British GT: Akhil Rabindra & Dean Macdonald take class podium at Rockingham

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The Garage 59 duo of Akhil Rabindra and Dean Macdonald started the Rockingham weekend with a seventh place in Silver class (15th in GT4) in FP1, while they were seventh again in class (16th in GT4) in the second practice.

Driving the McLaren 570S, the Indo-Brit pair combined time put them 10th overall in the GT4 category, sixth in the Silver with a total time of 2m48.011s in qualifying. Sister car of Sandy Mitcheel & Ciaran Haggerty were fourth overall and third in class.

The overall GT4 and the Silver class pole went to HHC Motorsport’s William Tregurtha & Stuart Middleton in the Ginetta G55 from Lanan Racing pair of Alex Reed & David Pittard in the second Ginetta on Saturday.

The lead GT3 category saw TF Sport’s Derek Johnston & Jonny Adam take pole in the Aston Martin from sister car of Mark Farmer & Jon Barnes.

Race

The Sunday's race saw Macdonald start the proceedings for the #59 McLaren with the British driver up to seventh in the GT4 class (sixth in Silver) by Lap 14.

He held on to the position for much of his stint, while the sister #100 car of Haggerty in the lead GT4 had a stiff battle with Tregurtha all-way long.

As the pit time approached, the leading duo went for a different strategy so as to outdo each other, but the order remained the same with #100 McLaren of Mitchell leading the #55 Ginetta of Middleton.

Meanwhile, the pit stop worked for the #59 car as Rabindra was already fifth (fourth in class) on the road, making up two places in the process.

The Indian gained a further place later in his stint, after the #63 Ginetta retired. As a result, the Indo-Brit pair claimed another class podium finishing third in Silver, while they were classified fourth overall in GT4 category.

The duo finished four laps down to the lead GT3 car, completing a total of 79 laps, as Tregurtha & Middleton claimed victory after they were able to clear the car of Haggerty & Mitchell in the second part of the race.

Up front, Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt & Seb Morris took GT3 win in the Bentley from Spirit of Race’s Duncan Cameron & Matt Griffin in the Ferrari – the latter having finished on top, but were penalised post-race for a contact, dropping them to second.

After two rounds, the team standings in the GT4 category has HHC Motorsport leading Garage 59, with the former on 67.5 points, while the latter is on 61.

In the driver rankings, Rabindra & Macdonald is fifth with 28 points, led by Tregurtha & Middleton on 67.5. In the Silver class, the Indo-Brit pair sits third with 47.5 points.

The championship heads to the Snetterton circuit for the next round during the May 27-28 weekend.

[Image courtesy: British GT]

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