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Oulton's Gold Cup swings into life as racing commences today

Sunday, August 25 2013

Racing at this year's Oulton Park Gold Cup kicks off today (Sunday) with a nine race programme lined up for this afternoon. Qualifying from the single-seater monsters of the Derek Bell Trophy is also scheduled before the close of play.

The E-type challenge should provide the perfect start to proceedings; the eponymous Jaguar is one of the most popular cars on the historic scene for both drivers and fans. Since the series' inception in the E-type's anniversary year this series has thrived continuously with strong grid numbers.

The Super Touring Trophy should provide one of the day's highlights with a strong grid of the iconic tin tops raring to go. Attention will no doubt be focused on star drivers John Cleland and Patrick Watts, though both will start from the second row of the grid after Derek Palmer stole the limelight in Saturday qualifying.

Sportscars will also be a prominent with a host of races from the Pre'66 machinery of the Guards Trophy as well as the 70s prototypes seen in the Martini Trophy.

Single seaters will be represented too with two races from the Historic Formula Juniors. Racers remain keen to sample cars from one of Formula 1's historic proving grounds; such popularity has forced the rear and front engine machines to be split into two categories.

The race programme will be completed by action from the Historic and 70s Road Sports. These production based machines are always great to watch and benefit from consistently healthy grids.

There will also be plenty to see and do away from the track, with everything from a funfair to a Wall of Death show on hand to entertain the masses. There will also be a great deal of classic displays from car clubs, showing off their pristine machines.

The paddock will also be open, offering fans the chance to get a closer look at some race specials of all ages as well as meet the teams and drivers.

A comprehensive timetable of events and entries for the Gold Cup is available  here.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 24-26 August are available on the gate for £22 per day on Sunday and Monday with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.