AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... COW­LEY STARS ON RE­TURN AS GEAR­ING TAKES TI­TLE

CAD­WELL PARK: 750MC BY RORY MITCHELL

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Cham­pi­ons were crowned in the swel­ter­ing heat as the 750 Mo­tor Club hit Cad­well Park for what was the penul­ti­mate round for some cham­pi­onships.

Robin Gear­ing clinched the 750 For­mula ti­tle by the end of the week­end, but it was Bill Cow­ley who im­pressed on his re­turn to the se­ries af­ter his crash at Mal­lory Park, which se­verely dam­aged his Cow­ley MKIV.

Cow­ley changed his gear­box be­fore the first race af­ter it was jump­ing be­tween third and fourth dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing. He started from the sec­ond row of the grid, but made a good start and was able to get ahead of Richard Roth­ery into Cop­pice.

Gear­ing drove con­ser­va­tively, not putting too much at risk by let­ting the quicker Cow­ley through when they reached the Hair­pin for the lead and ul­ti­mately the win.

Cow­ley mir­rored his re­sult on the Sun­day, when he started along­side Gear­ing and took the lead into the first cor­ner. Gear­ing how­ever, was un­der threat from Peter Bove, who made his way up to third hav­ing passed Mark Glover and Bob Simp­son in the pre­vi­ous laps.

Bove then set his sights on Gear­ing in the clos­ing stages, even­tu­ally mak­ing his move through Char­lies to take sec­ond. But third was enough for Gear­ing to take the cham­pi­onship hon­ours at the penul­ti­mate round.

Will Blackwell-cham­bers leads the MX-5 Cham­pi­onship com­ing out of this round, de­spite ti­tle ri­val Jack Sy­camore win­ning on Satur­day.

Sy­camore had to re­cover from lost ground in the first race, af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced brake pad knock-off. He fin­ished in fourth while Black­wellCham­bers was able to fin­ish sec­ond, be­hind win­ner Michael Comber.

But in the next out­ing Sy­camore was able to get up to sec­ond and chal­lenge Ben Short for what be­came a four-car scrap for the lead be­tween them, Blackwell-cham­bers and Comber. Sy­camore was close to Short head­ing into Mans­field, and in the clos­ing stages the pair made con­tact, which sent Short off the cir­cuit and back to fourth at the che­quered flag.

Matt Rozier took the Clas­sic Stock Hatch Cham­pi­onship, but it was Matt Stub­ing­ton who took both wins.

Stub­ing­ton was able to fend off lo­cal man Pip Ham­mond to take his first race win of the se­ries hav­ing started from pole and de­fended Ham­mond’s late chal­lenge.

The nar­row cir­cuit proved dif­fi­cult to over­take on how­ever, some­thing Ham­mond ex­pe­ri­enced in the sec­ond race when he at­tempted to work his way through the field from sev­enth. He got as high as fifth, as Stub­ing­ton took an­other race win ahead of Rozier and Ed­ward Cooper.

In the Hot Hatch races Alis­tair Camp did the dou­ble, but it was the bat­tle for third in Class C in the first race be­tween Mac ‘Dr Evil’ Mccarthy and newcomer Nick De Je­sus that pro­vided the ac­tion through­out.

De Je­sus was close to get­ting a podium on his de­but, but his ef­forts were thwarted by Mccarthy’s de­fen­sive driv­ing through Mans­field and Char­lies.

Phil Law was on course to win the open­ing Stock Hatch race but slowed pre­ma­turely, think­ing he had seen the che­quered flag.

This meant the du­elling Paul Jarvis and Ryan Pol­ley be­came the lead bat­tle. Pol­ley at­tempted to seal the po­si­tion through Mans­field but his move was too am­bi­tious, end­ing his race with half a lap to go while Jarvis was able to con­tinue and take the che­quered flag third. This al­lowed Law back in front to win from Robert Fagg. The sec­ond race was less dra­matic with Jarvis tak­ing the vic­tory ahead of Fagg.

In the Lo­cost races Danny An­drew shared the vic­to­ries with Jack Coveney and Ian Allee. There was ac­tion in all three races as the driv­ers man­aged to go three-wide on oc­ca­sion through parts of the nar­row track. The clos­est move came when An­drew over­took Allee for the lead through Mans­field on the fi­nal lap of the first race.

The Toy­ota MR2 pack­age was short­ened to two races. Kris­tian White won the first race af­ter Shaun Traynor was given a time penalty for a col­li­sion at the end at­tempt­ing to take the lead. White had to set­tle for sec­ond in the next out­ing when Jim Davies won.

