Orton Returns To The Supercup Winners Circle At Silverstone

Jamie Orton kept his slender Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title hopes alive with victory in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone, though championship leader Tom Oliphant maintained his healthy points advantage with another podium finish.

Oliphant started the race from pole position courtesy of his victory in the weekend’s opening race, however it was Orton who led the field through Copse for the first time as he benefitted from having the inside line from second on the grid.

His lead was nearly taken away by Oliphant as they went into Becketts, but Orton fended him off and would go on to lead the remainder of the race as the destination of the other podium places changed behind.

It was series newcomer Jordan Stilp who was the man on the move. Running fourth initially, a great move into Brooklands on lap three gave him third from Carl Breeze, with the Rob Boston Racing man taking full advantage of his fresher Michelin rubber.

Hunting down Oliphant from then, Stilp made his move at Brooklands again on lap ten for second. His attentions turned to Orton out front, but having worked his tyres hard in the opening stages, he was unable to close the gap and settled for a hugely impressive maiden podium in second.

Oliphant and Breeze took a clear third and fourth respectively, the former taking his fifteenth consecutive podium finish. Ollie Jackson held fifth for a long spell until tyre wear left him defenceless to David Pittard and Will Burns, who stormed through from nineteenth on the grid.

Behind Jackson, Tom Wrigley was another to gain considerable ground through the race from twentieth to eighth, with Carl Boardley and Reece Somerfield completing the top ten. Stefan Hodgetts was eleventh, a tough race seeing him plummet after running fifth early on.

Ryan Hadfield took twelfth, while Graham Johnson climbed up from the back of the grid to surpass Connaire Finn for the AM class victory in thirteenth overall, with Matthew Simmons completing the class podium.

Bradley Smith was left to settle for fifteenth, a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits capping off a tough weekend for the Mectech Motorsport ace, while Callum Pointon and Colin White recovered from separate first lap spins at Brooklands to finish in the top twenty.

Full race results can be found here.