Wheeler has a weekend to forget at Oulton

Dan Wheeler. Pic: www.mbracephotography.co.uk
Dan Wheeler. Pic: www.mbracephotography.co.uk

Dan Wheeler slipped to third in the Mini Miglia Championship after a double retirement at Oulton Park.

The MK racer’s weekend looked to be in fine shape, qualifying third for both races.

Going into race one Wheeler started his charge to the front, immediately moving into second.

On lap five, the pack remained close with Wheeler charging forward again to overtake Rupert Deeth, causing a slight collision in the process. Aaron Smith then re-joined from the grass, touching Wheeler, and forcing them both out.

On first inspection, the team considered the car to be too severely damaged to fix in the two and a half hours before race two. However, determination and hard work paid-off as the Projob-sponsored team amazingly got the car on the grid.

Wheeler continued his impressive display of strong starts by moving on Colin Peacock to take second going into the first corner.

By lap six, the poor handling due to the earlier incident began to take its toll with Deeth challenging and Wheeler having to concede second. Running in third, Wheeler then came to an unexpected stop due to an engine shutdown.

“It was a weekend to forget,” Wheeler said. “My car was severely damaged after the incident and despite the team’s best efforts we couldn’t get a satisfactory set up in a short period of time.

“I was disappointed with the result in the second race, knowing that the team had worked so hard.

“Fortunately, we have a few weeks to prepare for the next race and I’m confident that I can get back on track to challenge for the standings.”