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November, 2009:

2009 Season’s Review

It’s been another good Season for the Championship with grids way above the MSA level of 18 at all rounds except Castle Combe where we benefitted from the Morgan Challenge drivers but the TRs were at Mallory at a Triumph Festival meeting.

The calendar had eight rounds and was well spaced and allowed for six different well respected circuits with two rounds at Thruxton and two rounds at Silverstone, one on the International circuit and one on the National.

Donington our first round in 2009 with the indecisions about safety was only allowed to happen at the 11th hour but as usual the Thoroughbred drivers made the best of it but running under a yellow flag was not what anybody would call racing.

Class A again started slowly with no drivers entering for the first three rounds until Peter Hiscocks the ‘guardian’ of the class came out from Thruxton in June competing at four rounds which put him on the leader board for the class and another Overall Class Win.   He was later joined by Brian Playford until his engine expired and from the Bentley Drivers Club meeting by Jerry Knight after his Jag D type went on the ‘back burner’ coming out in his FIA MGB managing second in Overall Class and newcomer to the Championship Barry Proud whose two visits put him third in Overall Class.

Class B, usually controlled by the MGB or MGA brigade had their work cut out this year as the TR  4 pot engines had been allowed to run with them on a ‘test’ year. The season was immediately dominated by Mike Hazlewood in his TR4 who managed five outright wins taking the Overall Class Win.   Raining Champion Peter Samuels appeared at both the Thruxton rounds to just take the flags but had Mike firmly in his mirror. Colin Jones had a slow start to the season with engine problems but picked up once he had found the problem to come home second in Class.  Roy Chamberlain’s pretty TR3 Beta did a full season out in the B class coming home third in Class.

In Class C Jerry Knight in his Jaguar D type replica was up front leading the class but an accident at Silverstone International with Andy Green put them both out.  Jerry worked hard for two months rebuilding the car, returning for the final round at Snetterton to finish the season back out in the D type, still managing to take the Overall Class win,  Andy hopeful of finishing his rebuild to return in 2010 back out in Class D from where he was greatly missed.

For the first part of the year Jerry had Simon Cripps in his MGBGTV8 and Simon Orebi Gann in his Morgan Roadster to contend with, Simon Cripps taking a win at Thruxton and Simon Orebi Gann taking the win at Silverstone BDC which was enough to secure Overall second in Class Win. Good support from Andrew Potter, Roger Whiteside, Phillip Tisdall in their Morgans Andrew managing to come home Overall third in Class.   Some TR6’s joined later in the Season,  Rob Roodhouse and Jeff Hooper with young Josh Files in his TR6 coming home second in class at Snetterton in his third race with us and the youngest driver, one to watch next Season.

Class D’s Chris Acklam in his Morgan +8 won Overall Race seven out of eight rounds and was the one to beat in Class D despite the valiant attempts by Tony Lees, Peter Henry and Philip Goddard.  However a late entry at Thruxton by Roy McCarthy would have put the tweety among the pigeons but a now discovered broken crown-wheel in his diff caused him to retire . (and we all thought it was his cw&p that was broken!!! – he has been overhauled and rebuilt and will be out again in 2010)

Chris went on to a fantastic last round at Snetterton where a race length dice between Tony and Chris resulted in Tony just beating him at the flag but Chris taking the Championship.