Orton Tames The Rain For Opening Rockingham Win


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Jamie Orton returned to the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup in style with a composed drive to victory in tricky wet conditions in the opening race at Rockingham.

Orton, who missed the Knockhill weekend for the birth of his first child, notched up his fourth victory of the campaign as the Supercup celebrated its milestone 150th race.

It was Tom Wrigley who started the race from pole, however his lead was short-lived as Orton dived past into Tarzan for the first time, with Will Burns also grabbing second.

The race was to go from bad to worse for championship leader Wrigley though, with a sudden loss of fuel pressure forcing him to pull off circuit heading into Gracelands on lap four.

That brought out a brief safety car period as his G55 was recovered, but Orton was unfazed by seeing his lead slashed and went on to produce a textbook restart.

From there, Orton controlled the race to take victory, but it was not that simple behind as Burns battled it out with Carl Boardley and Mark Davies for the other podium positions.

Boardley briefly grabbed second heading through Yentwood on lap eight, but Burns grabbed it back at the next corner and then edged clear as Boardley and Davies battled behind.

Whilst Burns secured his eleventh podium of the season to get a chunk of points back from Wrigley in the championship, Boardley held on for his fourth rostrum visit.

Davies and his Total Control Racing team-mate Callum Pointon completed the top five, with Tom Hibbert next up ahead of dominant AM class victor Colin White.

Rob Gaffney was eighth, while Fraser Robertson and Chris Ingram rounded out the top ten overall and the Rookie class podium ahead of Mike Newbold and Chris Car.

Alongside Wrigley, David Brooks and Ben Green also failed to make the finish of the race after car troubles of their own.

Full race results can be found here.