Trackspeed Racing 1-2 Snetterton

Steve Tandy and Joe Osborne became the first drivers to win two races in the 2012 Avon Tyres British GT Championship on Sunday at Snetterton, leading home Trackspeed team-mates Jon Minshaw and Tim Harvey, while RJN Motorsport's Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe completed the GT3 podium.

Pole-sitter Harvey battled hard in the opening laps, firmly shutting the door on Osborne, who in turn had pressure from Motorbase's Michael Caine and fellow Trackspeed driver, Richard Westbrook, up from sixth on the grid.

Retirements were aplenty in the opening laps; first to exit the race was Beechdean's Aston Martin in the hands of Jonny Adam who was involved in an opening lap skirmish with MTECH's Matt Griffin. Next up was Matt Bell in the United Autosports McLaren MP4-12c who suffered what he described as 'the scariest moment in his career'; coming down the Bentley straight for the third time, the brakes failed and Bell left the road still doing in excess of 100 mph. After bouncing across the grass and exit road, Bell re-joined and sheepishly parked the McLaren in the pits.

Caine, third on-track and fending off the intentions of the chasing Westbrook spun at Agostini and the Motorbase driver re-joined in a lowly ninth.

Scuderia Vittoria's Aaron Scott was rapid in the first half of the race and took several places on his way up the order from eighth, not least Benji Hetherington's Motorbase Porsche for fourth; Hetherington would later retire with a broken driveshaft. Scott was gifted third when Westbrook retired.

With the pit stops complete, the race was Minshaw's to lose. All was going well for the #33 Demon Tweeks backed Porsche until the final quarter of the race when a fuel pressure problem saw Minshaw gift team-mate Tandy an armful of time, which eventually led to the Trackspeed pair swapping positions.

Minshaw switched on the reserve fuel pump and managed to hold off the intentions of the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4, now with the more than capable Alasdair McCaig driving. Attempting to recover a time deficit caused by an earlier penalty, Mardenborough cut through the pack at a rapid rate; two seconds a lap here, three seconds a lap there. With ten minutes to go it looked like a nail biting finish, but much to RJN's no doubt frustration, Minshaw held off the charging Mardenborough and followed home Tandy, just 1.4 seconds between the two Trackspeed drivers.

Trackspeed are still leading both the Drivers and Teams Championships and looking forward to Silverstone in September.

Trackspeed Racing 1-2 Snetterton race 2

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