead from Neary with a move at Goddards.
Buurman also got past Neary while Lind’s Lamborghini had risen to fourth, but the RAM driver needed to take two more positions to capture the championship.
Buurman was shaping up for a move on Clutton in the closing minutes of the race, only for a stranded GT4 car to lead into a safety car period that froze the positions and confirmed Machitski and Lind as champions.
Will Moore and Matt Cowley won the GT4 race in their Ford Mustang while Darren Turner and Matt Topham secured the category’s Pro-Am title with an Aston Martin.
RESULTS: Donington / Standings
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