Rejoining in seventh, Sandy rapidly caught the No 11 McLaren in sixth, and following a third appearance of the Safety Car eased himself ahead. He instantly set his fastest lap of the race to bring himself up to the rear bumper of the No 3 car, itself the third in a bumper-to-bumper line of three Mercedes. Sandy then spent the next 37 minutes hounding the #3 Mercedes, closing up in the corners but then having to watch as the rival car eased away on the fast straights.
With two minutes remaining, the #3 car retired when it ran out of fuel. Now fifth, Sandy was again instantly on to the rear bumper of the fourth-placed #4 Mercedes, before crossing the finish line just 0.245secs adrift. Third, fourth and fifth places were covered by just 1.380s.
“We threw everything we had at that race after the pitstop,” 2020 British GT champ he explained. “I knew over the full lap I had a quicker car, but because Brands Hatch is such a difficult place to overtake it’s hard to fight through the field, despite having such strong pace. Falling back at the pitstop was frustrating, because if I’d been able to exit ahead of those cars I know I had the pace to stay in front. Shaun and everyone in the Barwell team did an excellent job this weekend. Now we head to Donington next month for the final two-hour race in the championship, determined to finish on a high and bag our second win of the season.”