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Cool customer: Adam Carroll tasted British GT success with Liam Griffin

Cool customer: Adam Carroll tasted British GT success with Liam Griffin

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Cool customer: Adam Carroll tasted British GT success with Liam Griffin

Adam Carroll added to his list of successes with a first British GT championship win at Oulton Park yesterday.

The former A1GP champion from Portadown partnered Liam Griffin to victory in the first of two one-hour races at the Cheshire track, Carroll steering their GT3 Lamborghini Huracan across the finishing line nearly 10 seconds ahead of the field.

They went on to finish fifth in the second race.

Carroll, who is also driving a Gulf Porsche in the World endurance championship this season, was drafted in by the Barwell Motorsport team to replace Lamborghini factory driver Fabio Babini, who was unavailable for the British GT rounds at Rockingham and Oulton.

He and Griffin finished fourth at Rockingham but stepped up a gear to take a convincing victory at Oulton. Griffin drove the opening segment of the first race, handing over the Lamborghini to Carroll in first place. He then pulled away from the chasing pack to win comfortably from the BMW Z4 of Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne with Rick Parfitt and Seb Morris third in their Bentley Continental.

Carroll drove the first stint of race two and, starting from sixth on the grid after his fastest qualifying lap had been discounted for exceeding track limits, he moved to fourth before handing over to Griffin, who had to serve an extra 10 seconds in the pits as a "success penalty" for their race one win.

Re-joining in eighth, Griffin climbed to fifth before the race was red flagged with five minutes remaining because of an accident involving the Ginetta of GT4 leader Anna Walewska. Victory went to Parfitt and Morris ahead of the McLaren of Alistair McCaig and Rob Bell.

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Meanwhile, the Lurgan Park Rally has been moved forward to July 2. Organised by the North Armagh Club and supported by Orchard Motorsport, it will continue with its format of 50 invited crews tackling eight stages within the town centre park.


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