Nathan Freke completed a perfect return to the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup with a lights to flag victory in Round 11 at Oulton Park.
Freke held off a race-long challenge from championship leader Tom Ingram to make it two wins out of two for the weekend for the Century Motorsport boss.
With the results from the weekend’s opening race forming the grid for race two, Freke started from pole position and a strong start for the former Ginetta G50 champion saw him maintain the lead into Old Hall for the first time, with fellow front-row starter Ingram slotting into second.
The front two quickly broke a gap to Mark Davies behind, with Freke and Ingram beginning to trade fastest laps. Ingram remained attached to the leader’s bumper for lap after lap, with the gap between the top two not topping half a second for a large portion of the race, but the KX Akademy racer couldn’t force his way past.
Their battling allowed Davies to get back into contention in the final third of the race. With Ingram forced to go on the defensive, Freke finally got the chance to forge a little gap, giving him a comfortable run to the line to win by 1.2 seconds.
Ingram and Davies completed the podium, repeating the result from the weekend’s opening race. Reigning champion Carl Breeze ran a relatively lonely race to take fourth, with his Total Control Racing team-mate Jamie Orton following him home.
Charging through the field to take sixth meanwhile was Pepe Massot. The Spaniard got past Fergus Walkinshaw early on, before catching and passing Carl Boardley and Reece Somerfield to secure the top six finish.
Massot had left behind a fantastic four-way battle for ninth place between Walkinshaw, Matt Nicoll-Jones, Andrew Watson and Rob Boston. The fight came to a head on lap ten, when Nicoll-Jones drifted wide across the grass at Cascades while challenging Walkinshaw, who himself went off at Druids later in the lap. Both drivers were able to continue, finishing at the back of the field.
This gave Watson ninth, while a last lap retirement for Boston promoted Marcus Hogarth into a top ten finish ahead of G55 newbies David Dickenson and Dan Norris-Jones.
In the G50 class, Mike Simpson made it two wins from two for the weekend, although it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Ginetta works driver. Simpson ran as high of twelfth overall early on, before he was pitched into a spin by the G55 of Norris-Jones at Island. He was able to recover still in front of class championship leader Sean Huyton though, going on to take the class win by 0.454 seconds.
Provisonal Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Championship Standings (After Rd. 11):
- Tom Ingram – 319pts
- Carl Breeze – 270pts
- Pepe Massot – 209pts
- Matt Nicoll-Jones – 206pts
- Mark Davies – 204pts
- Jamie Orton – 196pts
G50 Class Standings:
- Sean Huyton – 347pts
- Dan Norris-Jones – 236pts *now competing in a G55
- Reece Somerfield – 100pts *now competing in a G55