MGCC Motorsport heads north to Oulton
It’s crunch time as MG Car Club motorsport heads to Oulton Park for the penultimate rounds of the 2017 season on Saturday 2nd September.
Six of the Club’s Championships and Series will be on display featuring a whole host of cars spanning the marque’s history, including a capacity grid of 38 cars in the John Woods Motorcare MG Trophy Championship which caters for three classes of MG ZR.
Matt Turnbull is currently leading the Championship by 12 points from veteran Trophy driver Paul Luti, with Andy Spencer rounding up the top three a further 12 points down from Luti.
Russell McCarthy, driving his MGBGT V8 will be looking to add to his lead in the BCV8 Championship, the premier competition for MGB and MGC V8s. Meanwhile, in the Cockshoot Cup, Brian Butler heads Class F in his modified MGF alongside fellow Class F and MGF driver Ian Deaves, with the MG Midget of Mike Peters in third.
In the Drayton Manor MG Metro Cup, Mike Williams leads the way on 102 in one of the most competitive Championships the Club runs. In terms of exciting bumper to bumper racing, it doesn’t get much better at Club level. The Ashton brothers will be breathing down Williams’ neck at Oulton Park, with Andrew on 100 points and Jack on 97 points, respectively.
After eight rounds of the Peter Best Insurance MG Cup, Alan Brooke will look to get back to winning ways after only scoring a third place finish last time out at Cadwell Park. The two wins he picked up at Snetterton are still enough to keep him at the top of the table, but only just. Richard Buckley is just four points behind and will be looking to close the gap at Oulton in three weeks’ time.
Equipe GTS and The Petro-Canada Lubrications Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli will also be joining the Club’s Championships at Oulton Park, with near capacity grids and intensely competitive racing. With few spaces left to fill, the ever-popular Equipe GTS continues to impress, featuring a whole host of cars including MGBs, Austin Healey’s, Triumphs, TVRs, Lotus’ and much more. Equipe’s last race with the Club was at MGLive! achieving record grids with two groups taking part across the weekend. Mark Cole was victorious in both Group A races, driving his MGB Roadster, whilst Graham Pattle, also in an MGB Roadster, swept both Group B contests.
The Porsche Club Championship’s last outing was also with the Club at MGLive! on Saturday 17th June, where Mark McAleer won twice. He sits at the top of the Championship table in a three-way-tie with fellow Class A driver Mark Sumpter and Class B driver Steve Cheetham. At Oulton Park, it will be all to play for.
Race Competitions Secretary John Hutchison said: “We always enjoy racing at Oulton Park, and with many of our Championships proving hard to call as we head into the penultimate rounds, it promises to be a brilliant day for competitors and spectators alike.”
For those interested in going along, tickets can be purchased in advance for £10 and on the gate for £15. Children under 13 go free, and senior citizens are entitled to a £5 discount off the gate price.