Thruxton Podium Success For Century’s Oliphant

Century Motorsport took a pair of podium finishes in the hands of Tom Oliphant in the latest rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Thruxton.

Oliphant, who was double-teaming his Thruxton appearance with an outing in the British GT at Rockingham, once again led the way for the Warwickshire-based team in the Supercup.

The former single-seater racer took a great third place in qualifying, and held that place throughout the opening race to make his first trip to the podium. He replicated that feat with another third place in race two, fighting past championship rival Andrew Watson to secure the spot.

The reverse grid put Oliphant on the front row for race three, however he slipped back to fourth on the opening lap. He lost further ground during the race, but fought back to take fourth at the flag. The results have moved him up to third in the championship standings.

Team-mate Jamie Orton meanwhile found himself in the thick of the midfield action throughout. From seventh on the grid, he was shuffled back to tenth early in race one, but recovered to eighth at the finish.

In race two, he fell to tenth once again, but couldn’t make as much ground back, finishing ninth. Race three was his highlight, moving forward to finish sixth, his third top six finish of the season so far.

“Thruxton was a strange weekend as there was no Friday testing so it was straight into qualifying on Saturday,” said Century Motorsport team principal Nathan Freke.

“Tom did a fantastic job in qualifying. In the races, he did a very good job finishing third in two of the three races and fourth in race three. He was a bit unlucky to get stuck in a battle in race three and with good tyres could have had a better result.

“Jamie struggled in the races a little having to fight his way through the pack but was one of the fastest cars on the track. In the final race he got his elbows out and had a good race to finish sixth.

“Both guys should be very confident for Oulton and I don’t see why we shouldn’t be going there aiming for some race wins!”