First round sent us up to Cheshire to Oulton Park where it had been about 10 years since Wayne had last raced there. The circuit was in immaculate condition in prepperation for next weeks BSB. Mark and Sarah arrived later in the evening and we unloaded and prepped for the saturdays racing.
Untimed practice was first and with 26 on the grid it was a busy pack to be in the middle of! all good though, engine smooth and gearing good... timed practice and hour later and Wayne and Mark found it a bit of a scrable to edge their way out of the bunch so they stayed safe and qualified 14th, add on wet road because, yet again, the rain had followed us there and we needed to put inters on, so all in all, a fair place to be. This wasnt ideal though because they knew they could pick up the speed as the track dried out and needed the space on the track. Race 1 saw the former TT winner John Holden taking a good lead, closely followed by Founds, Harrison, Crawford, Ramsden.... there was a real battle going up in front and Wayne and Mark were having to stay out of trouble in the mid pack with Reeves and Lindley in front, tousling with eachother which made an overtaking move by Real Racing near impossible without getting involved! Unfortunatley, at the beginning of lap 4, Crawford crashed out and the red flag was shown. His passenger, Capewell was air lifted off and is apparently on the mend! The result was called and we finshed 13th with a time of 1.55.780.
Race 2 was running a bit late due to another incident so they reduced the race to 6 laps...
Setting off mid pack again, but able to pick off a few teams as the race progressed, Wayne and Mark were really enjoying this race and knew they would be on for a better time. The track was dry so the slicks were back on and they were able to get some warmth in the tyres! All good with the gears and engine, not too much traffic in the way either and by the time the chequered flag went up, they had worked their way up to 7th place and a respectable time of 1.53.177, a fraction behind Conrad and Founds/Taylor.
All in all, a good days racing, always need a bit more track time, that could of altered the times a bit for the boys but they were happy with the way it all finished for the day. Looking forward to Silverstone and round 2 on the 9/10th May. If any sponsors/supporters want to come and watch, please call team manager and ill sort a ticket out! Points table so far..7th place!
Thanks to Sarah for bacon butties! Thanks to Shadow.... Bob thinks youre the Mutts!!
Cheers to Derek and Mike!