MOTORSPORT: Robert on a high after Donington Park success

Elated: Robert Oldershaw enjoyed his best result to date at Donington Park.
Elated: Robert Oldershaw enjoyed his best result to date at Donington Park.

MOULTON ace Robert Oldershaw admitted that winning at Donington Park last weekend was the pinnacle of his racing career.

Oldershaw was victorious at round four of the Sports 2000 Duratec championship on Sunday, having taken third place a day earlier at round three.

The weekend saw the series supporting the FIA World Touring Car Championship, with the team keen to put on a good show – and boy did they deliver.

Mike Jenvey took a blistering pole position on a dry Friday, with Oldershaw taking second in front of third-placed Patrick Sherrington.

With the track wet on Saturday, Oldershaw opted for wet settings along with most of the field, but it was always a gamble with the weather being dry overhead.

The Moulton maestro soon shot to the front of the pack, pulling out a convincing three-second advantage.

But with the track gaining grip all the time, Oldershaw’s rear tyres were not holding up very well at all, and after 10 laps at the front of the field Sherrington and Jenvey eventually went past.

The second race on Sunday saw an even wetter track, but the team elected to run on slicks, hoping the weather would clear up.

However, Oldershaw had a last-gasp change of heart and his team switched to wets with seconds to spare.

This proved to be a smart call, as he managed to go around the outside of both Jenvey and Sherrington to hit the front again.

And this time it was for keeps, with Oldershaw finishing an impressive 12 seconds clear of the rest at the chequered flag.

He said: “This was by far our best result to date and without doubt the most elated I have ever been in a race car. My thanks as ever go to the team, dad, Gordon England and David Goose who worked exceptionally hard at tweaking the car to make it so good in the wet conditions, as well as Gary Gunn, who also helped with a fantastic victory.”