RAMM BAGS JAG BRACE BUT BUT­TER­FIELD CLAIMS CROWN

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James Ramm took vic­tory in both of the Jaguar Sa­loon and GT out­ings at Cad­well Park as Thomas But­ter­field won the ti­tle.

Com­ing into Cad­well, Ramm, Kevin Doyle and Colin Philpott were all in con­tention. Philpott wasted no time at the start of a wet race one, storm­ing into the lead at Park, in the knowl­edge that he needed to win both races. But he spun at the next cor­ner and handed the lead back to pole-sit­ter Ramm and, with no pres­sure, the lat­ter was fault­less and won by seven sec­onds from Guy Con­new with But­ter­field com­plet­ing the podium. Philpott fought back into the top six by the fi­nal lap but fur­ther progress was cur­tailed when he was pushed wide by David Bye at Chris Curve and he spun into the path of Ian Drage who had nowhere to go.

Philpott even­tu­ally fin­ished sixth and with Doyle in sev­enth by the flag, it was ad­van­tage But­ter­field for race two. Ramm with­stood im­mense pres­sure from Philpott, now out of con­tention for the ti­tle, to win his sec­ond race of the week­end. Doyle fin­ished third de­spite hav­ing run as high as sec­ond, but fifth place for But­ter­field was enough for the Lis­ter Jaguar man to win the over­all ti­tle.

A red flag and a re­sult de­cided on count­back de­nied Gary Bate what would have been a su­perb vic­tory as the equally bril­liant Ni­cholas Grindrod won the Mag­nif­i­cent Sev­ens out­ing. Grindrod pulled into an early lead as ri­val Bate started from the pit­lane be­cause of his re­cent win at Don­ing­ton. The lat­ter caught the for­mer by the mid-way stage but, as the race wore on, the su­pe­rior speed of Bate didn’t trans­late into a pass for the lead. When he fi­nally did man­age to over­take Grindrod around the out­side at Char­lies, a red flag stop­page cour­tesy of a Lee Morey spin meant the win was handed to R300 driver Grindrod on count­back.

It didn’t get much bet­ter for Bate in the Open Se­ries race as Si­mon and Ash­ley Boyles won their maiden race in the se­ries. Bate had started on pole but the wet con­di­tions caught him out as he spun at Goose­neck, crashed into the bar­rier and re­tired. Charles Hol­royd then emerged as the leader and looked likely to win un­til a blown en­gine paved the way for the R300 in the hands of Si­mon Boyles to cruise to vic­tory. The Cater­hams were ab­sent for the sep­a­rate sec­ond race, with the XJS of Lawrence Bradley just hold­ing off the quicker Porsche of Tony Blake to win a close en­counter.

A six-way bat­tle in the wet in the Mod­ern Clas­sics went the way of Alan and James Broad in dra­matic fash­ion. The Broad pair­ing, Richard Hayes, Dave Grif­fin, Tom Bar­ley, Peter Mor­ris and Colin Whit­more ran nose to tail in the early stages and swapped po­si­tions nu­mer­ous times. But stand­ing wa­ter caught out Whit­more at Cop­pice mid­way through as he at­tempted to pass one of his ri­vals. This brought out the safety car but, as the Broad Boxster had stopped just be­fore the yel­lows, Alan emerged in the lead at the restart and held off Hayes’ Toy­ota Cel­ica to take the win.

Will Sharpe won the New Mil­len­nium & Puma Cup en­counter as the SEAT of Gavin Thom­son threw away cer­tain vic­tory in wet con­di­tions. The pole­man started slowly but was back in front af­ter a few laps, and duly pulled away. But he aqua­planed into the bar­ri­ers at Goose­neck as stand­ing wa­ter caught him out mid­way through, hand­ing vic­tory to Sharpe. Luke John­son won the Puma Cup class and later the in­di­vid­ual race from the Ea­cock broth­ers Ben and Alex.

Joe Hen­der­son’s Tri­umph was dom­i­nant in the sec­ond and third edi­tions of the Cad­well His­toric Cup as he won from David Mcdon­ald. But race one was the most dra­matic af­fair of the three; Hen­der­son had pulled away early on but Mcdon­ald reeled him back in and took the lead on the fi­nal lap as the for­mer spun at Chris Curve. Mcdon­ald was then able to hold off Hen­der­son, de­spite spin­ning him­self at Goose­neck.

Tom Mens­ley won the Tin Tops out­ing as the safety car dic­tated play. Wil­liam Hardy and Nigel Ainge were the pre-race favourites and lived up to the billing early on un­til an ex­ploded en­gine for John Ham­mer­s­ley brought out the safety car. They pit­ted, but were un­able to re­join as the field passed the pits, leav­ing them a lap down. Hav­ing al­ready pit­ted, Mens­ley moved to the front and stroked to vic­tory.

A slow Stephen Scott-dun­woodie stop meant that As­ton and Tony Blake won the Fu­ture Clas­sics race as pole-sit­ter Alec Lives­ley re­tired at the start of the race. Tim Cairns timed his stop to per­fec­tion to help him to win Group 1 of the Swing­ing Six­ties while Ke­iron Bal­lie was un­touch­able as he won the Group 2 en­counter.

Ramm dou­bled up as But­ter­field sealed ti­tle

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