Tilley takes podium spot for RAW

SWR driver Grahame Tilley in action at Oulton Park
SWR driver Grahame Tilley in action at Oulton Park

Grahame Tilley was back on the podium at Oulton Park as he took his Ginetta G55 to second place in his class in the first of the weekends races.

The Banbury based RAW Motorsports team only fielded one car in the Ginetta Supercup for the first time this season, with team boss Rob Wheldon in France with the Radical arm of the team.

But Tilley secured class pole position for the opening race and hopes were high for another win.

Class leader Colin White had the edge at the start, as Tilley slotted into second.

Despite losing the initial advantage, the gap to the leader remaining fairly constant.

Tilley said: “Colin [White] is such a good starter and I just can’t get the car away though.

“Once I had some heat into the tyres it was okay and we both closed on some of the pro drivers ahead.”

Second was gradually consolidated which was also gave Tilley 11th place overall as well and consolidated second place in the championship.

Hopes were high too for another good result in race two, but things started to go wrong from the start.

“I was more aggressive and had contact with Chris Ingram into Old Hall Corner on the first lap,” he explained as he held onto second again.

“I don’t know if I damaged the steering but as I came into Old Hall for the second time the car twitched and went sideways onto the grass and heavily into the barrier.”

The race was over but Tilley was still not sure what happened.

SWR return to the track at Silverstone this weekend for the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.

The Chipping Norton-based team goes into the fifth race meeting buoyed by the consistently competitive showing delivered by all three drivers last time out.

Jan Jonck, in particular, produced a series of highlight performances at Oulton Park with two impressive top five results.