RAC­ING LIVES­LEY BEATS THE WEATHER FOR FU­TURE CLAS­SICS GLORY

SNET­TER­TON 300: CSCC BY OLIVER TIM­SON

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Alec Lives­ley bat­tled back from an early mo­ment to guide his Jensen Healey to an em­phatic win in the Fu­ture Clas­sics.

Pole­sit­ter Tom Bren­ton had ini­tially led away, only for Lives­ley to over­take him into Agos­tini. But with un­re­lent­ing rain mak­ing the track treach­er­ous, both of them suf­fered early ex­cur­sions (at Hamilton and the Bomb Hole re­spec­tively).

Their mis­for­tune al­lowed Will Plant’s Mor­gan to seize the ini­tia­tive. But his vic­tory hopes soon dis­ap­peared when he in­curred a stop-go penalty for a trans­gres­sion at his manda­tory pit­stop. He emerged 10 sec­onds be­hind leader Lives­ley and, de­ter­mined to make amends, closed the gap to the lead for three straight laps only to slide off into the gravel at Riches and end his race. Lives­ley grate­fully took the flag to win, well clear of the re­cov­er­ing Bren­ton.

With spon­sor­ship se­cured for a full sea­son of rac­ing in the Mor­gan Chal­lenge, for­mer Ginetta Ju­nior pi­lot El­liot Paterson showed his in­tent with an im­pres­sive brace of wins in Satur­day’s slip­pery con­di­tions. He was al­ways in con­trol of the opener, mov­ing seam­lessly from pole to an ev­er­widen­ing lead. Mean­while, his fa­ther Rus­sell grad­u­ally dropped back, but had enough in hand to claim sec­ond, well clear of An­drew Bent­ley’s Plus 4.

El­liot had to work harder to get to the front in race two, af­ter his dad leapfrogged past him to claim the ini­tia­tive as they swept to­wards Riches for the first time. But his off­spring was in no mood to stay be­hind for long, pulling off an im­pres­sive move around the out­side of Palmer to re­claim the place. Once ahead, he pulled clear to com­plete an­other con­vinc­ing win. Mean­while, Paterson Sr pulled away from Tony Lees to se­cure sec­ond.

Colin Philpott kept a cool head in the first leg of the Jaguar Saloons and GT Cham­pi­onship dou­ble-header, tam­ing the wet con­di­tions to con­vert pole to a lead he held to the fin­ish. By con­trast, his fel­low front-row starter Rodney Frost had an event­ful race, chas­ing af­ter Philpott in the early laps only for a brief off into Riches to set back his charge. He briefly dropped to fourth, but bounced back, set­ting fastest lap and re­claim­ing run­ner-up spot a lap from home.

Philpott took an early lead again in Sun­day’s dry se­quel, only for James Ramm to seize the ad­van­tage by tak­ing the lead on the exit of Brun­dle. Un­de­terred, Philpott fought back ahead at the half­way stage and de­fended a nar­row lead to the fin­ish. A dis­tant Frost com­pleted the top three.

Jonathan Mitchell guided his Cater­ham to a com­fort­able win in the Open Se­ries race, a full minute clear of Pan­telis Christo­forou’s Ford Es­cort and Gary Bate’s Cater­ham.

The bat­tle for top spot in the open­ing race of the Mag­nif­i­cent Sevens sea­son proved to be a pri­vate af­fair be­tween pole­sit­ter Peter Rat­cliff and Danny Win­stan­ley. Rat­cliff took ad­van­tage of a slower get­away by fel­low front-row starter Jonathan Mitchell to lead, with Win­stan­ley quickly mov­ing from fourth on the grid to chase Rat­cliff in sec­ond. The pair was soon trad­ing lap times and slip­stream­ing moves as they con­tested top spot in a breath­less chase. In the end, Win­stan­ley worked the back­mark­ers well and had just enough to keep his ri­val at bay de­spite (or per­haps boosted by) an oc­ca­sional stick­ing throt­tle on his Su­perlight.

Hav­ing con­verted pole to an early lead in the Tin Tops, Rus­sell Hird looked to have a fight on his hands when sec­ond-placed Tom Mens­ley clawed back an early deficit to chal­lenge him. But the loss of first and sec­ond gears blunted his progress and se­cured Hird’s Honda the win.

There was an in­trigu­ing early scrap at the front of the 60-minute Clas­sic K race be­tween the grunt of John Dav­i­son’s TVR Grif­fith and the more nim­ble Lo­tus Elan of James Bar­clay in the open­ing laps, only for Dav­i­son’s ef­forts to end when he went straight on at Riches. But Bar­clay and co-driver Nick Atkins couldn’t af­ford to relax as the new sec­ond-placed car of David Hol­royd picked up the ba­ton and chased af­ter them. Hol­royd slashed the gap to be on the leader’s tail go­ing into the in­field sec­tion, be­fore sweep­ing de­ci­sively ahead at Hamilton to win. “I al­ways thought I was in with a chance,” said the sat­is­fied win­ner.

