British GT Race 2 Oulton Park

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Race 2 of the British GT from Oulton Park was held in dry conditions as the rain had gone and track was dry.

The Team Parker Bentley was again on pole position, but a poor start from Seb Morris meant it was once again the Barwell Motorsport Lambirghini that went into Old Hall first. The sister Bentley of Callum Macleod also manged to get past Morris.

Morris tried to re-pass Macleod on the second lap but sent Macleod’s Bentley into a spin at Hislops. Because of this inicident, Morris was handed a drive-through penalty. TF Sport profited from this as Jon Barnes was now second in his Aston Martin and Jonny Adam moved upto fourth in his Aston Martin. Sam Tordoff running in the Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini was in third but the ex-BTCC racer had to pull off the circuit and into retirement which promoted Adam further and now into third.

Both TF Sport drivers tried to get up to Keen, but he had such a lead, 14 seconds, that when his team-mate emerged after serving the success 10s penalty as a result of winning race 1 they were still in the lead. Johnston who was now in the driving seat for TF Sport was gifted second place after Farmer, who had taken over from Jon Barnes had a little excursion across the grass.

Unfortunaley the race ended behind the safety car as Ian Loggie in his Team Parker Bentley and Richard Neary driving the Team Abba with Rollcentre Racing Mercedes AMG made contact and debris was spread across the track and both cars in the barriers.

Fourth went to the Ferrari pairing Spirit of Race’s Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin after starting 12th. Fifth was Parfitt Jnr and Morris after their drive through penalty and a spin.

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The GT4 race started with pole man Mike Simpson in his Century Motorsport Ginetta making contact with Ciaran Haggerty’s Black Bull Garage 69 McLaren who in turn got hit by the UtraTek Nissan of Martin Plowman and finally by Joe Osborne in the Tolman Motorsport McLaren. Osborne had to retire his car with bonnet damage as he couldnt see and Haggerty had to re-start his McLaren due to the force of the accident which cut his transmission.

A seven-car battle then ensured behind Simpson’s scarred Ginetta but Martin Plowman in his UltraTek Nissan forced his way past. Team Parker Racing Porsche of Scott Malvern was now behind Simpson, but as he tried to force his way through the pair touched as the left Cascades and Simpson’s Ginetta was sent spinning.

Plowman had got his head down out in front and by the time he finally pitted the UltraTek Nissan had a five second advantage of Adam Mackay who had to serve an extra 10 seconds in his track-club McLaren as they had won the previous race.

Behind them the Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren was quietly making up time in Haggerty’s hands. From ninth place, the Scot pitted early and put on fresh rubber and Sandy Mitchell used this to his advantage. Once all the pit stops had completed Mitchell was upto second. He then passed the Lanan Racing Ginetta of Alex Reed and into the lead just before the crash that led to the safety car ending.

Due to the safety car being out, Mitchell couldnt serve his team’s penalty which because it wasnt taken, it ended up being a 30s post race penalty. This meant that Reed and team mate David Pittard were promoted.

Marcus Hoggarth and Matthew Graham finsihed fourth at the flag in the In2Racing McLaren behind the Macmillan AMR Aston Martin of William Philips and Jan Jonck but were promoted to second as the Macmillan AMR and the McLaren of Mitchell had penalties. The 2016 champions Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson got the final podium spot once all the penalties were sorted out. In fourth was HHC Motorsport pairing of William Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton confirming their speed after a podium in race 1.

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The next round of the championship is at Rockingham on 29th-30th April.

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