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Morris and Parfitt guide Bentley to home GT win at Oulton Park

Monday, May 30 2016

Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jr claimed a debut outright win in the British GT Championship in imperious style in a shortened second race of the day at Oulton Park. Morris and Parfitt had the measure of their opposition throughout the race in their Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, building a lead early on and maintaining a comfortable gap, whilst Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson completed a double victory in the GT4 class.

Starting from pole position, Morris led at the start from Rob Bell (Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3) and Ross Gunn (Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3), whilst race-one winner Adam Carroll got the better of Barwell Motorsport team-mate Phil Keen to initially lead the Lamborghini battle.

Morris opened up a mammoth gap in his opening stint, eliminating any doubts of being jumped by the chasing cars during the pit-stop window.

Scott Malvern looked to seize the early initiative in GT4 onboard his Simpson Motorsport Ginetta G55, but it wasn't to be as his early lead was taken from him when he was forced to return to the pit-lane with just over half an hour remaining.

Cars began diving for the pit-late at the end of lap 16, with a number of GT4 competitors heading in first, before Morris led the frontrunners in on lap 20. Morris handed over to Parfitt, who immediately set about picking up where his colleague left off.

The Bentley retained the league once the pit-stop cycle ended, with the McLaren still in second position in the hands of Alasdair McCaig, with reigning champion Andrew Howard at the wheel of the Beechdean Aston Martin in third. McCaig briefly looked as though he may be able to reduce the gap when he took a second out of Parfitt's advantage on lap 24. Parfitt responded immediately however, further extending his gap to take the Bentley on to a popular home victory.

Both Beechdean cars were handed drive through penalties for pit-late infringements, removing Howard from podium position, and promoting Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen to the final podium position, following a disappointing first race.  

The race was ended a few minutes early when Anna Walewska retired from the head of the GT4 battle in the Century Motorsport Ginetta she shares with Nathan Freke. Walewska went off at Lodge corner, prompting an early finish to the race, with Johnson and Robinson taking their second GT4 race win of the day.

British GT Oulton Park, Race Two, Result

1, Morris/Parfitt, Team Parker Racing, Bentley Continental GT3, 32 Laps
2, Bell/McCaig, Ecurie Ecosse, McLaren 650S GT3, +10.514s
3, Keen/Minshaw, Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, +24.040s
4, Adam/Johnston, TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, +29.212s
5, Carroll/Griffin, Barwell Motorsport, Lamborghini Huracan GT3, +29.806s

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