FUEL SAV­ING KEY TO CLAS­SIC K WIN

Jeremy Cooke and Mike Dowd recorded an un­likely tri­umph in the fi­nal episode of the Clas­sic K se­rial for 2016, tak­ing the lead from Lo­tus Elan driver Paul Tooms, who had been ahead for al­most the en­tire hour-long race, on the fi­nal lap.

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“I fu­elled for a wet race, and then it went on longer than an hour,” shrugged Tooms, who also picked the wrong tyres for the rapidly dry­ing track. In­di­rectly Tooms had Neil Merry, whose Alfa stopped on the rolling lap, to blame for his de­feat. The race was red-flagged and restarted, but the orig­i­nal dis­tance plus the two ex­tra laps Tooms had to com­plete proved de­ci­sive. He stum­bled home third.

All of this takes noth­ing away from the re­mark­able drive by Dowd – in a freshly re­built Elan – in the sec­ond half of the race. He chased down Kal­lum Gray (who had taken over the Jaguar E-type from fa­ther Michael), fling­ing his car up the in­side at the chi­cane to take sec­ond with four laps to go. That looked to be the ex­tent of his am­bi­tions un­til Tooms started limp­ing, and Dowd seized the ini­tia­tive at Sch­wantz on lap 41.

The Cooke/dowd com­bi­na­tion had al­ready shown form in the Swing­ing Six­ties Group 2 race, Dowd

1 Jeremy Cooke/ Mike Dowd (Lo­tus Elan); 2 Michael Gray/ Kal­lum Gray (Jaguar E Type) +8.052s; 3 Paul Tooms (Lo­tus Elan GTS); 4 Jack Chatham/ Oliver Chatham (Austin Healey 3000); 5 David Thomp­son/jon Wolfe (TVR Gran­tura); 6 Mark Dunn (Austin Healey 3000). Class win­ners Gray/ Gray; Chatham/ Chatham; Thomp­son/ Wolfe; Brian Lam­bert (MG B); Peter van Smir­ren/tavis Kirk (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); Peter Aylett/ Steven Far­rall (Diva GT); Tim Jarvis (Austin Healey 3000). Fastest lap Cooke/ Dowd 1m22.17s (86.76mph). Pole Tooms. Starters 21. Mal­colm John­son (Lo­tus Europa); 4 Daniel Wil­liamson (Chevro­let Corvette); 5 John Muir­head (Lo­tus Su­per Seven); 6 Mel Tay­lor (Lo­tus Elan). CW Cooke/ Dowd; Chris Thomp­son (Ford Capri); Kevin O’brien/ Mar­cus Jewell (Jaguar XJ6); Mia Fle­witt/ Michael O’brien (Lo­tus Elan). FL Cooke/ Dowd 1m41.253s (70.37mph). P Plant/ Plant. S 25.

1 Pan­telis Christo­forou (Ford Es­cort RS1800); 2 As­ton Blake/tony Blake (Porsche 911) +24.133s; 3 Brian Lil­ley/aaron Tucker (Ford Sierra Cos­worth); 4 Tony Maryon (Porsche 944); 5 Paul Din­gle (Porsche 944); 6 Bill Lan­cashire/ Howard Lan­cashire (TVR Tus­can). CW Blake/ Blake; Lil­ley/tucker; Maryon; Lan­cashire/ Lan­cashire; Mar­tyn Adams (Tri­umph TR7 V8); David Bryant (Toy­ota MR2); Terry van der Zee (Mazda MX-5). FL Christo­forou 1m27.221s (81.68mph). P Lan­cashire/ Lan­cashire. S 37. Paul Nevill (Ford Es­cort RS2000); Chris Board­man/james Moul­tonSmith (BMW Com­pact); Terry van der Zee (Mazda MX-5). FL Bate 1m16.237s (93.45mph). P An­der­son/ Grim­s­ley. S 40.

1 Gary Bate (Cater­ham CSR); 2 Jonathan Mitchell (Cater­ham CSR) +1.745s; 3 Peter Rat­cliff (Cater­ham C400); 4 Chris­tian Pit­tard (Cater­ham CSR); 5 Richard Carter (Cater­ham R300); 6 Tim Davis/ Robert Sin­gle­ton (Cater­ham C400). CW Carter; Davis/ Sin­gle­ton; An­drew West/ Do­minic An­stey (Cater­ham R300); Philip Horne (Cater­ham Black­bird). FL Rat­cliff 1m13.293s (97.20mph). P Bate. S 23. 1 Robert Springate/ David Rowe (Cater­ham Su­pers­port); 2 Andy Tidy/ Stephen Storey (Cater­ham Black­bird) +24.792s; 3 Michael Moss (West­field SEIW); 4 Roy Gray (Cater­ham Su­pers­port); 5 Alex Har­bour (Cater­ham Su­pers­port); 6 Alan Pe­gram/ Lawrence Bar­wick (Cater­ham 7). CW Tidy/ Storey; Moss; Bethun Halvey/ Philip Ed­wards (Aries Lo­cotec). FL Tidy/ Storey 1m18.088s (91.23mph). P Tidy/ Storey. S 11.

