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Tom McArthur extends Northern championship lead after claiming race two win at Oulton

B-M Racing’s Tom McArthur extended his BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford Championship advantage after holding off Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst to win the second race at Oulton Park by a narrow margin.

With nearest rival Jack Wolfenden not finishing the race, McArthur also claimed Champion of Oulton honours.

McArthur led away from pole position, while Middlehurst dropped to third behind Douglas Crosbie after a rather average start. 

Middlehurst quickly regained second from Crosbie, but contact between the pair during their exchange left the latter dropping down the order.

Once past, Middlehurst then gradually closed in on the back of McArthur, before the pair engaged in a close battle for the lead during the second half of the race. 

Despite having to deal with huge pressure from Middehurst, McArthur clung on to win by just 0.1s- claiming his fifth victory of the season in the process.

Davide Meloni finished third for B-M Racing, 11s further behind, despite a last-lap collision with two-time Historic FF1600 Callum Grant as the pair contested the final podium place. Grant retired on the spot with suspension damage.

Cliff Dempsey Racing duo Scott Huffaker and Josh Green benefited from the incident to finish fourth and fifth respectively, the Team USA scholars again making impressive comebacks having started from the pitlane.

Green, who claimed pole in qualifying, repeated his race one feat by setting the fastest lap of the race.

Historic racer Simon Hadfield took Super Classic honours, finishing sixth overall in his Van Diemen.

Crosbie recovered from his early incident to finish seventh, 1.3s ahead of B-M Racing’s Neil McArthur.

Andrew Thomas finished ninth in his Mygale, while Nick Barnes took the chequered flag just 0.2s behind in his Swift to round out the top ten.

Title-contender Wolfenden’s miserable day continued following his issues in race one.

The Myerscough College driver recovered from the back of the field to run eighth early on, but an off at Cascades dropped him back down the order and later forced him to retire after his Firman overheated due to a blocked radiator as a result of the incident.

Newly-crowned Super Classic champion Ian Schofield retired from the race with a flat battery, while David McArthur did not start the race of a result of the clutch issues that hampered his Medina earlier in the day.

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 P Tom McArthur Medina 16m35.334s
2 P Chris Middlehurst Van Diemen +0.129
3 P Davide Meloni Van Diemen +11.466
4 P Scott Huffaker Ray +15.021
5 P Josh Green Ray +18.630
6 SC Simon Hadfield Van Diemen RF86 +30.395
7 SC Douglas Crosbie Van Diemen RF89 +34.704
8 P Neil McArthur Van Diemen +36.022
9 P Andrew Thomas Mygale +49.535
10 SC Nick Barnes Swift FB89 +49.710
11 SC Colin Lawson Van Diemen RF80 +59.765
12 SC Trevor Morgan Reynard FF88 +1:16.053
13 SC Richard Ketterman Reynard FF86 +1:16.760
14 SC Seamus Wild Swift SC93F +1:22.183
15 SC Simon Fraser Van Diemen RF85 +1 lap
DNF SC Callum Grant Van Diemen RF91
DNF SC Ian Schofield Reynard FF89
DNF P Jack Wolfenden Firman
DNF SC Peter Daly Van Diemen RF88
DNF P Julian Van der Watt Mygale  
Fastest lap: Green, 1m49.098s

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