ROCHE MASTERS MAZDAS AGAIN

Jaap Bli­jleven took the hon­ours in the Pre 1990 For­mula Ford 1600 race as the North­ern Cham­pi­onship took to Oul­ton Park for the third time in 2016.

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De­spite Bli­jleven only nar­rowly beat­ing guest driver and MSA For­mula race win­ner Josh Smith over the line, it was Nick Barnes and John Mur­phy who com­pleted the podium fol­low­ing Smith’s 10-sec­ond penalty for jump­ing the start. It meant that the en­tire race was a re­cov­ery drive for Smith, made worse when he lost third gear, strug­gling to main­tain high speeds on the straights and hav­ing to set­tle for a fifth be­hind Brian Soule.

Doug Cros­bie had it equally as com­fort­able as Bli­jleven in the Post ’89 race. Start­ing from pole he re­mained un­chal­lenged, fin­ish­ing 17s ahead of Matthew Cow­ley as he bounced back from en­gine fail­ure in the last round. Jack Wolfenden rounded out the top three with his first ever podium in the se­ries, hold­ing off a late at­tack from David Mcarthur, who had found him­self as low as sixth af­ter a spin at Lodge.

Re­turn­ing from a Euro­pean ex­cur­sion to Zolder, the Mazdas were back in Blighty for the MX-5 Cham­pi­onship. Once again, it was Tom Roche who dom­i­nated the Cham­pi­onship Group A races mak­ing it four wins from four fol­low­ing his dis­ap­point­ment of miss­ing out on a place in the Euro­pean MX-5 Cup last month. His lime green Blen­dini Mo­tor­sport MX-5 was too much for Michael Fisk on both oc­ca­sions. In Group B, the races for the slower qual­i­fiers and fin­ish­ers, Matt Pick­ford won race one from pole while in the sec­ond, Joshua Jack­son jumped from third on the grid and eased to vic­tory ahead of Kevin Brent and Paul Austin.

Tom Roche was also vic­to­ri­ous in race one of the Mazda MX-5 Supercup, prov­ing he is just as fast in the more con­tem­po­rary Mk3, while cham­pi­onship leader James Blake-baldwin had to set­tle for sec­ond af­ter his brace on the con­ti­nent. Blake-baldwin made amends in a breath­tak­ing race two in which the top nine were sep­a­rated by only two sec­onds. Though Roche had led for the ma­jor­ity of the race, four race wins on the week­end was just too tough for the Welsh­man as Blake-baldwin made a bold move through Old Hall and held the line through Cas­cades.

The Boxster of Richard Styrin was once again a dom­i­nant force in the Toyo Tyres Porsche Cham­pi­onship. Though race one was cut short af­ter the 924 of Nizar El-chamaa lost its rear right wheel through Knicker­brook bring­ing out the red flag, Styrin could still build a five sec­ond lead ahead of Richard Avery and James Cole­man. He then earned his sev­enth win of the sea­son in race two, as Cole­man and Garry Lawrence com­pleted the top three, while El-chamaa, now with four wheels back on his car carved his way through to win in the 924 class.

Gra­ham Sea­ger re­turned to the Alfa Romeo Cham­pi­onship grid with vic­tory in race one.

The 2015 cham­pion, who had missed the sea­son so far as his GTV un­der­went re­fur­bish­ments, beat the mod­i­fied Al­fas of Andy Robin­son and another re­turnee Andy Page. He couldn’t make it a clean sweep though as he re­tired with smok­ing brakes in race two, gift­ing Robin­son his first win of the sea­son.

Roche had to fight with Blake-baldwin in MX-5S

Pick­ford topped MX-5 race Bli­jleven claimed the Pre 1990 vic­tory

Cros­bie lifted the Post 1989 lau­rels

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