Oliphant: “It’s Exactly The Sort Of Weekend We Wanted”

Tom Oliphant says it was mission accomplished at Silverstone last weekend as he took a pair of podium finishes to extend his advantage at the top of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup standings ahead of next weekend’s season finale.

Oliphant didn’t produce the pace he’d hoped for in Friday practice, but turned it around in qualifying and just missed out on his fifth consecutive pole position by four thousandths of a second to Tom Wrigley.

The Century Motorsport man stormed into the lead off the line in race one though and held it throughout for his eighth win of the season, before battling old tyres to take third place in the second and final race of the weekend.

The results mean Oliphant holds a 49 point lead on dropped scores over former champion Carl Breeze at the top of the championship standings with just the three races at Brands Hatch GP remaining.

“It’s exactly the sort of weekend we wanted. Heading into Saturday, we really didn’t know if we’d be on pole or down in eighth, but we managed to get the front row and turn it into a brilliant win,” said Oliphant.

“No matter how the second race went with us coming up against guys with much better tyres than us, we beat Carl [Breeze] in both races and that’s what is key for us to win the championship.

“It’s great continue the podium run and it’s come thanks to some really hard work from all the team at Century to get the car in the position we needed it for qualifying. We’ve got to go and do the same job at Brands Hatch now.”

*Keep an eye on The Checkered Flag next week to read Oliphant’s thoughts on the Brands Hatch season finale*