Historic Sports Car Racing
Historic Sports Car Racing
A family run racing team, Oldershaw Motorsport have competed in various top flight club Sports Car Championships over the years. We currently run a David Gathercole built Lola 212 recreation in both the HSCC Martini Trophy and the FIA Masters Historic Sport Car Championship.
In recent years, the team has enjoyed success in the Sports 2000 Duractec championship, winning outright in 2011 and 2013. With expert supervision from Gordon England and help and support from Robert Wilson, David Goose and Barry Aistrup, we do it for the love of it but also to win.
We are very grateful to our sponsors who continue to support us. Find out more here
Header photography by Laura Manning &Steve Cross
23rd - 24th May Brands Hatch
18th -19th June Monza
4th - 5th July Donington
23rd - 27th July Silverstone Classic
17th - 21st August Spa Francorchamps
Back in the late 80's, Robert Snr couldn't hold down his passion for Motorsport any longer. Having spend most of the 70's as codriver for David Goose in several Escort rally cars, Robert decided that he needed to get back to competition. He bought what might be considered to be an unlikely car for going racing in, the MG Maestro, but it turned out to be a fantastic grounding for things to come.
From some very successful years in the MG, winning numerous races and competing in some high profile rallies, the team moved on to Rover GTI. This is where Robert Jr had his first taste of competitive Motorsport. At only 17 years old, it was a baptism of fire, with the usual tin top nudging and rubbing giving Robert a solid grounding fron which to progress.
A Proton Coupe came next which was to be Roberts first full year competing. Against some very tough competitors, Robert had several podium finishes. The car, although great fun to drive, was nothing compared to what came next.
Robert Snr had an itch that needed to be scratched and was keen to get back in the seat. So the team entered into the Radical championship. A complete departure from front wheel drive saloon cars, this was a fire breathing, bike engined, rear wheel drive proper race car. With two driver teams, Robert and Robert shared the car in the endurance series. The best finish was a third at Castle Coombe which was very commendable against huge big budget teams.
Following the Radical championship, the team moved into National Supersports with the same car. Taking on the establishment in a small bike engined machine went against the grain and the car was soon ballasted out of all contention. We did however manage to hang on to 3rd in the championship.
With the Radical not being completely in keeping with the spirit of National Supersports, the team next moved on to the 2ltr class with a Juno SS1 in the same championship. A near miss with second in the championship against a hard charging Stephen Shanley was the highlight following multiple race wins and closely fought battles. Unfortunately, the championship folded shortly after so the team took the next step and installed a Jaguar V6 into the car and took on the Open Sports Car Championship. Again, several race wins against much bigger budget teams followed but alas no championship win. We decided we needed to compete on a level playing field and it seemed downsizing was the only option.
Sports 2000 beckoned. The team entered with a brand new car built by Juno. It was clear from the beginning this was a very competitive championship. The likes of Rik Johnson and Tom Mills were dominating the front of the grids. We had a hard time with the Juno as it simply wasn't on the pace and despite the best efforts of the team and Juno, we were unable to make the car competitive. Despite this, we managed some podium finishes and ended up runner up in the championship in our first year. Then in 2011 we thought enough was enough and decided to switch cars. We tried all of the main contenders but settled on the championship winning car from the previous year, the Gunn TS11.
The Gunn was a revelation. Suddenly we were on the pace and managed to win first time out at Snetterton. More wins were to come throughout the year and we ended up level on points at the end of the year with Mike Jenvey. We were crowned champion after a count back on wins and claimed the first championship win in the teams history.
Mike got his reward the following year when the team had various mechanical issues but in 2013 the championship trophy was back in the Oldershaw household again with a convincing championship win.
With two championships in the bag, the team decided to have a change of course in 2014 and sold the Gunn. Historic racing was becoming ever more popular with big grids and close racing. Having visited David Gathercole in nearby Whittlesey in the winter of 2013, Robert and Robert fell in love with the Lola 212 they saw. A classic racing car in every respect apart from the age, the Gathercole build Lola was a 1971 design built just a year previous. The car was bought, painted in the customary blue and yellow and delivered in early 2014. The team decided not to compete for a championship but to enter several races from different championships which the car was eligible to run in. Highlights of the year were a win at the Oulton Park Gold Cup round, partnering David Gatherole in the Silverstone classic, and a run a Spa at the 6 hour event.