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Nationwide Novelties: Sospiri watches previous boss win and particular Vauxhall parade

Uncommon membership racing observer: Vincenzo Sospiri

John Village’s double victory in Historic 750 Method at Silverstone on Sunday was watched by his 1988 Method Ford Competition-winning driver, Italian Vincenzo Sospiri.

The 55-year-old, who briefly tasted Method 1 with the failed Lola mission in 1997, stated: “I simply got here to see my previous mate, ‘JV’; the most effective folks I ever met in motorsport.

“He was my greatest instructor after I was racing means again and he’s nonetheless racing, which is wonderful. His ardour is rarely gone and he’s nonetheless profitable!”

Vauxhalls on parade: Marshall’s machines

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Picture by: Gary Hawkins

Among the many star automobiles at Manufacturers Hatch’s Vaux Valves occasion final Sunday had been a reproduction of the Viva GT raced by marque legend Gerry Marshall (above left) and his Group 1 Magnum (proper).

Different Marshall equipment on show included Gerry’s Firenza-based ‘Child Bertha’ Tremendous Saloon, and his son Gregor’s Firenza.

Tony Davies’s Thundersaloon Firenza and two Cavalier Tremendous Touring automobiles additionally took half, whereas double British Touring Automotive champion John Cleland and former team-mate Jeff Allam regaled BTCC mic man Alan Hyde with tales of previous.

Uncommon sight: Vauxhall Carlton

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Picture by: Gary Hawkins

Consistent with the Vaux Valves theme, a Vauxhall Carlton GSi made its race debut at Manufacturers Hatch final weekend, within the arms of Cliff Butler and Roger Bromiley.

Butler commissioned SHP Engineering to construct the automotive, which incorporates a three-litre straight-six engine and is aimed on the Historic Sports activities Automotive Membership’s ’80s Manufacturing Automotive Problem. However gearbox and head gasket issues meant the Carlton obtained no additional than qualifying for its supposed Mallory Park debut final September.

Butler defined the weird alternative of mannequin as “purely as a result of I just like the automobiles”.

The pair accomplished the complete 100 minutes of the weekend’s Supersport Endurance race within the Carlton.

Star mentor: Johnny O’Connell

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Picture by: Gary Hawkins

First-time Method Ford race winner Shawn Rashid paid tribute to his mentor Johnny O’Connell (above proper) after claiming his maiden Nationwide Championship victory final weekend at Manufacturers Hatch.

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The Ammonite Motorsport rookie had not completed on the rostrum earlier than final weekend’s occasion however, after reaching his greatest qualifying place of fourth, he took third within the opening race. Rashid then transformed reversed-grid pole to the win in Sunday’s finale, with four-time Le Mans class winner O’Connell readily available to affix his fellow American’s celebrations.

“Johnny and I are so shut,” stated 26-year-old Rashid, who started racing lower than two years in the past. “He’s like my racing dad. He’s been with me since day one after I began racing and I’m so glad that he was right here to see all this.

“He will get you targeted and trains you on the best way to suppose when you find yourself within the race automotive. His voice is in my head all the time I’m racing.”

Intriguing automotive: Foglietti

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Picture by: Mick Walker

One of many stars of the Classic Sports activities-Automotive Membership’s season finale at Mallory Park on Sunday was the looks of Andrew Bailey’s 1963 Foglietti Method Junior automotive.

Sporting inboard entrance suspension, a Ford engine and Hewland gearbox (all uncommon in Italian automobiles of this period, particularly as Sig Foglietti was a Fiat supplier), it’s thought that solely two of its kind had been ever constructed.

Jon Milicevic was tasked with driving the automotive, which Bailey had hoped to enter into this week’s Silverstone Traditional, however as its FIA papers are but to be acquired, the squad settled for a shakedown within the Bob Gerard Memorial Trophy race for the newly completed automotive.

Sadly, engine gremlins meant that it was denied a win, regardless of main and recording the quickest lap.

Engine boss goes racing: Sylvain Rubio

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Picture by: Peter Scherer

Swindon Powertrain technical director Sylvain Rubio made his racing debut within the C1 Endurance Sequence at Manufacturers Hatch final weekend.

“I type of talked about about having a go to Josh Cook dinner, he then sorted it, so in the intervening time it’s a one-off, early 40th birthday current,” he stated.

Cook dinner, whose British Touring Automotive team-mate Jade Edwards was serving to crew for them, added: “It was nonetheless a highway automotive Tuesday and we raced it Saturday, so we’re a bit behind.”

Cook dinner and Rubio’s C1 held third early on, earlier than Rubio picked up a puncture, misplaced a wheel and ultimately completed 35th, however nonetheless “beloved it”.

Spectacular turnaround: Michael Weddell

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Picture by: Jim Moir

A driveshaft failure in qualifying practically value Minimax driver Michael Weddell his Scottish Mini Cooper Cup factors lead within the penultimate spherical of the season at Knockhill final weekend.

Weddell, who arrived on the Fife circuit 24 factors away from nearest rival Chad Little, was left stranded on observe after hitting the kerbs on the Chicane on his first lap.

Though a reasonably routine restore job, Weddell’s group subsequently ran out of time to make race one after it discovered an oil leak on the best way to the pre-grid.

Regardless of this setback, Weddell recovered to complete second in race two from the again of the grid, earlier than happening to outscore Little in race three by ending third. He leads Little by 11 factors heading into the ultimate spherical of the 12 months in October.

Pics of the week:

Rikki Abel gets all crossed up in his Nissan 370Z in Roadsports at Silverstone

Rikki Abel will get all crossed up in his Nissan 370Z in Roadsports at Silverstone

Picture by: Steve Jones

David Taylor's Mini kicks up the gravel at Knockhill

David Taylor’s Mini kicks up the gravel at Knockhill

Picture by: Jim Moir




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