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McArthur beats new championship leader Smith to BRSCC Northern victory at Oulton Park

David McArthur took his second BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford 1600 Championship win of the season at Oulton Park, overcoming race one winner Rory Smith in a fantastic duel.

As in race one, McArthur made a slow start in his Van Diemen LA10, dropping to third position behind Jack Wolfenden’s Pre90 car.

The B-M Racing driver was back into second position by half-way around the opening lap, and set about chasing down team-mate Smith.

A 2.4s lead from the end of the first lap was reduced to just a few thousandths of a second on lap five thanks to a string of fastest laps by McArthur.

McArthur repeated the manoeuvre that gave him his shortlived race one lead, passing Smith around the outside at Old Hall at the beginning of lap six, but this time Smith fought back, reclaiming the place at Hislop’s chicane on lap eight. McArthur struck back on the following lap, making a decisive move on the Shell Oils loop.

Wolfenden was one of two drivers – the other being David’s father Neil, who subsequently retired – to be hit with a ten second penalty for jumping the start. In spite of that, the Reynard 88FF took the Pre90 honours as a result of being able to reel out a large enough advantage over Jaap Blijleven’s Reynard; the Dutch driver losing out in a scrap for fourth overall with Nigel Dolan’s Post-’89 Van Diemen JL12.

Matt Chisholm took his Van Diemen RF00 to sixth position, with Pre87 class winner Mario Sarchet’s UCLan-run Reynard 86FF claiming seventh overall from Scott Guthrie’s leading class E car, the Crossle 25F, on the final lap.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Post89 David McArthur Van Diemen 11 laps
2 Post89 Rory Smith Medina +0.301
3 Pre90 Jack Wolfenden Reynard +16.789
4 Post89 Nigel Dolan Van Diemen +18.097
5 Pre90 Jaap Blijleven Reynard +18.396
6 Post89 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +23.189
7 Pre90 Mario Sarchet Reynard +32.479
8 Pre90 Scott Guthrie Crossle +34.474
9 Pre90 Brian Young Reynard +42.792
10 Pre90 Scott Rawlinson Van Diemen +48.151
11 Post89 Alaric Gordon Swift +48.308
12 Pre90 Wayne Poole Van Diemen +57.028
13 Pre90 Juiceie Bruceie Reynard +1:11.772
14 Pre90 Ray Smith Van Diemen +1:11.969
15 Pre90 Trevor Morgan Reynard +1:34.314
16 Pre90 Stephen Bracegirdle Van Diemen +1:50.788
17 Pre90 Ian Wood Royale +1 lap
18 Pre90 Steve Nixon Van Diemen +1 lap
DNF Post89 Fergus Paton Van Diemen
DNF Post89 Neil McArthur Van Diemen
Fastest lap: D McArthur, 1:49.901

Championship standings

1 Smith 115   2 D McArthur 101   3 Gordon 98   4 Dolan 98   5 Andrew Thomas 94   6 Chisholm 82   7 John Ferguson 48   8 Paton 46   9 Tom Canning 42   10 Wild 27
Sarchet 160   2 Wolfenden 138   3 Bruceie 101   4 Young 92   5 Poole 81   6 Rawlinson 79   7 Edwin Hannah 70   8 Blijleven 56   9 Morgan 46   10 Ian Ellis 32

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