MO­RAN AND MEN­ZIES STRIKE OPEN­ING BLOWS

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ed­die Walder

Or­gan­iser: Bu­gatti Own­ers Club When: April 23/24 Starters: 195

The sea­son started at Prescott with a run-off vic­tory for Wal­lace Men­zies, so that af­ter his dou­ble last Septem­ber he had won three con­sec­u­tive rounds at Prescott.

But it was not to be four as five-time cham­pion Scott Mo­ran came through in the fi­nal en­counter for the win.

Fol­low­ing the round one vic­tory, Men­zies said: “This is now just about my favourite hill.”

Mo­ran said he was look­ing for­ward to an in­tense fight: “This re­ally could be a sea­son where any one of five can win the ti­tle and it will be a tough cam­paign for all.”

Mo­ran leads the series by just a point from his 2015 co-driver Alex Sum­mers and Men­zies.

De­spite the ef­forts of Sum­mers in an un­fa­mil­iar and bor­rowed car, the driver of the day had to be Richard Sped­ding with only 1.6-litres of Hayabusa power.

Two fifth places were just re­ward for his max­i­mum ef­forts and he was fight­ing a launch con­trol set-up that needs more fine tun­ing.

Sur­prise of the day was last year’s num­ber one Alex Sum­mers, who had a guest drive in Alas­tair Craw­ford’s lovely Gould GR55 with a high-revving smaller ca­pac­ity 2.8-litre NME V8.

The higher-revving unit is renowned for drive­abil­ity and will pull sev­eral thou­sand more rpm than the more usual 3.5 Ni­chol­son Mclaren unit.

Joint Best Time of the Day with Scott Mo­ran proved just how adapt­able Sum­mers is, but he con­firmed he is un­likely to be seen again in a top-flight car un­til mid-sea­son when his fa­ther’s Dj-cos­worth V6 is ready for action.

Un­for­tu­nately, Craw­ford could only score a soli­tary point.

The 2012 cham­pion Trevor Wil­lis was al­ways on the pace and is fourth, with Sped­ding four points back and last year’s num­ber six Dave Uren con­tin­ued where he left off in 2015.

More suc­cess in 1600cc cars came from Sean Gould and ex- Mo­tor­ing News rally cham­pi­onship driver Eynon Price in the fac­tory Gould.

The front half of the car will bear a re­sem­blance to Wal­lace Men­zies’ new car, which is due in a cou­ple of months, but the rear will have Men­zies’ pre­vi­ous Cos­worth XD as a stressed mem­ber, as in the all-con­quer­ing Gould GR61X and Gould GR55S.

Devo­nian Ed Hol­lier took valu­able points in his Em­pire and saw off Sean Gould and Price in the fi­nal stanza.

Un­luck­i­est driver of the day was, with­out ques­tion, Will Hall. His en­gine stopped twice, once in the first run-off then again in the afternoon de­spite the car be­ing fine in mid-week test­ing.

Re­sults

Round one: 1 Wal­lace Men­zies (3.5 Gould-nme GR55) 36.84s; 2 Alex Sum­mers (2.8 Gould-nme GR55) 37.00s; 3 Scott Mo­ran (3.5 Gould-nme GR61X) 37.03s; 4 Trevor Wil­lis (3.2 OMS-RPE 28) 37.18s; 5 Richard Sped­ding (1.6 Gwr-suzuki Rap­tor) 37.82s; 6 Dave Uren (1.3t Force-suzuki PC) 38.18s; 7 Sean Gould (1.6 Gould-suzuki GR59) 38.63s; 8 Ed Hol­lier (1.6 Em­pire-suzuki 00 Evo) 39.09s; 9 Eynon Price (1.6 Gould-suzuki GR59) 39.19s; 10= Alas­tair Craw­ford (2.8 Gould-nme GR55) and Oli Tom­lin (4.0 Pil­beam-judd MP97) 39.82s; DNF Will Hall (2.0t Force-aer/ Xtec WH). Round two: 1 Mo­ran 36.61s; 2 Wil­lis 36.71s; 3 Sum­mers 36.98s; 4 Men­zies 37.15s; 5 Sped­ding 38.42s; 6 Uren 38.47s; 7 Hol­lier 38.80s; 8 Gould 38.85s; 9 Price 39.20s, 10 Tom­lin 39.68s; 11 Craw­ford 39.70s; 12 Lee Grif­fiths (1.3s Oms-suzuki 25) 41.98s. Class win­ners Richard Brant (2.0 Re­nault Clio 172) 51.82s; Roy Stan­d­ley (2.0t Mit­subishi Evo 5) 46.99s; Al­lan War­bur­ton (2.5 Cater­ham-du­ratec) 45.29s; An­drew Rus­sell (1.1 Ginetta G15) 50.29s; Colin Satchell (2.0 Peu­geot 205GTI) 44.81s; Mike Turpin (2.2s Vaux­hall VX220) 45.38s; Ash Ma­son (1.3s West­field-suzuki) 43.68s; Martin Watts (1.0 Sylva Riot) 46.86s; Gra­ham Loakes (3.2 Lola-porsche T492) 47.19s; Les Buck (0.6 Oms-yamaha Hornet) 46.80s; Chris Aspinall (1.0 Em­pire-suzuki Wraith) 40.06s; Nev Rol­la­son (1.6 Ja­mun For­mula Ford M90) 49.17s; Sped­ding 38.51s; Tim Davies (2.0 Pil­beam-milling­ton MP88) 40.07s; Uren 38.65s; Sum­mers 36.61s. Points (af­ter 2/34 rounds): 1 Mo­ran 18; =2 Men­zies and Sum­mers 17; 4 Wil­lis 16; 5 Sped­ding 12; 6 Uren 10; =7 Gould and Hol­lier 7; 9 Price 4; =10 Craw­ford and Tom­lin 1.

Mul­ti­ple cham­pion Scott Mo­ran pre­vailed Men­zies took a win in the opener then fourth spot

Photos: Ed­die Walder, Colin Casser­ley and mkpics.net

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