GRA­HAM CON­SOL­I­DATES

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Robert An­thony

Or­gan­iser: BTRDA When: April 16/17 Where: Pem­brey, South Wales Starters: 34/36

Tommy Gra­ham sur­prised him­self to win at the open­ing round at Bly­ton Park in his Zak­speed Ford Es­cort Mk2. It wasn’t a cir­cuit suited to the car, but Pem­brey last week­end was.

Gra­ham dom­i­nated the Su­per Mod­i­fied cat­e­gory to add two wins to his Bly­ton vic­tory and se­cure his po­si­tion at the top of the points. Gra­ham was fastest in each of the three heats on Satur­day and wasn’t chal­lenged in a lights-to-flag vic­tory of over 21 sec­onds in the fi­nal.

Scot­tish driver Kenny Hall was sec­ond in a replica of the first podium of the year, while Peu­geot 106 cam­paigner David At­ti­well com­pleted the ros­trum.

Gra­ham again dom­i­nated on Sun­day, win­ning the fi­nal from Marc Jones, who had been Gra­ham’s clos­est chal­lenger and led the Es­cort driver for much of their race in heat three, driv­ing his Toy­ota MR2.

At­ti­well fin­ished on the podium for the third time in suc­ces­sion, in third. Swift Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tor Si­mon Oven­den raced at the event and fin­ished fourth in the A fi­nal on Satur­day, be­fore fin­ish­ing sixth on Sun­day, be­hind fel­low Swift cam­paigner Chris Wool­lett.

Mike Dresser fin­ished fourth on day two, driv­ing a Honda Civic Type R.

The Club­mans Su­per­car and Pro­duc­tion 4x4 cat­e­gories were mixed, with the top three cars cov­ered by less than a sec­ond for much of the A fi­nal on Satur­day, un­til an ac­ci­dent be­tween Dmitrij Srib­nyj and Gary Pusey left the lat­ter driver with a heav­ily dam­aged car and two bro­ken ribs.

Mike Man­ning won the fi­nal on Satur­day in his Pro­duc­tion Subaru Im­preza, ahead of Su­per­car new­comer Nigel Burke. Srib­nyj rounded out the podium in his dam­aged Im­preza. On day two, Man­ning won again by over five sec­onds.

John Ward qual­i­fied on pole po­si­tion for the Pro­duc­tion fi­nal and led through­out in round two, pres­sured by round one win­ner James Or­ton. Richard Todd com­pleted the podium. The ac­tion was just as close on Sun­day, when Ward took his sec­ond vic­tory of the week­end ahead of Paul Davis.

In the Club­mans se­ries, the top two cars from each fi­nal progress into the next. Pro­duc­tion B fi­nal win­ner Mark Finch beat Adam Mills in the en­counter, where both pro­gressed, the po­si­tions re­versed in the A fi­nal; Mills fin­ish­ing sixth and Finch seventh.

In Pre-1995 His­torics, for­mer Stock Hatch racer Dar­ren Clark claimed vic­tory in round two in his Nis­san Sunny GTIR, hav­ing traded places through­out the fi­nal with Mark Grif­fin’s rear-wheel-drive Ford Fi­esta. Round one win­ner Mark Richard­son fin­ished third in his beastly Sierra Cos­worth.

On Sun­day, Ford Es­cort Mk2 cam­paigner Shaun Buckley scored a maiden vic­tory, with for­mer Pro­duc­tion cat­e­gory driver Ryan Stutch­bury sec­ond in his con­verted Peu­geot 205 and Mitchell round­ing out the podium fin­ish­ers. Grif­fin had qual­i­fied on pole but en­gine is­sues pre­vented him from start­ing. Trans­mis­sion prob­lems led to a sim­i­lar fate for Richard­son and Clark. Re­sults Satur­day Club­man Su­per­car/ Pro­duc­tion 4x4 (6 laps) 1 Mike Man­ning (Subaru Im­preza) 6m16.484s, 2 Nigel Burke (Subaru Im­preza) +12.777s, 3 Dmitrij Srib­nyj (Subaru Im­preza) +16.215s, 4 Gary Pusey (Subaru Im­preza) -3 laps; no other starters.

Su­per Mod­i­fied (6 laps) 1 Tommy Gra­ham (Ford Es­cort) 5m50.267s; 2 Kenny Hall (Re­nault Clio) +21.608s; 3 David At­ti­well (Peu­geot 106); 4 Si­mon Oven­den (Suzuki Swift); 5 Marc Jones (Toy­ota MR2); 6 Paul Wil­liams (Ford Fo­cus).

Pro­duc­tion (6 laps) 1 John Ward (Peu­geot 106) 6m11.042s, 2 James Or­ton (Peu­geot 106) +0.744s, 3 Richard Todd (Peu­geot 106), 4 Peter Ham­lett (Peu­geot 306); 5 Paul Davis (Citroen Saxo); 6 Fred Ling (Citroen Saxo).

His­toric (6 laps) 1 Dar­ren Clark (Nis­san Sunny) 6m09.858s; 2 Mark Grif­fin (Ford Fi­esta) +0.791s; 3 Mark Richard­son (Ford Sierra); 4 Gary Mitchell (Vaux­hall Vec­tra); 5 Ryan Stutch­bury (Peu­geot 205); 6 Shaun Buckley (Ford Es­cort). Sun­day Club­man Su­per­car/ Pro­duc­tion 4x4 (6 laps) 1 Man­ning 6m03.114s, 2 Srib­nyj +5.518s; no other starters Su­per Mod­i­fied (6 laps) 1 Gra­ham 5m51.073s; 2 Jones +19.833s; 3 At­ti­well; 4 Mike Dresser (Honda Civic); 5 Chris Wool­lett (Suzuki Swift); 6 Oven­den. Pro­duc­tion (6 laps) 1 Ward 6m17.136s, 2 Davis +0.320s; 3 Or­ton; 4 Todd; 5 Ed­die Gibbs (Citroen Saxo), 6 Adam Mills (Peu­geot 106).

His­toric (6 laps) 1 Buckley 6m18.441s; 2 Stutch­bury +0.766s; 3 Mitchell; 4 Chris Far­rell (Ford Es­cort); 5 David Brown (Mazda RX-7); 6 Richard­son.

Gra­ham took two wins

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