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Opie Oils Sponsor Ben Harrison Race Report of Donington Park

Opie Oils Sponsor Ben Harrison sent in this fantastic Race Report of round 8 & 9 of the A&R Racing Formula 400 championship held at Donington Park.

“I arrived at Donington feeling slightly nervous, I had a big accident at Cadwell Park a few months before in which I broke my wrist, jaw and back.  I had surgery on my wrist, screwing and plating it back together and had screws in my jaw for 2 weeks also. This was extremely uncomfortable but at no point was I ready to give up and stop racing, it made me want to get back racing even more. Donington would be my first race back after my crash, so with the bike having a fresh new look and my injuries all healed up I was interested to see how the crash might affect how I rode.

Saturday:
First practice went extremely well, I went out on the bike conscious of the fact my wrist may feel uncomfortable or restrict my riding, luckily it was completely fine and I felt at home on the bike. I set a good time and felt confident I could run near the front of the pack.

Unfortunately the rest of the races didn’t go the plan, I had an issue with my gear shifter jamming up in the F400 Qualifier race so I pulled in and focussed on getting it fixed for the F400 final.The final went no better as the clutch started slipping one lap into the race, I managed to nurse the bike round and get a 7th place. There was very little time between this race and the newcomer race so I was unable to fix the issue as it got so bad that the bike was unridable, I had to no choice but to not race in the newcomers.

Opie Oils Sponsor Ben Harrison

Sunday:
I identified the problem Saturday evening and fixed it overnight, Sunday morning practice went very well the bike was fixed and I had tweaked the suspension which made me feel much more comfortable on the bike.

F400 Qualifier:
The race went very well, I got a good start and latched on to 3rd place, I started following and trying to reel him in, at which point he made am mistake on the brakes and had to overshoot the last corner, I kept up the gap and finished 3rd.

F400 Final:
I felt I had the pace to get a top 4 finish but I got held up on the first lap I lost touch with the leading group and was unable to reel them in.

I started to make time up on the guys in front but got caught up with some back markers having a few near misses along the way. I ended up finishing the race in 6th place.

Im a bit disappointed due to the mechanical issues I had on Saturday but overall in was a very positive weekend. I proved to myself that the crash hasn’t affected my confidence or speed 🙂

Roll on Anglesey in 4 weeks!!”

Best of luck at Anglesey Ben, we look forward to the race report.

– Opie Oils

Fenwick’s Caravan & Motorhome products now available

If you’re the owner of a caravan or motorhome then you will be pleased to hear that Opie Oils now stock an extensive range of Fenwick’s Caravan and Motorhome care products. The range stocked is vast!

Fenwick’s Caravan Cleaner Concentrate

Fenwick’s Caravan Cleaner Concentrate will easily remove black streaks, green algae, road traffic film, diesel fumes, and over wintering grime, etc. It is suitable for cleaning plastics, aluminium, acrylic windows, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants and much more. Highly concentrated formula to save you money washes upto 40 vans, guaranteed results.

Fenwick’s Bobby Dazzler – Afterwash Protective Coating

Bobby Dazzler is a hydrophobic protective surface coating, it actively repels water, dirt and algae and gives you that showroom finish without the need to polish. Simply apply during rinsing without the hard work of polishing. It is suitable for use on plastics, aluminium, glass, acrylic windows, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants, paint and much more. Does not contain silicone.

Fenwick’s Motorhome Cleaner Concentrate

Easily removes streaks, green algae, road traffic film, diesel fumes, and over wintering grime, etc. It is suitable for cleaning plastics, aluminium, acrylic windows, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants and much more. Highly concentrated formula, guaranteed results.

Fenwick’s Over Wintering Exterior Protector for Caravans and Motorhomes

Exterior Protector for caravans and motorhomes is a protective ‘jacket’ for the winter months. Its unique properties actively repel water, dirt and algae without the need for a cover. Simply apply after cleaning. It is suitable for use on plastics, aluminium, glass, acrylic windows, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants, paint and much more.

Fenwick’s Waste Pipe and Tank Cleaner

Waste Pipe & Tank Cleaner cleans and freshens waste tanks and toilet cassettes. Its powerful formula removes stubborn stains and unpleasant odours. It is the only product you need to clean the waste system and interior of your caravan or motorhome. Highly concentrated formula, guaranteed results.

Fenwick’s Black Streak Remover

Fenwicks Black Streak Remover will easily remove black streaks, green algae, road traffic film, diesel fumes, and over wintering grime, etc. It is suitable for cleaning plastics, aluminium, GRP, ABS, fibreglass, decals, sealants and much more. Can be used on arrival at campsite for waterless spot cleaning of travel grime.

