Easter action at home and abroad

Tuesday 02 April 2024

It was a busy and successful weekend for British drivers both at home and abroad over the Easter holiday. 

In Tokyo, polesitter Oliver Rowland and defending champion Jake Dennis were both on the Formula E podium behind German race winner Maximilian Guenter. 

Meanwhile out in Africa, Gus Greensmith overcame an energy-sapping illness to secure WRC2 honours in the toughest test on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar: the gruelling Safari Rally. In the top class Team UK graduate Elfyn Evans and co-driver Scott Martin overcame a succession of punctures to finish fourth overall and thus maintain second place in the WRC title race after three of 13 globe-trotting rounds. 

Back at home, Barwell Motorsport’s pair of Lamborghini Huracans shared the spoils in the opening two rounds of the British GT Championship at a wet Oulton Park on Easter Monday. Dad and lad team Rob and Ricky Collard won the opening encounter with team-mates Alex Martin and Sandy Mitchell winning the second weather-affected 60-minute Sprint later in the afternoon. 

Also on the Oulton Park bill, reigning British F4 champion, Louis Sharp made a sensational start to the next chapter in his fledgling career story. The talented 16-year-old New Zealander won on his GB3 Championship debut – and then posted two more top five finishes – to establish an early lead in the series’ standings. 

At Lydden Hill, Team UK star Patrick O’Donovan opened his British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy title defence in spectacular style with a win and second place finish in his Ford Fiesta Supercar. 

The 2024 British Truck Racing Championship also blasted off in Kent over the bumper Bank Holiday weekend. Targeting a ninth successive title, Ryan Smith started the season in emphatic form, notching up two wins on Sunday. It was a different story on Monday, though, with victories going to Steven Powell, Paul Rivett and David Jenkins. Rivett’s win in the wet was particularly notable as he competes in Division 2. 

Having taken Class A honours in 2023, Audi GT3 duo Peter Erceg and Marcus Clutton kicked off the 2024 British Endurance Championship in dominant fashion with another impressive victory in the season’s opening two-hour enduro at a showery Donington Park. 

With the British motorsport scene now in full swing, the spotlight switches back to Formula 1 with Sir Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Lando Norris all gearing up for Sunday’s morning’s (UK time) Japanese Grand Prix.