28 SEPTEMBER 28 2011 motorsport-news.co.uk
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RACING RESULTS ROUND-UP
KIRKISTOWN: 500MRCI BY IAN LYNAS
Photos: Roy Dempster
Finn monstered Saloons and GTs in Ginetta
Jim Hutchinson was on pole position for the Roadsports races with his Vauxhall-powered Westfield and he was on target for the title.
Hutchinson didn’t let the pressure get to him and raced off into the distance in both accounts to wrap up the crown at a canter.
Colin Reid led the pack behind him in the opener. However, he lost second place to Maurice McClay’s Radical sports-racer in the following race. Jack Boal was best of the Class B runners in both races.
Cormac Galvin and Alan Watkins were the class victors in the Styker race.
The Saloons and GT field has grown in numbers following their entertaining performance at the August meeting. The event’s organisers decided to put the Saloons to the front of the combined grid, much to the pleasure of the paying public.
Race one featured a close tussle between the BMW of David Morrison and Stephen Traub’s Honda up front while Connaire Finn, a regular in the British Touring Car Championship support package, carved his way through the traffic aboard his Ginetta G50 to win outright. Organisers are hoping that more GT cars will turn out in 2012.
The BMWs of Morrison and Ralph Jess led away in race two, with Stephen Traub in hot pursuit. Finn was on a mission once again, though. He was soon at the head of the pack and romped clear to take win number two. Only two Fiat Abarths competed, with Barry John Henry and Gary Miller dividing the honours.
Philip Shields remained with his Tatuus Honda for the Formula Libre race and produced a lights-toflag victory.
Ivor Greenwood was awarded a ten-second penalty, not that it mattered as he retired his Radical. This promoted Tommy Reid to second in his Irish Racing Cars Chevron B42. Organisers at Kirkistown had scheduled two demonstration runs to break up the Formula Ford action, and race-goers were thrilled to see the McCandless Special single-seater, fresh from its outing at Goodwoood, in the hands of Crosslé boss Arnie Black. At the other end of the spectrum, Philip Shields gave one of his GP2 cars a whirl.
Robinson scored in Trophy final
ROBINSON PUTS BEST FOOT FORWARD
Semi-professional footballer Noel Robinson avoided the spills at the sixth Martin Donnelly Trophy finals at Kirkistown last weekend as he lifted the crown for the second time. His path to the final was helped in the opening heat of the weekend when two of his main rivals, Adrian Pollock and Ivor McCullough, clashed on the opening lap of the first 11-car heat.
The pair’s wheels had interlocked as they headed around the opening lap, which was hardly a competitive start. Pollock went out on the spot, while McCullough – a former twotime winner – was faced with a lot of overtaking to do to get back up front.
McCullough spun out in Heat One
Heat one: 1 Morgan Dempsey (Van Diemen LA10) 10 laps in 10m 28.20s (86.65mph); 2 Noel Robinson (Van Diemen RF92) +5.29s; 3 Andrew Noble (Reynard FF89); 4 David Rock (Van Diemen RF92); 5 Ryan Campbell (Reynard FF84); 6 David Nicholl (Reynard FF89); 7 Brendan Dugggan (Van Diemen RF84); 8 Ian Newport (Crosslé 67F); 9 Tommy Reid (Reynard FF83); 10 Graeme Jennings (Crosslé 32F). FL: Dempsey 1m 01.85s (87.99mph). PP: Dempsey 1m 01.25s (88.87mph). S: 11. Heat two: 1 Noel Dunne (Mygale 08) 13 laps in 13m 38.14s (86.49mph); 2 John Ferguson (Ray GR09) +0.78s; 3 Jonathan McMullan (Mondiale M89S); 4 Chris Paul (Mondiale M93S); 5 Ian Campbell (Van Diemen RF91); 6 Ryan Templeton (Crosslé 32F);
7 Arnie Black (Crosslé 32F); 8 John Stewart (Reynard FF83); 9 Henry Campbell (Reynard FF83); 10 James Graham (Van Diemen RF92). FL: McMullan 1m 01.91s (87.92mph). PP: Dunne 1m 01.52s (88.47mph). S: 11. Last chance: 1 McCullough 13 laps in 13m 52.58s (84.99mph); 2 Andrew Ritchie (Mondiale M89S) +12.81s; 3 Arnie Black (Crosslé 32F); 4 Graham; 5 Henry Campbell; 6 Stewart; 7 Duggan; 8 Jennings; 9 David Black (Crosslé 32F). FL: McCullough 1m 01.75s (88.15mph).PP: Duggan 1m 05.60s (82.97mph). S: 11. Final: 1 Noel Robinson 21 laps in 21m 56.32s (86.84mph); 2 McMullan +1.66s; 3 McCullough; 4 Dunne; 5 Campbell; 6 Paul; 7 Noble; 8 Black; 9 Rock; 10 Nicholl. FL: McCullough 1m 01.47s (88.56mph). PP: Dempsey 1m 01.31s (88.77mph). S: 23.
