This was it. Five action packed rounds would all come down to one race and all eyes would be on Luka Berk to see if he could continue his brilliant dominance and take what would be a well deserved Championship Title. With only Aaron Walker able to stop him from taking the crown, he too would need to be looking over his shoulder with Stephen Haley, Aiden Browe and Jannick Moller all looking to take the runner-up spot. The scene was well set for an exciting finale of the Simsport Racing GT4 Season 4 Championship.
Following the recent British GT DLC release, our field of drivers would be taking on Norfolk’s premier race circuit, Snetterton. With it being a new release and drivers having limited practice and experience on one of ACC’s newest circuits, this would bring a new element to the challenge and had the potential to develop into an open race with some drivers getting used to the circuit and adapting faster than others.
Following on from Jannick Moller’s fine victory at Paul Ricard, having finished in the coveted 15th place, Will Dendy would start the season finale from Pole position ahead of Stijn Paspont and Keiran Vidago. Ross McGregor would be one to watch from fourth, whilst Championship contenders Berk and Walker would start the race from 11th and 12th respectively.
With the lights turning green, Dendy made the most of the clear air, making a great start and proceeded to pull away at the front as Vidago moved into second place and McGregor found himself on the grass but making a good recovery as cars jostled for position on the narrow, Snetterton track.
With Dendy continuing to extend his lead at the front, Reegan Mitchell attempted an ambitious move on McGregor as they went side-by-side into Brundle, only to run wide on the entry to Nelson, which not only gifted the position back to McGregor but left Mitchell having to defend hard from the Cayman of Jenson Button.
As the race approached the end of it’s first fifteen minutes, with Berk now crucially running in seventh and ahead of Aaron Walker, a brilliant four-way battle had developed further down the field, with Cameron Fyfe having to defend his position hard but coming out on top against experienced Simsport counterparts in Adam Isailovic, Dave Hedges and Marc Neutelings.
With plenty of thrilling battles still taking place throughout the field, there was drama at Agostini as Aiden Browe was tagged and spun by the Ginetta of Matt Richards as they battled for 11th, an incident which also caught up the unfortunate Tobin Leigh who had nowhere to go to avoid making contact with Browe’s spinning Aston Martin.
Back at the front, Dendy still led the way ahead of McGregor, while the battle for the podium was really hotting up. With Vidago running third, fourth-placed Reegan Mitchell lost two places in as many corners as Jenson Button completed a great move down the inside of the McLaren going into the Montreal Hairpin, with Michael O’Brien getting his elbows out and following his mentor through to relegate Mitchell to sixth place and no doubt smarting about losing places in such quick succession.
With the race entering it’s final ten minutes and Luka Berk doing what he needed to do by running in fifth, there was further drama at Agostini as Nyle Schleeter was spun by the over enthusiastic BMW of Gavin Uttley in a very similar to fashion to Aiden Browe earlier in the race. Browe meanwhile, continued his recovery through the field by taking fourteenth place from reigning Champion Karolis Sipavicius in a terrific move having got an excellent drive out of the exit of Nelson.
With just seconds left on the clock, an intense battle for the lead had developed between Dendy and McGregor, with Dendy weaving across the Bentley straight in an attempt to try and break his rivals tow as McGregor’s BMW bared down on the Aston Martin. Despite McGregor’s very best attempts to take the win, Dendy held on to cross the line and complete a superb lights to flag victory, with Jenson Button following the battling duo home in third place.
Attention soon turned to Luka Berk who crossed the line in fourth position and with it, took the crown of Simsport Racing GT4 Championship Season 4 Champion!
Congratulations to Luka for a fanatastic season, with his consistency unable to be rivalled in a thoroughly dominant display over the course of all six races.
Despite a difficult round at Snetterton, Aaron Walker managed to secure the runner-up spot in the Championship ahead of Stephen Haley and Aiden Browe, with former F1 Champion Jenson Button securing fifth place ahead of the Zansho Mercedes of John Munro. Reigning Champion Sipavicius could only manage 8th place in what had been a difficult campaign.
In the Teams Championship, the honours were taken by the Simsport Racing McLaren’s of Stephen Haley and Reegan Mitchell.
Congratulations were also in order for Mark Raddenbury, who took the AM Title following a stellar season in the Ginetta.
Once again, another great Simsport Racing GT4 Season comes to a close and what another epic season it has been. Thanks once again to all our drivers for being part of a season to remember and for our commentary and broadcasting team for providing excellent coverage of our races. We’d also like to thank all of our viewers and readers who have taken the time to watch our races, highlights reels and for taking the time to read this blog and sincerely hope you have enjoyed our content.
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Final Driver and Team Standings after Round 6:
Picture courtesy of Denise Pope