Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - BY PETER SCHERER Photos: Steve Jones

“We don’t have tac­tics, we just drive as fast as we can,” said Mike Jor­dan af­ter steer­ing Nigel Ainge’s Honda In­te­gra Type R to a com­fort­able Tin Tops vic­tory.

Ainge had started from pole but lost out to Rus­sell Hird’s In­te­gra and Carl Chambers’ Peu­geot 306 on the first lap, as they were joined by Tom Mens­ley’s Re­nault Clio in an early break.

But Ainge soon re­claimed sec­ond, as Chambers lost out to Mens­ley a lap later. But with all three of his ri­vals mak­ing early stops when the pit­stop win­dow opened, Ainge had the lead prior to hand­ing the car to Jor­dan.

When the stops had been com­pleted, Mens­ley was in front but had Chambers clos­ing in again, while in third Jor­dan had the legs on them both. Jor­dan’s first move came at Beck­etts when he scythed ahead of Chambers on the 25th lap.

Their ex­change had al­lowed brief respite for Mens­ley, but three laps later they were nose-to-tail through Wood­cote be­fore Jor­dan led into Copse. As the lead grew, Chambers closed again to chal­lenge for sec­ond. “We had back­mark­ers into Luffield, so I went straight through the mid­dle and was sec­ond into Luffield,” he said. Mens­ley was left to take third from Hird, who had made up for his suc­cess loaded stop.

Barry O’neill man­aged to build a size­able lead in the Mod­ern Clas­sics, but lost most of it when he spun his BMW M3 Evo at Luffield, just be­fore hand­ing to An­drew Szy­man­ski. Ed­ward Leigh’s sim­i­lar car had been down in sixth un­til the stops, but led the sec­ond half for a dom­i­nant win.

Ni­co­las Ol­son’s Lo­tus Esprit was an early fron­trun­ner and came back to pick off Szy­man­ski and Paul Black/ Clive Bai­lye’s Mazda MX-5 Turbo to se­cure sec­ond from lap 25 (of 36), with Szy­man­ski fol­low­ing through two laps later, drop­ping Black to fourth.

The early laps of the Mag­nif­i­cent Sevens were a close-run thing be­tween the Cater­ham C400 of Peter Rat­cliff and the R300 of Lewis and Gary Tootell. But Rat­cliff then lapped the whole field, with the Tootells hold­ing onto sec­ond from Ju­lian and Chris­tian Pit­tard.

The New Millennium race fea­tured a great three-car tus­sle, with Clive Bai­lye’s BMW M3 head­ing the sim­i­lar car of Thomas Houl­brook and Peter Chal­lis’ Porsche 997. But Chal­lis lost ground and Houl­brook hit the front, as Owen Fitzger­ald’s M3 closed in too.

The fight ahead al­lowed Drew Wylie to join in too and, by lap eight, he was ahead of a four-car train, with Houl­brook los­ing out to Fitzger­ald, Chal­lis and Bai­lye.

Wylie’s M3 lost out briefly dur­ing the pit­stops but was soon into a de­ci­sive lead, “I didn’t have fifth gear at the start, but then it cleared,” he ex­plained.

Chal­lis fought back to go clear in sec­ond, with Piers Reid’s M3 fin­ish­ing strongly in third, as Rick Kerry claimed fourth in the fi­nal laps from Bai­lye/ Black af­ter his co-driver Lee Spencer had two early spins in their BMW. James Clare led the con­cur­rent Puma Cup from lights to flag.

No one got near Gary Bate’s Cater­ham CSR in the Open se­ries, while Charles/ David Hol­royd’s sim­i­lar car was an equally lonely sec­ond, a lap clear of Joe Jack­son’s Vaux­hall Ti­gra.

There was a dou­ble win for Steven Moss’s Ford Anglia in the Spe­cial Sa­loons and Mod­sports. He started the first race in the wrong gear and dropped to fourth be­hind Ricky Parker-mor­ris’ Peu­geot 309, Wayne Crab­tree’s Ford Es­cort and Chris South­cott’s MG Mid­get.

The lead changed a num­ber of times early on be­fore Crab­tree started to take charge. But as Mor­ris chal­lenged again on the Welling­ton Straight, he lost a wheel and, as Crab­tree slowed to avoid any con­tact, Moss closed into to chal­lenge. He had the lead into Luffield a cou­ple of laps later.

Crab­tree held onto sec­ond but South­cott pit­ted with a mis­fire, leav­ing Paul Si­b­ley’s Lo­tus Elan to com­plete the podium, af­ter tak­ing Tony El­lis’ Mazda RX-7 as they ne­go­ti­ated back­mark­ers.

With Crab­tree spin­ning ex­it­ing Beck­etts on the open­ing lap of race two, Si­b­ley and El­lis led the way, be­fore Moss surged past them both on lap five to se­cure his sec­ond win. South­cott had sec­ond into Luffield a lap later but still had Si­b­ley on his tail as they took the flag, while Crab­tree re­cov­ered to col­lect a late fourth, af­ter El­lis pulled off.

Ju­lian Belcher/david Carvell’s Ford Cortina Twin Cam se­cured a last-lap vic­tory over Richard Mer­rell’s Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia in the Swing­ing Six­ties Group 1 race, af­ter Carvell had built a huge lead in the first half.

No one got near Mark Hal­stead/stu­art Mcpher­son’s Ginetta G4 in the Swing­ing Six­ties Group 2s, win­ning by well over 30 sec­onds from Jon Wolfe/ David Thomp­son’s TVR Tus­can, with Ray­mond Bar­row’s Chevro­let Ca­maro the only other un­lapped run­ner.

Richard and Wil­liam Plant’s Mor­gan Plus 8 led the ma­jor­ity of the Future Clas­sics. Mark Chilton started to close at the end, but his Porsche 928 picked up a punc­ture. He still limped home in sec­ond, a lap up on Alec Lives­ley’s Jensen-healey.

Hal­stead and Mcpher­son took their sec­ond dom­i­nant win in the Clas­sic K. Their Elan was never headed as David Gar­rett’s Elan took a dis­tant sec­ond.

Moss (left) won both Spe­cial Saloon out­ings in his mod­i­fied Ford Anglia

Jor­dan helped Ainge charge

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