Fenny Compton team Century Motorsport claim first ever one-two in British GT4
TEAM owner Nathan Freke believes Century Motorsport are in for a competitive season after they made history at the opening round of the British GT Championship at Brands Hatch.
In what was a really successful weekend for the Fenny Compton team, Gus Burton and Will Burns took home both pole position and the win, while Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke and Chris Salkeld finished first in the Pro/Am class category and second overall in the GT4 class.
With plenty of work done during the off-season, Freke says the result was a "fair reflection" of that effort and that the season is "shaping up to be a very competitive year" for the team.
He added: "After pre-season testing we knew that we had a great chance of success at the weekend and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
"The new EVO BMW M4’s worked faultlessly and are clearly a force to be reckoned with.
"I’d like to thank BMW Motorsport for the continued support and to congratulate the drivers on their superb performances all weekend."
The No.57 BMW driven by Burton and Burns showed impressive pace during qualifying to not only take pole position in the silver/silver class, but to also secure overall pole position on the GT4 grid with a time of 3:03.874.
After a hectic formation lap the race begun under safety car conditions. When the race was finally given the green flag, Burns held on comfortably to the lead pulling out considerable gap to the car behind.
Unfortunately due to two more safety car periods, Burns saw his lead diminish and with the second safety car being so close to the pit stop window it was impossible to build enough of a lead to negate the additional 26 seconds pit stop time compared to the Pro/Am pairings.
During the pit stop Burns handed the car over to Burton.
Burton then climbed his way back through the field by overtaking the sister car, Gordon-Colebrooke, to move into second place.
With only five minutes left of the race the pair were set to finish in a comfortable second place, until the lead car suffered a puncture, which resulted in Burton and Burns taking their first British GT win.
After winning the final round of the 2020 British GT at Silverstone back in November, Gordon-Colebrooke was ready to start the title fight with his new teammate Chris Salkeld in the No.9 car.
A solid qualifying for the Pro/Am pairing saw them achieve third in their class and an overall fifth on the GT4 grid.
Salkeld, who is new to the British GT grid, started the race and drove a solid stint to bring the car back in third ahead of the pit stop and driver changes.
Upon exiting the pits Gordon-Colebrooke found himself in front of Burton.
Gordon-Colebrooke fought off huge pressure from Burton, which saw a great display of racing.
The on-track battle lasted four laps before Burton got the run into turn one and managed to find a way past Gordon-Colebrooke, putting him down into third place.
After running the majority of the race in an overall third place and second place in the Pro/Am class, Gordon-Colebrooke found himself elevated to first in class pairing and second overall.
That was how it stayed for the final five minutes of the race to claim their first victory in the Pro/Am class.
The next round of the British GT Championship is the Silverstone 500 on 26th and 27th June.