Brit GT » 23 July 2001
Accident halts British GT at Donington.
''There was a lot of traffic. I wanted to break into the 1m35s bracket,'' he said after lapping in 1m36.097s. Martin Short was also frustrated by problems getting a clear lap after going second fastest in GTO with the Rollcentre Racing TVR Tuscan he shares with Rob Barff. ''I think there's life in the tyres to have another go this afternoon,'' reckoned Short.
Marino Franchitti/Kelvin Burt were third fastest in GTO from the similar Porsche 911GT3RS of Mark Sumpter/Shaun Balfe, while the TVR Tuscan R of Steve Hyde/Richard Stanton was fifth fastest.
In the afternoon session, there was drama for the pole position Porsche when Horner crashed at the Old Hairpin and caused the session to be red-flagged. The rear of the car was badly damaged, and a cracked engine mounting will dictate an engine change for the race.
''We've got all the bits, but it is a lot of work,'' said team boss Paul Robe.
However, the accident cost the team pole position in GTO as Matt Turner had not driven the car during qualifying. That means they will have to start from the back of the grid!
To compound the misery for Parr Motorsport, alongside the Turner/Horner car at the tail of the grid will be the team's other car of Kelvin Burt/Marino Franchitti. After a clash with the Corvette of Roger Walters mid-session, Franchitti's second session time was disallowed for careless driving. As Burt drove throughout the opening session, that meant that Franchitti had not officially qualified, so both cars will be at the back of the grid for the rolling start.
Race: 27 laps
In the early laps, Rob Wilson fired the Chrysler Viper into the lead from the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Bobby Verdon-Roe while Warnock slotted into third in the Lister. That was how it stayed until the driver changes, although Warnock had become the fastest of the trio in terms of lap times. ''It took a while to bring the tyres in and I had a couple of hairy moments,'' said Warnock.
It was a superb pit stop by Lister team that set them on the way to victory. Warnock pitted right behind the Viper and Jordan was able to rejoin the track in the Lister before Harvey got out in the Viper. When Verdon-Roe brought the TVR in, Jordan was able to sweep ahead and take control of the race, with Caine rejoining in second with the TVR.
Any hopes that Harvey had of attacking the TVR were dashed when the safety car came out following Bland's accident. After a lap behind the safety car, the race was red-flagged as the rescue crews attended to the stricken Marcos. ''I'm pleased for the team. It's a great result, but it is a shame about the circumstances,'' said Warnock.
''The car was fantastic in the race and I was just watching the gap to the TVR and the Viper,'' said Jordan after they had extended their championship lead to nine points. ''The car was awesome in testing, but it was sliding everywhere in the race,'' said Caine of the TVR. ''We lost a bit in the pits, but it's a relief just to finish the race,'' said Wilson.
Into fourth in the GT category came the Porsche 911GT2 of Rob Schirle/Steven Stokoe after a strong run, while the Porsche of Calum Lockie/Dave Welz was fifth despite an engine that was down on power.
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