An­drew Har­ri­son’s Jaguar XJS won en­thralling con­tests with Stephen Primett’s Ford Es­cort Mk1 in the CTCRC Pre ’83 Tour­ing Car dou­ble-header.

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports - BY IAN SOWMAN

The Jag’s ex­tra grunt told along Park Straight on the open­ing lap of Satur­day’s stanza, but an au­da­cious move into Hall Bends on the next tour put Primett back in front. “I’ve never been over­taken like that be­fore,” shrugged Har­ri­son.

An in­creas­ingly ragged Primett lost the lead two laps later, a wheel on the grass at Char­lies even­tu­ally cost­ing him the place ap­proach­ing Park. Next time around, it was a full-on ex­cur­sion, cut­ting yards off the apex of Char­lies, and Primett’s chal­lenge was blunted.

Traf­fic threw him a life­line, but Har­ri­son won by a sec­ond. Third place (and Pre ’66 spoils) went to Paul Phey­sey, who pounced when Stu­art Caie (Capri) was de­layed by back­mark­ers at Cop­pice.

Har­ri­son won again on Sun­day, with Primett try­ing ev­ery­thing he could to oust his ri­val’s wide Jag. “I can’t try any harder, I am at 10-10ths,” he said. With less traf­fic to worry about, Caie took third.

The star of the Pre ’03 Tour­ing/ Clas­sic VW dou­ble-header was AJ Owen, who climbed from 10th on the grid, af­ter ECU is­sues on his Honda Civic in prac­tice, to third in race one and vic­tory in race two. Ken Lark was com­fort­ably in front in Satur­day’s race when his VW Cor­rado suf­fered drive­shaft fail­ure. That handed Danny Cas­sar (Honda In­te­gra) the over­all hon­ours; he had passed Steve Bar­den’s Civic at Park on lap one. Owen bat­tled with Si­mon Bea­ment’s Es­cort on his way to the podium.

Bar­den passed Cas­sar for the lead on the run from Mans­field in Sun­day’s race, then Owen – who re­verted to 2015 set-up af­ter off-sea­son de­vel­op­ments hin­dered him at Rock­ing­ham – got a run on him com­ing out of Barn that car­ried him into the lead by half­way round lap six. From the rear of the grid, Lark climbed to fourth by lap seven – pass­ing Satur­day win­ner Tony Har­ber­man (Bee­tle) – to be top VW.

Dave Cock­ell was lead­ing the first Clas­sic Thun­der race when it was red­flagged af­ter David Mar­galies, in Mark Fowler’s BMW M3, landed atop the Moun­tain Armco. In Sun­day morn­ing’s re­run Cock­ell’s Es­cort Cos­worth led through­out, but the sec­ond race went the way of Vaughan Fletcher’s Subaru Im­preza. “I made it hard for my­self when I threw it off at Park in the restarted race,” he said, af­ter driv­ing around Cock­ell at Cop­pice to take the lead.

Jack Stan­ford took a lights-to-flag win in Pre ’93 Tour­ing Cars, but fel­low front row starter Kirk Ar­mitage spun off the line, wip­ing out the top Pre ’05 Pro­duc­tion Peu­geots of Gary Parkes and Paul Water­house. In their ab­sence, Wil Arif (Alfa 145) took di­vi­sional hon­ours.

Stan­ford led home an iden­ti­cal Pre ’93 podium on Sun­day, with Paul Bel­lamy and David Hick­ton also M3-mounted. Hav­ing lashed up his 206, Parkes pro­duced a stir­ring drive from the back to lead the Pre ’05 sec­tion within the first three laps.

The North­ern Sa­loon and Sports Car races were dom­i­nated by Le­ices­ter­shire driver Joe Spencer in his Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki. The 20-year-old streaked away from his ri­vals, cut­ting near 90-sec­ond laps as he won the two races by a com­bined mar­gin of more than a minute. Michael Cutt grabbed sec­ond from fel­low BMW M3 pi­lot Paul Bry­don on the first lap of the opener, while, af­ter stalling on the line, Andy Robin­son climbed back to fourth in his Ford Fal­con, aided by the re­tire­ment of An­drew Mor­ri­son’s SEAT.

In the sec­ond race, Bry­don headed first Cutt, then Robin­son, for sec­ond un­til he limped into a smoky re­tire­ment.

Cham­pi­onship leader Peter Spar­row headed the 2CV opener through­out, in spite of oc­ca­sional pres­sure from Thomas Perry. Ex-re­nault 5 ace San­dro Proi­etti over­came Alec Gra­ham through the wood­land sec­tion on the penul­ti­mate lap for third be­fore Gra­ham spun fourth place away ex­it­ing Goose­neck on the fi­nal lap.

Gra­ham started race two from pole but briefly lost out to Mick Storey on the third lap. Storey passed him again at the Moun­tain on lap eight, with Nick Crispin and teenager Luca Proi­etti fol­low­ing him through on the next lap. Crispin – hav­ing fixed con­sid­er­able dam­age af­ter the last meet­ing at Croft – took the lead at the Moun­tain on the penul­ti­mate lap and went on to win, with Storey main­tain­ing sec­ond af­ter Proi­etti’s fi­nal lap bid re­sulted in him be­ing squeezed out­side the top six.

Alex Comis won the Su­per class in both Mighty Mini en­coun­ters by a tiny mar­gin. In the opener, he took the lead from Adrian Tuck­ley at Cop­pice on lap four, while in the re­versed grid race Steve Maxted was his main ri­val for the main part, un­til Tuck­ley re­cov­ered from an early missed gear. Stu­art Coombs some­how emerged as the top Mighty af­ter each fre­netic race, Greg Jenk­ins and Sam Tom­lin­son shar­ing the podi­ums.

Ian Good­child en­joyed a largely un­trou­bled Hyundai Coupe dou­ble, with Jon Win­ter twice hav­ing to make ground in the early stages to earn sec­ond.

Har­ri­son and Primett had great lead bat­tle

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