Fenwick’s Windowize Scratch Remover

Fenwicks Windowize has been developed by Fenwick’s as a result of customers requests, for a simple but effective product that lasts. Will remove light scratches and hazing from plastic and acrylic windows.

Fenwick’s Awning and Tent Cleaner

Fenwicks Cleaner for Awnings & Tents will easily remove black streaks, green algae, road traffic film, diesel fumes,and over wintering grime, etc. Suitable for cleaning synthetic and colour fast canvas fabrics.

Fenwicks Awning and Tent Reproofer

A reproofer for Awnings & Tents is a water based, solvent free, stain protective hydrophobic coating. Ideal for water proofing synthetic and colour fast canvas fabrics. One litre will cover 15-30 square metres of fabric.

So there you have it, an extensive range of Caravan and Motorhome cleaning products now avaialble at Opie Oils.

Opie Oils Sponsor Oldfield Motorsport takes Championship Lead

A brace of podium finishes at Rounds 7 & 8 of the 2014 National Formula Ford Championship has seen Oldfield Motorsport retake the championship lead with their driver Stuart Gough.

The Opie Oils backed team saw Stuart’s Brother Ian, flying back from his base in Honk Kong, join their line-up. Ian would drive the car campaigned by Stuart so far, with Stuart stepping into the team’s second and so far unraced car which had been through significant development. The team therefore held high hopes going into qualifying, which in an ultra close session would see Stuart line-up in 4th position for race 1, some 2 tenths shy of pole position, with Ian 6th just a further ½ tenth back.

With Ian unfortunately retiring early on in Race 1, it was left to Stuart to take the fight to the competition and with some great battling up and down the field, Stuart would take second position, missing out on victory by just 0.031 seconds to Joey Foster.

Oldfield Motorsport crash

Race 2 would see a repeat of the battle, at times featuring eight cars, and incredibly it would feature Ian who was on a charge from the back of the grid. Ultimately Ian would finish in a fine 5th, with Stuart coming home in 3rd position having led the race at various points and setting the fastest lap as he did in Race 1.

The results see Stuart leaving Donington Park at the half way stage of the championship in the lead.

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Team principal James Oldfield reflected;

“It was fantastic to have both our cars and drivers running at the race winning pace. Naturally it’s slightly disappointing not to win, but this weekend takes our podium tally to seven and it’s our consistency that puts us in the championship lead.

Both drivers did an excellent job all weekend and we were particularly impressed with Ian’s recovery drive in Race 2.

We need to keep pushing more than ever, but with the progress we made again this weekend, we are looking forward to an exciting second part of the championship.”

The action continues in a month’s time at Silverstone (Northampton) on August 9th.

Opie Oils Engine Oil Service Pack look up is HERE!

Good news,

Opie Oils now offer an online oil recommendation tool for standard cars where you can find the correct Engine Oil & Filter Service Kits, Engine Oil only service kits and 1 litre Engine Oil Top Up Kits for your car.

For nearly 10 years Opie Oils have been offering oil recommendations and advice on over 1,000 forums and we have now applied our invaluable knowledge to our online recommendation tool. Unlike the majority of our competitors our lookup tool gives a recommendation that provides you with the correct specification oil and amount for a full change plus an option for OEM quality oil filter too!

There are three types of look up you can select:

– Car Service Kit – Engine Oil & Filter

We match our service kit engine oil with manufacturer specifications and fill volumes, and our OEM quality oil filters with an extensive fitment database to ensure you get exactly what you need to service your vehicle. Service kits may sometimes have a little more oil than the fill quantity – ideal for topping up. Comes with a free disposable filling kit with disposable funnel and gloves, dipstick wipe and hand wipe.

– Car Engine Oil (Without OEM Oil Filter)

If you’re looking for the correct specification and amount of engine oil for servicing your vehicle but already have the oil filter then this is for you. These recommendations sometimes have a little more oil than the fill quantity which is ideal for topping up. Again this option comes with a disposable filling kit with disposable funnel and gloves, dipstick wipe and hand wipe.

– Car Top Up Kit – 1 Litre of Engine Oil

Just need a 1 litre top up? Then use this option to get the correct viscosity and specification. With the addition of our disposable top up kit it makes topping up a quick and easy job.

To get your recommendation it’s simple. Select the type of look up you require and then enter your vehicle information. You will then be presented with the correct products for your car with prices and option to add to basket.

In the future we plan on adding additional products to our lookup tool, this includes spark & glow plugs, brake parts, wiper blades and much, much more! We will keep you all updated….

Cheers
– oilman