Oulton Park

Oulton Park Circuit is a motor racing track close to the village of Little Budworth, Cheshire, England. It is about 5 miles (8 km) from Winsford, 13 miles (21 km) from Chester city centre, 8 miles (13 km) from Northwich and 17 miles (27 km) from Warrington, with a nearby rail connection along the Mid-Cheshire Line. It occupies much of the area which was previously known as the Oulton Estate. The racing circuit is owned and operated by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision organisation.

Circuit

Colin Turkington goes through Knickerbrook during the BTCC race

The track is characterised by rapidly changing gradients, blind crests and several tight corners. The full circuit is 2.8 mi (4.5 km). The highest part of the course is Hill Top. Paddock facilities are reasonable in size with large areas of hard-standing and some power points.

The race track can be adapted for shorter courses. The "Foster's" Circuit, which is 1.66 miles (2.7 km), comprises half of the "Cascades" corner followed by the "Hislop's" chicane, it then heads onto Knickerbrook and up the 13% gradient of Clay Hill to work its way round to the start/finish straight. The British Touring Car Championships uses all of the Cascades Corner and Lakeside but then forks off into a hairpin before Island Bend. This hairpin cuts out all of the Island section of the circuit and takes the cars straight back over Hill Top.

Beginning in 2007, all the circuit's marshalling stations were redesigned with protective cages. This was to prevent incidents similar to those seen in the 2006 season when cars had collided with marshalling posts. A cage-protected marshals station was also built at the bottom of the back straight near the chicane preceding Knickerbrook.

Knickerbrook corner

Jake Rosenzweig goes through Knickerbrook corner at Oulton Park during a Porsche Carrera Cup race.

The corner is named after an event that occurred when the British demolition expert and raconteur, Blaster Bates, was removing tree stumps with dynamite close to the corner with a colleague. After the first detonation, a courting couple were seen to run off at speed and in some disarray from a nearby a bush or bank. On the closer investigation, the pair discovered some lady's underwear in the brook and this resulted in the naming of the corner.[1]

Despite its colourful name, it was a notorious corner on circuit because of accidents and racing drivers fatalities. The death of Paul Warwick in 1991 led to a chicane being added at the entry to the corner. Prior to Warwick's death, the bend had a reputation as a "racers' corner" because it demanded a driver's full commitment and total courage. Originally it was a fifth gear, off camber right-hand bend at the end of a downhill straight called Hilltop. Deep kerbing on the inside of the corner combined with an off camber could easily affect a cars' handling causing it to veer to the outside of the circuit. As an Armco barrier on the outside of the corner eventually intersected with the grass verge, there was a significant lack of run off area for drivers forced wide on the bend.

Since 1991, a right-left chicane (named Hislop's) was installed about 135 m (443 ft) before Knickerbrook to reduce the speed of cars coming down Hilltop.

History

Origins – 1950s

In the early 18th century the Oulton Estate comprised a manor house and a formal garden surrounded by Cheshire farmland. By the end of the century this farmland was converted into a park, which now is the site of Oulton Park. Some buildings that were part of the estate still exist; the entrance gates, lodges and screen designed by Joseph Turner.[2] During the Second World War, Oulton Park's grounds were used as one of the staging camps for US Army units under the command of General Patton (he stayed at nearby Peover Hall) prior to the Normandy landings in 1944.[3] American World Heavyweight Champion boxer Joe Louis put on several exhibition bouts for the troops garrisoned at Oulton Park. The fights were staged within the vicinity of the Deer Leap section of the modern circuit.[4] After the war, much of the estate remained unused. The estate's original house had been destroyed by fire in 1926 leaving vacant parkland.[5]

By the early 1950s England had a number of motor racing tracks but the northwest was not well served. The members of the took it on themselves to rectify the situation. The circuit they developed was on the estate of the Grey-Egerton family. With Sir Philip Gray-Egerton's permission, a circuit was mapped out starting early in 1953 and by August the new track was in existence, measuring 1.504 miles, almost rectangular in shape.[6]

