British GT3 Oulton Park race review

British GT3 Oulton Park race review

03.08.2020: Blue skies greeted the teams for todays first race at Oulton, which Lewis Proctor led away from pole position. Hed remain there throughout the opening stint but came under increasing pressure from 2 Seas Motorsports Jordan Witt who was tucked up under

Blue skies greeted the teams for today’s first race at Oulton, which Lewis Proctor led away from pole position. He’d remain there throughout the opening stint but came under increasing pressure from 2 Seas Motorsport’s Jordan Witt who was tucked up under the Optimum McLaren’s rear wing when GT3’s pit window opened after 22 minutes.



While Proctor stopped at the first time of asking, Witt continued in the hope of undercutting the McLaren. Such was his pace that Jack Mitchell successfully emerged ahead of Ollie Wilkinson, who’d taken over from Proctor.



Behind, 2 Seas’ second 720S driven by Angus Fender was busy holding off James Baldwin who was seldom more than half-a-second behind throughout the opening stint, plus Rob Collard who jumped ahead of Sam De Haan at the start.



A straight fight in the pits went the way of Jenson Team Rocket RJN who sent Baldwin’s co-driver, Michael O’Brien, on his way just ahead of Dean Macdonald and Collard’s replacement in Barwell’s Lamborghini, Sandy Mitchell.



The trio emerged right behind second placed Wilkinson who was powerless to pursue race leader Mitchell. The latter's good work would ultimately be in vain, though, when a pitstop infringement resulted in 2 Seas’ #10 McLaren receiving a 10s stop-go penalty.



That handed the advantage to O’Brien who’d just passed Wilkinson on the approach to Hislops after the reigning Silver Cup champion bounced across the second of Brittens' high kerbs.



O’Brien was able to stretch his legs thereafter before a Safety Car was called with 10 minutes left on the clock. When it was withdrawn there would be time for just two laps, which O’Brien negotiated to claim a first British GT victory on his maiden GT3 appearance.



Wilkinson came home two seconds behind after holding off Macdonald and Mitchell, while RAM Racing’s two Mercedes-AMGs completed the top-six after making ground post-pitstops.



Indeed, Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman were best of the Pro/Am crews after beating Adam Balon and Phil Keen (Barwell), and ABBA’s Mercedes-AMG shared by Nearys Richard and Sam. Matt Griffin set fastest lap en route to ninth in AF Corse’s Ferrari. And Team Parker’s Bentley rounded out the top-10 ahead of 2 Seas’ other McLaren, which was penalised for a second time after speeding in the pitlane.




- Tom Hornsby, photo SRO





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