GRANT EMERGES FROM CLAS­SIC FF1600 THRILLERS

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Two awe­some His­toric For­mula Ford races, both aced by Cal­lum Grant, wowed spec­ta­tors as the HSCC hon­oured 1966 pi­o­neers Ivan Shar­rock and Chris Drewett at MSV’S spec­tac­u­lar Lin­colnshire Wolds out­post.

With four wins and two zero scores to dis­card the Mer­lyn racer may not head the ta­ble but his quest to re­peat 2012’s ti­tle is strong.

Triple cham­pion Benn Simms (Jomo) beat Grant away and jousted through­out Satur­day’s breath­tak­ing opener in which Mark Shaw, points leader Rob Wain­wright, Benn Til­ley and Max Bartell squab­bled in the chase. Ben Tust­ing, the qual­i­fy­ing heat win­ner from the back after his en­gine blew in prac­tice, sliced from 21st to 11th, while 2013 champ Sam Mitchell buzzed his en­gine after be­ing squeezed off track.

Simms and Grant traded places again in Sun­day’s fi­nal, but Benn slipped to sixth with over­heat­ing and Wain­wright (Elden) re­placed him after two great passes at Cop­pice. When Cal­lum’s clutch gave up on the fi­nal lap Rob homed in, fin­ish­ing 0.338s shy. Uber-cool Cad­well debu­tant Til­ley snatched third from Bartell with a scin­til­lat­ing fi­nal lap, as Tust­ing climbed to fifth.

Stal­wart HFF or­gan­iser Dick Dixon led the repechage in his Lo­tus 61 be­fore Oli Smith and Nick Pan­cisi swept past, but was over­joyed to fi­nally be on the podium after 25 years of try­ing.

Back in Iain Daniels’ Lo­tus Elan, pole­man Ju­lian Barter made it three from three in ’70s Road Sports, but took four laps to de­pose dad Charles’ Dat­sun 240Z on Satur­day. The pair swapped places con­stantly, court­ing the lim­its of ad­he­sion in Sun­day’s se­quel, but on Fa­thers’ Day Charles pre­vailed. Mark Lev­erett (Elan) couldn’t match son Will (Porsche 911SC) – who led on Sun­day, then de­layed Ju­lian B – but found John Wil­liams (911SC) a tough op­po­nent. Points leader Chris Fisher (Arkley) racked-up more max­i­mums mean­while.

Stuart Roach won three of the four For­mula Ju­nior races, the fron­tengined splits per form book in his Alexis. For­mer ti­tlist Mark Wood­house (ELVA-BMC 100) and Mike Walker – a 1000cc and 1600cc F3 star at Cad­well in the 1960s and ’70s – in the sur­viv­ing Bond (a blown head gas­ket hav­ing trail­ered team leader Andrew Tart’s) ha­rassed Roach on Sun­day. They fin­ished to­gether after Stuart was stymied by a tailen­der en­ter­ing a yel­low flag zone cov­er­ing fa­ther Keith’s Con­dor SII, parked after Mans­field.

Less pre­dictable was Roach Jr’s tri­umph in the rear-en­gined opener, a world first for the rare Con­dor SIII? Full house hopes van­ished at Sun­day’s start where with third gear in­op­er­a­ble in its Re­nault ’box, the combo was swamped. Stuart re­cov­ered to fourth, but peeled off with flag­ging oil pres­sure. John Sykes duly bagged his maiden win in his ex-denis Welch Mer­lyn, side­lined by a bro­ken gear lever on Satur­day. Sec­ond placed James Hicks (Car­avelle) was de­lighted with the Barry West­more­land Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the best ag­gre­gate re­sult, as was Jonathan Fyda with his first podium with the bizarrely-clas­si­fied [1963-built] U2 Mk3.

Fol­low­ing a sen­sa­tional Sil­ver­stone de­but, Jon Mil­ice­vic con­tin­ued to ex­plore hith­erto un­known grip as he ex­tended his un­de­feated 1000cc F3 run to three races in the John’s Mo­tors Brab­ham BT21. Ewen Ser­gi­son (in Jim Block­ley’s BT21) and Simon Armer (March 703) cut best race laps though, the lat­ter free of the mis­fire which dogged him on Satur­day, when Peter Thomp­son (BT21) re­lieved him of sec­ond and Jon Wag­gitt wrung ex­tra­or­di­nary speed from Robert Thorpe’s Lo­tus 31.