The first meeting took place on 8 August, but the RAC would not allow the public to attend, wanting an opening meeting to be run successfully before allowing paying spectators; nonetheless some 3,000 club members and their guests attended as spectators. The main event of the day was the 33-lap 49.6-mile Formula Two race which was won by Tony Rolt driving Rob Walker's Connaught A Type. The supporting Formula III event was divided into three 10-lap heats (won by , and Don Parker) and a 17-lap final which went to Les Leston.[6]

Oulton Park has a vast catchment area which includes Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Crewe so it is little surprise that the second meeting and last of 1953 on 3 October, attracted a crowd of 40,000. It was a joint motorcycle and car event, the joining the Mid-Cheshire Car Club in organising it. The car side of the day was confined to three Formula III races and a final which was won by Glaswegian Ninian Sanderson from Ken Tyrrell.[6]

By April 1954, the track had grown to 2.23 miles in length and within a year of the opening meeting had grown again, to 2.761 miles. On Easter 1975, another circuit layout, measuring 1.654 miles, came into use. Oulton Park is unique amongst the new post-World War II circuits in that it is a true road circuit whilst its contemporaries were, with one exception, converted airfields (the exception being the short-lived ). It has something in common with Mallory Park in that it can trace its history back a very long way (possibly as far as Roman times) and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as ‘Aleton’.[6]

The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) brought the British Empire Trophy to Oulton Park in 1954 and ran it for sports cars on the new 2.23 miles Island Circuit. Alan Brown won the race in a Cooper-Bristol from Roy Salvadori, driving a Maserati A6GCS, who set a new lap record at 74.73 mph.[6]

In August, Oulton Park saw its first international meeting when the Daily Dispatch sponsored the Oulton Park Gold Cup. Apart from the 11-year period when Aintree ran international Formula One races, it fell to Oulton Park to bring the major formulae to the northwest of England and the Gold Cup was run for all the major formulae: Formula One, Formula Two, Formula 5000 and the big sport cars. Its first running over the second new circuit of the year, the 2.761 mile International circuit, and was for Formula One; the entry was entirely British with the exception of Jean Behra in his Gordini. There were 19 starters, Stirling Moss started from the back of the grid in his new Maserati 250F which had only arrived from the factory on the morning of the race. By the end of lap one, he had passed twelve of his rivals and took the lead from Reg Parnell’s Ferrari 625 on the fourth lap to win by 1min 14.4sec at the end of the 36-lap race. Bob Gerard’s Cooper-Bristol and Don Beauman’s Connaught were the only two other cars on the same lap as Moss. This was the first of Moss's victories in the Gold Cup – he went on to win it another four times, repeating the win in 1955, 1959, 1960 and 1961.[6]

In 1956 the Vintage Sports Car Club brought the Richard Seaman Memorial Trophy Race to Oulton Park from Silverstone, but the BRSCC's Daily Herald Trophy for sport cars was almost rained off. The race was reduced from 56 to 40 laps and the Le Mans-winning Ecurie Ecosse team was withdrawn. Moss won in his works Aston Martin DB3S from his teammate Tony Brooks.[6]

Prior to the 1957 season Moss and Brooks tested the Vanwalls at Oulton and advised that the surface should be replaced at Island Bend. Their advice was acted on.[6]

1960s

There was a new look to the Cheshire circuit for the 1961 season, the pits being rebuilt into a two-storey affair with a concrete wall to protect the pit crews when working on their charges. The Oulton Park Trophy was a televised event for GT cars which was won by Mike Parkes in the Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 250GT from Graham Hill in a Jaguar E-Type and Tony Maggs in an Aston Martin DB4GT; Innes Ireland fought his way to fourth in another 250GT after a poor start, setting a new lap record on the way.[6]

The 1961 Gold Cup, saw Moss win his final Cup, the car he was driving being unique. The race was run in damp conditions and this enabled Moss to take the flag with the four-wheel drive Ferguson P99. It was the only race victory for the 4WD F1 car although the car did win the 1964 British Hill Climb Championship.[4][7]

Oulton Park was bought by in 1964, to increase the Company's motor sport portfolio, and later in the year Grovewood also acquired the freehold, thereby ending nearly 500 years of ownership by the Egerton family. Grovewood's takeover coincided with the increase in required safety measures. Being set in parkland, Oulton Park was more difficult and more expensive to bring up to standard than other circuits but the decision to make motorsport first and parkland second was effected.[6]

