Get Over to Oulton
The Classic Touring Car Racing Club’s championships are delicately poised as competitors prepare for the club’s penultimate meeting of the season this Saturday (September 22) to be held over Oulton Park’s picturesque International circuit.
|First on the agenda at 12.40pm is the Thermex Classic Saloon and Historic Touring Car Championship which is currently led by the reigning champion, Andy Messham, whose Mini Seven has won its class at every round except the first. The Essex driver has a slender three-point lead over Phil Manser (Mini Cooper), while Stuart Radford (Triumph 2000) is a further four points adrift. But recent winners Richard Sprigg and his son Steven are keen to top up their tally with another victory.Next up is the Sub Zero: Wolf Classic Thunder Championship incorporating the Pro Driver Blue Oval Saloon Series. Consistent, polished performances from Garrie Whittaker have hoisted him to the top of the Classic Thunder points table, although his BMW is likely to be outgunned by the potent Nissan R32 GTR Skyline of his chief rival Mark Biggers, who is seven points adrift on 85. Apart from these two Darren Bly (Nissan Skyline), Andy Robinson (Ford Falcon), Paul Dobson (Mazda RX7) and Graham Wait (Sierra Cosworth) are all capable of outright victory.
In the BOSS series ever-present Ashley Bird and his Sierra XR4i have built up an impressive total of 88 points, 13 more than the reigning champion, Brian Long (Fiesta). But Paul Nevill and Terence Clark are close behind on 71 and 70 respectively.
The SVG Motorsport Pre ’93 Touring Car Championship is definitely the most popular series and probably the most closely-fought as well. Lawrie Dunster’s tenacity in bouncing back from heavy crashes has paid off: he now leads with 90 points, one more than Class D leader Daniel Smoughton. But Dunster’s BMW will be hard-pressed by the Ford Cosworths of Richard Millar, recent winner Craig Jamieson and Graham Myers as well as the big Rover of Tim Scott-Andrews.
The last race on the programme at 5.45pm will amalgamate rounds of the Autoglym Post Historic and the Hammerite Group One Touring Car Championships which cater for pre ’74 and pre ’83 models.
So far this season Tim Scott-Andrews and his bellowing Rover V8 have won every round of the Group One championship: a remarkable achievement. His closest rival for outright victory has always been David Howard (Jaguar XJ12) who is the reigning Post Historics champion. Dr. William Jenkins who works in Switzerland will be flying over to take part and he is likely to be leading the chase with his bright BMW, along with the black Dolomite Sprint of Mark Osborne. The dark horse is Dave Nixon who is making a welcome return with his rapid rotary Mazda RX3.
The CTCRC championship rounds will be part of a BARC North West Centre programme which also includes races for Caterhams and Sports Saloons.
Oulton Park is off the A54, near Little Budworth, Cheshire. Postcode CW6 9BW.
Prepared for the CTCRC by Kerry Dunlop (07877 832299) at www.promotokd.co.uk
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