Orton Cruises To Opening Snetterton Win


Jamie Orton returned to the top step of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup podium with a composed victory in the opening encounter at Snetterton.

Orton’s previous win of the campaign came in the opening race of the season, meaning his return to the front of the field was a welcome boost to his championship challenge.

The biggest threat to the Triple M Motorsport ace’s advantage came as the field fed through Wilson hairpin for the first time, with Will Burns and Tom Wrigley overlapping behind.

Orton fended them off however and quickly established a lead of over half a second over Burns, who himself was able to edge an advantage over championship leader Wrigley.

While the gaps fluctuated between the top three over the course of the seven lap races, the positions didn’t change, with the trio sharing the podium for the fifth time this year.

Carl Boardley initially lost his fourth position on the grid following a poor getaway, but the former National Hot Rod World Champion got the place back at Agostini on the opening lap.

The man to lose out was Tom Hibbert, who eventually slipped back to sixth behind Mark Davies – with those three following the example of those in-front and holding position to the end.

The main drama of the race came on the opening lap as a suddenly slowing Rob Gaffney received contact from Ben Green, who in turn got collected by Callum Pointon.

All three were able to continue however, though a pitstop for each cost them considerable ground, meaning Colin White came through to take the AM class win in seventh overall.

Grahame Tilley and Chris Ingram completed the class podium after a race-long battle behind Reece Somerfield, who climbed through well to eighth after starting the race from the pitlane.

Chris Car secured eleventh on his championship debut ahead of Fraser Robertson and David Brooks meanwhile, with Pointon, Green, Mike Newbould and Gaffney rounding out the finishers.

Full race results can be found here.