HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 drivers Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha finished on the podium and extended their lead in the British GT Championship’s GT4 class standings at Brands Hatch on Sunday, with Tregurtha making a pass for third on the penultimate lap of an action-packed race.
The #55 car was involved in a cracking three-way scrap for third place right from the off, with starting driver Middleton doing battle with fellow Ginetta runners Dave Pittard (#51 Lanan Racing G55) and British GT debutant Niall Murray (#43 Century Motorsport G55) around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit’s challenging twists and turns.
Murray dropped back to sixth after running wide at Paddock Hill Bend, and the the #43 car’s challenge was also blunted later in the race by a stop-go penalty for a pitstop procedure infringement, meaning Murray and co-driver Jacob Mathiassen ended up eighth in class at the flag.
Lanan Racing also hit trouble, being delayed during the pitstops by a mechanical issue, with the result that Pittard and co-driver Alex Reed lost ground to the HHC duo in the points standings heading into the season finale at Donington Park in late September.
Middleton left it until the last possible moment to hand the car over to his fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Tregurtha, meaning the latter emerged from the pits on fresher tyres than his rivals and could immediately go on the attack.
As the #100 McLaren fell back from battling the eventual race winner, Tregurtha rapidly made up ground and was right on the back bumper of the Ciaran Haggerty-driven car as the checkered flag approached.
The HHC driver kept in touch through both slower GT4 and faster GT3 traffic, before finally getting a better run through Clearways on the penultimate lap of the race to clinch the podium spot with moments remaining.