PARK’S FF2000 STREAK COMES TO AN END AT CROFT

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Cum­brian lifeboat­man Andy Park is odds-on favourite to win the His­toric For­mula Ford 2000 ti­tle, but the Rey­nard driver’s three-year five-race vic­tory streak at the HSCC’S an­nual Croft Nostal­gia Fes­ti­val was ended. F2/at­lantic racer Andy Smith, guest­ing in un­re­lated reign­ing cham­pion Tom’s TS His­torics Royale RP27, pre­vailed in Sun­day’s sec­ond race.

De­feated only once this term – when pres­sured into a spin by Benn Simms at Snet­ter­ton – Park with­stood a bar­rage of at­tacks from Smith un­til his ri­val’s car’s han­dling went awry in the morn­ing. A cracked chas­sis rail was the cul­prit, but it took graft to fix re­sul­tant is­sues at the rear. Smith re­warded the team with a bril­liant af­ter­noon win, div­ing ahead at the hair­pin on lap six. “My car was bet­ter in the twisty sec­tions,” said Smith fol­low­ing hearty congratulations.

The other Andy in the field, Pukka Pies boss Storer, com­pleted the podium both times hav­ing passed the mer­cu­rial Gra­ham Ridg­way. Tom White (Osella) owned Class B, pro­gress­ing to fourth over­all.

A sen­sa­tion­ally clean scrap be­tween Brab­ham driv­ers Jonathon Hughes (BT6) and Cameron Jack­son (BT2) set the For­mula Ju­nior stan­dard. A dis­tant sec­ond on Satur­day, Jack­son briefly squeezed past the lo­cal man at the hair­pin on Sun­day but fin­ished 0.167s shy of his Hi-tech Mo­tor­sport team-mate. An­drew Gar­side (Lo­tus 20/22) claimed a first podium, but Pete Mor­ton’s drive from the back to third – hav­ing taken over fa­ther Alex’s Light­ning En­voyette af­ter his Aus­per’s trans­mis­sion wilted in race one – was an­other high­light.

Split by 0.687s in qual­i­fy­ing, Graeme Adams, James Dunk­ley and David We­ston crossed the tim­ing line abreast on lap one of Sun­day’s Mid­get and Sprite Chal­lenge opener. Dunk­ley pre­vailed and re­peated in the event fi­nale in which an un­for­tu­nate touch be­tween We­ston and Adams fired the lat­ter off at high speed to­wards the Jim Clark Esses and re­tire­ment. For­mer Club­mans and Clas­sic F3 racer Steve Col­lier, back this sea­son af­ter a 21-year lay-off, was thus as­tounded to fin­ish third in a closed Class B car and take the so­lus points lead.

Cal­lum Grant stunned For­mula Ford op­po­si­tion, quickly repass­ing chief ri­val Rob Wain­wright to make it seven wins from nine and close on a sec­ond ti­tle. “Two sec­onds aren’t bad, but it’s Cal­lum’s pace which is mildly dis­ap­point­ing,” said Wain­wright. Si­mon Toyne and Benn Simms landed thirds, the lat­ter af­ter fierce com­bat with Mark Shaw, whose Clas­sic Team Mer­lyn team-mate Ben Tust­ing went off at­tempt­ing to round him at Cler­vaux. Rob Tust­ing, Ben’s dad, stormed to a ca­reer best fourth mean­while.

A 43-car en­try jus­ti­fied daily repechage heats. End­ing his run of bad luck, Will Nuthall (Ja­mun) wrig­gled past Ross Dry­brough’s su­perbly-pre­sented Mer­lyn to win Satur­day’s photo fin­ish. James Buck­ton (Elden) led the chase. On Sun­day 16-year-old debu­tant Ed Thurston (Elden) sprinted past Swede Roland Svens­son (Mer­lyn) to grab his maiden vic­tory, over Dry­brough and An­drew Wig­gins (Ti­tan), af­ter pole­sit­ter Rob Smith crashed heav­ily with­out in­jury.

The ’70s and His­toric Road Sports sets united to form a splen­did field, Jim Dean (Lo­tus Europa) and Kevin Kivlochan (Mor­gan +8) nar­rowly beat­ing Ju­lian Barter (Elan S4) and David Boland (Ginetta G4) re­spec­tively each day. Hav­ing missed Satur­day’s race through clutch fail­ure, Peter Shaw tore back to third in HRS on Sun­day, lap­ping al­most 0.3s in­side the pole time of fel­low Elan ace John Dav­i­son whose S3 was side­lined by bro­ken gear­box syn­cromesh af­ter prac­tice. David Tomkin­son (Tri­umph Spit­fire) de­nied ’70s ta­ble top­per Chris Fisher (MG Arkley) a class dou­ble by 0.047s.

