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McMillan and Shaw showered with wins at Oulton Park

Monday, April 23 2012

Andrew McMilland and Mark Shaw took a brace of victories apiece as Caterham racing dominated the bill at Oulton Park on Saturday (21 April). The BRSCC meeting took place in better than expected conditions with only a handful of light showers upsetting the Cheshire countryside.

First up on Oulton's International circuit it was the turn of the Caterham Supersports, led straight off with an early Safety Car period following a first lap incident on the exit of Old Hall. Andrew McMillan led across the line at the restart but poleman Aaron Head got himself back in front as the rain came. McMillan was promptly caught by Lee Wiggins as the track dried producing a great scrap for second, the place finally going to McMillan by seven hundredths of a second, leaving Aaron Head to take victory.

Their second clash was a typical Caterham affair, this time McMillan, Head and Wiggins managed to slightly break away from the rest. In the end McMillan took the win from Head by just three hundredths across the line but Wiggins had dropped away from the leading duo, and in the end just about managed to hold on to the final podium spot from a chasing five car group led by Craig Currie.

In Caterham Roadsports any one of six cars could have won. Alex Macindoe managed to hold everybody off to win while the rest diced for the other places, the leading half-dozen were covered by under three seconds as they crossed the finish line with Elliott Norris and Achille Corbellati taking the final podium spots.

Race two was a more straightforward affair, with Elliott Norris taking a lights to flag victory, with Macindoe and Robert Smith rounding out the top three. Mention should be made of Brad Smith who climbed from 18th on the grid to take fourth.

In Caterham Superlight 300s Paul Wilson and Ian Payne managed to break away from a three way scrap for third. Poleman Mark Shaw managed to reel in Payne, passing him to take second on lap seven, and that was how it was to stay to the flag.

Shaw also prevailed in a race shortened from 30 to 25 minutes due to time constraints. Wilson led off the line and opened up a lead only to be chased down and passed by Shaw on lap four. Shaw held off Wilson to take the win, and his second fastest lap of the day. Peter Ratcliffe came home in 3rd after a great scrap with Payne.

The Caterham Tracksports were not to be outdone, and this time the three cars of Jonathan Mortimer, Terry Langley and James Needham managed to pull out a useful lead from the rest. The trio fought for the lead for the rest of the race, and it was to be Langley who took victory, having climbed from eighth on the grid, taking the fastest lap too.

Race two was another shortened to 25 minutes and was close throughout, the win could have gone to any one of the first five cars with only seven tenths covering them all at the flag. It was David Robinson who prevailed by just four hundredths of a second, taking victory ahead of Langley and Mortimer in the final race of the day.

Formula Ford was also on the menu and first up was the Pre '90 FF1600 Northern Championship. Poleman Stuart Jones pulled out a useful lead on lap one whilst the rest of the field starting to pair up. With Barry Linley now challenging Jones, Nigel Dolan and Ian Parkigton contested third place. Although challenged hard, Jones took the win, whilst Parkington dropped out on lap nine leaving the final podium place for Dolan.

In the Post '89 race, John Murphy took the lead from the start, followed by Neil Winn, the pair pulling away from a big battle for third which went to Douglas Crosbie at the flag.

Click here for a full round-up of results.

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