1 Kevin Doyle (XJ12 Coupe); 2 James Ramm (XZS) +1.326s; 3 Rod­ney Frost (XJS); 4 David

CAD­WELL PARK: MSVR BY PETER SCHERER

Max Bladon lost his un­beaten record last time out at Oul­ton Park. This time, he put that small blip be­hind him and re­turned to the top step, with a vic­tory that crowned him the Mini Chal­lenge Cooper Class cham­pion.

Pole­man Josh Gollin led the first race un­til he was caught out at the Hair­pin on the sec­ond lap as rain in­creased – the whole field hav­ing started on slicks.

Bladon took charge from there with Michael Bam­ber oust­ing Martin Poole from sec­ond, who in turn had Brad Hutchi­son chal­leng­ing him for third. Bam­ber crested the Moun­tain on the grass los­ing four places, which al­lowed Hutchi­son to snatch sec­ond from Poole ap­proach­ing the Moun­tain a lap later.

Hutchi­son’s push con­tin­ued and at the flag he was only 0.2s adrift of Bladon, while Poole held off enor­mous last lap pres­sure from Sam Weller to re­tain third.

It was still wet for race two, and hav­ing seen off a strong chal­lenge from Wil­liam Neal through Cop­pice on the open­ing lap, Gollin made amends with a straight­for­ward vic­tory. Neal had race-long pres­sure from Weller, but his de­fence held as he recorded his maiden podium place. Poole lost out to both Bladon and Hutchi­son on the first two laps, but fought back to chal­lenge for fifth un­til he piled into the tyre wall at the Moun­tain and brought out the red flags.

The first Mini Cooper S and Open Class race was red-flagged on the sec­ond lap when leader Scott Adam went straight on at Park Cor­ner. Neil New­stead led from the restart tak­ing a com­fort­able win over Scott Jeffs and Tim Porter, while race-long Open Class leader Jonathan Davis was fourth when Car­l­ito Miracco was black-flagged for hav­ing no rain light.

New­stead was pushed off the race two grid, suf­fer­ing the same light is­sue Miracco had. Porter led ini­tially be­fore giv­ing best to Miracco as they reached half dis­tance. Jeffs started to chal­lenge Porter for sec­ond, but as he dived in­side onto the Moun­tain, they col­lided, and both spun. Jeffs re­joined while Porter was left in the tyre wall. This co­in­cided with an­other car go­ing off at Cop­pice as, hand­ing a sec­ond class win to Davis as the race was red-flagged again.

The first at­tempt to start the Rad­i­cal SR1 Cup ended when Rob El­lice made con­tact with Oliver Barker at the start and piled into bar­ri­ers.

The restart be­hind the safety car ended as soon as the green flag was waved when third-placed Richard Bax­ter hit stand­ing wa­ter and spun down the track back­wards, as Sam Moores got air­borne at the same spot and rode the bar­ri­ers be­fore re­join­ing the cir­cuit where he was hit by Peter Brookes.

They fi­nally got their race in at the very end of the race day pro­gramme with Barker head­ing Kye Wheat­ley and James Tay­lor

Howard (XJ12); 5 Thomas But­ter­field (XJ40); 6 David Bye (XJ6 Coupe). CW Ramm; But­ter­field; Adam Pow­der­ham (XJR). FL Kevin Doyle 1m21.743s (87.15mph). P But­ter­field. S 21. Race 2 (15 laps) 1 Kevin Doyle; 2 James Ramm +1.350s; 3 Pa­trick Doyle (XJS); 4 Colin Philpott (XJS); 5 Frost; 6 Bye. CW Ramm; Bye; Steve Askham (XJ6). FL Kevin Doyle 1m22.007s (86.87mph). P Kevin Doyle. S 20.

1 Clive Bai­lye/ Paul Black (BMW M3 CSL); 2 Peter Chal­lis (Porsche 997) +17.972s; 3 Rick Kerry/ Lee Spencer (BMW M3); 4 Thomas Houl­brook (BMW M3); 5 Mark An­der­son/ Carl Grim­s­ley (BMW M3); 6 Jamie Sturges (Seat Su­per­copa). CW Chal­lis; Sturges; Darren John­son (Re­nault Clio); James Grange/ De­nis Hays (Ford Mon­deo); Luke John­son (Ford Puma); Gary Robin­son (VW Golf); Stephen Paul Gra­ham (Vaux­hall Astra). FL Houl­brook 1m16.142s (93.57mph). P Bai­lye/ Black. S 36.

through­out a very cau­tious en­counter.

The Track At­tack Race Club had two non-cham­pi­onship races both com­fort­ably won by Rich Hock­ley’s Honda Civic. Tony Hunter’s Toy­ota Cel­ica and David Payling’s Honda Civic spread out from the start of the first race, fol­low­ing Hock­ley at a dis­tance, but in race two Ja­son Jesse’s VW Bora pipped Hunter for sec­ond on the last lap of an­other red-flag short­ened race.

Hayes; Ed­ward Leigh/thomas Houl­brook (BMW M3); Paul Livesey (Porsche 944); Paul Cal­la­dine (Ginetta G20). FL Cat­tliff 1m19.424s (89.70mph). P Ol­son. S 25.

White/blue Elan (back right) topped Clas­sic K

Bai­lye took com­fort­able win in New Mil­len­nium out­ing

Bladon took Cooper Class ti­tle

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