Victory today in round 11 of the BRDC British GT Championship at Thruxton has made Ian McKellar and Thomas Erdos the 2002 champions.
Driving a Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen S7R, the duo have been dominant this season - and demonstrated that pace again today to take their eighth win of the year.
!n another thrilling 60-minute contest, McKellar started the Saleen S7-R to grab the lead from Rob Barff's TVR Cerbera Speed 12 and David Warnock's Lister Storm. As McKellar built up the advantage, Barff settled into second ahead of Warnock with Justin Law in the second Saleen holding fourth place. McKellar led to the mandatory pit stops but once Mike Jordan took over the Lister Storm, it started to hack away at the gap to the leader.
Jordan tried to find a way past the leading car, now driven by Brazilian Erdos, at the chicane but was unable to wriggle by. Just as Jordan was mounting another attack, a badly blistered tyre sent him to the pit lane. The enforced stop cost him a chance of a win, but he resumed in second place ahead of Robin Liddell who had taken over from Law.
Liddell started to catch Jordan as Erdos and McKellar secured the win and the championship, but second place was resolved on the last lap when Jordan ran out of fuel, an indication of how hard he was pushing the Lister - which set fastest race lap. That gave Graham Nash Motorsport a one-two for its Saleen S7-Rs with Liddell/Law taking second and Jordan/Warnock limping home third.
The GTO race was won by the freshly re-liveried Veloqx Ferrari of Tim Mullen and Jamie Davies, who dominated the throughout. Second went to the Rollcentre TVR Tuscan R of Martin Short and Simon Pullan, the car circulating in the latter half of the race with the passenger side door half open after their pit-stop. Third place went to Richard Stanton and Steve Hyde in their similar TVR.
They were helped by Tim Sugden's EMKA Porsche suffering a puncture two laps from home and Sugden dropped to fifth in class behind the Porsche of the Jones brothers, David and Godfrey.
The GTO class title will be resolved at Donington next weekend, the Rollcentre duo battling with Sugden and the EMKA Porsche squad.