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Oulton Park Gold Cup swings into life but there’s much more to come!

Sunday, August 30 2015

The 2015 Oulton Park Gold Cup truly got underway this afternoon (Sunday),
with an exciting programme of racing, with a mixture of single-seaters,
sports-racing, and GT cars taking to the track.

Mark Dwyer claimed the spoils in the first headline Derek Bell Trophy race of
the weekend, holding off a field of potentially more rapid Formula 5000 cars in
his Formula Two-spec March 742. Dwyer didn't get the best start, and trailed
Neil Glover's Chevron B37 in the early stages, but fought back past into what
was a commanding lead, when the race was red-flagged following an incident
involving 1974 Gold Cup winner Ian Ashley.

Behind the leaders, a mention must go to Mark Charteris, who finished third
overall in a Mallock Mk20/21 Classic Clubman. Unlike the powerful single-seaters
that comprise most of the grid, the Classic Clubmans are front-engined
prototypes and Charteris is one of the best in the business.

Derek Bell Trophy, Race One, Result
1, Mark Dwyer, March
742, 7 laps
2, Neil Glover, Chevron B37, +5.871s
3, Mark Chartertis,
Mallock Mk20/21, +10.703s
4, Daryl Taylor, March 78B, +25.052s
5, Ray
Mallock, Mallock Mk18, +29.284s

The Derek Bell Trophy returns for a second race on Monday afternoon.

The Jaguar Heritage Challenge entries looked stunning as they visited Oulton
Park for the first time, looking perfectly at home on one of the most
picturesque circuits in the country. Michael Wilkinson and John Bussell took the
victory in one of several Jaguar E-Types on the grid, but Martin O'Connell was
the star of the race and looked set for a dominant victory in his similar
machine before he was forced into retirement during the pit stop phase of the
race.

Behind the leading group of sports cars, 1988 Le Mans winner Andy Wallace
brought his Jaguar MkI home as the leading saloon car. Jaguar fans are in for a
bonus tomorrow, when Wallace returns to the track at lunchtime, behind the wheel
of the Jaguar XJR-9 LM, which he shared with Jan Lammers and Johnny Dumfries
during his '88 Le Mans success. The car will be displayed next to the Jaguar
Heritage marquee in the paddock for the rest of the event.

Other Sunday highlights included a thrilling Historic Road Sports race, in
which Julian Barter led home Roger Waite in a Lotus Elan one-two, following a
fantastic scrap for much of the race. The first Historic Formula Junior race of
the weekend produced plenty of entertainment too, with Andrew Hibberd snatching
victory from Peter Morton by just over a tenth-of-a-second.

Tomorrow will feature a line-up of almost entirely fresh faces, with a host
of categories in race action for the first time this weekend, including the
Historic Formula Ford and Historic Touring Car classes, both of which are
renowned for producing terrific grids and even better racing. A bumper entry of
Historic Touring Cars including Lotus Cortinas and Hillman Imps will race twice,
whilst the capacity Historic Formula Ford grid includes popular racing
personality Tiff Needell.

The off-track show kicked off today with car enthusiasts flocking into the
venue to show off their pride and joy, and many of them are expected to return
tomorrow for more. Amongst the array of displays, a pair of special Bentley
racing cars, including a Le Mans-winning Speed 8, made their first appearances
of the weekend, and they will return on Monday.

The rally stage has been abuzz with activity too, with powerful Group B
machines sharing stage time with Oulton Park's works prepared Toyota GT86s,
which have been available for passenger rides. Further passenger rides are
available from the rally hut near the main entrance on Monday.

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