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FPW Racing – Round 7 Motul Motostar Oulton Park

Opie Oils sponsors FPW Racing had a fantastic weekend of  racing with the exception of Taz Taylor who suffered a cruel blow during the race. After each event we FPW Racing always write an excellent race report, enjoy!

Jayson Uribe
Finished 4th (3rd Moto3 Class ) – 3rd in the British Moto3 Championship

Sometimes things just gel. From the second Jayson swung his leg over the FPW Racing Moto3 machine he was right at the sharp end. Friday was a very productive day with two very quick Free Practice (FP) sessions. One noticeable change to Jayson this weekend was his consistency. Building up speed with each lap, Jayson was able to string together multiple quick laps rather than relying on one or two laps during a session. This was just what the team had wanted to see from Jayson and he delivered.

In Qualifying Jayson continued this good run of form and effort. In a very strong Q1 session, Jayson was on the pace from the very start, managing to end the session in 4th place with a lap time of 1:47.238. In Q2 Jayson, like many of the other riders was unable to improve on his time from the morning session but this had no impact on his grid position.

As the remnants of a tropical storm passed over Oulton Park in the morning for the warm up session, it was great to see Jaysons form was not just confined to the dry. His pace in the wet was blistering too, ending the eight minute period in 6th with an average lap speed in excess of 80 mph.

Jayson Uribe
All IMAGES BY David Johnston

After the race start was delayed due to torrential rain, it was calming for everyone involved to finally be called to take to the grid. As the lights went out it wasn’t the greatest of starts for Jayson, as he ended the first lap in the difficult conditions in 7th. Unable to make any headway Jayson became comfortable with the conditions before deciding to pull the pin on lap six, going almost two seconds a lap faster than his previous laps Jayson was able to pull out a gap on championship leader Jordan Weaving. With just two laps remaining in the shortened race it looked as though Jayson was going to make the move on Ed Rendell but as the trio drove hard out of Old Hard for the final time it was Weaving who snook through on Jayson while he looked to make the move on Rendell. This unsettled Jayson’s rhythm and he was left to cross the line with a very hard fought third. This was edge of your seat racing from 15 year old racer – superb and well done!

Daniel Hermansson
Finished 10th (3rd 125GP Championship)

Daniel came to the UK to race two stroke bikes in the most competitive European class. He did this to improve his riding and take his sponsors bike to the very limit. Coming to the UK and running with some very quick riders has some downsides especially when you’re arriving at circuits you’ve never seen before. Having already spent a weekend at Oulton earlier in the season this was Daniels weekend to prove his ability to his piers. Unfortunately though this weekend was going to test Daniel and his group of mechanics to their limits.

With perfect conditions for FP, Daniel went out and struggled in both. In the first session he struggled with visor issues then didn’t have the perfect run in the FP2 as jetting hampered his top end speed.

Going into Qualifying Daniel had high hopes, but these were soon dashed as his primary engine suffered a mechanical. After swapping the engine out Daniel again struggled to get the best out of the machine and ended the session with a best lap of 1:52.236 leaving him 21st on the grid.

Daniel Hermansson

Daniels troubles didn’t end there. In morning warm up on race day he suffered brake issues in the very wet conditions. Having inspected everything it wasn’t clear what the issue was with the brake, but when the same problem appeared on the warm up lap Daniels heart sank. Entering the pit lane he spoke with his mechanics who attempted to trace the problem. Thoroughly annoyed, Daniel started the ten lap race from pit lane with no idea whether his brakes were good or not. What happened next is what’s racing is all about.

Daniel took to the track and threw caution to the wind, riding to the limit in the conditions Daniel was able to pass riders as though they were somehow limited on power. In the opening three laps, having lost a good 10 seconds at the start, Daniel was able to make up seven places. Two laps later he’d made another seven places and was visibly faster than those in front. On lap six, Daniel passed team mate Greg Greenwood, and slotted into 12th place. By now the riders around him weren’t that much slower so making the moves to overtake was that little more difficult. This didn’t stop Daniel and by lap eight he was up to 10th, a position he held onto easily until the end of the race. The question now stands, what was he capable of had he started off the grid? This was a fantastic effort in such difficult conditions! Daniel moves up to 11th in the British 125GP championship.

Greg Greenwood
Finished 12th (5th 125GP)

Greg was happy to arrive back at Oulton, a circuit he was families with having just raced at two new circuits in the previous two rounds. This comfort didn’t manifest itself straight away as he struggled to match his previous times from earlier in the season in the FP sessions.

Going into Q1, Greg knew his bike was quick enough from the speed trap measurements from Friday and to improve he’d need to make more time in the corners. In near perfect conditions Greg made a solid attempt to improve his grid position during Q1 and Q2. Ending the first of the two Saturday timed sessions with a lap of 1:53.628, Greg was provisionally 23rd on the grid. For Q2, Greg was looking to make a step in the right direction and he bettered his lap time by 0.3 of a second. Unfortunately though for Greg he lost another two grid places mean ping head start the race from 25th. On a good note though Greg had gone 1.4 seconds faster around Oulton park than he’d ever gone before!

