Sam Neary and Marcus Clutton put on a show to round out Saturdays racing in the GT cup at Donington Park. Clutton clinched a dramatic win over Neary in the dying moments of the 50 minute race into the dipping sun.
The father and son pairing looked to have great pace after qualifying, father Richard Neary took to the start for the 25 minute sprint race and soon built a small gap that was only short lived. The brand new out of the box #26 Aston Martin GT3 from Ultimate speed with Matt Manderson onboard was showing it’s pace and began pulling in the gap and sitting on the tail of Richard Neary around the Leicestershire circuit.
The Gap between Neary and Manderson would stretch a little and increase towards the end of the race as traffic car into play, by this time the JMH Lamborghini would be closing in on the Aston Martin but everyone would hold position. Neary would take the win in class with a 5second lead of the Aston Martin of Manderson which extended it’s gap by the end to 36 seconds ahead of John Seale in the JMH Lamborghini.
GTC Class had a tough fight between the Lamborghini’s and Ferrari but by the end we saw Jim Geddie in the Huracan Supertrofeo EVO overcome the Ferrari 488 Challenge driven by John Dhillon to make it a 1-2 finish for Scott Sport in class.
GTH saw last years champions in the Mclaren 570s GT4 take the win with Steve Ruston behind the wheel, Ruston lead away from the class pole position and would contain the field and take a commanding class win.
GTB was a more open affair. Saxon Motorsport’s BMW 150 GTR shone in the hands of Tom Barrow, climbing ahead of the Team HARD Porsche to beat the Topcats Marcos Mantis of Jensen Lunn to the class victory.
GTA was an equally tight squabble, this time among Ginettas. Contact from team-mate Jenkins spun Simon Orange into the gravel at McLeans and handed the edge to its sister cars, Jenkins making his move on Patrick Collins to grab the win. The winning car was excluded from the results however, handing Collins class success.
As the sun was just dipping towards the horizon the GT Cup feel took to the circuit for their first 50 minute endurance race of the weekend.
Richard Neary took the start for the pole position Team Abba Racing Mercedes but dropped from the drop of the green flag, a poor get away dropped the AMG down into third position and found its behind the G-Cat Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Rounding the Melbourne loop on lap 3 Richard had already jumped up into second and now only found himself behind the #26 Aston Martin.
Lap 10 saw Richard attempt a move down at the Melbourne hairpin which ended in contact for the cars and the #26 being spun around as he tried to close the door on Richard. Neary would get away first fro the cars and resume the race in the lead and continue to pull away as we head towards the pitstops in the race.
Pitstops naturally saw the filed shuffled and the young ace Sam Neary jumped onboard the Team Abba Racing AMG and instantly got down to the pace. As it all settled we now saw Sam Neary ahead of the field but with Marcus Clutton now onboard the JMH Lamborghini piling on the pressure and closing the gap from 8.5 seconds
Clutton would put in 5 phenomenal laps closing down Neary and then continue to hassle Neary at every opportunity and at every turn before eventually getting the upper hand coming out of Redgate to then lead heading through the old hairpin. Neary wouldn’t give up and would never be more than 1 second behind Clutton in fact even closing back to within less than 0.5seconds of the Lamborghini but wouldn’t be able to pass and would cross the line in second behind Marcus Clutton who would take the overall win for the JMH Lamborghini squad.