02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 18:15: MK2 Golf GTI Championship:
Lewis Hopkins rounded off MSVR"s Blast in the Park by winning his
second race of the afternoon in the MK2 Golf GTI Championship.
The opening lap saw Hopkins and James Bark swap places for the
lead with the former crossing the line in the lead heading into lap
two. Mike Thurston briefly held third but he was forced into the
pits with mechanical difficulties and subsequently
retired. Overall championship leader Guy Stevens led the
charge in class 1, but he was kept honest by Alex Harris and Andy
With Thurston forced into retirement, Jamie Martin moved into
third position with John Mawdsley close on his tail. But the battle
for the lead of the race was edging in the favour of Hopkins, as he
opened up a three second lead by the end of lap six. Hopkins kept
edging away from Bark, crossing the finish line a full 5.8 seconds
in front of the Alford racer. Jamie Martin clinched the final place
on the podium.
Class 1 honours went to Stevens after holding off Harris, who
was just two tenths of a second behind at the flag. Andy Holley's
finished his weekend off on a positive note with a third in
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:35: Production BMW Championship:
Mike Tovey has boosted his Production BMW Championship title hopes
after claiming a double win at MSVR's Blast in the Park.
Championship leader Tim Wilson made the best getaway from the
start and he made the most of it to grab the lead from pole man
Tovey on the opening lap. Stuart Waite slotted into third spot and
he was closely followed by Liam Crilly.
Tovey remained in the mirrors of Wilson and midway through the
race he managed to find a way into the lead. Crilly soon moved into
third spot demoting Waite to fourth.
Once again the top three that dominated the earlier race edged
away from the chasing pack and there was less than a second between
the trio. Wilson and Crilly applied pressure on the leader Tovey
but the race one winner showed no signs of weakness and he snatched
the win by half a second.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:20: Monoposto Championship: Pole
man Dan Clowes guided his Formula Jedi car successfully around
Oulton Park to record a convincing win.
Clowes initially lost the lead on the opening lap to Adrian
Wright, who started alongside on the front row as the cars streamed
into the first corner, but it wasn't long before the Jedi car moved
to the front.
While the battle was intense at the front, the best start fell
to Dax Ward, who stormed from the back row of the grid up into
seventh spot by the end of lap two. Clowes steadily edged away from
the field and was rarely troubled by Wright for the lead.
There was plenty of overtaking in the midfield with majority of
the moves being completed by Ward, who was scything his way through
the pack. After breaking into the top five on the third lap, he set
his sights on a podium finish and eventually found a way around
Fortune for the all important final step on the rostrum.
While Ward was enjoying all the action, Clowes continued his
charge and he comfortably took the win from Wright. Geoff Fern won
the 1400 class, Peter Bragg claimed the 1800 honours and Jeremy
Timms was the first 1600 runner home.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:45: Project Eight Racing Saloons:
Adam Sharpe's reign at the front of the Project Eight Racing
Saloons continues after the BMW driver recorded his second win of
The race once again proved to be a battle between Sharpe and
pole man Rob Smith with the former coming through to win. Mike
Dugdale added to his podium haul with another third place
Sharpe said: "The first race was tough but in the second race I
just kept focussed and continued to pull out a gap and eventually
claimed the win."
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:15: MK2 Golf GTI Championship:
Lewis Hopkins held off a charge from championship contender James
Bark to claim the top step of the podium.
Hopkins, who grabbed the all important pole position in
qualifying, failed to make his advantage count and was passed by
Bark on the opening lap. The pair were closely followed by Jamie
Martin in third.
However, Hopkins continued to pile the pressure on leader and
Bark cracked on lap four when the Winchester man exploited a gap to
take the lead. The race turned into a battle of wills between the
lead duo with the gap between them remaining at half a second.
In the end, Hopkins held his nerve to claim crucial championship
points with a deserved win. Pole sitter Bark was forced to settle
for second spot with Jamie Martin in third.
