December 6, 2022

Strictly Come Dancing winner takes first total British GT victory at Oulton Park within the curtain-raiser’s second eventful race.

Phrases: Graham Keilloh

At Oulton Park for Easter Monday’s British GT curtain-raising double header, a race with declare to be the championship’s greatest ever was adopted by one with declare as its strangest. And unusual not merely as a result of the victors had been Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman, profitable total for the primary time in British GT.

Fletcher and Plowman – in a Paddock Motorsport crew having its debut as a McLaren outfit and as a two-car squad – weren’t possible winners upfront, ending Oulton’s race one 15th and beginning race two 14th.

The second race although in impact turned a 20-minute dash for each pairing’s ‘Am’ driver. The Professional drivers’ opening stint of the hour-long contest was wiped, first by a prolonged security automobile interval after GT4 pair Moh Ritson’s Paddock McLaren and Freddie Tomlinson’s Assetto Ginetta collided at Shell Oils. Then the pink flag flew through the half-distance pit window as amid sudden rain Jamie Caroline’s RAM Mercedes slid off earlier than Druids, burying deep within the tyre barrier.

The race restarted with the order from earlier than the pit window, all now with their stint-two drivers and assuming the necessary stops had been completed. Nevertheless pitstop penalties – for the top-three finishers from Oulton’s race one plus the 14 seconds for GT4’s Silver Cup runners – would nonetheless apply in full and be added on the finish. It meant race two was on the clock in addition to on the monitor.

This was dangerous information for race two’s frontrunning pair Ian Loggie’s RAM Mercedes and Shaun Balfe’s Audi. Additionally they had been the highest two dwelling in race one so had so as to add 7s and 10s respectively.

At first this regarded OK for Loggie however as he led Balfe on monitor in first and had much less penalty to take, plus Mia Flewitt’s 7TSIX McLaren in third was holding the remainder again.

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But Fletcher bought himself into fourth behind Flewitt after Morgan Tillbrook’s Enduro McLaren was delayed by {an electrical} drawback then Adam Balon’s Barwell Lamborghini served a 10s stop-go penalty after associate Sandy Mitchell hit Tilbrook’s associate Marcus Clutton underneath an earlier security automobile.

Fletcher was in a position to clear Flewitt for third at Hislop’s chicane with 10 minutes left to get a transparent monitor to cost in to. However he was 9.3s behind Loggie, greater than the magical 7s vary to complete forward. But Fletcher then closed on the leaders incessantly and took the web first place with two minutes left. Loggie and Balfe, the primary two dwelling, dropped certainly to fifth and sixth within the remaining calculation.

And Fletcher was clear on the importance. “[It’s been] a difficult weekend. We all the time set the bar excessive [at Paddock] however we’ve got to be practical, we’re going up towards some actually fast combos [who] are comfy of their chosen automobiles. It was a tall order, however we simply drove our hearts out,” he instructed Motorsport Information.

Plus within the dramatic climax Fletcher was largely unaware of the time scenario: “My earphones had fully gone so I simply knew I used to be making a little bit of a headway however I simply wished to get some good occasions in.”

Loggie wasn’t joyful that the restart wiped associate Jules Gounon’s stint-one lead and his RAM crew appealed the consequence. Stewards rejected that enchantment the subsequent day however RAM intends to now enchantment to the nationwide courtroom, so the consequence stays provisional.

But RAM’s penalty was nothing on Steller Audi’s GT4 race-one winners Sennan Fielding and Richard Williams who had a mammoth 24s so as to add, collected from 10s for profitable race one and 14s for being a Silver pairing.

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Additionally they completed first on the highway in race two however had been third within the classification, as Darren Turner’s Newbridge Aston Martin Professional-Am associate Matt Topham got here dwelling second on the highway nicely inside vary to win. Jack Brown, partnering reigning champion Will Burns in a Silver Cup Century BMW, was chasing Topham and likewise snuck forward of the Audi.

“I by no means knew the hole to P1, they only let me do my factor,” Topham instructed MN, “and I’m glad they did as a result of it took every little thing to remain in entrance of Jack. I assumed it was a P2 [result] till they instructed me.

“I knew we had been on for [victory] however when the Audi snuck previous the GT3 BMW I assumed ‘that’s it’, as a result of I simply couldn’t get previous.”

