2013 British GT Championship – Rd 1, Oulton Park

 

2013 British GT Championship – Rd 1, Oulton Park

 By Nat Twiss

 

Britain's premier GT Series, the Avon Tyres British GT Championship kicked off with an explosive start last weekend at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit.

 

Race 1 began with the #15 Fortec Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 on pole position, after a blistering qualifying time of 1:37.098, two tenths faster than the second place of  the #27 Vita4One 458 of Jay Palmer and Mateo Bobbi.

 

Although the circuit was dry, conditions remained difficult as the biting wind and cold temperatures made heating the tyres incredibly challenging. On the warm-up lap, the Vita4One car found itself buried in the Armco, causing a delay to the start of the race as the damage to the barriers was assessed.

 

Eventually the debris was cleared and the race, and season, was set to go. With the damage to the rear portion of the #27 car, second place was taken by the #33 Trackspeed Racing Porsche of John Misnhaw and Phil Keen, followed closely by the #1 Motorbase Porsche piloted by Ahmad Al Harthy.

 

The British GT Championship is populated by some fantastic driving talent, and on such a small circuit like Oulton Park it manifests itself in exciting, close racing. Particularly in the midfield.

 

Midway through the race, the front of the field started to shake up. The #15 Mercedes and the #31 Trackspeed car of David Ashburn were involved in a laps-long scrap for the top spot, with both of the Trackspeed team-mates finding their way through to take the lead. They remained this way through to the chequered flag, bringing the first race of the season to a great finish for two thirds of the Trackspeed team, with their fellow #32 car facing a disqualification after a first-lap altercation.

 

Race 1 Results

 

1

33

GT3

Trackspeed

Jon Minshaw
Phil Keen

Porsche 997 GT3 R

33 laps
1:00:34.559

1:36.806

2

31

GT3

Trackspeed

David Ashburn
Nick Tandy

Porsche 997 GT3 R

33 laps
+1.190

1:36.217

3

15

GT3

Fortec Motorsports

Jason Minshaw
James Walker

Mercedes AMG SLS GT3

33 laps
+24.428

1:37.337

4

1

GT3

Motorbase Performance

Ahmad Al Harthy
Michael Caine

Porsche 997 GT3 R

33 laps
+25.264

1:37.843

5

3

GT3

Rosso Verde

Hector Lester
Allan Simonsen

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

33 laps
+25.607

1:36.130

6

79

GT3

Ecurie Ecosse

Marco Attard
Oliver Bryant

BMW Z4 GT3

33 laps
+26.144

1:37.362

7

13

GT3

AF Corse

John Dhillon
Aaron Scott

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

33 laps
+31.829

1:37.338

8

21

GT3

MTECH

Duncan Cameron
Matt Griffin

Ferrari 458 Italia GT3

33 laps
+32.542

1:37.038

9

25

GT3

United Autosports

Mark Patterson
Matt Bell

Audi R8 LMS ultra

33 laps
+33.029

1:36.734

10

6

GT3

PGF-Kinfaun AMR

Phil Dryburgh
John Gaw

Aston Martin Vantage GT3

33 laps
+44.876

1:37.346

 

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