First it was Jamie Caroline. Afresh it was Zane Maloney. And now Luke Browning can add his name to the actual abbreviate account of British Formula 4 drivers to accept won all three claiming in a weekend.
Considering the partially reversed-grid average chase makes accomplishment so adamantine to achieve, it was a appropriate performance. Both of the added two drivers to accept completed the hat-trick went on to become best and Browning’s has propelled him to the top of the standings.
Each of his three Oulton Park triumphs relied aloft a altered key accomplishment and, if he continues to affectation these for the blow of the season, he will be actual boxy to beat.
Race one: a fast start. the Fortec man’s getaways are generally acceptable and that was the case in the opener. From second, he powered alongside polesitter James Hedley and affective the advance about the alfresco at Old Hall. Browning was composed thereafter, as a abrupt mid-race battery abandoned connected his advantage.
“I got a acceptable alpha – we’ve been acceptable at starts all year,” he said. “It’s one of the advantages of actuality a second-year driver.”
Race two: wet-weather prowess. Browning is artlessly adept as anon as the clue gets wet. Whether it was activity from about a lap bottomward to fourth in Ginetta Junior at Knockhill in 2018 or a ablaze three laps to acceleration from 10th to additional in F4 at Brands Hatch aftermost year, Browning has consistently shone aback the skies accept been grey. It was the aforementioned in a wet chase two at Oulton.
Starting sixth, he was additional by the end of the aboriginal tour. Aboriginal it was Zak O’Sullivan and Hedley off the line, afresh Casper Stevenson at Island hairpin, afore avaricious additional from polesitter Frederick Lubin out of Lodge. That aloof larboard Alex Connor – who had affective the advance at Old Hall aback amateur Lubin ran hardly too deep.
Browning got afterpiece and afterpiece afore activity for the move about the alfresco at Old Hall on the final tour. He ran side-by-side with Connor out of the bend afore the Arden disciplinarian awkward Browning slightly, the brace affected and Connor was beatific spearing into the barriers.
“I was alongside him and he aloof larboard me no room,” Browning explained. “I feel bad for him but it was one of those things.”
Race three: single-lap pace. This was the breadth that had let Browning bottomward hardly in the aperture two events. But in a dehydration condoning affair – which O’Sullivan, Hedley, Stevenson and Connor had all topped in the closing stages – Browning was top on second-best times and had pole for the finale.
This was a aboveboard win as, acceptance Hedley badly closing on a brace of laps, Browning was in ascendancy afterwards advancement the advance at the start.
“It’s so adamantine to exhausted about actuality so I could drive at a almost apathetic clip and he wasn’t activity to get past,” he said. “The car was amazing and it’s abundant to do it [take all three wins] at my home track!”
As for O’Sullivan, who entered the weekend 18 credibility clear, it was a alloyed three races. He was admiring with additional in the opener, afterwards casual Hedley at Cascades. But he fabricated a abhorrent break in chase two, acceptance the revs were too low, and circuitous his ache by spinning afterwards slight acquaintance aback attempting to canyon Abbi Pulling at Island. He was afresh third in the finale.
“Race two was a bit belligerent but at atomic I fabricated those mistakes in a chase I wasn’t at the front,” O’Sullivan concluded.
For the additional time in three weeks, Josh Malin took two Ginetta GT5 Claiming wins at Oulton Park. But, clashing the aboriginal time around, he got to accumulate both of them aftermost weekend – a amends for acquaintance advanced abstinent him.
It was far from simple for Malin, as he declared the additional claiming as “probably the hardest I’ve anytime formed for a podium, let abandoned a win”. In ever-intensifying rain, Malin kept the advance at the alpha but was advancing beneath accretion burden from Jonny Wilkinson – the almsman of Malin’s amends in the beforehand event.
On lap seven of nine, Wilkinson dived bottomward the central at Old Hall but Malin was not activity to accord the abode up with a fight, braving it about the alfresco to afresh accept the optimum band for Cascades. The duo remained side-by-side bottomward to the Island hairpin, area Wilkinson was aback on the abutting allotment of the clue to assuredly booty the place. It did not break that way for long, however, Wilkinson straight-lining the artifice so Malin pounced already more. Acceptance Wilkinson’s best efforts, Malin clung on to win.
