A TALE OF TWO RACES AT OULTON PARK
Monday 22nd May 2017
Friday Testing went really well with Jac the fastest Am in both sessions. Qualifying ended up as a bit of a lottery with a very wet and slippery track. Jac was in 7th position overall and fastest Am when a red flag called a halt to the session. Cars were off all over the track and by the time everything was recovered the session was reduced to a seven minute dash. When the track was finally cleared the rain had eased and with improving conditions times started to tumble. It wasn't long before the drizzle turned into rain again with the drivers out early getting the best of the conditions. As Jac started his fast lap the heavens opened again, but before he could get a further time recorded there was a final red flag bringing the session to an end. He qualified a disappointing 6th Am and 17th overall. Mitchell was on pole with Hibbert alongside him on the front row.
The Saturday afternoon race was dry as a very competitive field took to the grid. Hibbert beat Mitchell off the line as they jostled for position on a very difficult track to overtake. Positions at the front were maintained and Hibbert began to extend his lead until a safety car brought the pack back to him. Colin White, racing with a plate in his wrist was his usual steady self and maintained his lead in the Ams throughout with Baker taking an impressive second on his debut with Minshaw third. Hibbert was slowing and dropping down the order when a fortunate red flag brought the race to an end when he claimed his first win of the season on count back with Mitchell second and Pointon third. Jac had a power steering fault but managed to get to fourth in the Ams before the red flag prevented him his chance to chase for a podium finish.
With only two races at this meeting for the GT4s, Jac was eager to overcome the disappointment of the previous day. His Xentek Team had fixed the power steering fault and he was eager to regain some Championship points lost to Colin White the previous day. In bright sunshine and a dry track he started 4th on the Am grid and was in third by the time he got to Old Hall. By lap 5 he had overtaken Baker for second and was closely following Colin White, the Am leader. He maintaind his patience for six laps before an opportunity presented itself when White tried to overtake Higgins at Hizzy's Chicane. Higgins braked too late and went straight on across the grass and White also had to take to the grass to avoid him. Jac calmly drove around the outside of both of them and went into the Am lead which he maintained to win the Am Class with White second and Baker third. Hibbert won the Pro Class from the front with Pointon second and Mitchell third.