Rob Wain­wright left Clas­sic Rac­ing Car ri­vals pant­ing with two fault­less demon­stra­tions in Ea­monn Led­widge’s Crossle 18F. Great scraps in his wake be­tween Andy Jarvis – whose Pal­liser twin-cam was stymied by a lock­ing front brake on Sun­day – David Wild (back in his March 712 af­ter six years, rue­ing an­cient tyres) and Ju­lian Stokes whose fast Tecno pro­gres­sively lost gears each day were hugely en­ter­tain­ing.

Out­run by Jonathon Hughes un­til his Mer­lyn’s en­gine cooked – hav­ing lost its wa­ter pump belt – Si­mon Armer bol­stered his His­toric F3 ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions with two mea­sured max­i­mums in his March 703 where it all came unglued last sea­son. De­fend­ing cham­pion Leif Bos­son of Swe­den (Brab­ham) and Mon­a­gasque Mar­cus Mussa (Tecno) shared sec­onds and thirds.

Mark Jones won both Tour­ing Car races in his Lo­tus Cortina, Satur­day’s for­tu­itously hav­ing skated off on oil – fol­lowed by even­tual class win­ners Steve Platts and Barry Sime – dumped in the com­plex by Colin Gun­ton’s Imp. War­ren Briggs (Mus­tang), Neil Wood (Anglia) and 16-year-old His­toric rookie James Clarke (Cortina) led the chase from the restart.

From P2, Briggs ar­rived at Clear­vaux 13th on Sun­day (“I was in third gear, then got top when I changed down to sec­ond,” grinned the New Zealan­der), but re­cov­ered to sil­ver, un­der re­lent­less pres­sure from the hugely promis­ing Clarke who ran sec­ond ini­tially.

Hugh Colman won the Guards Tro­phy round in his Chevron B8, beat­ing the sis­ter car of Charlie Al­li­son/peter Thomp­son, af­ter run­away leader Jon Wag­gitt’s Len­ham fell to brake dra­mas.

Mike Gar­diner’s TVR Grif­fith was third, its left flank scuffed af­ter co-driver Dan Cox spun off on the exit of the Jim Clark Esses, dis­lodged the tyre stack and tossed it onto pur­suer Bob Brooks’s Mer­lyn Mk6, started hard by daugh­ter Vicky. The race was red-flagged, but re­sults stood on count­back. Points leader Jon Dav­i­son (Elan 26R) won his class again.

It took Mark Char­teris sev­eral laps to un­seat John Har­ri­son from the lead of both Clas­sic Club­mans races as he grap­pled with a dif­fi­cult stop­gap gear­box. Mike Evans’ A-sport come­back af­ter six years net­ted two thirds. Re­turnee David Wale, de­but­ing the ex-rob Man­son car fin­ished Sun­day morn­ing’s race jammed in top gear but im­proved to fourth later.

Adam Wheeler was thrilled with a first Ff1600-en­gined win af­ter a de­tached carb float re­duced Clive Wood’s car to a crawl in the opener. Wood was clear in race two when his ex­haust frac­tured, but he nursed his ma­chine home ahead of Wheeler.

1 An­drew Park (Rey­nard SF81); 2 Andy Smith (Royale RP27) +3.928s; (Van Diemen RF82); 3 An­drew Storer (Rey­nard SF79); 4 Gra­ham Ridg­way (Rey­nard SF78); 5 Tom White (Osella FAF); 6 Stephen Glass­well (Rey­nard SF79). Class win­ners White; John Bowles (Elden PRH14). Fastest lap Smith 1m27.689s (86.22mph) Record. Pole Park. Starters 19.

(14 laps) 1 Smith; 2 Park +2.924s; 3 Storer; 4 White; 5 David Wal­ton (Royale RP27); 6 Ridg­way. CW White. FL Smith 1m28.137s (85.79mph). S 19.

1 Jonathon Hughes (Brab­ham BT6); 2 Cameron Jack­son (Brab­ham BT2) +18.488s; 3 An­drew Gar­side (Lo­tus 20/22); 4 Steve Jones (Cooper T67); 5 Peter An­stiss (Lo­tus 20/22); 6 Robin Long­don (Lola MK5A). CW Jonathan Fyda (U2 Mk3); Crispian Bes­ley (Cooper T56); John Sykes (Mer­lyn Mk2); Gra­ham Bar­ron (Gemini Mk2); Si­mon Durl­ing (Lo­tus 18). FL Hughes 1m35.025s (79.57mph). P Hughes. S 31.

