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It looked like the end of the world was ap­proach­ing as dark­ness, mid-af­ter­noon tor­ren­tial rain and thun­der­storms struck Sil­ver­stone. But the Fun Cup car­ried on re­gard­less with a sec­ond suc­ces­sive win go­ing to JPR Uvio’s Far­quini Deott and Gra­ham Roberts.

An early four-car break fea­tured Track Torque 2 Rent Domi­nos’ Henry Dawes head­ing Tom Mills’ ECO 209, Nigel Green­sall’s CCS Media and Harry Mailer’s Apollo Mo­tor­sport cars. Green­sall then took charge and handed over to Ciro Caran­nante, but it was into the third hour that Uvio took a lead it was to re­tain to the flag.

ECO 209 had es­tab­lished a strong sec­ond with only Track Torque 2 Rent Domi­nos be­ing the third car on the lead lap, af­ter Neil Plim­mer’s Team Honey­well car went off at Brook­lands. Green­sall then un­lapped the CCS car, but ECO picked up a one-minute stop/go penalty. As Deott cel­e­brated Uvio’s vic­tory, Dawes came in sec­ond, with Caran­nante go­ing a lap down again in third.

Fol­low­ing its penalty, ECO 209 was fourth, with Des­patch­bay.com’s Andy Bick­nell/james Lit­tle­john and Alan/rory Brown’s ECO 61 com­plet­ing the top six.

Nick Porter held off Adam Hance for a lights-to-flag win in the Pro­duc­tion


Noel Robin­son (V-D JL012K) went into the fi­nal two rounds of the North­ern Ire­land FF1600 se­ries nine points adrift of Alan David­son (Mon­di­ale M89S), but with ev­ery in­ten­tion of re­vers­ing the or­der by the end of play.

A string of vic­to­ries ear­lier in the year had put him into a com­mand­ing lead, which he lost by miss­ing the June rounds due to hol­i­days and then suf­fer­ing a per­sis­tent mis­fire in July. But with all prob­lems cured and a brace of pole po­si­tions in the bag, he had ev­ery rea­son to feel con­fi­dent.

But at the start it was David­son’s ven­er­a­ble Mon­di­ale M89S which led the pack away from the out­side front row po­si­tion, with sec­ond-row starter Stephen O’con­nor’s Van Diemen on his heels leav­ing Robin­son back in third spot.

De­spite the best ef­forts of all con­cerned, the or­der re­mained the same for two hec­tic laps be­fore O’con­nor’s over-ex­u­ber­ant at­tempts to de­fend his sec­ond place from Robin­son caused the pair to spear off into the bar­ri­ers on the start-fin­ish straight. With that, David­son cruised to vic­tory and the ti­tle, and while the Robin­son crew set about hasty re­pairs be­fore race two, O’con­nor was left with a par­tially de­mol­ished RF90 and six penalty points on his li­cence.

With the ti­tle de­cided, there was still a show­down of sorts in the sec­ond race with Robin­son and David­son get­ting to grips at last – a con­test which ended with an­other win for new cham­pion David­son and an­other trip to the bar­ri­ers for Robin­son, this time the re­sult of a rac­ing in­ci­dent.

Else­where in a packed meet­ing, Dan Pol­ley’s ‘low­line’ Sheane took For­mula Vee hon­ours by a nose from Kevin Gro­gan and Gavin Buck­ley in the A race, while Paula Moore (Lea­s­t­one) took an even tighter vic­tory in the B & C en­counter from An­thony Cross and Buck­ley.

The Mon­dello-based SEAT Leons pro­vided the main tin-top action and fought hard, Erik Hol­stein lead­ing for much of the first race be­fore drop­ping back in the clos­ing stages. Niall Quinn took the hon­ours from Rod Mcgovern and Barry English but had to fol­low Hol­stein home in the sec­ond race with Mcgovern third. An­drew Arm­strong’s BMW topped the Li­bre Sa­loon cat­e­gory both times.

A small BOSS Ire­land grid also ap­peared twice. Af­ter qualifying at over 100mph, Ea­mon Mathe­son’s rapid MM2 took the first, which fin­ished be­hind the safety car af­ter John Ste­wart’s My­gale be­came stranded at Colonial and proved dif­fi­cult to move. Cian Carey’s For­mula Re­nault took sec­ond spot. Mathe­son’s tur­bocharged mis­sile ex­pired in their sec­ond race to give Carey a win. Noel Robin­son off­set his FF1600 dis­ap­point­ments with third and sec­ond places in Stan­ley Watson’s older Fre­nault while Jim Larkham’s Rad­i­cal was best of the con­cur­rent Road­sports bri­gade in both races.

