Podium hat trick at Oulton
2019 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship.
Round 6, Oulton Park.
Oulton Park is a beautiful circuit, but we didn’t get long to admire it as the entire race meeting took place all in one day. With 52 drivers entered, qualifying and three races to get through, it was always going to be a frantic affair.
I managed the fastest time in my qualifying group, but it was super close as under 0.1 covered the top three! The other group were faster, so I would start in second, on the outside of the front row.
In race 1A I dropped to forth, but soon found my way back into second place. This become the lead when Allwood lost forth gear. I was overtaken at half distance and then the rest of the race was a game of attack and defence as the top three had pulled away and I was in the middle of it! I ended up second, with fastest lap and the bonus points that come with it.
It turns out it is quite tricky to start in second place at Oulton and retain your position. Well, it is for me at least. Naturally, I was down to third place at the start of race 2A, but fought my way back into second along the back straight on the opening lap. The racing was so close that this didn’t last and there was some more place swapping until we settled down into a similar pattern as in race 1A; the three of us pulling away with me in the middle fighting both fronts. It was good fun and another second place (with fastest lap) was a welcome result.
Race 3A was a classic Mazda enounter. I lead on more than one occasion, but also found myself in sixth place half way through the race too. It was a bit of an uphill struggle from there, but I managed to knick third place on the final lap. It was a great race and probably super to watch.
So we left Oulton after three exciting races with a hat trick of podiums and a good points haul. Donington Park is just two weeks away and it’s getting exciting in the championship as we head towards to business end of the season as leaders. Plenty more racing to come yet though!