AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... MA­CAULAY ENDS SMITH’S STREAK

ANGLESEY: 750MC BY RORY MITCHELL It was a bumper week­end of ac­tion at Anglesey as the sec­ond half of the 750 Mo­tor Club sea­son be­gan.

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Paul Smith’s run of wins was ended in For­mula Vee by Adam Ma­caulay and an un­lucky red flag and count-back tim­ing. Smith had the lead ini­tially, hav­ing made a good start from fourth, but elec­tri­cal prob­lems which caused his en­gine to mis­fire com­ing out of The Bank­ing handed the lead back to Ma­caulay and put Smith be­hind Ian Jor­dan in third.

Smith fought back though, mak­ing use of a bet­ter exit off Church to over­take Jor­dan into Rocket. The next lap he did the same move on Ma­caulay for the lead, but a red flag came out for a col­li­sion be­tween Jack Wilkin­son and Paul Tay­lor as the pair dis­puted fifth. That handed the race win to Ma­caulay, with Jor­dan mak­ing up the top three.

James Har­ridge showed more signs of win­ning pace in his Class B Mav­er­ick. He man­aged to get as high as fourth be­fore los­ing third and sec­ond gear, which dropped him to 10th at the end of the first race. In the sec­ond he was right with the lead bat­tle, over­tak­ing both Jor­dan and Ma­caulay through Church into Rocket.

DON­ING­TON PARK: BARC BY SAMARTH KANAL

Af­ter early July’s down­pours, Sun­day’s un­in­ter­rupted heat was more than wel­come, as were the For­mula 250/450 Su­perkarts which kicked off the day fe­ro­ciously.

Jack Lay­ton turned up the heat on reign­ing cham­pion Gavin Ben­nett in terms of the ti­tle through­out, though Ja­son Dredge – Divi­sion 1 class favourite and pole­sit­ter – picked up two wins over­all. The clos­est bat­tle came in the third race as Lay­ton and Ben­nett scrapped for sec­ond, with Lay­ton hav­ing beaten his ri­val by just 0.061s.

Danny Chan earned a shock class win in the sec­ond race as his Divi­sion 1 ri­vals Dredge and Liam Morley both re­tired with me­chan­i­cal fail­ures. An­drew Gul­li­ford won in his F450 kart all three times.

The Dun­lop Pro­to­type Se­ries had a more mea­gre-look­ing five car grid of which four were the sup­pos­edly rapid Ginetta G57s and the other was a Rad­i­cal SR8, but races have never been de­cided on pa­per.

Ol­lie Jack­son was the favourite and pole­sit­ter. It was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on Sun­day for all the pro­to­type driv­ers as Satur­day’s prac­tice ses­sion was marred by rain and noise con­trol lim­its. The lone Rad­i­cal went from un­der­dog to dark horse, as Alex Ka­pa­dia nailed the rolling start, tak­ing Jack­son round the out­side of turn one – Ka­pa­dia switched with Paul Spencer mid­way through the race and the SR8 even­tu­ally fin­ished third.

Colin White’s team just man­aged to get its G57 work­ing for the start, but White spun at the Melbourne Hair­pin try­ing to over­take Ade Bar­wick to­wards the end of the race. Even­tu­ally, Jack­son and White re­tired as the oil pump pul­leys on their re­spec­tive cars failed. Bar­wick fin­ished sec­ond, hav­ing gifted Craig Flem­ing a shock win – he also spun out with just ten min­utes to go.

Flem­ing made no at­tempt to hide his own sur­prise at the re­sult as he said post-race: “I thought I only had to mow the grass and trim the hedges this Sun­day!”

Liam Morley clearly had a more con­crete plan, char­ac­ter­is­ing the three F125 Open Su­perkart races with a com­mand­ing per­for­mance, mak­ing him the over­all win­ner. A fan­tas­tic scrap for the other two podium spots be­hind him was Sun­day’s most cap­ti­vat­ing en­counter. The sec­ond race was a high­light, as Morley’s lead from pole was ques­tioned heav­ily by reign­ing se­ries cham­pion Lee Harpham, who fin­ished sec­ond. Kirk Cat­ter­mole, English cham­pion, picked his spot per­fectly and took third place from Chris Need­ham on the last lap – Need­ham fin­ished just 0.085s be­hind Cat­ter­mole.

Six­teen-year-old James Clarke was the stand­out per­former of Sun­day, earn­ing two S1600 class wins in the Club­mans Cup. Clarke de­scribed his Mal­lock 1600 as be­ing “planted” to the track dur­ing his spe­cial, spir­ited per­for­mance. Barry Webb also claimed a dou­ble in Class B, with Phil Weaver hav­ing won twice in the pro­to­type class, and over­all. Weaver seemed non­cha­lant about his vic­tory, but his dom­i­nant per­for­mance and clever use of un­ortho­dox rac­ing lines to de­fend the lead surely earned a pint or two. Clarke prob­a­bly stuck to soft drinks, but the young win­ner will def­i­nitely have more chances to cel­e­brate in the fu­ture.

Adam Ma­caulay held off strug­gling Smith in Fvee

Billy Al­bone was on top in RGB out­ings

Flem­ing won in Ginetta’s G57, af­ter oth­ers hit prob­lems

James Bark leads fel­low Clio 182 win­ner Fletcher

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