OULTON ENTERTAINS DESPITE ADVERSE CONDITIONS
The BRSCC’s North Western Centre oversaw 2 rounds of the Teekay Couplings Production GTi Championship and a 4 hour Fun Cup thrash at Oulton Park on 7th April.
It was a very damp day in Cheshire and the first of the Production GTi contests took place when the circuit was at its most saturated. The drivers had to focus on avoiding crashing as much as racing their competitors. Nonetheless, there was a superb three-way battle for the lead. James Colbourne was initially at the head of this but a missed gear at Hislops enabled John Mawdsley through to take the win from Colbourne and Simon Hill – this trio were very evenly matched in their Mk5 cars.
Hill lives close enough to Oulton Park for him to go and chill out at home before returning to the Assembly Area. This break away from the circuit must have been very beneficial as he was leading at the end of the opening lap of the second encounter for the VW Golfs. However, in a repeat of events earlier in the day, the leader conceded his position at Hislops. In the case of Hill, he just pushed a little too hard and had to be contented with seeing himself classified as the runner-up to Colbourne. Mawdsley came home fourth behind Martyn Walsh.
Nick Porter won the Class for 16v Mk2s at the first time of asking but retired from proceedings later in the day allowing Tim Hartland to take the honours. Matthew Eccles was the only 8v Mk2 entrant.
During qualifying for the Fun Cup the MAK Racing team set the fastest time in qualifying on their final lap. Their great start to the season continued when the red lights went out. After being ahead at various times throughout the enduro, the car crewed by Chris Webster and Stuart Hall was also in front after the final pit-stops and held off 2Rent Domino’s Henry Dawes and Chris Hart at the line by just a couple of tenths in a thrilling finish. JPR Uvio drivers Fabio Randaccio and Farquini Deott completed the podium.
With a deluge of rain until lunchtime, arguably the real stars of the day were the marshals. Following the meeting Andy Holley, Chairman of the BRSCC North Western Centre, had this to say about the dedication of those in orange “I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all the marshals who were in attendance today at Oulton Park. Despite horrible weather conditions in the morning your team work and enthusiasm was fantastic. On several occasions marshal power pushed errant cars out of the mud or the gravel, enabling us to keep the racing going without intervention.
“You were all a credit to marshalling and the Marshals’ Club, and on behalf of BRSCC NW, I thank you all very much.”
You can view the full results at OULTON PARK RESULTS