The British Automobile Racing Club delivered a memorable day of blockbuster wheel-to-wheel action at Oulton Park this past Saturday (July 8) as five championships continued their 2023 campaigns.
Organised and run by the Club’s North West Centre, the one-day meeting – which took place around the 2.692-mile International layout – saw the likes of the Junior Saloon Car Championship, Classic 2CV Racing Club and others take on starring role at the picturesque Cheshire venue.
Undoubtedly one of the headline acts to come from the day was the North West Centre’s flagship category, the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship.
Boasting a bumper entry list which exceeded 30 cars, the multi-class series produced a pulsating encounter which saw former champion Paul Rose reign supreme at the wheel of his Sakar S1-500.
Blitzing the opposition to clinch pole position in qualifying, Rose punched in a superlative performance to triumph by more than half a minute ahead of Roddie Patterson in his Caterham C400 and Arron Armiger in his Vauxhall Astra.
Those in attendance also witnessed a feast of thrills and spills when it came to the Junior Saloon Car Championship, which is renowned as being one of the UK’s premier one-make categories for teenage racing drivers.
On what was an action-packed outing for the series, Cameron Pratt-Thompson and Daire Flock scored a win apiece however due to a number of on-track incidents and technical infringements, both race results currently remain provisional until all Motorsport UK Judicial’s have been heard.
The Classic 2CV Racing Club’s penultimate meeting of the season had everyone on the edge of their seats as they served up a brace of captivating contests to set the scene ahead of next month’s 24-hour season finale at Snetterton.
Kristopher Tovey emerged as one of the series’ leading lights as he produced a clinical display to claim an emphatic lights-to-flag victory in the day’s opening encounter; a feat that he then came oh-so close to repeating a few hours later in race two.
Locking horns with experienced multiple champion Pete Sparrow, Tovey missed out on clinching a clean sweep of victories to the former title winner by less than half a second whilst reigning champion David O’Keeffe completed the podium in third.
The Track Attack Race Club welcomed one of its largest entries of the year and it didn’t disappoint with a glittering array of tin top machines all going bumper-to-bumper in a pulsating 20-minute bout.
At the wheel of his Honda Civic, there was no stopping Ben Griffiths as he lit up the timesheets in qualifying and then followed it up with a commanding race-winning performance ahead of Paul Roddison and Tim Evans,
Concluding the day’s action were two races from the Adrian Flux Insurance Caterham Academy. Nick Highton narrowly edged out Jonathan Emery to win the ‘Green’ race while Daniel Neale comfortably triumphed in the ‘White’ contest.
To view the results of all sessions at Oulton Park, CLICK HERE.