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Chevron celebration caps off Historic Gold Cup weekend

Monday, August 27, 2018

Oulton Park's signature nostalgia weekend climaxed with the Chevron B6/B8 50th Anniversary Celebration Race in Memory of Derek Bennett this afternoon (Monday), as Andrew Kirkaldy and Dan Eagling jointly won the Historic Gold Cup.

Kirkaldy was the outright winner in his B8, but the grid was divided into two classes - one for cars running on Avon tyres and the other for those on Dunlops - and the headline trophy was jointly awarded to the two class winners. Eagling topped the Dunlop class with fifth position overall at the end of the 40-minute race.

The fast starting Andy Wolfe led the field of B8s initially after just edging Kirkaldy off the line, but the pole-sitting Scotsman was rapidly back in front to claim a lead he would never lose. Wolfe eventually secured a second place finish after a late charge to overcome third place man David Pittard.

Eagling secured his own victory after commanding the second half of the race in the Dunlop class. Prolific historic racer Simon Hadfield initially led the class but he dropped back after the pit-stops and eventually retired a few laps from the finish.

As the headline event, the race was treated to a little extra ceremony, with a host of former Chevron drivers in attendance for a special pre-race photoshoot. This included Digby Martland, racer for the marque at Le Mans in the late '60s, who was on hand to present the trophies. The Gold Cup itself was presented to Kirkaldy and Eagling by Historic Sports Car Club CEO Grahame White, for whom this will be his final Gold Cup in charge of proceedings.

In addition to the main prizes, a concours award was presented to Danish racer Tina Kok for her stunning B8 which placed 10th overall by the chequered flag.

Other Monday highlights included a second on the circuit win of the weekend for John Cleland in the Super Touring Cars. Cleland, a victory of the British Touring Car Championship's '90s era dominated the class this weekend - though he was to receive no official silverware after volunteering to trial experimental tyres.

Paul Hogarth and Chris Boardman won the other marquee touring car race of the day, after claiming a dominant victory by a lap in the 50-minute Historic Touring Car Challenge with Tony Dron Trophy tin top contest.

Elsewhere, Andrew Park, Calum Lockie, and Jon Milicevic all completed Sunday-Monday double victories in the Historic Formula Ford 2000, Pre-80 Endurance Challenge, and Historic Formula 3 respectively.

As ever, the Gold Cup was much more than just a race event with a host of attractions for visitors to enjoy away from the main race programme. These ranged from artisan market stalls to car club displays throughout the circuit's infield.

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