SPORTSCARS STORM INTO OULTON


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The Mazda MX-5 SuperCup is expected to bring drama this weekend – Photo: Jon Elsey

If you’re a motorsport fan and have a free Saturday this weekend, you may want to head west as Oulton Park plays host to a one day event which will see sportscars and single seaters line up to take on the Cheshire circuit’s mighty International layout.

Headlining the weekend will be our pair of magnificent Mazda championships. First up, the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup makes a return to the site that has provided some of the most dramatic racing in the championship’s history over the past couple of years. Those who remember last year in particular will certainly attest to that! This season so far has been no different Oulton promises to deliver more of the same once again. Alan Henderson will be desperate to keep out of trouble to cement his title winning position further, however he will have to look hard in his mirrors for the likes of Jonathan ‘JJ’ Clements, Liam Murphy, Anthony Nield and Simon Goddard to name but a few.

Their Mk1 counterparts in the MX-5 Championship will once again feature a mammoth entry with 48 cars expected! The man to beat right now is undoubtedly the in-form Brian Chandler, as his clean sweep of Cadwell Park put him in a prime position to hunt down and catch points leader Simon Baldwin. On dropped scores, Chandler now only sits 14 points off the lead and could potentially claim it for his own by the end of the day. Other drivers keen to upset the form book will be Sam Smith, Ben Tuck and the ever consistent Darron Lewis.

In addition to this, a fan favourite will also be in action this weekend as the Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 Northern Championship springs into life once again. Both the Pre-90 and Post-89 classes will be on track together on this occasion, so expect a continuation to the fireworks experienced last time out last month. Key men to watch out for in the mix will be Jamie Jardine, Jaap Blijleven, Calum McHale and points leader Matthew Cowley in the Pre-90s, while Martin Short, Douglas Crosbie and Josh Fisher are odds on to share the silverware in the Post-89s.

Last but certainly not least, we’re glad to have support from our friends in the SRCC Sports 2000 Championship. In similar fashion to the Formula Fords, SRCC are combining their Pinto, Duratec and Historic championships into one race, making for one jam-packed entry to contest Oulton Park’s swoops and rises. Marques such as Lola, Van Diemen, MCR, Tiga, Royale and Crossle will duke it out amongst each other across 6 classes, so expect the track to resemble rush hour at times! Drivers to keep an eye on Patrick Sherrington, Cameron Davies and youngster Michael Gibbins in Duratecs, Damian Griffin, Colin Feyerabend, Mike Fry, Scott Guthrie and more in the Pintos and Peter Needham, Richard Cooke and Clive Steeper in the Historics.

So, plenty to keep the crowds entertained, wouldn’t you agree? As for the weather, you may want to pack an umbrella as the forecast predicts heavy rain all day and temperatures starting at 15 degrees and creeping up to 18 degrees by the end of the day. Still, at least some precipitation will only add to the unpredictability! For a detailed weather forecast, head to OULTON PARK WEATHER.

This weekend’s timetable, final instructions and entry list can be found at OULTON PARK RACEDAY.

Scott Woodwiss