2017 racing dates announced
The MG Car Club is pleased to announce its dates for the upcoming 2017 race season.
Supporting every type of MG, the Club has been racing in many different forms since its existence and that continues today with seven race championships.From Triple-Ms to MG ZRs and almost everything in between, the Club offers high calibre affordable racing that caters to every type of driver and their individual circumstances.
For 2017, the Club will be returning to the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone, for its annual MGLive! celebrations on 17th & 18th June at the Historic Grand Prix Circuit.
The season will get underway in the Midlands at Donnington Park on 9th April before heading to Brands Hatch for a full weekend of action on the 29th & 30th April.Following MGLive! the Club will be at Cadwell Park on the 22nd July, and Oulton Park on the 2nd September with the season finale set for the 30th September & 1st October at Snetterton.
Race Competitions Secretary, John Hutchison said: “We are delighted to be running six race meetings again for 2017, and we’re determined to carry on the success of last year’s racing.”
The British Motor Heritage 4 Hour Classic Relay Race will also be taking place at Snetterton on Sunday 1st October 2017. Now into its 13th year, the relay is open to cars of all marques and of 26 teams each consisting of up to six drivers.
“Snetterton was a brilliant setting for the annual BMH Relay Race this year, and we’re hoping for the same in 2017. The variety of marques on show really mixes up the day and gives spectators something a bit different,” John Hutchison added.
MG Trophy Snetterton highlights
The MG Trophy highlights from Round 7 at Snetterton on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October is now available to watch below. Many thanks go to Digitex Video for providing us with the finished package. For the full report of the Trophy races, and all the other Championships from that weekend, click HERE to be redirected.
MG Trophy Oulton Park highlights
The MG Trophy highlights from Round 6 at Oulton Park on Saturday 3rd September is now available to watch below. Many thanks go to Digitex Video for providing us with the finished package. For the full report of the Trophy races, and all the other Championships from that weekend, click HERE to be redirected.
MG Trophy Snetterton report
Twenty six cars made it for the last two rounds of the 2016 season. Once again the title went down to the wire (for the 10th year in succession) with two drivers in with a mathematical chance of taking the honours, novice Will Payne in his 160 and Lee Sullivan in his 170. Both drivers were new to the championship this year and both have had exceptional results. This meeting also saw the last two races by Chris Bray in his 190, Chris joined in 2006 and has raced every year except 2015. In those 9 years he has been in the top 3 eight times with two 3rd places, three 2nd places and the outright title three times, a truly amazing record, we wish Chris well in his ‘retirement’, he will be missed.
There was testing available on the Friday and 12 cars were out on track at some point during the day.Testing dramas included Jim Kennon spreading oil everywhere due to an oil seal coming adrift, Paul Croker going hard into the wall backwards avoiding a Midget, and Mike Harris who’s oil filter fell off. The best lap time noted was a 1:25.8s by an on form Rob Perkins with his new car set up.
The Croker car wasn’t repaired in time so 25 cars made it out for the second qualifying session of the day which started at 09:20 on a cloudy/dry morning. Martin was out after just 1 lap as the rest settled down to post their grid slots for the two races. Initial front runners were Roberts, Luti, Perkins, Cole(J), Kennon and Harrris, Booth was flagged for smoking after just two laps but rejoined after a quick pit stop for a check over. Boulton made contact with the barrier early on as Rogerson topped the times with Luti, Cole(J), Bray, Sullivan and Perkins next up. Bray then went to the top with Sullivan, Perkins, Rogerson, Luti and Cole(J). On his 8th lap Perkins claimed overall pole with Bray next up 0.42s adrift, third place went to the recovering Cole(D). Next up was Luti claiming the class B pole just in front of Rogerson, the class C honours went to Payne in 16th overall followed by Turnbull in 19th. Booth’s car expired with an impressive engine blow up as the flag came out to finish the session, those following had a big wake up call as some only just managed to keep their cars out of the barriers.
Martin’s problem was down to a shredded alternator belt which somehow got trapped under the cam belt causing it to miss position itself with the obvious consequences. Booth sourced another engine but didn’t get it replaced in time for the first race while Croker continued his repairs. This left 23 cars to take the first race of the afternoon at 13:18. Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry.
Cole(D) bogged down on the line and Perkins took advantage of his pole position and blasted off into the distance, the chasing pack some way behind. He gradually opened up a lead over Bray and by lap 4 he had a lead of over 4.7secs however Bray then started his relentless charge back and by lap 12 was within 0.6secs of the leader. The pressure told and a mistake at Nelson saw Perkins off the circuit for long enough to let Bray through to take the lead and the class A win. Perkins rejoined to take 2nd with Doug Cole 3rd 2.3secs behind, Walker took the last 190 place.
Sullivan, Luti and Rogerson toured together in that order before Rogerson claimed the lead on lap 3 as Sullivan’s engine cut out altogether. Quick thinking by Sullivan got his car restarted and he rejoined in 8th and began working his way back up the field. Harris had an off at Nelson on lap 5 and failed to rejoin.
