One day…. Two championship rounds for our day in “The Park”
Round five of the NG series has us at Oulton Park. Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Castle Combe and Cadwell have preceded this meeting, and it is astonishing to think we already at the penultimate round of the year in this forshortened COVID hit season. Championships are taking shape, and we are finally able to trust the 2021 form-book.
Dan Cooper is looking to continue his 100% win record on his CBR600 series, the former British 125 champion is odds-on to keep that run running, however teenager Bradley Richman is getting quicker with every outing after dabbling with BSB 600 Superstock. Keep an eye on Newcomer George Edwards too after his great Cadwell meeting.
Tim Bradley is another finding it had to find a season long challenger as he bids for his fifth F400 title. Max Symonds is also on target for another title, after prviously winning the F125, 600 and open series he now is gunning for the Powerbikes on his BMW.
Two brothers top the Mini Twins with Richard currently leading the way over Dan. Dan was the early season leader but was a no-show at Cadwell so will be loking to redress the balance here…. There is just 11 points between them.
There is plenty more action out on track with the re-vitalised Streetstock series giving some of the closest racing with Chris Oliver, Jason Hill and Jon Wright very evenly matched.
As ever with NG there will be the full gamut of race bikes out on this stunning Cadwell Park circuit. Powerbikes, Junior Supersport, F125/400's, 500's, 600’s, Streetstock, Pre Injections, Streetstocks, Formula Prostock, Desmo Due Ducati's, Mini Twins, Super Twins and Sound of Thunder, so there is something for every racer and race watcher and all in a great setting. We are, creeping our way out
of the COVID restrictions and getting back to normal (at time of writing) but we advice you to check
www.msv.com for up to date conditions of admission and possible lingering restrictions.
At NG Road Racing one day meetings we have free practice in the morning with two runs through the race order giving two full sets of championship points rather that the three that would normally be on offer at a race weekend.
The Oulton Park is one of the most testing…and some say most challenging tracks in the UK. It is not a track that is easily learned and here there really is no substitute for experience. The long 2.7mile circuit repays precise riding and a well-set up bike over the lap with its undulations, complex turns and cambers in the corners. There is plenty of overtaking opportunities, so good wheel to wheel racing is always on the cards. It is set in the former grounds of Oulton Hall the circuit was first set out in 1953, and was extended into roughly what we see today in 1955. However as with most tracks there have been the addition of the chicanes at Brittens and Knickerbrook (now named Hislops) in the name of safety.
Josh Day holds the outright fastest NG lap here set in April 2017, circulating in 1 min 39.66sec on his ZX10R Kawasaki, which equates to an average of 97.2mph.
Adding extra interest to the weekend NG Road Racing are again running the British National series for 125cc and 250cc GP machinery. This is the only place in the UK that you will see these ex-GP machines racing for a full British Championship title backed by the ACU (The sports governing body). We also have the Ducati Desmo Due Series and Formula Prostocks runners to add that extra interest.