The Avon Tyres British GT Championship claimed another motor-sporting first on Sunday 20 September at Brands Hatch when twin brothers David and Godfrey Jones took championship victory in the final round; it's not only the first British GT championship win shared by siblings but is believed also to be a UK first for twins.
The Jones brothers, 56 and from Newtown Linford in Leicestershire, clinched the crown by a single point thanks to their victory yesterday in round 13 and their third-place finish today at the wheel of their Team Preci-Spark Ascari KZ1R, which is prepared by Midlands-based Team Pyro. They scored three race wins during the season and a further six podium finishes.
Said Godfrey Jones: "I have been dreaming about this. I have dreamt good things and bad, it's nice to have it over and that it's gone the way we wanted it. We knew what we had to do... the one way that we could lose it was to not finish the race. The team has done a great job with the car and it's worked out very well."
"I think Godfrey drove superbly in the first half of the race," said David. "He kept it on the pace and I just had to bring it home third, which I did."
The outright race winner was the Invitation Class Barwell Motorsport Ginetta of Phil Quaife and Leo Machitski, which stole victory from the Allan Simonsen/Hector Lester Rosso Verde Ferrari two laps from the end after it had led all the way from the pole, Simonsen lowering his own circuit lap record as he went. Lester finished just eight-tenths behind to take maximum points and secure championship second.
The GT4 class was won for the 11th time this season by the Team WFR Ginetta of Nigel Moore and (new class champion) Jody Firth.