That incident left the way clear for the Van Diemen LA10 of Morgan Dempsey to pull away from Robinson at a canter to take the spoils. Behind them, Andrew Noble was on form for third place ahead of David Rock.
In the second heat matters were much calmer. Noel Dunne, who only has one podium finish in the event to his name, started from pole and was unflustered en route to victory. He was pressured initially by regional champion Johnny McMullan but John Ferguson soon usurped the teenager and set off after Dunne. He narrowly failed to win. McCullough had a final effort at making it into the final in the last chance race, which he won after overcoming Andrew Ritche. It meant that he would start 13th on the grid for the 21-lap final. Dempsey and Dunne set off at a frantic pace at the beginning of the race and it soon got overheated as Dempsey was punted off the road. That clash allowed Robinson to work his way to the front and some clever use of backmarkers enabled him to stretch away in front despite a broken carb spring. McMullan trailed Ferguson home. The latter had crossed the line in second spot, but was later excluded for a driving infringement. After all his trouble, and a carb issue in the final, McCullough claimed third place.
Roadsports and Stryker: 1 Jim Hutchinson (Westfield GM) 16 laps in 16m 28.94s (88.06mph); 2 Colin Reid (Reis Aero) +38.96s; 3 Maurice McClay (Radical Clubsport); 4 Jack Boal (Locost Honda); 5 Jimmy Dougan (Locost Honda); 6 Laurence Mawhinney (Westfield Honda); 7 Davis Buick (Indy Honda); 8 Johnny Armstrong (Westfield Honda); 9 Cormac Galvin (Stryker); 10 Alan Watkins (Stryker). FL: Hutchinson 59.42s (91.61mph). PP: Hutchinson 59.06s (92.17mph). CW: Hutchinson, Boal, McClay, Galvin. S: 22. Race two: 1 Hutchinson 16 laps in 16m 22.58s (88.63mph); 2 McClay +7.05s; 3 Reid; 4 Dougan; 5 Boal; 6 Ryan Magennis (GMS); 7 Trevor Allen (Sylva Stryker); 8 Mawhinney; 9 Buick; 10 Watkins. FL: Hutchinson 59.85s (90.94mph). PP: Hutchinson 59.80s (91.02mph). CW: Hutchinson, Boal, McClay, Watkins. S: 22. Saloons, GT and Fiats: 1 Connaire Finn (Ginetta G50) 16 laps in 17m 09.83s (84.57mph); 2 Stephen Traub (Honda Integra) +15.94s; 3 David Morrison (BMW M3); 4 Ralph Jess (BMW M3); 5 Pat McBennett (Lotus Elise); 6 Tony Traub (Honda Integra); 7 Greer Wray (Vauxhall Vectra); 8 Donal O’Neill (Seat Cupra); 9 Simon Quinn (Honda Civic); 10 Robert Patton (Honda Integra). FL: Finn 1m 01.11s (89.07mph). PP: Morrison 1m 04.11s (84.90mph). CW: Finn, S Traub, Barry John McHenry (Fiat Abarth). S: 16. Race two: 1 Finn 16 laps in 16m 48.17s (86.38mph); 2 McBennett +26.40s; 3 Stephen Traub; 4 Morrison; 5 Jess; 6 Tony Traub; 7 O’Neill; 8 Wray; 9 Mike Johnston (BMW M3); 10 Quinn. FL: Finn 1m 00.46s (90.03mph). PP: Morrison 1m 04.20s (84.79mph). CW: Finn, S Traub, Gary Miller (Fiat Abarth). S: 14. Formula Libre: 1 Philip Shields (Tatus Honda) 15 laps in 14m 51.27s (91.61mph); 2 Tommy Reid (Chevron B42) +15.05s; 3 Geoffrey Moffett (Van Diemen); 4 Jim Larkham (Radical PR06); no other finishers. FL: Shields 57.65s (94.42s). PP: Shields 55.87s (97.43mph). S: 6.
Hutchinson scored twice
ANGLESEY: BRSCC BY JENNIFER GRACE
Four races from the Caterham Roadsport and Supersport championships provided breathless action from start-to-finish, with masterclasses being delivered by Ian Payne and Wes Fox. Pole position, two wins, fastest laps and the lap record helped Fox secure the title.
