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United Autosports Audi R8 scores maiden British GT victory

Sunday, May 15 2011

Anglo-American team United Autosports scored their maiden Avon Tyres British GT Championship victory at Snetterton on Sunday, after the Audi R8 of Matt Bell and Mike Guasch snatched victory from the CRS Racing Ferrari 430 of Jim and Glynn Geddie on the final lap of the two-hour encounter.

The pole-sitting CRS Ferrari looked set for victory in the closing stages after two time penalties - the first for a shortened pit stop and the second for a yellow flag infringement - seemingly dropped the United Autosports Audi out of contention.

However, with just five minutes remaining, the Ferrari was shown a black and orange mechanical warning flag, which forced Glynn Geddie to make a penultimate lap pit stop. Despite CRS' best efforts, United driver Bell edged ahead of the Ferrari to lead the R8 home to a dramatic first win.

Rosso Verde's Allan Simonsen put in a storming drive to steer the Ferrari 430 he shares with Hector Lester to the final podium place, overtaking the Preci Spark Mercedes AMG SLS of David and Godfrey Jones just a handful of laps before the end of the race.

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Avon Tyres British GT Championship, Snetterton, race result:
1. United Autosports Audi R8 (Matt Bell/Mike Guasch), 58 laps
2. CRS Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Glynn Geddie/Jim Geddie), +2.946s
3. Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 (Allan Simonsen/Hector Lester), +14.761s
4. Preci Spark Mercedes AMG SLS (David Jones/Godfrey Jones), +19.518s
5. United Autosports Audi R8 (Jay Palmer/John Bintcliffe), +1m11.666s
6. Chad Racing Ferrari 430 (Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane), +1m32.177s
7. Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 (Andrew Howard/Jonathan Adam), +1m49.674s
8. Mtech Ferrari 430 GT3 (Aaron Scott/John Dhillon), +1 lap
9. ABG Motorsport KTM X Bow (Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton), +2 laps
10. Lotus Sport UK Lotus Evora GT4 (Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom), +2 laps