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.
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.