Rogerson and Luti had a great scrap for a few laps and some way behind Roberts and Cole(J) did the same swapping places several times. Behind the recovering Sullivan, Kennon and Weidner enjoyed some close racing as did Firth and an off song Marsh. At the flag Rogerson took the class win, Luti was 2nd just 0.42 secs adrift, Cole (J) just held off Roberts to take 3rd.
Payne dominated the class C race leading from start to finish, Picone held onto 2nd for 4 laps until Turnbull made his move on lap 5 to take second place. Turnbull gradually increased his lead over Picone the only other class C car to complete the 14 laps, Jones and Heasman completing the class finishers.
Fastest laps Class A was Bray with a 1:25.838 on lap 7. Class B was Rogerson with a 1:27.632 (n/r) on lap 9 and Class C, Payne on lap 9 with 1:30.479 (n/r). Driver of the Race – Andrew Rogerson
Marsh took preventative measures and popped a spare head on to try and rectify his poor running. Booth completed fitting his new engine, Martin fitted a new head to his car and was allowed to race due to him having raced here less than 12 months ago while novice Croker had to qualify with the BARC Tin Tops first thing on the Sunday morning. This meant that our grid was back up to 26 for the final race of the season at 09:29, Weather/Track : Showers/Wet. Two green flag laps were given as most cars ventured out on wets but some gambled as the rain eased slightly only to return during the race.
Bray was on pole for his last ever race, quite fitting, however he made a poor start and got a nudge from Luti in the row behind. This left Perkins to take the initial lead but 50m later his race was over as he pulled off to the left unable to select any gears. Bray resumed the lead after initially being headed by a class B fast starter (see below). Bray then raced off into the distance with no competition, something he would have liked for his last race. At the flag Bray won the race by over 14secs, the second and third cars being 170’s. The second class A car was Cole (D) some 26.6 secs adrift, the third and final class A finisher was Walker.
Cole (J) made a storming start from row 3 and lead the race until Bray (class A) squeezed past at Riches. Rogerson snatched the lead away before the end of lap one with Cole and Luti squabbling for second and Sullivan fourth. Luti moved into P1 on lap 5 the rest staying in the same order, Marsh’s car was running much better in fifth until a big blow up on lap 6 at Coram finished his racing season a bit earlier than planned! Sullivan moved into second on lap 7 as Rogerson visibly slowed but still managed to hold his position from Cole and Coles who were next up at the finish.
Payne once again lead from start with Turnbull in tow, Croker, who had started from last on the grid in his repaired car was already up 6 places by the end of the first lap. He got to within 2.8secs of Turnbull but couldn’t manage anymore, all 3 class C cars beating some of the 160 cars at the finish. Jones and Heasman were next to the line with Picone, not liking the wet, sixth and Martin completing the group.
Fastest laps Class A was Bray with a 1:35.670 on lap 2. Class B was Luti with a 1:36.159 on lap 12 and Class C, Payne on lap 11 with 1:43.414 . Driver of the Race – Paul Luti
Snetterton Race Report
The season finale came and went in the blink of an eye, but what a great way to end the season. A flurry of thrilling races and spectacular performances on track made for a great end of season treat. Despite questionable weather at times, everyone made it through safely. Read on to find out more.
MSCC Aero Racing Morgan Challenge
Keith Ahlers demonstrated his dominance once again in the opening race of the weekend. After briefly losing the advantageous view from his pole position perch, Ahlers reclaimed top spot, to win once again.
Behind, the father-son battle continued for the Paterson family. Russell had the upper hand early on, however after a spin from son Elliot Paterson in the opening few laps, the latter remained out of contention for much of the race.
Russell held on for a second place finish, ahead of Jeremy Knight and Andy Thompson. Elliot Paterson managed to clamber back to a strong top six position, with a late lunge on the final lap to steal fifth. A fierce battle between Stuart Anderson and Tony Hirst was settled on the final tour, when Hirst lost out, allowing Anderson to pass for sixth place.
MGCC MG Trophy Championship
Chris Bray triumphed in the penultimate MG Trophy race of his career. Having recently announced his retirement following the last round of 2016, Bray began his final race weekend in style.
The clouds had gathered before the start of the race, but luckily the rain managed to hold off for the 20 minute duration.
Pole sitter Rob Perkins had led for the majority of the race, despite Bray’s best efforts. However, as they thundered onto their final lap, Bray emerged in the lead. Perkins held on for a strong second place, narrowly missing out on his first MG Trophy victory.
Doug Cole rectified a steady getaway, to steer his way back to a third place finish. Behind, the battle for fourth overall and Class B honours was one to watch, as Andrew Rogerson and Paul Luti swapped places a number of times. Rogerson was ahead when it counted to claim the race spoils, whilst Luti finished fifth overall and second in class.
