It has been a mixed weekend at Oulton Park for Academy Motorsport, during the opening round of the British GT Championship. Cemented in its usual Easter weekend position, and this year basking in glorious sunshine for the duration, the event had a lot in store for the team.
Armed with a quartet of talented drivers for this season’s GT4 Championship assault, the team is set to be a strong contender. New to the team and championship this season, Alex Toth-Jones, Ben Hurst and Micah Stanley each bring a wealth of talent to the team, whilst Academy Motorsport regular, Will Moore, will lend his experience for another season.
A number of faultless runs on circuit as the Easter weekend began stood the team in good stead for a respectable result. With two one-hour races taking place on Easter Monday, the four drivers shared their duties equally. Both brand new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 race cars performed flawlessly throughout the opening race, despite a number of obstacles to negotiate.
After 60 minutes of action, Moore took the chequered flag in 10th place, having taken over from Toth-Jones at mid-distance, whilst Micah Stanley finished just behind in 12th place.
As the second hour long outing began, it was Will Moore and Micah Stanley who started proceedings this time around. With both cars performing well, bad luck struck when Moore was sent hurtling across the grass after a tap with a rival car. As he came to rest against the infamous tyre barrier at Cascades, sadly his race was over.
All attentions quickly turned to the sole remaining Aston Martin, with Hurst at the wheel for the second half of the race. A strong opening stint from Stanley left the car in a strong position, as Hurst held on to claim eighth place at the fall of the chequered flag.
Commenting on the opening British GT Championship weekend, Academy Motorsport’s Managing Director, Matt Nicoll-Jones said: “It’s been a mixed weekend for us. It started well, both cars ran without error on Saturday. Today wasn’t too bad, until Will ended up out of the race, which was a huge shame and not the way we want to end a race. Ben and Micah drove brilliantly to finish eighth in race two. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Academy Motorsport will be back on track during 4th-6th May, for the second round of the GT4 European Series at Brands Hatch. The British GT Championship returns to action on 18th-19th May at Snetterton.