Jamie Orton says he realised a long-held ambition by converting pole position into a race win for the first time in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup
Orton led HHC Motorsport team-mate Carl Breeze from start-to-finish in the fifteen lap season opener to record his second career Supercup victory.
“I’ve had poles before and not converted them, I’ve been a terrible nervous wreck on the start, so today I focused on staying cool and keeping the field behind me,” said Orton.
“I’ve achieved a life goal really, to win a Ginetta race from pole position, something that’s alluded me so far in three seasons in the Supercup.”
Orton led home a one-two-four finish for HHC and was full of praise for the team which he joined mid-way through 2014.
“I want to say a massive thanks to the team, you honestly can’t do it without a great car beneath you,” he enthused.
“If it wasn’t for HHC I’m not sure I would have continued racing in the Supercup, so to be here on the top step of the podium is thanks to them. I’m forever grateful.”
Orton’s win means he will start the second race of the weekend tomorrow morning (10.05, 5th April) from pole position, and the 35 year old has another win in his sights.
“I think I can do it again [convert pole to win], but it’s obviously going to be difficult,” he added. “That’s another day though, I want to soak this win up now and enjoy it this evening.”