The weekend started off on a wet note with a sodden qualifying session for the Supersports. However, title contender Jeremy Webb was the only victim of the weather, ending his practice in the barriers as Ian Payne claimed pole.
Saturday’s race one encounter involved a tense battle for the lead between Ian Payne, Reece Somerfield and Clio Cup ace Paul Rivett, who was experiencing a Caterham for the first time. Payne was eventually able to find some breathing space as the others were joined by Ben Whibley. Payne eased to victory with a 5.4s margin over Somerfield, who beat Rivett to the line by 0.189s.
There was plenty of action in Sunday’s Supersport encounter with the lead trio – Payne, Somerfield and series leader Lee Wiggins – scrapping. After following each other in procession until three-quarter distance, Somerfield suddenly snatched the lead away from Payne into Rocket.
Payne fought back, not wanting to lose out at the final hurdle. Payne’s persistence paid off as he crossed the line 0.948s ahead of Somerfield. When the Saturday morning’s rain had stopped, the wind started, which led to confusion for the Roadsports qualifying session with half of the field opting for a wet set-up and half for dry.
Poleman Wesley Fox didn’t make the best get away and Mike Hart was able to force his way to the front. Fox soon took the lead at Church and remained there for the duration. The battle for second place intensified with six cars fighting for position and the same piece of track: Hart, Jon Mortimer, Kurt Brady, Aaron Head and Chris Bingham barrelled into Rocket four abreast with puffs of locked brakes on more than one occasion. Fox waltzed over the line with Brady in second place barely 0.6s ahead of Mortimer.
In the second Roadsport encounter another poor start from Fox rattled the initial proceedings as Head took the lead. The first five cars were glued together until Fox worked his magic, finding the lead and vanishing into the distance. Mortimer came home second after breaking away from the scrap behind, which left Brady to eventually beat Head as they exited the final corner to take third place.
Chris Middlehurst was crowned NW FF1600 Post ’89 champion with a pair of wins. Pre ’90 honours went the way of 2011 champion John Loebell on Saturday, and Kevin Donnelly in a wet Sunday race. Mark Robinson won all three races in the Ford XR challenge over the weekend in his XR2 even though he had his work cut out in race one to beat the ever-improving Peter Lancaster.
Simon Robinson also had a good weekend, finishing in the top three in all three races. In the XR3 class Jason Hennefer also had a hat-trick of convincing victories over local driver John Ifan-Jones. The weekend finished with Mark Robinson taking the title for the fifth time.
Richard Mitcam and James Fletcher shared the honours in two nail-biting Formula Jedi races. After being on the backfoot at the start of both encounters, Mitcham had to produce two strong recovery drives, which resulted in him taking the win from Fletcher on the very last lap of race one. However, Fletcher did just enough to return the favour and win race two by just over a car length. Both Club Class wins went to Michael Watton.
Caterham Supersport: 1 Ian Payne 18 laps in 30m 55.055s (73.35mph); 2 Reece Somerfield +5.401s; 3 Paul Rivett; 4 Ben Whibley; 5 Lee Wiggins; 6 Jeremy Webb; 7 Stephen Collins; 8 Keith Ashworth; 9 Tim Mashman; 10 Simon Cassidy. FL: Whibley 1m 42.216s (73.96mph). PP: Payne 1m 53.658s (66.51mph). S: 27. Race two: 1 Payne 18 laps in 30m 53.678s (73.41mph); 2 Somerfield +0.948s; 3 Wiggins; 4 Webb; 5 Whibley; 6 Carlton Brown; 7 Anthony Sidney-Woollett; 8 Robert Cooper; 9 Martin Collier; 10 Ashworth. FL: Wiggins 1m 42.189s (73.98mph). PP: Payne. S: 27. BRSCC Formula Ford Northern 1600 Pre ’90: 1 John Loebell (Van Diemen RF89) 13 laps in 21m 00.770s (77.95mph); 2 John Farrell (Reynard FF89) +3.014s; 3 Nigel Thompson (Van Diemen RF88); 4 Nigel Dolan (Van Diemen RF86); 5 Ian Parkington (Reynard FF84); 6 Matthew Ridge (Van Diemen RF86); 7 Bruce Evans (Reynard FF84); 8 Andrew Thomas (Reynard SF84); 9 John Wilkinson (Van Diemen RF86); 10 Phil Nelson (Van Diemen RF86). FL: Loebell 1m 35.910s (78.82mph). PP: Thompson 1m 48.944s (69.39mph). CW: Loebell, Dolan, Graham Legget (Crosslé 25F). S: 17. Race two: 1 Kevin Donnelly (Van Diemen RF88) 14 laps in 20m 06.007s (64.77mph); 2 Farrell +2.032s; 3 Dolan; 4 Thompson; 5 Andrew MacGregor (Van Diemen RF86); 6 Thomas; 7 Parkington; 8 Bruceie; 9 Wilkinson; 10 Nelson. FL: Donnelly 1m 24.670s (65.90mph). PP: Farrell 1m 13.279s (76.14mph). CW: Donnelly, Dolan, Steve Cole (Royale RP26). S: 18.
