Race Reports 2018
Donington Park July 14th and 15th
Rounds four and five of the 2018 Cockshoot Cup Championship were held at Donington Park as part of the MGCC British Sports Car Weekend. The weather was hot all weekend with the sun beating down onto the track. Twenty-one drivers took to the track for qualifying with Aaron Jackson making his return with a rebuilt MG Midget. Pole position was claimed by Ray Collier’s ZR190 just 0.019 seconds ahead of Phil Standish in the MGTF LE 500. Row two was occupied by Keith Egar’s K Series engined MG Midget and Pete Bramble’s MGB. Next up were the quickest Class B runners, the MG Midgets of Mike Peters and Ian Whitt. Ian Wright was quickest Class A driver and Chris Greenbank quickest Class F contender. Ash Woodward lost a wheel and set off home for replacement parts.
The first race was dominated by Ray Collier after Phil Standish’s car headed into the gravel with coolant on the tyres. Second place was held for most of the race by Peter Bramble with Simon Lowery driving through the field to take third in the race and Class C. Ash Woodward was running well until his engine expired in the biggest possible way. Also retiring with mechanical problems was Mike Peters. This meant that Ian Whitt clinched the Class B win with Mark Bellamy and Julia Penfold filling the class podium in their MG ZR 170s. Ian Wright and Chris Greenback were the victors in Class A and Class F.
Race two was held on Sunday morning. Ash Woodward and Aaron Jackson were missing from the grid so nineteen cars lined up on the grid. For twenty minutes Ray and Phil raced amazingly closely, never more than a few tenths apart. Then on the final lap, Phil had a spin at the chicane resulting in Ray taking his fifth win of the year. Phil recovered to take second with Keith Egar finishing third in his MG Midget. This time, Simon Lowery was fourth and Pete Bramble fifth. In Class B, Ian Whitt’s Midget was an early retirement. Mike Peters with a rebuilt engine stormed to a class win with Mark Bellamy second and Colin Stubb’s MG ZR170 third. Ian and Chris both won their classes again.
Silverstone Grand Prix June 2nd and 3rd
It was back to Silverstone for rounds two and three of the Cockshoot Cup 2018. The drivers would qualify with the BCV8 cars and then race at the same time, but with a “split grid”. Twenty cars left the collecting area for qualifying in bright sunny weather. Ray Collier driving his MG ZR 190 was quickest with Mark Bellamy alongside on the front row in his MG ZR170. Next up on row two were Keith Egar’s rapid K series engine MG Midget and Simon Lowery in the quickest of the MG ZS saloons. Ash Woodward’s similar car headed the third row with Mike Peter’s Midget alongside. Both Ian Wright and Ian Whitt suffered mechanical problems with their MG Midgets and would be unable to start the race.
The first of the two races was dominated by Ray Collier. Keith Egar made the best start in the Midget, but was soon passed by Ray and Simon Lowery. Simon began to close in on Ray towards the end of the race, but had to settle for second in the race and Class C. Third in the race and first in Class B was a jubilant Mike Peters who held off Mark Bellamy. Next up was Keith Egar taking third in Class C just ahead of Brian Butler in his MGF winning Class F. Juila Penfold clinched third in Class B and seventh overall in the race. Brian Butler shaved a few tenths off his own lap record.
Conditions were still perfect for the second race on Sunday. Once again, Keith Egar made the best start, but as in the previous race, Ray and Simon soon passed him. Simon was able to stay much closer to Ray in this race and was about to make a challenge when the safety car was deployed because Brian Butler’s MGF had made heavy contact with the formula one pit wall. There was then a single lap dash to the flag with Ray nursing his overheating car to a victory by three seconds from Simon. This time Keith Egar finished third, these three being the Class C podium. Several drivers retired early in the race with mechanical problems, one of these being Mike Peters. So Mark Bellamy won Class B from Julia Penfold and Colin Stubbs, a clean sweep for the MG ZR 170s. Ian Wright won Class A with a new engine fitted and Margaret Farquhar took Class F honours.
The Tim Forwood Trophies for best aggregate performances were won by Ray Collier (Class C), Mark Bellamy (Class B) and Ian Wright (Class A).
Silverstone National April 7th
Twenty drivers signed on for the first round of the Cockshoot Cup. The new image for 2018 was displayed on the cars. Ray Collier in his MG ZR 190 clinched pole position in the qualifying session held on a dry circuit. Phil Standish occupied the other front row spot in his MGF LE500 with Ashley Woodward’s MG ZS and Pete Bramble’s MGB on row two, all these drivers being from Class C. Next up was the fastest Class B car, the MG ZR 170 of Mark Bellamy with the MG Midgets of Ian Whitt and Mike Peters following. Brian Butler was the quickest Class F runner in his MG F with Ian Wright’s Midget being the only Class A car present.
Ian was unable to start the race with engine problems so nineteen cars lined up in gloomy, but dry, conditions. Phil Standish got a great start in the MGF LE500 but was soon passed by Ray Collier who then had a half spin coming onto the Wellington Straight. He held the car brilliantly and then was not troubled in a clean run to the flag and the winner’s trophy. There then ensued a great scrap for the other podium positions. For a while this involved Phil Standish, Ashley Woodward and Pete Bramble. Sadly, Ashley grabbed the wrong gear and buzzed his engine leading to retirement. Pete Bramble drove the yellow MGB with great verve but just couldn’t pass Phil with these two finishing second and third in the race and Class C. Fourth in the race and the Class was Michael Ashcroft driving his MG ZR 190. Just behind the Class C drivers, the leading Class B runners also had an exciting dice. Mike Peter’s in his MG Midget held off Ian Whitt and Mark Bellamy with the three drivers running nose to tail for the whole race. Mark got by Ian at one point, but Ian fought back to keep second place. Defending Champion Brian Butler beat Christopher Greenbank in Class F.
New lap records were set by the race winner Ray Collier and Brian Butler in Class F.