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Rockingham Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

British GT-3 Championship, Round 6

10 - 11 June 2017, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Macmillan Racing grabbed second position in the longest race of the British GT season, the Silverstone 500, after a thrilling race, which featured spells in the lead of both GT3 and GT4.

GT3 ? Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, no24
Grid position; 1st
Race Result; 2nd
Leading the field to the start of the Silverstone 500, poleman Jack Mitchell knew he?d have a fight on his hands, after an epically-tight qualifying session. His fears were realized immediately as the Parker Racing Bentley jumped ahead and Jack was immediately in the role of pursuer, the lead duo quickly pulling clear of the field. When the Bentley made the first of its mandated three driver-changes, Jack took over the lead but when he handed the no24 Aston Martin V12 Vantage over to partner James Littlejohn, the big Bentley reclaimed the advantage. The split strategy set the tone for the race. Despite a flawless performance, James and Jack were unable to counter the pace of the Bentley and - after leading at various points - finished in a fine second place, the best result for the team in GT3.

James Littlejohn: "We were chuffed to have qualified on pole and really pleased to have finished second in the race. The car was really good throughout the race and our strategy was excellent. The Bentley had a little edge and they made no major mistakes, so they were always going to be hard to catch. But finishing second and again being top Aston Martin is a great result for the team!"

Jack Mitchell: "The Bentley was fuelled for a short stint at the beginning and Rick got the jump on me, as the lights went out, grabbing the lead. When they stopped earlier, we reclaimed the lead and we were either first or second pretty much all the way through, as the stops flip-flopped. We couldn?t catch them but no-one else could match us for pace, so it was really encouraging. We?re so close to that first win and you can?t be disappointed with second, after such a long, hard race."