Oliphant Takes Lights To Flag Success In Knockhill Opener

Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship leader Tom Oliphant has extended his points advantage with a dominant victory in the opening race of the weekend at Knockhill.

The in-form Century Motorsport ace converted pole position into a comfortable lights to flag victory around the Scottish circuit, making it five wins in the last seven races.

A good start from fellow front-row starter Will Burns saw Oliphant’s advantage briefly threatened into Duffus Dip the first time, but Oliphant fended him off and wouldn’t be caught from there.

Edging clear by a couple of tenths of a second a lap, Oliphant went on to take victory by 2.3 seconds – setting a new lap record in the process, beating the existing best from Carl Breeze last season by four thousandths of a second.

“We seem to be in a really good place,” said Oliphant. “I’m driving very well, probably the best I’ve ever driven. The team are doing a fantastic job with the car and it’s all coming together for us at the moment.”

Burns maintained second throughout the race, comfortably pulling clear of his HHC Motorsport team-mate Jamie Orton in the early stages as he went on to put a tough spell behind him with a first podium finish since Thruxton in May.

Orton was left to defend from fellow HHC man Breeze in the early stages, but with Breeze coming under pressure himself from Tom Wrigley, Orton was able to edge away and secure a twelfth podium finish of the campaign so far.

Breeze held off a couple of challenges from Wrigley for fourth, while Ollie Jackson had a relatively lonely race en-route to sixth ahead of Reece Somerfield and AM class winner Colin White.

Osamu Kawashima took second in class after passing Fraser Robertson, while missing from the action for the most the race was Michael Caine, with

Full race results can be found here.