Gallery: 2016 GT Cup Championship – Oulton Park

by Nick Smith

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Close racing into Old Hall often forces racecars out wide.
The Lamborghini Gallardo SuperTrofeo from Topcats Racing competed in the GTC class against cup racers from Ferrari and Porsche.
The HPR Motorsport Ferrari of Andy Schultz and Paul Bailey sits sixth in the championship after Oulton Park.
The Chevron is a rare sight in GT racing, especially this speciallly prepared model.
After opening their season, and their Audi relationship with a podium in the first round of the Britcar Endurance Championship, HUD Motorsport made the switch to the GT Open for the rest of the season.
Another rare car in the UK is the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, this one carrying the impressive 17 year old Esmee Hawkey who shares with James Birch.
After an off in qualifying the Demitrou/Papageorgio Porsche was retired in race 2.
After the first lap shunt with took out the Lamborghini, Lotus and one of the BMWs, the safety car took the lead after the only racing lap of the 25 minute encounter.
The Avenue and the Cascades require maximum commitment.
The 22GT Racing Aston Martin was one of two GT4 spec Astons in the GTA class.
Porsche 996 Cup cars are becoming a rare sight but still hold their own in mixed GT competition.
The runaway championship leader in the range topping GTO class is the Jordan Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which claimed victory at Oulton Park.
Running on the full circuit at Oulton Park includes the Shell Oils hairpin.
The Lotus Evora GTE, one of only two Le Mans spec Lotus Evoras in the world, was involved in the Lamborghini's accident and was badly damaged.
Teams took the racing very seriously, occaisonally getting it wrong at Lodge corner.
Three generations of 911 raced at Oulton Park, the 996, the latest 991 shape and two of these 997 spec cars.
One of the old chargers in the field was the Marcos Mantis, run by Topcats Racing for team owner Warren Gilbert.
The Darren Nelson and Adam Carrol driven Lamorghini was very quick until an error in the first race resulted in weekend ending damage.
Four classes run in the GT Cup Championship, Cup cars run in the GTB class.
Just like in Britcar, the GT Cup Championship is open to a wide range of vehicles, including this BMW M3 which races against the Porsche cup cars.

After the final race of the day at Oulton Park, Nick headed to Silverstone for the International GT Open. You can see a gallery of images from that event on TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk tomorrow.

All the photographs are credit Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com.

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