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July, 2013:

Race Report – MGCC Cadwell Park – Round 6

Practice and race for Round 6 of the Motoring Classics Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship was on Sunday 21st July at the pretty Cadwell Park circuit near Lough.  Cadwell is quite a narrow circuit and considered a ‘drivers’ circuit and one of the few circuits left where there are still a few viewing areas without large wire fences.CP13_9182

A turn-out of sixteen had originally entered but late entries from Peter Barnard and Barry Holmes should have put the number up to eighteen on the day but a pull out by Jonathan Upchurch with pressure of work and Russell McCarthy with a blown engine in the BCV8 practice put the numbers back to sixteen including a one off from Mark Campbell in his beautifully prepared blue TR5.

There was a Friday test day and four had arrived to test out their cars in glorious 28 degree temperatures and sort out some niggles.

Neil Fowler had a half shaft go so the relaxing Saturday in cooler, damp conditions turned out to be a day of extra sorting out and fiddling and Ken Deamer found some wing repairs to sort out.

The entries consisted of six class D, four class C, five class B and one class A. The fifteen minute Qualifying was sixth on the schedule at 10.55am but the weather on the Sunday morning had remained very disappointing as it had stayed Cloudy but with a damp mist in the air.

QUALIFYING

Sixteen drivers left the collection area to Qualify and sixteen finished, Ken Deamer coming in early with a problem and the rest appeared OK although Joe Parrington had gearbox problems.

Neil Fowler had changed cars from his V8 that he had parked backwards into the tyre wall in the BCV8 practice but luckily for Neil, Nick, his Chief Mechanic had brought up the MGC so a change-over to race this in the TSCC Championship.

Overall and Class C guest Mark Campbell took TSCC Pole on a 1.41.444 who sat alongside Rob Spencer on Class D Pole 1.41.845.  Row two Ian Prior on 1.42.585 alongside a vacant Joe Parrington spot calling it a day.

On Row three b Class Pole Babak Farsian on a 1.46.578 alongside Barry Holmes on a 1.47.813.  On Row four Chris Edwards in his TR6 on 1.48.262 next to Peter Barnard in his Elva on 1.48.292.

On row five Neil Fowler in the MGC on 1.49.729 alongside Mark Scott on a 1.51.476.  Row six a vacant spot for John Yea (who had come second in the Ecurie but had a head gasket expire before the TSCC race) leaving Paul Khouri alone with a 1.54.586.

Row seven Ben White on a 1.54.688 alongside Ken Deamer on a 1.57.721 and finishing the field in the ‘Gentlemen’s spots’ Phil Lambe on a 2.00.042 next to Class A only contender Martyn Clews on a 2.00.948.

THE RACE (S)

Lights changed and the field took off with Rob Spencer, Mark Campbell and Ian Prior making a dive for the front, Rob seemed to take the lead with Mark next and then Ian but something happened up top of the circuit and Mark had apparent brake failure and spun out and went into the tyre wall.  There were tyres everywhere so an obvious Red Flag incident.  However, the race carried on for three laps under the Course Car before the red flag came out.

Race Finished on lap three.

THE RACE – SECOND PART

photoFrom the scrutineered seventeen now without Mark Campbell, John Yea, Russell McCarthy and Joe Parrington the grid reassembled with only thirteen. Ten minutes left for the race.

Lights went off and Rob Spencer took the lead followed by Ian Prior and Ken Deamer with Peter Barnard and Mark Scott dicing for Class B.    Babak Farsian and Chris Edwards fell off on lap one and Phillip Lambe on lap two so the remaining ten made the best of the dimished numbers.

Rob and Ian stuck together for all six laps with only half a second between them, Ian unable to find a place to pass and Rob not allowing him to find one.   Rob took the flag crossing the line just half a second in front after a great battle.

Ken Deamer came home third, a few lengths back and forth Peter Barnard just managed to keep Mark Scott behind although they fought a hard battle, Mark getting the fastest class lap. Paul Khouri the only other B class contender came home nineth overall.

Neil Fowler had a few close laps with Barry Holmes but once Barry had passed he led Neil to the flag.   Neil out in his MGC took Class C honours seventh overall now with only Ben White left in the class still on track.   Martyn Clews pretty Spriget bringing home the field and Class A.

Class D Winner ROB SPENCERCP13_9196

Class C Winner NEIL FOWLER

Class B Winner PETER BARNARD And  Commentators Driver of the Race

And to MARTYN CLEWS for his Class A Win.

                                            Pam McCarthy

Race Report, Silverstone Live 2013 – Round 5

SS13_3586Practice and race for Round 5 of the Thoroughbred Championship was at Silverstone on the Arena Grand Prix circuit just two weeks before the British GP.  As usual a great turn out for the Championship with eight extra drivers wanting to compete for a one off.  The MGCC’s premier meeting on the Silverstone circuit was supported by the Porsche Club, the Ferrari Classic and the Aero Morgans in addition to the MGCC Championships.

There were thirty three entries on the day with eleven class D, six class C, twelve class B and four class A.  Qualifying was first on the schedule at 9am and we had to get scrutineered and to the collection area with no race engines allowed until 08.45.  There were very late entries from Roy Chamberlain who just managed to finish his car in time and a welcome newcomer to racing Alex Thistlethwayte in an Aston Martin DB4, good to see an Aston back out with us again.  They both had serious problems in qualifying when Roy lost control and damaged the front of his beautifully prepared car putting him out of the race and Alex who in his rush to get onto the circuit forgot to clip his bonnet down so had to qualify out of session.

