The 2012 season of classic 2CV racing got under way at Oulton Park on March 24th, and it was as if no one had been away! Many of the same cars that finished the season in 2011 were still present, and no major colour scheme changes to confuse the spectators!
What was evident however, was that quite a few cars that only turn up for the 24 hour race were now entered into the sprint races, piloted by some new faces. Ian Arnold was driving the old orange 'Boss Hoggs Army' car (#50). David Watson and Marc Nordon (ex-BTCC) had taken on 'Badgaroo' (#89), James Northfield joined Nick Finch in the #59 'Traleda' car, and the pairing of Adam Bollons/Bankhurst took on the Overflow car (#81) - Bankhurst returning after competing in the 24 hour in 'Team Dogfish'.
With Christer Hallgren taking over Nick Paton's previous car (#44), and Julie Walford driving the Steve Walford Motorsport car (#55), there were at least 5 new drivers at Oulton, and we also welcomed back some of the drivers who have raced with us before!
Oulton Park is known for its fickle weather, but with mid-March enjoying a slightly unseasonal run of good weather, all the races took place in the sunshine. Qualifying took place early at 08:55, and there were some pretty tired people in the paddock.
Sammie Fritchley and Peter Rundle were wide awake though, as BOTH of them got exactly the same time in the first qualifying session, a 2:08:248. Rundle took the top spot however, having set the fastest lap time a lap prior to Fritchley. Nick Paton, just 8 hundredths of a second behind, qualified 3rd.