1 Hughes; 2 Jack­son +0.167s; 3 Pete Mor­ton (Light­ning En­voyette); 4 Gar­side; 5 An­stiss; 6 Long­don. CW Fyda; Bes­ley; Sykes; Tony Olis­soff (Elfin Mk1); Durl­ing. FL Jack­son 1m34.529s (79.98mph). P Hughes. S 26.

1 Dunk­ley; 2 We­ston +8.741s; 3 Col­lier; 4 An­drew Mcgee; 5 Pippa Cow; 6 Walker. CW Col­lier; Cow; Walker. FL Dunk­ley 1m34.249s (80.22mph). P Dunk­ley. S 21.

1 Thurston; 2 Dry­brough +8.166s; 3 An­drew Wig­gins (Ti­tan Mk6); 4 Svens­son; 5 Cor­mac Flana­gan (Alexis Mk14); 6 Kevin Stanzl (Mer­lyn Mk20). FL Thurston 1m34.067s (80.38mph). P Rob Smith (Mer­lyn Mk20). S 27. Sports). FL Dean 1m38.934s (76.42mph). P John Dav­i­son (Lo­tus Elan S3). S 31.

1 Dean; 2 Kivlochan +7.204s; 3 Barter; 4 Boland; 5 Peter Shaw (Lo­tus Elan S1); 6 Payne. CW Kivlochan; Boland; John Wil­liams (Porsche 911SC); Gate; Cof­fey; Brian Jarvis (Porsche 924); David Tomkin­son (Tri­umph Spit­fire); Mike Fo­ley (Sun­beam Alpine); Cooper. Inv Cooper. FL Shaw 1m37.818s (77.30mph). P Dean. S 33.

1 Robert Wain­wright (Crossle-bda 18F); 2 Andy Jarvis (Pal­liser-t/c WDB2) +1m02.457s; 3 David Wild (March-bda 712); 4 Brian Cullen (Crossle-bda 19F); 5 Ju­lian Stokes (Tecno-bda 69); 6 Mark Goodyear (Lo­tus-t/c 59). CW Jarvis; Phil Nel­son (Hawke-ford DL2B); Tom Smith (Das­tle Hes­keth F3). FL Wain­wright 1m24.876s (89.08mph). P Wain­wright. S 11.

1 Wain­wright; 2 Wild +1m04.425s; 3 Stokes; 4 Jarvis; 5 Cullen; 6 Goodyear. CW Jarvis; Smith; Nel­son. FL Wain­wright 1m25.684s (88.24mph). P Wain­wright. S 11.

1 Armer; 2 Mussa +19.025s; 3 Bos­son; 4 Jim Block­ley (Chevron B17); 5 Barry Sewell (Lo­tus 41); 6 Hol­land. FL Armer 1m34.344s (80.14mph). P Armer. S 9.

1 Jones; 2 Briggs +12.411s; 3 Clarke; 4 Bob Bullen (Ford Anglia 105E); 5 Hore; 6 Platts. CW Briggs; Clarke; Platts; Jimmy Sime (Morris Cooper S). Inv Glais­ter. FL Jones 1m42.907s (73.47mph). P Jones. S 16.

1 Hugh Colman (Chevron-bmw B8); 2 Charles Al­li­son/ Peter Thomp­son (Chevron-bmw B8) +11.678s; 3 Mike Gar­diner/ Dan Cox (TVR Grif­fith); 4 Vicky & Bob Brooks (Mer­lyn-t/c Mk6); 5 Nick Thomp­son/ Sean Mc­clurg (Chevron-bmw B6); 6 John Dav­i­son (Lo­tus Elan ‘26R’). CW Gar­diner/ Cox; Brooks/ Brooks; Dav­i­son; Brian Casey (Len­ham P69); Alis­tair Dyson (Jaguar E-type); Craig & Adam Jones (ELVA-BMW MK7S); Martin Richard­son (MGB). FL P Thomp­son 1m35.072s (79.53mph). P Colman. S 23.

Park (27) won FF2000 opener, but Smith (3) ended his streak

Wain­wright was in a class of his own in Clas­sic Rac­ing Car con­tests Dean took a dou­ble win in com­bined ’70s and His­toric Road Sports races

Dunk­ley grabbed MG Sprid­get win

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