Hav­ing jumped ship from the CSCC’S Fu­ture Clas­sics se­ries into the Mod­ern Clas­sics for 2016, Nick Ol­son made an in­stant im­pact in his fa­mil­iar Lo­tus Esprit, beat­ing the Porsche of Miles and Piers Masarati home to win.

The week­end’s rac­ing was brought to a tense con­clu­sion by a crack­ing vic­tory chase in the com­bined New Mil­len­nium/puma Cup race. Hav­ing moved ahead of long-time leader Lee Spencer at the half­way point thanks to a rapid manda­tory pit­stop, Thomas Houl­brook held off Spencer’s charg­ing team-mate Rick Kerry to claim vic­tory by a tenth of a sec­ond in a BMW bat­tle.

Pickup Trucks (25 laps) 1 Mark Wil­lis; 2 Paul Tomp­kins +0.568s; 3 Michael Smith; 4 Gavin Mur­ray; 5 Antony Hawkins; 6 Fred­die Lee. Fastest lap Tomp­kins. Pole Mur­ray. Race two (25 laps) 1 Tomp­kins; 2 Lee +0.059s; 3 Wil­lis; 4 Mur­ray; 5 David O’re­gan; 6 Hawkins. FL Mur­ray. P Mur­ray. Race three (35 laps) 1 O’re­gan; 2 Smith +0.467s; 3 Tomp­kins; 4 Wil­lis; 5 Mur­ray; 6 Lee. FL O’re­gan. P Smith.

early pace­set­ter Ian Prior at Deene be­fore pulling clear. Rob Spencer rel­e­gated Prior to third with a last lap move at Tarzan, but Prior’s at­tempt to re­gain the po­si­tion ex­it­ing the Brook Chi­cane ended with his MGB V8 GT slid­ing into the out­side wall.

An­other un­lucky driver was Jason West in the first Kumho BMW Class A event. Af­ter tak­ing pole po­si­tion and lead­ing the early laps, he lost out to even­tual vic­tor James Card at Brook on lap five be­fore his engine ex­pired, pro­mot­ing Roger Laven­der and Daniel Wylie on to the podium.

Card was also close to the win in race two, but a red flag pre­vented him from at­tack­ing leader James Mac­in­tye-ure in the clos­ing stages.

In the pair of races run sep­a­rately for Class B, C and D com­peti­tors, Ol­lie Tay­lor claimed a dou­ble de­spite be­ing baulked by back­mark­ers in race one and be­ing beaten off the line by Robert David­son and Do­minic Surdi in race two. James Ford staked his claim for the over­all ti­tle by tak­ing two class D wins, with Rus­sell Dack tak­ing iden­ti­cal success in the ‘CC’ Com­pact class.

An­other dou­ble win­ner was Kirk Ar­mitage in his BMW E36 M3 in the Pre93/PRE-2005/BOSS Clas­sic Tour­ing Car event, each time de­feat­ing Roger Stan­ford in his E30 model. Be­hind the lead­ing duo, the fo­cus of both races was a fierce bat­tle for third be­tween Mal­colm Wise in his Ford Sierra Cos­worth and Simon Ward’s Vaux­hall As­tra GTE. Ward chal­lenged hard and briefly held the po­si­tion in each con­test, but force­ful tac­tics from Wise helped him to pre­vail. Else­where, Ali Rush­worth was a de­lighted dou­ble win­ner in the Pre-2005

1 Rus­sell Mccarthy (BGT V8); 2 Rob Spencer (BGT V8) +2.226s; 3 Simon Cripps (BGT V8); 4 Babak Far­sian (B Road­ster); 5 Jor­dan Spencer (BGT V8); 6 Paul Khouri (B GT V8). CW Cripps; J Spencer; Khouri. FL Mccarthy. P Mccarthy.

Race two (10 laps) 2 Do­minic Surdi (M3) +2.344s; 3 Robert David­son (M3); 4 David Grif­fin (E36 M3); 5 Alana Tay­lor (1 Se­ries); 6 Dar­ren Mor­gan-owen (M3). CW Tay­lor; Rus­sell Dack (E46 Com­pact); James Ford (318i); Peter Miller (328i). FL Surdi. P Tay­lor. 1 O Tay­lor; 2 David­son +13.605s; 3 Grif­fin; 4 A Tay­lor; 5 Dack; 6 Adrian Gilbert (M3 E36). CW Tay­lor; Dack; Ford; Miller. FL Tay­lor. P Tay­lor.

