CROFT: BARC BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON
Pete Sparrow took the lead of the 2CV Racing Championship with a brace of victories at Croft. After winning race one, he combined perfectly with co-driver Jim Henshaw to take the two-hour endurance win on Sunday.
Sparrow had to work hard for his Saturday win, having made a poor getaway from pole. Fellow front row starter Nick Crispin led early on but wasn’t able to fend off subsequent attacks from both Lien Davies and Louis Tyson.
While the latter trio each took turns of heading the field in a highly entertaining race, Sparrow, who had dropped down to fourth, took his time before reclaiming the lead at half-distance from Davies.
Davies and Crispin completed the podium in third, while the top 12 was covered by just 8.1s.
Race two produced another thriller and was only settled on the penultimate lap by an audacious move from Alec Graham into Sunny In on race-long leader Kris Tovey. It was a move that epitomised 2CV racing, of which Graham certainly approved. “It’s always brilliant here at Croft and 2CV is a fabulous form of racing. It’s always close and carnage,” exclaimed Graham after taking the chequered flag.
Graham confirmed his Croft specialist status by taking a remarkable second in the endurance race on Sunday. It was a particularly impressive feat as he was without a co-driver for the duration.
An opportunistic late-race overtake allowed Adrian Wray to snatch victory from Martin Wills in the opening MGOC Championship encounter. Wills survived numerous slides in windy conditions but better traction out of the hairpin gave Wray the chance he needed to take his third successive win.
Behind the top two, Adam Jackson looked set to complete the podium, but his hopes were dashed as he was forced into retirement early on. Jim Baynam took victory in Class A.
Wray was denied in race two due to retirement, meaning that Wills headed Jackson, while Baynam again took the Class A win.
Nick Dunn led from start to finish in the first of two Max5 Championship races, beating John Munro by 2.2s. Despite setting the fastest lap in qualifying, Invitational driver Paul Roddison started from the back and finished third after the 12 laps in his new Mk4. Guy Carter prevailed in Class B.
Dunn continued his winning run by pipping Roddinson to the flag in race two as Chris Webster completed the podium.
Reigning Clubmans Cup champion Alex Champkin recovered from a slow start from pole to take a commanding victory in the first race of the weekend.
The Vision V84 driver then doubled up by taking a victory in race two ahead of Phil Weaver’s Nemesis.
Champkin completed a clean sweep as Weaver retired three corners from the end in race three. Jonathan Hair bagged three podiums in the Beagle’s first race outing in 30 years.
Garry Watson’s inch-perfect safety car restart proved crucial as he edged series leader Joe Spencer to victory in a tight first CNC Head Sports & Saloons race. Race two was tighter but Watson, driving a Westfield SEW, could not be beaten as he secured the double ahead of Paul Rose’s Saker RAPX.
Colin Simpson and Bill Addison shared the Northern Sports & Saloon Cars race wins in a Marcos Mantis and Caterham Superlight respectively.