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9th April 2016

2016 ROC Bikesports Championship 2016

Round 1 Race Report  Oulton Park

Unfortunately and very much to our disappointment, we were unable to join our fellow Bikesporters at the opening round at Oulton last Saturday. However, despite a relatively small grid and some very challenging and varying conditions, we were delighted to read and hear of some very good and evenly matched racing between both the competitors and the various makes and types of cars and that bodes very well for the first season of the 750 Motor Club ROC Bikesports Championship being a good one; long may that continue and well done and hats off to all those who made it to Oulton.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you guys at Brands for Round 2 in just over a fortnight!

We are much obliged to James Winstanley (750MC Communications Manager) for the following Race Report and to Aaron Lupton for the accompanying images*.

Will

ROC Founder #0

*Click on any thumbnail image to open up the picture viewer and then use the forward and back arrows to view over 40 great images! 

Introduction

In the opening round of the 2016 ROC Bikesports Championship with the 750 Motor Club, the relentless wet weather might have made for some upsets, but the racing was as closely contested as ever.  The rain certainly appeared to work for Phil Cooper whose Autograss experience seemed advantageous; the Radical PR6 driver exhibited skills that translated clearly to a slippery Oulton Park circuit.

Race 1

Phil Cooper (Radical PR6) started the first race on pole with three tenths in hand from Phil Knibb (Radical SR3). Behind them was Alan Hogg in the ex-Tim Gray Spire GT3 (now sporting an eye-catching paintjob that made for easy wet weather spotting), and experienced Bikesports hand Doug Carter (Radical PR6).

As the lights extinguished for the first time, Phil Cooper made the most of his pole position and drew ahead with a good start, but the distance accrued was nothing compared to that of Joe Stables. Starting from sixth on the grid, late entry Joe managed to find his way up to second by the time the pack had exited Old Hall, and spent the rest of lap one in Phil Cooper’s mirrors.

Alan’s Spire  and Doug’s PR6 were having their own battle behind and Darcy Smith (Radical SR4) made a brief pass to hold fourth place before being forced to retire a couple of laps later with bodywork damage.

Spire GT3 driver Richard Wise started from the back of the grid, yet had made it up to ninth place at the end of lap one, then subsequently overtook Richard Hardie (Radical SR3) at Old Hall for eighth. This climb continued for three more tours, at which point Richard Wise resided in fifth place and remained there until the flag.

Ahead, Alan Hogg had closed right in on the leading pair and when Joe Stables ran wide on the exit of Cascades on lap three, his eight second delay getting back up to speed cost him dearly – Alan claimed second place before the end of the lap.

Despite his best efforts and posting the fastest lap of the race, Alan Hogg couldn’t see a way past the leader without an undue mistake, so it was Phil Cooper who crossed the line first to convert his pole position into a well-deserved victory.  Alan suffered a spin at Old Hall on the penultimate lap which put a definite end to his challenge for the lead, but he managed to get going again quickly enough to hold on to second.  Behind, it was young Joe who occupied the final podium spot with Doug less than a second behind, followed by Richard Wise, Gary Paterson (SR3RSX) and Julian Griffiths (Radical PR6).

Race 2

In the second race of the day, the same Philip duo of Cooper and Knibb locked out the front row but this time it was Alan Hogg and Joe Stables looking on from behind, ahead of Darcy Smith and Doug Carter. A slow start for both Phil K and Richard H meant that Phil Cooper was soon flanked by the PR6 of Doug Carter in the pack’s first trip through Old Hall, closely followed by Alan Hogg.

The order remained as such by the end of the first lap, until Darcy Smith came through to sit in third place next time around. From there the SR4 of Smith continued to climb within the dicing top six battle, running second on lap three and taking the lead from Phil C at Lodge on lap four.

Chris Child (Radical Prosport) was forced to retire with issues on lap four, and two laps later he was joined in the paddock by Alan, unable to make it a podium double. The top five however still remained close in his absence – Phil C made a late move on Darcy to regain the lead at Old Hall, which also presented an opportunity for Phil K to follow through.

Phil Cooper had managed to pull a small lead but by the flag it had diminished once again, and he took victory from Phil Knibb by 0.57secs. After overtaking Darcy  at Old Hall, Joe was again third with Darcy, Doug and Richard W rounding out the top six.

Click on any thumbnail image to open up the picture viewer and then use the forward and back arrows to view over 40 great images!

For full results > http://www.750mc.co.uk/ugc-1/1/4/0/285611cc-8682-42cd-ac8c-c49b814f3a88.pdf

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