With the sun burn now slowly (and painfully) turning to a rich golden brown, it’s time for Engage Sport Mode to reflect on just what happened at Oulton Park yesterday.
The 2.26 mile Cheshire Circuit played host to rounds 10, 11 and 12 of this year’s British Touring Car Championship. The Yuasa Hondas of Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden look to be the cars to beat this season, with convincing performances in the previous rounds. Admittedly, ESM fell out of love with the BTCC a number of years ago (to be discussed later in the week) and was very much there for a good time, rather than as a die-hard fan.
As a result, the pictures you see below cover a variety of on and off track entertainment, including 2010 champion Jason Plato eating a burger. All the photos below were taken in an amateur style on a iPhone 4. I do not profess to be a professional photographer, nor do I particularly aspire to be one. ESM took along its “roving photographer” for the proper pics, also to be featured later in the week. Enjoy:
Somewhere on the M62
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is an orange Audi Q7.
ESM’s fearless roving photographer and driver for the day. Two hands on the wheel of course.
Entering Oulton Park.
Team truck for a certain large nosed racing driver.
6.2 litre V8. Can you tell what it is yet?
Of course, it’s a Vauxhall (Holden) VXR8 (GTS).
The MG stand proving to be rather low rent.
The angled, carbon fibre, goodness of a BMW 320si.
You can tell we’re in Cheshire. The Chrome Edition BMW M3.
The rather lovely, if expensive BMW M5 M Performance Edition
The rather less lovely BMW X6.
Race One; Civics of Shedden and Neal make their way round to the grid.
Followed by the eBay Motors BMWs.
The sprint out of Old Hall on the first lap, heading down towards Cascades.
Safety Car bunches the pack up.
Crowd congratulates the victorious Matt Neal, with second place Andrew Jordan alongside.
Crossing the track is exciting. This is the view back up towards Old Hall.
And this is the view to Cascades. It’s a lot steeper than TV makes out!
Porsche Carrera Cup race one with Daniel Lloyd charging down the start-finish straight.
Forget your big camera; I’ve got an iPhone and some angles!
Porsches coming out of Lodge and heading down the famous Deer Leap
Ginettas under braking into Lodge.
BTCC Race Two; a lonely looking grid girl for Jason Plato, starting from the back after technical issues in the first race.
A panorama of……more grid girls
ESM’s roving photographer getting the snaps that matter most!
Plato arrives at the back, as Dave Newsham sidles past.
Porsche provide both the Safety Car and Medical Car. The Cayenne sounds especially naughty.
A good view of just how STEEP Deer Leap is. Hope JP’s got his handbrake on.
His new found favourite!
Onto the Clio Cup. Whilst one Hamilton was about to embark on a drive to victory in Canada, younger brother Nick was going to be less successful.
MORE Deer Leap action. Imagine coming across here flat out…
Found lurking in the car park, a rather sultry looking Ferrari FF.
The “other” Hamilton at the back of the pack. Note mismatched door.
Clios powering their way out of Knickerbrook and up towards Druids.
Astra VXR, Ferrari California, VW Scirocco, Porsche Boxster, Citroen C4. Which is the odd one out?
Matt Neal and Gordon “Flash” (yes, seriously) Shedden doing some PR stuff.
Hmmm….cannot for the life of me remember why I took this one. Perhaps my finger slipped?
The whole Plato family. King Potato, Mother Potato and JP outside the MG garage.
The KING OF SANDWICHES not eating a sandwich.
Birthday boy Matt Jackson.
It was just after this point that ESM’s iPhone ran out of battery. Which was a shame, as the third and final BTCC race provided lots of action right under our very noses. Luckily our roving photographer got some great shots which will be neatly delivered later in the week.
If you want to know more about who won, who lost and who half of the people above are, then head on over to the offical BTCC website here.