British GT: Akhil Rabindra & Dean Macdonald secure Top 5 finish at Silverstone

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Akhil Rabindra & Dean Macdonald [Copyright: Garage 59]

Akhil Rabindra and Dean Macdonald started the fourth round of the 2017 British GT championship at Silvertsone finishing 27th (14th in GT4 & fifth in Silver) & 28th (15th in GT4 & sixth in Silver) overall respectively in the two practice sessions on Saturday.

The qualifying later on Saturday had #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta of Stuart Middletone & Williams Tregurtha taking GT4 pole from #100 Garage 59 McLaren 570S pair of Sandy Mitchell & Ciaran Haggerthy by a mere 0.348s

The #42 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin of Williams Phillip & Jan Jonck were third, as the sister #59 Garage 59 car of Rabindra & Macdonald were 10th in GT4 class & fifth in Silver (21st overall).

The lead GT3 class saw #24 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin of James Littlejohn & Jack Mitchell claim pole from #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley of Rick Parfitt & Seb Morris.

Race

The one three-hour long race on Sunday saw the Indian starting for the #59 Garage 59 outfit and made up four places to 18th overall on the opening lap.

Having run a couple of laps behind sister #100 car, Rabindra lost three places on Lap 6 to drop to 21st, with #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin, #51 In2Racing's McLaren 570S and #29 Lanan Racing Ginetta moving ahead.

But the Bangalorean managed to clear the #29 Lanan ahead of the first pit-stop period - the #59 Garage 59 pitting on Lap 24 for Macdonald to take over.

The outfit lost some positions in the pit stop, but ran a steady race until the next mandatory stop on Lap 49, with Rabindra coming back in the car.

In the next stint, the team claimed a position on #46 Optimum Motoraport Ginetta, before the final stop on Lap 68 for Macdonald to see through the flag.

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The British driver went through the laps unfazed to bring home the car in 21st overall (ninth in GT4 & fifth in Silver) to score handy points in the championship.

The class was won by #72 Track-Club McLaren 570S of Adam Balon & Adam Mackay from #62 of William Morre & Matt-Nicol Jones and #29 Marcus Hoggarth & Matthew Graham.

The GT3 class was handsomely won by #31 Bentley from #24 Aston Martin and #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari of Duncan Cameron & Matt Griffin.

The points situation after four rounds in 2017 has Alex Reed & David Pittard leading the GT4 class, with Rabindra & Macdonald in seventh on 44 points.

In the Silver class, the Indo-Brit pair sit fourth with 87.5 points, while Reed & Pittard enjoy the top spot on 113.5 points.

In the teams' standings, Garage 59 is in the lead with 126 points after string of double points results for the outfit.

After four rounds in the UK, the championships heads to its only European round at Spa-Francorchamps for Round 5 during the July 7-8 weekend.

[Image courtesy: Garage 59]

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