Saturday, October 5, 2013

British GT: United Autosports Audi qualified seventh at Donington Park

By Tarek Ramchani

Donington Park is hosting the season finale of the British GT Championship this weekend. Audi is represented with two R8 LMS and ultra cars from two different teams.

United Autosports, the leading Audi team in British GT, is fielding a single Audi R8 LMS ultra. The team's drivers, Matt Bell and Mark Patterson, are still in contention for the British GT title and they are currently seventh overall in the points standings. The drivers of the #25 Audi qualified in seventh place this afternoon, during an eventful qualifying session. Matt Bell set a time of 1:29.060, he was only 0.771 seconds slower than the pole-setting car.

The United Autosports drivers will have no choice other than to win the race tomorrow, in order to take the championship title. Matt Bell and Mark Patterson will have to fight hard in a very large and healthy GT3 grid. The race is a two-hour event, the Anglo-American team must not only be quick, but they must also have a perfect race strategy and pit stops.

The other Audi effort is from PE Group Blendini Motor. / Dom Evans. Their #11 Audi R8 LMS, driven by Dom Evans Tom Roche, qualified further behind in twenty-second position.

Team WRT, who entered the last couple of British GT rounds, are not taking part in this season finale at Donington Park.

Pole position went to the #8 BMW Z4 GT3 from 888 Optimum Racing. Second was the #32 Porsche 997 GT3 R from Trakspeed and third the #73 BMW Z4 GT3 from Ecurie Ecosse. The qualifying results can be seen here.

Photo credit: British GT