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2013 SEASON OPENER DONINGTON PARK – Round 1

Practice and race were No. 1 on the MGCC timetable and eighteen of the expected nineteen drivers arrived for practice.

Practice saw Simon Cripps in his MGBGTV8 take Pole on a 1.21.415 pulling off after six laps with electrical problems with 2012 Championship Winner Rob Spencer second on 1.22.159 and Joe Parrington out now in his Race Modified V8 third on 1.22.165.

Next Jon Ellison in his TR6 also pulling off after six laps with a gearbox or clutch fault and with Neil Fowler and Ian Prior in their V8’s just behind.

Peter Barnard in the Elva Courier took B Class Pole on a 1.25.603 alongside  Babak Farsian and then Class C Pole Chris Edwards in his TR4 next to Terry Burrows and Kathy Sherry in her Morgan +8 sitting next to Alan Kyson in his MGA Twin Cam.

On row seven newcomer to the Championship Ben Tovey alongside Class A Pole Martyn Clews with a 1.33.542.  The penultimate row saw Peter Kennerley in his A Class Midget and Peter Dubsky our friend from Austria, with Peter Dumelow and Mark Scott on the back row both having problems.

First race of the Season all that excitement and expectation and quite a lot of problems.    Bonnets up, wheels off and seventeen made it to the Grid with Mark Scott having an engine rebuild to sort out.

THE RACE

From second Rob Spencer dived past Poleman Simon Cripps to cross the line on lap one with Simon hanging on his tail for eleven laps before he had problems and retired leaving Rob to take the field home from lights to flag.Donington2013_BJ6A6551

Joe Parrington maintained his third position until Simon’s retirement, to follow Rob home in second place only two seconds behind by the flag.

Neil Fowler and Ian Prior from their fifth and sixth grid positions dived through to take third and fourth position Ian only lasting two laps before retiring leaving Neil to retain third place until lap eleven when he also retired.

Jon  Ellison  managed  to  complete the whole race finishing finally in third place overall and the last of the un-lapped.    In Class C Kathy Sherry in her Morgan + 8 and Chris Edwards in his TR4 had a fantastic lights to flag dice with first Chris then Kathy taking charge.  Chris took the flag first by a whisker but received a ten second penalty for overtaking under a yellow in the excitement and Peter Dubsky in the D Type Replica came home third in class nearly catching them by the flag.

Class B five starters and three finishers with Elva driver Peter Barnard taking the class lead to the flag with a very excited Terry Burrows coming home second and newcomer Ben Tovey taking third in class.  Alan Kyson expired after eleven laps and 2012 B class Champion Babak Farsian finished his race on the first lap.

Donington2013_BJ6A6537Class A Martyn Clews gave a good show making a race with Class B Ben Tovey to take the Class A honours.  Peter Kennerley the other Class A entrant not making the finishers grid under the rulebook only completing nine laps.

The classification sheet looking sad with only ten finishers and six DNF’s and one NC.  First race gremlins.

Congratulations go to

Rob Spencer for his overall and Class D Win        To Kathy Sherry for her Class C Win

To Peter Barnard for his Class B Win    
And to Martyn Clews for his Class A win.

 

Pam McCarthy

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