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Oulton Park Gold Cup race programme kicks off today!

Sunday, August 30 2015

Racing gets underway at the Oulton Park Gold Cup today (Sunday) with a full afternoon's racing, which includes the first of this weekend's two races for the Derek Bell Trophy for powerful 1970s single-seaters.

The Derek Bell Trophy recalls an era in which powerful Formula 5000 machines frequently competed for the Cheshire circuit's signature trophy, but it was the particularly rapid Formula Two-spec March 742 of Mark Dwyer which will occupy pole position. For many though, the F5000s will be the real highlight as, when circumstances allowed, they were capable of rivalling Grand Prix cars for pace in-period.

Notable entries within the F5000 contingent include Ian Ashley, who won the Gold Cup in 1974, behind the wheel of a Lola T300 and Neil Glover, who is driving the one-of-a-kind Chevron B37 first built for '73 Gold Cup winner Peter Gethin. Keep an eye out too for a handful of rapid Classic Clubman front-engined prototypes, including those of Mark Charteris, John Harrison, and Ray Mallock, all of which have qualified in the top-ten.

The new-for-2015 Jaguar Heritage Challenge makes its Oulton Park debut this afternoon on what is set to be a big weekend celebration for one of Britain's most iconic motoring names. Rapid historic ace will start from pole position at the head of a Jaguar E-Type one-two-three-four, whilst 1988 Le Mans Winner and 1986 British Formula Three Champion Andy Wallace is the highest placed saloon car on the grid in a Jaguar MkI.

Wallace will demonstrate his Le Mans-winning XJR-9 LM on Monday, but you can still see the car today in the paddock where it is being displayed next to the Jaguar Heritage Marquee.

Other racing today includes Formula Junior, Historic Road Sports, Guards Trophy sports and GT races, '70s Road Sports, and Historic Formula Three. If qualifying results are anything to go by, we could be set for close battles in many of these classes.

There are plenty of opportunities for fans to get closer to the action this morning, either with vintage bus tours of the circuit before lunch time - tickets are available for £5 from the reception in Chequers restaurant - or with a free pit-walk at 11:15.

The off-track show swings into life today too, with countless historic car owners expected to fill the circuit's picturesque surrounds and put on great displays for the fans to enjoy. p

The rally stage will be a hub of activity with a mixture of Group B rally demonstrations featuring cars such as the Audi Quattro, and rally rides in the circuit's works-prepared Toyota GT86s. If you fancy a powersliding thrill ride, then these are available for £25 from the rally hut near the main entrance.

Local manufacturer Bentley will treat visitors will a special racing car display on the circuit's infield, starring cars such as their Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 and the modern Continental GT3.

Other attractions include live music, a funfair, and military vehicle displays. Click here for a full list.

Tickets for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on Sunday and Monday are available on the main gate for £23 with free entry for under-13s. For more information click here