Oulton Park, UK
THE GOLD CUP
29 – 30 June 2022
Spiers/Greensall and Williamson dig up gold at Oulton Park
On Masters’ first visit to the revamped Gold Cup, John Spiers/Nigel Greensall and Dan Williamson brought home two commanding wins at Oulton Park, with lots of exciting racing going on further down the order of both one-hour Masters Gentlemen Drivers and Masters Pre-66 Touring Car races.
Masters Gentlemen Drivers – Cheshire Historic TT
Davison has last laugh in thrilling Masters Gentleman Drivers enduro at Brands
No-one else but the John Spiers/Nigel Greensall pairing was going to win the Cheshire Historic TT at the Gold Cup, as the duo romped home to a commanding victory in the 60-minute Masters Gentlemen Drivers race at Oulton Park. Starting from pole, Greensall drove a storming opening stint to hand his co-driver a 20-second lead over Mike Whitaker’s similar TVR Griffith. Spiers then proceeded to manage that all the way to the chequered flag.
Starting from the second row, Whitaker was soon up into second place, having dealt with the Robert Farrell/Dave Coyne Jaguar E-type started by Coyne that would soon drop away into early retirement. While Andy Willis in third overall did the early running in the CLP class, several of his CLP class rivals would pounce towards the end, Dan Eagling in the second part of the race lifting the Ginetta G4R started by Mark Halstead from sixth to third.
Giles Dawson’s Elan looked set to take fourth but he was robbed when he dropped out on the final lap, handing the place to Mark Shaw’s similar Elan. The Peter Thompson/Mark Hales Griffith grabbed fifth as the last of the unlapped runners. Still classified sixth, Dawson took third in the CLP class ahead of the Ron Maydon/Robin Ward Ginetta G4R and Stephan Joebstl in the Elan 26R started by Willis.
Overcoming their qualifying setback, Crispin Harris and James Wilmoth brought their dented and repaired Austin Healey 3000 home for a strong C2 class win, Harris having already leapt to the front on the opening laps. In the closing stages, the David Smithies/Chris Clarkson Healey stole second in class from the similarly equipped pairing of Mark Pangborn/Harvey Woods.
Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars – Alan Mann Trophy
Williamson powers Falcon to dominant Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win at Oulton Park.
Dan Williamson proved untouchable in the one-hour Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at the Gold Cup, as his Ford Falcon Sprint led from start to finish to win by 23 seconds. Running second at Oulton Park for a similar amount of time, apart from a short spell during the pitstops, David Dickenson was the convincing winner of the 2-litre class, his Cortina leading home the similar car of Richard Dutton/Neil Brown, as Brown in the end held off the fast-arriving Cortina of Nigel Greensall who had taken over from John Spiers at the stops.
Next up were five more Cortinas, Justin Law taking fifth ahead of Jason Minshaw/Mark Burton, Pete Chambers, Rod McGovern/David Maguire and Peter Smith. After a long fight, Law lost fourth to Minshaw in the opening half of the race but took the place back from Burton before Greensall came sailing by the both of them. Towards the end, Chambers nicked seventh from Maguire, having run eighth for most of the race. Meanwhile, Mike Gardiner’s Cortina faltered early on, denying Dan Cox a run in the car.
In the Mini class, Michael Cullen and Nick Swift were never more than a few tenths apart, at one time even passing the timing beam with 0.000s in between them, but Cullen was fighting with one hand tied behind his back, having been slammed with a five-second time penalty for jumping the start. The Irishman eventually won his battle on the road but was demoted to second once the penalty was added. Ron Maydon took third in class.