Thomas Erdos and Ian McKellar Jnr finished over 30 seconds clear of team-mates and rivals Geoff Lister/Nathan Kinch in a dominant display in the fourth round of the BRDC British GT Championship at Knockhill, today, Sunday.
The Saleen S7-R drivers took their third win of the season as title rivals and defending champions, Mike Jordan and David Warnock, finished down in fourth place following a spin by Warnock in the Lister Storm early in the race.
''It is a perfect result for the team today to take a 1-2,'' said Erdos. ''I concentrated on handing a good car over to Ian and he drove a great second half of the race.''
Championship newcomers Kinch and Lister took second place after an impressive debut in the championship in which the car held the lead during th pit-stop window, whilst a superb drive from Rob Barff and Michael Caine in the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 netted them third place.
Jordan/Warnock finished fourth, Mike Jordan unable to claw back the lost time from the car's earlier spin.
The GTO class produced plenty of drama. An early race battle between former BoyZone pop star Shane Lynch and martin Short, both in TVR Tuscan Rs, was resolved in Short's favour when Lynch spun.
However, Shane produced the drive of his life to drag his car back into contention and co-driver Ben McLoughlin guided the car through to win the class on the road. However, the car was excluded for a technical infringement and victory went to Tim Sugden/Steve O'Rourke's Porsche 911 GT3-R after a stunning drive as ever by Sugden.
With Short's TVR retiring with a gearbox problem, Calum Lockie and Jamie Davies took second place in their Ferrari 360N-GT.
1. Thomas Erdos/Ian McKellar
Saleen S7-R 1h 00m47.992s 71 laps
2. Geoff Lister/Nathan Kinch
Saleen S7-R 1h 01m24.690s 71 laps
3. Rob Barff/Michael Caine
TVR Cerbera Speed 12 1h 01m36.215s 71 laps
4. David Warnock/Mike Jordan
Lister Storm 70 laps
5. Peter Cook/Neil Cunningham
Porsche GT2 70 laps
6. Tim Sugden/Steve O'Rourke
Porsche 911 GT3-R 68 laps (GTO winners)