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Silverstone Success


Locally sponsored Oak Racing No.24 car claims third at Silverstone LMS race.


Le Mans Series / Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

Despite earlier forecasts of rain, the Autosport 6 Hours remained dry throughout and proved to be a good race for the Gulf teams. All five blue and orange cars finished the event and the #24 Oak–Pescarolo driven by Jacques Nicolet, Olivier Pla and Alexandre Prmat took an LMP1 podium position, coming home a fine third in the category and third overall.

The #15 OAK car of Matthieu Lahaye, Guillaume Moreau and Pierre Ragues also looked set for a podium finish until late on in the race, but eventually finished 5th in LMP1 and overall.

The 007 Aston Martin DBR 1-2 ran as high as fifth overall before an off track excursion in the second half of the race cost it time and it eventually took a top ten place finishing ninth in the hands of Adrian Fernandez, Christian Klien and Harold Primat.

In LMP2 the #35 OAK-Pescarolo of Andrea Barlesi, Frederic Da Rocha and Patrice Lafargue clinched first place in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup standings.

In LM GTE AM the  #60 Gulf Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT2 ran solidly throughout the race, taking eighth place in this highly competitive category. 



Ian King qualified second for today’s crucial euro top fuel motorbike elimination runs. Sadly, problems on his first run meant he encountered massive tyre shake and he opted to shut off the 1500BHP 

Gulf DragRacing bike, before the end of the 14 mile course.

Nonetheless, a third place award in what was an incredibly hard and close championship is an incredible achievement for the bike in what is really its development season and Ian knows that there is still much more to come from the Gulf supportedmachine – potential he will seek to fulfil in 2012.

“It’s been a really good weekend for Gulf on track” commented Gulf Oil International Brand and Marketing Manager, Sam Cork. “Having five Gulf cars in today’s race was a great statement for the brand. It was excellent to see Aston Martin Racing back and competing at Silverstone and great to see 007 finish. We have had Gulf guests here from as far afield as Finland and they have all had an excellent day. Thanks to all concerned and congratulations to OAK on a superb display – finishing third behind a works diesel car of Audi and Peugeot and beating two other factory diesels home is a fine achievement. Commiserations to Ian King – he has been a great ambassador for Gulf all season and to come so close is hard luck – but hopefully next year he will be back and even stronger.


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