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Gold Cup set for bumper Monday racing line-up

Monday, August 25 2014

The Oulton Park Gold Cup continues today (Monday) with a bumper racing line-up, which includes six categories that didn't race on Sunday.

The powerful single-seaters in the Derek Bell Trophy, named in honour of the '77 Gold Cup winner, will be one of the star attractions with two races. Ian Ashley, who won the Gold Cup 40 years ago, returns in a Formula 5000 Lola to try and repeat his 1974 success. If he's to succeed he will have to beat a strong line-up of drivers, which includes prolific historic race winner Michael Lyons in an F5000 Gurney Eagle, and Ian Flux in a F2 March.

Another highlight of the day will be a double-bill for the Lotus Cortinas and Hillman Imps in the Historic Touring Cars. A diverse grid of more than thirty machines will include examples of the original Mini Cooper S, VW Beetle, and Austin A40 and many more. Reigning champion Tim Davies will be one to watch in his Cortina with Simon Benoy expected to challenge in his Hillman. Fortec Motorsport team owner Richard Dutton will also be out in a Cortina, as will renowned engine tuner Neil Brown in a Ford Mustang.

Two varieties of Formula Ford will be in action, the Historic 1600s and Historic 2000s, with yesterday's Historic Formula Three winner Benn Simms one of the favourites in both classes. Historic 1600 is for the classic-style Formula Fords, with treaded tyres and no aerodynamic aids. Historic Formula Ford 2000 is the slicks-and-wings counterpart, which nurtured the careers of Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle in period.

Other fresh additions to today's racing line-up are the front-engined Classic Clubman sports-prototypes and the mixed bag of classically-modelled Classic Racing Cars single-seaters.

The Martini and Super Touring Trophies return for a second helping, recreating battles from the 1970s European Sports Car Championship and 1990s BTCC respectively.

There will be a packed programme away from the circuit with trade stands and car clubs to peruse, in addition to rally stage action, and a funfair. There will also be period-style swing music from After Dark to get visitors in a nostalgic mood.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available on the gate for £22, with free entry for under 13s. For more information visit www.oultonparkgoldcup.co.uk