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For­mer cham­pion and cur­rent points leader Rick Styrin took an­other step to­wards tak­ing this year’s Toyo Tires Porsche ti­tle, with a triple vic­tory in his Boxster.

It was a lights-to-flag win in the first race, hav­ing shaken off all but James Cole­man early on, as Garry Lawrence, Richard Avery and Kevin Molyneaux dis­puted third.

But Molyneaux spun at Ger­ards on the fourth lap, which left the lead quar­tet to pair off. Avery took the op­por­tu­nity to press Lawrence and nosed along­side a cou­ple of times.

Dur­ing lap­pery Avery briefly edged ahead, be­fore be­ing boxed in at Ger­ards. Lawrence there­fore com­pleted the podium be­hind Styrin and Cole­man, while Avery had to set­tle for fourth, over 30 sec­onds clear of fifth placed An­gus Archer.

With Lawrence and Cole­man du­elling for sec­ond at the start of race two, Styrin was able to get away again. But soon it was four for sec­ond, with Lawrence fend­ing off Cole­man, Avery and Molyneaux again. Avery man­aged to squeeze up the in­side at the Esses on lap seven to head Cole­man into Shaws Hair­pin, but it con­tin­ued to stay close be­tween all four.

With a back­marker spin­ning ex­it­ing the Esses, Avery backed off and both Cole­man and Molyneaux surged past. It took two laps for Avery to re­cover


Hand­i­cap­pers un­der­es­ti­mated Ben Collings’ prow­ess in an­cient mo­tor cars, for on its old­est ma­chine – a thump­ing 9.2litre four-cylin­der en­gined 1903 Mercedes 60hp – he trounced 15 ri­vals in the Vin­tage Sports-car Club’s an­nual Ed­war­dian jam­boree for Pre-1918 cars.

Hunched over its lofty perch, Collings wres­tled the 113-year-old car round the 1.35-mile cir­cuit, cut­ting a re­mark­able 1m12.96s (66.61mph) best lap as he scythed past five bolides to build a size­able lead.

Eclipsed only by pre­vi­ous win­ners Tony Lees (11.8 Vaux­hall Viper Spe­cial) and Richard Scald­well (16.4 De Di­et­rich Course), plus Dun­can Pit­t­away (8.2 Monarch Spe­cial), all in the 69s, Collings took the che­quer al­most 12 sec­onds clear of Peter Wil­son’s Brasier.

Scald­well was third, head­ing a quar­tet book­ended by Pit­t­away and blan­keted by 2.54s. Lees had been among them but was grate­ful for eighth hav­ing sur­vived a scary grav­elly ride when forced wide ex­it­ing Devil’s El­bow in the scram­ble for the line.

Ear­lier Lees – aboard his beloved ex-fred­die Giles AC/GN Co­gnac Spe­cial – had won a Vin­tage Rac­ing Cars photo-fin­ish with Charles Gil­lett (Frazer Nash Su­per Sports). Tom Walker’s glo­ri­ous Amil­car-his­pano Spe­cial led ini­tially, hav­ing blasted off from sev­enth.

Sue Dar­byshire’s Mor­gan Su­per Aero was fourth when the three-wheeler got out of shape on the de­scent from Devil’s El­bow, shot right into the gravel and rolled, eject­ing her. Tended painstak­ingly at the scene, as mar­shals treated a tell­tale line of oil, Sue was hos­pi­talised but to uni­ver­sal re­lief was dis­charged.

Out­gunned as the Union flag fell by Mar­cus Black’s Tal­bot-lago and Si­mon Blak­eney-ed­wards’ FN Su­per Sports, pole­man An­drew Mitchell jos­tled his HRG back to win the Mal­lory Mug race – part of John Guy­att’s mag­i­cal Owner-driverMe­chanic se­ries – from Black.

Mark Brett gal­loped his Bal­lamy-ford V8 up to third, leav­ing SB-E to stave off Steve Smith’s ex­tra­or­di­nary road-driven Hotchkiss stream­liner and Mark Groves’ Nash. The ef­fer­ves­cent Dou­gal Caw­ley’s Gn/ford Piglet was too strong for Mitchell in their Mal­lory Tro­phy en­counter.

Nick To­pliss won the thin Bob Ger­ard Memo­rial Tro­phy race in ERA R4A. The car was Pat Fair­field’s 1935-’37 mount which Le­ices­ter garag­iste ‘Mr Bob’ owned from ’45-’55. Last year’s vic­tor Dun­can Rick­etts, in David Bal­dock’s Alta, chased To­pliss home.

