Brands Hatch - 28th June 2014

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Race Report & Results


The GT4 Challenge qualifying period was the first session of the day, so got underway promptly at 09:00 on the Saturday morning. Conditions were warm and bright, with the track still slightly slippery in areas due to fluid dropped during testing.

The JWB Motorsport team put in a great effort to rebuild the front end of the #6 car overnight following an accident in Friday testing. Their hard work was rewarded with Kieran & Liam Griffin taking pole position for the 3rd time this year. The black & pink car was the only car to dip in to a 49 second lap.

Tom Black & Chris Kemp took 2nd place, with a time of 50.893, just ahead of Adrian Johnson and series debutant Matt Le Breton, in third. Mike Brown and Paul Cripps took 4th place on the grid in the #7 MB Racing machine, with Desmond Smail, driving solo, just over half a second behind with 5th fastest time.

Regular GT4 pairing John Dickson & David Tinn set 6th fastest time with a 52.416 for Stratton Motorsport, ahead of Kevin Norville by the narrowest of margins. Only 0.005 of a second separated places 6 & 7 on the grid, Challenge returnees Chris & Mika Brown set 8th fastest time, only 0.477s back., a great effort in only their second race.


The race got underway slightly early at 12:04pm under clear and bright conditions.

Liam Griffin maintained his lead away from the rolling start, with Chris Kemp slotting in behind. Desmond Smail overtook David Tinn and set off after Matt Le Breton in the Adrian Johnson Racing car. Liam Griffin began stretching out a lead, with his lap times immediately down in to the mid 50.4s and getting quicker with each passing lap.

On lap 8, Desmond Smail caught and made a move to overtake Matt Le Breton. At the same time, Chris Kemp held 2nd, with Mike Brown in 3rd, just over 1 second adrift. The battle further down to order was very close, with only 7 tenths of a second the gap between Chris Brown and Kevin Norville, who, like Desmond Smail was driving solo on this occasion.

On lap 12, Liam Griffin began to encounter traffic, only marginally slowing his pace. Up to this point, his lap times had been only slightly slower than qualifying pace in his effort to build a good lead. Chris Brown then closed to within 3 tenths of Kevin Norville as they approach Paddock Hill bend, only 2 seconds covered places 6 to 8 at this point.

On lap 21, Liam Griffin, in the #6 JWB Motorsport car reported warning lights on dash, causing concern in the team garage. The issue was diagnosed as a gearbox temperature issue, something that the team would simply have to nurse for the remainder of the race.

On lap 29 Chris Brown took advantage of faster cars coming through the field and, battling under blue flags, passed Kevin Norville to take 7th place before starting to pull a gap. This move was part of a great scrap for 5th position, also involving Matt Le Breton and David Tinn.



Chris Brown then began to put David Tinn under pressure through Druids on lap 33, closing to just 3 tenths behind the sister Stratton Motorsport car. Due to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit configuration, the laps were being reeled off at a rapid pace with the leader completing 42 laps in just under 36 minutes.

On Lap 48, Kevin Norville was the first car to pit, followed by David Tinn a couple of laps later. John Dickson, having taken over the #47 from David Tinn had an off on the exit of Druids, bringing out waved yellow flags while John was helped out of the car. The car had suffered a puncture, which led to the accident, a disappointing showing after strong pace early on.

Matt Le Breton's great stint came to an end on lap 55 when he handed over to Adrian Johnson in the pit stop. It was only Matt's second ever day in a GT4 car, quite a change from his usual DB4. With 34 minutes of the race to go, Liam Griffin pitted from the lead to hand over to brother Kieran. Desmond Smail inherited the lead due to staying out while the #6 car pitted.

When Kieran Griffin emerged from the pits in the de facto 1st place, he was 30 seconds ahead of Tom Black, now in the #24 Vantage Racing car. Tom was putting in an impressive run of quick laps, reeling in Kieran at 1.5s per lap. On lap 72, Tom was the fastest car on track as he chased the #6 JWB Motorsport car.

Kieran then responded to Tom's pace in an effort to maintain the lead, holding the gap at 20s. The lap times were blow for blow with almost identical times on lap 77.

Tom Black then upped the pace again, cutting the lead to 17.5 seconds a lap later. While this battle was ensuing, Paul Cripps held 3rd for MB Racing, 40 seconds behind Tom. Meanwhile Adrian Johnson began to catch Desmond Smail at 1 second per lap, in the fight for 4th place.

The gap for the lead began to open up to around the 20 second mark again, as the fight for 4th continued to rage, with Adrian only 11 seconds back from Desmond with 6 minutes of the race to go.

Mika Brown, having taken over in the #12 car from his father Chris looked to be having a lot of fun, with the car sliding around under power, evidence of great car control in what was only his 2nd race.

At the flag, it was Kieran Griffin who took the win, after an intense battle with Tom Black, who claimed second place. Paul Cripps brought the silver MB Racing machine home in 3rd, followed by Desmond Smail after his marathon solo stint. Fifth place was taken by Adrian Johnson, followed by Chris & Mika Brown, with Kevin Norville 7th, also putting in a great performance during his solo drive.

The next round of the GT4 Challenge takes place at Donington Park on September 13 & 14. Anyone interested in hospitality passes to attend as a spectator/guest or competing in the race on an ‘arrive and drive’ basis with should go to for further information.

Race 2 Classification









JWB Racing

Kieran Griffin & Liam Griffin





Vantage Racing

Tom Black & Chris Kemp





MB Racing

Mike Brown & Paul Cripps





D J Smail

Desmond Smail





Adrian Johnson Racing

Adrian Johnson & Matt Le Breton





Stratton Motorsport

Chris Brown & Mika Brown





Kevin Norville





Stratton Motorsport

David Tinn & John Dickson