In class 1, Clive Belton claimed the top honours, finishing just
a second in front of Alex Harris. Andy Holley competing in his
first season in the championship secured the final spot on the
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 15:50: Monoposto 2000 & Classic:
An impressive start from Kourosh Khani gifted him victory in the
first Monoposto race of MSVR's Blast in the Park.
The key to the race came from the start as Khani leap off the
grid and into the lead but he faced an almighty battle throughout
the race to take the win.
Pole sitter Tristan Cliffe was unable to hold his advantage into
Old Hall as Khani breezed around the outside at speed. The Formula
Renault driver was followed by the Dallara of Malcolm Scott and
Cliffe found himself in third. The pole man didn't stay in third
position long, as he quickly passed Scott for second at
Cliffe set his sights on the leader and on lap four he dived
down the inside of Khani at Old Hall to take the lead. The Omicron
Motorsports driver began to open a gap before disaster struck when
he lost a wheel and he was forced into immediate retirement,
gifting Khani the lead.
Khani never looked back once in front and he went on to take the
chequered flag from Scott and Richard Purcell. Ollie Sirrell won
the Classic category from David Marshall.
Khani said: "It was quite a tough race. I knew my car didn't
have the straight line speed of the F3 cars so I had put in some
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 15:12: GT Trophy Endurance Series:
Leon Price and Rob Barff held on to their earlier advantage in the
first half to clinch the overall victory in the latest round of the
After taking the chequered flag in the first half earlier today,
the Ferrari 458 of Price and Barff stormed into the lead from the
start and they continued to produce blistering pace around the
The battle for second, third and fourth provided action further
down the field once the safety car was recalled, following an
incident involving the Lamborghini Gallardo of Fiona James and
The pit stop window mixed up the order briefly and once the
stops were over Price and Barff continued to hold a commanding
lead. The Ginetta of Murrells and Mowle moved up to second but the
car on the charge was the Ferrari 430 of Eastwood, which had
dropped down to fourth.
With nine minutes of the race to go, Eastwood produced an
impressive move around the outside of Bentley's Porsche 996 GT3 to
take third. The Ferrari 458 of Price and Barff went on to extend
their 100 per cent start to the season with yet another victory,
finishing ahead of the Ginetta of Mowle and Murrells, with
Eastwood's Ferrari in third.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 14:15: Production BMW Championship:
Mike Tovey reduced Tim Wilson's lead to two points in the
Production BMW Championship with victory in the first race after
lunch at Oulton Park.
Pole sitter Tovey made the most of his advantage and led the
field as the cars headed into Old Hall for the first time. However,
he was pushed hard by championship leader Wilson and Liam Crilly in
The lead trio soon gapped the chasing pack and the race turned
into a three way battle for the victory. Both Wilson and Crilly
tried to find a way through in the latter stages of the race, but
in the end it was Tovey who came through to take the chequered
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 14:00: GT Trophy Series: Leon Price
and Rob Barff lead at the half way point of the two hour GT Trophy
Endurance Series encounter.
The Ferrari 458 of Price and Barff was the class of the field as
they lapped the entire field to take the chequered flag for the
first half of today's GT Trophy encounter.
Price scampered away from the start and he quickly established a
commanding lead. Further down the field, Colin Broster in his
Porsche 996 GT3 moved up to fourth behind Gary Eastwood in third
and Alex Martin in second.
While the Ferrari 458 continued to extend their lead, Eastwood
and Martin were enjoying an enthralling battle for second spot. The
positions remained the same after the mandatory pit stops but an
infringement during Broster's stop saw him pick up a drive through
penalty pushing him down the order.
