Oulton Park Race Report - MGOC Championship 2017

2018 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship


 

Race Report

Rounds 13 and 14  -  Cadwell Park 9th September 2018

 

This picturesque circuit in Lincolnshire has a narrow track with challenging corners and significant gradient changes that demand total concentration and commitment. On a bright Autumn day, Cadwell was looking in great shape and the drivers were set for two 20 minute races that would go a long way towards determining the Overall and Class champions.    

 

Qualifying

This took place late on the Saturday on a wet track. Simon Kendrick took pole position by 0.66 secs from Martin Wills to make it an all MGF front row. The ZR of Steve McDermid was the quickest Class Z car and was joined on row 2 by the MGF of Ralf Togneri.

 

Row 3 was occupied by Chris Millard who was the quickest of the Classic Class cars and the ZR of Nick Golhar.  Row 4 saw the 1275 Midget of the returning Ashley Barnes and Dave Amphlett who were ahead of the Class B ZR of Sarah Sullivan and Bob Fisher who was having his first race in the ex- Bob van Vuuren MGB.

 

Round 13

After overnight rain the track had a drying line in most parts but was damp in others, notably under the trees at the tight and tricky section towards the end of the lap.

 

The pink MGF of Wills made a perfect start but the ZR of McDermid got a flyer from the second row to slot into 2nd place ahead of Kendrick. It was vital that Kendrick got past the ZR before Wills extended his lead and he duly did the necessary with a well executed move into 2nd place after McDermid ran a little wide at Park Corner.  Kendrick quickly moved clear of the ZR and gradually closed the gap on the leader and by lap 4 was right on the bumper of the leader.

 

The track at Cadwell is narrow and overtaking is difficult and no matter how hard Kendrick tried the experienced Wills always managed to put his car in a position where the reigning champion just couldn't mount a serious challenge. The two cars had similar straight line speed and Wills just didn't give even a half chance and drove a tremendous race from the front to take an excellent win from Kendrick with McDermid a long way back in 3rd place and taking the Class Z win ahead of Golhar

 

In the Classic Class race, Millard initially lead the field before Amphlett took the lead at Mansfield but both were being held up by the MGF of Togneri and the ZR of Golhar both of who, with their additional 50 bhp, were significantly quicker on the straights with the MGB's closing the gap through the corners. Amphlett finally managed to get past Togneri on lap 10 and quickly opened up a gap on his way to taking the win from Millard who finally got past the MGF on the last lap. The 1275 Midget of Barnes spent most of the race in 3rd place some distance behind the leading MGB's but Fisher gradually closed the gap and took the place on the penultimate lap and maintained a narrow lead to take 3rd place in the Classic Class by a cars length at the flag.

 

Round 14

On a dry track, Kendrick made the best start and held the inside line up the hill into Charlies but the MGF of Wills was right on this bumper and looking for a way past the reigning champion.  Towards the end of the opening lap the car disappeared from view behind the trees at Hall Bends and when they emerged into view Wills was in the lead having nipped past when Kendrick ran wide at the Hairpin. It was now Kendrick's turn to chase the leader and despite being almost glued to the leaders rear bumper he just could find a way past.

 

The battle for the lead raged until lap 7 when Kendrick pulled into the pits with a drive problem and Wills found himself with a huge lead over McDermid who was the leading Class Z car. Kendrick's pit crew checked the car out and all appeared OK so the MGF returned to the race but shortly afterwards a wheel bearing collapsed and the three wheeled MGF was stranded on the exit of Park Corner.  The Safety Car was deployed but shortly afterwards the red flag was shown and the race was over. 

 

Wills took his second win of the weekend and his 8th of the season to strengthen his position at the top of the Class F points table. Steve McDermid inherited 2nd place in the race and his second Class Z win of the weekend.

 

Sarah Sullivan was the only entry in Class B and duly took her second win of the weekend.

 

In the Classic Class, Millard took the early lead but Amphlett was right on his tail and took the lead with  a brave move at Hall Bends but Millard had a better exit from Barn and closed the gap along the pit straight before re-taking the lead on the run into Charlies.  On lap 3, Millard managed to get past Tognieri's MGF with a committed move up the inside into Charlies and opened up a substantial lead over Amphlett who was again stuck behind the MGF.  Amphlett managed to get past the MGF on lap 4 and now had a clear track ahead but by this time Millard was 100 metres in the lead and looking well in control. Amphlett was unable to close the gap on the leader who was driving well and looking the likely winner but the gap closed when the Safety Car was deployed and Millard must have been relieved when the red flag was shown and the race stopped three laps early.  Millard took the chequered flag for a well deserved first ever MGOC race win.

 

 

 

STAR DRIVES:

Martin Wills – Two hard fought wins and two fastest laps in Class Z

Chris Millard – Pole position and a well deserved first race win in the Classic Class.

 

Visit the MGOC Championship website www.mgoc-championship.co.uk to see the full race results and current Championship positions.

 

 

 

 

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