WPI Motorsport and Team Parker conquer the wet at Donington Park
Michael Igoe and Andrea Caldarelli produced a perfect performance in challenging wet conditions to score theirs and WPI Motorsport’s maiden Intelligent Money British GT Championship wins in Sunday’s endurance race at Donington Park.
The Pro/Am-entered Lamborghini, which started ninth, denied RAM Racing’s Sam De Haan and Patrick Kujala victory with just nine of the 120 minutes remaining. RAM’s other Mercedes-AMG shared by Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman completed the overall podium.
Later that day Team Parker Racing’s Nick Jones and Scott Malvern claimed a popular maiden GT3 victory in the second of the day’s two races after gambling to start the 60-minute sprint on slick tyres.
The decision to start on slicks or wet weather tyres played a large part in the outcome of the second race, which began in damp but drying conditions.
Opting for dry Pirelli rubber initially looked like a questionable choice for Malvern who dropped back to fifth after sharing the front row. Instead, Jack Mitchell’s banzai start catapulted 2 Seas Motorsport’s #10 McLaren from seventh to first after a frantic opening two laps.
Malvern and teammate Jones collected the fastest lap of the day on their way to their maiden victory, with the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Adam Balon and Phil Keen finishing second ahead of Jack Mitchell and Jordan Witt.
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Race 1 (Endurance)
1 WPI Motorsport, Michael Igoe, Andrea Caldarelli (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo) 2h00m56.884s
2 RAM Racing, Sam De Haan, Patrick Kujala (Mercedes-AMG GT3) 2h01m03.233s
3 RAM Racing, Ian Loggie, Yelmer Buurman (Mercedes-AMG GT3) 2h01m14.225s
Race 2 (Sprint)
1 Team Parker Racing, Nick Jones, Scott Malvern (Bentley Continental GT3) 1h01m07.558s
2 Barwell Motorsport, Adam Balon, Phil Keen (Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo) 1h01m20.855s
3 2 Seas Motorsport, Jordan Witt, Jack Mitchell (McLaren 720S GT3) 1h01m22.788s