Tom Oliphant Takes Solace From Knockhill Fastest Laps

Tom Oliphant showed his speed with two fastest laps at Knockhill. Image thanks to Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Team BMW driver Tom Oliphant proved his speed at Knockhill last weekend on a tough Sunday in Scotland. 

Qualifying seventh on the grid for race one, Oliphant was forced to recover from a drive-through penalty after being deemed to have jumped the start. He recovered well and moved from the back to 15th at the checkered flag setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.  

Race two saw Oliphant race hard with Laser Tools Racing’s Aiden Moffat in the midpack, with Oliphant crossing the line in 14th to bring in more valuable points. In race three, he ran as high as seventh, before running wide as he attempted to pass Matt Matt on the outside of the Chicane. The move forced him back further into the midpack once again, but he set his second fastest lap of the day on the way to 13th place. 

After Knockhill Oliphant said “It has been a frustrating weekend and one of those that could have been so different. We’ve had good pace since first turning a wheel on Saturday but a drive-through penalty – for a five-second board that was held for much longer than it should have been – has written our Sunday off.

“Had it not been for that then I think we could have run at the front comfortably. Instead, we were in the midfield and fighting towards the lower points-paying positions. Coming away with two fastest laps is a small consolation.”

“We’ll head back home, take stock of the weekend and come back stronger at Silverstone in a couple of weeks.”

Post-Knockhill, Oliphant sits 13th in the overall BTCC drivers standings and second in the Jack Sears Trophy standings ahead of Silverstone next weekend. 

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