“It was one of the best claiming I’ve anytime had,” enthused Wilkinson. “Basically, the beanie pin bankrupt and I bound up [at the chicane].”
Both drivers enjoyed the activity and Malin accepted the altitude played a part. “I aquaplaned at the aboriginal bend a brace of times and that accustomed Jonny to get alongside me,” he said.
Malin had not faced absolutely the aforementioned burden in the aperture race. He did accept to argue with the fast-starting David Ellesley initially afore Ellesley abrupt Malin at the artifice and spun.
“There was one affair in the aback of my apperception this weekend to get a bifold win, but that’s easier said than done,” Malin added. “I’m Type 1 diabetic and at one point was told I would never be a antagonism driver, so it’s abundant to get after-effects like this.”
Ginetta Junior Winter Series best James Taylor was additional in the aperture race, afterwards authoritative analogous moves on Gordie Mutch and Wilkinson.
“I didn’t anticipate I would balance that able-bodied from sixth place!” said Taylor. “I got a acceptable alpha and afresh best them off in the aforementioned place, diving up the central in the additional allotment of the chicane.”
He afresh started sixth in chase two afore avaricious addition belvedere abaft the argument leaders.
Harry King’s standout division in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB connected at Oulton Park with two added altogether accomplished wins.
In Saturday’s opener, King adapted pole position into an actual lead, chased by Aggregation Parker Antagonism stablemate Josh Webster. King belted abroad and congenital a gap of over six abnormal by flagfall, the Porsche GB Junior bagging fastest lap as able-bodied as the two credibility for pole. Already King had belted out of arresting distance, there was little that 2014 best Webster could do, but he was able-bodied bright of Amateur champ Lorcan Hanafin (JTR).
Sunday’s chase was a stormer as Webster and King lined up fifth and sixth on the semi-reversed grid. Webster fabricated the best of the alpha and, on a dehydration circuit, snatched the advance abroad from Scott McKenna (Redline Racing) on lap two. King had a tougher activity to get through the cartage with aloof one antagonism band available, but he was up with Webster by lap bristles of 15.
He fabricated a adventurous accomplishment on the alfresco at Old Hall that came to blank but, afterwards a assurance car period, he replicated his Brands Hatch avowal to allegation up the central of Webster at Cascades on the restart, authoritative slight acquaintance in the process, to booty the advance and win cardinal bristles from six races.
Bridesmaid Webster anchored additional from McKenna, while Ryan Ratcliffe (Team Parker) took a additional Pro-Am win of the weekend and the sole slick-shod car, that of John Ferguson (Team Redline Racing), won the Am class.
One hundred was a accepted battleground at Oulton Park in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Series adept Colin White took his 100th podium. Century Motorsport denticulate its 100th all-embracing belvedere in the category. But the cardinal that mattered best was 21 as Gus Burton took the championship lead, two wins affective him 21 credibility clear.
The Century disciplinarian overcame polesitter Will Burns at the alpha of the opener and was composed afterwards that as it was addition Burton/Burns/Tom Hibbert belvedere lockout – a clue banned amends for Hibbert not abundant to abjure him third.
Burton was afresh unstoppable in chase two, although his assignment was fabricated easier by Hibbert sending Burns assimilate the Old Hall grass as they ran side-by-side off the line. Hibbert alone to fourth while Burns concluded up sixth in chic afterwards pitting during a assurance car aeon to abolish grass from the advanced of his car.
That meant some altered drivers on the belvedere and above Caterham ace Jamie Falvey captivated off Adam Smalley throughout to booty second.
“I had a absolutely difficult alpha to the season, disturbing with car set-up, so went with Century Motorsport for this weekend and it fabricated a big difference,” said Falvey, who began the attack active with Caterham band DW Motorsport. “This aftereffect is a dream appear true.”
Oulton Park apparent the third weekend of the revised British Touring Car schedule, and it additionally featured a third altered set of Minis on the abutment bill. This time about it was the Mini Challenge’s second-tier Cooper chic that had the befalling to flash on the big stage.
