Rick Parfitt Jnr, Seb Morris, Team Parker Racing and Bentley all claimed their maiden British GT3 titles at Donington Park on Sunday, while TF Sport’s out-going champions Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam signed off in style by winning the two-hour enduro.
Adam took the checkered flag 6.9 seconds clear of TF Sport’s sister Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes, while Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen – who were the only crew able to deny Parfitt Jnr and Morris the crown – completed the podium finishers a further 4.1 seconds behind.
That was before a post-race investigation determined the Lamborghini had overtaken under yellow flags, which left no choice but to exclude it from the results.
Morris finished fourth on the road before pulling into the pits post-race where he was greeted by a jubilant Parfitt Jnr and their Team Parker Racing crew.
Morris and Parfitt Jnr also added this year’s GT3 Pro/Am title to their overall championship, while the latter claimed the Blancpain Gentleman Driver Trophy and, with it, one of the Swiss manufacturer’s limited edition chronographs.
While new champions were crowned, it was also a day of record breaking achievements in both classes. Parfitt Jnr became the first driver ever to win both British GT’s GT3 and GT4 titles after claiming the latter in 2013, while Jonny Adam broke the championship’s record for most GT3 wins.
The Scot, who this year also became a reigning British GT, Blancpain GT Series and Le Mans champion, now stands alone on 12 victories, one more than Phil Keen, Jon Minshaw and David Ashburn.
Optimum Motorsport took home the GT4 class win with its McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson but it was HHC Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha who were crowned class champions.
They finished second in class by a margin of 23 seconds while title rivals David Pittard and Alex Reed failed to finish the race following contact to their Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4.
RESULTS: Donington Park