Formula Jedi: 1 Richard Mitcham 15 laps in 21m 07.644s (89.45mph); 2 James Fletcher +2.814s; 3 Stuart Abbott; 4 Daniel Cook; 5 Matthew Bett; 6 Dan Clowes; 7 Paul Butcher; 8 Mark Gellatly; 9 Barry Armstrong; 10 Andrew Ward. FL: Mitcham 1m 23.481s (90.55mph). PP: Mitcham 1m 36.877s (78.03mph). S: 16. Race two: 1 Fletcher 19 laps in 20m 43.687s (85.24mph); 2 Mitcham +0.395s; 3 Bett; 4 Cook; 5 Butcher; 6 Abbott; 7 Clowes; 8 Gellatly; 9 Armstrong; 10 Michael Watton. FL: Mitcham 1m 04.242s (86.85mph). PP: Mitcham 1m 03.727s (87.56mph). S: 14. BRSCC FF1600 Post ’89: 1 Chris Middlehurst (Van Diemen LA10) 13 laps in 20m 48.768s (78.69mph); 2 Abdul Ahmed (Ray GRK09) +1.478s; 3 John Murphy (Van Diemen RF90); 4 Martin Short (Van Diemen RF00); 5 Rob Smith (Van Diemen RF99); 6 Neil McArthur (Van Diemen DP08); 7 Vincent Jay (Ray GRK09); 8 Tom McArthur (Van Diemen RF01); No other finishers. FL: Middlehurst 1m 34.722s (79.81mph). PP: Smith 1m 48.089s (69.94mph). CW: Middlehurst, Murphy. S: 11. Race two: 1 Middlehurst 7 laps in 8m 32.204s (76.25mph); 2 Short +3.691s; 3 Ahmed; 4 David McArthur (Van Diemen DP08); 5 Smith; 6 Murphy; 7 Jay Wheals (Marrick FF); 8 N. McArthur; 9 T McArthur; no other finishers. FL: Middlehurst 1m 12.414s (77.05mph). PP: Middlehurst 1m 11.844s (77.66mph). CW: Middlehurst, Murphy. S: 11. Caterham Roadsports: 1 Wesley Fox 12 laps (no time or speed given); 2 Kurt Brady +4.466s;
3 Jonathan Mortimer; 4 Aaron Head; 5 Mike Hart; 6 Chris Bingham; 7 Matthew Whate; 8 Ian Davis; 9 Joel Wymer; 10 John Toshack. FL: Fox 1m 43.554s (73.00mph). PP: Fox 1m 49.959s (68.75mph). S: 20. Race two: 1 Fox 12 laps in 21m 01.407s (71.91mph); 2 Mortimer +5.639s; 3 Brady; 4 Head; 5 Bingham; 6 Mike Hart; 7 Wymer; 8 James Needham; 9 Andrew West; 10 Alexander Ross-MacIndoe. FL: Fox 1m 44.031s (72.67mph). PP: Fox. S: 20. Ford XR Challenge: 1 Mark Robinson (Fiesta XR2) 12 laps in 21m 56.646s (68.90mph); 2 Ian Fletcher (Fiesta ST) +1.750s; 3 Peter Lancaster (Fiesta XR2); 4 Simon Robinson (Fiesta XR2); 5 Jason Hennefer (Escort XR3i); 6 Michael Heath (Fiesta XR2); 7 Simon Sheridan (Fiesta XR2); 8 Ralph Fernihough (Fiesta XR2); 9 Lee Shropshire (Fiesta XR2); 10 Terry Kellaher (Escort XR3i). FL: Fletcher 1m 46.659s (70.87mph). PP: Fletcher 1m 48.661s (69.57mph). CW: M Robinson, Hennefer, Fletcher. S: 21. Race two: 1 M Robinson 15 laps in 20m 52.819s (66.80mph); 2 Fletcher +2.252s; 3 S Robinson; 4 Lancaster; 5 Hennefer; 6 Fernihough; 7 Shropshire; 8 Danny Leigh (Escort XR3i); 9 Sheridan; 10 Howard Hunt (Fiesta XR2). FL: Fletcher 1m 20.939s (68.94mph). PP: M Robinson. CW: M Robinson, Fletcher, Hennefer. S: 21. Race three: 1 Fletcher 14 laps in 20m 45.874s (67.20mph); 2 M Robinson +12.882s; 3 S Robinson; 4 Sheridan; 5 Poole; 6 Lancaster; 7 Fernihough; 8 Hennefer; 9 John-Ifan Jones (Escort XR3i); 10 Paul Dobson (Fiesta XR2). FL: Fletcher 1m 26.059s (64.83mph). PP: M Robinson. CW: M Robinson, Fletcher, Hennefer. S: 20.
