O’Sullivan has a perfect day
A perfect day for Zak O’Sullivan at Oulton Park means that the Carlin driver heads into tomorrow’s two GB3 Championship, in association with the BRDC races, with a chance of securing the title. The British racer secured a double pole position in saturday’s qualifying session, and he converted the first of those into a lights-to-flag victory in this afternoon’s race one.
O’Sullivan dominated qualifying to take his third and fourth pole positions of the year. His fastest lap came with around five minutes remaining in the 20 minute session, and at one point was seven tenths of a second clear of his opposition. Fortec debutant Luke Browning closed the gap down to 0.126 seconds by the end of the session, but O’Sullivan’s time remained unbeaten, while his second fastest time was just 0.15s slower and secured him pole for race two. Ayrton Simmons was third fastest for Chris Dittmann Racing, ahead of Fortec’s Roberto Faria, Hitech GP’s Bart Horsten, and Carlin’s Christian Mansell. The top-10 was covered by less than a second.
In Race one O’Sullivan made a good start from the pole position to hold the lead down to Old Hall, while Browning held off a challenge from Simmons. Browning was able to keep O’Sullivan within his sights in the early stages, but the championship leader was fully in control of the situation, and proceeded to pull away, leading by two seconds at the mid-race point and claimed his fifth win of the year over 3.8 seconds ahead of his former F4 rival. Browning finished second on the road but was disqualified after the race after scrutineers found his car’s skid plank had exceeded the maximum permitted wear, promoting Simmons to second and Faria to third.
O’Sullivan now holds a 124-point lead in the championship, and could potentially win the title in tomorrow morning’s race two, should results fall his way.