Podiums On Successful Opening British GT Weekend For Lotus Squad

The Evora of Phil Glew and Sailesh Bolisetti (Photo Credit: Chris Enion)
The Evora of Phil Glew and Sailesh Bolisetti (Photo Credit: Chris Enion)

Phil Glew and Sailesh Bolisetti scored a double podium in the rain at Oulton Park to start the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Indian driver Bolisetti coped well in the conditions, considering his lack of track time in the GT4 Lotus Evora in the wet before his first competitive weekend in the Lotus Sport UK team. Battling with British GT returnee Marco Attard in the other Evora and the Century Motorsport Ginetta  Bolisetti remained in contention for star turn Glew to take over the car for the second half of the race.

Showing the same pace that gave Glew and the Lotus team back-to-back wins to close out last season he reeled in the lead Ginetta G50 of Warren Hughes, cutting the deficit by a minute. However, Glew and the no.48 car still trailed by nearly 40 seconds at the end of the hour long race.

After acing Saturday's second qualifying session Glew started the second race – in the worst of the conditions – from pole position and converted that into an early advantage over the Ginetta of Hughes – who admitted he was happy simply to keep pace with the Evora.

Glew exchanged places with Bolisetti for the second half of the race as Jody Fannin replaced Hughes aboard the Ginetta. Bolisetti initially led after the pitstops but Fannin's pace soon took the lead, leaving Bolisetti to claim a second second place for he and Glew.

“It's great to be back with the Lotus Sport UK guys,” said Glew. “They do a great job. It was really enjoyable this weekend racing alongside the likes of Warren Hughes and Jody Fannin in such tricky conditions. Sailesh did a great job, lots for him to take on, and in these very wet conditions, he did a great job.”

The combination of Attard and Alistair Mackinnon claimed third in the first race, but a mistake by Mackinnon in the first half of the race and a stop go penalty kept the duo off the podium in the day's later race.