What a busy weekend! I was at Oulton Park for The GT Cup on Saturday and The Ma5das, TVR’s and Mini’s at Mallory Park on Sunday. My shoes are still wet and my feet hurt from all the walking, but what a great weekends racing!
Saturday saw beautiful weather and yet more exciting racing for the GT Cup at Oulton Park. The million quid grid was fit to burst again with several newcomers joining the GT Cup ranks.
Race one was dominated by the Amercian muscles cars, Mitch Millett started from pole position and went on to take his first win of the season in the Corvette C5R. Groups 2 and 3 were won by GT Cup newbie’s John Gaw (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup) and Benji Hetherington (Ginetta G50) and in group 4 the undefeated Will Goff cruised his way to win number seven in his Aston Martin GT4.
Race 2 saw another V8 show down, this time though Mike Gardiners Viper got the lead and went on to take another overall win. In group 2 George Breswter battled hard with the Ferrari’s and secured his maiden win in the Porsche 997. Benji Hetherington did the double in his Ginetta G50, winning group 3 for the second time. And Will Goff is off to build an extension to the trophy cabinet, taking home his eighth pot this season!
The Next GT CUP round is at Donington Park on 15th and 16th August. Watch GT Cup highlights from Oulton Park on Motors TV (Sky Channel 413, Virgin Media 545) on Friday 28 August at 7.15pm (BST).
Sunday was a very busy day at Mallory Park, I was there to present The Ma5da MX5 Championship, The Dunlop TVR Peter Wheeler Memorial races and The Mighty Mini’s! Phew!
The TVR Dunlop Peter Wheeler Memorial races, were held in memory of former TVR owner Peter Wheeler who sadly passed away in June. Race 1 was dry and was won by 17 year old rookie driver and championship leader Danny Winstanley. Race 2 was wet and this played into the hands of Mark Hockin, who battled his way to the front and took the overall win for race 2.
The Minis were as entertaining as ever, with the drivers battling wheel to wheel all the way to the chequered flag. Chris Morgan eventually took the win for The Mighty Minis after an incredible race through the field from a starting position of 8th on the grid. The super Mighty Minis was just as exciting with the race being won by pole sitter Scott Kendall, who was delighted with the win.
The Ma5da’s had a very exciting couple of races, with the changeable weather making track conditions tricky to call. Rob Boston qualified well and was thrilled to be starting from pole positions in both races, however his maiden win eluded him once more, it was Jonathan Greensmith who mastered the difficult conditions taking double race wins and a fastest lap. Championship leader Tom Roche, battled hard and came home in second for both races and gained more championship points for the fastest lap in race 1.
Just in time for my closing interviews and pieces to camera, the heavens opened and I got my customary Ma5da day drenching. Note to self… must buy some waterproof’s!
The Ma5das next event is the rescheduled round at Donington Park on 2nd August, Race and Rally UK programme times are available in my calendar.