Great Finborough’s Oli Basey-Fisher delivered three highly-competitive race performances at the Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend.
He secured his seventh podium of the season along the way to climb into fifth in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge standings.
Despite a tougher than anticipated qualifying session on Saturday morning, in which the 17-year-old Academy Motorsport driver had to settle for an uncharacteristic 14th fastest time in the rain-affected outing, he was in superb form in all three rounds.
Climbing through brilliantly to fourth in race one, he went on to take fifth in the second encounter and then capped off the weekend tremendously with third in the final race.
Notably, Basey-Fisher set a searing pace in all three races — posting the fastest lap in round 11 and just missing out on the quickest time in the other two outings by a mere 0.1 seconds on each occasion.
“I’m really pleased to be back on the podium at my home track and even though we made things hard for ourselves in qualifying, the car was fantastic in the races,” said the Century Logistics-backed driver,.
“Our pace was really good, fastest lap in race two was great and to only miss out by a 10th on fastest lap in the other two races shows how competitive we were.”
Making incredible progress from the off in round 10, the teenager stormed through from 14th position into the top six on the opening lap alone before passing Clive Richards on lap three to take fifth place.
Staying there until the penultimate lap, he then profited from a spin for ex-champion Mark Davies to move into the top four and finish the race within 1.5 seconds of the podium.
Beginning round 11 from 10th on the grid, courtesy of his second fastest time in qualifying, Basey-Fisher rapidly moved up into eighth place.
Moving into fifth on the seventh lap, he then grabbed fourth from Davenport at the hairpin a lap later before posting the fastest lap of the race — a time of two minutes 10.067 seconds at an average of 82.17mph.
With nothing to split the top four, the race built up to a fantastic conclusion, but as Basey-Fisher strived for a way past third-placed Davies, he was mugged by two other cars and demoted to sixth – although he did manage to wrestle fifth back almost immediately.
Round 12 was another action-packed encounter in which the first year Ginetta Challenge racer again made excellent progress after a difficult start.
Slipping from fifth to eighth, Basey-Fisher bounced back straight away and by lap four he was back into the top five.
Again producing very quick lap times, he steered his Ginetta G40 into fourth on the final lap ahead of Davies, but was promoted to third post-race when original winner and teammate Will Burns was handed a time penalty.
“With the pace we showed, had we qualified on the first couple of rows we could potentially have been looking at another win,” said Basey-Fisher.
“I’m still happy with the results though — consistent scoring is what we need to achieve.”
The Suffolk speedster will make his first ever visit to the world famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13.