A win and an additional podium on the inaugural weekend for the GB4 Championship handed Alex Walker the factors lead leaving Snetterton.
The Elite Motorsport driver blended pace with consistency, however needed to give greatest to Nikolas Taylor in qualifying because the British-Malaysian bagged a double pole forward of his racing automotive debut. “I’m simply attempting to not put an excessive amount of strain on myself,” mentioned Taylor, a former member of Arden’s Younger Racing Driver Academy.
Regardless of his lack of race expertise, Taylor dominated proceedings within the opening race as he led from start-to-finish forward of fellow front-row starter Walker, whose attentions have been centered on System Ford rival Tom Mills.
Mills had shot via from fifth to 3rd by Flip 1, Riches, earlier than a tighter line and higher drive out of the Wilson hairpin moved him forward of Walker.
The ex-British F4 driver was quickly again forward, although, making his transfer at Riches on the following tour, however was unable to mount a problem to Taylor. Mills accomplished the rostrum forward of Hillspeed’s Max Marzorati and Kevin Mills Racing team-mate Jarrod Waberski.
Intent on placing Taylor’s lack of racecraft to the take a look at, Walker handed across the exterior of his Fortec Motorsports rival into Riches firstly of race two. Taylor tried to retaliate across the exterior via Flip three and once more seemed to the skin of the Agostini hairpin. However the hole left on the within was too inviting for Mills, who moved into second and he was quickly handed some respiratory house behind when Taylor spun via Brundle and dropped a number of locations.
Alex Walker leads the GB4 Championship standings after spherical one
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Mills’s focus modified to difficult Walker for the lead, his greatest try coming into Agostini on lap two, which was coated off. He shadowed the Elite driver over the next laps, however the soiled air meant he dropped again within the closing levels as Walker gained by 1.four seconds.
“We noticed what occurred after we gave him [Taylor] a little bit of respiratory room, so I wished to get on him early and managed to try this,” mentioned Walker of his Flip 1 overtake. “Positively there was danger, however I knew I needed to go for it.”
Waberski simply held on to 3rd from Marzorati, as Taylor recovered to sixth behind Fortec team-mate Elias Adestam. The Swede, who not too long ago turned 16, bagged a podium within the totally reversed-grid race however needed to give greatest to the Hillspeed duo of Megan Gilkes and Marzorati.
Ex-W Collection driver Gilkes took the lead from fellow front-row starter Jessica Edgar, whereas team-mate Marzorati surged via into second from fifth.
Mills continued his blistering begins to maneuver from sixth to 3rd, however misplaced the place to Adestam at Agostini on lap 5 of 10. The Fortec driver chased down Marzorati and probed his defence, earlier than shedding the tip of his nostril cone on the final lap after minor contact. All this allowed Gilkes to take a snug victory.
Taylor took eighth after a torrid race that included stalling on the grid and being handed a 10s penalty for being out of place. Walker completed sixth and heads the standings with 77 factors from Mills (68).
Snetterton CSCC: Pratt pips Thompson to Morgan spoils
William Pratt’s Morgan +four (proper) simply pipped Andrew Thompson (Morgan ARVS6) to the win
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An enthralling battle determined by the smallest of margins within the Morgan Problem was the spotlight of the Traditional Sports activities Automobile Membership season opener at Snetterton.
William Pratt positioned his Morgan +four comfortably on pole however ceding the result in Andrew Thompson on the rolling begin arrange a race-long battle between the pair. Regardless of his automotive inexplicably producing plumes of smoke on a number of events, Pratt shadowed Thompson’s ARV6 all through the 20-minute encounter having briefly retaken the lead on the opening lap.
Faster via the corners however unable to discover a well past, the deciding second got here on the final tour. Hanging again via the ultimate flip of Murrays and getting a greater drive out allowed Pratt to tug alongside and take the chequered flag by simply zero.026 seconds.
