A Cracking Easter Weekend For Team W2R At Oulton Park
Team want2race's Ginetta GRDC+ and GT5 drivers joined the British GT paddock on Easter weekend to participate in their opening rounds of their respective championships.
In GT5 Adrian Campbell-Smith had his first experience of the car in wet conditions for qualifying, with him finding pace and confidence each lap, achieving 21st overall from a 27 strong grid and P2 in class.
The races saw #16 Adrian in fine form, driving through the pack in torrential conditions to take second step in the AM class – which would be his starting position for Race 2. A fantastic start saw Adrian pick places from PRO class drivers from the off, with some hard-fought battles (and a few scars along the way) ensuring an overall final finish position of P12 and once again P2 in class. Due to time constraints Race 3 was a non-starter, with the organisers looking to allocate the time back at some point through the season. Adrian races GT5 again at Rockingham Speedway in just a couple of weeks time.
In GRDC+ new boy Michael Crees took to the series like a duck to water (quite literally in qualifying) as he put his #777 car on pole in the wet for Race 1. Jack Oliphant also fared well, with a P4 time just 8 tenths behind P3, but it was Race 1 where Jack would shine through, driving supremely to P2 overall and the fastest lap of the race with Cress P4 after a slow start put him back. Paul Oliphant battled hard and maintained his P6 finish from the 22 strong grid.
Race 2 it would be Crees to head for the podium, in what was a shortened race due to crashes, with Michael just missing out on the fastest lap by less than a tenth of a second. Jack and Paul Oliphant battled like only father and son can, with Jack eventual victor in P5 and P6.
The reverse grid saw Michael start P7 with rival Ingram P8, with Crees able to pick off his rivals easily and swiftly, it resulted in him leading from lap 4 onwards to the flag for his first ever Win on his debut car race. Ingram struggled to make it through the pack, with Jack Oliphant able to push hard all race to make progress through the pack. Jack’s race was eventful and showing tenacity and grit he battled his way to a fine 3rd place over the chequered flag.
GRDC+ returns at the end of May to Snetterton circuit.