THERE was a long-awaited return to the track for Northwich racer Ian Loggie at the weekend, writes Ste McNorton.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the opening of 2020’s British GT Championship season but finally, the competition got underway at Oulton Park.

Loggie and his rivals had Thursday and Friday to get themselves reacquainted with the track behind closed doors before fans returned to the circuit to see racing on Saturday and Sunday.

RAM Racing driver Loggie was at the wheel of a Mercedes AMG GT3 in the Pro Am class and enjoyed a great battle with teammate Yelmer Buurman in race one.

He eventually finished sixth to set himself a great platform for the second race later in the day.

Loggie finished slightly worse off second time round, piloting his car to an eighth-place finish.

Other drivers on show at the Little Budworth circuit included Nantwich’s Jordan Witt, who was driving a McLaren 720S for 2 Seas Motorsport.

Having qualified just a thousandth of a second shy of pole position, Witt pursued the race leaders throughout before two penalties hampered his race.

A 10-second stop-and-go penalty dropped him to fourth before another sanction for speeding in the pit lane ensured he finished 11th.

Witt bounced back in the second race, however, to claim fourth place.

Knutsford’s Michael Igoe was at the wheel of a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 that he steered to 11th place in the first race after an intense battle with the Team Parker Racing Bentley.

Despite incurring a 30-second penalty, Igoe improved in his second outing – the WPI Motorsport driver came home ninth.

The next round of the championship takes place at Donington Park, starting August 15.