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Second day of Gold Cup to provide even more fun

Monday, August 29 2011

Day two of the Oulton Park Gold Cup promises to eclipse a thrilling opener, with non-stop action from 8:30am through to 6:30pm. There's a varied mixture of single seaters, sportscars, GTs and touring cars, with the Formula 5000 cars in the Derek Bell Trophy a highlight.

F5000, once described as 'Formula One for the common man', matched be-winged Grand Prix-style chassis with relatively low-maintenance 5 litre V8 engines to produce great racing in the 1970s. They are joined by Formula 2 and Formula Atlantic cars, the feeder formulas that have brought many a Grand Prix driver to the world's attention.

Historic Formula Ford cars bookend the day, the entry-level single seaters providing a vital step up for the vast majority of Formula 1 stars from Emerson Fittipaldi onwards. They will race in 1600 and 2000cc forms and the next step up the ladder, Formula 3, is also represented.

Sportscar fans will enjoy the Martini Trophy for 1970s Group 6 2 litre cars, their second race of the weekend, whilst the Legends Woodcote Trophy and Stirling Moss Trophy races cover the period from 1950 to 1960. Both are 50 minute races with pitstops and driver changes and see many great names of the sport represented on the grid.

The second E-Type challenge race will be highly anticipated following a thrilling opener on Sunday, whilst superb action is guaranteed in the Historic Touring Cars race. Classics from marques including Ford, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Hillman, Austin and Morris take to a grid where small hatchbacks compete with big American V8-engined saloons.

There are further rally demonstrations from sideways two-wheel drive classics and the spectacular Group B supercars, whilst car club displays trade stands and a funfair provide plenty of colour and atmosphere.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup are available on the gate for £21 for adults, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.