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Victory for UCLan racing students at Oulton Park

"It was perfect all weekend." That was how UCLan Racing's manager Nick Johnson described the team's car after a second win in two races.

The Reynard FF89, which is set up and prepared entirely by Motor Sports Engineering and Operations students at UCLan, won the second round of the Club Formula Ford season at a hot Oulton Park.

Driver Stuart Jones qualified third and battled his way past two opponents during the race in the heated battle for the Pre-1990 championship on the Cheshire circuit.

Jones, 41, said: "I spent a couple of laps looking for him (the driver in front] to make an error. I knew if I could keep it neat and tidy I could bring it home. It was a great race."

The team's second car, the Van Diemen RF95, also run by students, finished the Class B race in third place after consistent driving by Motor Sports Engineering student Robert Whelan.

The 19-year-old's strong result came after the team made several setup adjustments to the car and he managed to climb five places during the race.

Whelan said: "We've made a lot of changes and we're moving forward. We're getting closer and closer every time we go out."

Manager Johnson, 33, was happy with the progress the team made. He said: "Rob's lap times came tumbling down and he gained confidence in the car.

"We are confident that the speed that he found this weekend can be carried forward to the next race where he will hopefully establish himself closer to the front runners."

The results of the weekend mean Jones leads the North West Pre-1990 championship table by 15 points and Whelan is placed fifth in Class B.

The third round of the championship takes place on the newly built Anglesey circuit on May 26 - a track none of the drivers has been to before.

 
 
 

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