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Barclay and Oliphant Win Final G40 Cup Races Of The Season

23rd September 2018 • Stephen Errity

SVG Motorsport’s Alistair Barclay and W2R’s Jack Oliphant were victorious at Donington Park on Sunday as the G40 Cup wrapped up its 2018 season.

Sunday morning’s race two saw Barclay moved into the lead ahead of polesitter Tom Sibley (Xentek Motorsport) on the first lap, with Quattro Motorsport man Dan Morris holding station in third. Action between SVG’s Dimitri Sedashev and Quattro Motorsport’s Bill Forbes on the same lap allowed Oliphant and Assetto Motorsport’s Chris Salkeld to gain three and four positions respectively, rising to fourth and fifth by the end of lap one.

Oliphant’s progress continued on the next lap, when he passed Morris for third, but a slight off saw him drop to fifth behind Morris and a recovering Salkeld next time around. Salkeld then passed Morris for third, before the order calmed down for a lap.

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There was more action before the chequered flag, though. While Barclay and Sibley continued uninterrupted to first and second respectively, Morris re-passed Salkeld, before Oliphant fought back from his earlier off and moved past both of them into third.

A hectic final lap saw further reshuffling of the order, however, with Morris reasserting himself into third place, Sedashev and Forbes grabbing fourth and fifth and Oliphant coming home sixth ahead of seventh-place Salkeld.

Next up was Chairman’s Cup winner Jamie Hopkins (Elite Motorsport) in eighth, with the ninth-place finisher also being a Chairman’s Cup runner in the shape of Jack’s father and W2R team-mate Paul Oliphant. Another W2R runner, Jimmy Thomson, completed the top 10.

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Race three of the weekend came late on the timetable on Sunday, and there were no safety cars or red flags this time around. The reversed grid saw Oliphant son lead Oliphant father on the first lap, with Jack and Paul first and second ahead of Salkeld, Sedashev, Barclay and SF Racing man Shawn Fleming.

The on-form Barclay had soon made his way up to second, but was unable to find a way past Jack Oliphant for the remainder of the race so had to settle for second. Salkeld was also untroubled in third for the remaining laps, but the rest of the top 10 position were more hotly disputed.

Sedashev, Paul Oliphant, Sibley, Fleming, Morris, Forbes and West initially held positions four to 10, but a charging Sibley elevated himself to fourth ahead of Sedashev by the flag, with Morris winding up sixth ahead of W2R’s Rob Keogh, Bill Forbes and the Chairman’s Cup top two Hopkins and Fleming in the final classification.