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Saturday GT5 Podium Puts Kellett On Cusp Of Title

22nd September 2018 • Stephen Errity

Century Motorsport’s James Kellett finished third in the first of the weekend’s three Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge races at Donington Park, provisionally clinching the series’ 2018 driver’s title in the process. The race was won by Kellett’s Century team-mate Max Bird ahead of Fox Motorsport man Gordie Mutch.


Final confirmation of the title will come after races two and three on Sunday, but as long as there’s no technical disqualification or points deductions for judicial matters across those races, Kellett has done enough to put the title out of reach of the only other driver on the grid this weekend with a mathematical chance of taking it: Optimum Motorsport’s Geri Nicosia.

Kellett started the race from pole position and defended his lead from Richardson Racing’s Alex Toth Jones, who had a storming start to make up five places off the grid. Mutch kept a watching brief in third, until lap four when Toth Jones dropped to fourth behind both Mutch and Bird.

Start 01

The top three battled closely as the race clock wound down, with Bird getting ahead of Kellett on lap seven and Mutch following through on the final tour to leave the order Bird, Mutch then Kellett when the chequered flew.

Behind them, Toth Jones was penalised five seconds for track-limits infringements, meaning fourth place went to 2017 regular Ryan Hadfield (Xentek Motorsport), who’s back in the GT5 Challenge for a one-off appearance this weekend, and fifth to Carlito Miracco. The penalty left Toth Jones sixth in the official results, ahead of Matt Rainbow, Geri Nicosia and Morgan Quinn.

Podium Race1 Am Khera Halstead Frost

Nick Halstead (Fox Motorsport) took Am class victory, having caught and passed guest entrant Lucky Khera (W2R). The latter finished second in the category, with fellow W2R racer Lee Frost completing the podium.

Two more Protyre Motorsport GT5 Challenge races follow from Donington Park on Sunday, live streamed on Facebook.com/GinettaCars