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AND THE WINNERS ARE... Championship
Andrew Deviny Mini Sevens
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CROFT: BARC BY PETER SCHERER
Andrew Deviny won the first Mini Seven race, having escaped from the pack while Paul Spark, Max Hunter and James Coulson fought for second. Spark clinched the place when Hunter went across the grass at the Complex on the last lap and dropped to fourth. But Spark claimed both victory and his second consecutive title in race two, when Deviny and Hunter tangled at Tower on the last lap. Coulson and Graeme Davis completed the podium.
Having led the first six laps of the opening Intersteps race, Patryk Szczerbinski outbraked himself at Sunny and handed victory to Jake Dennis, with James Peace third after he charged past Ed Jones into Tower on lap five. But Szczerbinski once again proved the master of wet conditions, taking a lights-to-flag win in race two, with second spot confirming Dennis as champion. Jones was third after an early exchange with Peace. Dennis rounded off his title-winning year with a comfortable win in race three from Szczerbinski and Jones.
Jeff Wilson’s Lotus Elise soon overcame the fast-starting Caterham of Bill Addison in the first Northern Saloons and Sports Class A and E race. But fuel pressure problems forced Wilson into the pits, before Andy Robinson’s Ford Falcon snatched a last lap victory by passing Addison into Clervaux. Wilson made amends by winning the second race as Robinson claimed second spot from Addison late on.
Ross Marshall was the man to beat in the Scottish Legends event, but it was Ross Mickel that was in charge of heat one from the opening lap, with Peter Morton and Marshall joining him on the podium. Robbie Burgoyne dominated the second heat for three laps until Marshall surged ahead down the Old Pits straight. Mickel made it into second on the last lap, before they arrived at the Complex as a three-way lead battle. Marshall held on as Mickel ran wide at the Hairpin and handed second back to Burgoyne.
Carol Brown had shadowed David Hunter at the head of the final, but as Marshall mounted his challenge, Brown ousted Hunter into Tower. Marshall eventually came out on top, with Morton claiming second on the last lap from Brown and Hunter.
Already crowned champion David Smithies added two more victories to his tally in the Austin Healey race. He had it all his own way in the first race, but was left playing catch up in the second after a poor start, and only had 0.4 seconds in hand over Patrick Harris’s Sprite at the flag. Michael Cutt’s BMW M3 clinched the Northern Saloons and Sports title, with another double victory in the classes D and H races.
MINI MINI MIGLIA MIGLIA
Photos: Ollie Read
Welsh star Owens finally claimed elusive Miglia title
ENDAF A LONG WAIT FOR ACE OWENS
After 12 years of Mini racing Endaf Owens finally secured his first Mini Miglia title with a double win at Croft. With several drivers still in with a shot at the title at the start of the final weekend of the season, Owens gained the upper hand by securing pole for both races. Kane Astin made the best start in race one, but Owens immediately went on the attack and nosed ahead exiting Tower on the opening lap. Sarah Munns, Dave Drew, Aaron Smith and Paul Thompson all joined the snake to complete an initial lead group of six. Astin managed to get alongside Owens a couple of times before they were joined in a three-car break by Drew, after he ousted Munns. But after another attack into Tower on the sixth lap, Astin started to fall down the order due to a buzzed engine and eventually retired. Owens couldn’t afford to relax though: Drew chased him all the way to the flag, but the victory was enough to secure the title. “I made another bad start, but I soon got
1 Endaf Owens 10 laps in 16m 24.463s (77.70mph); 2 Dave Drew +0.602s; 3 Colin Peacock; 4 Paul Thompson; 5 Aaron Smith; 6 Sarah Munns; 7 Mark Sims; 8 Tony Le May; 9 Paul Simmonds; 10 Gordon Pocock. Fastest lap: Drew 1m 37.100s (78.78mph). Pole position: Owens 1m 37.510s (78.45mph). Starters: 13. Race two: 1 Owens 10 laps in 16m 40.733s (76.44mph); 2 Kane Astin +0.746s; 3 Smith; 4 Drew; 5 Le May; 6 Thompson; 7 Peacock; 8 Munns; 9 Rupert Deeth; 10 Sims. FL: Owens 1m 38.060s (78.01mph). PP: Owens 1m 37.752s. S: 13.
