Adam Sharpe's Tech 9 Porsche GT3 stormed to victory in the second Cup-class GT race at Oulton Park this weekend after what proved to be an exciting race for the recent Le Mans finisher and co-driver Dominic Lesniewski. The victory was the...
Adam Sharpe's Tech 9 Porsche GT3 stormed to victory in the second Cup-class GT race at Oulton Park this weekend after what proved to be an exciting race for the recent Le Mans finisher and co-driver Dominic Lesniewski. The victory was the more remarkable as the Tech 9 team had had to repair the car after damage incurred in the first race on Saturday caused by an accident in front of Sharpe.
"For the race on Sunday I qualified second behind the Glenvarigill Ferrari and managed to stay right behind him for my stint. We then had a terrible pit-stop, with the Jones' brothers Porsche stalling just outside our box. The Tech 9 boys had to push him out of the way and we lost about 5 or 6 seconds. Fortunately, Dominic went out and did a great job by catching and passing the Ferrari almost straightaway. It was a fantastic result for us and a brilliant end to the weekend."
The first race on Saturday saw several cars spin off at the first corner. Fortunately, Sharpe's co-driver Dominic Lesniewski managing to avoid the mayhem unscathed but spun later at Knickerbrook avoiding a collision between two other cars and losing half a minute. This meant that Sharpe had much to do in the second stint.
"I had to fight my way through - I was really going for it and was gaining 2 to 3 seconds a lap on Steve Wood's JWR Porsche, but I also had to battle with the N-GT cars which were working to Steve's advantage. I spent some time behind him and just couldn't get through. In the middle of this scrap, the N-GT Porsche lying second overall, with Mark Sumpter at the wheel, got on the power too early out of Knickerbrook and quickly became broadside up Clay Hill, causing me to take avoiding action and taking two wheels to the grass. This in turn pulled the car towards the barrier and then across the circuit to hit the opposite tyre wall. This happened on the penultimate lap, minutes before the end of the race. I managed to get slowly back across the grass and took it over the line in 7th but there was a lot of work needed that evening."
"The team did a great job fixing the car overnight ahead of Sunday's race so a big thanks must go to all the lads at Tech 9. To recover from the shunt on Saturday and go on to win the second event was very satisfying indeed."
Adam Sharpe's next event in the Tech 9 Porsche will be at Silverstone on 13th/14th August.