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Snet­ter­ton Fu­ture Clas­sics win­ner Alec Livesley nar­rowly failed to re­peat his suc­cess at Brands, beaten mainly by his “re­ward” for suc­cess in Nor­folk - a 30s pit stop penalty.

This dropped the Jensen Healey to 21st place af­ter its stop, and a later driv­ethrough left Livesley with no chance to make up the deficit and catch win­ner Matthew Lewis (Mar­cos) or the shared BMW of David Ball and Tom Houl­brook. Third was still a good re­sult, Livesley just pip­ping Gra­ham Scar­bor­ough’s Capri.

John Spiers (TVR Grif­fith) lapped every­one be­fore mak­ing his Clas­sic K pit­stop, and con­tin­ued to draw away af­ter­wards un­til a spin al­lowed the next two cars to un­lap them­selves once. David Hol­royd (Lo­tus Elan), in sec­ond, had two spins plus a 30s suc­cess hand­i­cap, but still beat the Gra­hame and Alan Bull E-type.

A restarted Tin Tops race pro­vided the best ac­tion on the meet­ing’s first day. The length was cut af­ter front row starter Tom Mens­ley (Re­nault Clio) failed to get away cleanly, in­no­cently trig­ger­ing a multi-car shunt be­fore the first cor­ner in which the un­lucky An­drew Wind­mill was the worst ca­su­alty, the driver need­ing care­ful re­moval from his Peu­geot.

With the usual pit win­dow rules can­celled for the day, Rus­sell Hird pit­ted his Honda In­te­gra on lap one, fall­ing to the back but rapidly re­gain­ing places when the oth­ers made their stops. Chris Board­man (BMW Com­pact) adopted the op­po­site ap­proach, stop­ping late, but Hird and Carl Cham­bers’ Peu­geot (which had no third gear in qual­i­fy­ing) passed the BMW. This looked de­ci­sive, but Hird was then hit with a five-sec­ond track lim­its penalty, which dropped him be­hind the other two. Richard Wheeler (Ford Fi­esta) com­pleted a tight top four, 4.6s cov­er­ing them in the fi­nal re­sults.

Wheeler then joined Paul Mens­ley in an Elan to win the first Swing­ing Six­ties race. Wheeler was lucky to re­join af­ter avoid­ing con­tact in an early spin at Pad­dock. Jon Wolfe and David Thomp­son steered their TVR to sec­ond, but only by a length from Ray Bar­row’s Ca­maro, which was catch­ing up af­ter his penalty pit stop as a pre­vi­ous win­ner.

The Mini of Richard Wa­ger and Nick Swift dom­i­nated the sec­ond Swing­ing Six­ties event, although Sam Pol­ley’s MGB was never far be­hind. Every­one else was at least half a minute back, and most had been lapped.

James Ramm (XJS) won both Jaguar Sa­loon & GT races, the first af­ter a close con­test with Colin Philpott and the sec­ond by a com­fort­able mar­gin over the same ri­val. David Howard and Rod­ney Frost had a third and a fourth place each. Two crash­ing cars made a big dent in the Cooper Straight bar­ri­ers in race one, and the sec­ond out­ing stopped early with the Derek Pearce XK8 parked in a dodgy po­si­tion at Pad­dock.

Dean Cook’s TVR Sa­garis looked a hot favourite for New Mil­len­nium hon­ours af­ter lead­ing for al­most half the race un­til his pit stop. A spin when he looked poised to re­gain first place blunted his charge and al­lowed the Mark Smith and Ar­ran Moul­ton-smith BMW to head Tim Davis (TVR Tus­can) at the flag. An­other po­ten­tial win­ner heav­ily in­volved in the early ac­tion, the Porsche 997 of Peter Chal­lis, re­tired with a slip­ping clutch.

The MG Midget of Chris South­cott tri­umphed in both Spe­cial Sa­loon & Mod­sports races. The first was a tame af­fair, but the sec­ond was some­times fran­tic as South­cott bombed up the order from a back row start. Be­hind the MG came Ricky Parker-mor­ris in a Peu­geot 309, Paul Si­b­ley’s Lo­tus, Daniel Brown’s Es­cort and the bizarre Cos­worth-pow­ered Anglia of Steven Moss.

Peter Rat­cliff thrust his way past Chris­tian Pit­tard to lead the Mag­nif­i­cent Sevens at the last cor­ner, but Pit­tard had more mo­men­tum and won the drag to the line by 0.079s. Rat­cliff had al­ready reached the front from a pit­lane start, the penalty for win­ning last time out, but made a stupid mis­take – his words – by lap­ping a much slower car un­der yel­lows. Rat­cliff, slow­ing to hand the place back, gave Pit­tard the op­por­tu­nity he needed to re­take the lead as the race headed for its fi­nal cor­ner cli­max. Richard Carter and Gra­ham Char­man were third and fourth, nearly half a minute back.

Mod­ern Clas­sics vic­tory went to Lau­rie Grant’s BMW un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure from the Porsche Boxster shared by James and Alan Broad. Grant had the self-im­posed hand­i­cap of a slow pit­stop as he grap­pled with his har­ness. Both these cars had to fol­low the Porsche of David Hornsey and Steve Miller be­fore the pit stops, but the 996 duo drifted back to a fairly dis­tant third, its driv­ers nev­er­the­less well pleased with the re­sult af­ter a lengthy ab­sence.

Af­ter a few laps of pres­sure from Richard Carter, Peter Rat­cliff never looked like be­ing de­nied a con­so­la­tion win in the Open Series fi­nal event of the week­end.

Lewis took the win in Mar­cos

Photos: Gary Hawkins, Mick Walker

Tin Tops were a real high­light

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