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O’Sullivan edges closer to GB3 title with dominant Oulton win

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Zak O’Sullivan took his fifth GB3 victory of the season by dominating the opening race at Oulton Park from pole position.

The Carlin driver resisted pressure from Fortec Motorsports’ Luke Browning through the first few corners before reeling off a series of fastest laps to edge clear and eventually win by 3.8 seconds.

Ayrton Simmons tried to challenge the front two off the line, but was forced to slot into third, and dropped almost two seconds behind Browning early on.

The Chris Dittmann Racing driver closed the gap late on, but Browning held to take second by 0.5s on his debut.

Fortec’s Roberto Faria ran fourth throughout, initially following in the wheeltracks of Simmons before fading to 3s behind.

Bart Horsten resisted race-long pressure from Carlin’s Christian Mansell and Hitech GP team-mate Reece Ushijima to finish fifth.

CDR’s Branden Lee Oxley finished ninth after gaining three positions at the start, while Sebastian Alvarez held off a train of cars to finish 10th for Hitech.

The result leaves O’Sullivan with a 126-point lead over team-mate Mansell which, if he maintains in Sunday’s two races,  will be enough to seal the title this weekend.

Race results (13 laps)

Pos Name Team Time
1 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 19m58.210s
2 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports +3.868s
3 Ayrton Simmons Chris Dittmann Racing +4.415s
4 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +7.354s
5 Bart Horsten Hitech GP +8.511s
6 Christian Mansell Carlin +8.945s
7 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +10.006s
8 Javier Sagrera Elite Motorsport +13.301s
9 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing +15.683s
10 Sebastian Alvarez Hitech GP +21.298s
11 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport +22.023s
12 Roman Bilinski Arden +22.534s
13 Jonathan Browne Hillspeed +23.545s
14 Frederick Lubin Arden +24.270s
15 Bryce Aron Carlin +25.473s
16 Reema Juffali Douglas Motorsport +37.263s
17 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports +37.618s
Fastest lap: O’Sullivan, 1m31.421s

Championship standings
1 O’Sullivan 434   2 Mansell 308   3 Faria 304   4 Simmons 300  5 Ushijima 286   6 Horsten 262   7 Alvarez 237   8 Bilinski 230   9 Lebbon 225  10 Sagrera 219