“My dad earlier than going out advised me the automotive has the pace, he mentioned don’t do something heroic, wait till the straights and select the proper second,” mentioned a delighted Pratt.
Thompson grabbed the lead once more firstly of race two, whereas Pratt additionally fell behind Tony Lees’s +eight briefly, however repassed him earlier than the Bentley Straight. Pratt was already a number of seconds behind Thompson however was handed a reprieve as first a security automotive then a crimson flag was deployed to retrieve a stricken automotive at Riches – the one warning interval/stoppage throughout the complete two-day assembly.
On the restart, it was Thompson who as soon as once more made his approach into the lead, however any problem from Pratt was nullified when he spun at Agostini. Thompson subsequently cruised to victory from Tom Andrew’s +6, whereas Pratt surged from 16th to 3rd by the flag within the 15-minute re-run.
It was spin and win for Sam Polley within the Swinging Sixties Group 1 race, because the Mini Marcos driver recovered from an off at Wilson. He was aided by principal rival Richard Perry having a “little bit of a fuddled pitstop”, which allowed Polley to regain the lead as soon as the necessary stops had been made. Austin-Healey Sprite driver Perry then spun himself exiting Oggies in pursuit and briefly dropped to 3rd behind Tom Pead (BMW 1600 Ti), earlier than regaining second simply earlier than the top of the race as all three podium finishers took class wins.
Sam Polley (Mini Marcos) gained in Swinging Sixties Group 1 race regardless of a spin
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Father-and-son pairing Nigel/Ollie Reuben cruised to a one-minute victory in Sunday’s later Group 2 race of their TVR Griffith.
The Magnificent Seven victories have been shared between Christian Pittard and Stephen Nuttall, though the latter might have left Norfolk with the double however for electrical gremlins in race one whereas main. Pittard benefitted from Nuttall’s retirement having received the higher of Ben Simonds within the 40-minute pitstop race.
Ranging from the 12th and closing row of the grid within the 20-minute second race, Nuttall surged via to 3rd by the top of the opening lap, helped by the confusion precipitated when Spire team-mates John Cutmore and David Watson collided at Agostini.
Nuttall moved into second the next lap and eventually handed Pittard for the lead via an oil spill down the Bentley Straight, which had been deposited courtesy of a spectacular engine failure for James Tubby that had despatched him spinning one lap earlier. Watson accomplished the rostrum once more in third regardless of the sooner contact.
Carl Chambers simply held on to victory within the Turbo Tin Tops encounter on the wheel of his Peugeot 208 GTI. Chambers cycled via into the lead as soon as the necessary pitstops had been made, however noticed a 14s benefit whittle away within the closing levels.
Nigel Tongue, sharing a VW Scirocco with John Hammersley, closed the hole to inside a second by the flag as Keith Issatt’s Mini Clubman accomplished the rostrum having led within the early levels following a spin for polesitter Phil Briggs’s SEAT Leon.Andrew Windmill’s Honda Civic Kind R Leggera was by no means headed within the later Tin Tops contest for usually aspirated vehicles.
Elsewhere, Karl Cattliff was victorious within the Fashionable Classics having began down in seventh as BMWs swept the rostrum. Entrance-row starter Stuart Daburn completed fourth in his TVR Tuscan Problem, however cruised to the win in Sunday’s Future Classics encounter.
Manufacturers Hatch HSCC: Tooms’s quick getaways fail to cease affected person Barter
Charles Barter (Datsun 240Z) leads the 70s Street Sports activities at Manufacturers Hatch
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“Three out of 4 wasn’t unhealthy,” grinned Paul Tooms, having burst his Lotus Europa via between Kevin Kivlochan’s Morgan +eight and Jeremy Clark’s Lotus Elan to repeatedly lead the colourful ’70s Street Sports activities discipline into Paddock Hill Bend, the second leg being a three-parter! Tooms’s glory didn’t final, for Kivlochan growled again from a second to pip Clark to win the opener as poleman Charles Barter retired his Datsun 240Z with a duff spark plug.
