Ber­ridge and Kinch share Group C spoils

Motor Sport News - - Rounds - RACE DATA Kevin Turner

Group C pro­vided a great con­test be­tween the late-gen­er­a­tion tur­bocharged ma­chines and their nor­mally as­pi­rated suc­ces­sors, but no­body could stop Nathan Kinch’s 1992 Lola T92/10.

Kinch pipped the ex­pe­ri­enced Bob Ber­ridge (Nis­san R90) to pole and then dis­ap­peared in the first en­counter, held at dusk on Satur­day. The plain white Lola had a 1.9-sec­ond ad­van­tage at the end of the first lap and was 10s ahead af­ter four. Kinch even­tu­ally took the flag over 50s clear, hav­ing set the fastest race laps of the en­tire week­end.

The real bat­tle was for sec­ond. Ber­ridge led Christophe D’ansem­bourg’s Jaguar XJR-14 ini­tially, be­fore Katsu Kub­ota’s Nis­san blasted by the Big Cat on the run to Stowe on lap two of 17. The three cars then bat­tled closely, with the 3.5-litre Jaguar faster through the high-speed cor­ners, but lack­ing the power to pass the turbo cars.

That was un­til D’ansem­bourg man­aged to box in Kub­ota be­hind the March of Peter Sch­leif­fer as the lead­ers lapped it ap­proach­ing Abbey. Once through, the Jaguar flew onto the tail of the yel­low Nis­san, and took sec­ond with bet­ter trac­tion out of the Loop.

The or­der looked set but both Ber­ridge (tyre prob­lems) and the XJR-14 (col­lapsed wheel bear­ing) wilted. Kub­ota, who nar­rowly missed the slow­ing Jaguar at Beck­etts, thus took the run­ner-up spot. Mark Sumpter’s Porsche 962, which had kept the bat­tle in sight, com­pleted the podium.

Ber­ridge jumped Kinch at the start on Sun­day, but any hopes of a bat­tle were dashed when the Lola pulled off with gear­box prob­lems. Ber­ridge was left to take an easy vic­tory, while Kub­ota spoiled the chance of a Nis­san 1-2 with a spin. Sumpter took sec­ond.

Mike Wrigley dom­i­nated C2 twice, but an elec­tri­cal woe left the Argo JM19C stranded in the fi­nal min­utes of race two. That al­lowed the ALD C289 of Frank Lyons to take the class, just hold­ing off a clos­ing Frederic da Rocha (Spice SE88C).

Kinch (C) won the first race

Ber­ridge took the race two win in his mighty Nis­san RC90 machine

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