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    Fletcher “had no concept” British GT Oulton win was on because of radio concern

    Fletcher and fellow Paddock Motorsport McLaren co-owner Plowman completed third on the highway behind Ian Loggie (RAM Racing Mercedes) and Shaun Balfe (Balfe Motorsport Audi), following a mid-race purple flag through the pit cycle, however was promoted to first as each had their race one success seconds added to their race instances.

    TV actor Fletcher, who gained the GT4 Professional-Am title with Plowman in 2019, had begun the second stint in seventh however was elevated positions when Alex Malykhin spun at Druids, Adam Balon needed to serve a stop-go penalty for earlier contact and Morgan Tillbrook suffered {an electrical} glitch.

    After pulling a vital transfer on Mia Flewitt into the Hislops chicane, Fletcher then closed the hole to Loggie and Balfe, which meant he moved forward when their respective seven and 10 second penalties for ending second and first in race one had been utilized.

    VIDEO: A dramatic British GT season-opener at Oulton Park

    Having completed solely fifteenth in race one after a track-limits penalty and a puncture, Fletcher was elated to attain a maiden GT3 victory on his first weekend with a McLaren 720S, after switching from a Bentley Continental GT3 over the winter.

    “I had little radio, my ears had been enjoying up all weekend,” he instructed Autosport.

    “It was humorous, so it saved going out and in.

    “I knew as soon as I did the McLaren [Flewitt] I had some free air so I attempted to push on as a lot as I may.

    “I had no concept that we had been on for a win, even on for a podium. I didn’t even realize it was final lap as properly.

    “My head was within the recreation, I used to be actually attempting to focus and getting a few tenths in every lap.

    “I used to be fairly fortunate with visitors, I pushed actually arduous and I used to be actually proud of that.”

    Staff-mate Plowman described the consequence as “a profession spotlight” after “coming into the weekend a bit on the again foot”.

    “We made a number of tyre strain changes for the restart and Kelvin simply drove brilliantly,” he instructed Autosport.

    “He made strikes when he wanted to make strikes and to shut down the leaders on the finish to get the leap was superb.

    “We undoubtedly struggled this weekend – personally and as a staff, we’re nonetheless studying this new tyre so we’re studying each time we exit.

    “I believe as soon as we nail the set-up and know get this tyre within the window, then we’ll be a constant contender.”

    Start action, #6 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: Ian Loggie, Jules Gounon leads

    Begin motion, #6 RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3: Ian Loggie, Jules Gounon leads

    Photograph by: JEP / Motorsport Photographs

    RAM protests consequence

    The race consequence stays provisional for now after Loggie’s RAM staff lodged a protest.

    Loggie and Jules Gounon had been categorized fifth following the applying of the success seconds post-race, which Loggie known as “weird”.

    “How are you going to have the identical penalty for a race that solely lasts 20 minutes?” he stated.

    “If a race runs 20 minutes and it’s a 60-minute race with a seven-second penalty, that must be pro-rata for my part. It must be 2.33 seconds.”

    RAM boss Dan Shufflebottom stated: “There’s nothing within the regulation sadly that applies to that scenario, it’s clearly [something] we have to have a look at.

    “Successfully we got the penalty for a one-hour race however had an 18-minute race. And and not using a regulation that claims that ought to occur, we don’t assume it ought to have finished.

    “The laws should not one thing that must be left to ambiguity, that’s how I felt it was.”

    Nevertheless, RAM’s protest was rejected when stewards convened on Tuesday – however the staff has now indicated it should attraction the matter to the Nationwide Courtroom.

    Whereas RAM was left sad, different outfits had no drawback with British GT’s interpretation of the foundations.

    Barwell Motorsport boss Mark Lemmer stated: “That was the one factor you are able to do in these circumstances. It’s such a messy factor when the pit window opens simply as a security automotive with a climate selection, that was completely the proper process.”

    Century Motorsport’s Nathan Freke agreed: “I’ve no points. It was a difficult scenario, no-one actually knew what was occurring. So I believe red-flagging it and resetting it like they did in all probability was the one logical method of creating it proper.”

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