William Payne claimed race one Class C victory, ahead of Gianni Picone and Matthew Turnbull. Driver of the Race was awarded to Rogerson for his race one efforts.
A pole position start in race two on Sunday was just the advantage Bray needed to double his success, and end his MG Trophy career in style.
As the race began, rain drops started to fall, declaring it a wet race. Starting from second on the grid, Rob Perkins enjoyed the best start from the front, however immediately pulled off onto the grass with what appeared to be a lack of drive. With Perkins unable to continue, the top spot was swiftly occupied by Bray, who went on to claim an unrivalled victory.
Things were far from settled behind, with a flurry of Class B contenders battling over second place. Rogerson slipped into second place early on, and with the fast starting James Cole right on his tail, he certainly had work to do.
The order soon changed, when Luti, Lee Sullivan and Doug Cole came into play. Rogerson and Luti revisited their tussle from the previous day, with Luti eventually finding a way ahead. Once in second place, Luti disappeared into the spray, leaving Rogerson to battle with Sullivan and Cole.
After 20 minutes of fairly tame racing, the chequered flag fell on another season for the MG Trophy Championship. With Bray and Luti confirmed in the top two positions, the battle for third was undecided until the very end. Sullivan managed to fend off Doug Cole for third overall and second place in Class B, by just 0.1 seconds.
Rogerson collected an eventual fifth place, ahead of James Cole in sixth. Richard Marsh joined Perkins in retirement part way through, when his engine let go in spectacular style into Murray’s, having only just replaced a head gasket on Saturday.
Newly crowned 2016 champion Will Payne clinched another Class C victory, to cement his authority at the top of the table. Turnbull and Paul Croker followed in Class C. Luti’s commanding drive deemed him worthy of the Driver of the Race award.
BARC SE Quaife Motorsport News Racing Saloons Championship
The Subaru Impreza and Dale Gent combination proved triumphant once again, in the first Racing Saloons outing.
Rain drops began to fall on the warm up lap, declaring the outing a wet race. As more rain fell, Gent’s lead came under threat from chief pursuer Rod Birley, as Gent gently lapped the now wet circuit.
Despite the pressure, Gent managed to hold on for a race one victory, ahead of Birley, Malcolm Wise and Liam Dalton.
In drying conditions second time around, Gent again steered his way to a commanding victory. With an impressive 21 second advantage, Gent’s Subaru Impreza was again unbeatable.
Birley’s efforts was enough to secure him another second place finish, whilst Malcolm Wise completed the top three, despite a spin at Coram in the early stages. Graham Crowhurst, Liam Dalton and Tony Skelton completed the top six.
MGCC Watt Electrical BCV8 Championship
The first BCV8 Championship attempt was red flagged, when treacherous conditions befell Snetterton. A heavy downpour made things difficult on circuit, as cars began to aquaplane. With visibility disappearing, the race was temporarily stopped.
With the river on the pit straight dispersed, racing resumed, albeit the race distance was shortened somewhat. Drama on circuit towards the end of the race caused for a red flag and an early finish.
James Wheeler was the man to beat, as he immediately leapt to the head of the pack. Jordan Spencer had led the way for much of the outing, however lost the position to Neil Fowler in the closing stages.
Rob Spencer managed to weave his way through the pack to place himself nicely in a points paying position, dismissing the opposition, including son Jordan, for a third place finish. Andrew Young claimed fourth place, and the 2016 BCV8 Championship title, ahead of Jordan Spencer in fifth place.
Having just competed in the MG Metro race, a quick change of cars for Ben Rushworth saw him enjoy back to back success, with a sixth place finish in his first BCV8 outing. Wheeler doubled his success by also collecting the Driver of the Race honour.
MGCC Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup
Mike Williams dismissed treacherous conditions to claim victory and Driver of the Race in the first MG Metro Cup race. An early lead looked set to crown Williams as the victor, however a challenge from rival Oli Hood set a different plan in motion.
On a slippery circuit, Williams fell foul of the conditions, as Hood splashed into the lead. Before long, Hood was demoted to second place, and into the path of Ben Rushworth in third.
With Williams back ahead, he remained unchallenged to the very end. Behind, Rushworth mounted an attack, that saw him surpass Hood for second place. Hood’s third place came under threat in the final two minutes, when Lee Connell swept by to steal the position. Hood steered his way to fourth place, ahead of David Javes and Mark Eales.
Williams and Rushworth teamed up once again in race two, to provide a thrilling end to their 2016 championship feud. As the chequered flag fell it was Rushworth who was ahead on the final lap, to claim race victory and the 2016 championship title.
Williams stamped his authority early on, to lead the way ahead of Rushworth, however it wasn’t long before the latter sneaked ahead. A fiercely entertaining encounter followed, as the pair swapped positions lap after lap, including an exciting sideways moment for Rushworth around the infamous Coram.
