Embassy Racing came away from Oulton Park with its first points finish since round four of the British GT Championship, with team owner Jonathan France confident that the team has finally turned a corner.

In qualifying on Saturday morning, Neil Cunningham helped the team to its highest ever starting position of fourth place for round nine, with the Corvette C5R handling well in the wet conditions. Although Paula Cook admitted her performance in the second session wasn't what she hoping for, she still put the car 11th on the grid for race two.

However, Cunningham's hard work counted for nothing when the first race got underway on a dry track on Saturday afternoon. At the start, Pete La Bas made a bold move up the inside of championship leader Jonathan Cocker going into Old Hall, leading to contact between the Xero Competition Corvette and the Gruppe M Porsche. Cunningham took to the grass to avoid the chaos in front of him and avoided the incident only to be rear ended as he made his way back to the track.

With the suspension damaged, Cunningham was forced to retire and he wasn't a happy man.

"I can't believe I was hit so hard from the back when I had avoided the incident," he said. "I was right behind it and managed to steer onto the grass and slow down. Why the car behind me didn't slow down I don't know. It might be a racing incident but it still means we don't race and that is not acceptable."

The team were able to repair the damage overnight allowing Cook to take her place on the grid on Sunday. Following a strong start she climbed to sixth place, eventually losing out to the Ferrari of Tim Mullen which had started from the back of the grid before she pitted to hand the car over to Cunningham.

He rejoined in eighth place, climbing back up to sixth as cars ahead dived into the pits for their stops. After losing sixth to a faster Porsche, he brought the car home in seventh place - a pleasing result for team boss Jonathan France.

"We've clearly resolved the engine issues this weekend," he said. "The Corvette is now one of the fastest straight line cars in the Championship. We've had our problems over the last two days but I'm delighted we've run race distance and with the mood in the team as it is, I think we have turned a real corner. I believe we will be much closer to the front in the remaining three meetings."

 

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