FPAUDI: Oulton Park rounds 15 and 16 race report

</pre> 28th August 2000 - OULTON PARK Round 15 - 15 laps Championship leader Damien Faulkner took another victory in the wet conditions after starting in 5th. Faulkner picked off the opposition and he hit the front on lap 3 on the 15...

</pre> 28th August 2000 - OULTON PARK

Round 15 - 15 laps

Championship leader Damien Faulkner took another victory in the wet conditions after starting in 5th. Faulkner picked off the opposition and he hit the front on lap 3 on the 15 lap race after race leader Robbie Kerr went straight on at the Knickerbrook Chicane and has to stop to avoid a 10 second penalty. The safety car was deployed to remove Jacky van der Endes damaged car and after three laps the race was resumed. Christian Hohenadel was up behind second placed Richard Tarling, who had a great start to climb from 7th on the opening couple of laps. The German was picked off, first by Bruno Besson and then Marco Cioci, the Italian in an incredible 4th after starting 16th. Justin Keen, who had spun in the very wet and slippery conditions while leading the race, charged from the back of the field to finish 6th ahead of series returnee Sam Hancock.

Jesper Carlsen went on the outside of team mate Allan Simonsen at Old Hall Bend. Unfortunately Simonsen slid wide and the two Team Brask cars collided and ended up on the grass. Simonsen continued but Carlsen struggled back to the pit lane with suspension damage.

Damien Faulkner has increased his championship lead over Justin Keen and starts round 16 on pole position. "I want to dedicate this victory to the memory of Neil Shanahan, the Formula Ford driver who was killed here at Oulton last year. I had a below average start and it was very tight around the first corner. Richard Tarling and Jesper Carlsen went wide at Cascades and I nipped through. I then pressurised Robbie Kerr into making a mistake, I took the lead and pulled away."

<pre> Round 15 - 15 laps

1 Damien FAULKNER IRL www.f1grandprixracing.com 31:24.726

2 Richard TARLING GBR JSP +1.406

3 Bruno BESSON FRA BBC Europe +2.507

4 Marco CIOCI ITA Informedical +4.680

5 Christian HOHENADEL (J) GER IAXIS +6.312

6 Justin KEEN GBR Pendant Aluminium +8.200

7 Sam HANCOCK GBR Morse +11.699

8 Robbie KERR GBR Thomas Sanderson Blinds +13.467

9 Topi SERJALA FIN Hyperion +15.029

10 Miku SANTAVIRTA FIN Sonera/Lopin Kulta Legenda +21.677

11 Bruce JOUANNY (J) FRA Altran +28.846

12 Allan SIMONSEN DEN Team Brask +29.804

13 Paul PARSONS (J) GBR Atlantic Telecom +33.354

14 Judd COUPLAND (J) GBR Enterprise Network Group +41.528

15 Paul EDWARDS USA Doug Mockett & Company 1 LAP

Not Classified

1 Jesper CARLSEN DEN Team Brask Lap 7

4 Jacky VAN DER ENDE NED Team Brask Lap 1

Fastest Lap

7 Justin KEEN GBR Pendant Aluminium 1:48.161 92.36mph

99 Christian HOHENADEL GER IAXIS 1:49.925 90.88mph

</pre> Round 16 - 15 laps

Damien Faulkner became the first driver this year to take two victories in one weekend with a lights to flag victory.

Faulkner got an excellent start off the line and started to opening up a gap to the chasing pack led by Robbie Kerr. Kerr, who had moved ahead of Jesper Carlsen early on, was catching Faulkner but pushed too hard at Cascades and span off. He rejoined at the back of the field and set about overtaking the back markers. By the end of the race Kerr had set a new lap record on the Oulton Park circuit.

Jesper Carlsen was ahead of third placed driver Bruno Besson, who was adding another podium to the 3rd place he gained earlier in the day. Besson was coming under some pressure from Allan Simonsen and Justin Keen in 4th and 5th, but he held his nerve and his place at the flag.

In the junior class, Christian Hohenadel started well but span twice before retiring to the pit lane on lap 5. Bruce Jouanny, who has not been having a good weekend, finished in 10th place and first in class. Judd Coupland was second and Paul Parsons was back in third.

Damien Faulkner leapt onto the top step of the podium for the second time and received his winners garland and trophy. "It has just been a dream day. I am really happy and this is justice for last year when we should have won, but the race was cancelled due to all the problems. I am now looking forward to Brands Hatch in two weeks time."

Jesper Carlsen was pleased with his second podium finish in two weeks. "This has been a good weekend with a pole position and a second place. That was a really hard race and I started to catch Faulkner at the end of the race. When Robbie Kerr ran wide at Cascades I thought he was going to come back onto the circuit, so I backed off. It left me a lot to do but I gave it my best and we have got a good result. I am quite happy, but I would just like to win."

Damien Faulkner (246 pts) now leads the championship race by 25 points from Justin Keen (221 pts) with Robbie Kerr (184 pts) 37 points further back in 3rd.

<pre> Round 16 - 15 laps

1 Damien FAULKNER IRL www.f1grandprixracing.com 23:27.494

2 Jesper CARLSEN DEN Team Brask +0.803

3 Bruno BESSON FRA BBC Europe +6.438

4 Allan SIMONSEN DEN Team Brask +7.161

5 Justin KEEN GBR Pendant Aluminium +7.463

6 Richard TARLING GBR JSP +17.351

7 Miku SANTAVIRTA FIN Sonera/Lopin Kulta Legenda +17.765

8 Paul EDWARDS USA Doug Mockett & Company +17.931

9 Jacky VAN DER ENDE NED Team Brask +18.657

10 Bruce JOUANNY (J) FRA Altran +22.740

11 Sam HANCOCK GBR Morse +24.542

12 Marco CIOCI ITA Informedical +26.908

13 Robbie KERR GBR Thomas Sanderson Blinds +27.133

14 Judd COUPLAND (J) GBR Enterprise Network Group +27.287

15 Topi SERJALA FIN Hyperion +30.633

16 Paul PARSONS (J) GBR Atlantic Telecom +33.044

Not Classified

99 Christian HOHENADEL (J) GER IAXIS Lap 5

Fastest Lap

79 Robbie KERR GBR Thomas Sanderson Blinds 1:32.560 107.93mph (NEW LAP RECORD)

99 Judd COUPLAND GBR Enterprise Network Group 1:34.013 106.26mph

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Bruce Jouanny , Damien Faulkner , Robbie Kerr , Justin Keen , Marco Cioci , Allan Simonsen , Bruno Besson , Sam Hancock , Doug Mockett , Christian Hohenadel