TWO PODI­UMS NET TOON PORSCHE CLUB TI­TLE

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An­drew Toon scored a dou­ble class podium at a soggy Oul­ton Park meet­ing to clinch the Porsche Club Cham­pi­onship.

A sec­ond place in the morn­ing’s open­ing race and third in race two gave Toon enough of an ad­van­tage to take the cham­pi­onship, de­spite near­est ri­val Mark Mcaleer bag­ging a brace of top four fin­ishes.

Dropped scores meant Mcaleer and Toon started the fi­nal race of the day with Mcaleer need­ing to win to stand any chance of seal­ing the ti­tle. But Toon’s ef­forts and Mcaleer not win­ning proved the dif­fer­ence as Mike John­son took both over­all race vic­to­ries with ease.

For Toon, the re­lief was ev­i­dent. “The car has been fab­u­lous and the sup­port of the team, Strasse, has been great,” he said. “I’ve only been rac­ing for four years so to win the driv­ers’ and teams’ cham­pi­onship is just fan­tas­tic.”

A rapid start from fourth en­abled John­son to head a three-way bat­tle for the lead of race one, while the in-form 2015 cham­pion Pete Mor­ris set­tled into sec­ond in pur­suit. Hav­ing ini­tially lost ground off the line, Mcaleer fought back into podium con­tention, but could not make any impression on Chris Dyer ahead. In­stead, Mcaleer had to

SNET­TER­TON: MSVR BY LEWIS BEALES

The Dutch Su­per­car se­ries made its race de­but at the Nor­folk track and it was Au­tosport’s Na­tional Driver of the Year Tim Gray who posted the fastest lap in qual­i­fy­ing in Oliver He­witt’s Praga R1T.

Gray’s joy was short­lived as he spun at the open­ing cor­ner. That al­lowed Tom Ash­ton to lead in Rob Whel­don’s Rad­i­cal GT3. His joy didn’t last long ei­ther as the drive­shaft broke on the fourth lap pro­mot­ing Oliver Campos Hull to the lead in the Mosler.

Be­hind, Gray was carv­ing through the field. Hav­ing re­sumed al­most last, he quickly made it back up to third place, which be­came sec­ond just be­fore the pit stop win­dow. Kosta Ka­naroglou ex­changed with Campos Hull while Oliver He­witt (in for Gray), ce­mented sec­ond place when the van Elk Mosler went off at Riches.

He­witt mir­rored Gray’s race one start with a spin at the open­ing cor­ner of race two leav­ing Ash­ton to build a solid lead which was nul­li­fied by a safety car. Once rac­ing re­sumed Ash­ton re­built his lead over He­witt , who had charged through the field and he was helped by a driv­ethrough penalty for Campos Hull for a yel­low flag in­fringe­ment.

Once all of the pit­stops had taken place, Whel­don con­tin­ued Ash­ton’s good work to main­tain his healthy ad­van­tage over Gray to the fin­ish. The race one-win­ning Mosler was a solid third with the Ward Sluys/michael Ver­ha­gen BMW happy in fourth place.

Light rain be­gan to fall just as the Brit­car race started. The pro­to­types of Mor­ton Dons and Alas­tair Mack­in­non led the way be­fore the lat­ter slid off at Mur­rays. Four of the five en­tries quickly took grooved tyres leav­ing Calum Lockie in com­mand un­til he too came in for rub­ber.

Dons took over in front but Lockie hunted him down to snatch the lead back just as the pair pit­ted. Dons was ser­viced quicker and re­sumed back in front to hold off the hard-charg­ing Johnny Mowlem, who had taken over from Bon­amy Grimes. Ol­lie Jack­son, in for Mack­in­non, snatched third late on from David Ma­son, who had re­placed Lockie.

Darren Dowl­ing pro­vided the in­ter­est in the open­ing All­com­ers Sports/gt race by start­ing from the rear of the grid. Chris En­derby es­caped at the front and was able to hold off Dowl­ing’s re­cov­er­ing TVR over the clos­ing laps.

Luke Ar­miger bravely took third place away from Tony Ben­nett at Coram as Nick Starkey just man­aged to keep Paul Browes in check for fifth.

Dean Cook took over the TVR for race two and blasted into an un­con­tested lead while Ar­miger bat­tled past David En­derby to se­cure sec­ond.

A ter­rific bat­tle en­sued for third place with Ben­nett, hav­ing to con­tend with a trio of Cater­hams and a Rad­i­cal, out­drag­ging Kevin Wil­liams on the run to the fin­ish line to clinch the fi­nal ros­trum po­si­tion.

