The weekend started the same way as last year’s trip to Oulton Park ended……..Wet.
However, by the end of the day the sun was shining, and Mark Eales was smiling after a very different weekend to Brands Hatch last time out.
A DNF in race one left Eales heading home early in Kent but he was back in fine fettle at Oulton with qualifying throwing in a twist or two in its own right.
Eales was looking good for pole until Dan Willars used all of his Oulton experience to snatch the top spot right at the end. However, as so often in motorsport, the stewards intervened and Willars was disqualified for overtaking under yellow flags as was Timothy Davies.
This promoted Eales to pole with Kyla Birdseye alongside him in second after a magnificent performance.
Unfortunately for Kyla, car trouble put paid to her race on the very first lap alleviating some of the pressure on Eales as he held the lead at the end of the first lap.
Despite starting at the back, Willars was on the move through the field early on and he even ended up putting in the fastest lap of the race on his way to an eventual sixth place finish.
Eales was stretching his lead throughout the race which is where he would finish, but double Brands Hatch winner (on his birthday) Tim Shooter was beginning to come under pressure from a flying Tony Howe for second place.
Shooter would hold on to make it a trio of podiums in 2021 with Howe within two seconds of Shooter at the chequered flag.
There were some wonderful battles between Goodwin, Moore, Willars, Tyler, and Williams and the five would finish in that order behind the top three.
The battle for 13th was one of the highlights too with Neil Burnett and Chris Savoury enjoying a friendly tussle lap after lap with Burnett eventually coming home in front.
The grid order for race two was slightly different from race one but it was still Eales on pole but this time with Tim Shooter for company.
Willars would start in sixth but Birdseye was at the back of the grid after her race one DNF.
Off the line it was once again Eales who took command but immediately Shooter was under pressure from Tony Howe.
Howe ended up getting past Shooter and looked a match for Eales on pace alone. The problem was by this point Eales head a strong lead which he never looked like relinquishing and never did, as he made it a double Oulton delight.
Once again there was plenty of action everywhere on track with Dan Willars, Phil Goodwin, Les Tyler, and Tim Shooter leaving no breathing space with the action intense. That is how those five finished too with Willars taking the final podium place.
Richard Garrard, Jon Moore, Stephen Williams, and David Javes then rounded out the top ten which was particularly impressive result from Javes after car trouble earlier in the day.
Rob Jessop making his first appearance with the Hickford Construction MG Metro Cup showed skill and pace to come home eleventh with Kyla once again putting in a superb drive to 12th.
Chris Savoury was battling with Neil Burnett again until mechanical issues ended Burnett’s race early. We also lost Timothy Davies on the same lap as Burnett who had been showing strong pace all weekend.
Peter Coleman and Andrew Youens rounded out what was one of the most action-packed, and exciting weekends witnessed at Oulton Park.
Maybe one day we will have a dry weekend at the Cheshire circuit! Then again, probably not.
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