OULTON PARK: BRSCC BY PETER SCHERER
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.