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Oulton Park - Round one and two

British racing driver James Harrison, celebrated his Easter weekend with some strong results at the opening two rounds of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park. The challenging circuit in Cheshire would host two one hour races, which saw James go head to head with some of the country's best endurance racing drivers aboard his Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Each race would feature a mandatory driver change, with James sharing the driving duties with his teammate, Chris Webster.

With qualifying on the Saturday, James was able to place in 11th, with his teammate Chris yielding the same result from his session. "I was pretty pleased with my qualifying result" commented James. "I had a slightly scruffy lap to get that time, but I'm confident that I can sustain that pace for the pair of races."

Race one on Easter Monday morning would see Chris drive the first stint in the car. With a number of accidents and mistakes from competitors, James was handed the car in 9th position,"We a have a really good foundation from which to work on for the rest of the season..." which he sustained with some fast and consistent lap times to the finish.

James would start the second race and when a risky overtaking manoeuvre on the opening lap didn't quite pay off, he was demoted back to 13th place. Once the race settled down after an action packed opening lap, James began to progress back through the field, handing the car over to Chris in 10th place. In another race of attrition, Chris was able to progress through the field further to cross the line in 7th place.

James left the weekend on a high following some great results in the team's opening weekend. "We didn't quite know what to expect from this weekend, it's a very competitive championship and a challenging circuit to get to grips with, so to leave Oulton with some good points on the board is a great result for us. I was really happy with my performance in the first race. I was under a lot of pressure from drivers around me but able to run at a fast and consistent pace and an unlucky safety car release meant our final result didn't really reflect our pace. The second race was made more challenging by my mistake on the opening lap, but it was fun battling back through the field on a circuit that's traditionally hard to overtake on. Leaving Oulton Park with 9th place in the championship, we a have a really good foundation from which to work on for the rest of the season and I can't wait for the next round at Rockingham in four weeks time. It's a circuit I've done a lot of laps of and our pre season testing pace there was strong straight away."

"I would like to thank all of my partners for helping me get on the grid at Oulton Park, including DCB Kent Ltd, Inneva Ltd, 24 Lemon and the Flying 50 Club. Without them I would never had made it to this stage and I hope this weekend is the start of a big season for me and the team."

The next round of the championship will take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday 3rd May.