Jonny Forsythe and Keith Dawson took a win apiece in two fairly in­tense Fi­esta bat­tles, with Dan Con­lon and Stephen Moore also claim­ing podium places. Brian Hearty took his umpteenth For­mula Sheane vic­tory from Rob­bie Allen and Ri­card Kear­ney in the first of their two en­coun­ters although he had to set­tle for third be­hind Allen and Dave Parks in the sec­ond.

The pair of HRCA his­torics races were dom­i­nated by Paul Conn in his Sports 2000 Crossle, ahead of the sim­i­lar cars of John Ben­son and John Mccand­less.

1 Alan David­son (Mon­di­ale M89S); 2 Ryan Camp­bell (Rey­nard FF89) +7.107s; 3 Henry Camp­bell (Rey­nard FF89); 4 David Ni­choll (Rey­nard FF89); 5 Paul Mc­mor­ran (Crossle 32F); 6 Ian Mc­culla (Rey­nard FF84). CW Mc­culla; Mc­mor­ran. FL David­son 1m02.130s (87.60mph). P Noel Robin­son (Van Diemen 012K). S 11.

1 David­son; 2 Camp­bell +14.936s; 3 Camp­bell; 4 Mc­mor­ran; 5 Ni­choll; 6 Mc­culla. CW Mc­mor­ran; Mc­culla. FL David­son 1m01.616s (88.33mph). P Robin­son. S 10.

1 Dan Pol­ley (Loh Sheane); 2 Kevin Gro­gan (Sheane FV03) +0.821s; 3 Gavin Buck­ley (Sheane FV99); 4 Colm Black­burn (Lea­s­t­one JH002); 5 Shane Mcbride (Sheane FV99); 6 Paula Moore (Lea­s­t­one JH004). FL Black­burn 1m07.176s (81.02mph). P Gro­gan. S 14.

1 Paula Moore; 2 An­thony Cross (Sheane FV94) +0.670s; 3 Buck­ley; 4 Joe Power (Lea­s­t­one JH004); 5 Ken Browne (Sheane FV03); 6 Conor Mol­loy (Lea­s­t­one JH002). FL Moore 1m09.962s (77.80mph). P Cross. S 10.

1 Ea­mon Mathe­son (2.0t MM Honda); 2 Cian Carey (2.0 Fre­nault) +1.618s; 3 Noel Robin­son (2.0 Tatuus Re­nault); 4 John Daly (3.8 Lola Holden); 5 Barry Rab­bitt (2.0 Tatuus Re­nault); 6 Martin Daly (2.0 Tatuus Re­nault). CW Jim Larkham (1.3 Rad­i­cal PRO6). FL Mathe­son 55.949s (97.28mph). P Mathe­son. S 11. 1 Carey; 2 Robin­son +2.130s; 3 Rab­bitt; 4 J Daly; 5 M Daly; 6 Larkham. CW Larkham. FL Mathe­son 55.949s (97.28mph). P Mathe­son. S 10.

Fi­esta Zetec (11 laps) 1 Jonny Forsythe; 2 Keith Dawson +0.346s; 3 Daniel Con­lon; 4 Adrian Fin­negan; 5 Stephen Moore; 6 Tam Agnew. FL Moore 1m17.204s (70.50mph). P Dawson. S 16. 1 Dawson; 2 Moore +0.807s; 3 Forsythe; 4 T Agnew; 5 Mark Ste­wart; 6 Stu­art Agnew. FL Forsythe 1m16.779s (70.89mph). P Dawson. S 15.

For­mula Sheane (13 laps) 1 Brian Hearty; 2 Rob­bie Allen +3.863s; 3 Richard Kear­ney; 4 Kevin Sheane; 5 Chris Mccabe; 6 John Lin­nane. FL Allen 1m01.420s (88.62mph). P Hearty. S 11. 1 Allen; 2 David Parks +1.377s; 3 Hearty; 4 Kear­ney; 5 Paul Mclough­lin; 6 Sheane. FL Hearty 1m01.159s (88.99mph). P Hearty. S 10.

Joe Wig­gin dom­i­nated the Com­pact Cup dou­ble-header, cat­a­pult­ing him­self back into cham­pi­onship con­tention af­ter dis­ap­point­ment at Combe. Main ti­tle pro­tag­o­nists, James Gor­nall and Steven Dailly, slowed them­selves bat­tling over sec­ond in the opener, un­til Dailly re­tired with brake fail­ure. Dailly re­cov­ered to sec­ond from a dis­tant Ian Jones in race two. The drive of the day came in race one, with Owen Hunter storm­ing from 17th on the grid to grab the fi­nal podium place from Ian Jones on the last lap.

