OULTON PARK REVISITED
Jamie Jardine will be confident of a Pre 90 win at Oulton. Photo: www.bournephotographic.co.uk
Oulton Park is the venue tomorrow for our North Western Centre’s sixth meeting of the season so far, which will feature ten races on the International Circuit. It will be our fourth visit of the season to the Tarporley track.
The Toyo Tires Porsche Championship gets the racing underway in the afternoon with the first of a double-header. True to form, the championship has produced another strong grid with 27 Boxsters and 924’s making their way to the Cheshire circuit. Logson backed Rick Styrin heads the “full fat” Boxster class and the championship overall. Reading’s Rebecca Jackson tops the Class B Boxsters and Alistair Kirkham will be hoping to extend his 924 lead at what is his home circuit.
The Mighty Minis head into the business end of the season with veteran campaigner Jonathan Lewis leading the way ahead of young charger Zack Booth. Unfortunately, Lewis has had to withdraw from the double-header so Booth has a great opportunity to gain the upper head with just four races left after Oulton.
The title battle is equally fraught in the Super Mighty Minis. Jamie White from Hertfordshire holds a slender lead from the ‘uber’ experienced Bob Bennetts. The Somerset racer has won plenty of titles in his long career so he will be confident of reeling-in White over the remaining rounds.
The Advantage Motorsport Ford XR Challenge has pulled in one of their biggest entries of the season and allied to the Scottish Fiesta Championship, a full grid of cars will be on the track for the two races. Oulton is spiritual home of the XR Challenge and the drivers love it, as it is a chance to show the handling characteristics of these splendid cars. Mike Heath, Tony Rudd, Ralph Fernihough and Steve Poole will be pushing for the honours.
In the Scottish Fiestas, George Orr is the form driver in the ST class, having won five of the first six races. However, Scott Robertson and current champion Dave Colville will challenge him. In the XR2 class, Wayne MacCauley is striving to go one better than last season’s runner-up spot in the final points table. Wayne started the season well but Hamish Smart is fighting back.
The Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford Championship visits Oulton for the penultimate time this season and UCLAN student team driver, Jaap Blijleven, continues to head the Pre 90 championship table, despite wins at Donington for his two closest rivals, Jamie Jardine and Chris Hodgen. All three are in action at Oulton Park so sparks could fly!
Teenage American driver, Skylar Robinson, will be confident of taking race wins after his brace of Post-89 victories last time out at Donington; He was made to work exceptionally hard for both victories and both David McArthur and teammate Martin Short will ensure that is the case again tomorrow.
The timetable and entry list for the meeting can be downloaded at OULTON PARK RACEDAY