FABULOUS 50 HEAD TO OULTON


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Fifty Formula Fords will grace Oulton Park on Saturday. Photo: www.bournephoto.co.uk

The BRSCC North Western Centre gets their season underway on Saturday at Oulton Park with 11 races scheduled for the afternoon and there will be a great turnout of cars to welcome the new campaign.

A very encouraging 50 Formula Fords will be on view across the Pre 90 and Post 89 categories with the former returning a full grid of 32 cars. Class D provides the mainstay of the category, with the reigning class champion, Nigel Dolan, no doubt challenging for overall race wins from the outset. He will have plenty of competition for podium finishes from a whole host other drivers, including seasoned campaigners Ian Parkington, Chris Stones and Mario Sarchet, the ever improving Andrew Thomas – and making a welcome return to the championship, the hard charging Stuart Jones.

The Post-89 category also looks set to be exceptionally close, with a whole host of potential race winners signed up for the championship. Martin Short was Post-89 championship runner-up last season and will be piloting a new Medina Sport JL012K chassis for 2012. Jamie Jardine is another front-runner with a new car for this year, while Neil Winn moves from Class B to Class A in the ex-Chris Middlehurst championship winning Van Diemen. John Murphy will be in the mix as ever, while David McArthur made huge progress during 2011 and was fractions of a second away from a race win by the end of the year.

The Logson Group Porsche Championship has a very exciting season ahead of it with a new sponsor on-board and more Boxsters joining the fray. Including the ubiquitous 924s, 25 Porsches will line-up for the double-header with Richard Styrin looking like the man they all need to beat.

Not to be outdone the Mighty Minis Championship has also attracted a terrific entry of 27 cars, headed by Champion Chris Slade, now sporting the No. 1 on his car. Slade will face a tough battle to retain his crown with a number of contenders, including Ade Tuckley & Ben Van Den Boss, ready to strike if the champion isn’t on top form.

The senior Mighty Minis championship, the Supers, has an array of champions from several disciplines so the competition will be fierce and the entertainment value high. Elliot Stafford is the man in possession but he can expect a stern examination of his credentials from the likes of Pat Ford, Jonathan Lewis, Chris Morgan & Neil Slark.

The CFT Services Ford XR Challenge pays the first of three visits to Oulton Park this season and with a new management team in place and sponsor on-board the outlook is bright for the North Western based series. 15 cars are entered for the opening round and with registrations in the 20’s, including many former drivers returning to the Challenge, grid numbers are sure to increase for the Anglesey triple-header in May.

Finally, adding some variety to the proceedings will be the MSA British Superkart Championship, which has 2 races to start their season. Paul Platt, piloting a PVP Honda is the defending champion.

For the timetable and entry list visit http://www.brscc.co.uk/OULTON-PARK—BRSCC-RACEDAY-07-05-15