Phil Sea­man upped the pace of the Holden Monaro to take vic­tory in the open­ing All­com­ers Saloon race. Paul Whight chased af­ter him in sec­ond, hav­ing bat­tled past Andy Thomp­son.

Be­hind, Andy Wilkins kept the sim­i­lar Re­nault Clio of JJ Ross in check for fourth.

Ev­ery­thing looked to be go­ing Sea­man’s way again in race two as Whight pulled off with an en­gine mis­fire, hav­ing just passed Thomp­son for sec­ond, but the Monaro chewed its dif­fer­en­tial and he coasted to a halt to the de­light of Thomp­son who took vic­tory.

1 Kosta Ka­naroglou/ Oliver Campos Hull (Mosler MT900); 2 Tim Gray/ Oliver He­witt (Praga R1T) -1 lap; 3 Den­nis Houwel­ing/aartJan Rin­gel­berg (SEAT Leon Cup); 4 Robert van den Berg/ Ben­jamin van den Berg (BMW M3); 5 Ol­lie Tay­lor (BMW M3); 6 Jo Jansen (Porsche 997 Cup). Class win­ners Houwel­ing/ Rin­gel­berg; Jansen; Niels Kool (BMW 135i). Fastest Lap Campos Hull 2m11.658s (81.18mph). Pole Gray. Starters 23.

1 Tom Ash­ton/ Rob Whel­don (Rad­i­cal GT3); 2 Gray/ He­witt +1m03.856s; 3 Ka­naroglou/ Campos Hull; 4 Ward Sluys/ Michael Ver­ha­gen (BMW M4); 5 Aart Bos­man (Porsche 997 GT3); 6 Den­nis de Borst/ Martin de Kleijn (SEAT Leon Cup). CW Sluys/ Ver­ha­gen, Van den Berg/ Van den Berg; Car­lijn Bergsma/ Pi­eter de Jong (Lo­tus Ex­ige). FL Whel­don 1m49.031s (98.02 mph). P He­witt. S 22. other starters. FL Jack­son 2m03.189s (86.76mph). P Dons. S 5.

1 Chris En­derby (Rad­i­cal SR4); 2 Darren Dowl­ing (TVR Sa­garis) +5.211s; 3 Luke Ar­miger (MDV Ti­gra); 4 Tony Ben­nett (Cater­ham R300); 5 Nick Starkey (C400); 6 Paul Browes (Cater­ham R300). FL Dowl­ing 1m57.497s (90.96mph). P Ben­nett. S 14. 1 Dean Cook (TVR Sa­garis); 2 Ar­miger +41.904s; 3 Ben­nett; 4 Kevin Wil­liams (Cater­ham CRS); 5 Starkey; 6 David En­derby (Rad­i­cal SR4). FL Cook 1m59.325s (90.32mph). P En­derby. S 13.

De­spite con­trast­ing weather con­di­tions at An­gle­sey, James Col­burn proved to be the con­sis­tent fac­tor with a brace of em­phatic vic­to­ries in the Miche­lin Clio Cup Se­ries, the sec­ond of which came de­spite a 10-sec­ond time penalty for jump­ing the start.

Cham­pi­onship leader James Dor­lin re­cov­ered from a crash into the pit wall dur­ing test­ing on Fri­day to main­tain his healthy points ad­van­tage to take to the fi­nal round at Sil­ver­stone next month. Dor­lin, who fin­ished sec­ond to guest-en­try (and non-scor­ing) Col­burn in the open­ing con­test, then con­sol­i­dated his lead with fifth in race two as he bids for a sec­ond club-level cham­pi­onship in three sea­sons.

“Over­all, I can’t be un­happy,” he said. “It’s not been a bad week­end cham­pi­onship-wise and we’re one step closer to hope­fully get­ting the ti­tle.”

Dor­lin cap­i­talised at the start of the first race, mov­ing past ti­tle ri­val Brett Lid­sey on the in­side of the first cor­ner while Col­burn made good his es­cape at the front. Luke Pinder, who missed qual­i­fy­ing on Satur­day af­ter­noon thanks to an en­gine change, scythed his way through from ninth to fourth. Dor­lin, Lid­sey and Pinder con­tin­ued to de­bate the run­ner-up spot for the ma­jor­ity of the race dis­tance, al­low­ing Col­burn to build a com­fort­able ad­van­tage. Dor­lin even­tu­ally made sec­ond place his with a move to the in­side of Lid­sey into Rocket on the fi­nal lap.