Kane,” said the Carmarthenshire Mini expert. “I’ve come close to the title before, but can’t believe I’ve done it.”
Colin Peacock completed the podium, while both Thompson and Smith demoted Munns to sixth at the Hairpin, after she ran wide with a lap to go. While Astin was determined to win the final round of the season, Owenswas equally determined to end the season in style.The result was a thrilling race-long duel with barely inches between the duo throughout. Astin once again made the best start and held the advantage until Tower on lap four, with both well clear of the fight for third. While Astin managed to nose alongside Owens repeatedly in the closing stages, getting by was another matter, but they were still side-by-side through Barcroft and into Sunny on the last lap.
“One of us had to brake or have a big accident, and it wasme that had to brake,” said Astin.
“I looked across before I braked and thought ‘damn, he’s still there’,” Owens replied, after he held on for the rest of the lap to take his eighth win of the season by three quarters of a second. Drew had been in third but had started to come under pressure from Smith, who then ran him off the track at the Complex, which allowed Tony LeMay to pass them both. After a trip across the grass to rejoin, three places had been lost.
Smith quickly recovered third from Le May and Drew came charging back into contention and secured fourth into the Complex with a lap to go. Thompson completed the top six.
Classy Churchill nets second Production Cup crown Adrian Churchill followed up his 2010 Sport Maxx title success by retaining his crown in what is now known as the BARC Production Touring Car Cup.
Rob Smith had the initial lead in the first race of the triple-header in his diesel powered BMW330Dbut Josh Cook’s Renault Méganemade the decisive move into Tower on the third lap and took victory bymore than five seconds.
Cook took a lights-to-flag win in the second race, as Smith, Churchill and Malone fought over second. Malone ousted Churchill into Tower on lap five and took Smith two laps later into Clervaux. But gear selection problems dropped him to eighth at the flag, while Smith secured his first podium in second and Churchill clinched the title in third. Girling was a solitary fourth and Joe McMillan’s Seat just held off Kevin George’s Astra for fifth.
Smith’s defence continued to hold in second as five rivals lined up behind him. Churchill’s Vauxhall Astra VXRgot by exiting Tower on lap ten and Tom Carnaby’s similar car followed at the same spot on the final lap, leaving Smith a disappointed fourth. Joe Girling’s Astra and DanMalone’s Seat finished right in Smith’s wheeltracks.
Churchill completed his weekend with a lights-to-flag win after starter motor problems left Cook on the sidelines, but it wasn’t easy for the champion. Girling had started from pole and after losing the lead at the start, kept the pressure on Churchill for the entire distance.
Three podiums for champ Churchill
“I didn’t realise time was running out,” said Girling afterwards. “I waited for a mistake from Adrian and it didn’t come.”
Joe McMillan held third with Malone snatching fourth place from Smith on the last lap. Gary Duckman’s Seat Leon completed the top six, after Carnaby pulled off and retired with a lap to go.
