Two vital vital rounds at Oulton Park for AMR hopefuls in British GT

Tuesday, September 07, 2021


The British GT Championship finally gets to visit Oulton Park this weekend for another pair of quick-fire sprint races that could even settle various Championship titles within the GT3 and GT4 entries even before the grid reaches its traditional finale at Donington Park in just over a month’s time.

With twenty-four cars featuring upon the provisional entry list heading into the weekend, as far as the Aston Martin Racing family of teams is concerned, we will again enjoy the company of the Beechdean AMR entry for Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam within the eleven strong GT3 entry and the Newbridge Motorsport of Matt Topham and Darren Turner with the thirteen strong GT4 entry.

Last time out in the Championship at Snetterton in early August saw another guesting appearance from the Oman Racing with TF Sport AMR Vantage GT3 of Ahmad Al Harthy and Charlie Eastwood who secured a lights to flag win in the first race whilst following that up with a P4 finish in Race 2.

However, they were just guests and not in any Championship contention. For the #7 Beechdean car, Snetterton gave them a P4 and a P6 finish which saw the Ram Racing Mercedes crew of Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman take the championship lead from Howard by 6.5 points going into Oulton Park. The gap behind Howard to the Barwell Lamborghini paring of Leo Machitski and Dennis Lind in third also closed to just 2.5 points making for two very important hour-long races with twenty-five points available to the winners apiece coming up for all the GT3 runners.

For the #27 Newbridge pairing, Snetterton delivered them their worst performance of the season so far with two races that each spun them around (literally) to produce for them just two points in the overall GT4 Drivers Championship but fortunately not in their GT4 Pro-Am class. Despite five class rivals also competing at Snetterton, their lowly overall points finish is race 1 was good enough for ten points and 18 points in race 2 as being the only one of two cars in class to finish the race.

These results leave Topham and Turner top of the GT4 Pro-Am Drivers Championship by just 1.5 points from the Fox Motorsport McLaren of Nick Halstead and Jamie Stanley.

This weekend’s event will culminate in two one-hour races around the picturesque 2.7-mile circuit on Sunday and with the weather forecast for the weekend not looking too bad, we should be in for a couple a cracking race again to decide if a #Doningtondecider is even required!!

Photo credits – Jacob Ebrey / Teams
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