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July, 2016:

THRUXTON – BARC – Sunday 3rd July – Round 5

The ‘fastest track in the UK’ welcomed us back to a BARC meeting and despite a really wet summer we were lucky and the weekend was dry and a bit cloudy with some sunshine showing through on Sunday.  Hence a red face when I got home.  There were a very disappointing entry of only 13 on the day so a loss for the TSCC coffers.  2 Class B, 4 Class C, 4 Class D and 3 Class E.   Scrutineering gave no major problems all meeting the standards required.

Practice saw all thirteen drivers on track with most finishing with no problems except Martin Barrow had a water issue so pulled off early to try and conserve his engine.  Most drivers however were noticing that their tyres were taking a bit of a bashing.

It was good to be at a circuit with a club still practicing what was the norm a few years ago.  Collection area, onto the circuit to find your way round, green flag lap for a further circumnavigation to get the tyres warmed, then the full fifteen-minute race.  No cutting timings down because everything had to be crammed in.  Well done BARC. We will be back!

Qualifying times put Neil Fowler on overall and E class Pole on 1.28.825 with Rob Spencer just half a second behind alongside on the grid.  Row two Simon Cripps next to Class C Pole Alan Charlton with 1.35.708 and on row three Paul Khouri alongside Class B Pole Angus Dent with 1.36.656.

Row four Barry Holmes on D Class Pole with 1.38.313 alongside Kathy Sherry and on row five Hayleigh Spencer alongside Rob Roodhouse.      On the penultimate row Steve Lockhart and Martin Barrow and finishing the field Phil Lambe.


From the lights both Neil and Rob dived away with Simon on their tail.  Rob managed to hold Neil back for four laps, Neil pouncing all over him until he dived through to take the lead, getting fastest class lap in the process.

Simon hung on for four laps until he lost all his water and pulled off.  Later diagnosed as a screw coming out from the back of the water pump housing.

Behind Barry Holmes was heading Class D with Alan Charlton and Paul Khouri just behind, Barry leading the pair until he had a moment on lap six, re-joining behind them a little further down the field.

Martin Barrow pulled off on lap three, with the water issue returning leaving Rob Roodhouse to chase after Barry Holmes still up front in class D.  IMG_3183

Lap two Kathy Sherry in sixth overall and looking good got collected by an out of control Angus Dent putting Kathy out of the race and Angus at the back of the field.

Up front Neil maintained his advantage for five laps with just inches to Rob waiting for his opportunity which came on lap ten when Rob dived through on the inside to take the overall race win at the flag.

Alan Charlton and Paul Khouri had a race long close battle, never more than a second between them and Alan taking the class win by under a second with Paul getting fastest lap in his efforts.   Phil Lambe the final C class finisher.

Barry headed class D with Rob Roodhouse catching him by lap seven after his off track moment and hounding Barry for five laps Rob finally managing to pass to take the Class D win.  Hayleigh Spencer keeping in close contact with the two and finishing third in class. Rob Roodhouse taking the fastest lap in class D.

Amongst the D class mix Class B Steve Lockhart who had a few close laps with Hayleigh and finishing the order Angus Dent unable to catch Steve but taking fastest class B lap early in the race.

Congratulations to Rob Spencer for his Overall and Class E win

To Rob Roodhouse for his Class D win

To Alan Charlton for his Class C win, and

To Steve Lockhart for his Class B win

Pam McCarthy – Championship Coordinator


Silverstone the Flagship of the M G Car Club season a meeting for all MG supporters to gather and meet up again.   The Thoroughbred race has usually been scheduled for Saturday but with the influx of other Championships to the MGCC’s premier meeting Thoroughbreds and some other MG Championships have been moved on to the second day.

We have raced on the Silverstone GP circuit in three different formats since 2010.  In 2010 we had 37 and we had a double header.  Since then the Arena Circuit in 2011 40 grid and 2012 33 grid.  From  2013 with a 32 grid we moved on to the Silverstone Historic GP and for 2014 31 grid, 2015 29 grid and this year we only managed 20 and were amalgamated with the Cockshoot cup.

We were scheduled for first qualifying on Sunday morning but when we assembled the weather was a disappointing mist over the whole circuit. Instead of waiting a few minutes it was decided that the drivers set off behind the Safety car which most of the drivers wondered why because as soon as the qualifying started the drivers could see way in advance, most saying they could see up to four marshal points immediately.

The Safety Car however did not pull in for four laps.  I had been called over to the Clerks’ office to discuss the grid order but as I went up the stairs and looked out over the circuit I could see everything and was told I was no longer needed as we could have a couple of flying laps.

These two flying laps gave us the grid positions:

Overall race and Class E James Wheeler on a 2.24.651 alongside Neil Fowler on row one.  Row two Rob Spencer and Simon Cripps and on row three Russell McCarthy.

Row five Class D Pole Jordan Spencer with 2.35.263 and on row eight Class C Pole Alan Charlton with 2.41.939.  Row ten Jim Bryan and Barry Holmes and on row fourteen Paul Khouri alongside Martin Barrow.  Row fifteen Class B Pole Steve Lockhart and on row sixteen Rob Roodhouse.  On row eighteen Bob Lines and Phil Lambe and on row nineteen Simon Alexander and Kathy Sherry.

Finishing off the Thoroughbred running order were Roy Chamberlain and Brian Playford.

