Douglas Motorsport and Andrew Watson continue to lead the Ginetta GT4 Championship after an exciting weekend of action at Oulton Park, Cheshire.
Watson qualified in 6th ahead of the first race of the weekend during a wet qualifying session which was called short due to torrential rain.
The Nineteen year old driver, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, then finished the first race of the weekend where he had started – in sixth – but not before an exciting tussle for positions had taken place amongst the second half of the pack. By the second lap, Watson had dropped down to 10th position, but some skilful racing saw him move back up the field to sixth, securing the fastest lap time of the race in the process, and setting a new lap record.
Explaining his take on day one, Watson, whose sponsors include Woking Shopping Centre, Westland, Donnelly Group and Adoreboard, said; “We were second in practice on Friday afternoon and the car was great, so we were really happy at that point.
“Then on Saturday the heavens opened for qualifying and it was very wet. I went off a little on the third lap which dropped me back to sixth.
“Qualifying sixth wasn’t brilliant but not terrible either.”
“In the first race I dropped back in to 10th but then raced well during the later stages. Oulton Park is a tough track to pass on, but I moved back up in to sixth and got the fastest lap, so got extra points for that.”
Watson started race two on Sunday morning, again in sixth. Moving up to fourth at the start, Watson kept pace with the front pack enabling him to take full advantage of penalties handed out to fellow drivers, Orton and Breeze, which moved him up in to second place.
Watson held on to that position to the finish, securing vital points to ensure he retained top spot in the Championship table at the end of an action packed weekend.
Watson said; “Sunday was brilliant. I got up to fourth at the start and then moved in to second because of the two penalties handed out. I tried to close on the leader but there wasn’t enough time so I settled in to second for the final laps.
“Oulton Park is not my favourite track on the calendar so coming here and leaving still leading the Championship is brilliant. Douglas Motorsport did a fantastic job and the car was great, so we are all really happy.”
Watson and his Douglas Motorsport team will be back in action later this month, on the 28th of June, when the Ginetta GT4 Championship heads to Croft in North Yorkshire.