Playing in the sand
Last weekend the Avon Tyres British GT Championship visited, the supposedly, sunny beaches of Holland for the ‘Trophy of the Dunes’ event. This would be the penultimate weekend for the championship and would once again see close racing between the teams and drivers as they’d battle it out for that chance to win the championship.
Zandvoort is a bit of an odd circuit, it’s placed on the coast of the Holland and is very near the sea…so much so that you can almost see the famous beaches from the higher points of the circuit. The circuit is 2.676 miles long and consists of 13 sweeping turns over and around the Dunes. Surprisingly for a track so close to the sea (and in Holland for that matter!) it has an impressive amount of undulation which creates some very cool sections of track. A particular favourite of mine was the corner Rob Slotemaker. This involved a swooping right-left-right sequence that was the scene for a lot of the weekends action – including some pretty hefty shunts.
Unlike a usual race weekend, the normal Avon Tyres British GT Championship support races weren’t in tow. Instead we were treated to the fantastic, and slightly bonkers, Supercar Challenge series which featured a wide array of machinery including the rather spectacular Praga R1. Also the GT race had great cars such as the Corvette C5-R, 458 GT2 and some rather magnificent Volvo’s competing…
Both Avon Tyres British GT Championship races were packed full of action and provided some fantastic racing, although the first race featured a slightly lengthy safety car period it eventually led to a impressive six car battle for the lead in the GT3 category. Also GT4 was hardly a walk in the park, after storming through the field the Ginetta of Matt Smith and Dan Eagling took the win after having some impressive fights. In the GT3 class the Porsche 911 (997) GT3 R of Michael Caine and Ahmad Al Harthy and Oman Air Motorbase would take the win after holding off the likes of Rob Barff and Dan Brown.
Race 2 saw a dominant display from the Trackspeed Nick Tandy and David Ashburn pairing, leading the race almost from start to finish with Rob Barff and Gary Eastwood in the FF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia finishing in second place again – for the second time that weekend.
As we head into the final round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship the championship is still up for grabs. It’s going to be another exciting finale for arguably the best British championship. It all concludes on October the 6th at Donington Park for the grand final. Believe me, you are not going to want to miss this!
My next event is the Blancpain Endurance Series championship finale at the Nürburgring for another epic GT racing conclusion. It’s a 1000km race which will start at 11:45 (CET) and will be available to view on the Blancpain Endurance Series website.
Here’s a selection of my favourite photographs from the Avon Tyres British GT Championship’s Trophy of the Dunes at the Circuit Park Zandvoort.
Coming Soon: Blancpain Endurance Series Finale