The result of the two-hour race at Donington puts the Maxwell/Priaulx pairing back into the lead of the GT4 Drivers’ Championship with just three races remaining.
The weekend started well for Maxwell and Priaulx when between them they put the #15 Mustang on GT4 pole position for the start of Sunday’s race. Maxwell was at the wheel for the start and, although he lost a couple of places in the pushing and shoving, he hunted down the second placed McLaren, passing it a few laps later. After a great hour-long stint he pitted from the lead to hand over to Priaulx.
Once the order settled after the pit stops, Priaulx found himself in second place so he set off after the BMW leading the race. After reeling in the BMW he passed it with 25 minutes of the race left to run and brought the Mustang home in first place.
“This win means even more to us than the win at Oulton Park” said Maxwell. “That one was a sprint race and everything was fresh and new. We’ve struggled since then for pace, which you could see at Silverstone when everything went like clockwork but we came third. Everything went great again today and we found a little more pace but you never know how it will play out until 45 minutes before the end due to all the different pit stop strategies. Everyone did their job and I think we really deserved this win.”
In the #19 Ford Mustang GT4, Hoy was making his debut with Multimatic and Billy Johnson was making his debut in the British GT Championship! Hoy started the race from 14th place and soon got stuck into some entertaining on-track battles before handing over to Johnson who hauled the Mustang up the order, taking fourth in GT4 and first place in the GT4 PRO AM class.
“What a fantastic weekend,” said Hoy “I’ve never driven the Mustang so I didn’t know what to expect but Billy talked me through it and gave me all of his top tips to get the best out of the car. The car was really easy to drive. It’s the perfect car for an amateur GT racer as it’s quick, it’s stable and it encourages you to push. I think I got the most out of it today, then handed it over to Billy and he won the race so I have no complaints! I’m looking forward to being able to hit the ground running at Spa. I know the car now and Spa is one of my favourite tracks so I think it will be a lot of fun.”
The next round of the British GT Championship takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 21 July.