MTech enjoyed the perfect start to the new Avon Tyres British GT
Championship season at Oulton Park
as Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin guided their Ferrari 430 Scuderia to two wins in Cheshire.
And in the two action-filled races, there were G4 class wins for the Speedworks Motorsport's Ginetta, driven by Christian Dick and Jamie Stanley, and for the Prestige/ABG KTM X-Bow of championship debutants Rory Butcher and Benjamin Harvey.
Cameron and Griffin survived a late-race mechanical scare to win the opening round.
The duo took control of the race 12 laps from the end when the Preci-Spark Ascari of reigning champions David and Godfrey Jones went off the road, but Cameron and Griffin saw their 34-second lead whittled away to just 15s by the closing lap – Allan Simonsen's Rosso Verde Ferrari looming large in the mirrors as Griffin nursed his car home.
"We had a broken exhaust," said Cameron. "We weren't sure where it had split, so we told Matt to slow it down. It was a very nervous final 15 minutes of the race, but we're very relieved now."
Simonsen, who took over the Rosso Verde Scuderia in sixth spot after Lester drove the opening stint, picked off rivals in the closing stages to rise to third place, and was gifted second when gremlins struck the Trackspeed Porsche of British GT
rookie Siso Cunill. However, he was too far behind the MTECH car to do anything about victory.
"I was aware they had a problem but the gap was too big once I got into the car," said the Dane. "Cameron did a fantastic job in his stint. To win races we need to try a bit harder."
There was little for the Jones brothers to celebrate however. David drove a blinding first stint in the Ascari and was the last runner to pit for the driver change-over; he did so with 59 seconds in hand over Griffin, and Godfrey emerged from pit lane with the lead intact. However, disaster struck four laps later when he clouted the barrier at Druids and had to limp to the pits.
The David Ashburn/Cunill Porsche lost third to the Barwell-Cadena Aston of Paul Whight/Michael Bentwood two laps from the end and slipped to fourth on the final tour behind the United Autosports Audi of Richard Dean/Zak Brown. Fifth was some reward for Trackspeed after a particularly impressive showing from the young Spaniard.
The Predator CCTV Ferrari of Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton completed the top six. Eleven GT3s started, the GT3 Racing Viper failing to make the grid after its Saturday qualifying accident. The sole GT Cup contender, the Kinfaun Porsche of John Gaw and Phil Dryburgh, collected 11th overall after a spirited run.