A clash be­tween lead­ers Andy Park and Benn Simms at the hair­pin on Satur­day soured the His­toric FF2000 mood and helped Ken Thoro­good’s Rey­nard parts sales. While Simms re­tired with a split ra­di­a­tor and sus­pen­sion dam­age, Park clawed back to win from Andy Storer and Colin Wright. Simms was sec­ond from the back on Sun­day when his en­gine ran its bear­ings. As Park notched his fifth vic­tory from six starts this term, the beam­ing Wright – a class dis­ci­ple since its de­but here in 2008 – and Gra­ham Ridg­way com­pleted the podium. Re­turnee Antony Raine (Mer­lyn) and young Tom White (Osella) were Pre-’79 win­ners.

John Avill and Gra­ham Pat­tle doorhan­dled their Lo­tus Corti­nas to a Tour­ing Car one-two on day one. Reign­ing cham­pion and points leader Simon Benoy shad­owed Avill 24 hours later, hav­ing re­in­stalled his mighty Hill­man Imp’s 1150cc pow­er­plant – fresh­ened by Shrigley En­gi­neer­ing’s Andy Jones since Snet­ter­ton – in the pad­dock on Fri­day evening. Ford Anglias again im­pressed, Bob Bullen bounc­ing back from Satur­day’s ro­tor arm fail­ure to claim third on Sun­day. After Pat­tle re­tired, James Clar­idge’s Broad­speed-es­que 105E was third be­fore a spin.

Peter Shaw com­pleted a His­toric Road Sports hat-trick on Satur­day, but the pre­vi­ous re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues with his Elan – which he was con­fi­dent were licked – ended the per­fect run on Sun­day. Kevin Kivlochan’s Mor­gan was clear when the Lo­tus conked-out at the Goose­neck. He was chased home by Dave Boland (Ginetta G4) who prof­ited from Shaw’s de­spair to se­cure a pre­cious class win. Robert Rowe up­held Elan hon­our, land­ing his first podium fin­ish, ahead of Dick Cof­fey’s ex-works Turner.

Even bodg­ing sec­ond and third gear up-changes at the start of race two and ar­riv­ing at Cop­pice sixth, didn’t pre­vent Ian Pear­son top­ping the URS FF2000S. His re­cov­ery and the af­ter­noon scrap for sec­ond be­tween Andy Lan­caster in his pris­tine Pil­beam MP52 and Chris Levy (Van Diemen) in­jected in­ter­est, as did feisty Jen­nifer Ridg­way’s ef­forts to out­run the pow­er­ful CRC sub-set be­fore she spun on the Moun­tain, hand­ing early FF2000 honours to fel­low Rey­nard pilot Dale Spruce. Andy Jarvis (Pal­liser), Ju­lian Stokes (Tecno) and Brian Cullen (Crossle) ex­er­cised their rortier cars with in­creas­ing verve, Jarvis im­prov­ing from third to sec­ond over­all.

Clas­sic Club­mans king Mark Char­teris probed into the 1m24s in both demon­stra­tions of Mal­lock magic. Alan Cook and Cal­i­for­nian Rob Man­son photo-fin­ished for sec­ond in race two after Spencer Mccarthy and Peter Belsey (Hag­gis­peed) fell to body­work is­sues. Barry Webb found no op­po­si­tion in an un­usu­ally thin B-sport group, but drove his De­lapena U2 bril­liantly as ever.

David We­ston re­pelled James Dunk­ley in Sun­day’s ac­tion-packed Sprite & Midget Chal­lenges and helped fix his ri­val’s steed be­tween bouts after it nudged the bar­ri­ers. Pippa Cow nailed two splen­did class wins with reign­ing cham­pion Richard Perry and David Mor­ri­son scrap­ping in her mir­rors after race one re­tire­ments. Graeme ‘Grubby’ Adams led briefly and set best lap be­fore his smart car failed in the fi­nale.

1 Cal­lum Grant (Mer­lyn MK20A); 2 Benn Simms (Jomo JMR7) +1.660s; 3 Mark Shaw (Mer­lyn Mk20); 4 Rob Wain­wright (Elden Mk8); 5 Benn Til­ley (Mer­lyn Mk20); 6 Maxim Bartell (Mer­lyn MK20A). Fastest Lap Grant 1m34.653s (83.16mph). Pole Grant. Starters 26.

