MOYERS HEADS CHASE IN FORMULA FORD THRILLER
Michael Moyers emerged the victor from a thrilling four-way fight for Formula Ford victory, fending off Roger Orgee, Ben Norton and Nathan Ward to claim success by 0.139s.
From pole, Moyers initially pulled clear, with a fight for second developing between Norton, Orgee, Ward, Luke Cooper, David Vivian and the Fisher brothers, Felix and Josh.
Ward was stalking Orgee as they both passed Norton, but proceedings were disrupted when Jack Clayton’s stricken car needed clearing.
Following the restart, Ward faded on worn tyres as the circuit temperatures rose, and this allowed Orgee to chase down Moyers. Norton then usurped Ward and the top four remained tied together until the end of the race, albeit in the same order.
Two spectacular BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship races were claimed by Nathan Edwards and James JJ Ross respectively. The first race had to be red-flagged following a huge accident for Nick Sanderson. On the restart Samuel Priest jumped into the lead but Edwards was able to overcome his rival to claim success.
Ross was able to dominate the second race after a fantastic start, as Priest and Edwards chased him. Simon Horrobin’s title hopes took a hit with a gear-linkage issue in race one and his second attempt was ruined by a possible ball-bearing issue.
Harry Gooding took a stunning BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship double. Ronan Quinn was the cause of an opening race safety car and Danny Harrison played that role in race two. In both instances Gooding controlled the restart with aplomb, although Callum HawkinsRow hounded him on both occasions, despite the latter being classified fourth in the opening encounter due to a track limits penalty.
The first BMW Race Days Compact Cup encounter was hit by a brief but significant rain shower at Camp. Richard Miles and Owen Hunter arrived on the scene first and spectacularly slid off the road, leaving a grateful Steven Dailly to claim victory. There was justice for Joe Wiggin in the second race, but heartbreak for Hunter who led onto the final lap but was usurped by both Wiggin and James Gornall due to a lack of power. Wiggin had been forced out of the earlier race following first lap contact.
The HRDC Allstars/academy & A-series Challenge race was claimed by John Spiers in his TVR Griffith, but it was the fight for Academy honours that enthralled. Charles Knill-jones and James Dorlin scrapped race long in their diminutive Austin A35 Academy machinery, the latter victorious by a scant 0.428s.
In the HRDC Touring Greats & TC63 race, Michael Squire’s singledriver effort in his Ford Mustang was enough to resist the father and son combination of British Touring Car stars Mike and Andrew Jordan. The Jordans initially found themselves third in the Austin A40 they shared, Chris Clarkson’s Ford Falcon taking the fight to Squire. During the midrace pit-stops Mike handed over to Andrew Jordan and the 2013 BTCC champion chased after Squire, the latter holding on to win by just over eight seconds, with Clarkson falling to third.
The opening Toyo Tires Porsche Championship race was marred by a spectacular incident as James Coleman spun into the barriers and back onto the pit straight on the exit of Camp, and only moments later was followed by Nizar El Chamaa.
Normal service resumed following a stoppage as Rick Styrin dominated from Richard Avery. The second race was again claimed by Styrin.
The BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship races featured wins apiece for Bryan Shrubb and Andy Robinson. Each retired from the races they didn’t win, Robinson running second in the first race before a driveshaft failure and Shrubb leading the second encounter when his throttle stuck open and he limped back cautiously to the pit lane where he would go no further.
Simon Thornton-norris scooped the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship honours. Gary Prebble led the chase until he retired his Seat, leaving Dave Scaramanga’s VW Scirocco to take the fight to the flying Thornton-norris, who remained calm to claim victory.
The Mitsubishi Lancer E9 of Barry Squibb was victorious in the sole race for the Castle Combe GT Championship runners.
A titanic dice in the SRCC Sports 2000 Duratec race was eventually won by Michael Gibbins, as Tom Stoten fell away from pole position to fourth at the flag. Mark Powell claimed the Sports 2000 Pinto Championship victory.
After Jason Davies hit problems in his Ford Sierra Cosworth, the first Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship race was a Ginetta G50 one-two for David Krayem and Bob Higgins. The result was repeated in the second race, sadly curtailed following multiple delays earlier in the day.
1 Michael Moyers (Spectrum 011c); 2 Roger Orgee (Van Diemen RF00) +0.139s; 3 Ben Norton (Spectrum 10b); 4 Nathan Ward (Spectrum 011c); 5 Luke Cooper (Swift SC16); 6 Felix Fisher (Van Diemen RF02). Class winners David Vivian (Swift SC92); David Cobbold (Van Diemen RF89). Fastest lap J. Fisher 1m10.387s (94.62mph). Pole Moyers. Starters 21.
1 Nathan Edwards (ST); 2 Samuel Priest (ST) +0.976s; 3 Aaron Thompson (ST); 4 Alfonso Skriczka (ST); 5 Myles Baker (ST); 6 James JJ Ross (ST). CW Alastair Kellett (Zetec S); Peter Dendy-sadler (Si); Luke Bannister (Zetec). FL Edwards 1m18.899s (84.41mph). P Edwards. S 24 .
