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The As­ton Martin Own­ers’ Club, the or­gan­iser of the first ever event at the Nor­folk venue 65 years ago, hosted its fourth meet­ing of the sea­son in East Anglia with a de­light­ful ar­ray of ex­otic his­toric and mod­ern race vehicles.

Er­rors de­cided the out­come of the joint GT Chal­lenge and In­ter­mar­que Cham­pi­onship race to the de­light of Christo­pher Kemp and Robert Hollyman re­spec­tively.

Kemp’s chances of vic­tory looked slim with an ex­tra 30-sec­ond suc­cess pit stop penalty, es­pe­cially when Richard Taffinder – hav­ing been forced down to fourth place by Kemp and the Mike Brown/paul Cripps As­ton Martin dur­ing the open­ing two corners – looked serene in the lead. Even after the pit stops had worked their way through, Taffinder in his Lotus was well in com­mand when of­fi­cials or­dered a driv­ethrough penalty as his stop was deemed one sec­ond too short. He re­joined the track just be­hind Kemp’s As­ton Martin. The fired-up Lotus racer piled the pres­sure on for the fi­nal four laps but Kemp kept cool to run out the victor.

In the In­ter­mar­que race the re­turn­ing Robert Hollyman pow­ered past James Hil­liard in the Porsche 968 and kept James Guess be­hind too after he had taken over from Hil­liard. In the fi­nal stages Guess found a way past but mis­tak­enly slowed think­ing he had seen a red flag al­low­ing the Hollyman Porsche 964 back in front and was un­able to dis­lodge him for a sec­ond time. “I worked out early on I needed to pull away on the straights and keep them be­hind in the corners,” ad­mit­ted Hollyman.

Rod Beg­bie’s first Equipe GTS race of the sea­son yielded a com­fort­able vic­tory as he roared his TVR Gran­tura from pole to leave the rest to squab­ble for the mi­nor places. Rob Cull ini­tially held sec­ond but John An­don dis­placed him on the sixth lap with Pete Foster, the last of the lead­ing run­ners to take his pit­stop, jump­ing Cull. Cull then pit­ted for his crew to check the ex­haust mount­ing, rejoining to hold onto his fourth place – just. His cause was helped by Nick Matthews spin­ning at Hamil­ton try­ing to un­seat his throaty sound­ing TVR.

Fast-start­ing Clive Morley was quickly de­moted from the lead of the Pre-war Sports Cars/st John Hors­fall/bent­ley com­bined event by David Free­man. Pole­man Michael Haig in­her­ited the po­si­tion when Free­man took to the grass at Riches on the sec­ond lap and then con­trolled events with his low-line mod­i­fied Bent­ley. Free­man kept sec­ond from the clos­ing Morley un­til he re­tired leav­ing Peter Dub­sky to claim the fi­nal podium place.

The con­cur­rent 50s Sports Cars/innes Ire­land Cup was also set­tled by an er­ror this time by the lead­ing Ford Fal­con pi­lot Jonathan Smare who in­ad­ver­tently switched off the en­gine. “The car is new to me,” ex­plained the em­bar­rassed for­mer leader. This pro­moted Jeremy Cooke (Shelby GT350) who quickly handed over to Mike Dowd to drift his way to vic­tory. Lo­cal racer John Bur­ton led the early laps of the 50s Sports Cars be­fore be­ing passed by An­drew Keith-lu­cas, who com­pleted his pit­stop quicker.

Mike Brown took in the All­com­ers race to get in some prac­tice be­fore the up­com­ing Bri­tish GT event and used the power of the GT3 As­ton Martin to lap the field. A late mis­fire for Robin Mar­riott al­lowed the sim­i­lar GT4 Van­tage of Paul Cripps/ Matthew Man­der­son to steal sec­ond on the penul­ti­mate lap.

Free­man’s Hors­fall win­ner

Chris Kemp won GT4 event

While Robert Hollyman (9) topped the AMOC In­ter­mar­que el­e­ment

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