IDC Racing scored another GT Cup podium finish at Oulton Park on a day when ultra-tough weather conditions forced the crew of the Greystone GT McLaren 570S GT4 to be on top of their game. Iain Campbell and Oli Webb added to their rostrum finish at Snetterton with third place in the GTH class in the first of two ‘Endurance’ races at the Cheshire circuit. Overnight thunderstorms left the track drenched as qualifying began on Saturday morning; none of Greystone GT’s Sporting Drivers having much experience of the circuit in such conditions. Iain responded magnificently with a career-best seventh place on the grid; and the Sandhurst driver followed this up with a strong opening stint on a drying track, despite a brief spin at the ultra-fast Druids double-right near the end of the lap.

An inspired strategy call from the pit wall led to Iain staying out one lap longer than most of his rivals once the mandatory pit window opened. The result was a near-empty pitlane in which to swap his wet tyres for slicks. Oli, from nearby Knutsford, took full advantage, setting several fastest laps in the class and hauling the McLaren up to third place by the chequered flag - just three tenths of a second away from second spot - to earn the duo their second-best finish of the year. Sadly there was no such reward in Race Two as contact from a rival car resulted in rear-end damage that caused Iain to retire. The pair remain eighth in the points.

Iain Campbell said: “It feels great to be on the podium again, but it was hard work with the weather conditions being what they were. I actually preferred it when it was bucketing down in qualifying than when it dried out during my stint in Race One. The track was very greasy - I had a spin at Druids that definitely cost us second place. We had a great strategy to stay out a lap longer than most people on wets so I had a clear pitlane when I stopped, and we really benefitted. In Race Two I was hit at the chicane and the damage put me out. We have some momentum now though and the championship top five isn’t a million miles away so it’s something to aim for at Silverstone.”

Oli Webb said: “It’s really good to be on the podium again, which I think was a combination of good work from Iain and myself plus a very clever strategy call from our engineer Barclay. Iain stayed out an extra lap when the pit window open and just nailed the in-lap. When he came in, the pits were empty so we got a great stop, made up more time than we lost through Iain being on worn wets when new slicks were preferable, and I felt the McLaren just really worked well on the drying track on slicks. Race Two didn’t go our way when Iain got hit and the damage put us out, but I know he’ll be strong at Silverstone next time.”


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