Sandy Mitchell of Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse was cruelly denied a maiden GT4 victory in the second round of the British GT Championship at Rockingham after a late stop-go penalty.
Piloting their McLaren 570S GT4 for only the second time, Sandy from Letham and Ciaran Haggerty from Johnstone again demonstrated their potential as race winners when they led into the second-half of the two-hour race.
Having started from third on the GT4 grid, 16-year-old Mitchell delivered a blistering first 55-minute stint, moving the car up to second place.
Minutes after handing the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse car over to his 19-year-old team-mate, Haggerty had eased into a healthy lead.
But visions of a first win in the UK’s most demanding sportscar championship evaporated when stewards adjudged the team had released the McLaren 570S GT4 early, before completing the compulsory 155-second stop.
Sandy Mitchell said: “I didn’t make the best of starts. I dropped two or three places, but I got back up to third when I passed a number of cars round the outside of Turn Two.
“I then tucked myself up close behind the second-placed car and though I knew I was faster, I couldn’t get past.
“We’ve made such a huge amount of progress over the opening two races. We’ve shown good pace.”