Davidson victorious at Oulton Park in Motorsport Vision Racing event

GT Cup, Oulton Park

Motorsport Vision Racing (MSVR) hosted four-wheel action at Oulton Park in Cheshire with Friday’s heavy rain moving away, leaving a warm cloudy day at the parkland track.

The main event of the day was the MSVR GT Cup, while there were also races for the Monoposto, SSangYong Pickups and Lotus Elise categories.

GT Cup, Oulton Park, Cheshire
GT Cup gets underway at Oulton Park (www.mphotographic.co.uk)

The first of two GT Cup races was a single driver event over 25 minutes. Pole position was taken by Jake Rattenbury (Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo) from Mike Brown (Aston Martin GT3).

On the second row were Gareth Downing (Mosler) and Graham Davidson (McLaren MP4/12 GT3).

Rattenbury led the rolling start from Downing and Davidson, and the order was maintained until lap four when Rattenbury slowed momentarily allowing Downing and Davidson through.

Rattenbury held on to third place, and this was the order until the final lap when the Downing car failed on circuit with electrical problems handing the win to Davidson from Rattenbury and Nigel Hudson (Aston Martin GT3).

Race two was over 50 minutes for one or two drivers. Downing starting from pole with Davidson next to him on the grid. On the second row were Rattenbury and Hudson.

Graham Davidson, GT Cup, McLaren MP4/12
Graham Davidson at the wheel of his race winning McLaren MP4/12 (www.mphotographic.co.uk)

At the rolling start Davidson took the lead from Downing, Hudson and Rattenbury.

Ten minutes in Downing was relegated to fourth. A short safety car period after 15 minutes closed the field but there was no change in the positions at the restart. Downing gradually fell back and was passed for fourth by Mike Brown in the Aston.

Davidson, who was in the lead after the compulsory pit stops, was given a stop/go penalty for too short a pit stop.

This left Manderson, who had taken over from Brown in the Aston, in the lead from Davidson, Rattenbury and Alan Wilcox, who had taken over from Hudson.

Davidson passed Manderson with two minutes to go to take the lead and the win from Manderson, Wilcox and Rattenbury.

Richard Purcell, Monoposto, Oulton Park
Richard Purcell, from Stockport, grabbed a sixth place at Oulton Park (www.mphotographic.co.uk)

Richard Purcell, from Stockport, took part in two races for Monoposto cars in his Dallara F305.

Qualifying on the third row of the grid for race one and finished in a creditable sixth place. Unfortunately problems from the off in the second encounter meant that the car failed after only half a lap forcing his retirement.

In other events there were two wins for Jeremy Timms, one win a piece for Ben Cater and Chris Hodgen in Monoposto.

David McInulty and Simon Atkinson each took a win in the Lotus Cuip & Elise Trophy and James Gornall took two wins in the SsangYong Challenge.

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