Orton Eases To Fourth Win Of Campaign At Oulton

by Simon Paice

Jamie Orton led from lights-to-flag in the opening race of the weekend at Oulton Park for his fourth victory of the season so far, with Carl Breeze following him home to complete a HHC Motorsport one-two.

A great launch from the line saw polesitter Orton immediately pull a gap from Breeze, and whilst the former champion did close on his team-mate in the latter stages, Orton kept him at arms length to secure the victory.

Behind those two, Tom Oliphant stormed around the outside of Will Burns into Old Hall on the opening lap to take a third place he wouldn’t relinquish – while Burns saw a comfortable top four finish slip from his grasp when rising engine temperatures late on forced him to park and retire.

That promoted Ollie Jackson into a seasons best fourth place behind his Century Motorsport stablemate Oliphant, the former BTCC racer having soaked up race long pressure from Michael Caine and Reece Somerfield.

Those two couldn’t be separated all race, with just two tenths of a second splitting them at the flag, while securing seventh in his new lampshade-liveried G55 was Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Wrigley.

Sixth place finisher Mitchell Hale fought back from dead last after an issue on the opening lap to finish eighth, while taking the AM class victory on his Supercup debut was British GT regular Ade Barwick.

Colin White and Connaire Finn completed the class podium, those two having switched positions on lap four, while splitting them in the final results was Callum Pointon who had to fight back after a spin at Knickerbrook.

AM class runners Osamu Kawashima and Chris Ingram rounded out the finishers, those two being promoted two spots when contact between Fraser Robertson and debutant Paul Monahon led to them both retiring.

They were joined on the retirement’s list by Bradley Smith, who was unable to take up his fifth place grid start due to a broken driveshaft on his Mectech Motorsport G55.

Full race results can be found here.

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