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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

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.

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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.

FPW Racing Successful Test at Donington – Motul / Opie Oils Delivery

Over the last few years Opie Oils have been proud sponsors of FPW Racing and we are pleased to announce that with the help of our friends at Motul this will carry on for 2014. The team have returned from a successful test at Donington and taken delivery of Motul products. Looks like 2014 could be a good year for the team, take a look for yourself:

FPW Racing duo of Greg Greenwood and Milo Ward took to Donington Park in what can only be described as typical British weather. As both riders drove to the circuit is was clearly apparent that a day of wet testing was on the cards. Obviously not an ideal start to their 2014 season, especially as Donington is notoriously difficult in the wet conditions.

Greg was more than aware of what he was up against and once out on track in the first session he set about relearning the circuit and gradually building up to speed. This was a very gradual process as the conditions remained the same all morning. That said, Greg improved his times in every session and by the end of the day was a full six seconds faster than when he qualified in the Motostar championship in 2013 here at Donington. It was clear that this was a new Greg, buzzing with confidence and enjoying his riding like never before.

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Greg Greenwood: “I’ve spent all of the winter preparing my bike for today so it was finally good to get out and enjoy the day like I did. Everything felt right today and while I started slow I never felt on the edge as I built up my speed. Knocking six seconds off my lap time wasn’t something I expected so I am over the moon with that. This is the best start to a season I’ve ever had and I can’ wait for Brands to come around”.

FPW This week also saw the team take delivery and fit a new 2014 spec Geo Technology S.A. Moto3 engine. The company provides race ready Honda NSF250R engines to both world and national championship teams and for the past four seasons has built the 600cc Moto2 engine for the world championship. Geo Technology specified that the new engine provided has a 3 BHP increase in power over the 2013 engine and this is exactly what the team saw when we ran the bike on the team dyno this week. These are the upgraded (for 2014) version of the engine that Joe Francis to the title in 2013.

This week the team took delivery of their Motul Sponsorship package and what a delivery that was. Support for the team comes from both Motul UK and our long term sponsor Opie Oils. The season supply will see the team use Motul lubricants in both it’s Moto3 and 125GP machinery.

All of the Motul product line can be purchased from Opie Oils the UKs leading online distributor for both two and four wheels (www.opieoils.co.uk).

FPWAdrian Mason: “The new engine did exactly what the team at Geo said it would do when we ran it up on the dyno. The peak power is so impressive but it’s the torque that’s the real eye opener. The rider has the same level of torque throughout the racing rev range and I can’t wait to see this out on track.

When all of the boxes arrived with the lubricants and cleaners it was quite humbling to see the level of support our five riders are getting. I cannot thank both Motul and Opie Oils enough for what they are doing. Interestingly we ran back to back tests on the Moto3 using a leading brand and our Motul 300V and we saw an improvement in power just as Richard Barrett had predicted. We are going into this season in a very strong position”.

Opie Oils sponsor Mike Inglis race report of his two 750 Trophy Races at Donington Park

Mike Inglis, one of Opie Oils sponsors started off his 2014 season racing in two 750 Trophy Races at Donington Park.

Below is his report on both races:

“We had two 750 Trophy races on the Grand Prix Circuit at Donington Park on Saturday 29th March 2014. I had never raced on the GP circuit before and was a bit apprehensive as the two hairpins on this circuit would not suit my car at all, with its high revving supercharger it is best  on circuits with long fast corners and it is not at all good at accelerating out of slow corners.

The weather was kind to us, with a warm sunny spring day. I managed a 2:26.74 in qualifying, which to my surprise put me 5th overall on the grid, fastest Class A car and amazingly nearly 4 seconds under the previous lap record.

In race 1 I made a good start gaining 2 places by the first corner and I managed to hold onto 3rd overall until the faster Class C cars eventually caught me at the hairpin, but I struggled on to manage 4th overall and 1st in class with a new official lap record of 2:27.83.

Race 2 started at 5.50 pm with the light fading fast. I made an even better start from 5th on the grid and was second into the first corner. Again the Class C cars caught up and passed me at the hairpins , but I clinched 5th overall at the flag in near darkness and another 1st in Class A.

The next event is at Silverstone on the National Circuit on 3rd May, again with 2 races.”

Thanks for the report Mike and good luck at Silverstone, we look forward to hearing how you get on.

Opie Oils