With just a few laps remaining, Williams looked set to end his season in victorious style, however lost out to Rushworth on the final lap.
Behind, Andrew Ashton claimed third place, ahead of Connell, Javes and Richard Garrard. Rushworth’s title winning drive also secured him not only the Driver of the Race award, but also crowned him Driver of the Day.
MGCC Lackford Engineering MG Midget & Sprite Challenge
James Dunkley cemented his authority on the MG Midget and Sprite Challenge, with another triumphant drive in race one. Once gaining control, Dunkley refused to relinquish his hold, to finish in top spot once again.
A dominant grasp on the race saw Dunkley steer to an impressive 19 second advantage by race end. With the leader out of sight, Andy Southcott made second place his own, after a solitary performance. Championship contender Stephen Collier steered his way to third place, despite fierce competition from the chasing Nick Day. As the chequered flag fell, just 0.6 seconds separated the pair.
Despite a spin for Ed Reeve, he enjoyed his return to racing with a fifth place finish, ahead of Sam Healey in sixth place. Driver of the Race was awarded to third placed man Collier.
Race two was very much a repeat performance for Dunkley, as he triumphantly raced to another victory, and the 2016 championship title.
A cushion of 14 seconds by race end saw him ease his way across the finish line, ahead of Class B champion Andy Southcott.
The race for the Class B title was the one to watch, with Southcott and Collier both in line for the accolade. As both raced their way towards the chequered flag, Southcott had the upper hand, as he sat comfortably in second place.
Determined to keep himself in the running, Collier made his way to third place, however it was Southcott who clinched the title, by just 0.5 seconds for the fastest lap. Collier held on to third place, ahead of Ed Reeve, David Weston and Nick Day.
Southcott’s successful drive was enough to secure him the Driver of the Race award, doubling his trophy collection in one outing.
MGCC Peter Best Insurance MG Cup
Dan Molloy claimed an untroubled victory in the first Peter Best MG Cup adventure. A dominant performance saw the MG ZR 190 driver lead the way from start to finish.
As he settled in the most desired position, Tom Halliwell clinched a second place finish, behind. Alan Brooke managed to hold onto his third place, ahead of Dan Ludlow in fourth. Molloy’s winning performance was also good enough to earn him the coveted Driver of the Race accolade.
Brooke claimed victory in a thrilling second outing, after a very close encounter with Molloy for the duration.
Early leader Halliwell was soon dispersed, when Brooke and Molloy came thundering through. Brooke stamped his authority early on, however as he and Molloy battled, yesterday’s race winner saw his opportunity to sneak ahead.
Once in front, Molloy held on to top spot, ahead of Brooke and Halliwell, with Lewis Anderson and David Thompson in hot pursuit.
With the result far from decided, the final lap was a hive of activity. Keen to nudge Molloy from his perch, Brooke fought back on the final tour, as the pair crossed the finish line millimetres apart. As the results came in, it was Brooke was claimed victory at the flag, a mere 0.053 seconds ahead of Molloy.
Brooke’s sterling drive was enough to catch the eye of our commentary team, to earn him not only Driver of the Race, but also the Driver of the Day award.
MGCC Motoring Classics Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship
James Wheeler tripled his Saturday success at Snetterton, with victory in the sole Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship outing, as well as clinching the Driver of the Race award.
As the race thundered into action it was Rob Spencer who claimed control, however rivals Neil Fowler and Wheeler were right on his tail.
The order soon began to change when each driver searched for a turn at the front. A fierce performance from Fowler elevated him briefly into the lead, before Wheeler clinched the chance to sneak ahead. Once in control, Wheeler steered his way towards the chequered flag, to finish ahead of Spencer and Fowler.
Chris Edwards scored a Class C victory, ahead of fellow class winners Jim Bryan and Babak Farsian. Although not racing this weekend, Russell McCarthy was on hand to receive his championship title applaud from his fellow competitors.
BARC Quaife Cannons Tin Tops Championship
Chris Bassett and Peter Osborne shared the spoils in the double Tin Tops Championship outing. Bassett’s pole position start was enough to secure him the advantage as race one began.
With Bassett and his Peugeot 205 GTi comfortably ahead, he looked set to have the position secured. The race was soon neutralised, when the safety car came into play, which immediately haltered the pace.
With very little time to continue, the safety car pitted, to leave just one racing lap to the chequered flag. Unable to disturb Bassett’s control, Osborne collected second place, ahead of Daniel Fisher and Mikey Day.
Race two saw a change of positions, as Osborne claimed the upper hand this time around. Starting second gave him a perfect line of sight into the first corner, which he used to his advantage. Once getting ahead, he was able to fend off his rivals to steer to an eventual nine second advantage.
Behind, Fisher progressed to claim second place this time around, whilst race one winner Bassett finished in a solitary third.
