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Wins for Harvey/Wilson and Burt/Franchitti.

Tim Harvey and Rob Wilson won a thrilling fourth round of the Privilege Insurance British GT Championship at Oulton Park this afternoon (Sunday May 7). Their Chrysler Viper moved ahead in the closing stages after a race-long battle with the Lister Storm of Mike Jordan/David Warnock and the TVR Cerbera of Bobby Verdon-Roe/Michael Caine.

In the GTO category, the Porsche 911GT3RS of Kelvin Burt/Marino Franchitti swept to a commanding victory. Into a fine second came the TVR Tuscan R of Steve Hyde/Richard Stanton for its best result to date.

Harvey and Wilson again set the pace in qualifying for the fourth round of the championship, with Harvey securing his fourth pole position of the season.

''I only got one good clear lap, but that was enough,'' reckoned Harvey. ''The car is spot on!'' Just a second behind the Viper was the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Verdon-Roe/Caine, which continued its strong form from testing to take second fastest and spilt the big two cars in the category.

Third fastest was the Lister Storm of Jordan/Warnock, with the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 of Jonathan Rowland/Ashley Ward in fourth. Having missed much of the pre-race test day after suffering a diff problem, the Lister squad concentrated on finding a good race set-up during the qualifying sessions.

Few significant changes came in the second qualifying session, leaving the Chrysler Viper at the head of the field for Monday's race. Up to fifth overall, although still fourth in GTO, went the TVR of Ward/Rowland.

In GTO, Burt planted his Porsche 911GT3RS firmly at the top of the times, chased by the Chrysler Viper of Ben Devlin/Curtis Hayles and the TVR of Martin Short/Rob Barff.

''It's all going to plan so far,'' said Burt, adding that his advantage over the Chrysler Viper had grown since the test day. The reason was that the Hayles Racing team had been forced to change a diff on the Viper after testing and was finding a mis-match in the gearing.

The afternoon sessions brought few major improvements, so the Viper stayed second ahead of the TVR Cerbera Speed 6 of Martin Short/Rob Barff.



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