Oulton Park was the setting for the third round of the Britcar championship
Round 3 of the Britcar championships took place at Oulton Park’s island circuit on Saturday 12th Sept. It was a damp start despite the sun being out for the entire day, so the endurance teams took to the track on wets for the qualifying session. We had around ten minutes of running until the E36 M3 came off the circuit at Clay Hill. If you know Oulton that is not a nice place to have an off. It was recovered and made it back out for the race at 13:00 but it did look rather secondhand. The Praga of Jem Hepworth and Danny Harrison took the pole with a time of 1:43.230 just ahead of the HPR Ferrari.
So Come 13:00hrs the race was green flagged and lead around by the MSV BMW. Into Lodge Jem Hepworth lead the way and down avenue until out of sight. Come the second lap Jack Fabby had made two places and about a 5 second lead with it, but the race was neutralised with the safety car being called out because the Taranis had a braking issues into Shell Oils Hairpin. Lucky the Taranis got towed out of the gravel and made it back to the pits. When the safety car was recalled Jack took off again pulling out around 5 seconds a lap until his pitstop.
The first caller to the pits was the Jem Hepworth’s Praga switching over to Danny Harrison, but his run was cut short with a driveline issue forcing them into retirement. Another retiree was the Newborn Jaguar F-type with engine trouble in the V6 powered car. The pitstops were tough for the Valluga Cayman and the Bespoke Cars 991 whom both got a stop/go penalty.
The #99 Praga remained in the lead with Gary Townsend pressing on and keeping 20+ second lead for his stint. The Radical RXC finished second ahead of the HPR Ferrari.
So Jack Fabby, racing a day after his 21st birthday, got the race win and the fastest lap of the weekend 1:35.849 what better way to celebrate!
Report and Photos – Stevie Borowik