Tom Hibbert enjoyed a clean sweep of wins at Oulton Park this weekend (20 / 21 May 2017) after a dominant performance in qualifying saw him maintain his momentum throughout both of the races in Cheshire. In the AM class meanwhile, White and Constable split the victories with a win apiece.
It was Jack Mitchell who took pole position in a rather mixed up qualifying session. With rain in the air the track was exceptionally slippery and it wasn’t long until the session was halted by a red flag. Just as things got back underway, eventual pole-sitter Mitchell plugged in a 1:38.192s lap to top the time sheets before the heavens well and truly opened.
As a result, it was the drivers who were nearing the end of their hot laps who benefitted, setting times before the track became un-drivable. Mitchell held onto the lead with Hibbert second. Callum Pointon, Carl Boardley and Declan Jones rounded out the top five whilst in the AM class, Colin White took pole from new boy Jason Baker and Jack Minshaw.
The circuit had dried out by the time the first race got underway later in the afternoon. A lightening start saw Hibbert take the lead off the line, dropping Mitchell to second and into the clutches of Pointon and Boardley. Clipping the tyre stack at Knickerbrook caused problems for Charlie Ladell in seventh, who was forced to retire with damage on lap two. The same issue struck Jones one lap later and with two cars stranded at the chicane, the safety car was scrambled, eroding the lead Hibbert had established.
On the restart, Hibbert held firm and left the chasing pack to fight amongst themselves. Mitchell lost momentum into Hislops allowing Pointon and Boardley to close the gap and establish a three-way fight for second. The trio battled throughout the race, but ultimately ended in that order.
In the mid-pack, there was fantastic racing between Ben Green, Adam Higgins, Colin White and Jason Baker. The latter who were also fighting for the AM class victory, with Baker really making a name for himself on his debut. Green – who had been in pursuit of Gamble in fifth – ended up in the gravel at Druids bringing about the red flag. Although race leader Hibbert had started to slow and drop down the order, on the countback he was still classified as running and went on to claim his first SuperCup win.
There were no such problems for Hibbert in race two as he enjoyed a flawless light-to-flag victory to make it two from two. Pointon made a fantastic start to pass Mitchell on the run down to Old Hall and the leading trio stayed as they were throughout the 14 lap encounter.
The opening laps saw a seven-way fight for the podium positions as the leaders were chased by Boardley, Green, Gamble and Somerfield. As Green tried to pass Boardley, the CBM driver was pushed wide onto the grass and into the tyre wall, ending his race early and bringing about the safety car.
Racing got back underway on lap eight and Hibbert once again checked out at the head of the field, but in the AM class, there was a fantastic fight for the win between points leader White, Constable and Baker. The trio ran nose to tail for much of the race, but as the lead car tried to pass Higgins, White was forced wide at Knickerbrook and Constable snatched the lead, and eventual victory.
As the championship looks towards Croft Circuit in three weeks’ time, Pointon maintains this position at the head of the championship standings with Hibbert in second and Gamble just behind in third. White still leads the AM class standings from Constable and Kirby. To view the provisional results and standings, click here.