Yesterday saw the 2019 running of the 6 hours of Oulton Park, run by the PCDC team in partnership with TeamBRIT and Simability and broadcast on RaceSpot. Slots in this race were highly sought after, the grid was full within four hours of entries going live, and for good reason – this race was all about promoting the great work that TeamBRIT and Simability do to help people get back into racing. NOMAD were pleased to have got one of those grid slots for a Mercedes AMG GT3 entry with new recruits Kevin Bolland and Owen Middleton. Here's how it went:
The weekend started badly with a disappointing qualifying session that put us 35th on the grid. Kevin Bolland took the race start, knowing that he had some work to do. Navigating through the start, and after some clean early laps, he sat 27th. However, on lap 9 Kevin misjudged his braking into turn 4 and had a spin. No damage sustained but they fell back to 37th.
On lap 40 Kevin handed the car over to Owen in 27th. With some new tyres and a full tank of fuel he set out to chase the cars ahead. By the end of his 2 stints Owen had made up 7 positions to pit in 20th.
Kevin then began his 2nd time in the car. On lap 171 Kevin came across a spun Audi parked on the exit of turn 3. He reacted very quickly and narrowly avoided the stopped car while only losing a few seconds. At the end of his final stint he pitted in 15th.
Owen took over for the last leg with just over 1 hour left. He set out to make it to the end on 1 fuel tank. After some overtakes and heavy fuel saving he brought it home in p14, 21 places higher than where they started.
This was a great event for a great cause, and the NOMAD team will look forward to the other two planned events this year.