For the final round of the 2015 GT Cup Championship it was Oulton Park on the 10th October, it was another new circuit for Nigel Hudson so testing was all about getting him as much time in the car as possible as a result I only did 3 timed laps in Free Practice and the tyres didn’t get time to get to operating temp but it was clear the setup we chose was going to work well and I headed the session in P1 until the very end when I slipped down to P2 but still a positive start to the day.
As per the Championship rules ( Only AM drivers can qualify ) Nigel would qualify the car, but disaster struck half way around the first lap with him going off on some un-treated spilt oil from the previous session and hitting the Barriers quite hard damaging the car and meaning he would have to start race one from the back of the Grid.
For race 1 Nigel had to start from the back of the grid after not getting a qualifying time and drove superbly through the field and grabbed 9th on the very last lap which was incredible considering it’s his first ever race at Oulton Park and had limited running beforehand.
For race 2 I would drive the HUD Motorsports Audi R8 and start in 8th place and despite the cars now appearance and tank taped front end was driving great and enabling me to easily climb up the order, I got stuck a little bit behind a Porsche but soon as I got by I was able to catch up and over take the Audi Ultra for 2nd place and soon catch the leading Porsche 935 to battle for the lead, however whilst I was able to lap faster getting by was another story, Oulton Park is a notoriously hard circuit to over take but we had very different performance and whilst I could get close in the braking and corners on the straights it was another story.
Still I am pleased with second place and looking forward to competing in the whole season next year with Nigel in the Audi now we have a little bit more experience of the car we will be front runners from the start.