Monday, September 24 2012
The British Automobile Racing Club's final race meeting of the year last Saturday at Oulton Park saw Ric Wood again proving to be the class of the field racing his ex-DTM Opel Astra in the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Cars.
Following an aborted start that eliminated the Ford Capri of Adrian Vickers, Wood took the restart from the pitlane, along with three others. Leaders Steve Owen and Robert Spencer had tried their hardest to clear the rest of the field but to no avail as Wood came through to take victory by over eight seconds at the flag, leaving the pair to take second and third overall in their Westfield and Lokosaki respectively.
Wood replicated his result in the second CNC encounter, this time from the 16th row of the championship's bumper 40-car entry. This time it was Owen again in second followed by the Lotus Esprit Daytona of Simon Allaway.
In the Thermex Classic Saloon & Historic Touring Cars It was second-placed Steven Sprigg who led the way on lap one, but he was back to fourth by lap four and subsequently dropped out next time around. The lead was left with Phil Manser in his Mini Cooper, who held on until Roger Ebdon in a Cooper S took over with two laps to go. Ebdon took the flag with almost four seconds to spare over Manser, with Richard Sprigg rounding out the top three in his Ford Anglia,
The SVG Motorsport Pre '93 Touring Cars saw the Sierra Cosworth of Richard Millar take the lead from pole, but a hard charging Lawrie Dunster in a BMW M3 passed him on lap two, leaving Millar no option but to return the favour a lap later before pulling away. This left a scrap between Dunster and another Sierra Cosworth, this time with Craig Jamieson at the wheel, which Jamieson won.
The Sub Zero, Wolf Classic Thunder Saloon inc. Pro Driver Blue Oval Saloon pole-man Mark Biggers decided to make hard work of his victory when he spun off in his Nissan Skyline at Cascades on the opening lap for the 31-car grid. However he recovered to catch the lead fight and pulled away, ultimately winning by nearly five seconds. Garrie Whitaker's BMW M3 and Darren Bly's Skyline completed the podium.
The Autoglym Post Historic & Group 1 Touring Cars race was won by Tim Scott-Andrews' Rover Vitesse, followed by David Howard in a Jaguar XJ12 and John Wright in his Ford Escort RS.
Meanwhile the Caterham Graduates Classic Class was won by Amanda Black, whilst the Caterham Graduates Mega & Sigma Class went to Trevor Carvey. The Caterham Graduates Super Class turned into a classic slipstreaming encounter with the lead changing constantly in the early laps until an incident spread the field leaving Dylan Stanley in the lead from Toby Bryant and further back Gareth Cordey having to fight hard to keep 3rd. The two of them dropped out on the last lap leaving Stephen Hirons and Andy Skinner to take second and third.
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The next race event at Oulton Park is the CSCC Classic Sports Car Championships on 6 October. Tickets are available from £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.