Stratton Valley - 17/8/21
Round 3 - Summary of Racing
The 3rd round of the Japanese GT / GT3 series was upon us already, and this multi-coloured & varied line up provided a stark contrast to the monotone conformity of the V8 cars.
About the only thing similar about the cars in this series so far….is the winner over the first 3 rounds. Callan in the Gulf McLaren has proved a class above so far & once again took 1st place this week with his 82 lap total. However, this week’s result wasn’t as clear as the pervious 2 & Phil kept the pressure on through all 3 heats to finish 2nd by less than half a lap with 82 laps also. Adrian Gray rounded out the top 3 this week, finally having a good run mechanically to deservedly get 3rd spot, 1 lap down on 81. When I mentioned earlier the quip about this series being quite varied, I did however forget about the predominance of one model of car towards the top of the results sheets so far……and each week has seen a further increase in the domination of the McLaren. From a 1st in round 1, to 1st 2nd & 3rd in round 2 & now, thanks to Bruce grabbing 4th spot on 81 laps, 1st through 4th in round 3. I sense that those drivers not driving a McLaren may be pushing you know what, you know where!
In the first of the non Mclarens, 5th & 6th spot was fought out between the AMG Mercedes of mine & John Batich in his wonderful looking Bentley Continental. I managed to edge John out this week to take 5th with John in 6th, both of us on 77 laps……well down on the flock of McLarens in the top bracket. Rob Golley managed 7th on 75 laps this week, and has been a consistent performer through all 3 heats so far. As has Rhys Filbee, who slotted into 8th on 74. Dave Gray was not far off the pace at all either to grab 9th position on 72 laps in a car that is as fast as most on its day. Leigh Stephens had a slightly more frustrating run this week, with his car having a reluctance to turn corners at certain sections of the track leading to his 10th position on 64 laps. Thomas Males in the stunning looking Aston Martin (11th on 58 laps) also had his own troubles on the odd corner or two……mostly the one marshalled by Rob Golley who may have been getting RSI at one point.
1st – Callan
2nd – Phil
3rd - Adrian