Alex Quinn makes his British GT Debut at Oulton Park
Alex Quinn made his British GT Championship debut over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire, onboard his Steller Motorsport Toyota GT86 GT4, alongside teammate Dean MacDonald.
Both cars in the team, racing in the highly competitive GT4 class which features over 20 cars, ran like clockwork all weekend. In Race 1 on Monday, the GT86 GT4s managed a steady, reliable run in the changeable conditions trackside during Race 1 on Monday.
The #86 car of Quinn and MacDonald started to the race 17th, ahead of the #68 which lined up on the grid 19th. With the rain from the morning making it treacherous out on the tight, twisty Oulton Park circuit, staying out of trouble was key.
While many drivers struggled to keep their machinery on the circuit in the opening laps, Dean MacDonald (#86) and Tom Canning (#68, who made history by becoming the youngest ever British GT starter) ran in formation, and climbed the running order.
Halfway through the 60-minute sprint race, the duo dived into the pits to hand over to their co-drivers, and emerged 14th and 15th respectively.
Then with the race winding down, both cars, then driven by Alex Quinn (#86) and Sennan Fielding (#68) made up a further place each, and swapped positions before the chequered flag came out. Fielding in the #68 crossed the line 13th, ahead of Quinn in the #86.
Unfortunately, that’s where the weekend’s on-track action ended, as the second race of the weekend later in the day had to be abandoned due to adverse weather.
Alex Quinn “We may not have had the out-right pace to start the season, but in a BoP formula, to achieve what we did meant it was a positive meeting at Oulton Park. The cars ran faultlessly, and felt great in both the wet and dry conditions."
Next up for the team is a trip to Rockingham Motor Speedway later this month, the meeting running from April 28-29.
Steller Motosport campaigns the Toyota GT86 GT4s that are built by sister company Steller Engineering in Buckinghamshire.
Headed by Gary Blackham, who has multiple Championship winning success in BTCC and has huge experience with Touring Cars, Sportscars and GTs on his racing cv. Steller are aiming to show the abilities of the now re-engineered Toyota in top level competition and hope to see interest from other teams in the rapid little GT86.
The Toyota GT86 GT4, based on one of the most popular GT cars on the road, was initially developed by GPRM for GT4 competition. The project passed to Steller Engineering after the 2017 season and rapid progress has been made in ensuring that the now in-house engine programme is providing the power and reliability required to go head to head with an increasingly impressive GT4 field.
The Toyota is powered by a jewel-like 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder capable (subject to Balance of Performance adjustments) of producing c.400 bhp.
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