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British GT season 2019 gets underway at Oulton Park

Race one at Oulton Park found 2017 British GT champs Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris on the top step of the podium after an eventful race. Ian Loggie behind the wheel of the RAM Racing Mercedes AMG, made a great start from pole, further back Rick Parfitt Jnr made his way into third place, while Ryan Ratcliff in the #7 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental was showing some very racey form. Meanwhile Mark Farmer in the #2 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage, ran out into the gravel, rejoined but had lost places.
On the approach to Hislops chicane disaster struck for Ian Loggie when Ryan Ratcliff locked up after wrongly anticipating where Loggie would brake on the downhill stretch, became airborne alongside hammering into him, taking both cars out of the race and bringing the safety car out. Ratcliff was later handed a 15 second penalty and  went onto apologise to all involved: “ A huge sorry to RAM, Ian and Callum(Macleod) I was under immense pressure, I braked where I braked previously, but I was going too fast. This is a non contact sport, Ian and Callum are going to be pretty angry, but things can happen in a split second”. Rick Parfitt Jnr inherited first place before handing the drive to Seb Morris when the pit window opened, just behind Morris was Phil Keen in the #72 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan. Keen was on fresh tyres while Morris remained on old, Keen clocked the fastest lap and began extending his lead from third place Bradley Ellis in the #96 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage. The #4 Tolman Motorsport Mclaren of James Dorlin and Josh Smith, took the lead in GT4 after pitting, while the Ford Mustangs began falling back. Jonny Cocker in the other Barwell Motorsport car fought hard with #96 for third place, at one point Bradley Ellis hit a curb hard trying to hold third place.
By now in GT4 #57 HHC Mclaren of Callum Pointon was holding the lead while the #32 Track Focused KTM X-Bow was off track and was knocked back into last place. There was more drama still as the race drew towards its conclusion with the #15 Mustang of Seb Priaulx made contact with the #77 Fox Motorsport Mercedes AMG of Michael Broadhurst, the duo both losing places, the promising start of the Ford Mustang over in that race at least as it finished second to last. While there was an engine fire for #5 Tolman Motorsport Mclaren of Lewis Proctor after contact hitting the exhaust.
So as the chequered flag fell on a breathless opening race in British GT, it was victory for Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr, with Adam Balon and Phil Keen in second place and third place going to Olver Wilkinson and Bradley Ellis.
In GT4 the win went to Callum Pointon and Dean Macdonald, second place to James Dorlin and Josh Smith, with third place going to Tom Jackson and Luke Williams, a 3 for 3 for Mclaren.
Race two found Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker taking the win, giving Barwell Motorsport their second podium place of the weekend, success penalties made little difference to race pace, Phil Keen holding pole, however the safety car was called upon making an impact on Keens lead,  when on the first lap #77 Fox Motorsport of Michael Broadhurst was buried deep in the gravel at Cascades after contact with the #97 TF Sport of Tom Canning, earning him a 30 second penalty.
There was misfortune too for Jacob Mathiassen in the #42 Century Motorsport BMW who crashed out on lap 8 and out out of the race. While there was a frightening moment for Will Moore in the #62 Academy Motorsport Aston Martin, after making contact with one of the HHC Motorsport Mclarens, Moore became a passenger as the Aston travelled sideways for a good distance before hitting a tyrewall side on, ending the wayward Aston and the race for the Academy Motorsport duo. After the pit window opened Richard Neary took the lead in the #8 Team ABBA Racing Mercedes, while Mark Farmer suffered his second incident of the day, when he span off beaching the Aston Martin on the edge of the track bringing the safety car out with just 15 mins left on the clock. Rick Parfitt Jnr went off the track losing multiple places, while Sam De Haan was fighting hard with Richard Neary for first place, eventually snatching the lead and the race win, second place going to Neary and Adam Christadoulou with third going to Beechdeans Andrew Howard and Marco Sorensen.
The #3 Century Motorsport BMW of Dominic Paul raced on with his rear bumper hanging off eventually discarding it as the race began to close.  The #66 Team Parker Racing Mercedes of Nick Jones which had been running at the front of the GT4 pack span off losing places, eventually finishing in fourth place. With the #15 Mustang of Scott Maxwell and Seb Priaulx taking the GT4 win, Balfe Motorsports Graham Johnson and Michael O Brien in second and Invictus Games Racings Steve Mcculley and Matthew George making their maiden podium visit in third place.
The paddock moves to Snetterton on May 18th/19th.

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