Strategy call seals BEC class win for Maximum Motorsport at Oulton ParkPhil
The Maximum Motorsport pairing of Rob Butler and Stewart Lines employed a brilliant strategy call at Oulton Park on Saturday, to take their first class win in round two of the British Endurance Championship.
With a podium to his credit from the opening round at Silverstone, Lines teamed up with TCR UK bound Rob Butler in Class E of the field, sharing driving duties in the Maximum Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR.
Qualifying fourth in class, Butler took on the opening stint in the two-hour race and soon ran second in class after moving forward in the early stages.
With his stint in the car complete, Butler pitted to allow Lines to take over for the second half of the race as new tyres and fuel went on board.
The Safety Car was deployed three laps later and the strategic decision was taken with the team to take their second two-minute stop, during the Safety Car period.
Racing resumed as fellow TCR opponents and long-time class leaders CTR Alfatune SEAT retired with a driveshaft failure, the Maximum Motorsport entry soon found itself in the lead of the class ahead of the Dragon Sport /Amigo Opel Astra TCR.
Backing off in the latter stages of the race to conserve fuel, Lines was able to cruise home to secure a maiden victory in class and in the championship, beating the Opel Astra pairing by a lap.
Rob Butler summed up his thoughts after completing his first race experience in a TCR car, ahead of this debut in TCR UK later this month:
“This weekend has been one of the best experiences of my racing career. Working with Maximum Motorsports and Suspension Secrets to deliver my first endurance race win and a win first time out in the amazing TCR car was a dream come through.
“Working with Stewart was a massive amount of experience for me to be able to tap into his long-time knowledge of front-wheel drive touring cars. The credit goes to all the guys for delivering such a perfect race car and a perfect strategy. Roll on the next one!”
Stewart Lines shared his thoughts after taking a long overdue win at a circuit where victory has eluded him in the past:
“It’s good to be racing again in a TCR car and to take part in such a competitive class as well. Working with Rob has been a great experience and one I look forward to repeating when we return for the next round at Snetterton.
“Rob is a fast driver, who adapted to the Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR very quickly and I look forward to racing alongside him again in a TCR car that has proven itself suited to endurance racing.”