Greg Greenwood

Waking up to heavy rain was the alarm call Greg had been hoping for. Rain levels the playing field and rider ability shines through. With a consistently wet track Greg was aware of bringing it home safely in morning warm up but was pleasantly surprised with his suspension settings working to end the session in 16th. Starting from 25th, was never going to be easy for Greg, as making the moves on riders in the wet needs to decisive as theirs no room for error, it’s not like you can grab a handful of brakes when the track is so wet. After the 30 minute delay to the start (due to flooding of the circuit) Greg made a good start a and after the first lap he was up to 20th, another two riders were passed on lap two. This progression up the field continued and by lap-five Greg was up to 15th overall. With teammate Daniel Hermansson right on his tail Greg was eager to stay ahead, but the shear anger driven pace of Hermansson was just too much for Greg and the Swedish rider went past on lap-six. Now in a battle of three as Jake Archer joined in the action the trio pushed on hard for the remainder of the race with each one looking to make moves hold on the others. Greg crossed the line in a career best 12th overall, 5th 125GP, which was a fantastic result and a real bonus for the Lancastrian who has worked so hard on a minimal budget.

Greg takes a big step up the table into 8th in the British 125GP Championship.

Greg Greenwood: “We had a few niggles throughout the start of the weekend and through into qualifying but when it came to race day it went really well. I had a great opening couple of laps and I was happy with how the bike was responding in the wet. With such good feel I was able to pick off riders quite easily as the race progressed. Finishing 5th in the 125s and 12th overall was just the best way I could ever imagined to end the weekend, thanks to all of the FPW Racing team for their support this year”.

Taz Taylor

Taz arrived at Oulton full of confidence and this was immediately evident in his performances in Free Practice. Taz ended the opening FP session in second and forth in FP2.

The pace this weekend was electric from the off and times were certainly quicker than previous years of this championship. Saturday didn’t start as planned though as Taz’s bike suffered an electrical issue that was untraceable in the time frame. Missing the session was a big deal for Taz as the track time is so limited during these British Championship events.

The lost time could easily of dampened Taz’s enthusiasm but his willingness to succeed shone through as he took to the track for the second qualifying session. With a first flying lap in the 1:48s it was evident that Taz was focused and the issues were behind him. After a short pit stop early in the 25 minute session Taz was back out and within a lap was right on the leaders pace. Ending the session in fifth with a time of 1:47.343 was a superb result for the youngster from Mansfield. Just to add, the time set by Taz was six-tenths of a second faster than he had ever done around Oulton Park.

Taz Taylor

In the very wet conditions of morning warm up Taz looked really comfortable and set a time of 2:00.562 without really pushing it. So he was confident he could race right at the front in what looked to be the weather for the day. With the 30 minute delay pushing the start time back to 3pm it was good to see Taz drop in directly behind teammate Jayson Uribe as they entered the first corner of the race. In the opening two laps Taz matched the pace of Uribe with both passing South Aftican Jordan Weaving on lap-3. However on lap 5 Taz lost tabs with his team mate and Weaving in the tricky conditions. As Taz attempted to regain the lost ground he lost the front end and slid out of contention. This was a very unlucky end to the weekend especially after showing such good form all the way through the weekend.

Taz remains second in the British 125GP Championship.

Thanks for another excellent race report, we look forward to reading and sharing the next one!

– Opie Oils


2014 British Motostar Championship Race Team – FPW Racing in action at Thruxton

After this weekends of racing Opie Oils sponsored FPW Racing have sent in this fantastic report, enjoy!

Taz Taylor.
Finished 5th (2nd 125GP Class ) – 2nd in the British 125GP Championship

Thruxton is a fast, fast circuit, where the riders are expected to average in excess of 100mph for the 2.35 miles lap. Taz had a scary start to the weekend in Free Practice after coming into close company with Jordan Weaving at one of the fastest sections of the track. This didn’t last long though and Taz was up in fifth by the end of the second session on Friday. !

The weather played its part in Saturdays qualifying. Q1 started in perfect conditions and after bettering his lap times with each consecutive lap Taz set a lap time of 1:23.442, just 1.5 seconds off pole position and the highest placed FPW Racing machine. Taz was obviously happy with this and when the weather turned horrific for the afternoon session with torrential rain the times from the morning set the grid positions.!

After loosing out on the second qualifying session and a steady morning warm up practice, Taz went out for the race confident he had what it takes to take his first win in the 125GP class.

