After a promising start to the Bank Holiday Monday race Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton driving the VRS Motor Finance Ferrari 430 GT3 leave Oulton Park with no Championship points. Adam Wilcox set a 1:42.673 in the morning warm up to end up on the...
After a promising start to the Bank Holiday Monday race Adam Wilcox and Phil Burton driving the VRS Motor Finance Ferrari 430 GT3 leave Oulton Park with no Championship points.
Adam Wilcox set a 1:42.673 in the morning warm up to end up on the top of the time sheets, six tenths faster than the Trackspeed Porsche and 3 tenths faster than his qualifying best " I messed up Qualifying by not getting a clear lap when my tyres were at their best so I knew we could improve on the time, I have got a good set-up on the car now that suits both Phil and Myself ".
For the race Adam took the start from the front row of the grid and got the jump slightly on Pole Sitter Tim Mullen in the other Ferrari 430 GT3 , but had to give way at the first corner as Tim had the inside line, the two Ferrari's pulled away from the rest of the pack as the squabbled amongst themselves, until a safety car was deployed to clear up the damage of a big accident on the main straight.
" After the restart it started raining in places and remained dry in others, I could have lapped quicker than I was doing behind Tim, but didn't want to take any risks in overtaking in those conditions at that stage in the race, but the lack of pace was enabling the Trackspeed Porsche to close the gap on us, on my penultimate lap before the pit stop the Porsche managed to power alongside me on the long run up to Island bend so I gave him plenty of room, we all came into the pits nose to tail, a good pit stop from anyone of us could have emerged in the lead, we were in a good position for a run to the finish".
With some cars opting for wets and some remaining on slicks the grid got mixed up and Phil Burton rejoined the track in 7th place overall but 3rd in the ' wet tyres ' runners ". In a now drying but still drizzling with rain track, Phil made a slick move on Round 1 race winner Hector Lester at Old Hall and moved up into 6th place and was looking good for another good points finish until the Ascari of the Jones brothers made contact with the rear of the VRS Motor Finance Ferrari and sent Phil sliding into the Barriers on the exit of Old Hall, eventually coming home in 12th Place with a now damaged Ferrari 430.