MGCC Motoring Classics Thoroughbred Sportscars Championship with MGCC Cockshoot Cup  - Report by MGCC Leanne Fahy

A foggy start to the day meant qualifying for the combined Thoroughbred Sports Car and Cockshoot Cup outing was hampered, with just a few flying laps to set the best times. By the arrival of race one, the sun was shining and the temperature had definitely risen.M07A7085

The Thoroughbred Sports Cars took over the front half of the field, with James Wheeler at the helm. With a three second cushion by race end, Wheeler was able to defend his crown unchallenged, ahead of Neil Fowler in runner up spot.

Fowler’s race was less simple, when the charging Rob Spencer launched an attack for second place. As the pair battled, a side by side moment for position made for interesting viewing. The action soon simmered, however, when Spencer found himself by the wayside just three laps from the chequered flag.

With clear space behind him, Fowler claimed a comfortable second place, ahead of Russell McCarthy and Mark Halstead.

Cockshoot Cup honours saw Gary Wetton sweep to victory. After suffering with kidney stones on Friday, Wetton recovered enormously to race at Silverstone this weekend. Despite his ailments, he claimed a clear win in race one.

A race long battle saw Wetton struggle for control, as he and Philip Standish swapped positions multiple times. However, as Standish encountered trouble that forced him out of the running, Wetton went on to claim an untroubled victory. Former MG Trophy racer Ross Makar made his mark on the Cockshoot Cup this weekend with second place in race one, some 37 seconds ahead of Ashley Woodward. Jason Simm featured heavily in the mid race scraps on circuit, before crossing the finish line in a strong fourth place.

David Coulthard had looked good for a sound result, before he returned to the pits just five laps from the chequered flag. The Cockshoot Cup returned on their own for race two, and it was Ross Makar who claimed the spoils this time around. Fierce competition announced itself in the form of Wetton, as Makar tried his best to fend him off. After 20 minutes of high speed action, the chequered flag rescued Makar, to crown him victor by just 0.6 seconds ahead of Wetton.

Woodward steered his way to third place, albeit some 34 seconds adrift. Jonathan Harker collected fourth place, with Ian Winstanley fifth. Coulthard recovered from his race one woes to claim sixth place in race two.

Congratulations to the Thoroughbred Race Winners

Class E Overall James Wheeler

To Class D winner Jordan Spencer

To Class C winner Alan Charlton

To Class B winner Steve Lockhart


An expected and widely forecast wet weekend turned out to be just cloudy with the occasional drip.  Sun and cloud for most of the Sunday.  The Motoring Classics Thoroughbred Race was listed as Race 3 on the programme but we had a very disappointing entry of only 14.

The Morgan Sportscar Club’s one and only Race Meeting during a Season is always very laid back and the Morgan entries were quite low as there were several other Meetings suitable for the Morgan driver, some on the continent.  Needless to say with their choice of events none of the Morgans raced with the Thoroughbreds.

Qualifying for most was successful except Martin Barrow and Simon Cripps both finding the kitty litter and had a bit of stone clearing before they could go back out.  Simon also out in the BCV8 had to be quick about it before his second qualifying but Martin had longer to destone his E Type.

Overall and E Class Pole went to Rob Spencer wrongly classified as a D class car with a blindingly fast time of 1.17.921 alongside Russell McCarthy with a 1.18.018.  Row two Neil Fowler and Simon Cripps and on row three Jon Ellison back out as a Guest driver in his TVR Griffiths still getting to grips with it.

Alongside Jon was Class D Pole Barry Holmes with a 1.27.002 and behind on row four Jim Bryan and Hayleigh Spencer.  Row five C Class Pole Roy Chamberlain with a 1.30.223 and Paul Rayment and behind on row six B class Pole Bob Lines on a 1.32.499 alongside Martin Barrow.  Finishing the field on row seven Guest Chris Reece out for a test drive with us and lastly Phil Lambe.


From the lights Russell McCarthy managed to hang on to the lead for just two laps before being passed
by Rob Spencer round the outside at Redgate. Rob kept control of the race to the flag gaining lap record and leaving Russell having to make do with second place.

Behind staying close for a few laps Neil Fowler and Simon Cripps, Simon making a couple of detours to put him back further in the field.

Jon Ellison still managing to hang on but coming home last in class but remaining on the same lap at the flag finally getting to grips with the TVR

IMG_9424Class D had close battles firstly Roy Chamberlain from Class C kept in front of the duelling class D Poleman Barry Holmes and Jim Bryan who had a great time swapping places for most of the race until

Barry pulled slightly ahead to win the class leaving Jim to battle with Martin Barrow for a few laps, Martin pulling past to steal second in class D and gaining fastest lap in the process on the last lap.  Jim coming in third. Of the remaining D class contenders Paul Rayment managed eleven laps before he pulled into the pits with a suspected diff problem and Hayleigh Spencer finished ninth overall and fourth in class.IMG_9404

Class C Roy Chamberlain lead the class of two from lights to lap twelve but had a moment and retired at the Chicane leaving  Phil Lambe the only finisher taking the win in class.

Class B again a class of two with the class being led from lights to flag by the MGA of Bob Lines out for one of his rare occasions and coming out at Silverstone in his D type Jag.  Behind Bob a newcomer to the Championship coming for a test race Chris Reece who kept Bob in his sights but was unable to catch him.

IMG_9472Congratulations to Overall winner Rob Spencer

To Barry Holmes for Class D

To Phil Lambe for Class C

To Bob Lines for Class B


Pam McCarthy, Championship Coordinator