In the closing stages the similar Triple Eight run BMW of Lee Mowle and Joe Osbourne had been leading but Alexander Sims caught and passed the rival BMW before pulling away.
Beechdean had lead early on but had to serve an additional success penalty of 20 seconds in the pit stop which they were unable to recover from although they did fight back to fourth. Just in front of them taking third spot were the TF Sport Aston Martin pairing of Derek Johnston and Matt Bell.
Fifth was the FF Corse Ferrari of Gary Eastwood and Adam Carroll with Carroll making up several places in his stint. Sixth was the Oman Racing team Aston of Liam Griffin and Rory Butcher, their team mate Ahmad Al Harthy crashed out.
There were several offs and safety car periods. Some cars were out on the spot like Oman Aston and the Works Ginetta of Olliphant and Parfitt Jr and some managed to continue like the Mclaren of Ross Wylie and Andrew Watson. The Von Ryan car had looked like a contender for the win early on before it got involved in two incidents and dropped out of contention. They still managed to take tenth overall.
The Rosso Verde Ferrari of Hector Lester and Benny Simonsen took seventh just fending off the Team Russia by Barwell BMW of Minshaw and Keen on the finish line.
Ninth was the Ram racing Mercedes of Alistair Mckinnon and Lewis Plato. They were the final car on the lead lap and were four laps ahead of the tenth placed Von Ryan Mclaren.
In Gt4 Tolman Motorsport won from ninth on the grid with David Pattison and Luke Davenport in their Ginetta G55. They finished a whole lap ahead of the similar machine of Optimum Motorsport driven by Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson. In third was the Beechdean GT4 Aston with Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn taking yet another podium after a disappointing (for them) qualifying saw them start fifth. Their nearest rivals, Issy Racing’s Lotus crashed out. The championships other female driver, Anna Walewska took sixth in class with her team mate Rob Garofall. It was the pairing’s best result to date but they ran as high as second in the timesheets during the weekend so they are likely to improve further in one of the championships two remaining rounds.
There are several matters that are being looked into by the stewards and so the race results could still change.
Full results are available from TSL timing.
A more detailed report will follow later. By Marc Waller