Optimum Motorsport battle for victory as GT Open gets underway at Paul Ricard
It came down to the very final lap of the second round of the race weekend as the International GT Open Championship got underway at the glorious Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France.
Ultimately, despite his best efforts, Ollie Wilkinson could not deny his rival the victory Sunday afternoon, but nonetheless, it was a sensational performance from the British racer and his more experienced teammate Bradley Ellis in the all new #96 Aston Martin Vantage. An impressive second position bodes well in what was has been a very positive start to the 2019 campaign.
“It’s been a very strong performance from the both of the drivers and the team as a whole,” stated Team Principal Shaun Goff. “It’s a little disappointing to lose the lead on the last lap with what was a bit of an ambitious move. Ollie did a good job to avoid contact. But we need to look at the bigger picture and that we are very competitive in the GT Open championship and that allows us to be optimistic for the test of the season.
“Ollie in particular drove a great second race. He moved forward brilliantly, capitalising on mistakes of the others and applying pressure whilst making none of his own; he continues to come on leaps and bounds. Perhaps the first race we could have been stronger, but it has been a great start to the season at Paul Ricard.”