Barwell Motorsport and the #33 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen finish second in the 2016 British GT Championship standings, after an incident early on in the finale race at Donington, saw Minshaw parked in the gravel and Barwell’s title chances shattered.
A positive, albeit very wet start to the weekend saw Jon Minshaw dominate the Donington GP circuit at multiple stages throughout Saturday morning’s free practice session. Long time historic driver Minshaw has always enjoyed making his race cars dance around in the rain, and this shone through when just five laps in to FP2, Jon was at the top of the timing screen setting a time 1.5 tenths a lap faster than McLaren pro driver Rob Bell. The session ended with the Barwell pro drivers, Keen and Sims, sitting first and second fastest in the BGT field.
Qualifying resulted in the #33 Lamborghini of Minshaw and Keen line up in P3 for the ‘Donington Decider’ on Sunday and the #6 sister Huracan of Griffin and Sims sat beside them on the second row in P4.
Jon Minshaw in the Demon Tweeks backed Huracan was extremely unlucky, as when him and the McLaren of Al McCaig were battling for second and third overall, they came up to the back of a GT4 Aston through the Craner Curves and McCaig had to slow down which left Jon with no where to go. Minshaw was forced over to the right, putting two wheels on the grass as the three cars exited together, resulting in a high speed spin for Jon, the car in the gravel and out of the race. With a certain DNF for #33, the only way for Minshaw and Keen to hold on to the championship lead would be for the TF Aston of Johnston and Adam to finish no higher than seventh place. This was an unlikely outcome and was proven when the #17 Aston crossed the line in second to take the crown, leaving Jon and Phil second in the standings.
A great recovery drive from Liam Griffin and Alexander Sims saw them cross the line in fifth position. Unfortunately it was not long before bad luck struck again when the #6 Huracan was hit by both the Team Parker Bentley of Parfitt and the TF Sport Aston of Farmer at the very first corner. An unscheduled pit stop was in order due to a puncture caused by the contact and this put Griffin a lap down on his rivals. A slick tyre change by the Barwell crew saw the #6 head back out on circuit and enabled Liam to catch up to the back of the safety car train. Griffin put in a very strong drive before handing over to Sims at the half way point. Alexander did a great job to work his way up the order, including a mega move around the outside of the Tolman Ginetta at the Craner Curves, and after a brilliant battle with the Team ABBA BMW Z4, Simsy brought the car to the chequered flag in fifth place.
Barwell Motorsport also finish second in the Teams’ Championship standings, which is a fantastic result for their first year with the Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
Huge congratulations from us to Derek Johnston, Jonny Adam and all of the TF Sport crew for winning the 2016 British GT Championship!