FPW Racing

After a half decent start, Taz lost a place into the first series of chicanes. By lap three Taz was part of 5 rider group looking to take the third place in the race. The group that included team mate Jayson Uribe, plus Ed Rendell, James Hobson and the dutchman Mike Brouwers. With Joe Irving and Jordan Weaving having made the break early on, Taz was looking to get to the front of the group and break away, but that was easier said than done. Swapping places multiple times a lap the group of five was great for the spectator but made it extremely difficult to break from the group. Taz had found himself in every position within the chasing pack from third to seventh all in a single lap, such was the enthusiasm of the overtaking. At the start of the final lap Taz was trailing the group int to the final chicane. Luckily though for Taz, Jayson ran wide and messed up the final series of corners. This allowed Taz a better drive to take fifth in the race and second in the 125GP class to Rendell. As a conciliation for not taking the win, Taz set the fastest 125GP lap of the race with a 1:22.087.

Jayson Uribe
Finished 6th (4th Moto3)

After Jayson had pulled together a hard fought result at Brands Hatch after not the best of weekends he was clearly focused to better things in Hampshire.

Fridays free practice went perfectly with Jayson never more than 8 tenths of a second off the fastest lap. This was just the confidence boost that the youngster needed to go into Saturdays qualifying.

FPW Thruxton

In qualifying Jayson was straight into the groove and was pushing the from his fifth lap of the session. With each subsequent lap Jayson managed to knock off tenths here and there to end the session with 1:23.342.

Going into the race Jayson was more than aware how this race could be won or lost and the slipstreaming effect would be critical. Within the first couple of laps, having lost touch with the leading duo of Irving and Weaving, Jason was looking to take the final spot on the podium in the Moto3 championship. Jayson worked endlessly to battle with a group of 5 riders who were all looking for that very same spot of tarmac. At moments the five riders were all looking to take different lines into the corners after securing different degrees of slipstreaming on the approach, some of which Jayson benefited from and others he didn’t. It was great to watch from the trackside as nothing was gained for free. This was very much a learning experience for Jayson who adapted his lines and technique throughout the race as he noted what had worked and what had not.

Jayson was in the perfect position going int the final lap to take the final spot on the podium having worked so hard to be trailing James Hobson onto the final straight. As Jayson took advantage of the slipstream he chose to take the outside route around his fellow Moto3 competitor. Unfortunately for Jayson, Hobson attempted the same manoeuvre on Ed Randell which left the Californian having to take to the curbs. Unsettled and unable to drive out of the corner Jayson had to settle for 4th in the Moto3 classification. This was a good result for Jayon as he maintains a strong hold of third in the championship.

Jayson remains 3rd in the British Moto3 Championship.

Greg Greenwood
Finished 17th (9th 125GP)

Greg arrived at the Hampshire circuit having never seen the 2.4miles of circuit before. This is a real issue at a circuit where the average lap is in excess of 100mph for these small capacity machines.

FPW Racing

Looking to get as much time on the treack as possible in the lead up to the race Greg built up his pace steadily through the Friday Free practice sessions. Unfortunately his second session was hampered by an electrical issue that cut his session short. For Greg though he was happy with the time he had spent on the circuit and was clearly blown away by the shear speed of the circuit. During Friday night Greg sat down and watched the footage from Taz’s onboard video camera and picked up loads of valuable information to take into Saturdays qualifying.

During qualifying Greg went almost four-seconds faster having used the video to pick better lines, braking points and speeds through corners. This was a great improvement and Greg was confident that he could go faster still in the afternoon session. Any hopes of this materialising ended when the heavens opened and soaked the track for the remainder of the day.

In morning warm-up greg took it steady and played it safe going into the race.

As the lights went out Greg got off to a decent start but the raced never quite panned out as he’d hoped for. Having pushed the pace in the early couple of laps Greg didn’t maintain the pace and found himself in somewhat of no mans land. Greg ended the 14 lap race 17-seconds down on 16th position having averaged a race speed of 93 mph. This was a steep learning curve for Greg and something he can use for the future.

Greg is now 11th in the British 125GP Championship.

Greg Greenwood: “For me this really wasn’t the best of weekends. I’d love to come here and get plenty of track time, build up my pace and learn the circuit more. I just lost too much time through the electrical issue and the torrential rain during second qualifying. This is such a fast circuit you need everything to be perfect and today I wasn’t their – I just didn’t enjoy myself. I know that Oulton is next weekend and I can show my true form there”.

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.

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

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.

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.


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 local sponsor Sam Gilbert flying (literally) around Nancemellin

Opie Oils local sponsor Sam Gilbert sent in this great action shot of him quite literally flying around Nancemellin last Sunday!

Sam Gilbert

Sam finished in the e3 class, pity it wasn’t a championship round. Sam is currently sitting 2nd with 4 rounds to go. Next one is on the bank holiday Monday on Exmoor where he is hoping to close the gap!

Good luck Sam.

– Opie Oils