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Oman Racing Team looking to extend championship lead at Rockingham

April 28th 2015

Oman Racing Team looking to extend championship lead at Rockingham

The Oman Racing team heads to Northamptonshire's Rockingham speedway circuit looking to extend its early championship lead as round 3 of the 2015 Avon Tyres  British GT Championship gets underway this coming weekend (2/3 May).

Following a successful season opener at Oulton Park, the Motorbase-run squad heads into Sunday's two hour race with a healthy 24 point lead in the championship standings. Rory Butcher and Liam Griffin lead the charge for the Kent-based squad in the #6 Aston Martin Vantage after taking the first race win of the season last month.

"It's always great to head into a race weekend as championship leaders in both the drivers and the teams standings;" said Team Principal David Bartrum. "The obvious aim is to leave Rockingham in the same position and hopefully extend our advantage. Its early days, but Liam and Rory did a fantastic job at Oulton Park and came away with some great results. There's little reason why they shouldn't be strong at Rockingham.

The #6 Oman Racing Team Aston took its 2015 maiden race win at Oulton Park"It maybe not quite as well suited to the Aston Martin as Oulton Park was but the team have been doing their homework and I feel we're well prepared to continue to get those all-important results."

Meanwhile Ahmad Al Harthy and Daniel Lloyd will be looking to get their championship campaign back on track after a difficult start to the season. Despite the #2 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 carrying additional 75kg of ballast on board, Team Principal David Bartrum is hopeful that Al Harthy and Lloyd's experience and race pace will see both Aston's challenging at the front of the exceptionally strong British GT field.

"Ahmad and Dan endured a pretty tough opening round at Oulton through no fault of theirs or anyone in the team;" Bartrum added. "Partly due to the ballast they have to carry which hurt in qualifying, but equally they found themselves involved in incidents which couldn't have been avoided from our part. It was just terrible luck and a simple case of the wrong place at the wrong time.

Butcher and Griffin head to Rockingham as Championship leaders"That's well and truly behind us now and their Championship challenge starts here."

Following free practice sessions in the morning, the first of Saturday's two qualifying sessions starts with the GT3 AM drivers at 15:35. Sunday's two hour race is scheduled to commence at 13:35 with live coverage of round 3 broadcast on Motors TV and live event timing available at www.tsl-timing.com
A full TV schedule can be found here.

Driver quotes:

Ahmad Al Harthy:
"It's not been the start to 2015 we wanted, that's for sure. Oulton didn't go as we'd planned at all but the main thing is knowing the set-up and handling of the car was good, everyone in the team did a great job. We were a bit unfortunate with the way things turned out, but now we look to Rockingham where I'm hopeful we'll get our season properly underway."

Daniel Lloyd:
"I'm looking forward to seeing how the Aston goes at Rockingham, the car performed well here last year and we got some encouraging data from testing there last week. I like the circuit, I know I go well around there and Ahmad is on good form so I think we'll be really competitive.

"With more points on offer this weekend, we need this one to count. A good result this weekend is vital to helping us get our 2015 campaign off to a strong start."

Liam Griffin:
"Rory and I are really looking forward to Rockingham. We had a strong start to the season at Oulton Park and have every intention of carrying that momentum and success into the next race. It feels great to be leading the Championship but this is a long season and this year is so competitive; it's all about consistency and making sure that we stay out of trouble but that said we love to race so won't be going to defensive just yet!

"Rockingham isn't the best circuit on the calendar for the Aston, but we know that there's more pace in the car and I feel confident that we'll be challenging at the front again.  Qualifying will be key for us; hopefully we can get another front row start and build from there."