Sunday, May 26, 2013

British GT: M-Sport Audi R8 LMS ultra recovered well at Silverstone

By Tarek Ramchani

As expected the Silverstone 500 was a very close event. Round 3 of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship had a special 3-hour endurance race, with fantastic performances from the M-Sport Audi

The qualifying session was very hard for the three Audi cars. For the race there were fears that the R8 LMS cars would not be able to recover and fight for top spots. However M-Sport, with their #10 Audi R8 LMS ultra, was able to improve and bounced back. The car shared by Rembert Berg and Warren Hughes recovered very well against a world class field of GT3 machines. They started down from twenty-second and they finished in a very strong fourth position. The Scottish based team again doing well after their great second at Rockingham last time out.

Less luck for the other Audi R8 LMS ultra entry from United Autosports. The #25 car of Mark Patterson and Matt Bell finished way down in seventeenth place after they had started from twenty-first position on the grid. A very hard result for the Anglo-American team in the chase for points and the championship title. The #11 PE Group Blendini Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ended in twenty-second place with drivers Dom Evans and Tom Roche.

The race win went to the BMW Z4 GT3 of Ecurie Ecosse. The Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 of Beechdean AMR was second and the BMW Z4 GT3 of Optimum Racing was third.

The next stop for the British GT Championship will be at Snetterton, with a two race format on June 15th and 16th.

Photo credit: British GT Championship