RAMM BAGS JAG BRACE BUT BUTTERFIELD CLAIMS CROWN
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.