Saturday, March 17, 2018
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A visit to our favourite track on the calendar is usually one to look forward to, to relish and to have a great time at, as it's also the closest one to home, so our ranks are swelled by welcome visitors. This time however, there is an air of sadness and nostalgia in the air, for this is the last BMW Compact Cup race this season for us, and possibly also the last race for MGA Motorsport.  

When we left the Croft circuit at the end of May, we couldn't have foreseen the events that would unfold over the coming weeks. First, a disagreement with Dave Whitmore, meant that he decided to leave the team and entrust his BMW to another team in the Compact Cup. Whilst this was regrettable, we understand that drivers change teams, and so we wish Dave the best of luck with his future racing.
Next to come was a decision by Nick De Jesus to end his season after Oulton Park, for personal reasons. We fully understand the reasons why and support Nick in his decision. Here's hoping that we'll be seeing Nick's permanent smile (almost as big as Daniel Ricciardo's!) on the grid some time soon.
That leaves the MGA team with no drivers to run for the rest of the BMW Compact Cup season, and so our season comes to a premature end, with 3 races left to run. It also means that team principal Mike Gorton, will be evaluating options for the 2016 season, one of which is not to run at all, leaving Mike with the odd weekend free for the first time in as long as he can remember.
Back to Oulton Park though, as there was still the small matter of the qualifying session and two races for Nick, all held on Saturday. This wasn't before the whole team were awakened by the ferocious thunderstorms passing over Cheshire on Friday night, dumping enough rainwater to turn the paddock into a pond. Fortunately, this didn't last, and it wasn't long before the sun was up and evaporating most of the water. The forecast was for lots of sun and wind, and fortunately no rain. 
Qualifying was a fairly straightforward affair, with Nick managing a best of 2:10.977, good enough for 28th place. A couple of drivers were disqualified for rule infringements and they were pitched down to the back of the grid. This meant that Nick moved up a couple of places, to 26th for race one.
Race one started in glorious sunshine, the grass banks of the Cheshire track packed with people taking in the rays. It wasn't long though, only the second corner, before racing stopped when there was a sizeable accident on the first lap at Cascades. Four cars were involved, with one resolutely beached in the gravel trap. This brought out the safety car for 2 laps, whilst the BMW was dragged out. Racing resumed for the remaining minutes, which fortunately continued without incident. Nick had a clean race, finishing in 20th place. Only 6 laps were run before the 15 minute run-time was up, and Nick was only 29 seconds down on the winner, James Gornall. 
Due to the 6:30pm curfew, there was a possibility that race two wouldn't run the full 15 minutes, but it did at least start on time. Similar conditions greeted the drivers and this time, there was no first lap incident. Nick was making good progress and had overtaken a number of cars. He was on track for a good finish when the number 33 BMW came into contact with Nick on the main straight as Nick was overtaking him. They were both able to continue and Nick was ahead coming out of Old Hall. At this point, the number 33 car touched the rear of Nick's car, pitching him into a spin. Fortunately, he didn't hit anything and ended up facing the correct way, allowing him to continue, but having lost several places. There wasn't enough time to make up any further places, and so Nick finished in 28th place. To show how much time he lost, the number 33 car finished in 20th place!
And so our Oulton Park race weekend came to a close. And with it, our season in the BMW Compact Cup. It was only a short season for us, and it didn't give us the results we would have expected, but we had an exciting 4 races, with (very!) full grids and close racing. 
What next for MGA Motorsport? No answers just yet...

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Mike Gorton

Mike Gorton holds an "S" Grade ARDS Instructor license and can provide tuition at any circuit in the UK. He is a Senior Instructor at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park. He is available for driver tuition on a daily basis at prices starting from £250.

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