Mason Law started the 2021 British GP2 season in the best way possible with victory in the Sprint Race at Oulton Park.
The reigning champion had to fend off pressure from Team Kovara Projects RS Racing’s Charlie Nesbitt late in the race, but ultimately lead from start to finish, having claimed pole position earlier in the day.
Jamie Perrin also put in a solid performance to claim fourth in the race, just missing out on a podium on his debut for the team.
Bad luck struck when a snapped wire on the starter motor delayed Jamie’s start to the session by a few minutes.
After putting in a 1m40.470s on his first flying lap, Jamie then unfortunately fell at Turn Five on his next lap. This ended his session despite only causing very minor damage.
However, his time was still good enough for fourth in GP2 at the end of the session, proving he had very good pace.
Mason was second fastest at the end of his first run, pitting for a new rear tyre at the mid-way point of the session.
Upon returning to track, he was able to put in a 1m39.321s, which was enough for Pole Position in GP2 and fifth overall on the grid.
Mason made a flying getaway from the second row of the grid, jumping up to third overall at the first corner.
A big rear-end moment later in the lap dropped him back down to sixth. However, importantly, he was able to maintain the GP2 lead over Nesbitt.
Jamie made a fantastic start from 14th overall on the grid and moved up into third in GP2, before then passing Nesbitt for second in class (and eighth overall) at the start of lap two.
Mason maintained a steady lead of just over a second from Nesbitt, who re-passed Jamie on lap four, for a majority of the race.
However, with a few laps remaining, the gap tightened and Nesbitt was right on Mason’s back wheel.
The last few laps were therefore pretty tense, but Mason had no problem holding his nerve and was able to bring home the GP2 victory by 0.119s, claiming fifth overall in the process.
Jamie was also under heavy pressure on the last few laps from Jack Scott, in the battle for the final spot on the GP2 podium.
Unfortunately, he was pipped at the finish line and ended up in fourth (tenth overall).
It was still a very respectable result in his first race for the team and a sign of some really good results to come in the future. Of that we have no doubt.
Sunday sees warm-up take place at 12:34, before the Feature Race at 16:00. You can watch the race action live on Eurosport 2.