Round 4 & 5 - Oulton Park (10th May)

Race Notes Courtesy of Paul Lawrence

Winks and Chambers score in action-packed double-header Des Winks (Scarborough) and Peter Chambers (Guildford) made it four different race winner from five races in the 1998 Pirelli Porsche Cup as a pair of 10-lap races produced action and drama at Oulton Park (Cheshire) on Saturday May 9th. The meeting also marked a change at the top of the overall points table as gearbox failure forced Marcus Fothergill (Harrogate) out of the second race. Adrian Grieves (Durham) won class three in each race to leap into the overall championship lead. Warm sunshine welcomed the Porsche Cup to the demanding park-land circuit for the fourth and fifth races of the 1998 season and it was David Jones (Leicester) who set the pace in qualifying in his Carrera 993. Less than a second covered the next eight cars and so the scene was set for some thrilling racing. However, Jones’ race was interrupted by a clash with Chris Heeley (Leeds) on the second lap and it was Richard Finney (Hull) who battled to the head of a six-car leading train after a slow start in is 944 Turbo. Though Finney led the pack home, he was later excluded for a technical infringement and so Winks inherited victory from the similar Carrera 993 of Chambers. Fothergill’s 944S2 dropped to the back of class two with a first-corner slide but he fought back up to second behind the Carrera 911 of jubilant class winner Dave Benett (London).

In the second race, Chambers just kept ahead of a great battle between Richard True (Jersey) and Robert Babikan (London) as Finney stormed up from the back of the grid. ‘I could see them battling behind me. It looked a bit busy!’ said Chambers on the podium. Babikan was a fine second in his Carrera 911 while Finney deposed True’s Carrera 993 for third. Paul Doran (Jersey) won class two in his Carrera 911 as gearbox problems side-lined Fothergill while Grieves completed a perfect day by winning class three again in his 944. ‘I’ve got a taste for winning now,’ said Grieves with a smile.