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High Five For James Kellett With Oulton Double In Ginetta GT4 SuperCup

13th June 2022 • Simon Paice

James Kellett has continued his 100% winning start to the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup season with a double victory in an action-packed weekend at Oulton Park (11/12 June).

There was light rainfall as the cars headed out for the start of qualifying on Saturday morning, however this soon dissipated and Kellett (Rosland Gold Racing by Century Motorsport) went on to set a blistering pace, securing a third consecutive pole position by over six tenths of a second.

Josh Rattican (Elite Motorsport), a double podium-finisher at the circuit last year, was the next quickest, himself over half a second clear of third placed driver Aston Millar (DTO Motorsport), Reece Somerfield (Breakell Racing) and Tom Emson (Elite Motorsport).

Wes Pearce (Breakell Racing) and Blake Angliss (Rosland Gold Racing by Century Motorsport) took the pole positions in the G56 Am and G55 Pro classes respectively, the latter adding to his pole in the Brands Hatch season opener, while Josh Poulain (Motus One) topped G55 Am on his championship debut.

After fending off a challenge from a fast-starting Millar into the first corner on lap one, Kellett went on to be truly untouchable across the opening race. Storming clear at the front of the field, he ended up with a 16.2 second winning margin, the third largest in championship history.

His efforts were aided by some battling for second. A great move around the outside through Old Hall and down The Avenue netted Somerfield the position from Millar, however on the next lap Rattican made a move and was followed by Millar and Emson.

That group ran in the same order through to the chequered flag, however a post-race penalty for Rattican saw him demoted to fifth, securing Millar and Emson the podium trophies. Pearce was sixth overall as he completed a lights-to-flag G56 Am win, while behind Luke Reade (Wolf Motorsport) got ahead of Angliss off the line to record the G55 Pro victory.

After being placed at the back of the grid due to ride height infringements in qualifying, the G56’s of Henry Dawes (Century Motorsport), Darren Leung (Assetto Motorsport) and Colin White (CWS Racing) impressively stormed through the field, with the latter two finishing on the G56 Am podium.

Poulain dropped from pole to fourth in G55 Am on the opening lap, however he fought back well and grabbed the class win on the final tour. Daniel Morris (Simon Green Motorsport) had to settle for second, while Conner Garlick (Xentek Motorsport) and Garry Townsend (Assetto Motorsport) completed the G55 Pro and Am class podiums respectively.

Fox Motorsport trio James Townsend, Nick Halstead and Ian Duggan were next to take the chequered flag, the latter having unfortunately dropped out of the G55 Am podium places on the final lap, while Luke Warr (Race Car Consultants) and Mike Brown (Ultimate Speed Racing) completed the finishers.

Race two took place live on ITV4 on Sunday afternoon and it was Millar who made the best start, catapulting himself into the lead off the line. Kellett aimed to fight back coming out of the Island hairpin, however he inadvertently cost himself a position to the fast-starting Somerfield.

The race was then red flagged due to an incident in the G55 pack. When action resumed for a 10 minute restart, Millar led through the opening two laps before a brilliant move out of the final corner on lap three netted Somerfield the top spot.

Rattican picked his way past Kellett and then Millar to lead the challenge to Somerfield, with a dramatic end to the race seeing the top two make contact exiting the final corner. With Millar having to go off line in avoidance, Kellett swept through from fourth to an unexpected win.

As that made him only the fourth driver in championship history to win five races in a row, Millar came through in second and Somerfield third over the line. A post-race penalty for him however for the Rattican incident meant he was removed from the race result.

Dawes therefore picked up his first podium finish in the championship, whilst an impressive fourth overall was Reade as he took a lights-to-flag G55 Pro win. After a race one retirement, James Taylor (Team HARD) fought impressively from 21st on the grid to fifth overall and second in class ahead of Angliss.

Emson recovered from an incident on the restart lap to finish seventh overall and fourth in G56 Pro ahead of the next best G55 in Halstead. Pearce made a last lap move on Brown to complete a double win in G56 Am, the latter narrowly missing out on a maiden victory.

White completed that class podium as Leung failed to reach the race finish. In G55 Am, Duggan picked up his third win of the season from Warr, with early incidents unfortunately ending the races of class competitors Morris, Poulain, James Townsend and Garry Townsend.

Following the weekend’s action, Kellett has a 38 point lead in the G56 Pro standings from Millar. The other class points leaders are Pearce (G56 Am), Reade (G55 Pro) and Duggan (G55 Am).

Full race results from the weekend are available here: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/222303

The drivers and teams in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup now have a lengthy seven week break before they head north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland (30/31 July).