Tuesday, April 22, 2014

British GT: Unfortunate end to United Autosports’ weekend at Oulton Park

By Johan Laubscher

Oulton Park hosted the opening round of the British GT Championship. United Autosports took part with their Audi R8 LMS ultra.

The #23 Audi R8 LMS ultra was driven by the 2013 British GT runners up, Mathew Bell and Mark Patterson.

Two one-hour races were held over the Easter weekend. Qualifying saw the United Autosports Audi qualifying in sixth and eleventh for the two races.

Both races were held on Monday. The first race concluded with United Autosports finishing fourth, narrowly missing the podium, less than ten second behind the race winning Oman Racing Aston Martin.

The second race ended with terrible misfortune for the team. Bell started the race and progressed well through the field. Clever strategy saw the team taking the lead of the race following the pitstop where Patterson took over the controls. 

Everything looked good for the United Autosports squad, but unfortunately the second placed Ferrari driver out-braked himself and collided with the left side of the Audi, ending United Autosports race with a retirement.

It was an unfortunate end to a great weekend and possibly a victory, but United Autosports will be back in action at the next round of the British GT, which will be held at Rockingham from 4-5 May.

Photo credit: United Autosports