1 Ross; 2 Priest +6.680s; 3 Edwards; 4 Skriczka; 5 Jamie Going (ST); 6 Thompson. CW Jamie White (Zetec S); Dendy-sadler; Bannister FL Edwards 1m18.648s (84.68mph). P Simon Horrobin (ST). S 27.
1 Gooding; 2 Hawkins-row +0.330s; 3 Reeve; 4 Burns; 5 Kent; 6 Lochlan Bearman. FL Hawkins-row 1m20.403s (82.83mph). P Gooding. S 13.
1 Steven Dailly; 2 James Gornall +3.917s; 3 Jon Watt; 4 Ben Pearson; 5 Ian Jones; 6 Samuel Carrington Yates. FL Richard Miles 1m21.797s (81.42mph). P Miles. S 37.
1 Joe Wiggin; 2 Gornall +0.190s; 3 Hunter; 4 Dailly; 5 Jon Watt; 6 Matt Smith. FL Gornall 1m21.975s (81.24mph). P Hunter. S 36.
1 John Spiers (TVR Griffith); 2 Ted Williams (AC Cobra) +13.122s; 3 David Smithies (Austin Healey 3000); 4 Richard Dorlin (Mini Cooper S); 5 Thomas Grindall (MG W&P GT); 6 Marc Gordon (Jaguar XC150). CW R Dorlin; Gordon, James Dorlin (Austin A35 Academy); Robert Crew (MGB Roadster). FL Spiers 1m18.565s (84.77mph). P Spiers. S 42.
1 Michael Squire (Ford Mustang); 2 Mike Jordan/andrew Jordan (Austin A40) +8.151s; 3 Chris Clarkson (Ford Falcon Sprint); 4 Neil Merry (Alfa Romeo GTA); 5 Malcolm Harrison/ Paul Taft (Volvo Amazon); 6 David Devine (Riley 1.5). CW M Jordan/a Jordan; Harrison/taft; Richard Butterfield/thomas Butterfield (Jaguar MK1); Gavin Watson/ Chris Snowdon (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti); Charles KnillJones (Austin A35 Academy); Mark Bevington (Isuzu Bellett). FL Squire 1m21.639s (81.57mph). P Squire. Starters 41. (86.64mph). P Styrin. S 12.
1 Styrin; 2 James Coleman (Boxter S) +3.720s; 3 Lawrence; 4 Avery; 5 Molyneaux; 6 Hull. CW Hammond. FL Styrin 1m16.858s (86.65mph). P Styrin. S 14.
1 Bryan Shrubb (33); 2 Keith Waite (75) +1m08.637s; 3 Tom Hill (156); 4 David Messenger (156); 5 Andrew Bourke (GTV); 6 Michael Tydeman (156). CW Waite; Hill. FL Andy Robinson 1m16.304s (87.28mph). P Robinson. S 13.
1 Robinson; 2 Waite +54.544s; 3 Hill; 4 Messenger; 5 James Browning (147); 6 Simon Cresswell (156). CW Waite; Hill FL Robinson 1m17.637s (85.78mph). P Shrubb. S 13. 1 Simon Thornton-norris (Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart); 2 Dave Scaramanga (VW Scirocco) +1.546s; 3 Mark Wyatt (Vauxhall Astra); 4 Kevin Bird (Nissan 200X); 5 Geoffrey Ryall (Peugeot 106 GTI); 6 Kieren Simmons (Ford Fiesta). CW Scaramanga; Ryall; Russell Humphrey (Vauxhall Corsa). FL Thornton-norris 1m14.594s (89.28mph). P Thornton-norris. S 36.
1 Barry Squibb (Mitsubishi Lancer E9); 2 Tim Woodman (Caterham 7) +7.513s; 3 Chris Vinall (Seat Leon Supercopa); 4 David Krayem (Ginetta G50); 5 Oliver Bull (Vauxhall Tigra Silhouette); 6 Doug Watson (BMW M6 Coupe). CW Woodman; Vinall; Bull; Watson; Gary Prebble (Peugeot GTI). FL Squibb 1m09.997s (95.14mph). P Squibb. S 21. 1 Michael Gibbins (MCR); Patrick Sherrington (MCR) + 1.892s; 3 Paul Trayhurn (Van Diemen); 4 Tom Stoten (Gunn TS11); 5 Tim Tudor (MCR); 6 Cameron Davies (MCR). CW Trayhurn; Colin Peach (Van Diemen RFS02). FL Sherrington 1m06.954s (99.47mph). P Stoten. S 18. 1 Mark Powell (Tiga SC84); 2 Colin Feyerabend (Lola T90/90) +28.180s; 3 Paul Moffatt (Cabir); 4 Jeremy Knight (Tiga SC80); 5 Bruce Bulchin (March 84S); 6 Jonathan Loader (Tiga SC80). CW C. Feyerabend; Knight. FL Powell 1m13.443s (90.68mph). P Damien Griffin (Lola T598). S 12.
