It has been a committed performance from the entrants in this year’s Silverstone 4-hours with cars coming off the track even before they crossed the line to start the race. The undoubted star of the first half has been the G-Drive Gibson 015s which despite its many years of service continues to prove its worthy. In the hands of Harry Tincknell, who also has the Ford GT #67 to pedal this weekend it started from 4th on the rolling grid and soon came to the fore.
Tincknell was able to build an 11-sec lead, and then surprisingly under a rolling Full Course Caution managed to double that to 22-seconds by the time the yellows where withdrawn.
Behind him their was carnage with the #29 Morgan-Judd of Pegasus Racing capably driven by Leo Roussel sadly nerfed into the inside wall at the start of the GP grid in front of the wing.
Another relatively early expected front runner who found trouble was the #46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 05 which is understood to have suffered a stuck throttle and found a resting place deep in the gravel at Luffield.
Just before half-distance the #38 G-Drive car made a scheduled stop under green only for the #23 to stop as another Full Course Yellow came out. The subsequent slow running for the #38 allowed the previously second placed #23 to take over the lead briefly. As we write Simon Dolan now at the wheel of the G-Drive/Jota Gibson has re-taken the lead coming down Hangar Straight and on entry into Stowe.
In LMP3 has been an Alex Brundle masterclass in the #2 United Autosport now with Christian England at the wheel.
In GTE it is a pleasure to report that the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia leads the class from a new lad, one D.Turner in the #99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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