Alex Reed, Joey Foster and Lanan Racing recorded their maiden British GT4 Championship victories at Spa-Francorchamps earlier today after a flawless performance aboard their Ginetta G55 helped them claim a 4.3s victory over PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport’s Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson.

Third place went to Generation AMR Macmillan Racing’s Jack Mitchell and Matthew Graham on a day when domestic entries filled the top seven positions in the combined British GT and GT4 European Series classification.

That would have likely been eight had the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 570S that dominated the opening stint not ground to a halt just before the pit-stop window opened after 50 minutes, leaving pole-sitters Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty to once again rue what might have been.

Instead, it was Lanan Racing who were left celebrating after winning their first British GT race since entering the series at the start of 2016. The huge 42-car combined GT4 entry meant it was anything but straight forward, although neither Reed or Foster were ever challenged after the McLaren retired from the lead.

18-year-old Reed, who lined-up second, maintained that position throughout the opening stint. Although never able to challenge Mitchell, he pitted with a 20-second advantage over Johnson’s chasing Ginetta, which had lined up fourth before passing Anna Walewska’s Century Motorsport Ginetta soon after the start.

With no pit success penalties for either crew to serve, Foster and Robinson emerged from their respective stops separated by roughly the same margin. And although the latter was able to halve the gap over the final stint, the relatively slender winning margin owed much to Foster’s cautious final laps.

A consistent, trouble-free and fast race also earned Mitchell and Graham their second GT4 podium of the season. Mitchell started sixth of the British GT runners, but 15th in the combined class classification, and spent much of the first half of his stint focusing on tyre preservation. That would pay off for his co-driver after the pit-stops when Graham emerged third before stroking the Ginetta home.

Alex Reed, #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4: “I’m ecstatic! There’s no words and I’m just amazed that we managed to do it. The McLaren was unlucky to go out the way it did but I’m so happy with our result, which cancels it out a bit. I’m pumped!”

Joey Foster, #51 Lanan Racing Ginetta G55 GT4: “We’ve been working away all season, getting better bit by bit, but we had a test here last week which went really well. The rain in qualifying threw us a bit because we didn’t really know where we stood against the others. But the race went perfectly for both Alex and I, so I’m really, really pleased to get Lanan’s first British GT win, especially as this is the first time I’ve driven at Spa since my big shunt in 2011. It’s great to come back and get on the top step; the monkey’s off my back.”

The penultimate rounds of this season’s British GT Championship take place at Snetterton on August 6-7.