Oldfield Motorsport start season with a win
It was a perfect start for Oldfield Motorsport in the hugely competitive National Formula Ford championship with their driver, Stuart Gough, taking stunning lights to flag victory in Round 1 of the championship, held at Cheshire’s Oulton Park.
The Teng Tools backed team narrowly missed out on pole position in qualifying which saw the top 7 drivers separated by just 4/10ths of a second. Round 1 of the championship, held in perfect conditions, saw Stuart make a perfect start leaping pole sitter David McArthur into the first turn. Controlling the race from the front and capitalising on an early mistake from McArthur, Stuart was able to break the all important tow and draw away from the chasing pack, winning the race by just under 3 seconds.
Round 2 of the championship saw Stuart start from pole and again control the race from the front, albeit with intensive pressure from McArthur and James Raven. In what became one of the best Formula Ford races the championship has seen in a number of years, Stuart had to defend at every opportunity, impressively keeping the lead until with four laps to go McArthur pulled off a brave overtaking move. Stuart tried every trick in the book to retake the lead, but missed out on victory by 2/10ths of a second.
The results see Stuart leaving Rounds 1 & 2 of the championship in second position in the championship, narrowly behind David McArthur who picked up bonus points for his pole position.
Team principle James Oldfield was naturally delighted by the start of their campaign.
Stuart did an amazing job all weekend and never made even one small mistake which is a testament to his speed and experience. You only have to look at the first race to see the consistency, most of his race one laps were within a tenth of his fastest and that’s what made the difference for us.
To start the season with a win was perfect and we are incredibly proud of our efforts. A win in Round 2 was on the cards, but we lacked a small amount of ultimate pace which left Stuart venerable as the slipstream was so strong today. He did all he could to fend off the challenge but in the end it was not to be. The season is long so it’s more important we finish strongly than have a retirement at this early point.
Stuart leaves the opening weekend of action equally in high spirits.
Firstly it’s great to be back racing in Formula Ford with Oldfield Motorsport and I really enjoyed every moment. The team did a fantastic job all weekend and gave me a quick car that made the job that much easier for me. For sure there is more time to come and that is incredibly positive as I know we can get quicker as the year goes on.
To start with a win was an amazing feeling and set us up for a repeat for race 2. However, David drove a great race and kept me under pressure all the way. I could see he was trying every which way to find a way past and in the end pulled a fantastic move to get the lead. I don’t like loosing the lead so close to the finish, but David beat me fair and square. Race 2 was Formula Ford at its very best and should make for fantastic viewing on TV.
We will get stronger, the championship will not be easy so it’s important we keep pushing and I do a perfect job every time I sit in the car.
The action will be televised on Sky Sports and Motors TV in the forthcoming weeks before the championship returns to action at the picturesque Anglesey race circuit on May 11th/12th where the team will be hoping to leave with the championship lead.