Ste­wards ruled pole­sit­ter Col­burn and Sa­muel Ran­don had jumped the start in race two as both streaked away at the front. The race be­came all about a strug­gle be­tween Col­burn at­tempt­ing to pull out a 10s ad­van­tage to negate the im­pact of his penalty and Pinder at­tempt­ing to stay within the mar­gin re­quired to claim vic­tory. Col­burn suc­ceeded, with Ran­don also man­ag­ing to hang on to the run­ner-up spot.

Jack Fabby re­sponded in race two to Nic Har­ri­son’s ear­lier vic­tory in the Road Class to keep their re­spec­tive cham­pi­onship fight alive un­til the sea­son fi­nale, with Damian Hirst claim­ing two podi­ums be­hind.

Paul Rose in his Saker re­lieved Joe Spencer’s Lo­cosaki of the lead dur­ing the first CNC Heads Sports/saloon Cham­pi­onship event to win, but a drive­shaft fail­ure at the start of the sec­ond race caused him to be hit from be­hind by the Pell Gen­e­sis of Danny Bird, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a red flag. The theme of jumped starts con­tin­ued on the restart, with Spencer pe­nalised for his get­away, though trans­mis­sion prob­lems for Gary Wat­son’s West­field SEW meant he won re­gard­less.

Alex Champ­kin proved to be the class of a lean six-car Club­mans Cham­pi­onship field with a pair of com­fort­able vic­to­ries, though James Clarke pres­sured him through­out and ended the week­end as the only other man to visit the top step of the podium. Champ­kin was un­able to get the best from his Vi­sion V84 in the slip­pery con­di­tions on Satur­day af­ter­noon, but two blis­ter­ing moves on School straight dur­ing the lat­ter two races in drier con­di­tions on Sun­day re­warded his po­ten­tial, and left Clarke’s Mal­lock MK18BF help­less to re­spond de­spite a spir­ited at­tempt at de­fend­ing his lead. All three events were non­cham­pi­onship races.

John Munro was sim­i­larly im­pres­sive in the Max5 Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship, but se­ries leader Nick Dunn spun out on School Straight in wet con­di­tions on Satur­day. Dunn would re­cover to third be­hind in­vi­ta­tional en­try John Hal­li­well and Munro and in the sec­ond race, al­low­ing him to main­tain his cham­pi­onship ad­van­tage over Ian Lover­sidge.

The quin­tu­ple of Cater­ham Grad­u­ates races threw up sev­eral win­ners, most no­tably the dom­i­nant Steven Mcmaster in the Clas­sics. Hav­ing cap­i­talised on a bat­tle be­tween Robin Webb and Marc Noaro to claim the spoils in race one, the Sur­rey-based driver took full ad­van­tage of his front row start for the sec­ond race to dou­ble his hon­ours.

Glenn Burten­shaw did well to re­cover to take the first Mega class win af­ter oil on the in­side line pre­vented him from max­imis­ing his pole po­si­tion in the wet on Satur­day, though he was un­able to pre­vent Luke Cooper from best­ing him in the sec­ond race. David Web­ber edged out Ja­son Gale in the first of two Sigma con­tests, though the lat­ter took the hon­ours ahead of Nigel Board on Sun­day.

With Sig­max stand­ings leader Lee Bris­tow ab­sent from pro­ceed­ings head­ing into the meet­ing, Dy­lan Stan­ley seized the op­por­tu­nity to haul him­self to the top of the tree, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Cedric Bloch ini­tially be­fore lead­ing home Scott Lawrence in race two by over five sec­onds on a near-per­fect week­end. Ed­ward Benson and Toby Bri­ant shared the spoils in the Su­per events.

Four fre­netic BSA Na­tional Cham­pi­onship for F125 Open Karts races rounded out the bill in North Wales, with Chris Need­ham, Ian Larder and Grand Prix win­ner Liam Mor­ley all tak­ing a vic­tory apiece in a field 39-karts strong, be­fore Mor­ley wres­tled Kirk Cattermole’s UK Cup ti­tle from him in a stand-alone race on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

1 James Col­burn; 2 James Dor­lin +1.265s; 3 Brett Lid­sey; 4 Sa­muel Ran­don; 5 Luke Pinder; 6 Ben Palmer. Class win­ners Nic Har­ri­son; Jack Fabby. Fastest lap Lid­sey, 1m15.553s (73.85mph). Pole Col­burn. Starters 12. 1 Col­burn; 2 Ran­don +3.701s, 3 Pinder; 4 Lid­sey; 5 Dor­lin; 6 Palmer. CW Fabby; Har­ri­son. FL Col­burn, 1m15.236s (74.16mph). P Col­burn S 12.

