HEAD PROVES TO BE KING OF THE CATER­HAM CROP

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The chal­leng­ing Snet­ter­ton 300 cir­cuit played host to a BRSCC meet­ing rich in the fran­tic blend of speed and ac­tion of Cater­ham rac­ing – and it didn’t dis­ap­point.

The head­line act was a pair of races for the rapid R300 ma­chines, in which 2014 cham­pion Aaron Head was bat­tling to re­claim the ti­tle against strong op­po­si­tion led by Lee Wig­gins, who seized the ini­tia­tive in the early laps.

“I didn’t ex­pect it to be that tricky!” Head ad­mit­ted. But he stayed calm, con­fi­dent his chance would come, and so it proved as he pulled clear of his ri­val in the clos­ing laps to secure top spot – a fit­ting way to cel­e­brate his birth­day.

Race two was no less tense, where a slow get­away dropped Head back to 10th at the start. It was the pre­lude to a bril­liant re­cov­ery drive as he surged up the or­der to win again, with just half a

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For­mer cham­pion Bradley Smith took triple wins in the Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge. Smith was never headed in race one as Steve Burgess held onto a race-long sec­ond. Brian Caud­well threat­ened Burgess for a while but his lap-six chal­lenge was thwarted by a back­marker. That al­lowed Jack Lang to clinch third, while Joe Sta­bles and Tony Wells com­pleted the top six as the race ended be­hind the safety car.

It was wet for race two and with Lang tapped into a spin at Old Hall and Sta­bles spin­ning in sym­pa­thy, Smith again led from Burgess and Caud­well. All three held sta­tion af­ter three safety car laps, while Wells, Jack Manch­ester and Mark Richards filled the rest of the top six through­out.

Lang did his best to hold onto Smith in the En­duro, but a bro­ken seat didn’t help and he had to set­tle for sec­ond. Burgess had been third un­til the pit­stops, but had to take a longer stop as a suc­cess hand­i­cap. That left him fight­ing back to fifth be­hind Sta­bles and Wells. John Caud­well was sixth af­ter a sec­ond half duel with John Macleod, while brother Brian suf­fered with a suc­cess added stop to take 10th be­hind Brian Mur­phy and Richards.

Stu­art Rat­cliff and Ja­son Baker shared the vic­tory spoils in the Lo­tus Elise Tro­phy. Rat­cliff was joined by Wil­liam Stacey in a de­ci­sive first-lap break in race one. Ja­son Mcin­ulty came from ninth on the grid to take third on lap three when Wil­liam Oak­ley pulled off. A lap later Stacey was off at Deer Leap, and Mcin­ulty was sec­ond, only to lose out af­ter three safety car laps, as Alex Ball and Baker both got by on the last lap.

It was side by side into Lodge on the fourth lap of race two as Rat­cliff at­tacked Mcin­ulty for the lead. There was lit­tle be­tween them un­til Old Hall when Rat­cliff nosed clear, only to be caught by Baker, who snatched vic­tory on the fi­nal lap. Mcin­ulty took third.

Oliver Barker stormed from the back of the grid to take a last-lap win in the first of the Rad­i­cal SR1 Cup races. In damp con­di­tions Rob El­lice led a five-car bat­tle, un­til he lost out to James Tay­lor on lap five. As the lead grew El­lice did his best to fend off Tony Bar­well and Andy Chit­ten­den. Their fight al­lowed Barker to close and by lap seven he was sec­ond, be­fore grab­bing the lead at Knicker­brook on the last lap when Tay­lor over­shot. El­lice re­tained the fi­nal podium place, from Chit­ten­den, Sam Moores and Richard Bax­ter.

A box full of neu­trals thwarted Bax­ter’s chal­lenge in race two, just af­ter he had taken Kye Wheat­ley’s lead. Wheat­ley held on for the win from Tay­lor, while Barker se­cured third a lap from home, as El­lice, Peter Brookes and Bar­well all moved up af­ter Bax­ter spun.

Al­though Adam Balon’s Ex­ige lost out to Adam Mackay’s sim­i­lar car on the open­ing lap of the Lo­tus Cup, he was back in con­trol by lap four, tak­ing vic­tory from Ja­son Baker’s Elise. Mackay’s re­tire­ment left Ryan Sav­age’s Lo­tus 2 Eleven to com­plete the podium, with Benji/ Fred­die Hether­ing­ton’s Ex­ige the only other un­lapped run­ner.

