It was hot in England! 🔥
British GT 2019 – Oulton Park
Wow, what a difference a week can make. Dark skies and rain in Italy last week. Blue skies and hot sunshine in England this week. What an opening round to the British GT that was. Two things the weekends do have in common though; last weekend was my first visit to Monza, this was my first visit to Oulton Park.
Back on Saturday the boys and girls hit the track for qualifying, and there has to be a big shout out to Multimatic Motorsports in GT4. First appearance in British GT since 2007 and racing the Mustang for the first time in the UK in British GT, they set the pace locking out the front row in race one and also taking pole in the second. HHC also had a strong showing qualifying 3rd and 4th for the first race. In the second race, Team Parker lined up 2nd with Fox Motorsport in 3rd.
Over in GT3 the for the first race, Ram Racing took pole in the AMG, followed closely behind by Team Parker in the Bentley and Barwell’s Lamborghini. Race two was similar, with Barwell taking pole followed by Ram Racing in 2nd and Team Abba in 3rd.
Round One –
Starting the race on pole, the AMG of Ram Racing lead out the first lap, but it wasn’t long before Ryan Ratcliffe in the Team Parker Bentley took out the AMG, race over for both cars. Parfitt in the second Bentley passed the Barwell Lamborghini for the lead and stayed there.
If you don’t know by now, I’m a big fan of the Bentleys, mainly due to the immense sound but they just look too big to compete. It hasn’t been a great opening to the season for the new Gen2 Bentley but I’m happy to say that things are looking up. JRM Racing’s new partnership of Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris thundered to victory, bringing the big girl home in first place and some well earned silverware.
HHC have made the switch to McLaren from Ginetta for 2019 and the 570s driven by Dean MacDonald and Callum Pointon took the top honours in GT4 for round one of the 2019 British GT. As if taking top spot wasn’t enough, HHC also took third place with Tom Jackson and Luke Williams. McLaren certainly were looking strong in GT4, a third 570s from Tolman took the middle step on the podium in round one.
Round Two –
In the final round of the British GT Easter weekend racing at Oulton Park, Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker managed to take the top step of the podium after a safety car riddled race, mixing things up a bit. Sam and Jonny were joined on the podium by Adam and Richard from Team ABBA in 2nd who continued to hold off advances from Andrew and Marco who finished 3rd in the Beechdean Aston.
In GT4, Multimatic managed to covert their hard work in qualifying by taking 1st place in the Mustang with Scott Maxwell and Sebastian Priaulx. After having to withdraw their GT3 McLaren 720 from racing, Balfe managed to take 2nd in GT4 in round two whilst taking the Pro/Am honours with Graham Johnson and Michael O’Brien. For previous years Invictus racing has run two cars in GT4, though for 2019 they’ve decided to concentrate their efforts on one car. Is this already working? Invictus drivers Matthew George and Steve McCulley took their Jaguar to 3rd in GT4 at Oulton Park.
With strong finishes in both rounds, Barwell’s duo of Jonny Cocker and Sam De Haan now lead the GT3 drivers’ standings, ahead of Adam Balon and Phil Keen in 2nd and Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris in 3rd. Dean MacDonald and Callum Pointon with their McLaren from HHC share the top honours with Scott Maxwell and Sebastian Priaulx from Multimatic in the GT4 standings, followed by Matthew George and Steve McCulley from Invictus Racing.
Round One – GT3 –
1st – No31 JRM Racing – Rick Parfitt Jnr & Seb Morris
2nd – No72 Barwell Motorsport – Adam Balon & Phil Keen
3rd – No96 Optimum Motorsport – Bradley Ellis & Ollie Wilkinson
Round One – GT4
1st – No57 HHC Motorsport – Dean MacDonald & Callum Pointon
2nd – No4 Tolman Motorsport – James Dorlin & Josh Smith
3rd – No58 HHC Motorsport – Tom Jackson & Luke Williams
Round Two – GT3 –
1st – No69 Barwell Motorsport – Jonny Cocker & Sam De Haan
2nd – No8 Team ABBA Racing – Adam Christodoulou & Richard Neary
3rd – No99 Beechdean AMR – Andrew Howard & Marco Sorensen
Round Two – GT4
1st – No15 Multimatic Motorsports – Scott Maxwell & Sebastian Priaulx
2nd – No20 Balfe Motorsports – Graham Johnson & Michael O’Brien
3rd – No44 Invictus Racing – Matthew George & Steve McCulley
Next Stop –
Snetterton 300 – 18th to the 19th of May
Credits: Photos Chris Lazenby (Lazenby Visuals), Words Natalie Lazenby