BARC Production Touring Car Trophy: 1 Josh Cook (Renault Mégane) 13 laps in 20m 37.939s (80.33mph); 2 Adrian Churchill (Vauxhall Astra VXR) +5.448s; 3 Thomas Carnaby (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 4 Rob Smith (BMW 330D E90); 5 Joseph Girling (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 6 Dan Malone (Seat Leon Cupra); 7 Kevin George (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 8 Joe McMillan (Seat Leon); 9 Steve Johnson (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 10 Phil Boland (Skoda Fabia). FL: Cook 1m 33.548s (81.77mph). PP: Gary Duckman (Seat Leon) 1m 32.718s (82.50mph). CW: Boland. S: 12. Race two: 1 Cook 13 laps in 20m 43.022s (80.00mph); 2 Smith +3.930s; 3 Churchill; 4 Girling; 5 McMillan; 6 George; 7 Ryan Bensley (Vauxhall Astra VXR); 8 Malone; 9 Johnson; 10 Carnaby. FL: Cook 1m 33.760s (81.59mph). PP: Cook. CW: Boland. S: 12. Race three: 1 Churchill 13 laps in 20m 39.902s (80.20mph); 2 Girling +0.318s; 3 McMillan; 4 Malone; 5 Smith; 6 Duckman; 7 George; 8 Johnson; 9 Bensley; 10 Boland. FL: Churchill 1m 34.078s (81.31mph). PP: Girling. CW: Boland. S: 11. Dunlop Mini Seven: 1 Andrew Deviny 10 laps in 17m 59.429s (70.87mph); 2 Paul Spark +2.854s; 3 James Coulson; 4 Max Hunter; 5 Gareth Hunt; 6 Damon Astin; 7 Ashley Davies; 8 Darren Thomas; 9 Jabez Dyer; 10 Julian Affleck. FL: Deviny 1m 46.308s (71.96mph). PP: Deviny 1m 46.371s (71.91mph). S: 21. Race two: 1 Spark 10 laps in 18m 04.672s (70.52mph); 2 Coulson +1.849s; 3 Graeme Davis; 4 Hunter; 5 Davies; 6 Thomas; 7 Hunt; 8 Astin; 9 Affleck; 10 Julian Proctor. FL: Deviny 1m 46.645s (71.73mph). PP: Deviny 1m 46.591s. S: 19. Intersteps: 1 Jake Dennis 13 laps in 20m 55.070s (79.23mph); 2 Patryk Szczerbinski +0.745s; 3 James Peace; 4 Ed Jones; 5 Alex Walker; 6 Jake Dalton; 7 Sarah Moore; 8 Jake Jackson; no other finishers. FL: Szczerbinski 1m 23.177s (91.97mph). PP: Szczerbinski 1m 23.515s (91.60mph) S: 9. Race two: 1 Szczerbinski 13 laps in 20m 17.254s (81.70mph); 2 Dennis +3.734s; 3 Jones; 4 Peace; 5 Dalton; 6 Walker; 7 Jackson; 8 James Nutbrown; no other finishers. FL: Szczerbinski 1m 31.030s (84.03mph). PP: Szczerbinski 1m 22.932s. S: 9. Race three: 1 Dennis 15 laps in 20m 54.685s (91.45mph); 2 Szczerbinski +5.257s; 3 Jones; 4 Walker; 5 Dalton; 6 Moore; 7 Nutbrown; 8 Jackson; no other finishers. FL: Dennis 1m 22.841s (92.34mph). PP: Dennis. S: 9. DDMC Northern Saloons and Sports, Classes A and E: 1 Andy Robinson (Ford Falcon) 11 laps in 16m 33.025s (84.74mph); 2 Bill Addison (Caterham R400 Superlight) +1.364s; 3 Sam Arrenberg (Caterham R400); 4 Andrew Morrison (Seat Leon Cupra); 5 David Botterill (Porsche 944 Turbo); 6 Stuart Carr (Caterham); 7 Jim Semple (MMS RS200); 8 Andrew Wilson (Mini 1275GT); 9 Phil Morris (Caterham 7); 10 Alan McPherson (Ford Formula). FL: Jeff Wilson (Lotus Elise) 1m 26.031s (88.92mph). PP: Wilson 1m 24.189s (90.86mph). CW: Addison, Arrenberg, McPherson, Mark Leybourne (Westfield SEiW). S: 22. Race two: 1 Wilson 12 laps in 17m 31.309s (87.32mph); 2 Robinson +17.436s; 3 Addison; 4 Arrenberg; 5 Morrison; 6 Carr; 7 Neil Claxton (Suzuki SC100); 8 Morris; 9 Botterill; 10 Chris Whiteley (Seat Cupra R). FL: Wilson 1m 25.246s (89.74mph). PP: Wilson 1m 28.710s. CW: Robinson, Arrenberg, McPherson, Leybourne. S: 20. Scottish Legends, heat one: 1 Ross Mickel 8 laps in 16m 01.845s (63.62mph); 2 Peter Morton +0.131s; 3 Ross Marshall 4 Robbie Burgoyne; 5 Gerard McCosh; 6 Ben Mason; 7 John Marshall; 8 Scott Hynds; 9 Robin Webb; 10 Glenn Burtenshaw. FL: R Marshall 1m 38.962s (77.30mph). PP: David Hunter. S: 25. Heat two: 1 R Marshall 6 laps in 11m43.365s (65.25mph); 2 Burgoyne +0.160s; 3 Mickel; 4 S Hynds; 5 J Marshall; 6 Carol Brown; 7 Paul O’Brien; 8 Colin Atkinson; 9 Morton; 10 Mason. FL: Mason 1m 51.872s (68.38mph). PP: S Hynds. S: 25. Final: 1 R Marshall 8 laps in 13m 31.105s (75.45mph); 2 Morton +2.654s; 3 Brown; 4 Hunter; 5 Mason; 6 Burgoyne; 7 Mickel; 8 McCosh; 9 Atkinson; 10 J Marshall. FL: Morton 1m 39.241s (77.08mph). PP: Chris Hynds. S: 24. Austin Healey Club: 1 David Smithies (3000) 12 laps in 20m34.990s (74.33mph); 2 Adrian Ball (3000) +39.329s; 3 Patrick Harris (Sprite); 4 Neil Cameron (Arkley Sprite); 5 Brian Bedford (Sprite); 6 Tony Wilson-Spratt (WSM Sprite Sprint); no other finishers. FL: Smithies 1m 40.420s (76.18mph). PP: Smithies 1m 41.242s (75.56mph). CW: N Cameron, Harris, Wilson-Spratt. S: 7. Race two: 1 Smithies 12 laps in 21m 07.306s (72.43mph); 2 Harris +0.474s; 3 Ball; 4 Bedford; 5 Wilson-Spratt; no other finishers. FL: Smithies 1m 42.427s (74.68mph). PP: Smithies 1m 41.280s. CW: Bedford, Harris, Wilson-Spratt. S: 6. DDMC Northern Saloons and Sports, Classes B-D,&H: 1 Mike Cutt (BMW M3) 11 laps in 17m48.264s (78.77mph); 2 Ken Hall (MG Metro 6R4) +22.543s; 3 Mike Williamson (Mitsubishi Lancer E4); 4 Mark Armstrong (Subaru Impreza); 5 Paul Moss (Citroen Saxo); 6 Jason South (Peugeot 205); 7 Peter Dixon (Honda Civic 1.6VT); 8 Andy Robinson (Ford Fiesta XR2); 9 Daniel Irving (Mazda MX5); 10 Martin Addison (Peugeot 106 Rallye). FL: Cutt 1m 34.505s (80.94mph). PP: Cutt 1m 34.59s (80.90mph). CW: Moss. S: 24. Race two: 1 Cutt 11 laps in 17m41.630s (79.26mph); 2 Williamson +21.290s; 3 Hall; 4 David Cox (Peugeot 205 GTi); 5 Armstrong; 6 Moss; 7 Dixon; 8 South; 9 Ian Humpish (VW Beetle Rsi); 10 Robinson. FL: Cutt 1m 34.396s (81.04mph). PP: Cutt 1m 35.144s. CW: Cox; Moss. S: 22.
SNETTERTON: BRSCC BY LEWIS BEALES
It was an rollercoaster meeting for the two Pickup title contenders Steve Dance and Nic Grindrod. Grindrod’s engine failed to start in time for the first encounter, but when Dance trailed home 11th in race two with a broken transmission, the title fight swung back in Grindrod’s favour. Grindrod started the day 16 points adrift of Dance and cut the deficit to ten by outqualifying his rival. But Grindrod could only watch the rest of the field take the start as his crew changed his alternator in the assembly area. The
Birmingham racer eventually joined the action some 20 seconds after the rest of the field.
Dave Longhurst led the early stages but was quickly demoted by Dave Briggs and Dance. Briggs did his best to hold off Dance, who slipped inside at Riches to take the lead on lap nine of 15.
But when Dance ran wide at the Bomb Hole on the penultimate lap Briggs dived inside to retake the advantage. Dance retaliated at Riches at the start of the final tour and was unable to pass, but when Briggs ran wide through Murray’s, the very last corner of the race, Dance edged ahead to clinch a sensational victory. Meanwhile, Grindrod stormed through the field to finish third after blasting by Longhurst on Senna Straight. “That was my best race of the year” declared the relieved title contender, now 20 points off the series lead.
Neil Tressler led the field away at the start of race race two but he was soon passed into Brundle lap two by the flying Grindrod, who ended up winning by an incredible 30 seconds to wrench the points lead out of Dance’s grasp.
The battle for second was much more exciting, as Phil White and Briggs both made short work of Tressler, only for the latter to outbrake himself at Murray’s.
Dance had been having problems escaping the pack and as the race entered the closing stages, he was trying to find a way by White for second. But a broken halfshaft meant he could only tour to the finish line in 11th. Michael Smith and Paul Tompkins to completed the podium, ahead of the recovering Briggs and White, who fell back to fifth.
Pickup Truck Racing: 1 Steve Dance 15 laps in 20m 53.840s (85.44mph); 2 Dave Briggs +0.020s; 3 Nic Grindrod; 4 Dave Longhurst; 5 Phil White; 6 Carl Boardley; 7 Paul Tompkins; 8 David O’Regan; 9 Nick White; 10 Lee Rodgers. FL: Grindrod 1m 21.508s (87.62mph). PP: Charlie Weaver. S: 13. Race two: 1 Grindrod 15 laps in 20m 39.764s (86.41mph); 2 Michael Smith +29.909s; 3 Tompkins; 4 Briggs; 5 P White; 6 Rodgers; 7 O’Regan; 8 Longhurst; 9 Neil Tressler; 10 N White. FL: Grindrod 1m 21.535s (87.60mph). PP: Rodgers. S: 13.
Photo: Richard Styles
Grindrod leads Pickups
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