Wolverhampton Takes Top Honours in Cheshire
UWR's Shane Kelly drove a storming race to win at Oulton Park this afternoon
The second race of the day at Oulton Park took place under sweltering Cheshire sunshine, with Cian Carey on pole again, but this time alongside was the University of Wolverhampton Racing’s (UWR) Shane Kelly. Jacopo Sebastiani lined up third, with Stuart Wiltshire in fourth after his CF Racing team had worked tirelessly to repair the car after a small fire earlier in the day.
When the lights changed, this time is was Sebastiani’s turn for some bad luck, as he struggled to get the car off the line. The cars behind took avoiding action, and he was able to get the car going albeit with some catching up to do.
At the end of the first lap Wiltshire was blazing a different sort of trail, leading from the pursuing Kelly and Carey. Reigning champion Sebastiani was busy showing his class however, already making up positions from the back of the pack.
Approaching the halfway point, Kelly made a move Wiltshire couldn’t respond to, taking the lead. He quickly set about trying to extend the lead, and as Wiltshire came under pressure from Carey, his task was made a little easier.
Carey lined up a move at Old Hall, managing to slip past Wiltshire and avoiding a repeat of the drama that unfolded between the pair at Silverstone. Further back, another battle developed between Jonathan Hughes and Darragh Daly, with Hughes attempting a similar move to Carey’s at Old Hall but thinking better of it.
In the closing stages, Carey closed the gap on Kelly but with a healthy points haul in mind, settled for second place as Kelly took his second victory in 2018. Wiltshire completed the podium ahead of George Line and Darragh Daly.
Posting on Instagram after the race, Kelly (@sk_racing) gave the credit to his student-led UWR squad saying, “There’s no comparison to that winning feeling! Couldn’t have done it without the amazing team behind the scenes, this is for you @UWRacing!”
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