The spring meeting that year had a distinctly Scottish flavour, Jimmy Clark winning the sports, GT and saloon car races and Jackie Stewart, starting out in International career, won the Formula Three race in Ken Tyrrell's Cooper-Austin. Clark was the reigning World Champion yet had time to enter a relatively minor meeting in England.[6]

1965 saw the revival of the world's oldest motor race when the Royal Automobile Club's Tourist Trophy came to the Cheshire track, it was run for Sports and GT cars in two 2-hour heats and was won by Denny Hulme in a 2-litre Brabham-Climax BT8.[6]

On 2 April 1966, saw prospective spectators at the British Automobile Racing Club's Oulton Park 200 being turned away, as the circuit was covered in snow. Good Friday 1969 saw the birth of Formula 5000 in Europe: Peter Gethin had a runaway win driving the Church Farm Racing McLaren-Chevrolet M10A.[6]

The last RAC Tourist Trophy to be run at Oulton Park took place on Whit Monday 1969 and ended in tragedy. Paul Hawkins lost control of his Lola T70 at Island Bend and hit a tree; he was killed instantly and the race stopped, Trevor Taylor (who had bravely tried to save Hawkins from the blazing wreck) being declared the winner.[6]

1970s

Good Friday 1971 saw Formula One return to the Cheshire circuit to contest the Rothmans Trophy. Victory went to the diminutive Mexican Pedro Rodríguez driving a Yardley BRM P160; he set a new highest race average speed at 115.13 mph. The fastest lap was shared with Peter Gethin driving a McLaren M10A (who had harried Rodríguez throughout the race) in 1min 25sec at 116.93 mph.[6]

Until 1973 racing had always been restricted to Saturdays and Bank Holidays but that year the local council gave permission for four Sunday meetings – but it was to last for only a year. That first Sunday meeting on 13 May was to feature F5000 as the top race of the day and it saw a 1-2-3 win for Chevron, victory going to Teddy Pilette.[6]

1980s – 1990s

At the close of the 2000 season the outright lap record on the International circuit stood to the credit of Gareth Rees, driving a Super Nova Formula 3000 Reynard 95D in the British Formula Two Championship on 6 July 1996. He circulated in 1min 24.68secs, at a speed of 117.91 mph. The outright lap record on the Fosters circuit was held by Luca Riccitelli in a Formula 3000 car in 50.09secs (119.30 mph).[6]

2000s – present

Oulton Park remains an extremely popular venue having been brought up to modern standards following the circuit's acquisition by MotorSport Vision (MSV). After many years of decay, Oulton was given new life when it, along with Brands Hatch, Snetterton and Cadwell Park, was purchased by the group in January 2004.[8] MSV, headed by ex-F1 racer Jonathan Palmer, have completely turned the circuits around, tidying them up and pulling the crowds in.

The circuit hosts rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, two visits for the British Superbike Championship, and the season opener for the British GT Championship, while the Historic Gold Cup classic car meeting in August is dubbed 'the Goodwood of the north'. Crowds have seen a noticeable increase in recent years, with the BTCC meeting in 2014 attracting a record attendance of 43,000.[9]

Current major racing events

Oulton Park currently hosts the following major UK race championships:[10]

The HSCC Oulton Park Gold Cup has also become one of the biggest historic events on the racing calendar, with hundreds of classic cars competing.[10]

Recent additions to the calendar include a Family Fun Day during the May Bank Holiday weekend, which offers family activities, driving experiences and activities not accustomed to racing tracks, such as medieval jousting, while a festival dedicated to the Mini has also been added.

