Tom Oliphant is looking to make a big impression on home tarmac next month (04/05 June) as the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain returns to action at Oulton Park in Cheshire with Rounds Five and Six of the season.
Having grown up round the corner from the circuit in the village of Tarporley, the meeting gives Oliphant the opportunity to return to his roots as he aims to continue an impressive start to his maiden Carrera Cup GB campaign with reigning champions Redline Racing.
Oliphant has shown superb raw pace and some sublime racecraft in the four races so far this campaign, fighting his way to a quartet of top five finishes in the ultra-competitive series – the last two coming at Silverstone as the Carrera Cup supported the FIA World Endurance Championship.
With a seven week gap between race meetings, Oliphant has been working hard with the Redline team, as well as focusing on his own physical and mental training, to ensure he is at peak performance when they return to race action.
The 25 year old has also been keeping sharp behind the wheel, lapping countless crucial miles on the simulator, as well as getting the exciting opportunity to sample a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 at Silverstone last week.
Attention now turns firmly back to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB though, with Oliphant’s sights firmly set on securing a maiden Porsche top three finish around an Oulton Park circuit he finished on the podium at twice last year on his way to the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title.
Tom Oliphant: “I’m going into Oulton Park aiming for two podium finishes. The start of the season has been a positive one with our pace and consistency, but we need to up our game and start to fight for race wins.
“I’ve always enjoyed Oulton. It’s my home circuit, there is always a great atmosphere around the paddock, and it always attracts a huge number of spectators which gives the meeting a really special feel.
“Last year I came away from Oulton with a pair of podium finishes, which really started my Ginetta championship fight, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t be looking for the same result this year.”
Following two free practice sessions on Friday 3rd June, the competitive action begins on Saturday 4th June with the all-important qualifying session at 12:05. The opening race follows that day at 17:10, with race two on Sunday 5th June at 15:25.
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