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Hibbert And King Share The Oulton Park Wins In Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup

1st July 2019 • Simon Paice

Tom Hibbert and Harry King took a victory apiece as the first half of the 2019 Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup season came to a close at Oulton Park this past weekend (29/30 June).

Hibbert (Triple M Motorsport) headed to Cheshire with fond memories of a double GT4 SuperCup victory there in 2017, and his speed around the Oulton Park circuit was clear once again as he topped the timesheets in official free practice on Friday.

He followed that up with pole position in qualifying the next day, his second in a row after also setting the pace last time out at Croft. Carlito Miracco (Privateer) took a superb second on the grid, with Mike Epps (Team HARD) completing the top three.

The opening race of the weekend followed on Saturday afternoon, with Hibbert putting in a supreme drive to lead from start-to-finish for his third win of the season so far. Miracco ran second in the early stages, while a fast-starting King (Elite Motorsport) shot into third.

An unfortunate issue for Miracco dropped him down the order, with King capitalising to take second place for his 20th GT4 SuperCup podium finish to date. Epps ran third to the finish on the road, however a five second track limits time penalty dropped him down to fifth.

Will Burns (Rob Boston Racing) therefore took the final podium position, while on his return to the championship, two-time race-winner Declan Jones took a great fourth place finish in a Ginetta G55 prepared by his own Declan Jones Racing outfit.

Reece Somerfield (Elite Motorsport) completed the top six ahead of Simon Rudd (Rob Boston Racing), with Fin Green (Total Control Racing) taking eighth on the road before a track limits penalty dropped him a position in the final classifications.

The driver gaining a place was Am Class winner Nathan Heathcote (Century Motorsport). From his first class pole position, he led throughout to take a fourth win of the campaign. Darron Lewis (Team HARD) ran second in class in the early laps, before Colin White (CWS Motorsport) got through.

A week on from competing in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race in a Ginetta G55, White held second to the chequered flag for his 80th Am Class podium finish. Lewis completed the rostrum, while Carl Garnett (AK Motorsport) impressively climbed three places to take fourth.

At his home event, Jack Oliphant (Century Motorsport) fought through to fifth in class ahead of James Kell (Rob Boston Racing) and Lee Frost (Declan Jones Racing), while eighth went the way of Chris Ingram (HHC Motorsport) on his second appearance of the season.

The second race of the weekend took place on Sunday afternoon and a huge trackside crowd and the live ITV4 television audience were treated to a thrilling start to proceedings, with the lead changing hands in dramatic fashion at the Island hairpin on lap one.

From pole, Hibbert fended off King through Cascades but a loss of momentum allowed Burns to squeeze ahead. They made slight contact though and ran wide, with King nipping through to seize the advantage ahead of Burns and Somerfield, who had shot up from sixth to third.

King wouldn’t be caught from there, with the Ginetta Junior graduate streaking clear for his fifth win of the season so far. Burns ran second throughout to take podium number six of the campaign, while Somerfield fended off Jones and Miracco to complete the top three.

White continued his fantastic track record at Oulton Park with his sixth Am Class victory in the last ten races at the circuit, with Lewis and Heathcote also picking up silverware. Tom Barley (Team HARD) followed them home for his best result of the campaign so far in tenth.

Kell, Oliphant and Frost were next up, while Lucky Khera (Declan Jones Racing) picked up his best result of the weekend with seventh in the Am Class ahead of Garnett, Ingram and Peter Bassill (Century Motorsport). Epps and Hibbert unfortunately didn’t make the finish.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup now heads into a lengthy summer break, with the action resuming in seven weeks’ time at the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton (17/18 August).