9am First Practice of the day was in wet and cloudy conditions with the track being soaked after an early morning heavy shower.  Qualifying itself was for most successful with a few drivers having problems and coming in early.  Simon Cripps getting a great time and third overall but had terminal engine problems. All others seemed to sort their problems out for the race.

Overall and C Class Pole went to Josh Files in Dad Keith’s TR6 by just .171 from D Class Pole Spencer McCarthy in Dads’ MGBGTV8 (What would we do without our Dads!).  The second row being taken by Simon Cripps empty spot and Andy Green in the Morgan. Row three Ian Prior and Jonnie Wheeler and row four Joe Parrington and Jon Ellison in his TR6.

Row five Neil Fowler and B Class Pole Babak Farsian and on row six Kevin Swann and Ken Deamer.  Just behind, on row seven, Jonathan Upchurch and Peter Barnard with Mark Scott and Neil Cawthorn on row eight.  Row nine Colin Jones and Lawrence Wood while on row ten Ben Tovey and Paul Khouri.  Behind on row eleven, Terry Burrows and Ben White and on row twelve, invited Ed Foster and David Lamyman.

On row thirteen Phil Lambe and Alan Charlton and on row fourteen A class Pole Peter Hiscocks and Alan Kyson with Max Cawthorn and Andrew Moore on row fifteen.  Finishing the field, Martyn Clews and Alex Thistlethwayte.

THE RACE

The track had dried and the rain had passed on and from the lights Spencer McCarthy from second position took the leadSS13_4134 with Ian Prior and Josh Files from pole arriving at Copse third.  By lap two Josh was hard on Spencer’s tail both pulling away from the rest of the field and Josh catching round the curvy bits and slipping back on the straights.

This went on for four laps with both swapping places frequently until Josh pulled past to take control on lap five, once there he pulled steadily away to come home twenty seconds in front by the flag.  A great drive.  Spencer hung in as long as he could but slipped back nursing an overheating problem determined to make it to the flag.  By lap seven the throbbing Morgan of Andy Green pulled past Spencer to take second overall and first in Class D where he remained to the finish with Spencer taking third.

Class D

From the lights Spencer McCarthy pulled ahead to lead the field up to Copse with Ian Prior, Andy Green and Joe Parrington lengths behind, next Jonnie Wheeler, then Ken Deamer and a little further down the field Neil Fowler and Lawrence Wood with Alex Thistlethwayte in the Aston making up four places from the back of the grid.

By the third lap as they crossed the line the order had changed with Joe coming up to second having passed both Ian Prior and Andy Green, Jon Ellison hanging on behind the group waiting for his chance, change again for lap five with Andy now in class second and Jon third, Joe now in fourth and further down the field Ian Prior, Jonnie Wheeler and Lawrence Wood. Neil Fowler struggling with alternator problems.   The Aston of Alex having overheated and retired.

Andy Green was pulling in Spencer and saw his chance and took Class lead on lap seven where he stayed to the flag, SS13_3581Spencer taking second and Jon Ellison third, Jon just managing to stay in front of the Ian Prior, Jonnie Wheeler battle by just .100 at the flag. Lawrence Wood had a lonely class race but kept up pace and remained un-lapped by the flag.

Class C

Class C with Invitation Josh Files coming back from his Clio Championship to try and maintain his three year winning streak in this Silverstone Race did not disappoint. Once past the D Class front runners he was off and came home over a lap in front of his closest class competitor.

That was Alan Charlton with just a few seconds further back Ben White and Phillip Lambe.  Newcomer to the Championship Jonathan Upchurch in the fluorescent green V8 finishing his race on lap six with problems.  The Overall Race went to Josh but the Class Win went to a delighted and surprised Alan Charlton who had just managed to get the car ready for its first outing of the Season and a surprised Ben White who managed third.  Regular this Season Phil Lambe came home fourth in class.

Class B

The biggest class at this meeting and great close racing mid field with Babak Farsian from class Pole swapping places with Peter Barnard for several laps with Colin Jones, Max Cawthorn and Neil Cawthorn having close battles throughout the race.  A little further back lonely class races for Kevin Swann, Paul Khouri, Terry Burrows, Alan Kyson and David Lamyman all managing to finish but a lap down.

SS13_4157The battling class leaders had a fantastic last few laps with Colin Jones pulling himself up through the field to take class win on the last lap by just .200 at the flag followed home by Peter Barnard, Max Cawthorn, Neil Cawthorn and a little way back a struggling Babak who had developed a problem.  Non finishers Ben Tovey who managed ten of the twelve laps who had been having a great battle with Paul Khouri and Alan Kyson and Mark Scott who pulled off with engine problems on lap seven.

A great class battle with Colin Jones achieving Commentators Driver of the Race.

Class A

From class Pole Peter Hiscocks took immediate class lead where he stayed from lights to flag for the first three laps Ed Foster hassling him until his expiry on lap seven with diff problems and a slight mishap by Peter on lap nine and he had Martyn Lewes on his tailpipe, Martyn staying with Peter to the flag but not managing to take advantage.  MGA Coupe driver finishing the class.

Congratulations go to Josh Files for his Overall Win

Class D Winner Andy Green

Class C Winner Alan Charlton

Class B Winner Colin Jones

And to Peter Hiscocks for his Class A Win.

                                                                        Pam McCarthy