1 Paul Rose (Saker RAPX S1400); 2 Joe Spencer (Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki) +7.578s; 3 Garry Wat­son (West­field SEW); 4 Garry War­dle (Ginetta G50); 5 Danny Bird (Pell Gen­e­sis); 6 Paul Dob­son (Mazda RX7). CW Spencer; Wat­son; Dob­son; Richard Roundell (Vaux­hall Vec­tra); He­len Allen (Ford Fi­esta Zetec S). FL Rose, 1m17.959 (71.57mph). P Spencer. S 27. 1 Spencer; 2 Steve Har­ris (Saker RAPX S1400) +20.525s; 3 War­dle; 4 Dob­son; 5 David Fuller (Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki); 6 Les Kirk (Fisher Fury). CW Har­ris; Dob­son; Steven Parker (BMW Com­pact); Tim Foxlow (Ford Es­cort RSR). Allen. FL Wat­son, 1m08.942s (80.93mph). P Rose. S 27.

1 James Clarke (Mal­lock MK18BF); 2 Michelle Hay­ward (Mal­lock Mk27) +17.204s; 3 Alex Champ­kin (Vi­sion V84); 4 Mor­ris Hart (Mal­lock Mk27); 5 John Drinkwa­ter (Messer 6); 6 John Lam­bert (Mal­lock Mk20). CW Champ­kin; Drinkwa­ter; Lam­bert. FL Clarke, 1m14.121s (75.28mph). P Hay­ward. S 6.

1 Champ­kin; 2 Clarke +13.344s; 3 Hay­ward; 4 Drinkwa­ter; 5 Lam­bert. CW Clarke; Drinkwa­ter; Lam­bert. FL Champ­kin, 1m07.685s (82.44mph) P Clarke. S 6.

1 Champ­kin; 2 Clarke +8.404s; 3 Hay­ward; 4 Hart. CW Clarke; Lam­bert. FL Champ­kin, 1m07.018s (83.26mph). P Champ­kin. S 5. Munro; Adam Read (Mazda MX-5 Mk1). FL Hal­li­well, 1m20.903s (68.97mph). P Munro. S 18.

1 Steven Mcmaster; 2 Robin Webb +0.498s; 3 Marc Noaro; 4 Trevor Har­ber; 5 Graeme Smith; 6 Mark Carter. FL Mcmaster, 1m33.993s (59.36mph) P Webb. S 11.

1 Mcmaster; 2 Webb +0.314s; 3 Har­ber; 4 Smith; 5 Noaro; 6 Colin Jar­dine. FL Mcmaster, 1m23.126s (67.12mph). P Webb. S 11.

1 Glenn Burten­shaw; 2 Oliver Gib­son +9.308s; 3 De­clan Dolan; 4 Toby Bri­ant; 5 Ian No­ble; 6 Roger Ford. CW David Web­ber (Cater­ham 7 Sigma). FL Burten­shaw, 1m29.058s (62.65mph). P Burten­shaw. S 26.

1 Luke Cooper; 2 Burten­shaw +1.525s; 3 Dolan; 4 Bri­ant; 5 Ford; 6 An­drew Skin­ner. CW Ja­son Gale (Cater­ham 7 Sigma). FL Bri­ant, 1m16.809s (72.64mph). P Burten­shaw. S 26.

1 Cedric Bloch; 2 Dy­lan Stan­ley +1.352s; 3 Si­mon Oliphant; 4 Scott Lawrence; 5 Tris­tan Judge; 6 Ni­cholas Haryett. CW Ed­ward Benson (Cater­ham 7 Su­per). FL Bloch, 1m27.357s (63.87mph). P Stan­ley. S 20.

1 Stan­ley; 2 Lawrence +5.525s; 3 Bloch; 4 Oliphant; 5 Judge; 6 Haryett. CW Toby Bri­ant (Cater­ham 7 Su­per). FL Stan­ley, 1m15.735s (73.67mph). P Oliphant. S 19.

po­si­tion, with dropped scores to dis­card. The next round, the penul­ti­mate one, is Lim­er­ick on Oc­to­ber 16.

Sec­ond and third were enough for Toon to win Robert­son had great fight with Ross

Sea­man won Saloon race

Whel­don/ash­ton tri­umphed

Col­burn won twice on guest Clio out­ing

Mcmaster won Clas­sic Cater­hams

Champ­kin won in Club­mans

Josh Mof­fett was im­pres­sive in the Fi­esta R5 as Sam had a WRC

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