Trio of BARC categories produce scorching displays at Oulton Park

The British Automobile Racing Club produced a scorching race day at Oulton Park this past Saturday (June 22) as three championships continued their 2019 seasons around the demanding International layout.

Organised and run by the Club’s North West Centre, the Cheshire venue welcomed the Dunlop Endurance Championship, CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship and the Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship for a summer spectacular.

Boasting a bumper grid of jaw-dropping machines, the Dunlop Endurance Championship wrote a familiar chapter in its season storybook as two teams reigned supreme across the pair of one-hour races that took place.

Entering the weekend sitting at the summit of the standings, the SB Race Engineering Ferrari 488 duo of Paul Bailey and Andy Schultz dominated qualifying as they stormed to pole position by little under a second.

The duo then converted their front row start into yet another race win as they took the chequered flag by more than 40 seconds ahead of their nearest challengers.

Valluga Racing came to the fore later in the day in race two as Ian Humphries drove his Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car to victory.

Just one race from the CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship was run in the end as the multi-class series reached the halfway point in its campaign. With a bumper grid all setting their sights on the infamous Dave Simpson Trophy, the battle for supremacy was a fierce as ever.

In the end, nobody was able to stop Danny Winstanley as he piloted his Caterham Superlight to an emphatic victory, crossing the line 41 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. David Harvey and Paul Dobson round out the podium positions in second and third respectively.

The 13-lap encounter also saw Chris Maries reach a special milestone as he competed in his 200th race in the championship. He capped off the moment by powering his Honda Integra to a tenth place finish.

Spoils were shared in the two Lancaster Insurance MG Owners Club Championship races as Adam Jackson and Simon Kendrick both took a win apiece.

Starting from pole position, Jackson was served up a lights-to-flag performance in the opening encounter as he powered his MG ZR to a dominant victory ahead of Kendrick and Steve McDermid.

Jackson’s aspirations of making it two from two later in the day however were halted after a couple of laps as he was forced to retire. That left Kendrick to take advantage and narrowly edge out McDermid by little over half a second in his MG F VVC, whilst Steve Darbey rounded out the rostrum in third.

The view the full classification of results from all sessions on Saturday, click here.

Oulton Park will host to more BARC action this coming weekend (June 29/30) as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and supporting TOCA categories take on the infamous Island circuit.