Richard Buck­ley won the first MG Cup race in his Rover Tom­cat, while James Darby won the short­ened fi­nal race due to a crash by David Strike com­ing out of the hair­pin. Ben Rush­worth took the MG Metro race win on the Satur­day.

Paul Boyd won the first of the Protech Sport Spe­cial races. Fel­low Eclipse SM1 driver Clive Hud­son took the spoils in race two.

Robert Spencer took his sec­ond win of the sea­son in BCV8 as James Wheeler won in the sec­ond race. Rus­sell Mccarthy won the two Thor­ough­bred Sports races in his MGB, while Will Sharpe claimed vic­tory in the con­cur­rent Su­per Cooper con­tests.

Alec Lives­ley’s Jensen Healey won the Road­sports race and Gre­gan Thrus­ton won the 750 Tro­phy race.

1 Bill Cow­ley (Cow­ley MKIV); 2 Robin Gear­ing (Darvi P88) +1.86s; 3 Peter Bove (Darvi Mk 4/5); 4 Bob Simp­son (SS/ F 750F); 5 Mark Glover (Racek­its Fal­con); 6 Richard Roth­ery (PRS 1b). Class Win­ners Roth­ery. Fastest Lap Gear­ing 1m37.35s (80.62mph). Pole Gear­ing. Starters 17.

1 Cow­ley; 2 Bove +1.18s; 3 Gear­ing; 4 Simp­son; 5 Roth­ery; 6 Max Shep­pard (Shep­pard MS750). CW Roth­ery. FL Bove 1m37.28s (80.67mph). P Gear­ing. S 14.

1 Michael Comber; 2 Will Black­wellCham­bers +0.45s; 3 Ben Short; 4 Jack Sy­camore; 5 Sam Smith; 6 Ja­son Greatrex. FL Smith 1m46.29s (73.84mph). P Comber. S 28. 1 Sy­camore; 2 Blackwell-cham­bers +0.93s; 3 Comber; 4 Ben Short; 5 Sam Smith; 6 Sam Smith. FL Short 1m46.49s (73.60mph). P Short. S 28.

1 Matthew Stub­ing­ton (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 2 Pip Ham­mond (Vaux­hall Nova GTE) +0.33s; 3 Matt Rozier (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 4 Mar­tyn Fow­drey (Ford Fi­esta XR2); 5 Lee Scott (Ford Fi­esta XR2I); 6 Ed­ward Cooper (Vaux­hall Nova GSI). FL Fow­drey 1m48.20s (72.53mph). P Stub­ing­ton. S 24.

1 Stub­ing­ton; 2 Rozier +0.60s; 3 Cooper; 4 Scott; 5 Ham­mond; 6 Martin Cayzer (Ford Fi­esta XR2I). FL Stub­ing­ton 1m48.90s (72.07mph). P Stub­ing­ton. S 23.

1 Alis­tair Camp (Ford Fi­esta ST); 2 Tom Bell (Ford Fi­esta ST) +3.63s; 3 Shayne Dee­gan (Ford Fi­esta ST); 4 Andy Wa­ters (BMW Com­pact); 5 An­drew Tsang (BMW Com­pact); 6 Adam Read (BMW Com­pact). CW Dee­gan; Read; Phil Law (Citroen Saxo VTR). FL Camp 1m40.04s (78.45mph). P Camp. S 28.

1 Camp; 2 Bell +11.39s; 3 Dee­gan; 4 Wa­ters; 5 Tsang; 6 David Allen (Ford Fi­esta ST). CW Camp; Dee­gan; Tsang; Jarvis. FL Camp 1m40.06s (78.43mph). P Bell. S 26.

1 Danny An­drew; 2 Ian Allee +0.47s; 3 Ben Powney; 4 Martin West; 5 Paul Clark; 6 David Jones. FL An­drew 1m47.86s (72.76mph). P An­drew. S 21.

1 An­drew; 2 Coveney +2.49s; 3 Neat; 4 Clark; 5 James Mill­man; 6 Richard Jenk­ins. FL Neat 1m47.40s (73.07mph). P An­drew. S 20.