Sadly, the aboriginal chase featured two assurance car periods, acutely attached the green-flag action. But, aback antagonism could booty place, it was dramatic. Chase baton Lydia Walmsley beyond the band with 12 abnormal of the 20 account to additional afterwards the additional attention and that set up a one-lap showdown. Dominic Wheatley pounced on the restart, avaricious the advance out of Old Hall and he took the spoils, acceptance Walmsley closing decidedly on the run to the line.
Reversed-grid advanced row drivers Ben Kasperczak and Archie O’Brien had a abutting activity in chase two. Ex-Ginetta Junior and Junior Saloons racer Kasperczak absent out at the alpha but he afresh dived bottomward the central of O’Brien on lap three to accost top spot. He captivated that to the flag, but a charging Harry Nunn and Leonardo Panayiotou both anesthetized O’Brien at Lodge backward on to accredit him to fourth.
Pole position, three wins and fastest lap was the absolute alpha to Dan Clowes’ F1000 championship attack as the amazing motorcycle-engined Jedi Mk6/7 advertise opened with a 24-car acreage on the 750 Motor Club’s belated anniversary International Ambit visit.
Sunday’s additional stanza, in which JFK Racing’s disciplinarian attempt from P8 on the partially antipodal filigree to rob Paul Butcher into Stowe on the final lap, adored patience. “Half-way through I anticipation third or fourth [would be it], but it came to me over the aftermost brace of laps – one of the best claiming I’ve had,” he enthused.
With the top four averaging 103mph in condoning the date was set, but a absurd agent alone Clowes’ abutting battling Lee Morgan. Dan Gore led Saturday’s opener for a lap, afresh chased Clowes until a burst accessory bond chock-full him. Kart alum Jack Tomalin affective additional on his car debut, with privateer Adam Walker a accepted third.
Clowes pipped Gore in chase three, with Tomalin third and able Clio 182 catechumen Eddie Falkingham staving off Walker, Butcher and Elliott Mitchell for addition fourth. Agent dramas in Friday testing larboard best Matthew Booth’s ancestors aggregation adverse a connected night. A fourth, third and a DNF were poor reward.
The affordable assembly sportscar features, Alyn Robson’s 5Club Racing-promoted MX-5 Cup action and the Patrick Mortell-inspired Toyota MR2 perennial, abounding the Hangar Beeline and battled throughout.
The MX-5 opener was the weekend’s best, polesitter Richard Baxter, Jason Greatrex, ascendant best Ben Hancy and arising aptitude Courtney Milnes all arch the cliffhanger. Welshman Greatrex prevailed by 0.16 abnormal from Hancy, with Milnes in his draft. From the antipodal top nine sequel, Baxter, Steve Foden and Tom Smith carved a altered podium. Callum Greatrex was fourth, with Hancy amid him and his dad.
With a new butt arch aback Snetterton, assorted MR2 best Shaun Traynor took his aboriginal win of the year in chase one, pressured by Nick Williamson and Ali Topley. Traynor’s beginning 1800cc Roadster achievement asleep Jim Davies’ chic and absolute (two-litre Mk2) lap records. Spots of rain larboard The Link glace for chase two, but Traynor lapped quicker still, deposing Topley in the final seconds.
Bikesports blitzed the 1.85-mile clue with a superb 31-car field. Centre-seat Radical PR6s ruled, polesitter Martin Brooks demography the aboriginal chase with a 1m02.51s (106.54mph) almanac lap. Joe Stables and Charles Hall (Spire) kept him honest. In the second, Stables won from Scott Mittell – his eponymous lightweight’s 1000cc motor outgunned by added rivals’ 1340cc Suzuki Hayabusas – and Brooks. Michael Chen’s Radical SR3 alert exhausted Chris Preen’s agnate apparatus in the accepted agent class.
Spire dicers Ryan Yarrow and Richard Morris becoming a Sports 1000 win apiece. Morris came from the aback to additional in the opener, afresh resisted Yarrow’s challenges in the afterwards race. Coached by aftermost year’s best Chippy Wesemael, Mittell duo Michael Roots and Champ Neumann took third and fourth.
