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British GT crews set for Oulton Park supercar spectacular

Wednesday, May 25 2016

Oulton Park hosts rounds three and four of the 2016 British GT Championship this Bank Holiday weekend (28 & 30 May), when the supercar teams and drivers attempt to tame the notoriously tricky Oulton Park International circuit.

It's the first double-header of the 2016 season and the two hour-long races, which feature pitstops for driver changes, present additional challenges for the teams. With fewer opportunities to establish an advantage or get away with mistakes, the action is expected to be frenetic.

Leading the charge from the top GT3 class will be TF Sport's championship leaders Derek Johnston and reigning champion Jonny Adam. The Aston Martin Vantage pair have enjoyed an almost faultless start to the season with wins in the opening two rounds, but no crew has managed a hat-trick in the last decade.

Their biggest challenge is expected to come from former champions Barwell Motorsport, with Liam Griffin and Adam Carroll showing excellent pace in their Lamborghini last time out. Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen are just as good in the team's other Huracan, whilst Adam's former team Beechdean AMR should be a threat in the Andrew Howard/Ross Gunn Aston Martin.

Others to look out for include Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris's thundering Bentley Continental and the Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S of Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell, plus the Motorbase Aston Martin of Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh.

Equally exciting action will be found in the GT4 class, where the cars run at close to standard specification, which is no less impressive considering the equipment at the drivers' disposal. Here, Beechdean AMR's Jack Bartholomew and Jordan Albert lead the standings at this early stage, but topping the order here could be two Ginetta crews: PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport's Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson, and Century Motorsport's Anna Walewska and Nathan Freke.

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse's all-new McLaren 570S has shown promising pace, leading to a boom in orders at the Woking factory, and Ciaran Haggerty and Sandy Mitchell could be challenging for wins this Monday. Lanan Racing's youngsters Alex Reed and Joey Foster could also spring a surprise in their Ginetta.

Adding to the variety in the GT4 class are the Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC, Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora and GPRM Toyota GT86.

British GT Championship GT3 top three standings
1, Jonny Adam/Derek Johnston, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage, 75
2, Liam Griffin, Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan, 40.5
3, Ross Gunn/Andrew Howard, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 37.5

British GT Championship GT4 top three standings
1, Jordan Albert/Jack Bartholomew, Beechdean AMR, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 52.5
2, Graham Johnson/Mike Robinson, PMW Expo/Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 37.5
3, Joey Foster/Alex Reed, Lanan Racing Ginetta G55, 31.5

Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Oulton Park on 28 & 30 May are available online from £19, or £12 for 13-15 year-olds, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.