Set in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Oulton Park is a favourite with riders and spectators alike – and the circuit itself is superb with lots of elevation changes and fast, sweeping bends.
Last weekend the BEMSEE paddock rolled into town for their annual trip to Tarporley, with a test day and qualifying on the Friday and a full day of racing action on the Saturday.
With 11 wins to his name already this season, Cam Harris has been the rider to beat in the Rookie Minitwin class as he consistently posts times which would put him well in the mix in the main MRO class once he loses his rookie status.
As always, the Suzuki was in fine form and Cam pulled out a clear lead over Jon Barnes in the opening race to take a convincing win. After his very brief foray into the 600s was cut short due to finances, Jon had a great return to the Rookie Minitwin class with a solid 2nd place in the opening race. He was followed over the line by Dan Harris in 3rd, to make it a podium lock-out for Continental riders in the opening contest.
The second race once again saw Cam lead from the front to take another win and move one step closer to a title in his maiden season. Dan Harris took 3rd place to secure a double podium finish, with Jon Barnes pushed back to 5th. Wil Green also scored 2 top ten finishes for Faith Fueled Racing.
Another Rookie that has been raising eyebrows this season is Aiden Patmore in the 400 class. Aiden has been in blistering form in 2017, and has broken lap records on more than one occasion this season after switching to ContiRaceAttack Comp tyres. Once again he proved to be a hard man to catch, taking a class win in the opening contest of the weekend followed by an outright and class win in the second. Aiden is also well on course to secure the Rookie 400 title.
Ande Friend went into the weekend at Oulton Park leading the Thunderbike Rookie class, and qualified in 2nd place just behind Carl Bell on the Friday. Despite his best efforts, Ande wasn’t able to get the better of his rival in the opening contest despite breaking the class lap record as he settled for 2nd place and some solid points. After getting caught up in traffic in the second race and getting stuck in 3rd gear, Ande dropped back to 3rd but still continues his impressive run of podium finishes with 18 to date this year.
Ande’s good friend Adam Norton had to sit this one out after a nasty incident at Brands GP which saw the rider in front of him go down leaving the Honda rider with nowhere to go other than to the floor. Norton has since been diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, and we wish him a speedy recovery and return to action in the Thunderbike Extreme class.
Bemsee will be back at Brands Hatch Indy circuit for their second visit of the year over the August Bank holiday.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in action again soon!
Photo credit – Kent Bad Boyz Photography.
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