BMW THRILLERS AS BRANDS PLAYS HOST TO NEW FES­TI­VAL

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Wins for Kumho BMW driv­ers James Macin­tyre-ure and cham­pi­onship leader James Card helped res­cue a lack­lus­tre AMOC event from the dol­drums.

Boast­ing a 30-car field, this cham­pi­onship and a well-sup­ported Equipe GTS dou­ble-header saved the day.

Track or­gan­i­sa­tion was in MSVR’S ca­pa­ble hands, but the As­ton Martin race in­volve­ment was very poor, with a grand to­tal of eight AM par­tic­i­pants. Two of th­ese were driv­ers hav­ing a sec­ond race.

Macin­tyre-ure won the first BMW race from Card and Daniel Wylie, but the or­der at the che­quered flag had been sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent. Son and fa­ther Jamie and Jim Cannon were both hit with 30s out of po­si­tion start­line penal­ties and Jamie also in­curred a 5s track lim­its penalty, drop­ping them from first and third to sev­enth and eighth re­spec­tively. Another quar­tet had 30s added for pass­ing un­der the yel­low flags waved to pro­tect a car parked at Pad­dock. Un­of­fi­cial ob­ser­va­tion sug­gested it would have been quicker to list those who did not offend.

Card made a break in race two while the Can­nons moved up quickly to hound Macin­tyre-ure, who re­tired when his car’s en­gine lapsed onto five cylin­ders. Card’s ad­van­tage shrank as he coped with lapped traf­fic and eased his pace slightly on an oily track, but he re­mained out of Jamie Cannon’s reach, with Jim not far back.

Tom Smith won both Equipe GTS races in his MGB and avoided some ex­cit­ing rac­ing tak­ing place be­hind. Wil­liam Penrose (TVR Gran­tura) missed qual­i­fy­ing but dashed from last to third in race one, just fail­ing to catch sec­ond man Chris Ryan (Tri­umph TR4). Ryan had an epic bat­tle with John An­don’s TR4 un­til An­don out­braked Ryan and him­self and ploughed into the bar­ri­ers at Pad­dock. Rob Cull (Gran­tura) and Neil Fowler (MGB) were fourth and fifth af­ter ro­tat­ing to­gether at Pad­dock.

Ryan was a no-show for race two and Penrose re­tired with fail­ing brakes af­ter lead­ing. Smith was in charge, al­though his ad­van­tage was cut dur­ing a cau­tion pe­riod to deal with Gra­ham Bates’ up­ended MGB at Pad­dock. In a final change, Brian Ar­cu­lus (Lo­tus Elite) slith­ered off at Druids in a bid to pass Robin El­lis for sec­ond po­si­tion in an iden­ti­cal car.

Mike Dowd wore out his BMW GT4’S tyres be­fore hand­ing over to owner Jeremy Cooke in the lead of the As­ton Martin GT4 Chal­lenge. Slightly the slower driver any­way, Cooke slipped to a class-win­ning third while Tom Black and Chris Kemp con­tested the lead in their As­tons. Kemp was faster, but couldn’t make up for a 30s win­ner’s penalty from the pre­vi­ous race. Fifth man Robert Hol­ly­man (Porsche 964) won the AMOC In­ter­mar­que sec­tion.

Cooke made sure he had first go in the pair’s shared Shelby Mus­tang in the Innes Ire­land Cup, leav­ing Dowd to take over and pow­er­slide to vic­tory over Tony Bianchi’s rum­bling Far­ral­lac sports racer, win­ner of the 1950s Sports Cars classes.

A weak All­com­ers fi­nale was won by more than a lap by Ol­lie Tay­lor’s BMW M3. Seven cars started and five fin­ished.

The fol­low­ing day, the fo­cus switched from a clas­sic Bri­tish mar­que to Ital­ian thor­ough­breds tak­ing part in the first Fes­ti­val Italia. This had a host of off-cir­cuit at­trac­tions to draw a big crowd, mak­ing the event a sur­prise hit de­spite the thin race pro­gramme.

First out was the Alfa Romeo Cham­pi­onship, won by Andy Robin­son de­spite a shrink­ing mar­gin as his 156 de­vel­oped a mis­fire. Ge­orge Os­borne was sec­ond and Chris Snow­don third in his first Alfa race of the year. Sixth over­all, David Mes­sen­ger won his class from run­away points leader Tom Hill. An­drew Bourke’s GTV was a qual­i­fy­ing ca­su­alty, hav­ing rolled and crash­ing heav­ily when his brakes failed at Pad­dock.

Robin­son’s car ex­pired in a cloud of steam in race two, and Snow­don out­foxed Os­borne in a clus­ter of traf­fic to grab the lead, which be­came a win when the race ended early fol­low­ing a clash at Druids. Mes­sen­ger won his class again.

Tris­tan Simp­son headed the first Fer­rari For­mula Clas­sic race un­til back­mark­ers edged him off at Druids, fill­ing his car with gravel. Richard Cook took over at the front, head­ing Tim Mo­gridge and Vance Kear­ney. Cook never looked like los­ing the sec­ond race, but there was a sting in the tail in a two-lap dash fol­low­ing a cau­tion pe­riod. A mis­take at Gra­ham Hill Bend cost Simp­son sec­ond place to Mo­gridge, but Mo­gridge al­most handed it back by skat­ing wide at the final cor­ner.

Pat Gorm­ley steered Kear­ney’s car to pre­dictably easy Italy v Eng­land all­com­ers wins with Simp­son a dis­tant sec­ond from a pit­lane start in race one. Aaron Smith em­bar­rassed a few driv­ers on the home coun­try’s be­half un­til his Mini Miglia blew up, but Paul Sim­monds con­tin­ued the good work with third over­all in both out­ings with his Miglia.

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