British GT ready for the title decider at Donington Park

This weekend marks the end of another thrilling campaign in the British GT Championship as a total of seven crews from GT3 and GT4 travel to Donington Park in the midst of a field of 29 cars for the two-hour title decider.

The Grand Prix configuration of the East Midlands circuit will once again be the setting for the end-of-season spectacle that often provides drama to the very end. The championship is also celebrating its 30th birthdayth anniversary, with a special windshield banner to commemorate the milestone.

GT3: Loggie seems to prevail in the four-way battle for the GT3 honors

After several near misses it looks like Ian Loggie will finally secure the GT3 crown, the RAM Racing Mercedes driver comfortably 24.5 points clear of second place finishers Adam Balon and Sandy Mitchell in the Barwell-led Lamborghini.

Also mathematically contested are James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson’s 2 Seas Mercedes and the Enduro Motorsport McLaren of Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton, fighting a four-way shootout for the ultimate championship prize.

Crucially, following the results at Brands Hatch, Loggie will start without a handicap last time out, while a 15-second win penalty for Balon and Mitchell due to second place poses another obstacle. Oh, and Loggie has Mercedes works driver Jules Gounon in the seat next to him.

Gounon’s off-season campaign means neither he nor Loggie’s other reserve team-mate Callum McLeod can share the overall title, but the speedy Frenchman is sure to play a part in the action on track.

Balon and Mitchell will look to use their experience from past title decisions to overtake the favorites ahead of the event, but must also be wary of the threat posed by 2 Seas and Enduro.

GT4: Three-way battle for the GT4 crown

Unlike GT4, the picture between the three remaining title contenders is much narrower. Currently at the top is Newbridge Motorsport’s Aston Martin, driven by Matt Topham and Darren Turner.

They have a manageable 12.5 point lead over nearest rivals Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding in the Stellar Motorsport-powered Audi, with an additional eight points adrift of the third-placed car of Josh Miller and Jamie Day (R Racing Aston Martin).

The cards are to some extent in Topham’s and Turner’s favor as Williams and Fielding have to spend an extra 21 seconds stationary due to recent pit stop successes. But Williams and Fielding have an enviable qualifying record so their Audi is a strong bet to start up front and to strike in position should the Aston Martin run into trouble.

For Miller and Day, a podium finish is an absolute must for any hope of honor and should the teenage couple achieve it, they will become the youngest crew ever to do so and the existing record held by Will Tregurtha and Stuart break Middleton.

GB3 Championship: Browning vs. Granfors in a three-race shootout

Both Hitech GP’s Luke Browning and Fortec Motorsport’s Joel Granfors travel to Donington Park this weekend for a three-race shootout to decide the 2022 GB3 Championship.

The pendulum has swung between the two all season but a double podium for Browning at Brands Hatch last time out has given him the upper hand and a 16.5 point lead over Granfors en route to Leicestershire.

Browning has more wins than any other driver this season – five to be precise – and is looking to add the GB3 title to his ROKiT British F4 crown, which he won in 2020, ironically with Granfors’ Fortec team.

“It’s absolutely crucial, it could be the time when I’m crowned two-times British champion and for me that would be an amazing achievement,” said Browning. “To become a two-time British champion would be a dream and I don’t know of any other rider who has achieved that in recent years, so what a dream that would be.

“I would just like to bring it home to the team, they worked so hard. The pace has been very strong all year and will hopefully give me the step forward I need to become a professional racer.”

For the Swede Granfors, who has been the epitome of consistency throughout the season, the trip to Donington is one of the most important weekends of his career.

“Donington will be one of the most important weekends of my career, but it will also be a lot of fun whether I win or not,” said Granfors.

“I’m trying to stick to a business-as-usual approach, otherwise I’m just overthinking it, I think.

“I’m not too nervous at the moment, maybe that will change when we get into the last day, I think we’ll see, but I just have to do my best and I think that will do.”

GB4 Championship: Taylor leads season finale

Nikolas Taylor is just three races away from his first singles title and in his first year of competition.

The Anglo-Malaysian graduated in karting at the turn of the year and went on to claim 9 of the 21 race wins on offer in GB4 so far this season, giving him a theoretical advantage of 31 points over Max Marzorati’s 74 on offer among the three competitions this weekend.

“I’m feeling really good,” says Fortec Motorsport driver Taylor. “I had a brief trip to the Lake District to distract myself, but now I’m immediately refocused on the work ahead.”

“Nine wins is a good stat, but with our pace this season we should be able to do better. But it’s my first race of the season and I think it’s a good achievement. I want to add something on the last lap!”

Also still in the running mathematically are Jarrod Waberski, Tom Mills and Jack Sherwood, but they’ll need a sizeable swipe at the duo ahead to seal the coveted crown.

Follow the action…

To follow Sunday’s British GT Championship live, visit SRO’s GTWorld YouTube channel, where GB3 and GB4 action will also be broadcast on MSV TV.

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