After a perfect start to his season at Brands Hatch, Paul Wardell was looking to build on his early lead in the North Gloucester Mini Twins Championship when the series visited Cheshire’s famous Oulton Park circuit at the weekend.
Saturday’s re-started qualifying race, a 4 lap sprint, saw Paul involved in a tight battle with fellow title contender Jake Dettloff as he took the win and all-important pole position by just 0.037s at the chequered flag on his ContiRaceAttack Comp shod SV650.
The main race of the day, a longer 7 lap affair, saw Paul open up an early lead over Dettloff to take the win by a more comfortable margin of more than 4 seconds. The Northamptonshire based rider also dipped under the club class record to set a new benchmark with a 1.52.097 around Oulton Park.
With three wins from three races this season, Wardell leads the championship by 19 points with Donington Park next on the calendar in mid-May.
After his third win in a row Paul commented:
“Thanks to everybody at North Gloucester Road Racing for a brilliant weekend racing at Oulton Park. We made a clean sweep in the Minitwins class, qualifying on pole, winning the class, winning overall and breaking the NG Minitwin lap record by over a second. So far that’s three wins in three races. Our performance in the Minitwins championship has really improved compared to last year and the only change we’ve made to the bike is to fit Continental tyres supplied and fitted by A&R Racing.”
Also running at North Gloucester this weekend in the 600 class was Alun Brooks, a familiar name to anyone riding with Thundersport GB this season, alongside James Evans of Pro Bike Racing in Shropshire.
Alun just squeezed inside the top 10 in the opening race on the Brooks Boyz Honda, with James finishing in 6th on the Yamaha R6. Unfortunately on the second outing, James low sided at Old Hall whilst challenging for a top five finish, but with more races beckoning this weekend he’s already assessed and repaired the damage.
Congratulations to Paul on his superb start to the season – we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on his results this year.
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