Hy­wel Lloyd’s Dal­lara won both F3 Cup races. In race one he lost out to Shane Kelly, who then went off at Knicker­brook, but Kelly was able to keep Ge­orge Line at bay for sec­ond. Lloyd led Line through­out race two, with Kelly go­ing off at Druids on the last lap, hav­ing lost third to James Hef­fer­nan.

suf­fered a me­chan­i­cal prob­lem at the end of lap one. Ian Munro quickly as­serted him­self as Mor­gan’s near­est chal­lenger and grabbed the lead at Scots­man on lap three. Cham­pi­onship leader Paul Bell de­moted Mor­gan on lap five and briefly grabbed the lead be­fore Munro and Mor­gan could re­assert them­selves. Bell’s race al­most came to a dra­matic end with a high­speed off on the last lap at Les­lie’s but he man­aged to scrabble back onto the track and fin­ish in fourth place.

BTCC racer Mor­gan turned the ta­bles on Munro in race two and snuck past on the sec­ond tour be­fore a safety car was needed to re­trieve Mur­ray’s Mini from Les­lie’s. Mur­ray, who had been ly­ing third in the stand­ings, added another no score to his week­end’s tally al­though he sub­se­quently fought through the field to 10th in the fi­nal race. Mor­gan sur­vived the pres­sure of the pur­su­ing field to take the win.

With the top six cars re­versed, Shane Stoney needed no in­vi­ta­tion to scam­per away from pole po­si­tion. He ben­e­fited from a slight de­lay as the pack jos­tled on lap one and had a four sec­ond lead by lap four. Michael Courts ran a fan­tas­tic sec­ond on his de­but week­end in Minis and soon came un­der at­tack from Mor­gan who snuck ahead at Butcher’s on lap six. Al­though Mor­gan closed on Stoney by a sec­ond a lap, the gap was too big to bridge. Courts held on for a podium fin­ish while Dy­lan O’don­nell rounded off a strong week­end with fourth to help bring him into the top three in the stand­ings.

John Pater­son took three de­served wins in the Le­gends al­though the story of the week­end was the up­turn in for­tunes for the se­ries, which had been strug­gling with poor grids thus far this sea­son. For­mer cham­pion Ben Ma­son re­turned to the 15-car field and pressed Pater­son hard for the wins in the first two en­coun­ters. In the fi­nal, Ivor Green­wood drove a crack­ing race to see off Ma­son for run­ner-up spot de­spite numer­ous over­tak­ing at­tempts.

Neil Maclen­nan dom­i­nated the Scot­tish For­mula Ford races ahead of Jamie Thor­burn and Se­bas­tian Mel­rose. Fron­trun­ner Jor­dan Gronkowski was caught up in a spin by Matthew Cow­ley in the first race and ended up in the tyre wall at Les­lie’s. Un­for­tu­nately, the car proved too badly dam­aged to make it out in the sec­ond race in what will be a dent to his cham­pi­onship chal­lenge as he dropped out of sec­ond in the stand­ings.

Mor­gan driver Tommy Gil­martin and Ginetta racer Harry Simp­son were in­sep­a­ra­ble through­out the Clas­sics races. De­spite Simp­son’s best ef­forts, he could not find a way past the more pow­er­ful car, which stretched its legs on the straights. Ray­mond Boyd took two lonely third place fin­ishes de­spite ini­tially get­ting into the lead of race two with a strong start in his Porsche 911. The best bat­tle in both races was be­tween An­drew Gra­ham’s Tri­umph TR8 and Stan Bernard’s Porsche but Gra­ham slowly eased away to take two fourth places.

Rod­die Pater­son snuck past Ian Don­ald­son at the hair­pin on lap two of the first Sa­loons and Sportscar race and con­trolled the gap to take a win. He didn’t start race two which left Don­ald­son un­chal­lenged for the win. Paul Bry­don had a lonely run to two podium fin­ishes while Robert Drum­mond re­cov­ered from a re­tire­ment in race one to take third in race two.

Fi­esta ST ace Wayne Ma­caulay scored two wins with Jim Deans and Stephen Ward shar­ing the XR2 class spoils.

Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship fin­isher in the Su­per1600 cat­e­gory.

Chrissy Palmer won in the RX150 divi­sion while Swede Mikaela Ah­linKot­tulin­sky fin­ished fourth. Rob Gib­son won the Retro Ral­ly­cross fi­nal.

Head sealed dou­ble win with R2 re­cov­ery drive Cook landed TVR win by more than a minute

Balon was half a minute clear of Cup ri­vals

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Track­sport win­ner Lam­bert (left) led close fight...

...while Smith’s Su­per­sports wins were just as close

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