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Scuderia Ecosse hit back to win from pitlane.

Tim Mullen steered the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari across the line at Snetterton to take the chequered flag in one of the finest drives ever seen in the British GT Championship.

Mullen's teammate Chris Niarchos, starting from the pitlane after missing the pit open window, sliced his way through the British GT field up to secind before handing over the Ferrari to Mullen. The Irishman then caught and passed the Team LNT Panoz with Luke Hines at the wheel to take another victory in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

A win in GT3 for Aaron Scott and Stuart Turvey in the Ascari KZ1R on it's British GT debut, with Ryan Hooker and Andrea Demetriou heading a Trackspeed 1-2-3 in GTC.

A hot and sunny Snetterton circuit greeted the 27 car Avon Tyres British GT grid, with temperatures in the mid 80's and a lot more in the cockpits of the race cars. Drama began before the cars had even turned a wheel as the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari driven by Chris Niarchos missed the 'Pit Open' window and was forced to start the 60-minute race from the pitlane exit.

The rest of the grid followed the pace car for the rolling start as it peeled into the pits the lights flashed to green and battle commenced. The Panoz drivern by Tom Kimber-Smith was tracked by the Eclipse Mosler of Phil Keen, with the Rollcentre Mosler driven by Ian Flux in third.

As the cars went around the back of the circuit Phil Keen disappeared from the timing screens, rejoining at the back of the field as they came round for the end of the opening lap.

Behind the leaders the Aston Martin of Jonathan Cocker and the Lotus Exige of Gavan Kershaw were having a titanic battle, with Kershaw making his move on the inside at Riches. At the end of lap two Phil Keen brought his Mosler into the pits for a quick check, but rejoined after a 30 second stop.

Further back Chris Niarchos was having the drive of his life, slicing past the GTC runners in the more powerful Ferrari and by the end of lap four he was already up to ninth place. Niarchos continued his charge and ended lap 7 in fifth behind the Kershaw/Cocker GT3 battle.

The Team Tiger Marcos of Jon Finnemore made an unsheduled stop with a suspected puncture to the front left Avon, with the GTC championship leader regaining the track after a very quick stop.



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