“The rain, it came, but it would not drain, and so the meeting was abandoned…”
Some woeful prose to accompany the Easter Bank Holiday downpours at Oulton Park, where Flick Haigh became the first woman to win a British GT race in the series’ 26-year history. And then the weather made just a little bit more…
In Race 1, Haigh, partnered by Optimum Motorsport co-driver Jonny Adam, crossed the line more than 28 seconds ahead of the Beechdean Aston Martin driven by Darren Turner with ERC Sport’s Yelmer Buurman less than two-tenths behind in third. The Barwell Motorsport Lamborghinis finished just a few seconds shy of the podium, led by Phil Keen and followed home by the other two Huracan GT3s driven by Machitski/Kujala and de Haan/Cocker.
In GT4, the Track-Club McLaren 570S driven by Ben Barnicoat finished with a healthy lead over the Tolman Motorsport car to make it a McLaren 1-2, after a post-race penalty dropped Century Motorsport’s Ben Tuck and Ben Green from second to sixth in their BMW M4 GT4. The second BMW driven by Ricky Collard and Jack Mitchell took third, ahead of Balfe Motorsport’s McLaren driven by reigning Pro/Am champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson.
Heavy rain, forced organisers to cancel the second race and deny fans another gripping spectacle, but then again perhaps we’d all had enough of the treacherous conditions by then.
Here are twenty of our favourite images from the day; there’ll be plenty more as the season continues.
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The next round of the 2018 British GT Championship will take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway at the end of the month, from April 28-29, with tickets available from just £12 in advance.
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