In the Boxster di­vi­sion of the BRSCC Porsche Cham­pi­onship, it was a week­end to for­get for points leader Rick Styrin. He fin­ished last af­ter prob­lems in race one, spun into the gravel at Mcleans at the be­gin­ning of race two and more en­gine woes put him out of race three. Richard Avery nar­rowed the gap to Styrin with wins in the first two races, but didn’t fully cap­i­talise, end­ing up in the gravel at the first cor­ner in race three. Ex-mini racer An­drew Hack held off Ed Hayes for the win.

Clas­sic Stock Hatch racer Ryan Lowry won from ninth on the grid in his first out­ing in the 924 class, go­ing three abreast with Philip Waters and Adam Croft on the last lap. “I bided my time and got the un­der­cut to get into the lead, then the other two tan­gled com­ing onto the back straight,” he said. Lowry took a lights-to-flag vic­tory in race two, but went off into the gravel at Old Hair­pin in the fi­nal race, which was won by John Broadley.

Niall Mur­ray (Van Diemen RF99) wrapped up the Na­tional FF1600 and Triple Crown ti­tle with three races to spare, tak­ing his ninth win of the sea­son. It might have been a dif­fer­ent story had Luke Wil­liams not been caught out by an iso­lated shower at Cop­pice three laps from the end. Stephen Daly (Ray GR11) was pro­moted into sec­ond with Gra­ham Car­roll climb­ing to third, fol­low­ing an overnight en­gine change.

Daly ini­tially led the sec­ond race, but Mur­ray took the place back at Mcleans and pro­ceeded to pull clear from Car­roll. With Daly in the pits af­ter two laps, Wil­liams claimed third, mak­ing im­pres­sive progress from row seven.

The first Pre-1990 FF1600 race, dry af­ter a wet qualifying, was ef­fec­tively de­cided by the first cor­ner, with Jamie Jar­dine mak­ing his “best start in five years” to lead from row two. When front row starter Michael Beaver beached his Mon­di­ale at Old Hair­pin, Ben Tin­kler ap­plied pres­sure to Jaap Bli­jleven for sec­ond.

Jar­dine and Bli­jleven tripped over each an­other at the chi­cane early in race two, but both re­cov­ered to fin­ish on the podium. Jar­dine should have won, but was held up by a back­marker at Craner Curves on the fi­nal lap, hand­ing vic­tory to cham­pi­onship leader Tin­kler.

Mike Jen­vey stormed to vic­tory in the OSS opener in his Jen­vey-gunn TS6, aided by the pur­su­ing Dun­can Wil­liams (Juno) go­ing off twice within a lap. In race two, Wil­liams made a mis­take on oil, al­low­ing Jen­vey to get ahead, but the lat­ter lost out on count­back due to a red flag. Josh Smith (Rad­i­cal PR6) took two class-win­ning third po­si­tions.

Gra­ham Sea­ger dom­i­nated both Alfa con­tests in his GTV, but com­pe­ti­tion in the Twin Spark class was much tighter. Nev­er­the­less, Tom Hill dis­placed Paul Plant on the last lap of the opener to wrap up the over­all ti­tle.

There was a win and a non-fin­ish for Jedi points leader Paul Butcher, with 2013 cham­pion Lee Mor­gan claim­ing race two.

1 Jonathan Greensmith; 2 Tom Roche +8.132s; 3 Liam Mur­phy; 4 James Blake-bald­win; 5 Jack Hard­ing; 6 Tom Collins. Fastest lap Mur­phy 1m37.794s (72.85mph). Pole Blake-bald­win. Starters 27.

1 BlakeBald­win; 2 Hard­ing +2.045s; 3 Greensmith; 4 Collins; 5 Mur­phy; 6 Roche. FL Greensmith 1m22.897s (85.94mph). P Greensmith. S 27.

1 Tom Roche; 2 Michael Fisk +0.233s; 3 Simon Bald­win; 4 Oliver All­wood; 5 Brian Trott; 6 Martin Tol­ley. FL Roche 1m26.407s (82.45mph). P Roche. S 22.

1 Roche; 2 Trott +3.279s; 3 Fisk; 4 Bald­win; 5 All­wood; 6 Tol­ley. FL Roche 1m26.697s (82.17mph). P Roche. S 22. 1 Paul Bate­men; 2 An­drew Adams +5.262s; 3 Paul Maguire; 4 Matthew Tasker; 5 Simon Orange; 6 Adam Craig. FL Bate­men 1m28.297s (80.68mph). P Maguire. S 22.

1 Joshua Jack­son; 2 Richard Collins +0.816s; 3 Simon Woods; 4 Adam Craig; 5 Bryn Grif­fiths; 6 Kevin Brent. FL Brent 1m27.536s (81.39mph). P Collins. S 19.

