Brilliant action at Oulton Park

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John Ure and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards dominated the Royal Automobile Woodcote Trophy race with their Cooper T24/25 in the first of two Motor Racing Legends Races on 29 August, during the 2011 Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting.

After John Ure passed Dick Skipworth's D-type in the Cooper he was chased for much of the race by Stephen Bond’s Lister Bristol, which even took the lead at one point. 

While, as a solo driver, Bond had to stop for a mandatory 45 seconds the Ure/Blakeney-Edwards pairing did a rapid pit-stop by Blakeney-Edwards pushing Ure out of the car and leaving him on the ground as he roared off down the pit lane. They regained the lead and kept it.

Bobby Verdon-Roe took pole for the Stirling Moss Trophy race in the 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1, but a misfire meant the car didn’t take the start – robbing spectators of what would have been an epic battle between the DBR1 and the Lister Knobbly of Jon Minshaw and Martin Stretton, which qualified just four hundredths of a second behind.

Minshaw lost the lead and dropped down to third in his Knobbly after a spin on lap 5, giving Ewan McIntyre the opportunity to sweep ahead in his Lotus 15, closely followed by Jason Minshaw in his Maserati T61 Birdcage.

As single drivers, however, both McIntyre and Jason Minshaw were penalised by a mandatory 45-second pit stop, which was part of the reason that Martin Stretton was able to retake the lead in the Lister Knobbly by lap 13. That, and some stunning driving by Stretton.

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