B-M Racing’s Tom McArthur and Myerscough College driver Jack Wolfenden had differing views of their last lap BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern FF1600 incident at Oulton Park.
The pair dominated the event, with McArthur fending off Wolfenden in both races to claim a double victory. But while he finished a close second in race one, championship leader Wolfenden came home fifth in the second race after running into the back of McArthur’s Medina on the last lap.
The incident also caused FF1600 returnee Chris Chisnall, driving for B-M Racing, to crash out of third place after trying to avoid Wolfenden’s Firman as it spun across the circuit.
McArthur put the contact down to a missed gear, causing him to slow.
“Unfortunately I made a mistake on the last lap,” he told FF1600website. “Jack ended up going into the back of me, not on purpose, and he spun.
“Chisnall had to take avoiding action and ended up off the circuit. It’s not how you want to win a race. I’d have rather Jack took the corner and me come second, but it is what it is.”
An unhappy Wolfenden thought differently.
“Tom backed me up in Shell Oils Corner which meant I lost a place [to Chisnall], he was well within his rights to,” Wolfenden said. “But then he tried the same thing at Druids [on the last lap].”
“He claims he missed a gear, but there’s no evidence to suggest he did that. He’s done the same thing, I’ve gone into the back of him and spun. If that’s the way he wants to win a race then fair enough, but in my eyes it’s disrespectful and it’s not on.”
Despite losing championship points as a result of the spin, Wolfenden – who is missing the next round at Anglesey – added: “I do this for enjoyment, I want to have a good day out. Doing stuff like that just ruins it.”
On his second place in race one, Wolfenden said the warm conditions had made it difficult to follow McArthur closely.
“I just saw the engine temperature going high and needed to get some clear air,” he said. “I didn’t want to pull in because I needed the points really, so I was really more concerned about looking after the car, and maybe if an opportunity arose towards the end of the race, then I’d have taken it.”
McArthur said his victories had not been easy, especially as he felt Wolfenden – who claimed pole in qualifying – had been quicker than him in both races.
“It was hard work. Jack had about half a second a lap on us, so keeping him behind was definitely the aim of the game. In these temperatures the cars are getting hotter and hotter so I just made sure he was getting all my hot air and overheating.”