Tom Oliphant feels he is driving better than he ever and that his Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup rivals should be wary after he stormed to the top of the championship standings at Snetterton last weekend.
Oliphant dominated proceedings at Croft prior to the summer break with a double victory, and the Century Motorsport man produced a repeat performance in Norfolk with two more dominant lights to flag victories.
Those came after he topped the timesheets in both free practice and qualifying, with a battling performance in race three seeing him battle his way through to second place to complete the first 100 plus points haul in the series this season.
“There’s not a lot I can argue with that weekend, I couldn’t have asked for more. The aim was to go out and dominate just like at Croft, and we did just that taking pole position, two wins, two fastest laps and the championship lead,” said Oliphant.
“The final race was really tough, but the first two were just the opposite. To score a 100 plus point weekend is brilliant, and the only disappointing factor is that I didn’t manage to hold the lap record.”
The Snetterton podium hat-trick has extended his run to eight consecutive podium finishes, and means he has now finished every race this season bar one in the top four, with the exception, an engine failure at Thruxton, also being his only non-top six finish in his last 24 Supercup races.
Despite that consistency over the last eleven months, Oliphant feels a change of focus after a tough start to his dovetailed British GT campaign has made the difference from being on the edge of the title picture to being the driver to beat.
“Early on in the season, all the other guys were focusing solely on this while I was also getting my head around GT3 in British GT,” Oliphant reflected.
“We’ve thrown a lot of effort into this recently though, the team at Century Motorsport have done a fantastic job and we’ve really got the car in tune with the track. I feel like I’m driving better and better and I don’t see any reason why that will change soon.
“The championship is certainly not over, but I feel like I’ve proven at Croft and here that the other competitors should be watching out for us.”
With a championship lead to defend, Oliphant will be back in action next time out at Knockhill on August 22/23.
That means he will miss the latest rounds of the British GT Championship at Snetterton on the same weekend, with his replacement in the #44 Team LNT Ginetta G55 GT3 set to be announced this week.
“I’ve got to be at Knockhill to stand any chance of winning the championship, and with British GT not going my way this year through bad luck, it was an obvious decision to be going to Scotland,” he concluded.
“This championship is right on track and I wouldn’t miss Knockhill for the world. I’m going there to win all three races.”