RAC­ING RE­PORTS SMITH AT THE DOU­BLE IN VEE

MAL­LORY PARK: 750MC BY RORY MITCHELL

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It was a day of dou­ble vic­to­ries at Mal­lory Park for the 750 Mo­tor Club meet­ing. Paul Smith con­tin­ues to be the man to beat in For­mula Vee, adding to his tally of six race wins in a row in a dom­i­nant show­ing.

The Class B car of James Har­ridge was his near­est chal­lenger and put pres­sure on Smith in the first race af­ter hav­ing a good start from the third row of the grid.

Har­ridge took the lead through Char­lies, al­though only briefly be­fore Smith was able to make use of his su­pe­rior straight-line speed and the back­mark­ers on the Stebbe Straight. The dis­pute be­tween the lead­ers was cut short abruptly though, when Har­ridge’s en­gine seized just a cou­ple of laps be­fore the end, sadly putting him out for the rest of the day.

In the sec­ond race Smith was able to con­trol the pace, as there was a bat­tle for sec­ond be­tween Martin Farmer and Gra­ham Gant. It was a close open­ing few laps be­tween the pair, be­fore Gant went wide through Char­lies and got grass on his wheels, which caused him to drop back. That pro­moted Ian Bux­ton to third, af­ter fourth was set­tled in the clos­ing stages when David Hughes over­took Ian Jor­dan com­ing out of the Shaw’s hair­pin.

Robin Gear­ing also tri­umphed in both 750 For­mula out­ings, how­ever the story of the day oc­curred in the af­ter­noon when Bill Cow­ley suf­fered a ma­jor shunt which caused the race to be short­ened.

Af­ter get­ting into the lead at the start, Cow­ley was des­per­ate to de­fend from Gear­ing who was gain­ing on Cow­ley through the fast cor­ners with his new front wing. Cow­ley em­ployed sim­i­lar tac­tics to Don­ing­ton ear­lier in the year by mak­ing his car as wide as pos­si­ble, go­ing three-abreast with Peter Bove into the John Cooper Esses at one point.

But when it came to lapping the back­mark­ers he went off the rac­ing line and onto some oil that was dis­persed ear­lier in the race, which speared him off the track and heav­ily into the bar­rier at the Esses. Cow­ley was con­scious but taken to hos­pi­tal as a pre­cau­tion, how­ever his Cow­ley MKIV was look­ing worse for wear when it was re­cov­ered.

Pip Ham­mond did the dou­ble in Clas­sic Stock Hatch. In the first in­stance it was from Lee Scott, af­ter a bat­tle with Matt Rozier. The top four ran closely, but the nar­row cir­cuit made it dif­fi­cult to pass. Only Rozier was able to make a move into the Shaw’s Hair­pin which was de­fended from Scott head­ing to the fin­ish.

Tom Bell was the fourth driver to take dou­ble vic­to­ries in Hot Hatch. Bell con­trolled the pace from lights to flag on both oc­ca­sions, the first from Neil Stringfel­low and Alis­tair Camp. It wasn’t an easy third place for Camp though, as he had to fend off a late chal­lenge from Matt Howarth com­ing out of the Shaw’s Hair­pin to the che­quered flag.

In 750 Tro­phy Lyn­don Thrus­ton won the first race while Chris­tian Ped­er­sen took the hon­ours in the sec­ond. Ped­er­sen was chal­lenged by John Slat­ter, who made use of his late brak­ing into the Shaw’s Hair­pin to briefly take the lead be­fore the su­pe­rior straight-line speed of Ped­er­sen al­lowed him to ul­ti­mately take vic­tory.

Peter De La Roche was an­other driver to take a brace of wins. The Cooper Mk5 racer was un­stop­pable in the 500cc F3 races, with Dar­rell Woods (Cooper Mk12) sec­ond both times.

1 Gear­ing; 2 Bove +0.63; 3 Glover; 4 Gough; 5 Simp­son; 6 Rod Hill (Mys­tic T4). CW An­drew Lake (Darvi 91D). FL Bove 51.44s (94.48mph). P Gear­ing. S 16.

1 Pip Ham­mond (Vaux­hall Nova GTE); 2 Lee Scott (Ford Fi­esta XR2I) +2.47s; 3 Matt Rozier (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 4 Martin Cayzer (Ford Fi­esta XR2I); 5 Ed­ward Cooper (Vaux­hall Nova GSI); 6 An­drew Thorpe (Citroen AX GTI). FL Ham­mond 56.77s (85.61mph). P Ham­mond. S 22.

1 Ham­mond; 2 M Rozier +0.87s; 3 Scott; 4 Cooper; 5 Derek Rozier (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 6 Cayzer. FL Scott 56.90s (85.41mph). P Ham­mond. S 19.

1 Chris­tian Ped­er­sen (Austin 7); 2 Slat­ter +10.54s; 3 Thrus­ton; 4 Rowe; 5 Davies; 6 Char­lie Plain-jones (Austin 7 Cow­ley Spe­cial). CW Plain-jones. FL Ped­er­sen 1m00.32s (80.57mph). P Ped­er­sen. S 15.

Smith’s AHS was dom­i­nant

Ham­mond won in Clas­sic Stock Hatch

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