Oulton Park is a fan and driver favourite
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After three rounds of the 2017 British Touring Car Championship season, the series has shown how predictably unpredictable it really is with seven winners from the first nine races. Each round has seen different drivers come into their own however at the top of the standings Tom Ingram reigns above them all as we head to the fourth round of the season this weekend at Oulton Park.
Known as the most picturesque circuit in the United Kingdom, it flows around woods and besides a lake along with fantastic close racing and wonderful sweeping bends as well as tight twisting sections perfect for overtaking.
The track lies on the old Oulton Estate, which used to consist of a many house and formal garden surrounded by farmland. Sadly the house Oulton House burnt down in 1927 and in 1940, the estate was bombed. The site of the race track was the brainchild of the Mid-Cheshire Car Club, who designed the original layout. The first meeting was held in 1953, and despite the requests for a closed event from the RAC, 30,000 spectators attended. The circuit quickly grew in popularity and by 1957 drivers such as Stirling Moss test there.
To this day the feel of the circuit has not changed and is a rare example of a post war British circuit which does not originate to an airfield used in the wars, such as Thruxton, Snetterton and Silverstone.
In recent years, Oulton Park has been traditionally a rear wheel drive friendly circuit with WSR BMW performing strongly at the event last year as well as Team BMR Subaru.
Leading into this year’s event only one piece of major has news has broken since Thruxton which is that both Ford’s and Subaru’s boost levels will be monitored throughout Oulton Park, in a bit to get equality amongst the field.
Both Motorbase and more notably Adrian Flux Subaru have been down on straight line speed, with the pair seeing their turbo boost pressure dropped slightly for the 2017 season. However an “anomaly regarding the power delivery” had been aware to series bosses, with both engines being prepared by Mountune.
Technical chiefs will monitor and asses the engine performance data from the Subarus and Fords throughout the meeting with the aim of making altercations as the meeting progresses, however teams will only get 30 minutes notice of any changes.
So far this season Ash Sutton is the best performing Subaru driver with two podiums however his more established teammate Jason Plato has only achieved a single points finish whereas Josh Cook is the highest placed Ford driver in the standings as he lies in 13th.