DUNN HEADS THE DOU­BLE WIN­NERS WITH MX-5 GLORY

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Nick Dunn took a clean sweep of the two Max5 Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship races dur­ing Mal­lory Park’s Bank Hol­i­day Sun­day meet­ing on a day that reg­u­larly fea­tured dou­ble win­ners.

Dunn demon­strated why he has a com­mand­ing lead of the cham­pi­onship, win­ning the first race by a colos­sal 15-sec­ond mar­gin.

Max5s are known for close rac­ing and a five-car train bat­tle for sec­ond al­lowed the cham­pi­onship pace­set­ter to can­ter into a lead that wouldn’t be sur­passed.

John Munro headed the train, re­cov­er­ing to sec­ond af­ter fall­ing down to fourth at the start af­ter a poor get­away. He reg­u­larly swapped places with Rus­sell Tam­plin and Matthew Tid­marsh be­fore com­ing out sec­ond late on.

Tam­plin com­pleted the podium, and the ros­trum was re­peated in the sec­ond race.

This time there was a much closer bat­tle for the win. Roles re­versed at the start, as Dunn’s poor start handed Munro the lead.

Dunn re­cov­ered, and the top two ran nose-to-tail for lap af­ter lap. The cham­pi­onship leader fi­nally made a move stick through Devil’s El­bow, and a mis­take late on at the Shaw Hair­pin wasn’t enough for Munro to chal­lenge again.

Ian Good­child man­aged an even more im­pres­sive week­end in the Hyundai Coupe Cup. He took a clean sweep on the day with two wins, two fastest laps and pole po­si­tion.

That form was a replica of his Cad­well Park round last time out, bar a lap record, and in­cred­i­bly Mal­lory was just his fourth ever race week­end.

Good­child had to hold off the ad­vances of Jon Win­ter in both sprints, nar­rowly com­ing out on top each time.

While God­dard en­joyed a clear track, Win­ter had to con­tend with the chal­lenge of for­mer Ginetta Ju­nior racer Wil­liam Tayl­forth, who took two third places be­hind him.

Dou­ble win­ners con­tin­ued in the In­ter­mar­que Cham­pi­onship as Mal­colm Black­man be­came the third driver to take two wins.

The en­coun­ters were filled with at­tri­tion, with the lowlight com­ing when six cars went off at Ger­ard’s Bend amid con­tact on the first lap of the open­ing race.

On the same lap, pole­sit­ter Lewis Smith re­tired with a bro­ken drive­shaft to al­low Black­man to charge to the fin­ish un­chal­lenged.

Smith re­turned for the sec­ond race and, in a re­verse-grid for­mat, im­pres­sively jumped from the sev­enth row to third on the first tour.

Smith soon reached sec­ond, and hounded Black­man. The pair ran nose to tail, but a cruel sec­ond break to his drive­shaft re­signed him to re­tire­ment and the leader to a sec­ond win.

In the MG Own­ers’ Club Cham­pi­onship, there was the fourth clean sweep of the week­end with David Mel­lor com­ing out on top.

Mel­lor se­cured pole for both races with his fastest lap and sec­ond fastest tak­ing the top slots, but in the first he had to re­cover af­ter a su­pe­rior start from Adrian Wray.

Wray con­tin­ued to lead un­til back­mark­ers be­gan to af­fect the lead duo. Wray would lose three sec­onds in a sin­gle lap while Mel­lor man­i­cured ex­pertly to win.

In the sec­ond race, Mel­lor’s vic­tory was straight­for­ward, fol­low­ing Wray’s is­sues. Af­ter re­pairs be­tween the two races, a loose con­nec­tor on Wray’s ZR forced him into the pits and out of con­tention.

The Sevenseque Se­ries was the only cham­pi­onship to pro­vide dif­fer­ent win­ners, with David Til­ley’s home­made Hart win­ning in a field of Cater­hams be­fore An­thony Ben­nett won the fi­nale.

Photos: Mick Walker

Nick Dunn (left) raced to twin wins in a tight Max5 grid, beat­ing Munro (r) twice

Good­child was on form in Hyundai Coupe Cup

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