1 Allee; 2 West +0.92s; 3 Powney; 4 Neat; 5 Shaun Brame; 6 Jenk­ins. FL Coveney 1m47.00s (73.35mph). P Powney. S 21.

1 Kris­tian White; 2 Shaun Traynor +1.38s; 3 Jim Davies; 4 Wil­liam Gal­lacher; 5 Paul Cook; 6 Stu­art Ni­cholls. CW Gal­lacher; David Hem­ming­way. FL Davies 1m45.23s (74.58mph). P Davies. S 28. 1 Davies; 2 White +8.12s; 3 Ni­cholls; 4 Traynor; 5 Lewis Ward; 6 Ti­mothy Heron. CW Ni­cholls; Hem­ming­way. FL Davies 1m45.02s (74.73mph). P Davies. S 28. James Darby (MGB GT); 4 Lewis An­der­ston (MG ZR170); 5 James Walpole (MGB Road­ster); 6 Nick Ar­den (MG Mae­stro EFI). CW Hal­li­well; Darby. FL Buck­ley 1m47.87s (72.75mph). P Buck­ley. S 14. 1 Darby; 2 Buck­ley +3.13s; 3 An­der­son; 4 Walpole; 5 Clive Jones (MGB Road­ster); 6 Ar­den. CW Buck­ley; Walpole. FL Darby 1m47.46s (73.03mph). P Darby. S 14.

1 Ben Rush­worth (Rover 1.4); 2 An­drew Ash­ton (Rover Metro GTI) +11.23s; 3 Mike Wil­liams (Rover 1.4); 4 Jack Ash­ton (Rover Metro GTI); 5 Lee Connell (Rover Metro); 6 Richard Gar­rard (MG Metro Turbo). FL Rush­worth 1m46.93s (73.39mph). P Rush­worth. S 18.

1 Paul Boyd (Eclipse SM1); 2 Clive Hud­son (Eclipse SM1) +0.32s; 3 Matthew Booth (MK Indy RR); 4 Rob John­ston (Cyana MK2); 5 Stephen Ward (West­field Aerorace 2014); 6 Nigel Brown (Sylva Phaser). CW Martin Buck­land (STM Phoenix). FL Hud­son 1m34.94s (82.66mph). P Boyd. S 19. 1 Hud­son; 2 Booth +9.20s; 3 Boyd (Eclipse SM1); 4 Ward; 5 John­ston; 6 Im­ran Khan (FRS Ar­row 2). CW Mark Hex­tall (West­field SE). FL Boyd 1m35.78s (81.94mph). P Hud­son. S 18.

1 Robert Spencer (MGB GT V8); 2 Ol­lie Neaves (MGB GT V8) +4.54s; 3 Rus­sell Mccarthy (MGB GT V8); 4 Neil Fowler (MGB GT); 5 Ian Prior (MGB GT V8); 6 An­drew Young (MGC). FL Spencer 1m38.15s (79.96mph). P Spencer. S 19.

1 James Wheeler (MGB GT V8); 2 Mccarthy +0.61s; 3 Spencer; 4 Neaves; 5 Fowler; 6 Prior. FL Wheeler 1m38.17s (79.94mph). P Wheeler. S 20.

1 Rus­sell Mccarthy (MGB GT V8); 2 Ian Prior (MG GT V8) +0.19s; 3 Jon­nie Wheeler (MGB GT V8); 4 Will Sharpe (Mini Cooper S); 5 Martin Bar­row (Jaguar E Type); 6 Stephen Rose (Mini Cooper S). CW Sharpe; Bar­row; Kath­leen Sherry (Mor­gan +8). FL Prior 1m39.93s (78.53mph). P Mccarthy. S 13.

1 Mccarthy; 2 Prior +0.69s; 3 Fowler; 4 Wheeler; 5 Sharpe; 6 Bar­row. CW Sharpe; Bar­row; Sherry. FL Mccarthy 1m38.97s (79.30mph). P Mccarthy. S 14.

1 Alec Lives­ley (Jensen Healey); 2 Andy Marston/ Brett Evans (BMW E46 M3) +44.70; 3 Pet­teri Joki­nen (Mini Cooper S); 4 Ge­orge Wright/ Jack Wright (Porsche 944); 5 An­drew Stacey (Mini Cooper S); 6 Steve Hew­son (Peu­geot 106 GTI). CW Joki­nen; Hew­son; Thomas. FL Lives­ley 1m40.80s (77.86mph). P Lives­ley. S 21.

Gear­ing (r) won ti­tle, but Cow­ley (3) took races Sy­camore took a Mazda MX-5 vic­tory

Things got tight be­tween Neat (3) and Allee (2) in Lo­cost thrashes Matt Rozier did enough to lift the Clas­sic Stock Hatch crown in 205 Wheeler took one of the BCV8 wins

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