Spirit Moto Corsa enjoyed a successful opening round of the 2021 British GP2 season, as racing finally got back underway at Oulton Park.
A victory in the Sprint Race and second place in the Feature Race meant that Mason Law left the event joint-top of the British GP2 standings.
The 25-year-old started the defence of his crown in the best way possible when he followed up Pole Position with a lights-to-flag win in the first race on Saturday, fending off Charlie Nesbitt in the latter stages of the race.
Although he wasn’t able to repeat the result on Sunday, he did claim a comfortable second place. This ensured he shared the honours of topping the GP2 standings at the end of the weekend.
Jamie Perrin also had an encouraging first weekend with the team, but was hampered by some very bad luck.
In the Sprint Race, he made a great start and held third position for the duration of the race. However, he was edged out for a podium on the final lap by 2020 class runner-up Jack Scott.
Bouncing back on Sunday, he was on for a certain third place until he was forced to retire due to a clutch failure with just two laps remaining.
Mason Law said:
“I’m really pleased to come away with a first place, a second place and a really juicy 45 points for the championship. It was a good weekend. We had some good track conditions and temperatures now that we’re further into the year and the Spirit SP2 was working well. I feel like we have a good direction now and the bike at Oulton is definitely a lot stronger than what we started with last year.
“The speed was good, however something I struggled with a little bit was the front tyre. Towards the end of the race on Saturday the tyre was cooked, so we discussed running the harder option tyre on Sunday. I took the call that it was slightly too risky after getting such a great result. However, in hindsight I feel I should have run the harder tyre.
“It was a great effort from my crew and the team. A great start to the year and we can head to Knockhill with good confidence. We’ve got new components coming which I think will work and we will continue to develop the package.”
Jamie Perrin said:
“It was a positive first race weekend with the team. Unfortunately, the results didn’t show our full potential. We just got hit with some bad luck, but hopefully that’s now all my bad luck out of the way for the rest of the season.”
Rod McDonagh, CEO, said:
“The weekend was a solid start to our championship defence. Despite the terrible weather conditions during the official tests in the UK, and the absence of a team testing session in Spain over the winter, I am particularly pleased by the updates made to the SP2 to include new fuel cells, swing arms and suspension that have shown that the bikes are very competitive.
“New team members have also integrated well as was evident from our first race win and second place over the weekend. Mason and Jamie are both incredibly talented riders and both are getting comfortable with the SP2.”
The team will head to Scotland next weekend for round two of the championship at Knockhill. A busy schedule awaits with the event condensed into just two days.