Pre-93/ Pre-2005 Tour­ing Cars & BOSS (10 laps) 1 Kirk Ar­mitage (BMW M3); 2 Roger Stan­ford (BMW M3 E30) +1.595s; 3 Mal­colm Wise (Ford Sierra Cos­worth); 4 Simon Ward (Vaux­hall As­tra GTE); 5 An­drew Sher­a­ton (BMW 325i): 6 Alas­tair Rush­worth (MG ZR 160). CW Stan­ford; Sher­a­ton; Rush­worth; Gary Parkes (Peu­geot 206 GTI); Jef­frey Wind­sor (Ford Puma); An­drew Smith

OUL­TON PARK: BRSCC BY IAN SOW­MAN

“He’s the one,” as­serted a sea­soned FF1600 ob­server as Chase Owen col­lected the spoils of his first UK vic­tory in round two of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. It is too early to say whether the 23-year-old Texan is, as sug­gested, the strong­est of the re­cent US im­ports into the Bri­tish sin­gle­seater scene, but a dom­i­nant vic­tory over a qual­ity field in the wet sug­gested he might be. It was a good day for Cliff Dem­sey Rac­ing all-round, as 2014 Fes­ti­val win­ner James Raven won round one.

Race one should have been Niall Mur­ray’s, but the Dubliner and lo­cal star Doug Cros­bie tagged one an­other at the first cor­ner, rel­e­gat­ing Mur­ray to the back. A typ­i­cally storm­ing drive car­ried him to fifth, but in pass­ing Ca­van Cor­co­ran he can­noned a tyre stack at Hizzy’s. Un­de­terred, Mur­ray pushed on in what re­mained of his Van Diemen, get­ting up to sixth.

Mean­while, Raven had passed Cros­bie down the Av­enue on lap two and left ev­ery­one else to it. Cros­bie man­fully de­fended from Jonny Mc­mul­lan, then Owen (who was up from row three), but was de­nied sec­ond when Owen bar­relled through

(Honda CRX); Alan Wil­lett (Ford Fi­esta XR2I). FL Ar­mitage. P Stan­ford. 1 Ar­mitage; 2 Stan­ford +8.063; 3 Wise; 4 Ward; 5 Rush­worth; 6 Sher­a­ton. CW Stan­ford; Sher­a­ton; Rush­worth; Parkes; Smith; Wind­sor; Wil­lett. FL Stan­ford. P Ar­mitage.

Clas­sic VW and Pre-2003 Tour­ing Cars (10 laps) 1 Ken Lark (Volk­swa­gen Cor­rado); 2 Steven Bar­den (Honda Civic Type R) +2.285s; 3 Danny Cas­sar (Honda In­te­gra DC5); 4 Ge­orge Young (Civic Type R); 5 Ross Craig (Civic Type R); 6 Tony Ab­solom (VW Golf). CW Bar­den; Young. FL Lark. P Ab­solom. Race two (10 laps) 1 Lark; 2 Ab­solom +1.544s; 3 Bar­den; 4 Cas­sar; 5 Tony Har­ber­man (VW Bee­tle); 6 AJ Owen (Civic Type R). CW Bar­den; Owen. FL Lark. P Lark.

at the hair­pin on the last lap. Reign­ing cham­pion Mc­mul­lan took fourth from Cor­co­ran, who had ear­lier tagged Tom Mcarthur into a spin at Cas­cades that also claimed Rob Hall.

Owen led the sec­ond race from the off and eased to a classy win, while Cros­bie man­aged a throt­tle is­sue on his way to sec­ond. Mc­mul­lan and Mur­ray took the next two places, with Chris Mid­dle­hurst star­ring on his way to fifth from row 10 hav­ing been ruled out of the opener when he clipped a bar­rier at the chi­cane. Raven clawed back sev­enth af­ter a poor start and a wild mo­ment on lap two.

Calum Mchale made the fastest get­away to the Pre-1990 opener, but he couldn’t un­seat pole­sit­ter Jamie Jar­dine into the first cor­ner. The Rey­nard 84FF driver eased away, while Mchale was reeled in by Jaap Bli­jleven, who fin­ished within a tenth.

Mchale did have the lead by Old Hall in race two, and had a clear ad­van­tage when Bli­jleven passed Jar­dine for sec­ond at Is­land on lap three. But the race one win­ner re­versed the po­si­tions at Old Hall, be­fore get­ting the lead away from Mchale at Hizzy’s at the sec­ond at­tempt on lap eight.

1 Stephen Primett (Ford Es­cort Mk1); 2 Alan Green­halgh (Vaux­hall Firenza HPF) +34.744s; 3 David Howard (Jaguar XJ12); 4 David Hall (Vaux­hall Firenza Droop­snoot); 5 John Wright (Ford Es­cort); 6 Stu­art Caie (Ford Capri). CW Howard; Caie; Mal­colm Jeffs (Alfa Romeo Al­fa­sud SC); An­drew Messham (Austin Mini 7); Gary Fletcher (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); Luc Wil­son (Austin A40). FL Primett. P Primett.

