RACE BULLETIN No. 3 – 8th June 2018
MG Live Silverstone Historic Grand Prix Circuit 2nd and 3rd June 2018
The Millers Oils MGCC MG Trophy Championship
MG Live at Silverstone is always a great event, with plenty of other activity, besides the packed race program, all helping to make this the premier MGCC Race Weekend of the year.
What had initially looked like a very pleasing potential grid of 40 gradually depleted in the final days before the event finishing up with a still reasonable 32, the Class breakdown being 6 Class A, 20 Class B and 6 Class C.
The Friday Silverstone test day was well supported by the Trophy Championship, with about three quarters of the field having a run. The most notable event of the day being the end of Ollie Coles return Guest Drive with the modification of one cylinder to a new five valve configuration which only had a very limited life. And so the grid became 31.
After a disappointing first round in Class B on the National circuit Will Payne returned, initially as a Guest, in a Class A car. After some careful consideration, and prior to the first race, Will made the decision to switch to Class A for the rest of the season. Also returning after disappointment in round one was Sam Kirkpatrick in a new car, originally built by Oliver’s Preptech. Three drivers made their 2018 MG Trophy debut at MG Live, in Class A, 22 Gary Wetton, North Wales finest Truck Parts Supplier back for his seventh year in the Championship, and 77 Robin Walker, who also collected his ten year anniversary award at the weekend, in Class B 88 James Cole, back for his fifth year after the frustration of watching the first four rounds from the pit wall, and keen to eat into dad Doug’s eighteen point lead.
The initial expectation was for five guest drivers. I’ve mentioned Ollie who had to make do with just racing his Porsche Centre Swindon Coca-Cola Boxster S this weekend, and Will who switched to being a point scoring Class A driver. So effectively we ended up with just three Guest Drivers. In Class B 4SS Danie Van Niekerk, from Cape Town, South Africa, apprentice cleaner at Dreadnought, and good friend of Paul, returning for his second time to race at MG Live. Back home Danie is three times BMW Saloon Car Series Champion, and he also encouraged fellow competitor 114 Clifford Bacon, also from Cape Town, to have a drive with us whilst here on holiday. Clifford drove Will Payne’s Class B car prepared by 4G. And in Class C, Guest driving for just these rounds in what would be his fifth season was 27 Tim Martin. Tim is our IT advisor and runs https://techtrader-racing.com/ which tells the story of his racing as it unfolds. Well worth a read.
Round Sponsor – Millers Oils
The fifth and sixth rounds of the Championship were sponsored by our long-term friends at Millers Oils who also provide the “Driver of the Race” prize for each of the seasons twelve rounds. Millers Oils, of Brighouse, West Yorkshire, are leaders in the production of oils and lubricants for the motorsport industry. Using their nanodrive low friction technology they have developed the next generation of motorpsort oils. The MG Trophy Championship are proud to use their CFS 5W 40NT+ fully synthetic oils.
A 10:30 start for qualifying was a bit of novelty for me, for the past 14 years it’s usually been a 07:00 start. While the full 3.6393 mile circuit is a great drive, the disadvantage is a 20 minute qualifying session is only going to produce 8 laps at best. As the 31 cars took to the track for their first circuit Ross and Bacon both managed to lose time and consequently were laps down on the rest of the field. After 4 laps the top 3’s were A: Payne, Ross, Spencer, B: Kirkpatrick, Turnbull, Jackson, C: Booth, Ballard, Dalgarno. Two laps later, A: Ross, Spencer, Payne, B: Kirkpatrick, Turnbull, Firth, C: Booth, Ballard, Gil. Two more laps and the chequered was out – A: Ross, Spencer, Payne, B: Kirkpatrick, Turnbull, Firth, C: Booth, Ballard, Gil. Second Best times were A: Ross, Spencer, Payne, B: Kirkpatrick, Turnbull, Jackson, C: Booth, Ballard, Heasman.
Race Reports by Ian Sowman
In the Millers Oils MG Trophy the stage was set for Paul Luti to extend his advantage in the Enhanced Power points standings in the absence of Jason Burgess, but it wasn’t to be. Paul was plagued by brake problems on Saturday, with Graham Ross pouncing to grab the lead in the championship with a lights-to-flag victory in race one.
Andy Spencer took second place, a long way clear of what developed into a three-car battle for the last podium place. Having made his switch to the ZR190 class permanent, Will Payne “didn’t give it enough revs” at the start and dropped right back, but grabbed third place from Doug Cole at Copse on the final lap, in spite of an issue with his exhaust.
In the ZR170 class, Ryan Firth was chuffed with his victory and the Driver of the Race award as he emerged on top of what was often a five car battle for the lead. Sam Kirkpatrick had put his freshly built car on pole, and brought the car home second in class, just ahead of Adam Jackson. Luti suffered “colossal brake failure” on two occasions in the race, both at Village hairpin. On the first occasion Matt Turnbull was delayed in avoiding the accident, while on the second occasion Luti retired from the race. Turnbull came back to fourth, ahead of Patrick Booth.
Tylor Ballard bounced back from his roll at Brands Hatch by taking the 160 Class victory in a new car that had been built up in the four weekends since the last race, taking the lead from John Booth on lap three and staying ahead thereafter.
Fastest Laps – A: Payne 2:26.197 on lap 5 (New Lap Record), B: Turnbull 2:31.896 on lap 2, C: Booth 2:38.190 on lap 7
Driver of the Race – Ryan Firth
Driver of the Day – Ryan Firth
Ross completed his brace of wins in the second race, but again Spencer gave him a very hard time on his way to second place. Cole completed the podium – just – but survived a “massive moment” at Maggotts before fending off Payne.