The top 750 Formula quartet put on two amazing races. Although his Darvi was not the quickest in a beeline line, Peter Bove acclimated his guile to bulwark off Chris Gough (CGR) and Mark Glover (Racekits Falcon) in Sunday’s outings.
Warren Allen’s Porsche Cayman accustomed the chequer in Saturday’s 45-minute Roadsports race, but pursuer Bradley Philpot saw him exhausted beneath chicken flags, an bloomer that brought exclusion. Philpot was awarded the win, with David Vincent’s Honda Civic Type R on his Lotus Elise’s tail. Jamie Sturges (SEAT Leon Eurocup) claimed third, pursued by Nick Vaughan debuting an abnormal Audi A3.
Sunday’s Club Enduro championship opener was contested over 100 account – with binding COVID-19 connected 3m30s pitstops for greater amusing break – but the aftereffect was familiar, Carl Swift/Rob Baker acceptable their fourth on the amble in Breadth Motorsport’s SEAT.
Series debutant Leo Loucas had a arid one-lap race. Accepting suffered a left-rear tyre blast in his Valluga Antagonism Cayman GT4 abutting Stowe in the Roadsports event, he started from drillmaster Bradley Ellis’s P2. Continuing afterwards an circuit in The Link, he spun over the timing band into the pitwall, triggering a seven-lap assurance car hiatus, during which Darren Ball’s BMW E92 M3 bent fire. Several teams fabricated appropriate stops at once, while others conserved fuel.
At the green, Swift set the clip as honoree Martin Byford (banished to the aback of the 44-car filigree for a rideheight infringement) sizzled his SEAT to additional advanced of the BMWs of Owen Fitzgerald (E36 M3), Andy Schulz (E46 M3) and Charlie Dark (M235i).
Swift led for 63 laps, relaying aggregation arch Baker for the final 10 account afterwards a burst of fuel, with a six-second advance over Rory Hinde (in for Fitzgerald) in the M3, which had recovered the three laps absent during its stop at half-distance. As Hinde bankrupt to aural four seconds, Baker “saw a alternation of about 15 cars in advanced of me” with one lap to go, but was 6.19s bright at the finish.
Third and fourth were Kevin Dengate (E46 M3) and Steve Cheetham (Porsche Boxster), advanced of Chic B champ Kevin Gillespie’s three-litre BMW 130i and the Byford/Ashley Woodman SEAT afterwards a amends stop. On a abundant day for Breadth Motorsport, Andy Baylie (Civic) won Chic C by three laps.
Highlight of the Sport Specials races, in which Andy Hiley’s altered Chronos put Paul Collingwood’s glassy Eclipse in the adumbration at aberrant pace, was the abstracted 16-strong Ma7da field’s progress. Bifold champ Matt Cherrington pared its lap almanac aback to 1m17.39s (85.06mph) as the backpack squabbled behind.
Extending his best Hot Hatch run, Gary Prebble was the sole aggressive Chic A runner. Accepting accelerating to the Honda Civic-dominated B ranks, attorney Ian Williamson was captivated to acreage a bifold over Philip Wright and Tony Absolute respectively. The clip of Dan Gibbs (VW Golf Mk2) focused C standout David Drinkwater (BMW Compact).
Victory from the aback of the Morgan filigree for Oliver Bryant was the standout aftereffect as the Bentley Drivers Club connected its august run of ceaseless Silverstone chase affairs that started in 1949.
The brace of Morgan contests complemented a archetypal mix of races, several committed to the home marque. In the aboriginal Morgan counter, Bill Lancashire and Grahame Bryant set the clip in their V8s but had the arrant Will Plant harrying them as he collection the doors off his four-cylinder 4/4. Bryant chased adamantine but was out with three laps to run aback a allotment of bits punctured a rear tyre.
With son above British GT ace Oliver due to booty over their 8 for the additional race, the Bryants had no best but to fit a set of 2008-vintage Dunlop tyres for the afterwards claiming aback Olly would alpha on the aback row of the 28-car grid.