British Motor Heritage Relay Race
Ricky Riccardo and the Rickette’s was the team to beat this year in the four hour British Motor Heritage Relay race. Their fleet of BMW’s were the perfect machine for the outing, to claim victory on circuit by over one minute, as they raced into the sunset.
The team led the way from start to finish on circuit, barring their visits to the pit lane, to demonstrate dominance in its finest form.
The Aero Racing team of Morgan machines were second on circuit, ahead of their fellow CDMC Morgan team.
With handicapped results taken into consideration, Chapman’s Chariots were the team to beat, having developed a healthy lead with their team of Lotus cars.
It’s difficult to believe but we have swiftly come to the end of another season, courtesy of a sterling finale at Snetterton. What a season it has been, we have seen some fantastic racing all season, and now we have crowned another brilliant batch of champions. The 2017 calendar is already taking shape, and we’re looking forward to another exciting year with you all next year.
May I take this opportunity to thank you all for another great season, it’s a pleasure to work with you all, and I can’t wait for more action in a few months time. See you next year.
VSCC Pembrey 2016
This year’s event took place on the weekend of the 20th – 21st August at the Pembrey Circuit located just west of Swansea. As usual there was a good representation of the MG marque, all Triple M cars, ranging from a diminutive Montlhery Midget to the mighty K3 of Australian John Gillett in the ex Prince Bira K3.
Saturday was the VSCC Pembrey sprint, official Team race practice and the Team Relay race for prewar cars. The weather was fair and some good wheel to wheel racing was enjoyed by the spectators.
Sunday started off fair with the morning session being devoted to practice sessions. At the end of the practice, the spectators were allowed into the paddock where all the cars were available for inspection and the owners/drivers were pleased to discuss the cars.
As well as the main racing, there was a separate auto solo driving tests course which proved challenging and very entertaining.
The afternoon racing was split up into several short races for some important trophies. Some were scratch races for different classes as well as handicap races so cars ranging from a 4100cc Ballamy Ford V8 special to a diminutive 747cc MG P type were all to be seen racing against one another, very exciting.
Most of the races were interesting as Pembrey is quite a challenging course, with high speed corners, flat out straights and a reverse camber hairpin. The latter, Hatchets, caught out out quite a few drivers as the weather became quite damp.
As is usual for this event, many spectators turned up in classics, with an MG TC of Brian Hough a standout amongst more modern MG Midgets, Bs and Fs/TFs.
A thoroughly enjoyable weekend for all the spectators and drivers alike.
Report by David Jones
MG Trophy goes down to the wire
The MG Trophy Championship will once again being heading into Snetterton for the final two rounds of the season with the championship still to be decided. On the weekend of October 1st & 2nd, the 2016 season will draw to a close as one of two drivers will be crowned this year’s champion.
MG Trophy Co-ordinator Pete Macwaters said: “This will be the tenth year in succession the Trophy Championship has gone down to the wire, and Snetterton has been the scene of some exciting racing down the years – which only adds to the drama.
“This year we have two drivers in the running, both with a mathematical chance of taking the title. One of which is novice Will Payne who races in the 160 class and Lee Sullivan in the 170s.
“Payne has been the consistent winner in Class C but has competition from Paul Croker. Sullivan has also had some great results and he’s currently 19 points adrift in second place. It’s certainly going to spice things up a bit!”
All of the MG Car Club’s Championships will be ending their respected 2016 seasons at Snetterton in just over a weeks’ time. If you’d like to get tickets for the final round of racing, click here to be redirected to Snetterton Circuit’s website.
MG Trophy Oulton Park Report
The hope was that we could fill the OP grid with 34 cars, there were 32 already entered when I left for my holiday with the promise of two more to come. This unfortunately had slipped to 28 when I returned, however it’s a great total when I think back to 2006 when there were just 7 starters! Our average to date is 24.8 and that includes Mallory and Knockhill where we only had 20 cars. Once again John Woods Motorcare came up trumps and enjoyed the day so much that they have already confirmed their support for us in 2017. These rounds were filmed for later showing in our 4th ‘Motors TV’ programme. Words by Pete Macwaters, photos by Dickon Siddall.
There was testing available on the Friday but I was still in sunny Malta so these facts have been gleaned from Facebook. Mike Harris apparently had fun with a photo of his engine in bits spread around the paddock, a new head gasket was fitted along with a new cambelt and a repaired sensor wire. Richard Marsh had gearbox issues (again!) and Paul Bryson’s recurring coolant leak was finally sorted along with a replaced inlet manifold gasket. I’m sure there were other issues but surely the biggest disappointment was the lower rumblings from the Paul Luti 190 engine, a car we haven’t seen for a while and one we were hoping to see do battle with the 190 guys again. Playing safe, the decision was made to race his 170 car and a quick call to Dreadnought HQ was made early enough to get his regular mount down in time.
The only ‘new’ driver was Ryan Firth in his 170 and because #46 is very significant to him, friend Simon Byrne had agreed to let his number go to Ryan, Simon will use #4 for the rest of the season. We wish Ryan all the best in the Trophy championship.
