TACCOC Sum­mer Clas­sic

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In typ­i­cally sum­mer mode, the rac­ing took place on Novem­ber 9 in dry and hot con­di­tions at Hamp­ton Downs. It was a short day, with rac­ing fin­ish­ing just be­fore 2pm. The skid pan was opened up for those want­ing to stay around af­ter this.

The classes run­ning were the clas­sic sports, GTS and sa­loons, his­toric For­mula Ju­nior, For­mula 3, sports rac­ing and For­mula Ford. To round off a packed sched­ule there were races in the MG Race Se­ries and the pop­u­lar PPG clas­sic tri­als cham­pi­onship. The whole day re­mained free of in­ci­dent, with just the odd spin or small ‘off’ here and there.

There were some good tus­sles in most of the races, in­clud­ing that be­tween Tony Roberts in the Corvette Stingray and Derek Atkin­son in the Mor­gan Plus 8, with Roberts win­ning the first race ahead of Atkin­son. This or­der was re­versed in the se­cond race, with Atkin­son tak­ing the hon­ours. In the For­mula Rac­ing the main tus­sle was be­tween Tony Gra­ham in the Rey­nard 85F and Phil Foulkes in the Tri­dent Pal­liser. How­ever, Gra­ham proved too fast in both races, mean­ing Phil had to set­tle for se­cond place.

With this be­ing round three of the PPG Clas­sic Tri­als for the 2014–’15 sea­son, last year’s cham­pion, Paul Couper, showed bril­liant con­sis­tency to fin­ish in first place. Se­cond place went to Ken Smith in his Escort RS2000, while Scott Mitchell driv­ing a green Porsche 964 was third. Cur­rent cham­pi­onship leader, Ian Christie, fin­ished this round in 13th place. How­ever, not too much should be read into this as only your best four rounds count to­wards the fi­nal cham­pi­onship plac­ing. Round four of the cham­pi­onship will be back at Hamp­ton Downs as part of the IT Out­source Christ­mas at the Downs.

The MG Race Se­ries, now in its third year, was formed to al­low own­ers of race-pre­pared MGS to com­pete in them in an in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment on the track, ac­cord­ing to club cap­tain Dar­ryl Brether­ton. The cars in the se­ries range from slightly mod­i­fied road cars to fully pre­pared race cars. The se­ries win­ner has the priv­i­lege of brag­ging rights for the com­ing year, while win­ners of each hand­i­cap race (on which the Se­ries re­sults are based) re­ceive a cho­co­late fish. In this round, there was one stan­dard scratch race and two hand­i­cap races. The cho­co­late fish went to Todd Forsyth, win­ning the Scratch and Hand­i­cap 2 in his MGB GT V8, and Rus­sell Sykes, who won Hand­i­cap 1 in his MGB GT.

For all in­volved it was a thor­oughly en­joy­able day. The next TACCOC event will be the IT Out­source Christ­mas at the Downs on De­cem­ber 14.

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