Mitchell fired up to defend British GT Championship

By Giles Blair

REIGNING British GT champ Sandy Mitchell is determined to put up a stout defence of his crown this weekend.

The Scots endurance racer will be tackling the season’s penultimate double-header at Oulton Park, in Cheshire, partnered by team-mate Adam Balon in their Barwell Motorsport-prepared Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The 21-year-old, from Forfar, said: “We’ve got two one-hour races this weekend, before the final two-hour race at Donington next month, and we’re only 19.5 points off the championship lead.

“There’s a load of points up for grabs over the next three races. We know it won’t be easy because the standard of competition is fiercely tough. But we are certainly up for the challenge.”

The Lamborghini factory driver added: “We all know how fast Oulton is. It’s a fantastic circuit to race on and we know it suits the Lamborghini well. I’m confident we’ll be mixing it at the front of the field in both races.”

The Proctors' Balfe Motorsport McLaren 720S (Balfe Motorsport)

However, Ian Loggie, from Motherwell, is arguably just as well placed for taking the title with his RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG partner Yelmer Buurman.

And Andrew Howard will be hoping that Kirkcaldy team-mate Jonny Adam can help his chances of becoming champion in their Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage.

Meanwhile, Aberdonian father and son Stewart and Lewis Proctor fancy their chances of lifting the GT3 Silver-Am trophy on board their Balfe Motorsport McLaren 720S.

Rally crews, meanwhile, will be turning their attention to the Galloway Hills event, which will be the penultimate round of the Scottish Rally Championship.

It will be run over a compact 40-mile route of six stages in the Galloway Forests based around Dalbeattie.

The championship has seen three different crews win the first three rounds, but Ford Fiesta R5 pairing Jock Armstrong and Cammy Fair lead the standings having finished second on every event.

Jock Armstrong and Cammy Fair in their Ford Fiesta R5 (Eddie Kelly Motorsport Photography)

As Hills sponsor and a nine-time winner, Armstrong will be among the favourites, although four-time winner David Bogie will also be one to watch, with John Rowan on the notes in their MINI WRC.

On two wheels, Scot Tarran Mackenzie will be seeking further success at Silverstone in the British Superbike Championship.

The 25-year-old McAMS Yamaha rider enjoyed a stunning two wins and a second-place finish at Snetterton in Norfolk last weekend. And he goes to the Northamptonshire circuit full of confidence with good reason.

Mackenzie said: “Snetterton was a career-best weekend in the BSB for me and we head straight to a track that has been very good for me in the past.

“I had my first BSB podium at Silverstone, took my first win there and won there last year, too. We know our bike works really well there, so I’m hoping we can have another successful weekend.”

Gus Bower and Dean Macdonald celebrate their GT4 European Series win at the Nurburgring (United Autosports)

FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider Rory Skinner, from Perth, will also hope to gain more points and experience, after two top 10 finishes last weekend.

Across the pond, Airdrie’s Ryan Dalziel said he is “super excited” to be competing at Laguna Seca, in California, on board an LMP2 Era Motorsport Oreca in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Also overseas, Fifer Dean Macdonald and partner Gus Bowers helped secure the Silver Cup team title for United Autosports in the GT4 European Series at Germany’s Nurburgring last weekend.

The pair won the second race from pole position in their McLaren 570S – their first victory in the competition of the season – having clinched the third podium step in the first encounter.

Macdonald said: “It’s been the best weekend for our car’s team. Qualifying on pole was great and so was getting third and the race win.

“Most importantly, it’s been good for the team championship as well getting all those points, so very happy for everyone heading into Barcelona.”


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