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Rattenbury's Huracan Storms To
Oulton Park Pole
Saturday 29th July 2017
Jake Rattenbury continued his run of strong form by claiming a second consecutive GT Cup pole position at Oulton Park.
Adding to his pole position at Silverstone earlier in July, Rattenbury came out on top in a closely-fought battle for the top spot thanks to a time of 1m38.701s around the technical Cheshire circuit.
“It was completely unexpected”, said Rattenbury, who also hopes to trim his three-point GTC group deficit in the championship. “I didn’t think I’d be on the pace we were but the car was very good. It’s really planted around this circuit and that’s even without any testing, so I’m very happy as you can imagine!”
Closest to spoiling the party for the Lamborghini Huracan driver was a new entry to the GT Cup, the Ultimate Speed Racing car of Matthew Manderson, sharing his Aston Martin GT3 this weekend with Michael Brown.
Manderson trimmed Rattenbury’s qualifying cushion to just 0.4s by the time the chequered flag waved, enough to put him on the front row and best of the GTO group. “I lost it on my final lap coming out of Knickerbrook which might have cost me a shot at pole, but the car was very good and I’m hopeful we can be in the mix”, said Manderson. “I’m loving it; the atmosphere is really friendly and I’d like to come back for more!”
Tom Webb instantly put a difficult Silverstone visit behind him by grabbing pole position in group GTB, the BMW driver continuing to find improvements in his M3 E46 around Oulton Park.
“It’s handling very well”, said Webb afterwards. “We overcame a bit of set-up trouble thanks to a great job by the team in the morning. We had a bit of a torrid weekend at Silverstone, so I’m really pleased to have gone almost two seconds quicker than we ever have around here.”
Just 0.230s separated GTA group pole-sitter Dominic Paul from his nearest rival meanwhile, Amigo Motorsport right on his tail in second and third position. Four Ginetta G55s fought it out for group honours in a tight qualifying session, Spy Motorsport’s Paul thrilled by the prospect of another unpredictable pair of races.
“It closed up right at the end so we came in and made a few changes”, said Paul, “but that’s good because I love a good battle and it will make for some great racing today!”
1: Michael Brown/Matthew Manderson – Aston Martin GT3
2: Gareth Downing/Kevin Riley – Mosler GTO
3: Graham Davidson – McLaren MP4/12 GT3
1: Jake Rattenbury – Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo
2: Andy Demetriou – Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
1: Tom Webb/James Webb – BMW M3 E46 GTR
2: John Saunders/Patrick Scharfegger – Ginetta G50
3: Neil Huggins – Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo LP570-4
1: Dominic Paul – Ginetta G55 GT4
2: Darren Standing/Ian Goodchild – Ginetta G55 GT4
3: Mike MercerGary Smith – Ginetta G55 GT4