During the week the circuit offers some general test days and driving experiences, and can also be hired out for private testing and track days.[11]

Oulton Park Gold Cup

The Gold Cup was a prize originally awarded to the winner of a non-championship Formula One race held annually at Oulton Park. First ran in 1954, Stirling Moss won the cup and he would go on the win it four more times. Although the race regularly attracted the top teams from across Britain and Europe, the increasing costs of F1 and more countries wishing to have their own Grand Prix, the Gold Cup fell by wayside with last true F1 race in 1972. The Gold Cup would continue albeit with different formulae; Formula 5000, Formula 3000; British Formula One through to British GT and British Touring Cars. Since 2003, the Gold Cup meeting is an event run by the Historic Sports Car Club.[3]

Records

The outright lap record for the International Circuit configuration is 1:24.68 (117.91 mph), set by Gareth Rees, in his Super Nova Formula 3000 Reynard 95D in the British Formula Two Championship on 6 July 1996 at the circuit's last running of the Gold Cup as a single-seater event.[6]

While on two wheels the outright lap record for International circuit, is held by Karl Bomber Harris in July 2006, in the British superbikes qualifying he set a record of 1.34.5 which still to this day is unbeaten.(reference TSL timing services)

Major race results

Formula One Non-World Championship races

Year Race Driver Constructor
1954 Stirling Moss Maserati 250F
1955 Stirling Moss Maserati 250F
1959 International Gold Cup Stirling Moss Cooper-Climax T51
1960 International Gold Cup Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 18
1961 International Gold Cup Stirling Moss Ferguson-Climax P99
1962 International Gold Cup Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 25
1963 International Gold Cup Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 25
1966 International Gold Cup Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT19
1967 Daily Express Spring Cup Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT20
International Gold Cup Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco BT24
1968 International Gold Cup Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth MS10
1969 International Gold Cup Jacky Ickx Brabham-Cosworth BT26A
1970 International Gold Cup John Surtees Surtees-Cosworth TS7
1971 Rothmans/Daily Express International Spring Trophy Pedro Rodríguez BRM P160
International Gold Cup John Surtees Surtees-Cosworth TS9
1972 International Gold Cup Denny Hulme McLaren-Cosworth M19A
1978 Tony Trimmer McLaren-Cosworth M23
Guy Edwards March-Cosworth 781
1979 Tony Trimmer Wolf-Cosworth WR4
Emilio de Villota Lotus-Cosworth 78
1980 Guy Edwards Arrows-Cosworth A1
Jim Crawford Chevron-Ford B45
1982 Tony Trimmer Fittipaldi-Cosworth F8

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European Formula 5000 Championship

The BRSCC's F5000 championship, organised in the UK but taking in events across Europe, started in 1969. The title sponsorship moved from Guards to Rothmans to Shellsport before the series let in Formula One, Formula Two and Formula Atlantic cars for 1976.

Year Race Driver Car
1969 Guards Formula 5000 Championship Rd.1 Peter Gethin McLaren-Chevrolet M10A
Guards Formula 5000 Championship Rd.11 Lola-Chevrolet T142
1970 Guards European Formula 5000 Championship Rd.1 McLaren-Chevrolet M10B
Guards European Formula 5000 Championship Rd.19 Reine Wisell McLaren-Chevrolet M10B
1971 Rothmans European Formula 5000 Championship Rd.16 Frank Gardner Lola-Chevrolet T300
1972 Rothmans European Formula 5000 Championship Rd.8 Brian Redman Chevron-Chevrolet B24
Rothmans European Formula 5000 Championship Rd.13 Graham McRae McRae-Chevrolet GM1
1973 Rothmans Formula 5000 Championship Rd.6 Teddy Pilette Chevron-Chevrolet B24
Peter Gethin Chevron-Chevrolet B24
1974 Rothmans 5000 European Championship Rd.4 Brian Redman Lola-Chevrolet T332
1974 International Gold Cup
Rothmans 5000 European Championship Rd.15
Ian Ashley Lola-Chevrolet T330
1975 Shellsport Formula 5000 Championship Rd.3 Gordon Spice Lola-Chevrolet T332
David Purley Chevron-Ford B30

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International Formula Two Championship

Year Race Driver Car
1953 Tony Rolt Connaught-Lea Francis Type A
1956 Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T41
1957 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax T43
1959 Jim Russell Cooper-Climax T45
1960 Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 18
Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax T51
Jack Brabham Brabham-Cosworth BT10
1965 Spring Trophy Denny Hulme Brabham-Cosworth BT16
John Surtees Lola-Cosworth T60
1966 Cancelled – Snow on track
Niki Lauda March-Ford 722
Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 722

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British Formula 3000/Formula Two Championship

