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The return to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship for Sam De Haan came to an unfortunate premature end at Brands Hatch over the weekend, with the Zenith-backed Mercedes-AMG GT3 of RAM Racing.
After on-off rain throughout the weekend, the skies were threatening further rain ahead of the race, and sure enough it appeared shortly before the green flag formation lap got underway. Despite this, the field opted for slick tyres with James taking the rolling start and he looked to make an immediate impression. A move shortly after the race start set up an impressive opening lap which saw the #69 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 running in P7 and the quickest car on track.
With clear air, James opened a gap to the chasing pack while also closing down the leaders, setting consistently quickest laps. A safety car period neutralised this charge but brought the gap down, and on the restart James quickly gained another position to move up to P6 but a small error saw him drop the position as he ran over the grass on the corner exit. The following laps were close on the gearbox of the 6 th -place Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini looking for a route past, which appeared to be as James exited the final corner with a strong run across the start-finish line towards turn 1. Unfortunately the gap closed in front of him as he braked for the corner and he was unable to avoid contact with the Lamborghini, sending both cars spinning into the gravel trap on the exit of Paddock Hill Bend.
Strong pace for De Haan sees top-4 finish at 1,000kms of Paul Ricard
British GT – 30 May 2021