1 Joe Wig­gin; 2 James Gor­nall +5.676s; 3 Owen Hunter; 4 Ian Jones; 5 Simon Walker-hansell; 6 De­clan Mc­don­nell. FL Wig­gin 1m26.907s (81.98mph). P Richard Miles. S 39. 1 Wig­gin; 2 Steven Dailly +1.155s; 3 Jones; 4 Gor­nall; 5 Miles; 6 Sam Car­ring­ton-yates. FL Wig­gin 1m26.303s (82.55mph). P Miles. S 40.

1 Richard Avery (Boxster); 2 An­drew Hack (Boxster) +3.906s; 3 Ed Hayes (Boxster); 4 Garry Good­win (Boxster); 5 An­gus Archer (Boxster); 6 Kevin Molyneaux (Boxster). Class win­ner Ryan Lowry (924). FL Richard Styrin (Boxster) 1m20.380s (88.63mph). P Styrin. S 21.

1 Avery; 2 Hayes +0.521s; 3 Molyneaux; 4 Garry Lawrence (Boxster); 5 Good­win; 6 Archer. CW Lowry. FL Hayes 1m21.257s (87.68mph). P Avery. S 21.

1 Hack; 2 Hayes +0.272s; 3 Molyneaux; 4 Alex Stocker (Boxster); 5 Good­win; 6 Archer. CW John Broadley (924). FL Lawrence 1m21.144s (87.80mph). P Hack. S 21. Diemen LA10); 5 Luke Cooper (Swift SC16); 6 Jor­dan Dem­spsey (Van Diemen RF00). CW Paul Ma­son (Swift SC94). FL Luke Wil­liams (Fir­man RF16). P Mur­ray. S 27. 1 Mur­ray; 2 Car­roll +2.057s; 3 Wil­liams; 4 Dempsey; 5 Chase Owen (Ray GR14/15); 6 David Mcarthur (Van Diemen LA10). CW Ma­son. FL Mur­ray 1m14.701s (95.37mph). P Mur­ray. S 26.

1 Jamie Jar­dine (Rey­nard 84FF); 2 Jaap Bli­jleven (Rey­nard 88FF) +9.434s; 3 Ben Tin­kler (Rey­nard 89FF); 4 Ian Wolfenden (Rey­nard 87FF); 5 Mario Sarchet (Rey­nard 86FF); 6 Ed­win Han­nah (Rey­nard 84FF). CW Bli­jleven. FL Jar­dine 1m16.990s (92.53mph). P Bli­jleven. S 16.

1 Tin­kler; 2 Jar­dine +10.082s; 3 Bli­jleven; 4 Sarchet; 5 Nick Barnes (Van Diemen RF87); 6 Han­nah. CW Jar­dine; Tom Brown (Van Diemen RF79). FL Jar­dine 1m17.086s (92.42mph). P Jar­dine. S 16.

1 Mike Jen­vey (Jen­vey-gunn TS6); 2 Dun­can Wil­liams (Juno) +16.269s; 3 Josh Smith (Rad­i­cal PR6); 4 Craig Mitchell (Ligier JS49); 5 Gra­ham Cole (Jade Traxs­tar); 6 Doug Bowkett (Jade Chrysler). CW Smith; Cole; Doug Carter (Rad­i­cal PR6); Daniel Pren­der­gast (Con­tour ZX10R); Paul Watson (Aquila Syn­ergy). FL Wil­liams 1m03.757s (111.74mph). P Jen­vey. S 24.

1 Wil­liams; 2 Jen­vey +0.783s; 3 Smith; 4 Mitchell; 5 Gra­ham Hill (Rad­i­cal PR6); 6 Richard Fearns (Rad­i­cal SR8). CW Smith; Fearns; Carter; Pren­der­gast; Paul Hill (Aquila Syn­ergy). FL Wil­liams 1m03.768s (111.72mph). P Jen­vey. S 21.

1 Gra­ham Sea­ger (GTV); 2 Bryan Shrubb (33) +8.772s; 3 Andy Page (Gi­uli­etta); 4 Ray Fo­ley (147); 5 Ron David­son (164); 6 Tom Hill (156). CW Fo­ley; Hill. FL Sea­ger 1m19.961s (89.10mph). P Page. S 18. 1 Sea­ger; 2 Shrubb +21.870s; 3 Fo­ley; 4 David­son; 5 Paul Plant (156); 6 Hill. CW Fo­ley; Plant. FL Sea­ger 1m20.091s (88.95mph). P Sea­ger. S 18.


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Deott and Roberts topped a very wet Fun­cup field

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