Oulton Park Official Laser Team Race Report.
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The race started with a good getaway for all 3 of our drivers but on lap 1, Ash and Colin Turkington tangled and ended up on the grass, with Turkington last and Ash 2nd last at the end of the lap. Aiden meantime was having a blast and made up 5 places on that first lap and Carl made up 2 places.
Aiden then went 6th on lap 3 as Ash pitted to clear his radiator with Carl bolding his own in 17th. Ash then started to get the hammer down until on lap 6 there was a huge crash involving Tom Oliphant and others which brought out a red flag.
After the red flag Carl and Ash were really on a mission and at the end of the first lap of the restart, Aiden was 6th, Carl was 11th and Ash was 18th. On the next lap Ash was up to 16th and at the end it was Aiden in 6th, Carl in 11th and Ash 14th.
After a good start from all of the boys it was great to see an incident free first lap for Race 2. Indeed, by the end of the lap it was Aiden in 6th, Ash in 12th and Carl up in 13th. Lap 2 and Ash was really on it as he ended the lap in 9th.
On lap 5, Ash was able to move up a place to 8th, Whilst Aiden was having a great race in 6th and Carl was up to 10th. There were battles for all three of our drivers, but the pace of the Infiniti’s was there once again.
As we ended an incident free race we were really pleased with our performances with Aiden 6th, Ash 8th and Carl 11th. In the reverse grid the number 9 was picked and so for the final race of the day Ash will be 2nd, Aiden will be 5th and Carl will be 11th.
In the Championship, Ash now leads Tom Ingram by 6 points with 126 points with Colin Turkington back in 9th place on 81 points. The team also now lead the Teams Championship by 19 points over Halfords Racing with Cataclean.
As the cars left the start line it was all action and then the news – a red flag caused by a crash just after the first corner and involved in that, and out of the race was our championship leader Ash Sutton.
The race was restarted on the original grid with a few spaces where people were missing including Ash and title rival Tom Ingram. Aidan was in 4th place on the road and Carl still in his starting spot. Aiden then spent the rest of the race in a fairly comfortable 4th but was unable to make any ground on the top 3. Carl was having a real battle in the midfield and ended up 14th.
So where does that leave us after 4 rounds of the Championships? The great news is that Ash still leads the Drivers Championship by 5 points from Tom Ingram and 12 points from Dan Rowbottom. In the Teams Championship Laser Tools Racing are leading the way by 6 points from Hafords Racing with Cataclean and 38 points from BTC racing in 3rd.
In the Independent Teams Championship, Laser Tools Racing are 3 points ahead of Halfords and then it is Ginsters EXELER8 a further11 points behind. So all in all, not a bad weekend for the team and we stay at the top of the table as we head to Knockhill in 2 weeks. As always, we’ll bring you all of the action as it happens.
Written By: Mike Inkley