LIVE: Avon Tyres British GT Championship – Oulton Park Race One

Avon Tyres British GT Championship (Credit: Will Belcher Photography)

This live blog post will be updated through the opening round of the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship race from Oulton Park.


That concludes the live coverage of the first British GT race. We’ll back for race two later!!


Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie take GT4 victory in the first race for Beechdean AMR’s ‘junior squad


Michael Caine crosses the line to win the first British GT race of the season. He and co-driver Ahmad Al Harthy led from lights to flag


Caine starts his 35th a final lap of the race with a 3.6 second lead over Lyons who has a similar buffer to Jonny Adam


Damage on the front of John Gaw’s Aston tells the story of what happened to Barff’s Ferrari


Jonny Adam is catching Richard Lyons in second, but with 4 minutes of the hour remaining is there time??


Rob Barff comes into the pits, the FF Corse Ferrari sporting rear end damage. Did that battle for the top five turn nasty


Lyons inherits second place, but is 4 seconds behind Michael Caine


Luke Hines has a stop-go penalty. He actually stops twice, but that’s the end of their chase for the lead with 7 minutes to go.


Matt Nicoll-Jones brings the Academy Motorsport G55 GT4 into the pits


Even closer is the fight for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th where Jonny Adam leads Matt Bell, Rob Barff and John Gaw


Caine is bottled up behind Benny Simonsen’s #3 car. Hines 0.8 behind the leader


Gavan Kershaw takes GT4 second at Old Hall, but the ISSY racing Lotus is under investigation by the stewards


Hines has the gap down to just 0.6 seconds with 17 minutes to go.


Steven Kane hooks up three best sectors in the M-Sport Bentley for a new fastest lap – 1:36.888. But he’s in 14th, part of the Buncombe lead train fighting for the minor placings.


Hines is cutting into Caine’s lead, just 1.2 seconds between the pair now.


Beechdean’s GT4 team has preserved their lead through the pit stops – Jake Giddings now at the wheel of the #407


The Safety Car SNAFU has split the race in two. Buncombe is 80 seconds behind John Gaw in 8th place


Caine has a 3 second margin over Hines, but the rest of the top eight are nose to tail, fighting around GT4 traffic


Jonny Adam in the #1 Aston Howard had in 2nd is back in 4th place


It’s actually 9th place Alex Buncombe who crosses the line to recieve the green flag. Caine, meanwhile, leads Hines and Richard Lyons in the #29 AF Corse Ferrari.


Uh-Oh. Safety car about to come in, but it never picked up the leader….


We’ve crossed the half way mark. Everyone has made their pitstops under the safety car


Michael Caine in the #4 started by Al Harthy is shown as the leader with Luke Hines in the #888 in 2nd – apparently.


So, the order will be very, very shuffled by the safety car. We’ll update you when the timings have organised themselves


Al Harthy pits a lap after the bulk of the field, as does Lathouras.


Johnston also stayed out, as did Lathouras and Mark Patterson on the United Autosports Audi, but pretty much everyone else is in the pits


Al Harthy passes the pits nine seconds before the window opens. Howard pits as the Safety Car comes out!


Coming up to the pit window opening – Al harthy leads by 7.3 seconds.


Parfitt has pulled off the track at the foot of Clay Hill. He was second in GT4. So we now have an Aston martin 1-2 in both classes


Back on track Al Harthy leads by 6.2 seconds, Johnston – elevated to 3rd – just 1.4 seconds behind 2nd place Howard


Steve Tandy the next man to pit with problems, the Bentley crawling into the lane


Jody Firth also in the pits, the #12 Porsche with front end damage, reportedly after contact with Paul White’s Nissan


Attard brings the Ecurie Ecosse BMW into the pits trailing smoke, fluid and with a puncture


Starting to work through the tail end of the GT4 class Al Harthy’s lead has grown out to 3.4 secs


Chris Hoy – in the Team RJN Nissan – is running in 11th place


Jody Firth in the resurrected #12 Trackspeed Porsche has climbed up to 16th with just a quarter of the race gone


Having lost 4th Pasin Lathouras is slipping back into the clutches of Gary Eastwood in the FF Corse Ferrari 458


An all BMW battle is evolving for third between Attard and Johnston, the former now three seconds behind Howard and protecting his position.


Al Harthy said on Saturday the plan was to build on the advantage of pole and that’s what he’s doing. Now 1.5 seconds clear into the lead over Howard


Lap five and Johnston takes fourth from Thai driver Lathouras


Whyle still leads HT4, but defending class champion Rick Parfitt Jr is only half a second behind in his Century Ginetta


Pasin Lathouras is 4th in AF Corse he will hand over to Richard Lyons. Derek Johnston in the #888 BMW completes the top five


Al Harthy is edging away in the early stages – nearly a second clear of Andrew Howard in 2nd with Attard’s BMW a second further back


Ross Wylie has held onto the lead in GT4 after taking pole position in the Beechdean AMR Vantage GT4


Rembert Berg pits the M-Sport Bentley, but is off into the race again after the briefest of stops


Pole man Al Harthy leads laps from Andrew Howard in the #1 Aston and Marco Attard in Ecurie Ecosse BMW


Jon Minshaw is an early spinner in the #33 Trackspeed Porsche


They’re all through the first corner safely, Ahmad Al Harthy keeping the lead of the race from pole position.


The drivers are off on their formation lap. It’s the less experienced man of each driver pairing starting this first 60 minute race of the day.


It’s bright and sunny at Oulton Park as the moment as we get ready for a near capacity grid to get the season underway.