11 / 12 September
Fortec Motorsports’ Luke Browning has been confirmed as the winner of a dramatic second GB3 Championship race at Oulton Park.
Browning led the entire contest after passing pole sitter Zak O’Sullivan on the first lap, and then survived a skirmish with the championship leader on lap-10, with the Carlin driver retiring. Browning was then involved in more drama at the start of lap 12 with teammate Roberto Faria. The Brazilian spun off into retirement while Browning managed to avoid the barriers and was still running.
But because the race was red flagged due to a number of cars off the circuit in different locations, Browning claimed the win on countback, as he was still running at the time of the red flag.
Bart Horsten had initially been awarded victory by the timekeepers, but the amended result confirmed Browning’s win on his debut weekend. Horsten was therefore classified second ahead of Carlin’s Christian Mansell, who gained on teammate O’Sullivan in the championship standings.
Ayrton Simmons was fourth for Chris Dittmann Racing, ahead of Hitech’s Reece Ushijima. Arden’s Frederick Lubin was sixth, with Tom Lebbon finishing just two tenths of a second further back in seventh for Elite Motorsport.
Carlin’s Bryce Aron was eighth, ahead of Hillspeed’s Jonathan Browne, with Reema Juffali completing the top-10 for Douglas Motorsport.
The race had seemed rather straightforward until lap 10. O’Sullivan lost the lead on the first lap after Browning moved past the polesitter by going around the outside at Old Hall, and then claimed the inside line for Cascades.
Browning, Faria and O’Sullivan ran almost as one for the next nine laps, the trio covered by a second throughout. But O’Sullivan, who could claim the title today, sensed an opportunity to take the lead at the Hislops Chicane, and tried to move around the outside. The pair went wheel to wheel, but O’Sullivan ran across the grass on the inside, shot across the track and went nose on into the wall and out of the race.
Browning held the lead despite the drama, but teammate Faria had other ideas and drew alongside his teammate at the start of lap 12. The pair then went off the road at Old Hall, with Faria spinning into the barriers while Browning crucially managed to keep his car going.
That drama put Horsten into the lead ahead of Mansell, but with multiple cars stranded at the side of the road, the red flags came out and the results declared at the end of lap 10.
GB3 Championship, in association with the BRDC, Oulton Park race two result:
1. Luke Browning, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps
2. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +1.516s
3. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +2.044s
4. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +4.563s
5. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +9.880s
6. Frederick Lubin, Arden Motorsport, +17.394s
7. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +17.684s
8. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +19.783s
9. Jonathan Browne, Hillspeed, +20.361s
10. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, +22.643s
11. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, +22.917s
12. Branden Oxley, Chris Dittmann Racing, +23.439s
13. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, +29.450s*
14. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +29.454s
DNF. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, 10 laps (not running at the time of the red flag)
DNF. Zak O’Sullivan, Carlin, 9 laps
DNF. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, 8 laps
*10 second penalty for gaining an advantage
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