When it comes to top level British motorsport, the Silverstone leg of the Formula One takes centre stage, followed by the hugely popular rounds of the BTCC, the visit to the Welsh forests for the British leg of the World Rally Championship and, dare I say it… Moto GP! But one of fastest growing world motorsport series, when it comes to popularity, has to be the GT series, so when it landed on our shores we packed Coop off to Silverstone to get in amongst the action.

With a packed weekend of action seeing the GT1 cars take in a free practice session followed by a pre qualifying session of course leading to a full qualifying session which in turn sees them take on a race… which, you guessed it, was part of the qualifying process for the main race on the Sunday!

Young Driver Aston

The qualifying race was won by the young driver Aston Martin paring of Tomas Enge and Alex Muller who inherited the lead from the second place JRM Nissan GTR driven by Krumm and Luhr who lost out to the Aston when a mix up with their pit strategy cost them the race lead and eventual win!

The Sumo Power GTR wasn’t so lucky when a lunge down the inside of ex BTCC star Darren Turner’s Aston Martin went badly wrong ending with the cars spinning gravel bound, only to be collected by the second JRM GTR, which left all 3 drivers and cars out of the race! The order of the cars that finished in the first race would set the grid for Sunday’s second race; The Tourist Trophy!

Race 2 was also packed with controversial goings on, but before we get to the main moment that shaped the race and has become an epic internet sensation, the winners came in the shape of the race 1 runners up; Krumm and Luhr and their stunning JRM GTR, who had a great battle and swapped places over with the Enge/Muller pairing. The main issue, and it’s worth a YouTube search to find out exactly why this has become such a controversial incident! The second JRM car, driven by Richard Westbrook, collided with Stefan Mucke in the Aston Martin.

Aston

This was no usual racing incident however, with Mucke spinning off just before the Hanger straight he fired the car back up to catch up with the Westbrook GTR to “share his disgust” but upon doing so miss-judged his one finger salute and side-swiped the Nissan, taking both cars out in dramatic fashion and resulting in both drivers receiving fines and points on their racing licenses, definitely worth a YouTube search!

It wasn’t all about the GT1 event though, with the support coming from the GT3 and GT4 races, each with plenty of action out on the circuit. In race 1 of the GT3 it was a start to finish lead and victory for the AF Course Ferrari 458 of Leo/Castellacci. Drive of the race had to come from the Mercedes SLS of Mike Parisy/Philippe Giauque, who managed to get from 15th on the grid up to the final podium spot passing the Need For Speed Z4 on the final lap!

GTR

Race 2 was far more entertaining with the Faster Racing/DB Motorsport Z4s claiming a 1, 2 finish and a first corner crash taking out the Heico Mercedes-Benz, LMP Aston and Belgium Club Audi R8! The rest of the race was dominated by the battle for positions 4-8 with all of them swapping and changing and occasionally the odd love tap as they diced for position.

GT4s also had 2 action-packed races with a Lotus and BMW sharing the wins over the 2 60 minute races with Stefano D’Aste in his Evora GT4 and Duncan Huisman in the BMW 3 Series. Both races followed the theme of the weekend with some of the closest racing, greatest battles and most controversial action that is making the GT racing series both internationally in respect to the Gt1’s, and euro-wide with the rest of the GT series! To catch the rest of the season your best bet is to catch the live stream online, with coverage usually on sites like Speedhunters, to keep you all entertained from some of the best race circuits in the World!

Words – Ollie // Pictures – Rich