Year Race Driver Car
1989 Andrew Gilbert-Scott Reynard-Cosworth 88D
Paolo Carcasci Reynard-Cosworth 88D
Alain Menu Reynard-Cosworth 89D
Reynard-Cosworth 89D
Paul Warwick Reynard-Cosworth 90D
Paul Warwick Reynard-Cosworth 90D
Peter Kox Reynard-Cosworth 91D
Yvan Muller Reynard-Cosworth 91D
Philippe Adams Reynard-Cosworth 92D
Reynard-Cosworth 91D
Phil Andrews Reynard-Cosworth 93D
Gareth Rees Reynard-Cosworth 95D
Gareth Rees Reynard-Cosworth 95D

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British Formula Three season

Year Race Driver Car
1964 Lotus-Ford 27
Jackie Stewart Cooper -BMC T72
Brabham-Ford BT16
Brabham-Ford BT9
Piers Courage Brabham-Ford BT10
Brabham-Ford BT16
Cancelled – Snow on Track
Chris Lambert Brabham-Ford BT15
Brabham-Ford BT21
Alan Rollinson Brabham-Ford BT21
Brabham-Ford BT21
John Miles Lotus-Ford 41
Morris Nunn Lotus-Ford 41
Peter Gethin Brabham-Ford BT21
Derek Bell Brabham-Ford BT21
Tony Lanfranchi Merlyn-Ford Mk 10
Morris Nunn Lotus-Ford 41
McLaren-Ford M4A
Brabham-Ford BT21
Tim Schenken Chevron-Ford B9
Tim Schenken -Ford Mk3
Tim Schenken Chevron-Ford B9
Tim Schenken Chevron-Ford B9
Tim Schenken Chevron-Ford B9
Brabham-Ford BT21B
Tim Schenken Brabham-Ford BT28
Alan Rollinson Brabham-Ford BT21B
Chevron-Ford B15
Lotus-Ford 59A
David Walker Lotus-Ford 59A
Carlos Pace Lotus-Ford 59A
Chevron-Ford B17
Brabham-Ford BT28
David Walker Lotus-Ford 69
Jody Scheckter Merlyn-Ford Mk 21
Roger Williamson March-Ford 723
Tony Brise Brabham-Ford BT38
Rikky von Opel Ensign-Ford LNF3
Roger Williamson GRD-Ford 372
March-Ford 733
Conny Andersson March-Ford 733
March-Ford 733
Alan Jones GRD-Ford 373
Brian Henton March-Ford 743
Brian Henton March-Ford 743
Brian Henton March-Ford 743
Alex Ribeiro GRD-Ford 374
Brian Henton March-Ford 743
1975 Danny Sullivan -Toyota M1
Ingo Hoffmann March-Toyota 753
1976 Rupert Keegan March-Toyota 743
Bruno Giacomelli March-Toyota 763
1977 Eje Elgh Chevron-Toyota B38
1978 Chico Serra March-Toyota 783
Nelson Piquet Ralt-Toyota RT1
1979 Mike Thackwell March-Toyota 793
Roberto Guerrero Argo-Toyota JM6
Stefan Johansson Ralt-Toyota RT3
Raul Boesel Ralt-Toyota RT3/81
Jonathan Palmer Ralt-Toyota RT3/81
Enrique Mansilla Ralt-Toyota RT3D/82
Martin Brundle Ralt-Toyota RT3D/82
1983 Calvin Fish Ralt-Volkswagen RT3/83
Martin Brundle Ralt-Toyota RT3/83
1984 Russell Spence Ralt-Volkswagen RT3/84
