Oli battles through to take maiden victory

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Oli Basey-Fisher secured his first national victory in sports cars around the historic Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire on Sunday.

The 17-year-old, from Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, capped a superb weekend in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge by following up podiums in rounds seven and eight of the championship with victory in round nine.

Basey-Fisher had to battle through from fifth though to take the victory by just half a second.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said the Century Logistics-sponsored driver. “I’m so pleased to have taken my first ever national win in cars — it’s a fantastic feeling.

“It was a bit of a hectic race, I missed the start actually as I didn’t see the lights go out so I dropped to about fifth place.

“But I caught the others up and worked my way to the front.

“I’m really pleased to win, it was a fantastic race.”

Even though Friday’s heavy rain meant Saturday’s qualifying marked Basey-Fisher’s first true running at Silverstone in his Ginetta G40 since he visited the Northamptonshire track during pre-season testing, the Suffolk speedster still managed to steer his Academy Motorsport-run car to fifth on the grid for race one and third on the grid for the second encounter.

He turned those grid positions into third and second, respectively, before going one better in Sunday’s final race from second on the grid when the Suffolk One College student emerged victorious from a fantastic four-car battle for the win.

Although not making the best of getaways from second on the grid, slipping to fifth, Basey-Fisher was back into the podium places in double-quick time and moved past Brad Bailey for second on lap four.

Looking to challenge teammate Will Burns for the lead, Basey-Fisher moved through on lap five, which triggered some tremendous door-to-door racing between the two Academy drivers.

Trading first place over the final 3.66 miles, Basey-Fisher made the position his out of the Loop and held on to win, with the top four split by just one second at the finish.

The Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk, will host rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge over the weekend of June 15 and 16.

n Matt Parry will be aiming to increase his lead at the top of the Formula Renault 
Northern European Cup when the series hits these shores this weekend.

The Caterham Driver Academy racer, from Bury St Edmunds, will be at Silverstone for the latest rounds of the event.

n Also at Silverstone this weekend, Bury’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook will be taking part in his first ever GT race after finally securing a drive in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo European Series.

The former Formula Three winner was close to a deal for the whole season at the start of the year, but it fell through at the last minute.

However, he will be racing for Team Germany this weekend after securing a deal to compete in the world’s fastest one-make series.