Kivlochan careered into the Druids gravel lure on lap one of many sequel, bringing out crimson flags, however was ushered again to P1 for the restart, which proved costly. “The gearbox felt a bit sticky,” mentioned KeKi however, when his Rover V8 threw a rod on the Cooper Straight, he spun, adopted by a number of others on the oil slick. Barter, who twice went from the again, regained the initiative within the four-lap decider from Clark, Tooms and David Tomkinson, whose TVR Vixen had rocketed momentarily forward in a single stanza.
Kivlochan’s fortunes turned on Sunday in his Historic Street Sports activities AC Cobra. After a bushy traverse of Surtees, he beat Frazer Gibney (Elan) by zero.681 seconds. Peter Garland (Morgan) and Jonathan Stringer (Lotus 7) tussled behind them.
Benn Simms shocked Historic System Ford 2000 rivals along with his 48.628s (89.42mph) pole cost. With the qualifying warmth canned, his Reynard was forward when Saturday’s factors race was stopped twice, initially after Jason Redding (Delta) couldn’t keep away from Ian Foley’s spinning Reynard on the foot of Paddock. With no time to run the five-minute sprint earlier than the 1830hrs curfew, it was rescheduled for Sunday morning. “My clutch wouldn’t have taken one other begin,” mentioned Simms.
On the second anniversary of his father and mentor Paul’s passing, Benn nailed it and spherical two, with Andy Park and defending champion Graham Fennymore (additionally in clutch bothers) bagging a second and third apiece. Drew Cameron and Ian Pearson led Royale squabbles for fourth, with Lee Bankhurst whose entrance upright had failed in qualifying.
Benn Simms (Reynard SF77) took the double in Historic FF2000 at Manufacturers Hatch
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The promising Historic System Atlantic class outnumbered Traditional F3 in a mixed grid, from which 44.774s (97.12mph) polesitter Rory Smith twice prevailed in his superbly ready 1984 Ralt RT4. Marc Mercer gave Smith a shock, bolting his March 73B out of the blocks to guide each races, however parked on Sunday selling 18-year-old Samuel Harrison (1971 Lola T240) to second. Irishman Conor Murphy had the legs of the F3 set however retired, advantaging Anthony Hancock (ex-Mike Blanchet Lola T670).
Chris Drake’s Terrier was straining on the leash on the ‘front-engined’ System Junior begin and tore off to win. Nic Carlton-Smith pursued stoutly in his Kieft ‘pusher’, starting his title defence with class C2 victory. Alex Morton (Condor) was third, away from Simon Goodliff in Ken Nicholls’s first Nike. After Trevor Griffiths parked his Emeryson at Graham Hill Bend following half-shaft failure, Crispian Besley (Cooper T56) repelled the tenacious John Hutchison Jr (Envoy) for fifth.
Mark Charteris claimed Traditional Clubmans pole on Saturday, testing his now Ford-axled Mallock, however couldn’t keep for Sunday’s races. John Harrison was thus shuffled into P1 and overcame Spencer McCarthy
for a double. Clive Wooden matched Harrison within the FF1600-engined division, remarkably remaining unlapped in race two. Previous rival Barry Webb retired from the primary when his distributor disintegrated, however wafted his Delapena U2 via to second later.
Historic Touring Automobile champion Mike Gardiner gained the primary of two outings after a misfire and a track-limits penalty hobbled pacemaker Jack Moody’s A-frame Ford Lotus Cortina, dropping him to fourth behind Mini maestro Invoice Sollis’s Cooper S. Moody retired after a lap of the sequel, leaving Sollis and Gardiner scrapping with Bob Bullen, whose Cortina’s gearbox broke.
Gardiner went again forward solely to skate off at Druids on oil from Paul Wallis’s stricken Alfa. Sollis held off the recovering Gardiner for an outstanding victory, with Invoice’s team-mates Nick Paddy and David Ogden third and fourth.
