British GT Oulton Park for Rounds 7 & 8

 

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Race 1

SRO The championship organisers moved the normal easter dates due to the pandemic to mid-September so it was a warmer drier mid-day start to race 1 (Round 7) of the championship with Kelvin Fletcher on pole in the Bentley GT, he gets a great start into old hall and opens up a gap of just over a second from Tse with Tilbrook just behind, Fletcher extends his lead with the fastest lap of the race, in GT4 0.8 of a second covers the top 2, 15 minutes gone and Tse in the Ram racing Mercedes takes the lead from Fletcher in the Bentley, 36 minutes on the clock remain the pit window is open and all the GT3 cars are in the pits for driver changes and fresh tyres, the first to re-join is the Ram racing Mercedes of Tom Onslow-Cole straight away he pulls away with a gap of around a two seconds from Neary in the Abba racing team Mercedes, but fastest on track and on a mission is Dennis Lind posting fastest lap times and catching the leaders. 15 minutes to go and Onslow-Cole still leads with just over a 3 second gap from Neary in #Car08 with Lind in the Lamborghini #Car63 in 3rd, the chequered flag falls it’s a win for Onslow-Cole & Tse and Ram racing with Sam Neary in 2ndand Lind in the Lamborghini in 3rd.

Race 2

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Race 2 was a complete contrast to race 1, as 10 minutes before the start the rain started to fall, most teams went for the full Pirelli wet tyre, the race starts under the safety car with 2 laps completed the race goes green but conditions weren’t great as the rain fell heavier making for poor visibility with the spray, the drivers earned there money keeping the cars on track, Scott Malvern leads in the Porsche ahead of Lind in the Lamborghini , as the drivers settle into there rhythm, Onslow-Cole winner from race 1beaches his Mercedes at Island and the marshals wave the double wave yellows but this is immediately changed to a full safety car as the car can’t be moved under green racing, this sparks activity in the pits as the pit window is open, the Ram racing and sister car to Onslow-Cole now takes the lead with Loggie onboard, with 24 minutes remaining the safety car is in and its back to green racing, but more drama as the leader Loggie #Car06 as a drive through penalty for a pit lane infringement, so now the Lamborghini of Phil Keen Michael Igoe lead after Loggie takes his penalty he re-joins in 6th position, Igoe still leads with Balon in 2nd in another Lamborghini with Jones in the Porsche 3rd, in GT4 Century motorsport BMW of Burns and Burton only need a point to secure the championship but they take the lead after the top 2 McLarens and teammates come together, the chequered flag is out and its Phil Keens 267thBritish GT win along with Michael Igoe, 2nd is another Lamborghini #Car01 of Balon with Ian Loggie in the Mercedes a great recovering drive after the penalty in 3rd. In GT4 Burns & Burton seal the championship with the win their 3rd of the season.

Next up Donington Park for the final round and the championship decider in GT3, its all to play for on the 16th to 17th October.

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