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James Kellett and Ravi Ramyead were the stars of the show as the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta GT Academy served up some captivating racing at Oulton Park this past weekend (11/12 June).
In front of a huge trackside crowd at one of the most popular events on the British Touring Car Championship calendar, Kellett followed up his victory hat-trick in the season opener last month with another double success in his V8-powered Ginetta G56 GT4.
Kellett converted pole position from qualifying into a dominant 16 second win in the opener, the third largest race-winning margin in championship history. His second victory came in wildly different circumstances, benefitting from a last lap, last corner incident to sweep from fourth to first.
As the points leader became only the fourth driver ever to win five GT4 SuperCup races in a row, reigning Ginetta Junior champion Aston Millar continued his own 100% podium record to start the season with a pair of second place finishes.
Tom Emson and Henry Dawes picked up their first podium results of the year with a third place finish apiece, while Reece Somerfield and Josh Rattican had been battling for the race two victory before the unfortunate end to the race that opened the door for Kellett to win.
A double win for Wes Pearce moved him to the top of the standings in the G56 Am class, while in the categories for the older Ginetta G55 GT4 car, Luke Reade enjoyed double success in the Pro ranks and Ian Duggan maintained his Am points lead with a third win of the year.
The Ginetta GT Academy meanwhile made its one and only appearance of the season on the BTCC support package this year. A bumper 28 car grid tackled two races in the Cheshire countryside, with Ravi Ramyead and Marc Warren leading the way to continue their perfect starts to 2022.
Ramyead, one of the championship’s rookie contenders, overcame pole-sitter Warren in both races to secure his maiden overall wins in the championship. Warren finished second overall and top of the GTA class in both, meaning both drivers now have seven class wins from seven races so far.
Behind them, there was some fantastic battles for the remaining podium places. Thomas Holland twice followed his team-mate home for one-two GTA class finishes for Raceway Motorsport, while the quick duo of Leo Karavasili and Mackenzie Walker completed the GTA podiums.
The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup now heads into its summer break, returning in seven weeks’ time at Knockhill in Scotland (30/31 July). In the meantime, the Ginetta Junior Championship and GT5 Challenge are racing alongside the BTCC at Yorkshire’s own Croft circuit later this month (25/26 June).