Round 4 – Donington Park Report

Round 4 – Donington Park

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Welcome to Donington Park round 4 of the British GT3 Series. This week we travelled to Castle Donington to the Donington Park circuit. With a change to the race length designed to balance the performance of the field this was going to be a action packed race. Alexis Clapano and Benjamin Linstruiseur were part of 3 new drivers to the series

Qualifying was an all to familiar tale with the current series leader Michal Nizio taking pole for the 3rd time in the series over Daniele Vidimari in P2. A debut race to the series saw Alexis Clapano take the only Radical on the track to P3 the best result we have seen from that car in the series so far. The competition was very close – with pole to P10 being separated by less than a second.

The grid lines up waiting for the green.

As part of our new starting procedure the race was started at the apex of turn 1. From pole position, Nizio used this to his advantage and set of with a flying start. With 22 cars starting it was inevitable that there would be drama, with Pol Faustino, Chris Payne and Dave Plummer going 3 wide into the Melbourne Hairpin. Unfortunately for the Tri-Continental driver Payne came off the loser after battling with Faustino. With heavy damage to his car Payne was forced to pit early.

Fierce battling for places on lap 1.

Daniele Vidimari stayed glued to Nizio’s Bentley through out the race, eventually finishing 3 seconds behind in P2. Christos Segkounas’s first race in the series was a very good one, finishing 3rd in the Mercedes after a P9 qualifying position. Unfortunately, Alexis Clapano’s race didnt go to plan – with a miscalculation to his fuel intake meaning he would pit twice, sending him down the field to finish in P11. The bonus points for the round were taken yet again by Nizio.

Turning our attention to the final round at Brands Hatch, Michal Nizio cannot be caught with a 43 point lead he has now won the series. This will not stop the racing, as everyone will fight for every inch and every second on the track, and minor placings are still up for grabs.  We would like to thank everyone that took part at Donington and look forward to seeing you at Brands.

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