ROSS DOES THE DOU­BLE AS MG TRO­PHY DUELS THRILL

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Stan­dards for the week­end were set early on Satur­day, as Gra­ham Ross and pole­sit­ter Colin Robert­son, both go­ing for their first wins of the sea­son, fought tire­lessly for MG Tro­phy Cham­pi­onship hon­ours.

Ross even­tu­ally claimed first place, due partly to a fan­tas­tic start, but Sun­day was less for­tu­nate for him as his car bel­lowed smoke right off the line and ended up in the grass on the exit of Copse cor­ner.

A three-car con­test for the lead en­sued as Doug Cole and Ja­son Burgess turned up the heat on Robert­son, who hung on by the tight­est of mar­gins to win. Burgess, hav­ing started 21st be­cause of elec­tri­cal is­sues, had al­ready climbed up to third place by lap two of Sun­day’s race, with one of the best come­backs of the week­end. Burgess’s as­tound­ing pace en­sured that the ex­cite­ment didn’t let up.

Paul Luti won Class B com­fort­ably on Satur­day in his ZR 170, but Sun­day pro­vided a huge con­trast as he was given a strong chal­lenge from Fer­gus Camp­bell. Luti ended up scrap­ing an­other vic­tory af­ter pass­ing Camp­bell on the penul­ti­mate cor­ner of the last lap.

Run­ning a 70,000-mile engine that had been sourced from a scrap­yard, Dan Lud­low cruised to vic­tory in Satur­day’s MG Cup in his Class C ZS 180. The Class B MGB Road­ster of Si­mon Cripps turned out to be Lud­low’s main com­peti­tor. Cripps lost ground later on af­ter he run wide on a cou­ple of cor­ners. Re­gard­less, Cripps earned a class win through that per­for­mance.

Though he qual­i­fied last on what was a bumper grid, Thomas Hal­li­well fin­ished ninth over­all and sec­ond in Class C with his MG ZR. Hal­li­well con­tin­ued to make light work of the pack on Sun­day as well, com­plet­ing 12 over­takes on the first lap alone and earn­ing a vic­tory in his class.

The 41-car grid was shared with the MG Metro Cup. Mike Wil­liams man­aged to grab pole po­si­tion, start­ing well off the line, but he was over­taken by Ben Rush­worth, who earned his third win of the sea­son in his Rover 100.

A vis­i­bly de­lighted Rush­worth com­pleted a clean sweep in that Sun­day race. Reign­ing cham­pion Phil Gough failed to fin­ish both races in his Rover 114 GTI.

Ta­mas Vizin’s first full sea­son in Lo­tus Cup Europe has now re­sulted in him win­ning all six open­ing rounds in the Pro­duc­tion Class, in­clud­ing Satur­day’s race – a win on Sun­day added to his bur­geon­ing tally.

The only doubt that over­all win­ner Jonathan Packer had in his Evora V6 was that the trac­tion con­trol was set too low for Sun­day’s start re­sult­ing in co­pi­ous amounts of wheel­spin. Re­gard­less, Packer dom­i­nated both Satur­day and Sun­day on his home track. Luck­ily for the other driv­ers, the sun stayed firmly be­hind the clouds – there was no chance of be­ing blinded by Packer’s bright gold paint scheme.

Jean-bap­tiste Loup dived late into Brook­lands on lap five and spun out in front of the BRDC Grand­stand, be­fore man­ag­ing to pro­duce a flurry of ter­rific over­takes to res­cue first in the 2-Eleven Class on Satur­day. He re­peated the vic­tory on Sun­day with a com­fort­able lead over Christophe Lisan­dre.

The Iconic 50S/FISCAR race was won by the Lo­tus Elite of Mike Free­man. The Class 3 MGA Road­sters of Mark El­lis and Neil Cawthorn com­pleted the podium. Alex Qu­at­tle­baum placed first in Class 2 very com­fort­ably in his MG LECO 2.

Scott Qu­at­tle­baum started on pole for Satur­day’s Equipe GTS, in which 58 cars com­peted. All the cars were re­quired to run on his­toric tyres as per FIA rules, giv­ing them less grip than mod­ern slicks. Af­ter an ag­gres­sive over­tak­ing move from Mark Cole’s MGB Road­ster, Qu­at­tle­baum ended up in the gravel and had to re­tire early on. Cole took vic­tory in Class 3 as a re­sult of that scrap. Fifty-seven cars were in ac­tion on Sun­day and Cole looked com­fort­able through­out, pick­ing up an­other win.

A very closely fought Class A fight in the Midget/sprite Chal­lenge was won by Sam Healey, who de­fended his po­si­tion ad­mirably in his Sprite. The BCV8 Cham­pi­onship shared the grid and added MGB GTS and MGC Road­sters into the mix, pro­vid­ing some tight bat­tles. Rob Spencer held off Rus­sell Mccarthy for the BCV8 win, with James Wheeler in third.

A light-hearted fam­ily feud was the cen­tre­piece of Sun­day’s AR Mo­tor­sport Mor­gan Chal­lenge race in which Rus­sell Pater­son and his son, El­liot, were al­most glued to each other gun­ning for sec­ond po­si­tion – though they com­peted in dif­fer­ent classes. Rus­sell Pater­son fin­ished sec­ond over­all be­hind the dom­i­nant Keith Ah­lers. But Pater­son did fin­ish ahead of his son, with El­liot in third and tak­ing a Class B vic­tory.

Mark Mcaleer and Peter Mor­ris shared the Porsche Club vic­to­ries in two very tight races. Mcaleer over­hauled pole­man Mor­ris in the opener be­fore Mor­ris held off his ri­val by just 0.2s in a drag to the flag on Sun­day.

James Wheeler held off Neil Fowler for the Thor­ough­bred Sportscar lau­rels, while Ross Makar beat Gary Wet­ton in the Cock­shoot Cup.

Ross (92) had to fight Robert­son (87)

Packer’s golden Evora V6 was un­beat­able in Lo­tus Cup Europe races El­lis leads Cawthorn in a great Iconic 50s scrap with their MGAS

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