SNETTERTON: BRSCC BY LEWIS BEALES
After seven years of endeavour, Robert Sayell took his maiden outright victory in the opening Formula Jedi race. He beat Michael Watton to the first corner and repelled several attacks from the poleman, who ended up spinning at Murrays.
Dan Clowes inherited second place with Paul Butcher next, while Zachary Anderton raced through the field for fourth.
Sayell’s late charge in the sequel narrowly failed to dislodge Clowes, while third placed Bradley Hobday was comfortable ahead of the squabbling Kristian Prosser and Butcher.
Richard Styrin’s chase of Ed Hayes paid off with a late pass exiting Murrays securing victory in the Toyo Tires Porsches opener, which was shortened due to Garry Lawrence and Garry Goodwin being sidelined at Hamilton corner.
Hayes’ race-long pressure on Styrin then paid dividends as the latter ran low on fuel and subsequently slowed, while Gerry Taylor held back a determined James Coleman to maintain third.
Styrin led by Brundle from the reversed grid third race as Richard Avery kept Coleman at bay until the latter spun at Coram on the final lap. That promoted Hayes to third. Pip Hammond completed a 924 hat-trick.
Roger Mcmahon had to squeeze by fast-starting Chris Oxborough, who stopped on the last lap at Montreal with a jammed throttle, to win the first Alfa Romeo race. Leading Twinspark Cup racer Tom Hill was therefore elevated to second place. In the return match Oxborough was able to hold off Mcmahon with greater speed on the straights. In the TSC category Hill triumphed once more.
Two well-judged passing moves from Alan Henderson at Riches dispatched Tom Roche and James Blake-baldwin on consecutive laps to ensure the perfect start to his defence of the Mazda MX-5 Supercup title. The lead quartet in race two lost Roche after light contact with Henderson at Nelson deflated a tyre, leaving Blake-baldwin to escape for the victory with Jonathan Greensmith unable to keep up with Henderson over the final laps.
A dominant display ensured Elliot Wilson was never headed in the opening Fiesta Junior race. All eyes were focused on the progress of Sikandar Hussain who started last before impressively carving his way to fifth place. Wilson eased to a double later in the day with James Waite and Carlito Miracco squabbling over second, which went to the latter, while Roan Quinn stood out having made it to fourth from the back of the grid.
In the Mk1 Mazda MX-5S multiple champion Tom Roche proved uncatchable as Oliver Allwood could only watch the leading car disappear. The faststarting Simon Baldwin completed the podium.
Roche repeated the feat in race two while second place went to Baldwin by inches, having drafted passed Allwood on the run to the flag.
In the Group B race, Jack Warry held off the persistent Patrick Collins. Bryn Griffiths got the better of a race-long dispute for third with Kevin Brent.
After Sam Priest had tagged the back of Nick Sanderson on the opening lap of the senior Fiestas, for which he was later penalised, Aaron Thompson took advantage to lead the race. He was briefly unseated by Priest mid-race, before reasserting himself. Priest made no errors in race two, taking a dominant victory, while Kevin Stirling nearly pipped Thompson for second on the run to the line.
1 Robert Sayell 20m34.939s (95.20mph); 2 Dan Clowes +5.557s; 3 Paul Butcher; 4 Zachary Anderton; 5 Jason Dixon; 6 Kristian Prosser. FL Sayell 1m 50.614s (96.62mph). P Michael Watton. S 12. 1 Clowes 20m31.131s (95.49mph); 2 Sayell +0.128s; 3 Bradley Hobday; 4 Prosser; 5 Butcher; 6 Stuart Abbott. FL Clowes 1m50.372s (96.83mph). P Clowes. S 11.
1 Richard Styrin (Boxster) 11m05.029s (80.35mph); 2 Ed Hayes (Boxster) +0.096s; 3 Gerry Taylor (Boxster); 4 Richard Avery (Boxster); 5 Nick Hull (Boxster); 6 Angus Archer (Boxster). Class winner Pip Hammond (924). FL Hayes 2m11.143s (81.49mph). P Styrin. S 17. 1 Hayes 22m14.564s (80.08mph); 2 Styrin +7.379s; 3 Taylor; 4 James Coleman (Boxster); 5 Avery; 6 Alex Stocker (Boxster). CW Hammond. FL Styrin 2m11.798s (81.09mph). P Styrin. S 16.
1 Styrin 20m14.204s (79.22mph); 2 Avery +4.108s; 3 Hayes; 4 Coleman; 5 Taylor; 6 Garry Lawrence (Boxster). CW Hammond. FL Styrin 2m12.667s (80.56mph). P Lawrence. S 16.
1 Roger Mcmahon (147 GTA) 21m07.577s (75.88mph); 2 Tom Hill (156) +42.215s; 3 Andy Hancock (156); 4 Stephen Potts (156); 5 James Browning (147); 6 Richard Stevens (145). CW Hill. FL Mcmahon 2m16.757s (78.15mph). P Mcmahon. S 18.
1 Christopher Oxborough (75 V6) 21m14.938s (75.44mph); 2 Mcmahon +1.363s; 3 Ray Foley (147 GTA); 4 Hill; 5 Hancock; 6 Potts. CW Foley; Hill. FL Mcmahon 2m18.811s (77.10mph). P Mcmahon. S 18. Preston. FL Roche 2m25.997s (73.20mph). P Blake-baldwin. S 26. 1 Blake-baldwin 20m37.969s (77.70mph); 2 Henderson +4.087s; 3 Greensmith; 4 Murphy; 5 Will Chappell; 6 Jack Harding. FL Blake-baldwin 2m16.280s (78.42mph). P Henderson. S 26.
1 Elliot Wilson 16m43.339s (74.56mph); 2 Carlito Miracco +7.652s; 3 James Waite; 4 Harry Gooding; 5 Sikandar Hussain; 6 Jack Davidson. FL Wilson 2m20.542s (76.04mph). P Wilson. S 17.
1 Wilson 21m27.644s (74.70mph); 2 Miracco +3.822s; 3 Waite; 4 Ronan Quinn; 5 Gooding; 6 Lochlan Bearman. FL Waite 2m21.586s (75.48mph). P Wilson. S 17.
1 Tom Roche 21m20.406s (75.12mph); 2 Oliver Allwood +8.120s; 3 Simon Baldwin; 4 James Harris; 5 Michael Fisk; 6 Richard Breland. FL Roche 2m20.688s (75.97mph). P Roche. S 20. Race
1 Roche 21m26.420s (74.77mph); 2 Baldwin +13.973s; 3 Allwood; 4 Fisk; 5 Paul Tucker; 6 Clive Powles. FL Roche 2m21.449s (75.56mph). P Roche. S 20. 1 Jack Warry 17m09.086s (72.70mph); 2 Patrick Collins +0.343s; 3 Bryn Griffiths; 4 Kevin Brent; 5 Michael Close; 6 Russ Lindsay. FL Warry 2m25.249s (73.58mph). P Ivan Leary. S 20.