BTCC Rounds 10-12 – Oulton Park

BTCC Rounds 10-12 - Oulton Park

We’ve never been to Oulton Park in Cheshire before, so when we found out that the BTCC meeting was being supported by a round of the Super Touring championship we were sure to make arrangements to get there!

Our trip to the circuit was going well until we hit traffic 5 miles from the circuit… Having allowed ourselves a spare hour before the first race to have a look round the paddock & find somewhere to watch the first race from, we ended up arriving in the car park just as the BTCC cars headed round to the grid – so a quick walk to the nearest vantage point was the order of the day!

While the racing was close, there wasn’t really a huge amount of overtaking, whether that’s just luck on the day or a characteristic of the circuit I’m not too sure. The weather played its part later in the day with a huge downpour just before the Super Touring race meaning a quick shuffle of the final 3 races to get the BTCC race through first and the Super Touring race out at the end of the day on a drier track (a welcome decision I’m sure, since the parts for those cars are practically non-existent!).

The support races on the BTCC package always deliver great entertainment and close racing and this was no exception. The support package this time out consisted of:

  • Ginetta Junior Championship
  • Courier Connections Renault UK Clio Cup
  • Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup
  • Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain
  • HSCC Super Touring Car Championship

All things considered, it was a great day out and while Oulton Park is a fantastic circuit for spectating, I think I’d have to see some other forms of racing there to gauge how good it is for exciting racing.

The day was rounded off nicely by bumping into ex-BTCC legend John Cleland in the petrol station on the way home, where half the paddock’s race transporters seemed to have descended to grab some food for the journey home.

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