Caterham Championship 2013: Round 6 - Oulton Park - DPR back on form with a championship winner-elect in Tracksport

A one day meeting is always action packed and an unexpected dry weather window ensured intense racing on the always-challenging Oulton circuit. In Tracksport Michael Gazda’s double wins sealed the 2013 championship outcome and in Supersport David Robinson demonstrated similar intentions with his double firsts. Aaron Head took the double wins in the Superlight R300 although closely challenged by newcomer Danny Winstanley. However the championship battle between Ollie Taylor and Terry Langley remained unchanged with both drivers gaining the same points over the weekend.

Caterham Tracksport - Michael Gazda’ s double wins seals the championship


After an initial early lead in the championship Michael Gazda’s battle lost some edge in the rounds at Zandvoort and Donington allowing his close rival Oliver Jarratt to move into strong contention. However Gazda’s determination to win showed through at Brands with double wins including fastest lap. Leaving nothing to chance Gazda repeated these results at Oulton Park sealing the outcome for 2013 championship.

Race one saw Gazda gain fastest lap crossing the line 8.9 seconds ahead of his DPR team mate Matt Dyer. Championship challenger Oliver Jarratt finished in third.

 Race two was closely fought to the line with Gazda claiming the win just 0.065 seconds ahead of Jarratt who also set the fastest lap. Matt Dyer’s third place was just 0.2 seconds behind Jarratt.

Caterham Supersport - Robinson’s race pace earns two well-deserved wins

At the last race at Brands Hatch an unexpected electrical failure gave David Robinson his first DNF in race two whilst being positioned to get a win. Fortunately as it turned out the problems reoccurred during Friday’s pre-race testing allowing a faulty rev counter to be diagnosed and replaced.

Oulton Park is rightly regarded as one of the most technically challenging and daunting circuits in UK racing. David Robinson showed his full command of race craft by leading both races finishing 2.9 seconds ahead of Mike Hart in race one and 2.2 seconds ahead of Jonathan Mortimer in race two. Given the close racing at the front of the 2013 Supersport grid these two wins with such margins are defining for the 2013 Supersport championship with Robinson being strongly placed for the final round at Silverstone.

Fellow DPR team mate Wesley Fox challenged at the front and ended race one in 5th place but with the fastest lap. However mechanical gearbox gremlins in race two resulted in a DNF.

Caterham Superlight R300 - Head wins both races with newcomer Winstanley second. Taylor & Langley championship positions unchanged

There were good results from the DPR R300 team drivers but it was Aaron Head that took both race wins despite race one looking like a win for R300 newcomer Danny Winstanley for almost the entire race but an error by Winstanley at the finish gave Head the win by just 0.046 seconds. Championship contender Ollie Taylor took third with his rival Terry Langley just behind in fourth.

DPR driver Craig Currie driving his newly acquired R300 finished in fifth with R300 returnee Mark Shaw in 7th despite Shaw having to start from the back of the grid following a black flag incident during qualifying. However Shaw’s claim to being the fastest man on track at Oulton was reinforced by setting a fastest lap of 1:50:235.

Race two saw a repeat of the Head versus Winstanley battle. This time Head finished 0.3 seconds ahead of Winstanley with Langley third and Taylor fourth. DPR team mate Craig Currie repeated his fifth followed by Stuart Leonard in sixth who had a great drive from the back of the grid after a gearbox induced DNF in race one. Mark Shaw also had a great drive but was demoted to the back due to a driving penalty. Some satisfaction remained for Shaw as Winstanley’s fastest lap in race two of 1:50.242 was just a touch slower leaving Shaw’s claim to fame for being the fastest man on-track on the results sheets for the weekend.