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Raging Bull: De Haan and Cocker win in British GT at Oulton Park

Monday, April 22 2019

Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker's Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO stormed to overall victory in a frenetic second British GT Championship race of the day on a sizzling Easter Monday at Oulton Park.

As is customary, the Pro drivers started in the second one-hour race of the day, and it was the sister Lamborghini of Phil Keen and Adam Balon that led the early stages of the race, with the former behind the wheel.

Pole-sitter Keen initially extended away from the late-braking Adam Christodoulou, opening the race in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 he shares with Richard Neary, and race one winner Seb Morris in the Bentley Continental GT3  he co-drives with Rick Parfitt. 

The safety car was dispatched on the second lap, following an off for GT4 Mercedes-AMG runner Michael Broadhurst at Cascades.

Keen retained the lead until the pit stop window, with the main fight coming behind as Morris applied pressure on Christodoulou.

Mark Farmer emerged from the pit stop period right in the fight at the front, after taking over his Aston Martin V8 Vantage from Nicki Thiim, but this was shortlived as he battled with Ian Loggie's Mercedes-AMG and beached his car at Island Bend. The safety car was dispatched to allow for the retrieval of the stricken Farmer, with Neary leading from De Haan, Loggie, Balon, and then Andrew Howard in the Aston Martin he drives with Marco Sorensen.

As the race resumed, Parfitt was the man on the move, scything past Howard to claim fifth, but he speared off the track before any further progress could be made. 

At the front, meanwhile, the pack was bunching up increasingly behind Neary, who ran wide at Hislop's and handed the lead to De Haan. From there, the Lamborghini driver was able to extend his advantage and remained in charge until the chequered flag. 

Loggie was the next to attempt a move on Neary, but his Mercedes-AMG ran wide at Cascades in the process and he went on adetour through the countryside, which resulted in an eventual seventh place finish. Following Loggie's challenge, Neary maintained second place to the finish, whilst Howard pinched the final podium spot.

Balon ultimately finished fourth, whilst Ben Green and Dominc Paul secured a fifth place finish for the new BMW M6 GT3.

There was first victory in Britsh GT4 for the Ford Mustang, as pole-sitters Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell shared a maiden win together. It was far from plain sailing from the duo, who emerged from the pit stop window behind the Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Scott Malvern and Nick Jones. 

Long-time leader Jones conceded the race lead by running off-track at Hislop's just seven minutes from the end, allowing the American muscle car back into the lead. Graham Johnson and Michael O'Brien's McLaren was second by the close of the GT4 fight, with Steve McCulley and Matthew George's Jaguar F-Type third. Jones and Malvern had to settle for fourth. 

GT3 Result
1, De Haan/Cocker, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 32 laps
2, Neary/Christodoulou, Mercedes-AMG GT3, +2.013s
3, Howard/Sorensen, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +3.830s
4, Balon/Keen, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, +4.025s
5, Paul/Green, BMW M6 GT3, +4.613s
6, Wilkinson/Ellis, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, +5.328s
7, Loggie/Macleod, Mercedes-AMG GT3, +5.838s
8, Igoe/Wilcox, Porsche 911 Cup, +16.394s
9, Willmott/Mitchell, BMW M6 GT3, 23.481s

GT4 Result
1, Maxwell/Priaulx, Ford Mustang GT4, 32 laps
2, Johnson/O'Brien, McLaren 570S GT4, +2.611s
3, McCulley/George, Jaguar F-Type SVR GT4, +8.221s
4, Jones/Malvern, Mercedes-AMG GT4, +10.139s
5, Fletcher/Plowman, Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, +1 lap

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