1 Primett; 2 Howard +37.553s; 3 Caie; 4 Wright; 5 Hall; 6 Mike Haynes (Ford Capri). CW Howard; Caie; Phil Manser (Austin Cooper); Jeffs; Fletcher; Keith Wright (Morris Mi­nor). FL Primett. P Primett.

Clas­sic Thun­der (11 laps)

1 Dale Gent (Subaru

The CRXS of Peter Dixon and Jeff Cooper took the fight to Robert Burkin­shaw’s In­te­gra in the Honda VTEC con­test. Cooper lost ground when he went straight on at Hizzy’s on lap two, but he came back to make it three for the lead. He briefly wrested sec­ond from Burkin­shaw at Old Hall on lap six, but as they scrapped Dixon was able to make his break.

Dixon repli­cated his team-mate’s ear­lier er­ror in race two and con­ceded a big ad­van­tage, but leader Burkin­shaw erred at Old Hall a lap later. Dixon dived ahead there on the penul­ti­mate lap to seal a dou­ble, while Cooper was nar­rowly de­nied sec­ond.

Chris Webb took his maiden vic­tory in the Pro­duc­tion Golf GTI opener in con­di­tions that got pro­gres­sively more slip­pery. That was to the lik­ing of Tim Hart­land, who made steady progress be­fore dis­plac­ing Peter Milne at Hizzy’s at half-dis­tance. Hart­land ate into Webb’s lead, and was only 0.4s adrift at the end. Webb added a sec­ond win later, with Chris San­ders and Peter Milne com­plet­ing the podium. From the pit­lane, fastest qual­i­fier Adam Hance sal­vaged fourth in his only race of the day.

Im­preza); 2 Andy Robin­son (Ford Fal­con) +8.263s; 3 Neil Wade (Mini Cooper); 4 James Ross (Re­nault Clio); 5 Ian Frog­gatt (Subaru Im­preza); 6 Mar­cus Reynolds (BMW E36 sa­loon). CW Robin­son; Ross; Reynolds. FL Gent. P Dave Cock­ell (Ford Es­cort Cos­worth). Race two (10 laps) 1 Gent; 2 Robin­son +16.709s; 3 Frog­gatt; 4 Wade; 5 Ross; 6 Reynolds. CW Robin­son; Ross; Reynolds. FL Robin­son. P Gent.

Hyundai Coupe Cup (9 laps)

1 James Raven (Ray GR15/16); 2 Chase Owen (Ray GR14/15) +5.062s; 3 Doug Cros­bie (Van Diemen JL013K); 4 Jonny Mc­mul­lan (Van Diemen DP08); 5 Ca­van Cor­co­ran (Ray GR08); 6 Niall Mur­ray (Van Diemen RF99). CW Daniel O’beirne (Sw­fit SC95). FL Mur­ray. P Mur­ray. 1 Owen; 2 Cros­bie +9.605s; 3 Mc­mul­lan; 4 Mur­ray; 5 Chris Mid­dle­hurst (My­gale GR15K); 6 Cor­co­ran. CW Matthew Chisholm (Van Diemen RF92). FL Owen. P Raven.

1 Jamie Jar­dine (Rey­nard 84FF); 2 Calum Mchale (Van Diemen RF89) +4.749s; 3 Jaap Bli­jleven (Rey­nard 88FF); 4 Mario Sarchet (Rey­nard 86FF); 5 Ian Wolfenden (Rey­nard 87FF); 6 Ray­mond Smith (Van Diemen RF88). CW Mchale. FL Bli­jleven. P Jar­dine. 1 Jar­dine; 2 Mchale +2.369s; 3 Bli­jleven; 4 Nick Barnes (Van Diemen RF87); 5 Smith; 6 An­drew Kluge (Van Diemen RF89). CW Mchale. FL Jar­dine. P Jar­dine.

1 Peter Dixon (CRX); 2 Robert Burkin­shaw (In­te­gra) +0.808s; 3 Jeff Cooper (CRX); 4 Paul Wadding­ton (Civic); 5 Paul Donkin (Civic); 6 Stu­art King (In­te­gra). CW Burkin­shaw; Donkin. FL Cooper. P Burkin­shaw. 1 Dixon; 2 Burkin­shaw +1.052s; 3 Cooper; 4 Wadding­ton; 5 Donkin; 6 King. CW Burkin­shaw; Donkin. FL Dixon. P Dixon.

Pro­duc­tion GTI Mk2 (10 laps)

Philpott was the class of the Jaguar field

Houl­brook won New Mil­len­nium from Spencer/kerry

Hird held on for Tin Tops vic­tory

Owen leads the Na­tional FF1600 field away

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