1985 Ralt-Volkswagen RT30
Martin Donnelly Ralt-Volkswagen RT30/86
1987 Martin Donnelly Ralt-Volkswagen RT31
1988 International Gold Cup Gary Brabham Ralt-Volkswagen RT32
1989 David Brabham Ralt-Volkswagen RT33
1990 Mika Häkkinen Ralt-Mugen-Honda RT34
1993 Oliver Gavin Dallara-Vauxhall F393
1994 Jan Magnussen Dallara-Mugen-Honda F394
1995 Cristiano da Matta Dallara-Mugen-Honda F395
1996 Ralph Firman Dallara-Mugen-Honda F396
1997 Peter Dumbreck Dallara-Mugen-Honda F397
1998 Enrique Bernoldi Dallara-Renault F398
1999 Luciano Burti Dallara-Mugen-Honda F399
2000 Tomas Scheckter Dallara-Mugen-Honda F399
2001 Takuma Sato Dallara-Mugen-Honda F301
Takuma Sato Dallara-Mugen-Honda F301
2002 Heikki Kovalainen Dallara-Renault F302
James Courtney Dallara-Mugen-Honda F302
2003 Alan van der Merwe Dallara-Mugen-Honda F303
Alan van der Merwe Dallara-Mugen-Honda F303
2004 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Dallara-Mugen-Honda F304
Nelson Piquet, Jr. Dallara-Mugen-Honda F304
2006 Bruno Senna Dallara-Mercedes F306
Bruno Senna Dallara-Mercedes F306
2007 Maro Engel Dallara-Mercedes F307
Marko Asmer Dallara-Mercedes F307
2008 Oliver Turvey Dallara-Mercedes F308
Jaime Alguersuari Dallara-Mercedes F308
2009 Daniel Ricciardo Dallara-Mercedes F309
Daniel Ricciardo Dallara-Mercedes F309
2010 Jean-Éric Vergne Dallara-Volkswagen F310
Rupert Svendsen-Cook Dallara-Volkswagen F310
Jean-Éric Vergne Dallara-Volkswagen F310
2011 Lucas Foresti Dallara-Mercedes F311
Riki Christodoulou Dallara-Volkswagen F310
Felipe Nasr Dallara-Volkswagen F308
2012 Jack Harvey Dallara-Volkswagen F312
Pipo Derani Dallara-Mercedes F312
Félix Serrallés Dallara-Volkswagen F312
2016 BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.10 Ricky Collard Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016
BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.11 Toby Sowery Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016
BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.12 Ricky Collard Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016
2017 BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.1 Enaam Ahmed Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016
BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.2 Enaam Ahmed Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016
BRDC British F3 Championship Rd.3 Enaam Ahmed Tatuus-Cosworth F4-016