With 12 minutes of the action remaining, Alex and Rupert
Martin's hopes of victory were dashed as their Ferrari was forced
into retirement following an accident at Island bend. Eastwood and
Ian Hartley's Ferrari inherited second spot and the Ginetta G50 of
George Murrells and Lee Mowle. The trio remained the same as the
chequered flag flew to conclude the end of the GT Trophy Endurance
Series first half.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:44: Project Eight Racing Saloons:
Adam Sharpe continues his run of victories in the Project Eight
Racing Saloons after coming through a mammoth battle in the first
race of the day.
Sharpe was forced to come from behind twice in an thoroughly
entertaining race. After losing the lead off the line and then once
again midway through the race, eventually the pace of Sharpe's BMW
proved too much for Smith.
Sharpe said: "I got a pretty average start but I managed to get
Rob on the opening lap. I thought it was going to be relatively
easy until the clutch pedal became stuck. I somehow managed to get
it back but i had to drive without a clutch for the rest of the
race, which was eventful. Hopefully the gearbox is ok for the
Pole sitter Sharpe lost the lead from the start leaving Smith to
leap in front as the field headed into Old Hall for the first time.
However, Smith's advantage was short-lived as Sharpe surged past
further around the opening lap. Once in the lead, Sharpe built a
healthy gap and the attention turned to a three car battle for
third, involving Mike Dugdale, Roger Kneebone and Lawrie Dunster.
The trio swapped places lap after lap while Sharpe maintained his
lead over Smith.
However, midway through the race a clutch problem allowed Smith
to regain the lead but once again Smith's lead was brief, as a
recovering Sharpe slipped passed at Knickerbrook. Smith continued
to push the leader right up until the chequered flag. Mike Dugdale
won the thrilling battle for third with Kneebone fourth and Dunster
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:25: MK2 Golf GTI Championship:
Championship challenger James Bark was pipped to pole position by
Bark, a double race winner at Cadwell Park last time out was
just half a second slower than Lewis Hopkins, who set the pace in
qualifying, grabbing pole position in the process. Class 1 driver
and overall championship leader Guy Stevens was fourth in class and
will start from 18th on the grid.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:05: Monoposto 2000, Classic 2000:
Tristan Cliffe averaged 99mph around the Oulton Park circuit to
secure pole position for the Monoposto 2000 and Classic
Cliffe, driving a Dallara F398, lapped the Cheshire circuit in 1
minute 37.600 seconds, which was 1.6 seconds faster than nearest
rival Malcolm Scott. Richard Purcell was third fastest while Ollie
Sirrell was the man to beat in the Classic class.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:05: Production BMW Championship:
Mike Tovey will start the first Production BMW Championship race at
Oulton park from pole position.
Tovey was pushed hard throughout the session and in the end he
only claimed pole by half a second from Liam Crilly. Championship
leader Tim Wilson was five hundredths of a second back in third and
Jack Gabriel secured the final spot on row two.
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 9:52: GT Trophy Endurance Series:
The Ferrari 458 of Leon Price and Rob Barff came through an
eventful qualifying session to secure pole position for today's
first half of the GT Trophy endurance race.
Price and Barff were untouchable in qualifying as the set a time
4.5 seconds faster than David Back and Michael Broadhurst in their
Ferrari 430. The Marcos Mantis, which brought out the safety car
early on, was third fastest alongside Alex and Rupert Martin's FF
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 9:08: Project Eight Racing Saloons:
Adam Sharpe opened MSVR's Blast in the Park by securing pole
position in this morning's Project Eight Racing Saloons qualifying
Sharpe, who has won eight of the nine races this season,lapped
the circuit 2.399 seconds quicker than nearest challenger Rob
Smith. Lawrie Dunster will line up in third position alongside Mike
02/07/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 9:00:Blast in the Park: Welcome to a
sunbathed Oulton Park for MSVR's Blast in the Park race
Spectacular GT cars will do battle around the picturesque
Cheshire circuit as the GT Trophy Endurance Series headlines the
day's action. MSVR's Production BMW, Project Eight Racing Saloons,
MK2 Golf GTI Championship and Monoposto Championship will also
entertain in a superb line up of races.
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