British GT: Akhil Rabindra & Dean Macdonald claim maiden Silver class podium

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An extended first weekend of the season saw the #59 Black Bull Garage 59 car of Akhil Rabindra and Dean Macdonald finishing seventh in both the practice sessions in the GT4 Silver Cup category (25th & 27th overall) on Saturday.

The qualifying saw them finish sixth in class (18th overall) with sister #100 McLaren 570S of Sandy Mitchell & Ciaran Haggerty taking GT4 pole (13th overall), as #31 Team Parker Racing’s Bentley in the leading GT3 category claiming overall pole position.

The 33-lap race on a damp Oulton Park on Monday saw #33 Barwell Motorsport’s Lamborghini Huracan of Jon Minshaw & Phil Keen take a dominant victory from the front-row, finishing 37.207s ahead of sister #6 of Liam Griffin & Sam Tordoff, with #1 TF Sport’s Aston Martin of Derek Johnston & Jonny Adam completing the rostrum positions.

Meanwhile, Rabindra & Macdonald were 22nd overall with fifth in class, which was won by #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta of William Tregurtha & Stuart Middleton from #42 Macmillan AMR Aston Martin of William Phillips & Jan Jonck and #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta of Alex Reed & David Pittard.

Macdonald started the first race for the Black Bull-sponsored team with the Indian going for the second stint on his debut. They were 12th overall in the GT4 category, won by #72 Track Club McLaren of Adam Balon & Adam Mackay (GT4 Pro-Am)

The sister #100 Garage 59 car of Mitchell & Haggerty had a wheel nut issue in the pits, the delay cost them a certain class win. The duo eventually finished last.

Race 2

The second race of the day ended behind the safety car after a huge crash involving #7 Mercedes and #88 Bentley. It handed the #33 Lamborghini its second win of the weekend to start the new season.

Behind, it was the #1 Aston Martin finishing second, followed by the sister #11 car of Mark Farmer & Jon Barnes in the overall standings.

For Race 2, it was Rabindra behind the wheel to kick things off and the Indian had a stiff fight with #42’s Jonck, before pitting for Macdonald to take over.

The British driver brought the McLaren 570S home safely in 12th overall, after penalties to two other drivers. The duo claimed its first podium in the Silver class finishing third behind winners #51 Ginetta and second placed #55 Ginetta.

The #51 Ginetta also claimed the overall GT4 trophy category, as Rabindra/MacDonald were classified fifth.

The #100 car rounded off a difficult weekend after losing their GT4 class win after receiving a time-penalty, leaving them 14th overall and fourth in Silver class.

The British GT's second round takes place at Rockingham during the April 29-30 weekend.

Garage 59 McLaren 570S [Copyright: British GT]

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