CATERHAM FEST AT OULTON
Tomorrow’s BRSCC North Western Centre at Oulton Park is dominated by Caterham Motorsport with their Avon Tyres backed Supersport & Roadsport championships in action. Five of the nine races that make up the timetable will feature Caterhams with Northern Formula Ford and Sports 2000 completing the schedule.
Reigning Roadsport champion Jeremy Webb overhauled Lee Wiggins to take the lead of the Supersport championship following titanic battles in the last rounds at Zandvoort. Now that former leader Jamie Orton is concentrating solely on his Caterham R300 campaign, Webb has a comfortable margin to Wiggins, who by contrast had a torrid time in the Dutch dunes.
In Roadsports Hertfordshire racer Wes Fox now has a commanding lead and the Academy champion is hot favourite to take home a second title in his blue and green car, resplendent with its fox (not cat) logos. However, he may not have it all his own way if bad luck leaves Kurt Brady and Aaron Head alone. There’s no doubting Aussie Brady’s speed, whilst 19 year-old student Head, has found his groove and proven he can match, and beat, Fox’s pace. The trio are expected to be re-joined at the head of the grid by Jaguar test driver, Mike Hart.
The BRSCC Northern Formula Ford Championship is also supported by Avon Tyres and they make their final visit of the season to Oulton. In Post-89 teenager Chris Middlehurst, son of former British touring car ace Andy, might not yet be old enough for driving licence on the road, but has had an absolutely stunning second half of the season so far. Chris has won the last four races on the bounce, and it’ll be a brave man who bets against him making five in a row tomorrow. His recent performances ensured that he secured the 2011 Champion of Oulton title at the last meeting here three weeks ago. John Murphy is now second in the overall championship table after a return to form last time out, a welcome relief after a very frustrating double header here on 30th July.
In the Pre-90 championship it is the Medina Sport supremo, John Loebell, well and truly in the driving seat at the head of the points table. Nigel Dolan is second in the standings, although it is looking increasingly the case that he is going to have to rely on some back luck for John in order to overturn the points difference. However, in the Pre-90 Champion of Oulton title race, things are much closer between the pair and there is all to play for. All the Oulton rounds count towards this title and John is just six points ahead going into tomorrow’s final event, and there is a maximum of 24 points available to be won.
Both the March Racing Academy Sports 2000 Duratec Championship and the SRCC Sports 2000 Pinto Championship make their annual visit to Oulton tomorrow. The Duratec title battle could hardly be tighter! Currently only two points separate the top four with Robert Oldershaw (Gunn TS11) sharing top spot with Paul Tickner (Carbir) but only one point away is the 2009 champion Mike Jenvey (Jenvey-Gunn) and just one more point away is Nick Bates in his B09 Lola. Putting pressure on them all is new boy Craig Mitchell, who at just 18 years of age is getting quicker all the time in his Lola T88/90.
In the Pintos Alaric Gordon (Carbir) and Paul Streat (Swift DB2) will have their work cut out to beat newcomer for 2011, David Pittard (Swift DB2), the ex-kart champion. As with the Duratecs, tomorrow race is round 5 of 8 and while not quite as tight as their title fight, only six points separate the top three with Andy Matthew.