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Round 7 – AMOC Thruxton – 12 September 2009

Well, what a belter. It just keeps getting better and better; a fantastic day’s racing and lovely sunny weather to boot. All competitors were glad to see the familiar yellow MGBGT V8 of Roy McCarthy back in the paddock after a long absence, and Roy took up where he left off, duly qualifying on class D and overall pole.

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Race Report – 12 September 2009 – AMOC Thruxton – Round 7

Well, what a belter. It just keeps getting better and better; a fantastic day’s racing and lovely sunny weather to boot. Round Seven of the Zero Exhausts Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship saw a rare second meeting at Thruxton (one seems to be rare enough these days). The meeting took place in bright sunshine and excellent racing conditions on track.

Roy on poleAll competitors were glad to see the familiar yellow MGBGT V8 of Roy McCarthy back in the paddock after a long absence, and Roy took up where he left off, duly qualifying on class D and overall pole. Not far behind, Championship leader Chris Acklam lined up alongside Roy, just in front of fellow Morgan drivers Peter Henry and Philip Goddard.

Defending Champion Peter Samuels 1:33.139 was a very quick time indeed for a Class B car, and put him 5th overall and on Class B pole. Alan Charlton’s TR6 set class C pole in 6th overall, the quickest of a large number of TR’s entered for this meeting. DSCF0398w

With only 2 cars entered in class A, you would be forgiven for thinking it uncompetitive but Peter Hiscocks MGA pipped Jerry Knight’s FIA MGB by just 2 tenths of a second to start 20th overall.

The start of the race was slightly delayed due to a couple of incidents in previous races (thankfully all uninjured), but the conditions were perfect for the Thoroughbreds as the cars finished their formation and sighting laps.

From the start, everyone got away cleanly and incident free, with all 3 Morgans starting well and getting past polesitter McCarthy on the first lap, and Philip Goddard sneaking past Peter Henry. McCarthy fought back and regained 3rd position, but ‘had a moment’ on lap 3 and rejoined in 8th place. He clawed back some positions over the next few laps but spun again before the chicane and soon realised a fluid leak was causing him trouble and wisely retired. However during his eight laps before retirement he did manage to break the existing lap record.

At the front, Chris Acklam gradually built a lead of a few seconds which fluctuated through traffic later in the race. Despite good pressure from Goddard and Henry he managed to hang on for the win. Henry had passed Goddard for second position on lap 5 and though the gap at the finish was large, it had been very close for much of the race.

Peter Samuels drove probably the loneliest race of the day, having to pass Roy Chamberlain on lap 2 but a strong drive brought Class B spoils home in emphatic fashion. Behind Peter, well…. it was all happening!

DSCF0397wFor almost the entirety of the race, a 5 car train of Roy Chamberlain, Tim Falce, Colin Jones, Mike Hazlewood and Alan Charlton were at it hammer and tongs. Such was the closeness of the racing that it would be impossible to recount how many passes were made by whom, on whom but it proved to be highly entertaining, with the lead of the group and the rest of the positions swapping not so much on a lap by lap basis as corner by corner! Only one really hairy moment when Tim Falce got it wrong and went wide at Church, soon to be followed by a handful of others who went off in sympathy!

Thankfully everyone collected it up (along with a reasonable harvest of hay) and got it back on track. In the end, a fantastic drive by Tim saw him lead the group home and win class C with Mike Hazlewood and Colin Jones hot on his heels in their class B cars respectively. Behind them, the Morgans of Andrew Potter and Roger Whiteside had done well to battle their way up the order and earned their finishing positions of 8th and 9th.

Wide-bodied TRs...

Wide-bodied TRs...

The two class A contenders both had a busy race – Jerry made a great start and had moved up the field a couple of positions but some hard work from Peter saw him make up the ground and his pass on lap 9 gave him close fought and hard earned win in Class A.

Overall, another extremely entertaining round for the Championship. It really was a cracking race and comments were made by a number of spectators. No wonder the series boasts full grids and is welcome everywhere it races.

Congratulations to Peter Hiscocks, Mike Hazlewood and Chris Acklam who have clinched Class A, Class B and Class D honours for 2009.

Snetterton on the 3rd October will clinch the Overall Win for somebody – again another Season down to the wire.

Stuart Dickinson

Points position to Round 7 – AMOC Thruxton

Class A
Peter Hiscocks 21
Jerry Knight 9
Brian Playford 5
Class B
Mike Hazlewood 46
Colin Jones 28
Roy Chamberlain 25
Class C
Jerry Knight 32
Simon Orebi Gann 29
Andrew Potter 26
Class D
Chris Acklam 53
Tony Lees 32
Philip Goddard 18

Overall
Chris Acklam 53
Mike Hazlewood 46
Jerry Knight 41
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