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Weekend Racing Roundup, 4.22

Catch up on the latest action from around the world of sports car racing…

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British GT Championship
The 2014 season started with an Easter weekend double-header at Oulton Park. On Easter Monday two races were held, won by the No. 4 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin of Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine  and the No. 79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 of Marco Attard and Alexander Sims.

Race one saw Al Harthy starting from pole and disappearing into the distance soon after. His lead was never threatened, not even during a brief safety car period. Caine took over during the pit stops and continued the domination of the team in race one.

Ecurie Ecosse won an eventful second race, including two safety car periods. After the pit stops the No. 23 United Autosports Audi and No. 18 FF Corse Ferrari were in the lead, but the two cars crashed, bringing out another safety car. Attard inherited the lead , followed by Minshaw in the No. 12 Trackspeed Porsche. A five-minute sprint followed, but Attard didn’t succumb to the pressure.

Race 1: 1. Oman Racing Team (Aston Martin Vantage), 2. AF Corse (Ferrari 458 Italia), 3. Beechdean AMR (Aston Martin Vantage)

Race 2: 1. Ecurie Ecosse (BMW Z4 GT3), 2. Trackspeed (Porsche 997 GT3 R), 3. Beechdean AMR (Aston Martin Vantage)

Supercar Challenge
Zandvoort hosted the Supercar Challenge powered by Pirelli season opener. The opening race on Saturday saw the European race debut of the SRT Viper GT3-R, the car taking a third place finish in the hands of Roger Grouwels and Arjan van der Zwaan. The first race of the season was won by Henry Zumbrink in the Volvo S60 Silhouette, ahead of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 of Martin Lanting and Bob Herber.

The Martino Rosso went on to win the second race of the weekend, beating the Prosperia C. Abt Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra of Slobodan Cvetkovic and Fabian Hamprecht. The Audi had taken the lead early in the race, but after the pit stops Cvetkovic was reeled in and subsequently passed by the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.

Race 1: 1. Henry Zumbrink (Volvo S60 V8), 2. Martino Rosso Racing (Ferrari 458 Italia), 3. Team RaceArt (SRT Viper GT3-R)

Race 2: 1. Martino Rosso Racing (Ferrari 458 Italia), 2. Prosperia C. Abt Racing (Audi R8 LMS ultra), 3. Henry Zumbrink (Volvo S60 V8)

Marcel ten Caat (@marceltencaat) is a contributor to Sportscar365 and other publications including

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