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Accident halts British GT at Donington.

In GTO, Burt was the absolute star by fighting from the back of the grid to take the lead from Barff before the pit stops. However, a very rapid pit stop by the Rollcentre team put Short out in front of Franchitti and that was how it stood when the race was halted early. Had the race run normal distance, it is highly probable that the Porsche would have moved ahead.

''That was very satisfying,'' said Burt of his epic drive. ''It was a bit of recompense for yesterday,'' he added. ''Kelvin drove brilliantly,'' said Short. ''I could see that Marino was chasing down on me and I knew he would overtake,'' added Short. However, with the race result declared at 43 minutes, the Tuscan took the victory by just a second from the Porsche.

Matt Turner/Ed Horner also fought through after starting at the back of the field and took a deserved third, ahead of the Porsches of Mark Sumpter/Shaun Balfe and Adam Jones/Tony Littlejohn. ''Fourth is where we were all weekend,'' said Sumpter, while Jones had again been hugely impressive, running third in the early laps in the Cirtek Porsche.

It was a violent accident that ended the race early when Shane Bland's Marcos Mantis GTO flew across the gravel and hit the barriers at Redgate very hard. There was a major fire, which the marshals dealt with very quickly and Shane was carefully extracted from the car and taken to hospital for x-rays. The initial reports of his condition have been, thankfully, encouraging.




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