Wilkins doubles up with second Masters GT Trophy win at Brands
Craig Wilkins completed a dominant weekend in the Masters GT Trophy by also winning the fledgling series’ second race at the Masters Historic Festival. Leading home a Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo 1-2-3, Wilkins romped off to a win by 39 seconds over Jason McInulty who came from the back to second place.
“I was looking forward to a bit of a tussle with Jason”, said Wilkins, “but it was a very good weekend, I’m very pleased with it.”
Sam Tordoff tried hard to get his Porsche 997.2 Cup onto the overall podium, but could do nothing about the Neil Glover/Aaron Scott Lamborghini coming back at him. In fifth overall, Ray Harris also doubled up on GT4 honours, with the George Haynes/Adam Sharpe BMW M3 GT4 taking second place in class in ninth overall.
In seventh and eighth, Nathan Luckey and Dallas Carroll enjoyed a race-long battle for second place in the Cup class behind Tordoff, with Luckey’s 991.1 prevailing over Carroll’s 991.2 towards the end.
The final Masters race of the weekend, the Masters GT Trophy started off with race 1 winner Craig Wilkins in the lead from Neil Glover’s similar Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo, with Wilkins immediately pulling out a gap. Tordoff in the Porsche 997.2 Cup was hurrying Glover while being chased by Ray Harris in the Ginetta G55, while from the back, Jason McInulty in the third Super Trofeo Evo was up into fifth on lap 2. Sixth was Dallas Carroll driving solo in Marcus Jewell’s 991.2 Cup, with Nathan Luckey up next in the 991.1 Cup, Ron Maydon in the regular Super Trofeo and George Haynes in the BMW M3 GT4.
Going into lap 4, Wilkins had created a big lead of 17 seconds over Tordoff while McInulty had already made it past Glover for third. Harris trailed the Lambos four seconds down on Glover, while Carroll was defending from Luckey and Maydon.
One lap later, McInulty braked really late for Paddock Hill Bend, and climbing the hill side by side Tordoff got back on the Lamborghini into Druids. The next time around, though, McInulty was through. Meanwhile, the fight for sixth proved to be entertaining, with Maydon getting ahead of Luckey to set after Carroll.
The pit window now open, McInulty was the first to blink, with Luckey following him in, as the rest elected to stay for the moment. On lap 8, race leader Wilkins was coming in together with George Haynes handing the BMW over to Adam Sharpe. The next ones to pit were Neil Glover to have Aaron Scott take over the Lamborghini, and Ron Maydon with Craig Davies waiting to take his place. On lap 9, it was Tordoff’s turn, with only Harris and Carroll carrying on, but they were in on lap 10 and lap 11, respectively. With Tordoff being forced to stay in the pits for longer because of his elite-driver penalty, Aaron Scott was able to pip the Porsche before it rejoined.
was still the clear race leader, now 30 seconds clear of McInulty on lap 12. Harris in the Ginetta G55 was third but not for long, as Scott was closing rapidly, with Tordoff a further seven seconds back. Davies trailed Tordoff by 15 seconds, with Luckey now up into seventh spot, having demoted Carroll to eighth.
Still in the groove, Wilkins continued to increase his lead, as Scott got fastest lap of the race down to a 1.28, cutting his deficit to McInulty to 20 seconds. Ten seconds behind the Lambo top-three, Harris saw Tordoff closing in fast, and going into lap 16, the Porsche stormed past on the start-and-finish straight.
At the chequered flag, Wilkins completed a pair of strong runs with another dominant win, leading home Jason McInulty and Aaron Scott by 39 and 45 seconds respectively. Tordoff was fourth and the Cup class winner while Harris took GT4 honours in the Ginetta G55. The Davies/Maydon Lambo took sixth ahead of the Luckey and Carroll Porsches and the Haynes/Sharpe BMW.
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