All 28 cars were ready for the second qualifying session which started at 08:55 on a cloudy/dry morning. After just one lap Campbell’s new engine expired in a big way just as he came out of Deer Leap, Doug Cole was next up and he lost control on the resulting oil and did well to hold the slide but still made heavy contact with the barrier on the outside of the track just before Old Hall, this brought out the red flags to stop the session. The marshalls attended to the oil slick but at the restart at 09:08 just 10 minutes remained and the cars set off again as it started to rain with all the 190’s on slicks ! Luti took the initial lead with Marsh, Roberts, Robertson, Walker, Sullivan and Ross next up. Bray made a late call to come in and put wets on the back but only managed his out lap before the session was over which saw him down in 25th position. Luti held on to take the overall pole with Marsh and Roberts next in line, Robertson in 4th had the class A pole and Turnbull the class C pole in 8th place. With Firth and Doug Cole having not completed the required 3 laps this was going to be the most mixed up grid for some time ensuring two interesting races!
The DC Motorsport team did really well to get the Cole car repaired in time for the last qualifying session of the day at 11:26, Firth also joined this session to post the mandatory 3 laps. Bray changed his alternator, Campbell was obviously out and and Jones joined him with a head full of bent valves leaving 26 cars to take the start at 12:37. Weather/Track : Rain/Wet.
Robertson was straight into second place from 4th on the grid and Ross was up to third (from 9th) at the end of lap 1, Burgess was the next class A car in 6th place.
Cole was already up to 9th from last on the grid and Bray came past in 11th both following visits to the escape road along with several other cars, Walker pulled off into the pits but rejoined a lap later. Robertson was into the lead on lap 2 Ross joining him in second place a lap later, these two circulated with Ross just 0.3s in arrears a couple of times. At the flag Robertson took the win by 0.56s from Ross, Burgess was in P3 until lap 6 when Bray, who had moved relentlessly through the pack, took 3rd spot. Cole snr also made up places hand over fist to finish in 5th behind Burgess, Perkins was the 6th class A car home (8th overall), Walker calling it a day after 6 laps.
Luti held his overall pole at the end of the first tour with Roberts and Sullivan next up in class B. Roberts was given a 10 second penalty for jumping the start and dropped back a place on lap 2 as Sullivan moved ahead. Several cars made trips via the escape road, both Marsh and Cole jnr moved ahead of Roberts on lap 6 as he had a moment and Coles demoted Roberts at the flag as the 10 second penalty was applied. Luti’s win was dominant being over 14secs ahead of second place man Sullivan.
Turnbull held his class pole to lead after the first lap but Croker was into the lead on lap 4, Turnbull, Payne and Picone next up. Despite cars in this class also visiting the escape road Croker excelled in the wet with a good tyre choice and took the win by almost 26 secs from Turnbull, Payne held 3rd to keep his championship hopes alive and Picone was 4th.
Fastest laps Class A was Robertson with a 2:07.847 on lap 9. Class B was Luti with a 2:10.314 on lap 4 and Class C, Croker on lap 7 with 2:23.339.
Driver of the Race – Paul Croker Race 2
The same 26 cars grided up at 17:56 for the last race of the day, Weather/Track: Cloudy/Drying. All the class A cars went out on wets and similarly classes B & C were predominantly the same bar Croker who took a gamble and ran the Direzza tyre on the front.
Ross was up to second overall from 7th on the grid by the end of lap one and first by lap 2 with just Luti (class B) separating him from Robertson in P3. The other class A cars were still several places behind due to the mixed up grid but Bray was already up to 8th and Cole snr 9th by the end of lap 2. Bray and Cole snr continued their march through the class B cars and by lap 5 were already in 5th and 6th overall. Burgess had a recurrence of his loss of power problem and called it a day after 5 laps leaving Perkins and Walker to fill the remaining class A places. Despite trying, Bray couldn’t get past Luti and finished 4th overall with Cole snr 5th as the race was halted at 18:11 with a class B car off in a dangerous position. Walker was flagged for mechanical failure as part of his exhaust fell off but was credited with 12th overall on countback.The drying track saw various drivers looking for the remaining wet spots to cool their tyres.
Luti held overall pole for just one lap as the class A cars took over the lead. The class B train of Luti, Cole jnr, Sullivan, Roberts and Marsh ran together until lap 5 when they got separated as the faster class A cars came through. Cole jnr had his best race for some time with some amazing moves at Old Hall, he did well to hold his nerve as the class A cars came through running at one time in front of Cole snr for part of a lap. The order remained the same and Luti took the shortened race win by just over 6 secs from Cole jnr.
Sullivan was 3rd, Roberts 4th and Marsh 5th.