His advance up the adjustment was consistently activity to be brief and he appropriately anesthetized 14 cars on the aboriginal lap. By lap four of 19, Bryant was fourth and hunting bottomward Lancashire, Plant and Roger Whiteside afore he afresh swept into the advance on lap eight. “I saw him coming,” said Plant, who traded places with Lancashire and appropriately took over additional afterwards Lancashire retired backward in the chase with an oil leak. “That was a bit of a challenge, but abundant fun,” said Bryant.
Michael Higginbotham honoured the assignment of acclaimed Bentley appropriate architect Alan Padgett by topping the aperture Bentley chase in his ex-Padgett MkIV Special, which was calmly able to outdistance the less-developed appropriate of Paul Forty. Best of the added accepted Bentleys was the 3 Litre apprenticed with archetypal action by Ewen Getley.
Getley was the blemish man in the afterwards Bentley Affliction chase and lapped bristles abnormal faster than anyone abroad as he scythed up the adjustment to third on the final lap. However, the handicapper had been acceptable to the TT 3 Litre of Richard Frankel and the 3 Litre Speed of David Ratcliffe, which were a lap abroad from falling to the aerial Getley.
An accomplished filigree of 1950s sportscars lined up for the half-hour FISCAR chase although the aftereffect was rather annoyed up aback about bisected of the finishers were penalised up to 40 abnormal for abbreviate pitstops. Amid them was Stephen Bond’s Lister Bristol, which fabricated the aboriginal clip already advanced of the fast-starting Lotus Elite of Brian Arculus.
However, it was Oliver Llewellyn who kept his adenoids the cleanest in his Allard J2 to booty achievement from Bond as Arculus was penalised aback to fourth abaft the Jaguar XK120 of Paul de Havilland. Out mid-race went the arresting Bristol 450 amusement of Andrew Mitchell aback it afford a caster at Luffield.
While son Will had to be agreeable with two additional places in the Morgan Challenge, Richard Plant was a aural champ in the Classic Claiming in their accelerated 8. Plant was bound able-bodied bottomward the road, while the four-cylinder Morgan of Craig Hamilton-Smith led the following as Morgans arranged out the top four places.
Patrick Blakeney-Edwards was accurately on ambition for his third win in a anniversary aback his Frazer Nash Super Sport coughed and asleep with two laps of the Pre-War chase larboard to run. Aback Ewen Getley non-started his Bentley, Blakeney-Edwards was consistently in ascendancy afore canoeing into the pits and abrogation achievement to the Morgan three-wheeler of Chas Reynolds from the august Alfa Romeo 8C Monza of Christopher Mann.
One of the Allcomers claiming included the TVR Challenge, and Darren Dowling was fastest in condoning by a big margin. He started his TVR Sagaris from the pitlane but was still able to antic through the assorted acreage to win comfortably. Alan Davenport’s Classic Clubmans Centaur Mk14B was the best non-TVR in the chase in fifth.
Veteran racer Eike Wellhausen was an unstoppable force in the Aston Martin Owners Club chase in his Lister Knobbly replica and was abutting to lapping the absolute acreage by the end of bisected an hour. Abandoned the Jaguar Mk1 of John Young abhorred activity a lap down, while the agnate Mk1s of Glenn Pearson and Nigel Webb battled over third for abundant of the race.
David Moorhouse (Mini) captivated his assumption to win the final affliction chase as added almighty accouterment bolter him down.
Brands Hatch already added reverberated with the minor-key roars of Lolas and Chevrons as Masters Celebrated Sports Cars visited aftermost weekend.
Historic antagonism debutant Alex Brundle and Gary Pearson were the victors in Pearson’s Lola T70, accepting bound affected polesitter Jonathan Mitchell’s Chevron B19, acceptance his accelerated antecedent getaway. The leaders were never actively challenged thereafter, although Mitchell set a cord of fast laps appear the end.
The race’s capital ball instead revolved about Gary Culver’s T70. He had leapfrogged from fifth to third on the aboriginal lap but was advised to accept jumped the start. He accustomed a penalty, which he took too backward and was accordingly disqualified.
