Oldfield Motorsport win first title
Silverstone (9th August) was the setting for Rounds 9 & 10 of the National Formula Ford Championship and the conclusion of the Tripe Crown Championship. With the Teng Tools backed team leading both championships, hopes were high despite an incredibly strong 25 car field with a list of a dozen potential winners.
With the previous days testing seeing the team and their driver Stuart Gough set strong lap times, a nail biting qualifying session would see Stuart take a stunning pole position, with just under a 2/10th advantage in a top 10 that was separated by less than one second.
Race 1 would see Stuart make a perfect getaway, leading the first seven laps, until championship rival David McArthur slipped past in what became a duel for the lead for the next 10 laps with the lead changing almost every lap. With the two slowing each other up, third placed Joey Foster joined the battle, and with Stuart timing a decisive move for the lead, the battling McArthur and Foster allowed Stuart to break away to take his second victory of the season.
It was not to be the double victory for the team in Race 2. Despite leading the race and holding second place into the closing stages, Stuart was shuffled down the pack in the frantic closing laps, before recovering to finish 4th by the flag. The result was more than good enough however for Stuart and Oldfield Motorsport to win the Triple Crown Championship and build their National Championship lead.
James Oldfield, Team Principle;
An amazing day for Oldfield Motorsport. To win the Triple Crown Championship against the best drivers and teams in Formula Ford in our first full season is incredibly satisfying.
Stuart drove perfectly all weekend, he is disappointed with the way race two panned out, but we cannot fault his effort all season and his consistency is what sees us leading the National Championship with two rounds to go.
Stuart was equally buoyant on winning the Triple Crown Championship.
I am so proud of Oldfield Motorsport. The hard work that goes into this success is incredible and I am privileged to have the opportunity to race for them. The car was once again incredibly quick.
We now need to focus hard on the last two rounds of the National Championship, but I am confident heading to my former backyard for the next round at Oulton Park.
The National Formula Ford Championship is next in action on August 30th at Oulton Park, before the final round of the season at Anglesey in September.