Oulton Park is geared up for its first major event of 2012 this Easter weekend (6,7 & 9 April) as the British GT and F3 Championships race for the first time in 2012. Also headlining over the weekend will be the F3 Cup Championship, which promises one of the biggest grids of the meeting on Easter Monday.
The British GT Championship looks in rude health with a bumper field featuring some of the world’s most desirable cars. The Ferrari 458 and Porsche 911 are the most popular choice amongst the teams, but examples of the Nissan GT-R, Mercedes SLS-AMG, Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 and Lotus Evora will also be found in combat this Easter. Two one-hour races spearhead the action on Monday.
Local interest comes from Ben and Freddie Hetherington racing one of the Nissans, whilst Northwich’s Speedworks team will be running a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Antrobus’ Chevron cars will also be fielding two cars for David Witt and Ray Grimes, plus Jordan Witt and former Touring Car driver Anthony Reid.
On Saturday the prestigious British F3 Championship will commence with three races. Recent champions Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne continue to impress in Formula 1 with Red Bull-backed Toro Rosso, and the drinks company has tipped Carlos Sainz Jr, son of the double World Rally Champion, as a future star. He makes his F3 debut in Cheshire with their support. British hopes lie with experienced pairing Jack Harvey and Harry Tincknell, plus reigning Formula Renault UK champion Alex Lynn.
Meanwhile the MSVR-run F3 Cup attains championship status in 2012 and celebrates in style with over 20 cars entered for the first round. Easter Monday’s two races will include Chester’s Jamie Stanley, a former British GT champion, plus Monoposto champion Tristan Cliffe, British Formula Ford race winner Linton Stutely and Radical Sportscars champion James Abbott.
Other entertainment over the weekend includes the British Formula Ford Championship, which launches a new car and fuel-efficient engine this season, the Volkswagen Racing Cup and the newly-rechristened Ginetta GT5 Championship. There’s plenty of family fun too, with a supercar parade on the Monday, free pitlane walkabout and autograph session, an Easter egg hunt and a funfair for kids.
Tickets for the British GT and F3 Championships at Oulton Park on 6, 7 & 9 April are available on the gate from £13. Children 12 and under go free on all days. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.oultonpark.co.uk.