Silverstone played host to Avon Tyres British GT Championship’s crown event Silverstone 500. Fuelled by WP Racing the Oman Racing Team Aston Martin took the victory for the second time this season with Michael Caine taking the chequered flag by a considerable margin.
Caine, shocked at winning by such a large margin, stated, ‘It's not often you get in a car with 40 minutes to go in the race and be told you have a 48 second lead! The team did fantastic with the pits and safety car. It played into our hands and Ahmad was lapping superbly and we made sure we brought the car home. We struggled a little in qualifying but the race pace of the car was good.’
The three hour race was full of action and incidents, early on in the proceedings it was the #23 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra in the hands of Mark Patterson battling Phil Dryburgh in the #6 PGF - Kinfaun AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3, before Dryburgh's late braking brought a premature end to the battle with the Audi retired and the Aston driver punished with points deducted.
Steven Kane took third position on track in the #17 M-Sport Bentley Continental as shared with Rembert Berg but was to lose the position post-race. The final podium spot had been taken late in the race through contact with the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 of Alexander Sims and Marco Attard with Sims at the wheel for the final stint. The incident was adjudged as being avoidable by Kane resulting in a 30 second penalty for the M-Sport car, dropping it to fourth in the final order and returning the Ecurie Ecosse to third position in the standings.
Another battle that ended in a retirement saw the #77 ISSY Racing Lotus Evora GT4 collide and take the wheel off the #28 HorsePower Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3. In the midfield battle, the pick of the scraps was Pasin Lathouras in the #29 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia had to deal with Chris Hoy's defending in the #80 Nissan Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3.
The Mobil 1 Service Centre Master of the Weekend award was presented to Ryan Ratcliffe for his superb return to action in the #41 Ginetta whilst Andrew Howard took the ‘Driver of the Weekend’ Blancpain Gentleman Trophy.
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