It nearly a catastrophic start for the Spirit of Race SA Ferrari, Matt Griffin and Seb Morris fought off the line over fourth place, the Ferrari narrowly missed the pit wall after contact with Morris. Keen managed to pass Adam off the line whilst James Littlejohn spun through Bombhole, plummeting down the order.
GT4 pole sitter Joe Osborne took a commanding lead from the start, pulling away from the #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55. David Pittard passed Middleton to take second place with 15 minutes gone.
Following the start line incident, Morris was handed a drive through penalty which saw him rejoin the race ninth. Keen on the other hand extended his advantage to four seconds from Jonny Adam. It was at this point we had the first retirement of the race. The #29 In2Racing McLaren with Euan McKay at the wheel pulled into the pit lane with mechanical failure. Just minutes later, the #59 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren with Akhil Rabindra at the wheel spun before the #43 Ginetta and #7 Bentley collided through Brundle Corner. The #7 Team Parker Bentley was forced into the pits to fix the problem. The car rejoined but came to a stop down the back straight with further problems.
After firing ahead of Ratcliffe, Griffin in the Ferrari 488 set his sights on fourth placed Jon Barnes in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin GT3, whilst Sam Tordoff gradually clambered up to the back of the slowing Adam in second. Minshaw still held the lead despite the 10 second success penalty for his race one vicotry. The #1 Aston had been delayed in the pits by the stall #501 PMW Expo Ginetta.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, the safety car was dispatched to assist the rescue of the #7 Team Parker Bentley, instantly cutting the gap between Minshaw and Johnston. It was a controversial end for the GT3 race. Minshaw was handed a drive through penalty, gifting the lead to Johnston. With the #6 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini of Liam Griffin safe in second, a gaggle of cars squabbling for third in GT3 saw Rick Parfitt muscled wide by Mark Farmer, as the #11 Aston Martin held on to claim a podium double for TF Sport. In the waning moments, Jack Mitchell superbly held off a recovering Minshaw to claim fifth spot at the flag.
A pulsating battle for the GT4 lead developed after the safety car departed, with Will Tregurtha‘s #55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta claiming the lead from Alex Reed. Tregurtha and Reed ran wide whilst battling, allowing the #100 Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren of Mitchell to sensationally swoop ahead of both and take top spot.
The GT4 lead battle took another twist, when Tregurtha hitting the #63 Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Ginetta of Sam Webster at the final corner caused mayhem. The HHC Motorsport man suffered damage, before going straight on at turn one and clattering the tyre barrier, ending the championship leading Ginetta’s chances of a Snetterton double.