Legends rolling start
Robert King Legend 34 Ford Coupe
Paul Simmons Legend 34 Ford Coupe
Zac Hughes Legend Coupe
Miles Rudman chased by Jack Parker
John Mickel very closely followed by Jack Parker
First bend of the first lap..
Steve Harris in the beautiful Saker RAPX S1-400 returns to the paddock
A never ending job on Sunday
Steve Rowlands VW Beetle had some close attention during the race
The 2CV of Matthew Hollis also had some battle scars
Simon Sheridan returns to action after hitting the tyre wall
Jacob Carter Ford Puma thro Hall Bends
Daniel Turner getting some fresh air in his smart car
The Bank Holiday Monday trip to Oulton Park, one of my favourite circuits, was a must and arriving at the circuit quite early it was obvious that this was going to be a big crowd. The day started overcast with some drizzle which left the track in a tricky, slippery condition for the morning warm up sessions. However the weather gradually improved with some good spells of sunshine and a dry track.
Unfortunately Bank Holiday events usually mean that theres going to be some pain leaving any circuit and you have to be prepared for that. I thought that I had a good "escape" strategy for the end of the day but in the end it took an hour to move about 10 car lengths as it had descending into the usual free for all. Fortunately I spotted that an exit route along the circuit itself had been opened behind me and I managed to squeeze thro the surrounding cars to reach it. Progress was steady and I came out the wrong side of the circuit but at least the traffic was moving and civilised.
Both superbike races were excellent, marred only by Leon Haslams spectacular high speed crash when he collided with Ellison whose McAMS Yamaha had developed a fault. Haslam who was following had no time to react and was fortunate to escape the resulting crash unhurt after his bike was destroyed. You also have to feel for Ellison who hasn't had the rub of the green so far this season.
Walking around the paddock Peter Haslers bright 959 Ducati Panigale caught my eye
James Nagy's Superstock Kawasaki 600 after a morning warm-up spill. Damage didn't look too bad and it was fixed in time for the race.
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10RR
Jake Dixon, Royal Airforce Regular & Reserve Kawasaki ZX10RR
Shaun Winfield, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire TAG Racing Yamaha YZF-R1
James Ellison. McAMS Yamaha
Superbikes at Brittens
Jason O'Halloran on the improving new Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Sam Burman, Team WNT / Burman Racing KTM250, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship.
Sam followed by Storm Stacey (great name!) and Max Cook
Tom Booth-Amos, Hel Performance British Motostar Championship leader, race winner and fastest lap.
Ashley Dibden, winner in both Monoposto races. Dallara F301
Chris Hodgen, Monoposto runner up. Dallara F304
Start of the Toyo Tires Production BMW Race
Matthew Swaffer, winner of both Toyo Tires BMW races. BMW 320
Ross Stoner. BMW 320i
Safety car - Too Tires BMW race
Paul Laurie takes to the grass exiting Coppice. Toyota MR2 Mk1
Peter Higton retires his MR2 after some unwanted attention between the Gooseneck and Mansfield.
Gareth Baxter rejoins the race in his MR2 Mk1
Three abreast into Mansfield doesn't usually end happily but somehow they all managed it.
Doug Carter, easy winner of both MSVR All-Comer races. Radical PR6
Ian McDonald. Radical SR1
First stop was the chicane between the Mountain and Mansfield. Decent shots were possible but glare on the windscreen obscured the driver and co-driver a little. Andy Graham / Ian Owen, Ford Escort MK2 RS
On to the start I tried to capture wheelspin as the cars set off but couldn't quite get it right. Eventual overall winners Chris West / Keith Hounslow, Peugeot 306 Maxi
Theres always some good photographic opportunities along the Hall Bends. The cars travelling in the reverse direction were light over the crests adding a little interest. Stuart Ranby / Ian Bass, Ford Escort MKII
While at the Hall Bends I tried to get some shots of thro the cutouts and open windows as the cars passed. I liked this one the most although unfortunately theres no impression of speed. Chris Bellamy / Ashlie Thorpe Honda Civic VTI
3rd Overall David Tinn/ Giles Dykes, MEM Proton Satria Nero
This sharp turn caused problems for a number of cars
Catching up with a slower car this looked like it could end badly
…and it did, both cars out!