Middleton and Tregurtha pounce as Lanan duo's challenge falters
With current leader Colin Noble Jnr not in action for another week, British GT's GT3 and GT4 Pro continent had an opportunity to reduce their deficits in Kent.
Alex Reed and David Pittard went into the event as the LMP3 Cup ace's nearest challengers, but left with their Daytona 24 Hours prize drive chances and GT4 title hopes in serious doubt after suffering a mechanical issue.
Enaam Ahmed took his ninth win of the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 season but it was far from straightforward as a mid-race downpour made conditions treacherous for the slick-shod field. The championship leader was able to resist his hard-charging Carlin team-mate James Pull who took second with Lanan Racing's Toby Sowery coming home third.
Sowery fastest in session 3 and ends day quickest overall at Spa
Title challenger Toby Sowery set the fastest time in the third and final test session for the BRDC British F3 Championship at Spa Francorchamps this afternoon (Thursday), but it was his time from this morning's opening test that proved to be the quickest time of the day.
Following our success running the ARC Bratislava team's Ginetta LMP3 cars in the Asian Le Mans Series, finishing 2nd & 3rd. The team asked that Lanan continue with them to Le Mans with their new Ligier LM2 car.
Lanan Racing continued its rich vein of form in British GT and BRDC British Formula 3 by collecting podiums in each at Snetterton last weekend (August 6-7).
The successful weekend leaves F3 front-runner Toby Sowery in the title hunt heading into the final weekend, with British GT duo Joey Foster and Alex Reed well placed for a top three championship finish.
Joey Foster and Alex Reed claimed seventh place on debut in the GT4 class of the British GT championship at Brands Hatch GP on April 16-17. The two-hour race was curtailed by a red flag with just under 25 minutes remaining.
Contesting the opening round of the champsionship in a Ginetta G55 GT4, the pair qualified ninth.
In a dramatic and at times frantic encounter, Foster and Reed were both able to steer clear of trouble to claim seventh in class by the flag.
Toby Sowery and Akhil Rabindra will be expected to be back among the front-runners when the BRDC British Formula 3 championship moves on to the spectacular Brands Hatch Grand Prix this weekend (16-17 April).
McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards finalist Toby Sowery is to remain at Lanan Racing for the remainder of the 2016 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, with his eyes fixed on the title.
Sowery began the Formula 3 season in brilliant form at Snetterton, claiming a brace of podiums and a pole position despite having had limited time in the new F3 car. He currently lies third in the standings ahead of rounds four, five and six at Brands Hatch on April 16-17.
Toby Sowery helped Lanan Racing begin BRDC British Formula 3 at the front when the championship got underway at Snetterton, Norfolk, on March 27-28.
The Cambridgeshire 19-year-old scored a brace of podiums, a fastest lap and a pole-position on his return to the multiple single-seater champions. Team-mate Akhil Rabindra meanwhile raced hard on the way to three points finishes.
Akhil Rabindra has joined double champions Lanan Racing for the 2016 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship. He becomes the first of three drivers to be confirmed for the new season.
Rabindra, from Bangalore, India, moves to Lanan Racing having competed in Formula 4 in 2015. He finished his debut season of European racing in 13th place in the standings, with a best finish of seventh at Rockingham in round five.
Leading single-seater and sports car squad Lanan Racing is set for further expansion in 2016, joining the GT4 grid of British GT. The Bedfordshire-based team will field a pair of new-for-2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsports.
The 2016 season will see Lanan Racing in two of the UK's premier championships, British GT and Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship, along with a return to Europe's top sports car championship, the European Le Mans Series.
Jack Bartholomew and Rodrigo Fonseca secured a podium apiece at Donington Park in the penultimate weekend of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship. Chris Mealin was denied a podium of his own, after he was forced off the road defending the lead of race two.
Fonseca leaves Leicestershire as the highest-placed Lanan Racing driver in the standings, laying fifth, one spot ahead of Bartholomew, with Mealin eighth.
Donington Park hosts the penultimate rounds of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship on 12-13 September, with Rodrigo Fonseca, Jack Bartholomew and Chris Mealin hoping for better luck than that of Snetterton last time out.
The second half of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship begins on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch on 1-2 August, with Rodrigo Fonseca, Chris Mealin and Jack Bartholomew looking to reignite their title campaigns.
A double podium was the highlight of rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 championship at Snetterton on 11-12 July.
In tricky wet conditions, Rodrigo Fonseca and Jack Bartholomew secured second and third positions in round 11, 16-year-old Bartholomew's maiden podium in single seaters. Fonseca scythed his way into the lead heading into the closing stages...
The Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship moves on to Snetterton, Norfolk, this weekend, with Lanan Racing's Chris Mealin and Jack Bartholomew looking to recover from trying weekends at Silverstone last month, while team-mate Rodrigo Fonseca looks for a third win in as many weekends.
Following the podium finish at round two of the European Le Mans Series season at Imola in May, Lanan Racing has been forced to miss round three at the Red Bull Ring, Austria.
While missing the event will allow the rest of the LMP3 field to score championship points without reply, it also gives the team a fresh opportunity to continue to develop its new Ginetta-Nissan. It will also provide more time to improve the car's reliability, which has beset each of the new LMP3 teams.
Alex Craven and Mark Shulzhitskiy claimed a maiden European Le Mans Series podium for Lanan Racing in round two of the championship at Imola, Italy.
Nissan works driver Shulzhitskiy put the Lanan Racing Ginetta on the front row of the grid in qualifying, lapping three-tenths quicker than eventual winners University of Bolton.
The squad impressed on the way to third place in the race, setting the second fastest lap in class. The result was the perfect reward for the team, after missing all of second practice to rebuild the car following an unfortunate clash in FP1 with a spinning LMP2.
The European Le Mans Series moves to Austria in July, with round three taking place on 11-12 July at the Red Bull Ring.
Trio leave Rockingham on top
A win apiece for Rodrigo Fonseca and Chris Mealin at Rockingham made it a 1-2-3 at the head of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 standings.
Mealin's second win of the year, adding to his Oulton Park success, moves him to the top of the points table ahead of Fonseca and Jack Bartholomew.
Charlie Hollings Joey Foster and Alex Craven will form a very convincing driver line-up indeed for the opening round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series aboard Lanan Racing's brand new Ginetta Nissan LMP3.
Both Hollings and Foster have previous LMP race experience, Hollings aboard Rollcentre's LMP1 Pescarolo, and later in CN machinery in VdeV and Speed Euroseries.
RODRIGO FONSECA EYES UP BRDC F4 TITLE CHALLENGE WITH LANAN RACING
LANAN RACINGS CHAMPIONS SO FAR
2013 F3Cup Champion Alex Craven
2013 BRDC F4 Champion Jake Hughes
2014 F3Cup Champion Toby Sowery
2014 BRDC F4 Champion George Russell
THE ICING ON THE CAKE
George Russell wins the 2014 Autosport BRDC Young Driver award
We have ordered our LMP3 Ginetta-Juno for the 2015 European Le Mans Series