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Foster steals Oulton Park race two victory after Team Dolan implosion

Joey Foster took his second win of the season in the second BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 race at Oulton Park, narrowly denying Niall Murray a double win.

Team Dolan driver Murray started from pole, but had a poor getaway. He dropped to sixth and handed the lead to Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell. Murray’s team-mate Matt Round-Garrido, Swift Cooper’s Luke Cooper, Don Hardman Racing’s Foster and Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Jamie Thorburn also managed to pass him.

Murray quickly caught onto the back of the lead pack, picking off Thorburn on the second lap and Foster just before half distance.

Once he had got past Cooper for third it took just a few seconds before he was attempting a move for second on Eastwell, who had been overtaken by Round-Garrido earlier in the race.

This was where Murray’s progress stopped and he ended up quarrelling with his team-mate for position.

Foster was the chief beneficiary of this, pinching third from Cooper and heading into the final lap of the race on the tail of the two Team Dolan drivers.

He made his break for the lead at Cascades. Round-Garrido was defending from Murray through Old Hall, and then forced the Irishman to the right on the run-up to the corner. This left the left hand side free for Foster, who kept his foot in and passed both before the entry.

Murray kept the pressure up for the final lap, and drew alongside Foster at the finish line to finish just 0.032 seconds short of victory.

Eastwell and Cooper moved past Round-Garrido before the teenager skated off at Lodge Corner, just doing enough to get back on track and finish the race in eighth.

Luke Williams, Jamie Thorburn and Nico Gruber nabbed fifth, sixth and seventh as a result.

Sebastian Job would’ve been on the tail of this group had the B-M Racing driver not pitched himself into the gravel at the Shell hairpin after clipping the rear of Thorburn’s car.

Clubman Pre-’90 winner Simon Fleet finished 13th overall, just beating Clubman Post-’89 winner George McDonald.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Pro Joey Foster Ray 8 laps
2 Pro Niall Murray Van Diemen +0.032
3 Pro Michael Eastwell Spectrum +0.375
4 Pro Luke Cooper Swift +0.682
5 Pro Luke Williams Spectrum +1.096
6 Pro Jamie Thorburn Ray +1.196
7 Pro Nico Gruber Ray +1.439
8 Pro Matt Round-Garrido Medina +6.983
9 Pro Rory Smith Medina +7.143
10 Pro Johnathan Browne Ray +7.253
11 Pro Thomas Capezzone Swift +7.617
12 Pro Jack Wolfenden Van Diemen +10.445
13 CM90 Simon Fleet Van Diemen +39.580
14 CM89 George McDonald Van Diemen +39.932
15 Pro Sebastian Job Van Diemen +1 lap
16 Pro Carter Williams Ray +1 lap
DNF CM89 Vincent Jay Ray
Fastest lap: Murray, 1:48.719

Championship standings

Murray 473   2 Eastwell 354   3 Round-Garrido 313   4 Foster 290   5 Cooper 286   6 Thorburn 259   7 Neil Maclennan 195   8 Smith 187   9 Gruber 180   10 Hugo Bentley-Ellis 156
Clubman Post89
1 Jay 426   2 Richard Morris 307   3 Daniel O’Beirne 106   4 Felix Fisher 104   5 John Svensson 97   John Ferguson 94   7 Sam Street 74   8 McDonald 62   9 Henry Chart 53
Clubman Pre90
Fleet 174   NC Alan Davidson   NC Nicky Gibson   NC Ian McCulla   NC Ashley McCull   NC Jim Campbell

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