Smith was also lingering, having fixed his electrical issues and soon found himself in second chasing down Harridge halfway through. With Harridge still without second gear he couldn’t defend through the slower corners, which allowed Smith to come through and take his ninth win of the season which sets him up to take the championship at Silverstone next month. Harridge was later penalised for track limits, which dropped him to fourth overall behind Macaulay and Jordan.
In Locost Jack Coveney won the first race, but was excluded from the second after failing post-race scrutineering. That allowed points rival Danny Andrew to take the second race win, after making a bad start in slippery conditions in the first race that dropped him outside the top three.
Tim Neat made a great comeback from the pitlane to 10th before a red flag came out due to a stricken car at Church in the first race. That put him on pole for the next race, but better starts from Coveney and Ian Allee set him back to third. Neat fought back to second, only to be overtaken by Andrew who made a challenge for the lead on Coveney before the chequered flag came out.
Michael Comber won all three MX-5 races, but the entertainment came from the comeback drives of Jack Sycamore and Sam Smith. Sycamore brought out the red flags in the first outing when he stopped with a fuel master issue. That meant he had to start 27th in the second race, where he managed to get up to 12th.
Sam Smith also recovered positions after failing to get a dry lap in during a wet qualifying, getting up to eighth in the first race having started 16th before finishing third in the second. In the final race Sycamore and Smith made up the top three behind Comber.
In Classic Stock Hatch Matt Rozier and Andrew Thorpe shared the wins. Thorpe was unable to pass Rozier for the lead in the first race, however in the second Rozier struggled with the handling of the car and dropped back to fourth having briefly got into second place after making a move around the outside of Chris Cooper at Rocket.
Billy Albone took double victories in the RGB races, after Scott Mittell made poor starts from pole. Mittell was able to regain some ground in the first outing and got up to second, but could not challenge Albone. In the second race Mittell recovered to third, but Albone was able to control the pace from team-mate John Cutmore.
In the Civic Cup, Carl Swift won both races – although only one was taken on the road. Although he finished second on the road in race two, he inherited a second win from his reverse grid start slot of 10th when Ben Sharpe was handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits.
Richard Wise and Will Brown took their first ROC Bikesport wins of the season. Wise was looking to repeat his success in the second race, but an electrical issue cut his engine while he was leading.
James Bark and Patrick Fletcher traded race wins in the Renault Clio 182s. Fletcher caused deja vu in the first race, when he pulled off the same move for the lead on Bark twice into Rocket after a red flag reset the grid.
Brian Chandler and Adam Shepherd won the M3 races, as Will Sharpe won the Super Cooper race. Andy Schultz took the honours in the first 750 Trophy race, while Gregan Thruston won the second.
second covering the top five at the finish.
There was a pair of outings for the Caterham Academy, with the field split into two groups. The race for the White group proved a tightly contested affair almost from first to last, with victory looking like going the way of Jay Mccormack. He had leapfrogged poleman Ben Gillias at the start, and stayed ahead despite his advantage steadily diminishing as the final lap loomed. But, in a dramatic final twist, he crossed the line first but was handed a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits and was demoted to second, his misfortune gifting Gillias an unexpected victory.
Front-row starters Steven Tozer and Tom John made the early running in the Green group until John ran wide at Agostini and plummeted down the order. Peter Spencer looked like adding to his win last time out at Rockingham by leading until the final lap, only for the wily Tozer to steal past on the drag to the flag. Meanwhile John hauled himself from 11th to rescue third place.
Guy Hawkins edged out Rob Watts to win the opening Roadsports clash. The battle for top spot between the two was put on hold early on after a second-lap collision behind them brought out the safety car. On the restart, Watts briefly stole top spot as the pair swept across the start-finish line, only for Hawkins to fight back into Riches and this time stay ahead to the finish. Russ Olivant was third while Simon Sharrock completed the top four.
Less than half a second covered the top three in race two, with pole-man Hawkins coming from behind to win again, beating Olivant by a whisker.
The Tracksport contingent enjoyed a frantic opener, with barely a couple of seconds separating the top seven runners most of the way. Matthew Lambert just kept his pursuers at bay to secure a breathless win. There were only two in it for victory in the sequel, as Lambert held off Anthony Barnes to win again. Meanwhile, Barry Moore surged from the back after an early moment to snatch the final podium spot.
The action was hard-fought in the pair of Supersport races, in which William Smith secured double victory despite pressure from rivals Max Mcdonagh, Henry Heaton and Tim Dickens and Jack Brown.
Rounding out the meeting, Dean Cook’s growling Sagaris took emphatic victories in all three TVR Challenge outings, and the combined Honda VTEC and Smart 4 Two outings were dominated by Robert Burkinshaw and James Palmer respectively.