Andrew Watson has expressed his delight at leaving Oulton Park still in the lead of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup after taking a podium finish on his least favourite circuit.
The Douglas Motorsport racer headed into the weekend with damage limitation on his mind, and that feeling was increased after an off in the torrid wet conditions in qualifying left him sixth on the grid.
A bad start off the line in race one dropped him to tenth, but the championship leader showed his potential by setting the fastest lap of the race as he fought back to a top six finish.
In race two, the Irishman climbed two places on the opening lap to fourth, and then benefitted from drive-through penalties for Carl Breeze and Jamie Orton ahead to move into second for his sixth podium finish of the season.
“I was slightly handed it with the drive-through penalties, but I’d made a good start and was up to fourth, that was the plan,” Watson told TCF. “When I got up to second, I pushed for a couple of laps but me and Charlie [Robertson] were similar on pace, so I held on to second and we’re really happy.”
While rival Charlie Robertson took a double win, the podium ensured Watson still leaves Oulton with a four point advantage at the top of the standings, with an increased lead over other contenders David Pittard and Tom Oliphant after they hit trouble.
“This is my worst track on the calendar, so I’m chuffed with how the weekend has ended. We’re back in the championship lead now and if I can come out of every weekend leading the championship like this, I’ll be going home with the big trophy,” Watson told TCF.