Rob Fenn took the win in Pre-’66 Touring Cars afterwards a abounding aftermost lap. Steve Soper had a affecting blow in the Ford Mustang he aggregate with Henry Mann, which brought the red flags out a minute afore the hour was up. The Mustang’s burke ashore accessible at Stirlings, casting it into the bushes.
Soper was arch at the time but, as he had acquired the red flag, the win was awarded to Fenn. It was a adapted win for the Mustang driver, who was afterwards his approved accessory Jake Hill, on British Touring Car assignment at Oulton Park, and approved he is a accomplished disciplinarian in his own right.
He had congenital up a advance in the aboriginal laps over Lotus Cortina drivers Ollie Taylor and Geoff and Alan Letts, as able-bodied as Mann. The polesitting Cortina of Andrew Jordan and Michael Cullen was apathetic off the start, bottomward to fifth, afore backward at mid-distance, aloof as it had set its fastest lap with Jordan at the wheel. Theirs was far from the abandoned car to bead out in a absolute chase of attrition, however, as 13 of the 30 cars didn’t accomplish it to the finish.
Martin O’Connell was in arrogant anatomy in his Tyrrell 011B in the Masters Celebrated Formula 1 opener, bridge the band four abnormal advanced of Steve Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1. Hartley had been angry his own activity with Greg Thornton’s Lotus 91/5, afterlight the best aboriginal on. Thornton approved endlessly to balance additional but Hartley took a tighter band on the birr to the banderole and prevailed. Mike Cantillon (Tyrrell 010) was fourth, advanced of Johnny Herbert’s Ensign, which didn’t absolutely get to see the chequered banderole afterwards a ammunition augment botheration on the final lap.
On Sunday, Thornton was on a mission and anon anesthetized polesitter Cantillon for the win. Thornton was abutting by an advancing O’Connell, who loomed added ample in his mirrors as Thornton became circuitous amid the backmarkers. Hartley was third, advanced of Steve Brooks (Lotus 81), who came through from the aback of the pack.
The aboriginal Celebrated Grand Prix Cars Association chase concluded with a five-minute dart afterwards a assurance car period. Jon Fairley (Brabham BT11/19) was already durably in the lead, followed by Will Nuthall’s Cooper. This was the bearings for best of the chase afterwards polesitter Andrew Beaumont (Lotus 18) was clumsy to bout his condoning pace, accident out to Nuthall and a charging Fairley afore backward on lap 11 of 14, accepting run out of fuel. Nick Fennell’s Lotus was third afterwards Barry Cannell (Brabham BT11A) crashed.
Fairley and Nuthall led the abutting appointment in a agnate fashion, while Beaumont’s catchbasin was abounding this time and he fought from the aback to sixth. Cannell’s ambulatory Brabham went one bigger and was fifth.
Tom Smith won the aboriginal Equipe Classic chase in his accustomed red MGB, sliding about the clue in an appropriately accustomed style. Additional abode was a afterpiece contest, won by Chris Ryan (Triumph TR4) from Lee Atkins’s TVR Grantura, acceptance the best efforts of Atkins.
Atkins hoped to win from pole for Sunday’s race, which featured a abundantly altered field, but was eclipsed by Mark Holme’s Austin-Healey 3000. Holme had congenital up a ample advance until the pitstops, aback a action on a backward stop did not pay off and larboard him adrift. A assurance car aeon to balance Tom Grindall’s MG did not advice his cause, although a amends for Triumph TR2 disciplinarian Rob Cull did. Cull had run as aerial as third but was docked three laps for pitting afore the window opened.
While Holme was angry back, Mark Ashworth’s TVR Grantura sneaked into the advance and backward there. Atkins was additional and Holme an absorbing third.
Reports by Stephen Lickorish, Mike Holder, Marcus Pye, Paul Lawrence and Rachel Harris-Gardiner. Pics by Jakob Ebrey Photography, Steve Jones, Mick Walker and Gary Hawkins. Want the abounding account on this week’s civic racing, including added blow reports? Subscribe today and never absence your account fix of motorsport with Autosport