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Maclennan takes second Oulton Park National FF1600 win

by Elliot Wood

Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan won a tense second BRSCC National FF1600 race at Oulton Park.

The National and BRSCC Northern drivers were sharing a grid for the race, and a backmarker from the latter who failed to spot the approaching leaders in his mirrors set up a close final few laps for the race.

Maclennan led throughout from the pole position he earned by winning race one, but he had B-M Racing’s Rory Smith, Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst and Low Dempsey Racing’s Jonathan Browne right on his gearbox after his backmarker encounter.

Through the final two tours of the wet seven-lap race the top four ran together, which several side-to-side moments that didn’t result in overtakes as drivers erred on the side of caution.

This meant Maclennan led Smith home, with Middlehurst completing the podium after passing Browne in the first half of the race.

His team-mate Ross Martin, the reigning National champion, was in the thick of the action until rivals Ollie White (Souley Motorsport) and David McArthur (B-M) dropped out with technical issues, leaving him in a comfortable fifth place some seven seconds behind the winner.

B-M’s Jamie Sharp was also involved in a lot of battles, and passed LDR’s rookie Bryce Aron for sixth on the final lap.

Americans Aron and Grant Palmer looked rapid early on, but their pace faded later into the race and Palmer got involved in a last-lap clash that meant he didn’t finish.

KMR’s Adrien Campfield set fastest lap on the way to eighth, while Dolan’s Matt Cowley came from 20th on the grid to finish ninth – after ovetaking seven cars on the opening lap alone.

Peter Daly took Northern victory again by finishing 13th.

BRSCC Northern Pre-’90 drivers in italics

 

Race results (7 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Neil Maclennan Kevin Mills Racing 14m47.238s
2 Rory Smith B-M Racing +0.303s
3 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan +0.681s
4 Jonathan Browne Low Dempsey Racing +1.047s
5 Ross Martin Team Dolan +7.706s
6 Jamie Sharp B-M Racing +8.230s
7 Bryce Aron Low Dempsey Racing +9.350s
8 Adrian Campfield Kevin Mills Racing +9.911s
9 Matt Cowley Team Dolan +11.863s
10 Luke Cooper Swift Coooper +16.005s
11 Morgan Quinn Team Dolan +21.012s
12 Jack Wolfenden Myerscough College +31.648s
13 Peter Daly +38.888s
14 Milan De Laet Oldfield Motorsport +39.601s
15 Neil McArthur B-M Racing +49.059s
16 Neil Plimmer +50.481s
17 Sam Harrison Tim Harrison Engineering +52.912s
18 Reece Lycett Kevin Mills Racing +55.009s
19 Andrew Thomas BB Motorsport +56.952s
20 Jason Cheetham +1m13.105s
21 Daniel Mackintosh Oldfield Motorsport +1m41.696s
22 Trevor Morgan DB Motorsport +1m43.383s
23 Phil Nelson +1m56.117s
24 Jonathan Barnes Souley Motorsport +2m12.810s
25 Seamus Wild +1 lap
26 Simon Fraser +1 lap
Ret Grant Palmer Low Dempsey Racing
Ret Alex Walker PWR1 Racing
Ret David McArthur B-M Racing
Ret Ollie White Souley Motorsport
Ret Colin Lawson
Ret Tom Ward B-M Racing
Ret Nigel Dolan
Ret Neil Patten Souley Motorsport
Fastest lap: Campfield, 2m04.668s

Championship standings
1 Maclennan 66   2 Smith 56   3 Middlehurst 46   4 Browne 46   5 Martin 40   6 Sharp 33   7 Aron 25   8 White 20   9 Campfield 15   10 D McArthur 14