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There was one win apiece for Sam Yates and Joe Wig­gin in two fairly heated BMW Com­pact Cup races at Oul­ton Park.

The first race was red-flagged af­ter a first-cor­ner shunt elim­i­nated six cars. Lo­cal boy Yates made an­other good start at the sec­ond time of ask­ing.

But as the sec­ond placed fight be­tween Joe Wig­gin and James Gor­nall in­ten­si­fied it en­abled them to close in on the leader.wig­gin had a cou­ple of lunges for the lead on con­sec­u­tive laps at Cas­cades.

Wig­gin and Gor­nall then clashed at Shell with a lap to go and the for­mer lost the tyre from the rim.

That left Yates to claim a win, while Steven Dailly, Richard Miles and Steve Roberts all went by Gor­nall as he re­cov­ered for fifth.

There was an early five-car break in the sec­ond race be­fore Wig­gin and Roberts went clear, with Si­mon Walker-hansell busy fend­ing off Dailly for third.

Roberts mounted a cou­ple of at­tacks on Wig­gin’s lead at Cas­cades, be­fore drop­ping back and set­tling for sec­ond place. Dailly made it into third into Lodge on the fifth lap, leav­ing Walk­erHansell to hold off Gor­nall for fourth. Gor­nall was given a 10-sec­ond penalty post-race, adding to his race one pain.

There were three dif­fer­ent lead­ers in the open­ing laps of the first North­ern For­mula Ford race. Matthew Cow­ley’s Van Diemen lost out to Jamie Jar­dine (Rey­nard) into Knicker­brook on the open­ing lap, but both were then usurped by Matt Round-gar­rido in his Van Diemen.

Jar­dine grad­u­ally lost out to the newer cars leav­ing Round-gar­rido and Cow­ley to fight it out, which re­sulted in con­tact at Lodge. RoundGar­rido’s win­ning mar­gin was in­creased but Cow­ley was still well clear of Jar­dine, who re­cov­ered third from Calum Mchale with a lap to go.

Round-gar­rido took the up­per­hand at the start of the sec­ond race but couldn’t shake off the per­sis­tent Cow­ley, as Mchale and Martin Short looked on. Cow­ley grabbed the lead into Knicker­brook on the fourth lap, but Round-gar­rido re­mained inches be­hind and took the flag only 0.054s adrift. Short had the edge over Mchale for third in a close duel, hav­ing got by into Is­land on lap three.

It was nip and tuck through­out the Cock­shoot Cup race but Ross Makar’s MG ZR held on to his ad­van­tage over Gary Wet­ton’s sim­i­lar car. Ash­ley Wood­ward’s ZS was briefly threat­ened by David Couthard’s ZR, be­fore left to go solo for third when his ri­val fell back.

Nick Cress­well’s in­vi­ta­tion Cater­ham was de­clared the win­ner of the first TVR Chal­lenge race. He had led from the start, but af­ter David Ma­son’s Tus­can slowed be­fore re­tir­ing, Dean Cook’s Sa­garis went into sec­ond and reeled in Cress­well to take the lead on the last lap – only for a jump-start penalty that re­versed the or­der. Tim Davis’ Cater­ham was third and Darren Smith’s Tus­can fi­nally ousted Ja­son Clegg’s Speed Six for fourth also on the last lap.

De­spite all three start­ing from the pit­lane, it was still Cress­well from Cook and Davis at the flag in race two.

Lee Mor­gan was never headed in the first For­mula Jedi race, and left An­drew Dunn and Michael Wat­ton to duel for the re­main­ing podium places. Dunn held on un­til Druids on the penul­ti­mate lap, when con­tact caused a punc­ture end­ing his race, leav­ing Wat­ton to take sec­ond from Robert Sayell. Dunn made a fly­ing start in race two and held off both Mor­gan and Wat­ton, un­til a missed gear ex­it­ing Lodge on lap 10 let them both surge by into Old Hall, leav­ing him a dis­ap­pointed third.

Yates led Com­pact Cup opener

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