2017 British GT Championship Oulton Park Race 1 - Craig Robertson
Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan, GT3, #33, Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen,<br />
British GT Championship <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
© Craig Robertson

It was a dominant first performance for the #33 Barwell Motorsport duo of Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw, the pair taking the first victory of the season in their Demon Tweeks liveried Lamborghini Huracan GT3 by over 37 seconds from the #6 Barwell Huracan of Tordoff and Griffin.

Minshaw got a great start, passing the pole sitting Bentley Continental GT3 of Rick Parfitt Jnr through Old Hall. By the end of lap one, Minshaw was five seconds in the lead.

In GT4, it was Sandy Mitchell who led the field from pole position in the Black Bull Garage 59 McLaren 570S, taking victory over the HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 of Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton.

James Littlejohn suffered trouble on the grid before the start of the race, the Macmillan AMR Vantage GT3 started smoking before the cars were waved away for the green flag lap. Littlejohn was pushed back into the pit lane with a coolant fluid leak.

AMDtuning.com with Cobra Exhausts, Mercedes AMG, GT3, #30 Lee Mowle, Ryan Ratcliffe,<br />
British GT Championship <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
© Craig Robertson

Lee Mowle was on an early charge in the new AmDTuning.com Mercedes AMG GT3, lunging down the inside of championship new comer Harry Gottsacker in the Century Motorsport Ginetta GT3. Mowle continued to charge through the field but a mistake a lap later at Island Bend sent Mowle crashing into the barriers on the inside of Shell Oils. Mowle finished the race in 26th position. With Minshaw moving down the order, the TF Sport Aston Martin of Derek Johnston was swiftly moving up the order, taking sixth place before the pit window opened at half distance. Minshaw came in as soon as the pit window opened, handing over the 18 second advantage to Phil Keen.

Back on track with the Pro drivers now behind the wheel, the #1 TF Sport Aston was continuing to climb the order with Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam up into fourth place.



Ahead of the charging Adam, Sam Tordoff was quickly getting used to his new Huracan GT3 having made the switch over from the British Touring Car Championship. Straight out of the pits, Tordoff dived down the inside of Sea Morris at Hislops Chicane. He didn’t stand a chance of catching up with Phil Keen though, “Keeny” was disappearing into the distance and with 20 minutes to run, he had over a 30 second lead.


Track Club, McLaren 570S, GT4, #72, Adam Balon, Adam Mackay,<br />
British GT Championship <br />
Oulton Park <br />
Cheshire <br />
Great Britain <br />
© Craig Robertson

In GT4, Matt Nicoll-Jones in the Academy Motorsport Aston Martin was missing a bonnet, having lost in in the first lap, and was fighting for the class lead whilst fending off the attacking Adam Balon in the Track-Club McLaren 570S. The battle raged on for a coupe of laps before the Academy car got pulled into the pits for being 18 seconds short during the driver change. The team were relegated into third place as a result.

This gave Balon some clean air and put Stuart Middleton into a comfortable second place. Balon was also hit with a stop/go penalty for a shortened pitstop. His 20 second lead however was enough to keep him in the lead after his 1.5 second penalty.

In GT3, it was a comfortable 1-2 for Barwell Motorsport with Jonny Adam third. Adam made the move on Morris going into Hislops with a couple of laps left.