The reigning Avon Tyres British GT Championship title holders, David and Godfrey Jones, got their championship defence back on track at Knockhill this afternoon, leading the third round from pole position to chequered flag.
David Jones set the fastest lap time in qualifying in the Team Preci-Spark Ascari and pulled clear at the start of Chris Hyman's STP Chad Ferrari and the Predator CCTV Ferrari of Phil Burton. Burton spun third away on the 12th lap but Hyman held station behind Jones all the way to his 27th-lap pit stop.
Alas for the Chad men, a gearbox problem halted their Ferrari shortly after Dan Brown took over at the wheel from Hyman.
The Ascari was the last of the frontrunners to pit for its driver change; when Godfrey Jones exited pit lane he found himself sitting on a 25-second lead over the David Ashburn/Glynn Geddie Trackspeed Porsche. Godfrey eased back and nursed the Ascari home to an 8.7-second win.
“A win was what we needed,” said Godfrey. “It doesn't really put us back on track though because there's a lot more work to be done. We have to keep on working hard to reduce the deficit.”
“The Ascari takes a while to get its tyres warm so the first few laps were tricky,” added David. “But after lap four or five I was able to pull away.”
It was not the Porsche in the runner-up position, however. Matt Griffin, having taken over the MTECH Ferrari from Duncan Cameron, snatched second away from Geddie at the hairpin on the 41st of the 69-lap race. Their second place helps Cameron and Griffin extend their overall championship lead.
Ashburn and Geddie were the final drivers to finish on the leader's lap. The Chad Ferrari of Argentine drivers Juan Garriz and Jose Balbiani placed fourth, a lap behind but eight seconds clear of the GT3 Racing Viper of Craig Wilkins and Aaron Scott.
Burton and Wilcox placed seventh, a good way ahead of the Hector Lester/Stephane Daoudi Rosso Verde Ferrari, which lost time with a damaged tyre. The Paul Warren/Tom Ferrier Chad Ferrari joined its sister car in retirement.
Jamie Stanley and Christian Dick enjoyed a trouble-free, if lonely run to G4 Class victory after qualifying frontrunner Chris Bialan suffered gearbox trouble on the opening lap and retired. Another likely challenger, the KTM X-Bow of Benjamin Harvey and local hero Rory Butcher, also retired.
The sole GT Cup class challenger, the Porsche of Steve Hunter and Duncan Pierce was a creditable eighth overall.