The first race of the 2016 British GT Championship season was full of events thanks to a bevy of incidents, which culminated in a massive accident that delivered the usual caution period.
The Brands Hatch is famed for its course – if you didn’t get the chance to see it in person at least borrow a friend’s copy of any respectable GT game and you’ll know what we mean. And during the inaugural round of the regulated British GT season there was a rather massive three-car incident that occurred during lap 22 – though aside from the spectator thrills fortunately no one was injured. The drivers implicated, Phil Dryburgh from Motorbase Performance Aston Martin GT together with Matthew Graham driving the Generation AMR MacMillan Racing Aston Martin GT4 had to go to the locker rooms. Nick Jones who mans the Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 was a tad luckier and brought back his ride to the pits.
By the way, the crash is noteworthy since this is the first ever incident in the history of the British GT to require a “Code 80” after the crash – meaning all cars on the track were confined to a maximum velocity of 80 km/h. The delay also spanned 40 minutes as the service teams cleared the debris and repaired the damaged barrier. And it wasn’t the only incident, during lap 50 Luke Davenport’s Tolman Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT3 was engulfed by flames. And that resulted in the race’s abrupt and unexpected early end.