2015 marks Speedworks Motorsport’s fifth year competing in the British Touring Car Championship. Five years competing at the top level of British motorsport also means five visits to the team’s home circuit of Oulton Park.
With the series annual visit to the North West just around the corner, there is no better time to look back at the team’s previous home appearances.
After beginning their BTCC adventure in 2011, Speedworks Motorsport returned to the series in 2012, stepping up their involvement to run two Toyota Avensis NGTC cars.
Stockport’s Tony Hughes returned to the team for a second successive season after making his BTCC début the year before in what was also the team’s first season competing in Britain’s premier tin-top category.
Joining him was another local driver, Adam Morgan. Similar to Hughes, Morgan moved into the series after competing in the Ginetta GT Supercup, having won the popular BTCC support championship in 2011
Like their first visit as a BTCC team, Speedworks’ return to Oulton Park in 2012 started off as a wet one.
Just like the weather conditions though, it was a weekend of ups and downs for the team, with a trio of retirements for BTCC rookie Morgan who narrowly missed out on points scoring finishes twice during the weekend, including a spectacular race three which saw him loose his windscreen mid race.
However, following a pair of points-paying finishes earlier in the season, Tony Hughes returned to Oulton Park looking to add to his points haul. As well as being his home track, the Cheshire circuit also played host to Hughes’ best result in the BTCC 12 months prior.
He bettered that result straight away in race one, then went one better still in race two, going on to bag a hat trick of points finishes for the first time in his BTCC career.
Hughes’ Oulton Park showing marked not just the best three finishes of the season for him, but the best set of race results of his BTCC career.
Words: Dominik Wilde, Images: Matt Sayle