Orton Forges Championship Lead With Third Win

by Simon Paice

Jamie Orton has established a fifteen point lead at the top of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings with his third win in six races in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park.

The key to Orton’s success was a fantastic start to the race, a great launch off the line seeing him dive down the inside of front-row starters Michael Caine and Tom Oliphant for the lead.

In a relatively subdued encounter, Orton went on to lead the remainder of the race with relative ease – his closest challenger being his HHC Motorsport team-mate Will Burns, who had passed Caine for second into the chicane on lap two.

With the top two having quickly broken clear of the pack behind, Orton maintained a gap of at least a second and a half throughout for his first win of the weekend, with Burns adding second place to a pair of thirds at Brands Hatch two weeks ago.

The fight for third saw Caine having to fend off the attentions of Oliphant in the closing stages – Oliphant having dispatched Carl Breeze for fourth in style around the outside at Redgate on lap nine.

Caine kept Oliphant at arms length until the last lap when a challenge was made at McLeans, but the JHR Developments racer closed the door and held on for a maiden Supercup podium finish.

Oliphant and Breeze were next up, just three tenths of a second eventually separating them at the flag, while Reece Somerfield rounded out the top six.

Tom Wrigley secured seventh ahead of Bradley Smith, while a late charge for Rob Boston culminated in a ninth place finish and the fastest lap of the race, the privateer having had two spins at the chicane early on.

A tough race for Ollie Jackson saw him left rounding out the top ten ahead of the first two Am class runners, Colin White and Fraser Robertson, their class competitors Osamu Kawashima and Chris Ingram having crashed out together at the Old Hairpin on lap one.

It was a race to forget for SV Racing meanwhile, a weekend in which they were plagued with mechanical issues ending with Mitchell Hale three laps down at the finish, whilst Bradley Ellis decided not to start the race.

Full race results can be found here.


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