Proudly supported by EBC Brakes Racing, the GT Cup race series descended on Derby’s Donington Park on 12-13 September.
Following a torrential round at Silverstone the previous month, drivers welcomed the warm and sunny autumnal weather conditions that thankfully stuck around for the entire two days of racing.
It’s fair to say this leg of the championship was jam-packed with the familiar levels of excitement we’ve come to expect from the GT Cup, as outlined below in more detail.
Marcus Clutton denied Richard Neary a double victory as the JMH Automotive Lamborghini driver and John Seale grabbed a dramatic late GT Cup Championship win from their Mercedes rivals.
Clutton finally grabbed a long overdue win with Seale after wearing down Sam Neary’s heroic defence in the endurance race, denying Team Abba Racing a double after Richard Neary’s Sprint race success.
Double wins elsewhere went the way of Jim Geddie in his GTC Lamborghini, as well as the impressive Saxon Motorsport BMW of Tom Barrow and the title-defending JMH McLaren 570 of John Whitehouse and Steve Ruston, who took wins in GTB and GTH respectively.
Two close contests in GTA went the way of Ginetta G55 teams, with Team HARD dominating the opener before losing out to rivals Century Motorsport in the second contest of the day.
Sam Neary and Shamus Jennings shared spoils in Sunday’s GT Cup Championship races from Donington Park GP circuit, while Team HARD’s Ginetta G55 dominated GTA to take over the series lead with two triumphs.
The dominant double came courtesy of Joshua Jackson who won both races from pole position in the class, something which overall and GT3 race winner Sam Neary repeated to add to Richard Neary’s Saturday sprint win. Neary’s race two win was later stripped from him for a yellow flag infringement, gifting a victory to G-Cat’s Jennings and Greg Caton in the enduro.
The GTC battle between Ferrari and Lamborghini ended with honours shared over the day, while GTH was again in the hands of defending champions JMH Automotive with two wins for their McLaren. GTB was a frenetic affair, Topcats Racing sealing a dramatic sprint win before David Frankland returned to winning ways with the help of former GT Cup winner and Ginetta champion Will Tregurtha.
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