Rain, Shine and Storms at Oulton
After a long break since Thruxton, the team were ready to resume battle with the 31 strong grid at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.
The forecast leading up to the weekend had looked pretty grim and Saturday morning didn’t fail on the rain front with thunder, lighting and some flooding in parts of the circuit.
Two wet free practice sessions were well used by the RCIB Insurance racing team, with the crew working on various setups for the conditions.
About an hour before qualifying was due to commence the clouds parted and the sun beamed down onto the circuit and before too long it was obvious that qualifying was to be held on a drying/dry track.
This was to be Jack’s first time around the circuit this weekend in the dry, he got his head down and with ten minutes to go he went into P8, with just under a minute he further improved his time to put himself into P5. Unfortunately he was deemed to of gone past the track limits on this lap meaning his time was disallowed. Following this he was up on his best time until Jack Clarke ended up in the gravel at Druids Corner, this resulted in a red flag and the end of the session. With his best lap being disallowed Goff would now have to line up in P17 for the opening race on Sunday.
The first race was at midday on Sunday and the track was now fully dry.
Jack made a decent start and got up into P16 at the end of the first lap, he was to hold this position to the flag.
The new layout of the international track was proving to not provide the expected good races, with P7 all the way to P17 in one long train and with no-one making a mistake it was just stalemate until the flag.
The second race was also to be held in warm, dry conditions.
Another good start saw the RCIB Insurance car get up into P15. However, this race was to prove slightly more interesting than the first.
Jack moved up past the car of Marc Hynes for P14 before moving up past Dave Newsham, there was slight contact between Goff and Newsham on the exit of turn one, with Newsham ending up on the grass and not able to slow the car down because the grass was wet from the rain the day before, he hit the wall which resulted in the safety car being deployed.
Jack held P13 over the line.
The final race of the day was a very different story, a heavy storm passed over the circuit half an hour before the race was due to start meaning it was the first race of the day to be held in wet conditions.
Jack made a great start moving up past Matt Neal into turn one, this was short lived however, Hunter Abbot, in his rear wheel drive Audi, also made a good start. Unfortunately he made contact with Neal and this resulted in Neal being speared into the side of Jack’s car, instantly breaking the rear suspension and sending him into a spin across the track. He was lucky not to be collected by another car and that luck held when he managed to stop the car before hitting the wall.
This was however the end of the day for Jack, a disappointing way to end the day and the weekend.
Jack commented at the end of the day, “It’s a real shame to have a bad weekend, we have had lots of guests today and I wish I could of put on a better show for them, I would just like to thank them all for coming and supporting me, plus everyone behind the scenes who makes this all possible.