The Britcar Endurance Series made its second visit of the season to Oulton Park last weekend (26th October) for a pair of races on the Island Circuit. Soaking wet weather made for a challenging encounter at the penultimate round of the season.
In a repeat of the June event at Oulton Park, Ian Humphires, driving solo in the Valluga Racing Porsche 991 GT3, took the win on a soaking wet circuit. Humphries did not having things all his own way, with a late race charge from Sam Neary in the ABBA Racing BMW M3 ending in contact between the two and retirement for the BMW with suspension damage.
At the start of the race, Richard Neary got the jump on the SB Racing Ferrari of Paul Bailey, but Bailey braved it out around the outside to hang on to the lead. It all came to nought one corner later, Bailey being caught out by the rain and beaching the Ferrari in the Cascades gravel trap.
The safety car was deployed, allowing the single driver cars to all get their mandatory pitstop out of the way right at the start of the race. Humphries dived into the pits and gained an immediate advantage over the rest of the field. As the race went green again, Richard Neary took the lead followed by the Porsche of Mark Cunningham. Cunningham then had an off track moment, ending his challenge for the lead.
The safety car then made its second appearance of the race just before half distance, following a huge accident for Steve Burgess in the RAW Ginetta and Paul Rose in the JPR Saker. Debris was left strewn across the track at the exit of Old Hall, taking some time to clear before the race went green again.
The two driver cars stopped as the race hit the halfway mark, and after the stops Humphries Porsche led from the charging ABBA BMW of Sam Neary. This charge ended in contact between the two and retirement for Neary, leaving Humphries with an 11 lap cruise to the flag to take a deserved victory.
The rain had stopped but the track was still wet for the second Britcar encounter of the day. Chris Hart and Steve Harris emerged as the victors in their bright green JPR Saker.
Hart made a charging start to the race, coming from the second row of the grid to the lead in just two laps. Once in front the #4 Saker was never headed, even maintaining the lead of the race through the mandatory pitstop cycle.
Behind, second place went to the Moss Motorsport BMW 1M, with Paul Bailey and Andy Schulz recovering from their earlier disappointment to claim third place in the SB Racing Ferrari.
Photography by Stevie Borowik
Words by Rich Crawford