Flower triumphs in the battle of the BMW's

A hard fought win for Flower as home town heros Stenhouse and Darby come in second

  • Flower triumphs in the battle of the BMW's


A hard fought win for Flower as home town heros Stenhouse and Darby come in second

Flower triumphs in Battle of the BMW’s to bring home his M3 in front of hometown heroes Stenhouse and Darby.

Qualifying painted a familiar picture at Oulton Park with the third all BMW front row of the year. This time the M3F car of Mark Flower was joined by one of the Oulton Park locals, in the form or the charging Class Stenhouse and Darby, veterans of the Cheshire circuit. The pair managed to push the consistent charge of Drive Motorsports Richard Bromley down to third on the grid, by just 0.009 of a second!

Rear wheel drive appeared to be the way to go with Burstows BMW taking the fastest lap in Class B and the Toyota MR2 of Supatune racing duo Tester and Timpson taking the top spot in Class C. Class D was taken by the Ford Fiesta of O’Neill, who just managed to pull just over a second on Jason Francis in the Ford Puma on one lap pace – the lack of Rear wheel drive entrants in the class giving the two Ford’s a free run.

Off the start the BMW’s got away well and held formation through the first section of the lap, The main winner in the first corner was the Autorevive London pairing of Gardner and Mills who jumped from ninth on the grid to fifth on the circuit through Old Hall, taking advantage of the Seat of Goes bogging down on the start.

In the melee of turn one the Class B battle sprung into life with the Porsche of father and son duo Jack and George Wright found themselves in alongside GNB’s Gary Burstow. The two cars jostling for position through Cascades allowed the Amery Motorsport MINI into the fray, resulting in a three-a-breast drag race to Shell Olis Corner which was eventually won by the MINI after GNB’s BMW ran wide at island bend.

A good start from the MR2 of Tester and Timpson and the Ford Fiesta of O’Neill saw them take the advantage on the opening lap to gap their class rivals at the end of lap one.

As the BMW’s pulled a lead at the front a big move in Knickerbrook by Cook saw him past both the Porsche’s of Autorevive London and Clark Racing to take fourth.

Chasing the BMW of Richard Bromley Cook took to the outside of Knickerbrook in which gave him the inside for the second part of the chicane and saw him past the BMW cleanly for third. Undeterred by this the Drive Motorsport BMW kept cook in his sights and with the door open on the inside of Lodge Corner took third back from the Big Skidz Fiesta of Cook.

A recovering Goes was pushing hard to regain the time lost at the start. At the pit stop window the Seat Cup Car had recovered to third having taken the Clark Racing Porsche for fifth at Knickerbrook on lap four, Cook’s Fiesta for fourth under breaking at Old Hall on lap 5 and Bromley’s BMW again into Kinckerbrook the following lap.

The HT Racing pair of House and Tate were chasing the Supatune MR2 from the start, consistently closing the gap. The pair managing to pass the leading Class C car on circuit to take the lead just prior to the pit stop window opening.

In Class D O’Neill managed to stay ahead of championship rival Jason Francis, but Francis pushing hard in the Puma kept the Moores Motors O’Neil honest until the pit window opened, pitting one lap earlier to attempt the cut back.

When the dust settled from the pit stop’s it was the Class A car of Stenhouse and Darby, who retained the lead of the race. Flower in the Class S M3F car consistently closing them down however to make the pass on lap 18 for the lead of the race and eventual overall win, managing to pull out a 5 second lead by the time the flag went down.  

In the closing stages of the race the battle for third, through to sixth was raging, with Britton, Bromley, Cook and a closing in Clark all looking for on track position. Britton running wide in Island bend released both Bromley and Cook through in Shell Oils, where they attempted to gap the Class A contenders.

With all the cars pushing hard for third on the track, a rare mistake from Bromley at Druids Corner on lap 20 gifted third on track to Cook, a position he maintained till the flag. Over the line it finished Cook third, Britton fourth, Clark fifth and Bromley sixth although penalties for track limits promoted Clark and Bromley as Britton fell to sixth in the results.

Class B continued to thrill as the Abbitts who emerged from the pit window third in class fought off the challenges of the Wrights in their Porsche 944 and Mark Penny in the VX220 to take the win. The Class B battle was close from the pit window right through to the flag with all three teams fighting for the same bit of tarmac for the majority. Penny and the Abbitt cars finally managing to gap the wrights Porsche on lap 21. A last lap push from Penny was unable to find a pass the class leading Abbitt Motorsport car as they crossed the line two tenths of a second apart. Track limits came into play again for the VX200 which saw him drop to third in class in the results.

HT Racing never looked back and following their move for the lead prior to the pit stop window, they appeared ahead of the Supatune Motorsport MR2 – a lead they held till the end of the race. 

The Class D battle went right to the line with the two contenders crossing the line in formation. Jason Francis eventually triumphing, following O’Neill’s track limits penalties.

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