Author: Joe Hudson

British GT Oulton Park race report: Before the flood

The British GT Championship made an action-packed return to Oulton Park as Flick Haigh became the first woman to claim overall pole, and then an overall victory, and the second race was cancelled after Noah’s Ark-like levels of rain flooded parts of the track. In a way, the cancellation will be a mixed blessing to two of the teams that set out their stalls as ones to watch this season but for different reasons. Barwell Motorsport’s pairing of Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw showed why they are always title contenders as a storming charge from the duo in race...

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Flick Haigh makes history with British GT pole

Flick Haigh has made British GT history at Oulton Park as she became the first woman to claim an overall pole position after she stormed to pole for race one. In her first qualifying session for Optimum Motorsport, Haigh paced the field as she finished 0.1s ahead of reigning champion Rick Parfitt Jr., in an Aston Martin V8 Vantage having set a 1m34.769s. After the session, she said: “Qualifying went really well. On my first flying lap there were yellow flags at turn one and I thought ‘oh no’ because you on get one lap on these Pirelli tyres...

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Rick Parfitt: “This is a building year”

Reigning British GT champion Rick Parfitt has said he’s targeting top five finishes this season as he looks to ‘find the speed again’ in the face of an even more competitive GT3 class. With championship winning team-mate Seb Morris moving to the Blancpain GT Series, Parfitt will be joined this season in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 by Ryan Ratcliffe reuniting a partnership that secured the GT4 title in 2013. Because of that, Parfitt has admitted that it will take the partnership time to get properly up to speed. “We’ve got a two year plan,” Parfitt explained....

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British GT season preview: GT4

After looking at the GT3 class in part one, the second half of GT REPORT’s British GT Championship preview looks at the GT4 class which this year has reached a mammoth 23 entries from eight manufacturers. The formerly secondary class has continued its explosion in recent years with 2018 breaking the record for entries in what used to be considered the ‘junior’ class. Over the off-season the biggest news for the class came from Jaguar, the British manufacturer has taken its first proper steps back into British racing for years as they built two F-Types for Invictus Games Racing...

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British GT season preview: GT3

Contrary to the feeling that permeated the paddock last year, the British GT Championship has come back in 2018 with a GT3 class that would make any series organiser green with envy. Combine that with a record GT4 class featuring 23 entries formed from eight manufacturers and Britain’s premier GT series is looking the healthiest it’s ever been. This time last year there was real talk about fans witnessing the swansong of GT3 – cars were getting too expensive, some had clear advantages over others and baby brother GT4 looked a lot more exciting – fast forward to 2018...

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