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World Sportscar Championship

Year Race Driver Car
1965 RAC Tourist Trophy Denny Hulme Brabham-Climax BT8

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European Touring Car Championship

Year Race Driver Car
1967 Andrea de Adamich Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA

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British Touring Car Championship

Fabrizio Giovanardi (leading Colin Turkington) driving for Vauxhall at the Oulton Park round of the 2006 British Touring Car Championship
Year Race Driver Car
1960 Don Parker Jaguar XK150
1961 Roy Salvadori Jaguar MkII 3.8
1962 Graham Hill Jaguar MkII 3.8
1963 Graham Hill Jaguar MkII 3.8
Dan Gurney Ford Galaxie
1964 Jim Clark Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark Lotus Cortina
1965 Roy Pierpoint Ford Mustang
Jim Clark Lotus Cortina
1966 Classes A & B Chris Craft Ford Anglia
Classes C & D Jim Clark Lotus Cortina
1967 Classes A & B John Rhodes Morris Mini Cooper S
Classes C & D Frank Gardner Ford Falcon Sprint
1968 Brian Muir Ford Falcon Sprint
1969 Dennis Leech Ford Falcon Sprint
1970 Frank Gardner Ford Mustang Boss 302
1971 Brian Muir Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1972 Brian Muir Ford Capri RS2600
Frank Gardner Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1974 Stuart Graham Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Stuart Graham Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1975 Classes A & B Andy Rouse Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Classes C & D Stuart Graham Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Vince Woodman Chevrolet Camaro Z28
1976 Classes B, C & D Tom Walkinshaw Ford Capri II 3.0S
Class A Bernard Unett Hillman Avenger 1300
1977 Classes B, C & D Tony Dron Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Class A Bernard Unett Chrysler Avenger 1300
1978 Classes C & D Gordon Spice Ford Capri III 3.0S
Classes A & B Richard Lloyd Volkswagen Golf GTI
Classes C & D Tom Walkinshaw BMW 530i
Classes A & B Richard Lloyd Volkswagen Golf GTI
1979 Classes C & D Gordon Spice Ford Capri III 3.0S
Classes A & B John Morris Volkswagen Golf GTI
Classes C & D Stuart Graham Ford Capri III 3.0S
Classes A & B Richard Lloyd Volkswagen Golf GTI
1980 Classes C & D Gordon Spice Ford Capri III 3.0S
Classes A & B Chris Hodgetts Toyota Celica GT
1981 Classes C & D Win Percy Rover 3500S
Classes A & B Chris Hodgetts Toyota Celica ST
1982 Classes A & B Gordon Spice Ford Capri III 3.0S
Classes C & D Win Percy Toyota Corolla GT
1983 Jeff Allam Rover Rover Vitesse
1984 James Weaver BMW 635CSi
1985 Andy Rouse Ford Sierra XR4Ti
1987 Tim Harvey Rover Vitesse
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BMW 635CSi
1988 Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS500
1989 Robb Gravett Ford Sierra RS500
1990 Andy Rouse Ford Sierra RS500
Robb Gravett Ford Sierra RS500
1991 John Cleland Vauxhall Cavalier
1992 Andy Rouse Toyota Carina
1993 Joachim Winkelhock BMW 318i
Joachim Winkelhock BMW 318i
1994 Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Joachim Winkelhock BMW 318i
1995 Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 20v
Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Alain Menu Renault Laguna
1996 Joachim Winkelhock BMW 320i
Rickard Rydell Volvo 850 20v
Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Frank Biela Audi A4 quattro
1997 Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Alain Menu Renault Laguna
1998 Alain Menu Renault Laguna
Jason Plato Renault Laguna
James Thompson Honda Accord
Anthony Reid Nissan Primera GT
1999 Laurent Aïello Nissan Primera GT
Laurent Aïello Nissan Primera GT
Laurent Aïello Nissan Primera GT
James Thompson Honda Accord
2000 Alain Menu Ford Mondeo
Tom Kristensen Honda Accord
Anthony Reid Ford Mondeo
Gabriele Tarquini Honda Accord
2001 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Jason Plato Vauxhall Astra Coupé
2002 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Paul O'Neill Vauxhall Astra Coupé
2003 James Thompson Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Matt Neal Honda Civic Type-R
2004 Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
Dan Eaves Honda Civic Type-R
Yvan Muller Vauxhall Astra Coupé
2005 Jason Plato SEAT Toledo Coupé
Matt Neal Honda Integra Type-R
Tom Chilton Honda Integra Type-R
2006 Gordon Shedden Honda Integra Type-R
Matt Neal Honda Integra Type-R
Jason Plato SEAT León
2007 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic
Colin Turkington BMW 320si
Mat Jackson BMW 320si
2008 Jason Plato SEAT León TDI
Colin Turkington BMW 320si
Gordon Shedden Honda Civic
2009 Colin Turkington BMW 320si
Colin Turkington BMW 320si
James Thompson Honda Civic
2010 Tom Onslow-Cole Ford Focus ST LPG
Jason Plato Chevrolet Cruze
Matt Neal Honda Civic
2011 Gordon Shedden Honda Civic
Jason Plato Chevrolet Cruze LT
Mat Jackson Ford Focus ST
2012 Matt Neal Honda Civic
Gordon Shedden Honda Civic
Matt Neal Honda Civic
2013 Jason Plato MG 6 GT
Jason Plato MG 6 GT
Andrew Jordan Honda Civic
2014 Colin Turkington BMW 125i M Sport
Colin Turkington BMW 125i M Sport
Árón Smith Volkswagen CC
2015 Jason Plato Volkswagen CC
Jason Plato Volkswagen CC
Sam Tordoff BMW 125i M Sport
2016 Colin Turkington Subaru Levorg GT
Sam Tordoff BMW 125i M Sport
Matt Neal Honda Civic Type R
2017 Andrew Jordan BMW 125i M Sport
Ashley Sutton Subaru Levorg GT
Gordon Shedden Honda Civic Type R

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British Superbike Championship

