Live: Avon Tyres British GT Oulton Park – Race One


Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

The live blog will be updated throughout the 60-minute first race of the season opening British GT weekend at Oulton Park.

12:01We’ll have a race report online later – once we’ve caught our breath

12:00Declan Jones continues a fine series debut with victory in GT4 with co-drover Zoe Wenham

11:59Phil Keen takes the win in the #33 Porsche he shares with Jon Minshaw. Tandy second. Olly Hancock third in the world’s wildest Mercedes SLS. And they’re normally quite wide anyway.

11:57Tandy leads on the finally lap – but gives up the lead to Phil Keen at Cascades. Dare we say team orders??

11:55Dan Brown pits after a slow lap with a left-rear puncture – hearing tales to contact between he and Bobbi at Lodge the previous lap

11:53Matteo Bobbi pits the Vita4One Italy ferrari – and Dan Brown slows the #888 BMW coming out of Old Hall. Promoting Matt Griffin and Matt Bell into the points

11:52James May – third in GT4 is driving a smoking Ginetta G50

11:50Simonsen gets past Bobbi for sixth while Westbrook has to bail out of a move at Old Hall for fourth on Caine

11:49Hancock, Caine, Westbrook, Bobbi, Simonsen, Brown and Bryant as quick as that!!

11:48Glynn Geddie has disappeared! Hancock gets third back, at the lead of a train battling for 3rd to 9th place!!

11:45Bit of a traffic jam behind Hancock – five cars in the space of two seconds past the line – all fighting for position!

11:43Caine and Westbrook – in a battle scared #32 Porsche are on Hancock’s tail, looking to demote the SLS driver still further down the order

11:41Geddie takes third at Old Hall 17 minutes to go!

11:39Hancock is now fighting to keep a place on the podium, trying to fend of Glynn Geddie in the United Autosports McLaren

11:39and it does – Jones leads GT4 next time by 7 seconds

11:37Ryan Ratcliffe has has to serve a stop go penalty – that should open the door for Century Motorsport and Declan Jones to lead the Gt4 pack

11:36Tandy and Hancock are side-by-side round the back of the circuit but they come past the line with Hancock back in third, Tandy Leading and Keen second!

11:34Tandy’s through to second place – the top three covered by .480 seconds!!!!

11:34Hancock’s lead has expanded – by a whopping three-thousandths of a second that lap

11:33Glynn Geddie is fourth and Michael Caine fifth for Motorbase. That car was started by Al Harthy but lost time in the pits

11:32Nick Tandy is looking to make it a three way fight for the lead in the #31 Porsche started by David Ashburn

11:31Hancock now leads with a 0.117 second lead over Phil Keen who looks to the outside of Old Hall to start another lap

11:30End of lap 16 and Fannin is into the pits

11:29Phil Keen all over Hancock for second – Fannin is still to stop, but still leads.

11:28Alex Osborne pits from the GT4 lead – he’ll hand over to James May for APO Sport

11:28The fire was the Team LNT Ginetta of Richard Sykes – no safety for the incident though as pitstops continue

11:26Olly Hancock takes over the leading Mercedes, and keep the lea, Phil Keen (in for Jon Mishaw) second in the #33 Porsche

11:25Hethrington comes in the following lap – lap 13 – Fannin stays out to lead. He’s doing the race solo, but he still has to make a stop.

11:24Pits are open – mass pitting led by 2nd place Minshaw and third place Al-Harthy. Hetherington and 4th placed Fannin stay out

11:23Something – we’d guess a car – is on fire before Lodge – no idea which one yet

11:19Jody Fannin, Zak Brown and David Ashburn have all passed Jay Palmer in the space of a lap, Palmer now seventh

11:18Steve Chaplin has spun at Lodge and pits the GT4 Aston Martin trailing fluid from the rear – I sense retirement unfortunately

11:17Hetherington sets another fastest lap of the race, and now leads by 3.1 seconds for series newboys Fortec Motorsport

11:15Alex Osborne has got ahead of GT4 pole sitter Steve Chaplin for the class lead for APO Sport

11:14Hetherington leads by 1.6 seconds after 6 laps, Minshaw 2nd and Porsche Carrera Cup ProAm 1 champ Ahmad Al Harthy in third

11:12Hetherington leading Jon Minshaw at the restart and Andrew Howard comes into retire the #007 Beechdean Aston

11:11Hooray! After some technical difficulties we’re up and running properly – and the safety car is in!!