Tom Oliphant claimed the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup title in the second of three races at Brands Hatch this weekend (10/11 October), whilst Colin White was crowed victorious in the inaugural AM class.
Oliphant has been the dominant force throughout much of the latter half of the season, taking eight wins and a further 13 podiums this year. He’s only been off the rostrum five times, but four of these saw him finish fourth.
In the AM class, White secured the title in the opening race over his closest rival Osamu Kawashima. The Century Motorsport driver content with the runner’s up spot over Fraser Robertson who rounds out the season as the third-placed AM.
Taking the vice-championship, Carl Breeze was a very worthy runner up. Eight wins and an additional 10 podiums saw him take the title fight right up to the penultimate race of the season, after a close battle between the two protagonists.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Oliphant. He qualified second alongside Breeze, and didn’t get the best of getaways as the first race got underway. A start line collision between Will Moore and Reece Somerfield forced the session to be red flagged and handed Oliphant another bite of the cherry.
With the timetable only allowing a six lap shootout given the circuit curfew, it was all to play for. Breeze once again got the better start, but before Oliphant could challenge, Kawashima ended up in the gravel at Sterlings and brought out the safety car. By the time the track was clear, there were just two racing laps up for grabs.
The two laps were enough for White to tie up the AM title though, as a win afforded him an assailable lead over his season-long rival Kawashima. Breeze did enough to hold onto a chance at the title denying Oliphant the chance to tie up the season after the weekend opener.
In race two, Breeze once again got the better start, and although he was unable to shake Oliphant from his tail, the former Champion managed to hang onto the race lead from lights to flag. With Oliphant only needing to score just nine points over the final two races, the 30 points attributed to second place was enough to hand him the title.
Meanwhile, with Will Burns forced to miss the final due to illness, Jamie Orton managed to cement his position in third overall after arriving at the track just 12 points ahead. Burns’ absence however, allowed Michael Caine to amass a healthy points haul, and the Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer backed driver snatched fourth in the championship in the final race.
Elsewhere in the championship, a great comeback for Carl Boardley saw him round out his season in style with a second place in the final race of the year, having started from pole position in the reverse grid race.
Clearly powered by his newly sprayed Ginetta G55, Caine was on a roll as he powered to the front of the pack, and held firm to take home the final win of the 2015 championship, and his second of the season.
As the final flag fell, Oliphant ended the final race of his championship-winning season in fourth place, leaving him 35 points ahead of Breeze as the season came to a close.
Provisional points and standings after Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup round 27 of 27
1 OLIPHANT, Tom 740
2 BREEZE, Carl 705
3 ORTON, Jamie 603
1 WHITE, Colin 701
2 KAWASHIMA, Osamu 578
3 ROBERTSON, Fraser 465