Payne made the better start and was in front of class C pole sitter Turnbull by the end of lap 1 with Croker 3rd. Croker made his move on lap 3 to take second place and was into the lead on lap 5 as Payne had a spin off into the barrier but rejoined to hold second place. Further back Picone, Heasman, Bryson and Webber fought over the remaining places. Heasman was out on lap 6 with a broken drive shaft which put him off in a dangerous position and this brought out the red flags one lap later to finish the race early.
Croker took his second class C win but again Payne held on to second to bolster his championship hopes.
Fastest laps Class A was Robertson with a 2:04.252 on lap 6 , Class B, Luti 2:06.871 on lap 7 , Class C, Payne 2:14.817 on lap 7 .
Driver of the Race and Driver of the Day – James Cole
Oulton Park race report
With the summer break behind us, the MG Car Club arrived at a very wet Oulton Park for the penultimate round of 2016. We were pleased to be joined by the Sylatech Porsche Club Championship and Aero Racing Morgan Challenge once again. Despite the weather, everyone put on a great show for some spectacular racing performances. Report by Leanne Fahy, photos courtesy of Dickon Siddall.
MGCC MG Trophy Championship
Colin Robertson made light work of tricky conditions in the opening MG Trophy outing. Paul Luti led the way from pole position, however, Robertson soon caught the distinctive yellow MG ZR to replace him at the front.
A few dramas befell the MG Trophy paddock before the race. Problems with his race car and truck saw Luti forced to make some last minute changes, whilst others suffered problems during qualifying. An engine blow out for Rob Perkins sent Doug Cole into a spin, when oil on the track saw him lose grip.
With Robertson out in front during the race, Luti soon found himself under pressure from Graham Ross. Unable to fend off the charging 190 machine, Luti slipped to third for much of the outing.
Before long, Chris Bray entered the mix. Despite starting 25th on the grid, Bray managed to weave his way to a third place finish. Jason Burgess held on for a fourth place finish, ahead of Cole in fifth, who battled his way through the pack from the very back of the grid.
Luti landed in sixth place overall, to also claim Class B honours. Lee Sullivan followed Luti to second in class. Paul Croker was the man to beat in Class C, ahead of early class leader Matthew Turnbull and William Payne.
A red flag with just one minute 30 seconds left on the clock signalled an abrupt end to the final race of the day. It was Ross who claimed honours this time around, with Robertson close behind in second place.
Luti had led the way from pole position once again at the start, as fellow front row starter, Jack Roberts slotted in behind. Luti’s control soon came under threat, when Ross and Robertson quickly latched onto his tail.
Before too long, Ross had manoeuvred his way ahead. Robertson echoed his move shortly afterwards, to settle himself in second place.
Just before the race end, Chris Bray once again steered his way from the back of the grid to land in third place. Luti held on for fourth place, to secure a second Class B victory of the day, ahead of Doug Cole and James Cole. Croker claimed Class C honours, ahead of William Payne and Matthew Turnbull.
Lackford Engineering MG Midget & Sprite Challenge
James Dunkley’s dominant performance ensured he stole the show in the sole MG Midget and Sprite Challenge race. Despite treacherous conditions, Dunkley’s MG Midget proved to be the car to beat.
With an eventual four second gap on his side, Dunkley claimed an unchallenged victory. Andy Southcott steered his way to second place, in what became a strong yet solitary result, ahead of Stephen Collier in third place.
Peter Kennerley held on for fourth overall and third in Class B, whilst Stephen Pegram and Richard Wildman completed the top six. John Collinson and Jon Simpson claimed Class E and D victories, respectively.
Dunkley’s victory was enough to secure him the championship lead.
MGCC Watt Electrical BCV8 Championship
James Wheeler and Neil Fowler swapped positions between qualifying and the race end, to crown Wheeler victorious. Fowler’s pole position swiftly came under threat when Wheeler set his sights on the lead.
After claiming control, Wheeler proceeded to launch to a 32 second advantage. Behind, Fowler battled the conditions to steer his way to a second place finish, with a comfortable gap to third placed man Ian Prior in his MGB GT V8.
Jonnie Wheeler and Russell McCarthy finished 4th and 5th, respectively, ahead of Andrew Young. Benjamin Tovey steered his way to a Class B victory, whilst Bob Luff was awarded top spot in Class AB.
MSCC Aero Racing Morgan Challenge
Russell Paterson claimed his first win of the season, in the sole Aero Racing Morgan Challenge outing, as son Elliot fell by the wayside.
A pole position start for Elliot gave him the immediate advantage he craved. However, as the race progressed, a spin onto the Foster’s circuit saw Elliot forced out of contention, as the lead was handed to father Russell.
Although he relinquished his lead, Elliot held on to claim a second place, ahead of Philip Goddard. Tim Parsons and Tony Hurst, followed, whilst Kevin Laidlaw completed the top six finishers.
MGCC Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup
Andrew Ashton triumphed ahead of Oli Hood in the sole MG Metro Cup pursuit. As the lights went out, it was Hood who claimed the better start to lead into Old Hall from second on the grid.
