Alaric Gordon was crowned surprise BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern Post-’89 champion in the final round at Oulton Park, which Kevin Mills Racing driver Michael Eastwell dominated.
Eastwell casually topped qualifying, setting half the amount of laps as everyone else and taking pole by almost a second from Tom McArthur. Rory Smith led the title contenders in third, with David McArthur in fifth, Nigel Dolan 11th and Gordon 12th.
Other interlopers included fourth placed Chris Middlehurst and Matthew Chisholm, two spots behind.
Eastwell made a good start to the opening race as squabbling took place behind. On lap two Tom McArthur retired after getting caught out on the marbles, promoting Smith to second. The leader had already escaped, and the gap between the top two grew to 14.728s by the end of the race.
Middlehurst and David McArthur moved up a place, while a first lap move by Jack Wolfenden brought him Pre90 victory and fifth overall. Dolan rose to seventh, distancing Gordon by half a minute. The championship leader finished 11th, but seventh in class, meaning his grip on the title increased.
Gordon’s dreams were strengthened in the second race when Smith failed to make it by Eastwell at the start. He fought for a couple of laps, before the leader distanced himself again and Smith had to fend off a late attack from B-M Racing team-mate and title rival McArthur.
Dolan struggled to 10th, just one place ahead of Gordon. The Swift driver took the title by 20 points from Smith, with a further eight covering McArthur and Dolan. Eastwell’s double win, making it four out of six this year, lifted him to fifth in the standings, ahead of Chisholm.
There was consolation for Smith in winning the Champion of Oulton title, 40 points ahead of team-mate David McArthur.
Sixth in race two for Wolfenden meant he also doubled up in Pre-’90, but was behind in the standings to Mario Sarchet, who finished ninth and a penalised 13th, and Juiceie Bruceie.
After driving most of qualifying one-handed due to problems with the master switch and his race one retirement, Tom McArthur rose from the back of the grid to fourth in race two, despite getting damage in a first lap clash.
|1||Post89||Michael Eastwell||Spectrum||12 laps|
|3||Post89||Chris Middlehurst||Van Diemen||+19.748|
|4||Post89||David McArthur||Van Diemen||+20.340|
|6||Post89||Neil McArthur||Van Diemen||+52.892|
|7||Post89||Nigel Dolan||Van Diemen||+52.968|
|8||Pre90||Tom Brown||Van Diemen||+54.899|
|Pole: Eastwell, 1:47.034 Fastest lap: Eastwell, 1:47.304|
|3||Post89||D McArthur||Van Diemen||+7.691|
|9||Post89||Matthew Chisholm||Van Diemen||+1:02.520|
|FL: Eastwell, 1:48.019|
|1 Gordon 240 2 Smith 220 3 D McArthur 217 4 Dolan 212 5 Eatswell 142 6 Chisholm 102 7 Andrew Thomas 96 8 T McArthur 90 9 Fergus Paton 57 10 Jake Byrne 55|
|1 Sarchet 302 2 Bruceie 278 3 Wolfenden 271 4 Rawlinson 235 5 Blijleven 172 6 Brian Young 140 7 Nixon 124 8 Ellis 95 9 Edwin Hannah 92 10 Wayne Poole 91|
|Champion of Oulton|
|1 Smith 187 2 D McArthur 147 3 Dolan 131 4 Eastwell 125 5 Chisholm 102 6 Gordon 67 7 Niall Murray 65 8 Joey Foster 50 9 Wild 49 10 John Ferguson 48|