Opening BARC meeting of 2017 produces Oulton Park thriller 20 Mar 17

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The British Automobile Racing Club kicked off a new season of motorsport this past weekend (Saturday, March 18th) with a dramatic race day at what turned out to be a rain-hit Oulton Park.

Run and organised by the BARC's NW Centre, a trio of club championships descended on the Cheshire-based track for their own opening rounds of the 2017 campaign.

Changeable conditions battered the circuit during the day however that didn't deter the action on-track, especially from the CNC Heads/Saloon Car Championship. Boasting a grid of more than 45 entrants, two edge-of-the-seat encounters saw two different race winners come the end of the day.

Race one saw Garry Wardle convert pole position into a lead that he never looked like losing, as he tip-toed his way around Oulton Park in his Porsche 997. Fending off the early advances of Oliver Thomas in his Subaru Impreza, Wardle held on to record a stellar victory.

The second CNC Heads brought with it even more entertainment as the leaders diced for the win throughout the race. However, Paul Rose battled back from losing the lead on the start to former champion Joe Spencer to notch an impressive triumph - Spencer followed him across the line in second whilst Paul Woolfitt rounded out the rostrum.

Lien Davies began his defence of his 2CV Classic Racing Championship title in perfect style too as he romped to a race victory. Matthew Hollis also took a victory to put the pressure on Davies already as he bids to win a second successive crown.

In the APL Health Caterham Graduates Championship, John Harmer asserted his dominance with a brace of wins in the Sigma class whilst Graeme Smith and Robin Webb shared the spoils in the Classic category.

There were wins apiece also for Oliver Gibson and James Russell in the Sigmax class as well as Christopher (John) Benfield and Glenn Burtenshaw in the Mega class. Toby Briant capped off the day with two victories in the Super category.

For the full list of times and results from the event, click here.