The ZR170 division again provided the highlight of the race, with Firth taking another far from straightforward victory. “I never thought I would be able to do the double at MG Live!” he said after fending off non-points scoring South African guest Danie van Niekerk by less than half a second. Firth had taken the lead by half-way around the first lap but lost it to Kirkpatrick on the third lap before the rookie’s car promptly expired. Patrick Booth went with Firth and van Niekerk (who won Driver of the Race), with Luti limiting the damage from the weekend by grabbing onto their coat-tails by the end, up from 18th overall to eighth. With John Booth retiring on the first lap with a misfire on his ZR160, Ballard had to sing to himself to keep him entertained on his way to class honours once more.
Fastest Laps – A: Ross 2:26.533 on lap 7, B: Luti 2:32.084 on lap 7, C: Ballard 2:39.703 on lap 3
Driver of the Race – Danie Van Niekerk
Driver of the Day – Danie Van Niekerk
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RACE BULLETIN No. 2 – 1st May 2018
Brands Hatch Indy 28th April 2018 – Classic Fuel Solutions MGCC MG Trophy Championship
Following the first lap occurrence of 2017 I found myself with a reasonable dose of apprehension as the Championship returned to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for its 2018 rounds. I was in fact treated to three clean first laps, although the day was most certainly not without its moments of anxiety.
What had initially looked like a healthy grid of over 30 was reduced by Saturday to 26 by the impact of competitors’ work, life, and financial commitments. This was split between 5 Class A, 16 Class B and 5 Class C. (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No.1 – 14th April 2018
Silverstone National 7th April 2018 – The College Motors MGCC MG Trophy Championship
My first meeting as Championship Co-ordinator took place on the National Circuit at Silverstone, a venue the MG Trophy had not visited for four years, and then only as a non-championship event. Getting to grips with the many elements of the co-ordinator role would not have been possible for me without the ongoing support and great assistance which I have received, and thankfully continue to receive, from Pete.
I had wanted to start the season with a grid over 30, and just shortly after the closing date the entries reached a total of 35 which was really pleasing to see.
Following the decision made at the drivers meeting the Championship has separated in to Standard Power (160) and Enhanced Power (170 & 190) sections, with the overall champion coming from the Enhanced Power section. Two dropped scores will be permitted this year. (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No. 6 – 3rd October 2017
The final rounds of the championship seemed to be suddenly upon us and with any one of five drivers in with a mathematical chance of the title there was all to play for. Taking the championship to the wire has the obvious additional benefit of ensuring a good grid and 29 cars were entered. With no sponsor materialising Heather and I decided to ‘fund’ the final two rounds of our tenure under our house name of Boganmoor (that’s where you find Pete & Heather!). (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No. 5 – 5th September 2017
Oulton Park 2nd September 2017
The excitement of filling all 38 places on the Oulton Park grid was brought into perspective with the news of the death of our driver Andrew Martin on the 25th August, our thoughts go to his ex-wife and family. All the drivers wore black arm bands out of respect.38 places were filled prior to the meeting but two withdrawals dropped our total to 36, still another ‘best ever’ #MGTrophyBigGrid lives on! (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No. 4 – 12th July 2017
A ‘best ever’ total of 27 cars made the trip to Knockhill in Scotland for rounds 7 & 8 and what a fantastic weekend we had, for me this was the best visit to the Fife circuit by far. Joining the 25 regular drivers, we had guests Iain Dowler who races his ZR in the PBIC and ex champ Chris Bray out in the ‘spare’ Dreadnought ZR170 dusting off his race gear for some fun. As ‘guests’ Iain and Chris were not taking points they were just enjoying their trip to this brilliant circuit to experience some ‘both ways’ action. We raced anti clockwise on the Saturday (reverse) and clockwise (normal) on the Sunday. A big thank you to Colin and Karen Robertson of Burnbrae Garage for sponsoring both our races here once again.
RACE BULLETIN No.3 – 21st June 2017
Silverstone – MG Live 17/18th June 2017
This was billed as #MGTrophyBigGrid and thanks to those who really helped to make this a very special event for me, you know who you are and you didn’t disappoint ! I initially set a target of 40 cars but this soon looked too easy with 45 entered at one point and a few more that would have liked to attend but couldn’t for various reasons. 50 could have been possible, maybe next year what about #MGTrophyBigGrid2018? Considering the disaster we had at Brands to get 8 cars re-shelled in time was brilliant work by many of you, good job we had the 7 week gap ! Welcome to new drivers Rob Griffiths and Sam Johnston, and guests Andy Mollison, Danie Van Niekerk, Alastair Rushforth, Julia Penfold, Dan Surridge and Jake Fraser-Burns. (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No. 2 – 2nd May 2017
Brands Hatch has always produced some of our most exciting races on the tight Indy circuit, this year was no exception! Thirty one cars were entered but without several ‘new’ drivers able to be present, a grid maximum of 34, which would have been feasible, was down to 31, this was a bit disappointing but I always strive to get as many racing as possible.
RACE BULLETIN No. 1 – 11th April 2017
This was the second year in succession that we opened our season at Donington. Last year saw 27 cars entered, this year 34 with no less than 9 new drivers on the grid and 3 returnees, what a great way to start my last season as co-ordinator.No significant changes to the regs were made following the drivers meeting but just one dropped score will be permitted this year. All the cars sprouted four towing eyes in anticipation of the change to the regs in 2018. (more…)
RACE BULLETIN No. 7 – 4th October 2016
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 anmazing record, we wish Chris well in his ‘retirement’, he will be missed. (more…)