CAPPUCCINO KID BIDS FOR EURO SALOON GLORY


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The Suzuki Cappuccino of Wayne Schofield leads the Arrowpak Euro Saloons Championship. Photo:John Cooper


The BRSCC North Western Centre meeting at Oulton Park tomorrow offers something for everyone, with an interesting mix of saloons, single-seaters and sportscars.

If the timetable runs according to schedule, all qualifying will be complete by noon and the first of nine races will get underway just ten minutes later with the Teekay Couplings Production GTi Championship, who are fresh from a sojourn to the Nürburgring . Simon Hill was the victor in both rounds there and is in confident mood, having reputed to have said he could drive Oulton blindfolded!

With just four rounds to go after Saturday’s double-header, every point is vital in the Arrowpak Euro Saloon Car Championship, who will field another twenty plus grid. Class D leader Wayne Schofield, in his Suzuki Cappuccino, is bang in form and heads the overall table from Andy Robinson (Ford Falcon), albeit by just two points. Previous leader Ilsa Cox has slipped down to third but the Seat Leon Cupra pilot remains very much in contention for the title.

As is the norm at Oulton, the Formula Fords will be out in force with more than forty cars entered across the Pre 90 and Post 89 categories. The Reynard SF89 of Stuart Jones is favourite to secure the Pre 90 crown on Saturday, especially with main rival Nigel Dolan absent. John Murphy could also be celebrating come Saturday evening. It will take a couple of wins by the Liverpool driver, and some major failures by his rivals, for him to be guaranteed the Post 89 title, but a pair of wins would certainly go a long way to all but confirming his championship victory.

Another championship back on home turf is the CFT Services Ford XR Challenge, who have had something of a summer break since their last outing at Anglesey in June. Craig Brookfield (XR2) and John-Ifan Jones (XR3i) both scored a hat trick of wins in their respective classes so they will be hopeful of bringing their Trac Mon form to Oulton Park.

The biggest grid of the day will be in the BIGprofile Sports 2000 Championship. The Duratec & Pinto classes usually run in separate races but they will join forces at Oulton to field twenty-nine cars. Mike Jenvey leads the Duratec class and Paul Streat the Pintos. However, both have slender leads over Patrick Sherrington and Peter Needham respectively.

You can see the entry list, timetable and Final Instructions for Oulton Park at OULTON-RACEDAY