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Weekly Racing Roundup (6.11.18)

Race reports from the British GT Silverstone 500 and GT Open at Spa…

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Thiim, Farmer Win Silverstone 500

Nicki Thiim and Mark Farmer won the Silverstone 500 on Sunday, the three-hour showpiece event of the British GT Championship.

The TF Sport drivers picked up their second win of the season despite a spin and a 10-second pit stop success penalty.

Graham Davidson spun Farmer during the opening stint, dropping the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 down from second and giving Ricardo Sanchez a 16-second lead in the RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

Century Motorsport won the GT4 class with its BMW M4 GT4 driven by Jack Mitchell and Aleksander Schjerpen. 

The team secured its second consecutive win with the new car after Ben Green and Ben Tuck won at Snetterton two weeks ago, and the pair was leading late in the race until they had to serve a 20-second success penalty for the win.

This moved the sister car of Schjerpen and Mitchell into the class lead while polesitters Finlay Hutchinson and Daniel McKay retired with suspension failure while leading by 35 seconds at the start of the final hour.

RESULTS: Silverstone 500

Photo: International GT Open

Luzich, Teo Martin on Top in GT Open at Spa

Luzich Racing and BMW Team Teo Martin Motorsport each scored a win in the International GT Open rounds at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday and Sunday.

Mikkel Mac and Alessandro Pier Guidi combined to win Saturday’s race in their Luzich-run Ferrari 488 GT3, taking their third win of the season.

They won both of the opening races at Estoril although Pier Guidi doesn’t share the championship lead with Mac after missing the Circuit Paul Ricard races.

Fran Rueda and Andres Saravia went on to claim their second race win of the season in Sunday’s contest, dominating the race.

The BMW drivers moved into second in the championship standings, now 12 points behind Mac who finished sixth.

Senkyr Motorsport made it a BMW M6 GT3 1-2 while the RS Racing Ferrari denied the sister Teo Martin car from making it an all-BMW podium.

News & Notes

***The 24 Hours of Le Mans means that no other major sports car races will take place this weekend although the Road to Le Mans will take place throughout the week as the highlight of the Michelin Le Mans Cup season.

***Matt George was unable to complete his double duty challenge in the Silverstone 500, after planning on driving for both Invictus Games Racing and Generation AMR Super Racing, effectively driving for the entire three hours.

***The Jaguar F-Type SVR GT4 retired early in the race, although George and Generation AMR co-driver James Holder did lead the Pro-Am class for a while until they were given a late drive-through penalty.

***KTM has become the latest brand to join the Blancpain GT Series Asia’s GT4 class with Australian GT regular Exedra/M-Motorsport set to enter a KTM X-Bow GT4 in the Shanghai and Ningbo rounds. Dean Koutsoumidis and Justin McMillan will drive the car, joining a field of Porsches, Mercedes, McLarens and BMWs.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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