UVIO DUO MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW
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
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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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