MOTOR RACING: Mixed bag for Grantham driver Ollie at Silverstone

Race driver Olly Allen EMN-140514-125402001

Race driver Olly Allen EMN-140514-125402001

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Grantham saloon car racer Ollie Allen did not enjoyed mixed fortunes at Silverstone last weekend.

He went into the latest round of the Blue Oval Saloon Series for classic Fords as championship leader in his 230hp Fiesta.

In race one, Ollie qualified fastest and was the only car with a Motors TV in-car camera on board.

He dropped a place on the rolling start and then to his disgust he was taken off the track on the second lap by an Escort Cosworth, bending his back axle and damaging a rear arch.

Ollie said: “He actually drove into me.”

Ollie was able to carry out some temporary repairs in the pits and was back on track for race two.

He had to start the second race in 40th place on the grid in a standing start, but by the end of the first lap he had amazingly overtaken 27 cars ahead of him. He eventually finished fifth overall and first in class.

Ollie said: “I pulled it back in the second race. Another couple of laps and I would have finished third.

“It needs another back axle. It was touch and go whether the car was going to handle. It was a mental race.”

He said the 42-car grid was one of the largest in which he had ever raced.

Ollie will be in action again next month when he is in more local territory for the Ford Classic Festival at Cadwell Park.