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Old 25-07-2010, 17:32   #1
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AAA Saloons @ Oulton Park - Race Reports

NORRIS RULES OULTON PARK

The AAA Saloon Cup, featuring the UK’s fastest saloons, headed to Oulton Park on July 24th for a double header and was dominated by Simon Norris - his unique 2-door (900 bhp) Mitsubishi Evo IX taking two race wins, pole position and one fastest lap. Mitsubishi Evos also dominated GpB.

His time from qualifying was enough to secure pole position for Race 1 by a clear 4 seconds; he was going to be a tough act to follow. And he confirmed that speed advantage by leading the race for the entire 20 minutes, ending the race a full 30 seconds clear of the runner-up.

Laurie Kilby driving the Ajec Racing Evo IX kept Norris on his toes for the first couple of laps - setting the fastest lap in the process, despite his usual gearbox problems and a smashed windscreen - before Norris pulled clear, leaving Kilby with an occasional view of his huge rear spoiler way ahead in the distance.

Meanwhile Richard Jones (Launch Motorsport Evo VIII) got off to a flying start for his debut race at Oulton Park and despite a ‘moment’ or two was delighted to secure the 3rd place on the rostrum.

Gary Prebble, behind the wheel of his 700 bhp Sparshatts Evo VII RS was having a very frustrating race, a mysterious engine/electrical gremlin reducing his power to nothing on a regular basis, before picking up again allowing Prebble to put his foot down again. He eventually finished 7th overall (4th in GpA).

In GpB (cars limited to 400 bhp) it was AAA Saloons newcomer Vaughan Fletcher (ScoobyClinic Subaru) only running around 300 bhp, who claimed pole position and initially led the GpB runners before Martin Thomas’ Evo blasted through from the back of the grid to lead the GpB charge - that charge won him the Launch Motorsport champagne for Driver of the Day.
But then Thomas retired on lap 6 when a boost hose blew off (as it had done in qualifying - hence starting at the back of the grid). That was the signal for other GpB runner to head for the pits; Fletcher with fuel pump failure, and Evo magazine’s feature writer Roger Green - guest driver in the Ajec Racing Evo VIII - cutting short his race with brake problems.

Local boy Dominic Barnes took his Ajec Racing Evo VIII to a surprise GpB victory and set the fastest GpB time ahead of Ian Froggatt (ScoobyClinic Subaru) another making his AAAS debut, and Angus Gorringe’s Audi S2.

Race 2

In Race 2 Norris once again led from the green lights to the chequered flag - this time setting the fastest lap - despite some rather worrying propshaft noise and vibration from half distance.

With the problems encountered in Race 1 now cured Prebble was hoping to make up for lost time and shot from the 4th row of the grid and tucked in behind Norris by the time the pack had reached the first corner! His luck didn’t hold for long and he retired just two laps into the race when the bracket for the throttle cable snapped, leaving him with no way to control his engine.

Jones, the only other GpA runner in Race 2, was going well until his broken/dragging splitter forced him to pull off the track on lap 7.

The winner of GpB, Martin Thomas, started his race from the back of the grid due to his DNF in Race 1, but fought his way up to take a class win and secure an impressive 2nd overall, despite a few off-track moments.

He was followed by Froggatt, setting fastest GpB time, who at one time fancied his chances of overall race victory once he sniffed Norris was having problems, but it was not to be.

Barnes again made the rostrum, this time in 3rd while Fletcher never really had a chance to be up the front at the end of the race; having started on the back row of the grid, he hammered his tyres down to the canvas and wore out his rear brakes in an effort to make up lost ground, but just couldn’t make it, ending 4th in class and 5th overall. Green made another all-too-brief appearance, still hampered by brakes which were either all or nothing.

Motors TV are broadcasting a 25 minute programme from each Oulton Park race, the first on Friday August 6th at 7.40 pm with the second race shown on August 13th.


The final rounds of the 2010 AAA Saloon Cup are at Castle Combe on August 30th and with the introduction of a 2WD class it's certainly going to be entertaining.

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Old 25-07-2010, 21:32   #2
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Had a great day yesterday with some great highs and not so great lows. Nice write up si!!


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Old 26-07-2010, 09:32   #3
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I thought Froggat had about 500bhp in the Subaru ?!
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Well GpB is restricted to 400 bhp - but he normally races in a 300 bhp class...
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I'm prob getting confussled with another Nippon impreza.
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Old 26-07-2010, 20:31   #7
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its Dale Gent I was thinking of
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Nice write up Simon.

I know you arenít allowed to run AAA's as a championship in its first year but thought i would keep track of the results in an excel spread sheet for our own use, the results are quite interesting, if you need me to remove this just let me know.

I've had a quick look at the rules on the MSA web site and it looks like you would have to run this with the same points system as Castle Combe as you have more than one group in the series?.

What i find interesting is the group b class is very close on points for an overall win if it was a series!
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Yes have my own results/points table...and always thought that an overall winner - if there was such a thing - would most likely come from GpB....
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Loved watching this series on Motors tv. The Brands hatch round was great
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36 points!!!! 370bhp and 1300kg.
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Yes U and Norris very close.....both need a Class win (x2) at Combe to be the unofficial winner....
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I'm not expecting a group win at combe. It's such a power circuit. Will be trying my very hardest though


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I'm not expecting a group win at combe. It's such a power circuit. Will be trying my very hardest though


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B harder for Si as well cos the Escorts will be back and Gary's luck must change by then...
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