Outcomes

British GT Championship 2022

Spherical 2: Oulton Park

GT3

Pos Driver 1/Driver 2 Staff/Automobile Class Time
1 Kelvin Fletcher/Martin Plowman Paddock Motorsport/McLaren 720S Professional-Am 1h30m06.053s
2 Richard Neary/Sam Neary Staff Abba Racing/Mercedes-AMG Silver-Am +2.726s
3 Kevin Tse/Chris Froggatt Sky Tempesta Racing/Mercedes-AMG Silver-Am +4.004s
4 Graham Davidson/James Kell Staff Rocket RJN/McLaren 720S Silver-Am +4.654s
5 Ian Loggie/Jules Gounon RAM Racing/Mercedes-AMG Professional-Am +5.452s*
6 Shaun Balfe/Adam Carroll Balfe Balfe Motorsport/Audi R8 LMS Evo II Professional-Am +9.015s*
7 Michael Igoe/Phil Eager WPI Motorsport/Lamborghini Huracan Professional-Am +9.168s
8 Alex Malykhin/James Dorlin Redline Racing/Lamborghini Huracan Silver-Am +10.185s
9 Mia Flewitt/Euan Hankey 7TSIX/McLaren 720S Professional-Am +13.000s
10 Nick Halstead/Jamie Stanley Fox Motorsport/McLaren 720S Professional-Am +16.307s*

11 Nick Jones/Scott Malvern (Staff Parker Racing/Porsche 911) +21.421s; 12 Adam Balon/Sandy Mitchell (Barwell Motorsport/Lamborghini Huracan) +36.972s; 13 Betty Chen/Angus Fender (Century Motorsport/BMW M4) 1m34.614s; 14 Morgan Tillbrook/Marcus Clutton (Enduro Motorsport/McLaren 720S) -1 Lap; 15 Mark Sansom/Will Tregurtha (Assetto Motorsport/Bentley Continental) -4 Laps; Ret James Cottingham/Lewis Williamson (2Seas Motorsport/Mercedes-AMG) 14 Laps; NC John Ferguson/Jamie Caroline (RAM Racing/Mercedes-AMG) 13 Laps; Ret Stewart Proctor/Lewis Proctor (Greystone GT/McLaren 720S) 13 Laps. Pole place: Gounon 1m32.384s. Quickest lap: Gounon 1m33.862s (103.25mph). Winner’s common pace: 51.98mph. *Further success pitstop time changes added to race time.

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GT4

Pos Driver 1/Driver 2 Staff/Automobile Class Time
1 Matt Topham/Darren Turner Newbridge Motorsport/Aston Martin Vantage AMR Professional-AM 1h31m48.048s
2 Jack Brown/Will Burns Century Motorsport/BMW M4 Silver +15.142s*
3 Richard Williams/Sennan Fielding Fielding Steller Motorsport/Audi R8 LMS Silver +15.506s*
4 Tom Edgar/Jack Mitchell Toyota Gazoo Racing UK/Toyota GR Supra Silver -1 Lap*
5 Benji Hetherington/Ross Wylie Valluga Racing/Porsche 718 Cayman Silver -1 Lap*
6 Jamie Day/Josh Miller R Racing/Aston Martin Vantage AMR Silver -1 Lap*
7 Aaron Morgan/Bobby Trundley Staff BRIT/McLaren 570S Professional-Am -1 Lap
8 Jamie Orton/Seb Hopkins Staff Parker Racing/Porsche 718 Cayman Silver -1 Lap*
9 Marco Signoretti/Matt Cowley Academy Motorsport/Ford Mustang Silver -1 Lap*
10 Tom Rawlings/Chris Salkeld Century Motorsport/BMW M4 Professional-Am -2 Lap*

Ret Ashley Marshall/Moh Ritson (Paddock Motorsport/McLaren 570S) 2 Laps; Ret Joe Wheeler/Freddie Tomlinson (Assetto Motorsport/Ginetta G56) 2 Laps. Pole place: Turner 1m41.957s. Quickest lap: Fielding 1m43.059s (94.03mph). Winner’s common pace: 51.02mph. *Further success and Silver Cup pitstop time changes added to race time.

Driver standings

GT3

 Pos Driver Factors
1 Shaun Balfe/Adam Carroll 35
2 Ian Loggie/Jules Gounon 30
3 Kelvin Fletcher/Martin Plowman 25
4 Michael Igoe/Phil Eager 20
5 Richard Neary/Sam Neary 18
6 Nick Halstead/Jamie Stanley 17
7 Graham Davidson/James Kell 15
8 Mia Flewitt/Euan Hankey 12
9 James Cottingham/Lewis Williamson 10
=10 Mark Sansom/Will Tregurtha 6
=10 Alex Malykhin/James Dorlin 6

11 Morgan Tillbrook/Marcus Clutton 4; 12 Adam Balon/Sandy Mitchell 2; 13 John Ferguson/Jamie Caroline 1; 13 Nick Jones/Scott Malvern 1

GT4

 Pos Driver Factors
1 Richard Williams/Sennan Fielding 40
2 Matt Topham/Darren Turner 35
3= Josh Miller/Jamie Day 26
3= Jack Brown/Will Burns 26
5 Ross Wylie/Benji Hetherington 25
6 Tom Edgar/Jack Mitchell 16
7 Matt Cowley/Marco Signoretti 14
8 Seb Hopkins/Jamie Orton 10
9 Aaron Morgan/Bobby Trundley 6
10 Ashley Marshall/Moh Ritson 2

11= Joe Wheeler/Freddie Tomlinson 1; 11= Chris Salkeld/Tom Rawlings 1

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