1 Ben Tust­ing (Mer­lyn Mk20); 2 Alis­tair Lit­tle­wood (Mer­lyn MK20A) +4.271s; 3 Stuart Dix (Cooper Chi­nook); 4 Andrew Wig­gins (Ti­tan Mk6); 5 James Lovett (Lola T200); 6 Oli Smith (Ma­con MR7B). FL Tust­ing 1m37.108s (81.06mph). P Grant. S 17. 1 Grant; 2 Wain­wright +0.338s; 3 Til­ley; 4 Bartell; 5 Tust­ing; 6 Simms. FL Til­ley 1m34.648s (83.17mph). P Grant. S26. 1 Oli Smith; 2 Nick Pan­cisi (Elden Mk8) +19.356s; 3 Dick Dixon (Lo­tus 61); 4 John Slack (Lola T200); 5 Michael Wales (Mer­lyn MK20A); 6 Gary Mcveigh (Mer­lyn MK11A). FL Pan­cisi 1m39.784s (78.89mph). P Smith. S 11.

1 Ju­lian Barter (Lo­tus Elan S4); 2 Charles Barter (Dat­sun 240Z) +4.281s; 3 Will Lev­erett (Porsche 911SC); 4 Mark Lev­erett (Lo­tus Elan); 5 John Wil­liams (Porsche 911SC); 6 Mark Ben­nett (MGB GT V8). CW C Barter; Ben­nett; Chris Fisher (MG Arkley); Jon Wagstaff (Alfa Romeo GTV). In­vi­ta­tion Tim Hayes (Al­fa­sud Sprint). FL J Barter 1m45.725s (74.46mph). P J Barter. S 20.

1 C Barter; 2 J Barter +0.795s; 3 W Lev­erett; 4 M Lev­erett; 5 Wil­liams; 6 Ben­nett. CW J Barter; Ben­nett; Fisher; Wagstaff. Inv Hayes. FL J Barter 1m44.310s (75.47mph). P J Barter. S 18.

1 Stuart Roach (Alexis Mk2); 2 Mark Wood­house (Elva 100) +23.046s; 3 Mike Walker (Bond); 4 Ian Phillips (BMC Mk1); 5 John Arnold (Elva 100); 6 Keith Roach (Con­dor SII). CW Martin Shep­pard (Stanguellini). Inv Ian Robinson (Lola Mk2). FL S Roach 1m43.396s (76.13mph). P S Roach. S 15. 1 Roach; 2 Wood­house +1.408s; 3 Walker; 4 Arnold; 5 Mike Fowler (Gemini Mk2); 6 Phillips. CW Gra­ham Bar­ron (Gemini Mk2); Tony Pear­son (Ban­dini). FL S Roach 1m44.129s (75.60mph). P S Roach. S 12.

1 Stuart Roach (Con­dor SIII); 2 Alex Morton (Light­ning En­voyette) +9.161s; 3 James Hicks (Car­avelle Mk3); 4 Jonathan Fyda (U2 Mk3); 5 Peter An­stiss (Lo­tus 20/22); 6 Peter de la Roche (BMC Mk2). CW Hicks; de la Roche; Crispian Bes­ley (Cooper T56); Simon Durl­ing (Lo­tus 18). FL Roach 1m42.248s (76.99mph). P Roach. S 13. 1 John Sykes (Mer­lyn Mk5/7); 2 Hicks +2.378s; 3 Fyda; 4 An­stiss; 5 de la Roche; 6 Chris Al­ford (Elva 200). CW Hicks; de la Roche; Al­ford. FL Sykes 1m42.397s (76.88mph). P Roach. S 11.

1 Jon Mil­ice­vic (Brab­ham BT21B); 2 Peter Thomp­son (Brab­ham BT21) +2.610s; 3 Simon Armer (March 703); 4 Ewen Ser­gi­son (Brab­ham BT21); 5 Jim Block­ley (Chevron B17); 6 Jon Wag­gitt (Lo­tus 31). FL Ser­gi­son 1m35.448s (82.47mph). P Mil­ice­vic. S 14.

1 Mil­ice­vic; 2 Ser­gi­son +1.218s; 3 Armer; 4 Block­ley; 5 Mar­cus Mussa (Tecno 69); 6 Mark Lin­stone (Brab­ham BT21). FL Armer 1m34.367s (83.42mph). P Ser­gi­son. S 13. 2 Andrew Storer (Rey­nard SF79) +2.257s; 3 Colin Wright (Rey­nard SF79); 4 Gra­ham Ridg­way (Rey­nard SF78); 5 Mick White­head (Rey­nard SF79); Eric Bai­ley (Royale RP27). CW Antony Raine (Mer­lyn Mk28). FL Park 1m30.271s (87.20mph) Record. P Park. S 14.

