Fisk (#8) was the closest rival to Roche (#125) all weekend - Photo: Jon Elsey

Oulton Park's race day double header this past Saturday once again saw championship leader and former title winner Tom Roche clinch a brace of victories to maintain his advantage, however this time he had a new challenger behind him in 2nd place.

After taking another convincing pole position, Roche was joined on the front row by an AB Motorsports car but this time it wasn't Oliver Allwood. Instead, Michael Fisk found Oulton very much to his liking and lined up 2nd fastest ahead of Brian Trott, Clive Powles and Simon Baldwin.

Roche and Fisk drove away in the early laps of Race 1 before the former then once again built up a gap out in front and convincingly won by some 9 seconds, while Fisk completed his best ever result with 2nd place and a step on the podium. Simon Baldwin held off the attentions of both Clive Powles and Brian Trott to claim 3rd place. 

For the first Group B race Matt Pickford put his ex-Brian Chandler title winning MX-5 (still run by Brian's team) on pole alongside Simon Woods with Sam Bailey, Bryn Griffiths and Jack Warry. A tough start for Pickford dropped him to 4th while Woods hit the front. It could have been Simon's race had he not ended up tangling with Jack Warry in the closing stages, which forced him out of the lead. Pickford therefore won his first MX-5 race ahead of a recovered Woods with Simon Orange in 3rd.

On to the second Group A race, Roche and Fisk again locked out the front row from Baldwin, Powles and Trott. It was pretty much more of the same compared to the first race with the top 2 driving away together in the early stages and then Roche pulling a gap, although this time Fisk was able to keep closer than he had done originally. While Roche completed another clean sweep with victory and Fisk again collecting a trophy for 2nd, drama befell the 3rd placed fight between Baldwin, Powles and Trott. The former two came together at Hilltop, spearing Baldwin into the barriers and sadly crumpling his #48 machine. Brian Trott was the ultimate benefactor with 3rd place, while Powles was deemed responsible for the incident and excluded from the result.

For the final race of the weekend, the second Group B encounter, Richard Collins had pole as a result of being the highest of the 5 drivers relegated from the first race for Group A. Jack Brewer would start second ahead of Joshua Jackson, Paul Austin and Kevin Brent. Unfortunately neither Collins or Brewer would see the podium with both cars retiring in the opening laps. Eventually the win went to Jackson, driving away at a canter to take the flag with a 17 second winning margin! Kevin Brent was delighted with 2nd place, as was Paul Austin in 3rd.

Not only adding another two 1st place trophies to his collection, Roche now has a 32 point lead over Oliver Allwood with Baldwin now only a further two points back. Thanks to scoring high consistently in the previous rounds, Fisk's pair of 2nd places pushes him to 4th while a 3rd place in Race 2 for Trott did his 5th place in the standings no harm.

So, it's on to the 2nd half of the season with some iconic circuits coming up. First stop is a trip to Kent and a real drivers' favourite - Brands Hatch. The Indy layout is in use on July 9/10 as part of a packed BRSCC race weekend, so be sure to come and cheer these guys on. At the moment, one thing is becoming clear - it seems that almost nobody can stop Tom Roche right now!

For a full breakdown of the results, you can find them via TSL Timing HERE. A more detailed report will be available at a later date.

Scott Woodwiss

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