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Keen and Balon do the double at Snetterton British GT

Sunday, May 19 2019

Phil Keen and Adam Balon secured back-to-back victories in the British GT Championship at Snetterton behind the wheel of their Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO after narrowly defeating team-mates Jonny Cocker and Sam De Haan in the second encounter of the day this afternoon (Sunday).

Pole-sitter Nicky Thiim controlled the race in his Aston Martin V8 Vantage from Keen as the leading duo pulled away from the rest in an intense game of cat and mouse. The gap fluctuated between the opening duo throughout the opening stint of the race as they negotiated the slower GT4 traffic. 

Thiim handed over to Mark Farmer for the second part of the race, and he inherited a handsome lead as Keen and Balon's machine received a ten-second pit stop success penalty after winning the earlier race.

Despite emerging from the pit lane almost 12 seconds in arrears of Farmer, Balon made fairly short work of cutting the margin down, and made his decisive move for the lead at the Wilson hairpin on lap 22. 

De Haan passed Farmer just minutes later on lap 25, and set about pursuing his team-mate as closely as possible. Despite closing the gap down in slippery conditions late on, De Haan was forced to settle for second place as he followed Balon across the line. 

Farmer lost further ground in the latter stages of the race, as Shaun Balfe overtook him around the outside at Oggies late on to ensure that he and Rob Bell gave the McLaren 720S its first podium in the British GT Championship.

Balfe was granted the opportunity to steal the podium position after Rick Parfitt Jnr spun the Bentley Continental GT3 he shares with Seb Morris shortly after the pit-stop window. The Bentley was ultimately consigned to a 12th place finish. 

Thiim and Farmer ultimately had to settle for fourth, just ahead of the sister TF Sport Aston Martin of Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson in fifth.

Adam Christodoulou and Richard Neary bounced back from the disappointment of their race one retirement to claim sixth position i ntheir Mercedes-AMG GT3, just ahead of the BMW M6 GT3 of Ben Green and Dominic Paul. Bradley Ellis and Ollie Wilkinson's Aston Martin finished eighth, ahead of Jack Mitchell and Tom Gamble's BMW, whilst Adam Wilcox and Michael Igoe completed the top-ten in their first weekend behind the wheel of Lamborghini machinery.

The GT4 class was a tale of heartbreak for Scott Malvern and Nick Jones who were cruelly robbed of a dominant victory by a puncture late in the day. Class pole-sitter Malvern decimated the field during the opening stint of the race, opening up a huge gap and setting a new GT4 circuit lap record in the process.

Jones continued Malvern's good work in the second half of the race, and his advantage grew further as the chasing McLarens of Callum Pointon and Graham Johnson fell from contention with pit lane penalties.

With victory seemingly in sight, Jones suffered a late puncture which robbed the Mercedes-AMG GT4 pairing of a thoroughly deserved victory. As a result, the class win went to the McLaren 570S of Lewis Proctor and Jordan Collard, from Ash Hand and Tom Canning's Aston Martin V8 Vantage, with Pointon and co-driver Dean Macdonald completing the GT4 podium. 

GT3 Result
1, Keen/Balon, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, 32 laps
2, Cocker/De Haan, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, +0.538s
3, Bell/Balfe, McLaren 720S GT3, +3.042s
4, Thiim/Farmer, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +12.836s
5, Adam/Davidson, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +13.611s
6, Christodoulou/Neary, Mercedes-AMG GT3, +16.798s
7, Green/Paul, BMW M6 GT3, +26.776s
8, Ellis/Wilkinson, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +27.845s
9, Mitchell/Gamble, BMW M6 GT3, +30.378s
10, Wilcox/Igoe, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, +30.617s
11, Sorensen/Howard, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +1m06.360s
12, Morris/Parfitt Jnr, Bentley Continental GT3, +1m08.419s
13, Ratcliffe/Geddie, Bentley Continental GT3, +1m25.365s

GT4 Result
1, Collard/Proctor, McLaren 570S GT4, 30 laps
2, Canning/Hand, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, +3.313s
3, Macdonald/Pointon, McLaren 570S GT4, +8.253s
4, Jackson/L Williams, McLaren 570S GT4, +12.388s
5, Fielding/R Williams, Audi R8 LMS GT4, +16.733s

Click here to view the full results for this weekend.