Following Carl Swift’s victory in Race 1, Ollie Taylor gave CUPRA the brand’s second win of the day when he was victorious in the second round of the 2019 TCR UK championship at Oulton Park.
Swift started from pole position on the revised Race 2 grid, but the Success Ballast he picked up following his win meant that he was outgunned off the start line by the Audi of Alex Day, which was competing in the Touring Car Trophy class, and so it was Day who led Swift into Old Hall corner. Ollie Taylor, who’d failed to finish Race 1 after an incident involving TCT entrant Henry Neal, made up three places on the opening lap to lie in third place behind Swift.
On Lap 2, Taylor passed Swift for second place and the Maximum Motorsport car then took the lead two laps later when Taylor passed Day. Further back, Sunny Wong’s Teamwork Huff Motorsport Volkswagen Golf GTI was battling for fifth place with the TCT SEAT of James Turkington, but a mistake on Lap 6 dropped Wong to the back of the field.
Swift had been threatening to snatch second position away from Day, but an off-track excursion on Lap 10 cost Swift around 14 seconds and meant that Henry Neal moved up into third place. Two laps later, Day’s Audi stopped and so Neal could resume the battle he’d had with Taylor for the lead in Race 1 with Swift elevated to third place. Wong, meanwhile, had passed the TCT CUPRA DSG of Guy Colclough and was battling with Turkington for fourth.
Taylor was able to hold onto his lead and crossed the finish line with 1.586 seconds in hand over Neal. Swift finished third and so leaves Oulton Park with the lead of the Drivers’ championship, with Wong finishing fifth.
Ollie Taylor: “I got a better start than I expected; a few other people didn’t get quite so good a start, which helped me out. I did a lot of the hard work on the first lap. It’s quite hard to overtake at Oulton Park – if you position the car in the right place, you can defend quite well. It took a little while to establish where I could make my move but Carl ran wide at the last corner, which helped me out. It was the same with Alex at Knickerbrook; he made a slight mistake in the same place the lap before, which suggested it might be the place to make a move, then on the next lap he lost the back end and lost his momentum up the hill. I’m very pleased, it was a great race and great fun.”
The next round of the 2019 TCR UK series takes place at Donington Park on June 22nd/23rd