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Jones brothers lift British GT crown
21 September 2009
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship claimed another motor-sporting first at Brands Hatch when twin brothers David and Godfrey Jones took championship victory in the final round.
It's not only the first British GT championship win shared by siblings but is believed also to be a UK first for twins.
The Jones brothers clinched the crown by a single point thanks to their victory in round 13 and their third-place finish in round 14 at the wheel of their Team Preci-Spark Ascari KZ1R, which is prepared by Midlands-based Team Pyro.
They scored three race wins during the season and a further six podium finishes.
"I have been dreaming about this,” Godfrey said. “I have dreamt good things and bad, it's nice to have it over and that it's gone the way we wanted it. We knew what we had to do... the one way that we could lose it was to not finish the race. The team has done a great job with the car and it's worked out very well."
Outright race winner in the series finale was the Invitation Class Barwell Motorsport Ginetta of Phil Quaife and Leo Machitski, which stole victory from the Allan Simonsen/Hector Lester Rosso Verde Ferrari two laps from the end after it had led all the way from the pole, Simonsen lowering his own circuit lap record as he went. Lester finished just eight-tenths behind to take maximum points and secure championship second.
The GT4 class was won for the 11th time this season by the Team WFR Ginetta of Nigel Moore and Jody Firth, the latter having claimed the GT4 crown in Saturday's race.
"The car has been near-faultless all season,” he said. “The team has been superb and I owe a great deal of my success this year to them. I have to say a big thank you to Jonathan France, who heads Team WFR. Without his direction and backing, and faith in me, this would never have happened. The whole team has been brilliant. Nigel is a very talented driver. Ginetta have realised that and hence he's under contract there. He's the best G50 driver in the world and that's an amazing feat at the age of 17. He is such a strong driver, knows these cars extremely well, and his feedback has led to the results we've had this year.
"Really this has been my first proper full season of racing. It's been good and I've thoroughly enjoyed it, I really have. So much so that I'd love to do more of it. I particularly enjoyed the race at Spa against Gary Simms. I think really Gary had the beating of me that day but grit and determination enabled me to defeat him.
"People might say that there hasn't been much opposition this year, but I think the competition level's been great. Some really good drivers have come to take us on: people like Hunter Abbott and Nathan Freke. The competition has been strong and I think that Nigel and I have proved that it didn't matter who came along this year... we had the beating of pretty much anybody."
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