- Akhil Rabindra & Dean Macdonald in #59 McLaren [Copyright: Garage 59]

British GT: Rabindra & Macdonald suffer DNF at Donington, ends season in Top 10

The Indo-Brit pair saw through their maiden British GT season with a Top 10 finish in Silver class.

Starting the final weekend in the 2017 British GT championship at Donington Park, Akhil Rabindra and Dean Macdonald's aim was to maintain its Top 5 position in the Silver class.

They started the weekend finishing 12th and 24th overall in the two practice sessions on Saturday. They were third in GT4, while second in Silver class with Macdonald driving in FP1. In FP2, Rabindra finished 15th in GT4 and eighth in Silver class.

The combined qualifying later in the day saw the #59 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S of Rabindra and Macdonald finish 16th overall, while they were 15th in GT4 and eighth in Silver class.

The GT4 pole went to the #56 Toleman Motorsport Ltd McLaren 570S of David Pattison & Josborne, while Silver class leaders were the #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin of Will Moore & Matt Nicoll-Jones.

The lead GT3 class saw the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin of Mark farmer & Jon Barnes take pole from sister #1 of Derek Johntson & Jonny Adam.


The final race of the season started under cloudy conditions at Donington Park on Sunday, with the titles still to be decided among various categories.

However, Rabindra's race was short-lived as the Indian was forced to bring home the #59 McLaren after just three laps in the 79-lap race.

The Indian suffered significant damage on his car in a Lap 1 contact with #14 In2Racing McLaren of William Phillips (with Matthew Graham) - enough to retire from the race.

As a result, the Indo-Brit pair were classified 13th overall in the GT4 championship with 45.5 points, of which #55 HHC Motorsport's Ginetta of Williams Tregurtha & Stuart Middleton were crowned champions with 185 points.

The HHC Motorpsort pair also took the Silver class honours with 213 points, while Rabindra & Macdonald were seventh with 107.5 points - having taken three class podiums in the season.

In the teams' standings, the Black Bull Garage 59 (145.5) were beaten by HHC Motorsport (185) after the #100 pair of Andrew Watson & Sandy Mitchell finished 14th overall & fourth in Silver class. The GT4 category was won by the #501 McLaren of Graham Johnson & Mike Robinson.

Meanwhile, in the GT3 class, the #1 Aston Martin overcame its sister #11 car to win the final race, but third placed #31 Team Parker Racing Ltd's Bentley of Rick Parfitt & Seb Morris were crowned the champions.

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