Darwin Smith became the latest driver to etch his name into the Oulton Park history books with two victories in the Historic F2 FIA International Race Series to claim this year’s edition of the Historic Gold Cup this weekend. Smith followed up a commanding Sunday victory in his March 722 with another fantastic performance this afternoon (Monday).
Smith was presented the Historic Gold Cup at the close of the race, along with a specially-produced Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) trophy, by HSCC Director Grahame White.
As on Sunday, the Irishman’s closest rival was March 742 driver Richard Evans, who made a much closer race of things today to finish just under two seconds in arrears. Chris Lillingstone-Price once again completed the overall podium in his Chevron B40.
The centrepiece F2 battle was just one of many on-track treats to savour on a gloriously sunny day at the Cheshire circuit, which also featured a wealth of touring car battles. The Motor Racing Legends Historic Touring Car Challenge race was a real highlight with BTCC legend Steve Soper tasting success in a Rover Vitesse, whilst Honda driver Stewart Whyte completed a double win in the Super Touring Car Challenge for ‘90s tin tops.
The paddock was filled with stars from the world of touring car racing too, with 1966 British Saloon Car Champion John Fitzpatrick on hand to present trophies, whilst BTCC fan favourite Paul O’Neill was an enthusiastic spectator. One-time European Touring Car Champion Gianfranco Brancatelli was one of the heroes in the day in a Ford Sierra RS500 and he’s brought along period team principal Rudi Eggenberger to help him prepare the car.
Other highlight races included a thrilling double-header of Historic Formula Ford championship races, featuring the quickest drivers from the superb 48-strong entry. Ex Formula Palmer Audi Man Richard Tarling was the victor in both races, despite relentless pressure from series hot shot Callum Grant, who remained on his tail throughout both races.
The racing was just the tip of the iceberg on a fine day at the picturesque venue, with the busy infield area getting into the spirit with a range of themed attractions. These ranged from period musical acts on a bandstand stage to car displays, to historic stock car demonstrations, and military pageantry.
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