Despite his early advantage, Hood soon came under threat when Ashton launched an attack. As the MG Metros fired themselves around the challenging Oulton Park circuit, Ashton managed to find a gap alongside Hood, big enough to squeeze his racer into the lead.
Once in front, Ashton managed to stretch his advantage to just over five seconds. Behind Hood, Lee Connell completed the top three finishes, ahead of Richard Garrard and early front runner Dan Willars. Mark Eales completed the top six.
MGCC Cockshoot Cup
Ross Makar overcame a brief safety car period to secure Cockshoot Cup spoils. Hard work from the MG ZR driver in qualifying gave him the advantage he desired, as he stormed towards Old Hall ahead of his rivals.
Regardless of the brief interruption, Makar returned to form at the restart, to steer his way to an commanding victory.
Second place was awarded to Gary Wetton, who challenged Makar early on. Behind, the battle for third was a fierce pursuit, with Ashley Woodward eventually claiming the position, ahead of Ray Collier and David Coulthard.
Philip Standish had stood himself in good stead for a top three result, however after a side by side moment with Woodward he slipped back to sixth place.
MGCC Motoring Classics Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship
Neil Fowler dominated in his MGB GT V8, to walk away with his first win of the season. The chequered flag appeared slightly earlier than planned, as officials tried to reclaim lost time from the schedule. But after leading the way from the start, it was Fowler’s race.
Ian Prior trailed Fowler’s distinctive white machine for the duration, but as time ran out he was unable to dismantle Fowler’s advantage.
Russell McCarthy secured a third place finish, whilst the battle for fourth ignited a fire amongst the pack. Jim Bryan narrowly held on, despite the best efforts of his pursuer, Babak Farsian. The pair had raced mere inches apart for much of the outing, however settled into a steadier rhythm by race end.
Sylatech Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli
Mike Johnson claimed victory in the opening Porsche Club Championship race, to start their season finale in style.
A storming start from fourth on the grid saw Johnson use the wet conditions to his advantage, as he splashed his way around the outside into Old Hall, and into the lead.
From here, Pete Morris tried his utmost to distract Johnson from his incoming spoils, however was unable to make a difference. Despite this, Morris held on for a strong second place finish, ahead of Chris Dyer in third. Steve Cheetham collected Class 2 spoils, ahead of Andrew Toon and Jake McAleer.
Johnson returned to the victory circle in race two to claim his second win of the day, to end his season in victorious style.
As Johnson led the way once again, Morris followed, as Mark McAleer hassled him for position. As the pair circled, McAleer seized his opportunity to launch himself alongside and around his rival into Old Hall. A brave manoeuvre saw McAleer elevated into second place, where he stayed until the chequered flag came into sight.
Steve Cheetham doubled his success in the second race, to claim Class 2 honours once more. Ross Morris followed him home this time around, with Toon third.
With the 2016 championship going down to the wire, it was Toon who was crowned 2016 Porsche Club Championship champion.
Despite difficult conditions at times we sailed through the penultimate race meeting of the year, quite literally at times. Here’s hoping for better weather at Snetterton in a few weeks time. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for another great season finale.
Presenting the BMH classic 4 hour relay
The MG Car Club is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the annual BMH classic 4 hour relay race at the Snetterton 200 circuit on Sunday 2nd October.
Over the past 12 years, the classic endurance race has become very popular amongst competitors, with the event open to vehicles from all marques – not just MGs. Teams can be of one marque or a mixture of manufacturers.
Only 26 teams can enter with each one consisting of three to six drivers and an allocated garage. Cars that enter are not allowed to lap faster than 1minute 20 seconds, to control and limit performance differential.
There are both Scratch and Handicap results, with awards in capacity classes decided by the organisers and dependent on entries.
The Club will reinforce the sensible and clean driving it promotes throughout all of its motorsport activities so that everybody enjoys the race.
The entry fee for each team is just £875, and that can be split between six drivers, prior to September 2nd. After this date, the fee rises to £975. Team registrations are £200 and are open now to enable team managers to organise their entries.
Qualifying for the race will begin at11:30am on Sunday 2nd October, with the race starting at 2pm.
With a truly brilliant atmosphere every year, the Club is seeking drivers from all motoring marques to step forward and represent their Club for a chance to win the Club Team Shield award.
MG Car Club Competitions Secretary John Hutchison said: “We’re delighted to be holding the BMH 4 hour relay race at Snetterton once again, and we’re looking to build on the success of recent years.
“The race we organise is very unique and affordable for all vehicles that wish to enter – whether that’s three people or even six in each team. It’s a great day out, with a friendly atmosphere all around the circuit.”
Those who would like to take part but lack fellow competitors should contact John Hutchison, who will endeavour to assist with collating team entries.
For more information regarding the 4 hour relay race at Snetteron, and to apply through invitation, please contact John Hutchison on 01235 849738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.