Monday, May 5, 2014

British GT: Misfortune for United Autosports at Rockingham

By Johan Laubscher

The British GT Championship headed to Rockingham for round two this weekend, hosting a two hour race on Monday the 5th of May. 

United Autosports fielded their #23 Audi R8 LMS ultra with Mathew Bell and Mark Patterson behind the wheel.

They qualified third overall on Sunday, for the race which was run on Monday. Mark Patterson took the start and held his own in the front group until a puncture dropped him back. An early safety car allowed United Autosports to catch up with the field, but unfortunately the car later went into the garage for retirement, following contact with a GT4 class Aston Martin.

This marks the second race in a row that the United Autosports Audi has retired due to contact. United Autosports was leading the season opener at Donington Park a few weeks ago and retired when the second placed Ferrari misjudged his braking and collected the United Autosports R8 LMS ultra, ending the race for both teams and costing United Autosports the race victory.  

The third round of the British GT will be heading to Silverstone, 31 May - 1 June.

Photo credit: 
United Autosports
Matt Bell on twitter