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Races at Brands and Oulton on Same Day for Padmore

28th May 2007

The bank holiday weekend at the end of May were certainly busy for Nick Padmore, competing at two circuits over 300 miles apart! It began at Oulton Park in Cheshire, where Nick was paired with his usual SR8 team-mate, Austin Reynolds. Second on the grid for both races behind hard-charging, Le Mans race, Stuart Mosely was a good opener for the hectic weekend.

In race one Austin had the honour of taking the start and drove well, leaving the team in a strong 6th place as the pit window opened. After a quick stop Nick was away and marauding his way back up through the field. Along the way he had a terrific tussle with Radical director, Tim Greaves, running side-by-side through Cascades before eventually getting by at the exit of the hairpin. From there the chase was on to the leader, Austin ‘Powers’ Kinsella, who at this point was some 12 seconds in front. With Nick pushing the gap was falling rapidly, but the time was also running out, allowing Kinsella to take the win just 4.5 seconds ahead of Nick.

All was then set for race two and with Nick taking to the start his plan was simply to go flat out as soon as the red lights went out for the start. Nick was in the lead from the off and quickly pulled out a seven second gap over Jacob Greaves and by the time of the handover was 35 seconds ahead of race one winners Richard Ince and Kinsella.

Reynolds was driving brilliantly, pushing very hard to maintain a gap over the experienced Kinsella. As if to demonstrate how hard he was going the green and yellow car had a couple of big moments at the hairpin and it was here that Kinsella got by with just a couple of laps to go. The team were so very close to their first win, it must surely come soon.

Nick had no time to reflect on that though, or even enjoy the moment on the podium, for he was in his road car and off down to Brands Hatch for the Historic Festival, where he was sharing a 1963 Mini Cooper S with his dad, Keith.

Qualifying had been on the Saturday and gearbox issues only allowed them to run 4 laps preventing them from sitting on the grid higher than 10th overall and 4th in class.

Keith started the race and climbed to seventh overall, entertaining the crowd with a great dice with Jackie Oliver in his BMW. He pitted after 20 minutes for Nick to take over but by this time with rain falling heavily the screen had misted up and needed to be cleared before he could venture out onto the track.

However the new visibility was only temporary, the screen quickly misted over once more. To add to the troubles there were now rivers flowing across the track, forcing Nick to slow his pace. Crashing the old man’s motor wouldn’t be the greatest end to the day. For the final two laps the wipers completely failed and eventually Nick crossed the line 9th overall and 5th in class. Not bad considering all the problems.

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