Behind Mark Watts’ Ford Mustang, Nigel Cox (Cortina) and younger Harry Barton (BMW 1800Ti) traded sixth place. Finally, the merest of brushes into Paddock destabilised Cox’s automotive, which broadsided into gravel and toppled languidly onto its driver’s facet. A closing quandary for hard-working marshals that inevitably stopped the race. Cox emerged unscathed.
Oulton Park BARC: Southcott’s Midget storms to opening win
Andrew Southcott (Lenham MG Midget) gained the CNC Heads Sports activities/Saloons race at Oulton Park
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Andrew Southcott’s Lenham MG Midget gained the opening spherical of the CNC Heads Sports activities/Saloons, after his preliminary battle with Paul Dobson’s Mazda rotary Locost ended when the latter misplaced gas strain.
Having led into Knickerbrook from lap three of 12, it was comfy for Southcott, with championship sponsor Ric Wooden additionally clear in second in his Nissan Skyline. Oliver Thomas had been third till his Subaru Impreza misplaced fourth gear and was caught by Tim Foxlow’s Ford Escort. They swapped locations a number of occasions earlier than Thomas lastly clinched it, as Foxlow was additionally hampered by a sticking throttle.
With Jonny MacGregor’s Taranis spinning at Previous Corridor on the opening lap of the British Endurance Championship race, Wayne Marrs’ Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Kevin Clarke’s BMW Z4 made a really early break.
Clarke received forward on the 10th lap and constructed on his lead earlier than pitting handy over to Ryan Lindsay. However, inside a few laps, Lindsay was again within the pitlane with a damaged driveshaft, leaving Tom Jackson within the Marrs automotive over a lap forward.
It proved to be a simple win for the Rob Boston Racing Mercedes, with MacGregor recovering to take second, and Chris Goddard/Charlie Hollings’s Ferrari 458 third, each a lap down. Carl Cavers/Lewis Plato’s Porsche Cayman GT4 completed third on the highway, however picked up a one-lap penalty, dropping to fifth behind Callum Jenkins/Ollie Turner’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Wayne Marrs/Tom Jackson (Mercedes-AMG GT3) have been victorious within the British Endurance contest
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Matthew Isherwood took his maiden victory within the first Legends race of the day, the place it got here all the way down to a one-lap dash after a safety-car interval. Isherwood had led Marcus Pett and Nathan Anthony earlier than the warning, however each misplaced out on the ultimate lap. Jack Parker snatched a detailed second from reigning champion Miles Rudman.
Each Isherwood and Rudman have been early casualties within the second race, led initially by Sean Smith, till John Mickel and Parker battled their technique to the entrance. The lead struggle went all the way down to the wire with Mickel simply holding off Parker’s problem, whereas the depth of their battle had allowed Andy Fowl and Daniel Clark to comply with them line astern to the flag.
The ultimate quickly developed right into a three-way tussle between Chris Needham, Will Gibson and Rudman. Though it remained shut, Rudman simply had the higher hand as they began the final tour. However Needham had a quick second and dropped to sixth, leaving Rudman to carry off Gibson, with Parker, Pett and Smith all gaining a spot too following Needham’s woes.
The Praga Cup began in dramatic model with a three-car conflict into the primary nook. With George Line and Dan Gore each stopping on the green-flag lap and Alex Kapadia within the pits, the race began below warning for the remaining runners. However, because the inexperienced flag was waved, the sphere appeared to separate, Scott Mittell on the proper into Previous Corridor and Stefano Leaney on the left, leaving a sizeable hole within the center.
As Rob Wheldon stuffed that house and turned in, contact with Mittell pushed him into Leaney, who then spun into the tyre wall. After additional contact, Wheldon was off and Mittell continued effectively down, with Tommy Foster and Gordie Mutch vying for the lead. Foster/Miles Lacey took a reasonably comfy win, with Mutch/Jimmy Broadbent and Mittell/Charles Corridor finishing the rostrum.
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Matthew Isherwood gained the primary of three Legends races
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