1 Park; 2 Wright +29.087s; 3 Ridg­way; 4 White­head; 5 Glass­well; Tom White (Osella FAF). CW White. FL Park 1m30.647s (86.84mph). P Park. S 14.

1 John Avill (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); 2 Gra­ham Pat­tle (Ford Lo­tus Cortina) +0.451s; 3 Simon Benoy (Hill­man Imp); 4 Tim Har­ber (Austin Cooper S); 5 Peter Hore (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); 5 James Clar­idge (Ford Anglia 105E); 6 Roger God­frey (Austin Cooper S). CW Benoy; Har­ber; Clar­idge; Richard Cross (Tri­umph 2000); Tim Bishop (DKW 3-6). FL Pat­tle 1m47.979s (72.90mph). P Avill. S 15.

1 Avill; 2 Benoy +1.211s; 3 Bob Bullen (Ford Anglia 105E); 4 Har­ber; 5 Hore; 6 Mark Watts (Ford Mus­tang). CW Benoy; Bullen; Har­ber; Watts; Cross; Bishop. FL Pat­tle 1m47.932s (72.93mph). P Avill. S 15.

1 Peter Shaw (Lo­tus Elan S1); 2 Kevin Kivlochan (Mor­gan +8) +5.928s; 3 David Boland (Ginetta G4); 4 Simon Haughton (Lo­tus 7); 5 Robert Rowe (Lo­tus Elan S3); 6 Dick Cof­fey (Turner Mk1). CW Kivlochan; Cof­fey; James Owen (Tri­umph TR5); Mike Fo­ley (Sun­beam Alpine). FL Shaw 1m43.801s (75.84mph). P Shaw. S 15. 1 Kivlochan; 2 Boland +8.245s; 3 Rowe; 4 Cof­fey; 5 Jo­han Denekamp (Marcos 1800GT); 6 Owen. CW Boland; Cof­fey; Owen; Chris Reece (MGB). FL Kivlochan 1m45.587s (74.36mph). P Shaw. S 15.

1 Mark Char­teris (Mal­lock Mk20/21); 2 Spencer Mccarthy (Mal­lock MK20B) +13.223s; 3 Peter Belsey (Hag­gis­peed Mk10); 4 Steve Chap­lin (Phan­tom P79); 5 Alan Cook (Mal­lock Mk20); 6 Robert Man­son (Mal­lock Mk21). CW Barry Webb (De­lapena Mal­lock MK16BW). FL Char­teris 1m24.823s (92.80mph) Record. P Char­teris. S 11. 1 Char­teris; 2 Cook +1m28.790s; 3 Man­son; 4 Chap­lin; 5 Webb; 6 Adam Wheeler (Mal­lock Mk16). CW Webb. FL Char­teris 1m24.774s (92.86mph) Record. P Char­teris. S 11.

1 Ian Pear­son (Van Diemen RF83/82); 2 Andrew Lan­caster (Pil­beam MP52) +40.609s; 3 Andy Jarvis (Pal­liser WDB2); 4 Chris Levy (Van Diemen RF83/82); 5 Brian Cullen (Crossle 19F); 6 Ju­lian Stokes (Tecno 70). CW Jarvis; Cullen; Glenn Eagling (En­sign LNF3); Peter Hamil­ton (Alexis Mk15). FL Pear­son 1m29.842s (87.62mph). P Pear­son. S 18. 1 Pear­son; 2 Jarvis +15.610s; 3 Lan­caster; 4 Levy; 5 Stokes; 6 Dale Spruce (Rey­nard SF79). CW Jarvis; Stokes; Spruce; Eagling. FL Pear­son 1m31.155s (86.36mph). P Pear­son. S 13.

1 Jack­son; 2 Wray +1.06s; 3 Mel­lor; 4 Baker; 5 Phil Walker (ZR); 6 Wil­liams. CW Baker; Bay­nam. FL Wray 1m24/756s (84.06mph). P Mel­lor. S 19.

1 Stoney; 2 Mcnab +0.927s; 3 Bell; 4 Dal­gleish; 5 John Dun­can; 6 K.reid. FL Wheat­ley 1m27.401s (81.51mph). P Dal­gleish. S 27.

Grant (r) and Simms fought

Andrew Park took a dom­i­nant dou­ble in For­mula Ford 2000 out­ings Fa­ther Charles Barter leads son Ju­lian in His­toric Road Sports clash

Pear­son gets some air in URS FF2000

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