17 September 2001
Wins for Harvey/Wilson and Franchitti/Burt.
Tim Harvey and Rob Wilson took a commanding win in the 12th and penultimate round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship round at Brands Hatch yesterday afternoon (Sunday 16 September). However, a safe second place for David Warnock and Mike Jordan was more than enough to clinch the overall championship title for the Lister Storm pairing.
In GTO, Kelvin Burt and Marino Franchitti took another victory, but only after a race-long battle with the TVR Tuscan R of Martin Short and Rob Barff.
It was Chrysler Viper versus Lister Storm at Brands Hatch in qualifying for the penultimate round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship on Saturday 15 September.
With Rob Wilson off qualifying for one of the races at Goodwood this weekend, Tim Harvey had the Viper to himself for the first session and just grabbed pole position. Wilson arrived at Brands for the afternoon qualifying session, which proved to be generally slower than the morning session.
A whisker behind the Viper was the Lister Storm of Mike Jordan/David Warnock. Having hit electrical problems in testing on Friday, the team has switched cars for the weekend, but Jordan was right on the pace. ''All the Listers are very, very close,'' reported Mike after the first session. Also in a different car for the weekend was the TVR crew of Bobby Verdon-Roe/Michael Caine, just two tenths of a second behind the Lister.
In GTO, the leading cars were superbly quick and took fourth and fifth places overall on the time sheets. Marino Franchitti/Kelvin Burt set the pace in their Porsche 911GT3RS, but the TVR Tuscan R of Martin Short/Rob Barff was less than two tenths of a second slower.
Third best in GTO, but split from the two top cars by three GT cars, was the Porsche of Terry Rymer/Adam Simmons, which headed a group of seven GTO cars covered by only half a second. Despite having a major gearbox problem, the Porsche of Matt Turner/Ed Horner took fourth. Horner had been going for a top two time when the gearbox seized at Clearways and the car spun.
Missing from the grid was the Dave Welz Porsche 911GT2 after a shunt in testing and the Lotus Esprit of Rob Croydon, which broke its crank in testing. In the first qualifying session, the Cirtek Motorsport Porsche 911GT2 of Stephen Stokoe/Charlie Cox was damaged at the rear after spinning into the tyre wall at Clearways. The team had the car rebuilt in time for the warm-up session on Sunday morning.
Race: 74 laps:
Mike Jordan and David Warnock clinched the British GT title at Brands Hatch yesterday by finishing second to the Chrysler Viper of Rob Wilson/Tim Harvey. Second place was more than enough to settle the title for the Lister Storm duo.
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