Gregorio Lavilla riding on the Airwaves Ducati at Oulton Park British Superbikes in May 2005.
Year Race Rider Manufacturer
Rob McElnea 750cc Yamaha 0W01
Rob McElnea 750cc Yamaha 0W01
John Reynolds 750cc Kawasaki ZXR750R
John Reynolds 750cc Kawasaki ZXR750R
John Reynolds 750cc Kawasaki ZXR750R
John Reynolds 750cc Kawasaki ZXR750R
Jamie Whitham 750cc Yamaha
Jamie Whitham 750cc Yamaha
Jamie Whitham 750cc Yamaha
Jamie Whitham 750cc Yamaha
Ian Simpson 588cc Norton RFI 588
Ian Simpson 588cc Norton RFI 588
588cc Norton RFI 588
588cc Norton RFI 588
Jamie Whitham 916cc Ducati 916
Steve Hislop 916cc Ducati 916
Jamie Whitham 916cc Ducati 916
Steve Hislop 916cc Ducati 916
Jamie Whitham 750cc Yamaha YZF750
Terry Rymer 916cc Ducati 916
Chris Walker 750cc Yamaha YZF750
John Reynolds 916cc Ducati 916
Niall Mackenzie 750cc Yamaha YZF750
Niall Mackenzie 750cc Yamaha YZF750
Michael Rutter 900cc Honda CBR900RR
Steve Hislop 750cc Yamaha YZF750
Troy Bayliss 916cc Ducati 916
Sean Emmett 916cc Ducati 916
Troy Bayliss 996cc Ducati 996
Troy Bayliss 996cc Ducati 996
John Reynolds 996cc Ducati 996
Sean Emmett 996cc Ducati 996
Neil Hodgson 996cc Ducati 996
John Reynolds 996cc Ducati 996
Neil Hodgson 996cc Ducati 996
Chris Walker 750cc Suzuki GSX-R750
2001 Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Michael Rutter 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Hislop 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Steve Plater 996cc Ducati 996 RS
Shane Byrne 998cc Ducati 998 FO2
Shane Byrne 998cc Ducati 998 FO2
Steve Plater 954cc Honda CBR954RR
Yukio Kagayama 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
2004 Yukio Kagayama 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
Yukio Kagayama 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
John Reynolds 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
John Reynolds 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
2005 Michael Rutter 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Leon Haslam 999cc Ducati 999 F04
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
2006 Gregorio Lavilla 999cc Ducati 999 F04
Gregorio Lavilla 999cc Ducati 999 F04
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
2007 Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Jonathan Rea 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
2008 Shane Byrne 1099cc Ducati 1098R
Shane Byrne 1099cc Ducati 1098R
Tom Sykes 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
Tom Sykes 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
2009 Leon Camier 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Leon Camier 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Stuart Easton 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Leon Camier 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Leon Camier 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
2010 Stuart Easton 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Michael Laverty 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
2011 Ryuichi Kiyonari 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
John Hopkins 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
Tommy Hill 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Cancelled due to poor weather
2012 + Tommy Hill 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Chris Walker 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
Tommy Hill 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Tommy Hill 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Tommy Hill 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
2013 Alex Lowes 999cc Honda CBR1000RR
Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
James Ellison 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
2013 British Superbike Championship Rd.15 Josh Brookes 999cc Suzuki GSX-R1000
2014 Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
Josh Brookes 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
2015 MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.3 Race 1 Tommy Bridewell 999cc BMW S1000RR
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.3 Race 2 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.9 Race 1 Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.9 Race 2 Josh Brookes 999cc Yamaha YZF-R1
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.9 Race 3 Shane Byrne 999cc Kawasaki ZX-10R
2016 MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.2 Race 1 Leon Haslam 999cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.2 Race 2 999cc BMW S1000RR
2017 MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.3 Race 1 Leon Haslam 999cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.3 Race 2 Shane Byrne 1198cc Ducati 1199
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.10 Race 1 Leon Haslam 999cc Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
MCE British Superbike Championship Rd.10 Race 2 Dan Linfoot 998cc Honda CBR1000RR

+ Replacement for cancelled Brands Hatch race [22][23][24][25]

Further reading

  • Peter McFayden. Motor Racing at Oulton Park in the 1970s. Veloce Publishing. ISBN 978-1845841645.
  • Peter McFayden. Motor Racing at Oulton Park in the 1960s. Veloce Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84584-038-9.
  • Kerry Flecther. From a Dream to a Reality …the Memories of Oulton Park. Authors Online Ltd. ISBN 978-0755202355

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