National racing stars of the weekend

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Our team of reporters were at events up and down the country last weekend. Here are their picks of who played a starring role at each of the events.

Oulton Park AMOC: Steve Watton. By Graham Read 

AMOC ’50s Sports Cars driver Steve Watton (above, pic by Mick Walker) put in an eye-catching performance in the race at Oulton Park last weekend in his 1650cc Turner Sports ‘The Gurney Special’, which dates back to 1959.

After qualifying seventh, almost nine seconds off pole pace, he made a storming start and rose to fourth position by the end of the second lap. Two tours later he claimed third and by mid-race was up to second. A penalty for starting out of position meant he had to reach the chequered flag more than 10 seconds ahead of third-placed Rob Newall to retain the position, which he did, finishing 15 seconds clear.

 

Parker bagged impressive points haul. Pic: Steve Jones

Cadwell Park BARC: Jack Parker. By Peter Scherer

Legends star Jack Parker finished as the top points-scoring driver on both days of last weekend’s Cadwell Park meeting. He arrived lying fifth in the championship standings, but podium finishes in all six races have boosted his title hopes.

“I have won five races in a weekend before, but this was a good one though,” he said after a third, three seconds and two wins.

“I could have won the last race too but the clutch went after three laps and I had to blip the throttle to change gear, which meant coming off the brakes,” he explained. “Then there were noises from the gearbox and I need an engine change before the next rounds at Croft in July.”

 

Hawkins shone in the Mini Challenge Cooper Class. Pic: Richard Styles

Snetterton MSVR: Jessica Hawkins. By Jake Jones

Mini Challenge Cooper class debutant Jessica Hawkins was my driver of the weekend at Snetterton with an ice cool showing throughout from the 22-year-old.

Withstanding pressure? Look no further than the hairpin in race one, holding off Richard Newman and Matt Hammond either side as she went on to win.

Defensive driving? No problem, as she kept the faster Sam Weller behind with inch perfect placement at Murrays for a photo finish and another victory.

Attacking prowess? She brilliantly climbed from sixth to third to cement herself a deserved championship lead in race three.

Her all-round skill was on display this weekend and while sterner tests may come, already her title credentials are not in doubt.

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