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Stoney & Kellett Take GT5 Victories; Double G40 Cup Wins For Golding

10th June 2018 • Stephen Errity

Shane Stoney and James Kellett took a win apiece in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge races at Silverstone, while Tom Golding was a double winner in the G40 Cup, which joined the GT5 grid this weekend.

In the first race on Sunday morning, second-place starter Kellett (Century Motorsport) led the first lap, but was soon repassed by the polesitter, Quattro Motorsport’s Stoney. The pair then began to pull away from the rest of the packed 52-car field.

Am class leader Richard Evans, also with Quattro, had qualified impressively and was up to third behind Kellett and Stoney at the end of the first lap. A great battle for third then ensued between Evans, Optimum Motorsport’s Connor O’Brien and privateer Connor Grady, lasting for much of the race until Evans unfortunately suffered contact towards the end of lap seven. With damaged suspension, he had to retire after going off on the start-finish straight.

HHC Motorsport’s young duo of Charlie Digby and Scott McKenna were the main benefactors of Evans’ misfortune, with McKenna having made strong progress up the field during the early stages to go from 10th on the grid to fifth on track by the penultimate lap. McKenna then passed his team-mate on the last lap to take fourth, which became third in the results after O’Brien was hit with a five-second penalty for track-limits violations.

Up front, it looked like the win was Stoney’s, until he and Kellett came upon the back of the G40 Cup field on the last lap. Stoney went to the outside of the car being lapped, Kellett to the inside, and the latter emerged from the corner in the lead, which he’d hold to the flag.

So it finished Kellet from Stoney, McKenna and Digby, ahead of the penalised O’Brien. Century’s Max Bird got up to sixth ahead of Grady by the end, with Alex Toth-Jones (Richardson Racing), Will Dyrdal (W2R) and Geri Nicosia (Optimum Motorsport) completing both the overall and Pro class top 10.

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Further back, Evans’ retirement meant it was W2R driver Adrian Campbell-Smith who’d lift the GT5 Am class trophy, finishing right ahead of class rivals and Fox Motorsport team-mates Nick Halstead and James Townsend.

The G40 Cup contingent set off 20 seconds behind the GT5 Challenge field. Regular front-runners Tom Golding (Assetto Motorsport), Tom Sibley (Xentek Motorsport), Jack Oliphant (W2R) and Rob Keogh (W2R) filled the first four positions after the first lap.

Keogh rose as high as second and dropped as low as fourth in the course of the race, but recovered to P2 by the end of proceedings, with Oliphant claiming the final podium position ahead of Sibley, as Golding and Keogh came home first and second.

It was a double Oliphant appearance on the G40 Cup podium, as Jack’s father Paul won the ‘Chairman’s Cup’ trophy for older drivers, as well as coming home fifth overall in the class ahead of Shawn Fleming (SF Racing), Dimitri Sedashev (SVG Motorsport) and Jimmy Thompson (W2R).

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The second race saw front-row starters Stoney and Kellett out front again, with the former leading the latter after the first lap. Kellett had dropped to fourth by lap three, but regrouped and regained third when Digby spun out of that position shortly afterwards. O’Brien was his next target; Kellett dived down the inside at Brooklands to move to second, which is where he’d finish the race, 1.6 seconds behind winner Stoney

McKenna was in his grid position of third in the closing stages, temporarily losing it to Toth-Jones, who then ran wide on the last lap, dropping to fourth place. That would subsequently become fifth in the final results when a five-second time penalty for track limits was applied, promoting Geri Nicosia to fourth.

But there was a post-race five-second penalty for McKenna due to contact with another car, which meant Nicosia was promoted to third in the final result, with McKenna officially classified fourth.

Behind them, Morgan Quinn (GBR), Katie Milner (Team Merlin), Bird and Sebastian Arenram (Reflex Racing) emerged in positions six to nine at the flag after several laps of intense battling, with W2R’s Brett Ward completing the overall GT5 top 10 ahead of Digby, who was another driver hit with a five-second time penalty for track limits, dropping him to 11th.

Retirement for Campbell-Smith meant GT5 Am class victory went the way of Halstead this time around, closely followed by Townsend and Assetto Motorsport’s Phil McGarty in second and third.

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Race two saw good battling at the front of the G40 Cup pack, too. Golding, Oliphant and Sibley held the podium positions in the early laps, but a charge from Keogh saw him in the mix in second position by the end of lap five. It would finish with Golding ahead of Keogh and Oliphant, Sibley in fourth, W2R’s Jimmy Thomson fifth and Chairman’s Cup winner Shawn Fleming (SF Racing) bringing it home in sixth.

The GT5 Challenge and G40 Cup grids will race together again in a couple of weeks, following the British GT Championship to its overseas round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 21-22 July.