Avon Tyres British GT Championship : Round 1 – Oulton Park



Trackspeed had the pole spot for Race 2, trailed by the ever consistent Beechdean team. All eyes were on the United Autosports R8, who found themselves at the very back of the grid, could they charge through the field?


As the cars thundered their way around the final corner and up to the start line for the green flag, the heavens opened. A cloud of spray hailed the cars into turn one, with the Porsche of Richard Westbrook retaining the lead from Beechdean, who had dropped behind the Mtech Ferrari of Matt Griffin and the Rosso Verde car of Allan Simonsen.


The treacherous conditions had the better of the SLS of Godfrey Jones, dumping him in 18th position and a long way from home.

With the race settled down, the drivers found their targets. Tim Harvey took residence on the tail of the Beechdean car of Adam.


United Autosports were enjoying a quick charge through the field until the Predator F430 of Adam Wilcox put it on hold, with a thorough battle for position ensuing.


Things settled down after a later than expected driver change – with David Ashburn taking over from a dominant Westbrook in the Trackspeed Porsche, things were looking very comfortable for them.


The battle behind was a slow burn, the two Ferraris had been at each other for the entire race, but a late off by Hector Lester in the Rosso Verde car giving the MTech boys a chance at the second spot, which they took gracefully all the way to the line.


Minshaw and Harvey in the second Trackspeed Porsche gave them a rounded out podium, and a very successful Race 2.

United Autosports crossed the line in a wonderful 5th place, climbing all the way from the back of the grid to do so after brilliant piloting by drivers Matt Bell and Charles Bateman.

The GT4 victory went to Team WFR once more, their Ginetta G50 proving unstoppable after taking both wins.


And with that, it was all over! I hope you've enjoyed my coverage, I know I certainly enjoyed creating it, and I hope to see you all again soon as I attend more events throughout the country this year.

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