Nick won the clos­ing Sprint race too, although Ju­lian Grimwade set best lap in the im­pos­ing 3.5-litre Alvis-en­gined FN Nor­ris Spe­cial he de­buted in 2014.

Harry Painter won the Novice Scratch race in the MG Kayne Spe­cial.

Ed­die Wil­liams (Austin 7 Rolt Ul­ster) romped the first Hand­i­cap and Burgh­ley Tro­phy prize. Feisty oc­to­ge­nar­ian Nor­man Pem­ber­ton led the sec­ond for five laps be­fore his Tal­bot 95/105 was gob­bled up. With Tony Se­ber’s rasp­ing Wolse­ley clos­ing fast, Douglas Martin’s Hil­le­gass Sprint Car won from Steve Rid­ding­ton’s de­light­ful Ri­ley 12/4 Spe­cial.

Set free when chal­lenger Stuart Roach’s Alexis shed a wheel at Ger­ards, Chris Drake (Ter­rier) re­tained his John Tay­lor Memo­rial Tro­phy For­mula Ju­nior crown. Points leader Mark Wood­house pipped ti­tle ri­val Mike Walker to sec­ond.

The Mor­gan guest race re­warded Scot­tish raiders Rus­sell and Elliot Pater­son, the fa­ther-and-son combo net­ting a fine one-two. An­drew Thomp­son and Tony Lees kept ju­nior hon­est.

1 Ben Collings (Mercedes 60hp); 2 Peter Wil­son (Brasier Voi­ture de Course) +11.93s; 3 Richard Scald­well (De Di­et­rich 130hp Course); 4 Tom Walker (His­panoSuiza Al­fonso); 5 Les­lie Mur­ray (De Dion Bou­ton/ Cur­tiss Ox); 6 Dun­can Pit­t­away (Monarch Spe­cial). FL Tony Lees (Vaux­hall Viper Spl) 1m09.04s (70.39mph). P Rob Hub­bard (Sun­beam 16/20). S 16.

1 Tony Lees (AC/ GN Co­gnac Spl); 2 Charles Gil­lett (Frazer Nash Su­per Sports) +0.56s; 3 Dou­gal Caw­ley (GN/ Ford Piglet); 4 Nick Le­ston (Lovell Elkhart Sprint Racer); 5 Chris Hud­son (Bu­gatti T35B); 6 Bo Wil­liams (Bu­gatti T35B). FL Lees 59.70s (81.41mph). P Gil­lett. S 11.

1 An­drew Mitchell (HRG 1½ litre); 2 Mar­cus Black (Tal­bot Lago T23) +1.53s; 3 Mark Brett (Bal­lamy-ford LMB V8 Spe­cial); 4 Si­mon Blak­eney-ed­wards (Frazer Nash Su­per Sports); 5 Steve Smith (Hotchkiss AM80); 6 Mark Groves (Frazer Nash TT Rep Emeryson). FL Mitchell 1m03.69s (76.31mph). P Mitchell. S 23. 5 Jef­frey Ed­wards (Alvis Sports Spl); 6 Alex Pea­cop (Frazer Nash AC). FL Mitchell 1m01.99s (78.40mph). P Caw­ley. S 18.

1 Nick To­pliss (ERA R4A); 2 Dun­can Rick­etts (Alta 2-litre) +13.23s; 3 Terry Crabb (ERA R12C); 4 Ju­lian Grimwade (Frazer Nash Nor­ris Spe­cial); 5 Matt Rick­etts (Cooper T41); 6 Tim Green­hill (Wolse­ley Hor­net Spl ‘Red Henry’). FL To­pliss 56.29s (86.34mph). P To­pliss. S 9.

1 Nick To­pliss (ERA R4A); 2 Ju­lian Grimwade (Frazer Nash Nor­ris Spe­cial) +1.23s; 3 Charles Gil­lett (FN Su­per Sports); 4 Dou­gal Caw­ley (GN/ Ford Piglet); 5 Tony Se­ber (Wolse­ley Hor­net Spl); 6 Chris­tian Ped­er­sen (Austin 7 Mono­posto). FL Grimwade 58.70s (82.79mph). P To­pliss. S 13.

1 Harry Painter (MG Kayne Spl); 2 Michael James (Ri­ley 12/4 TT Sprite Rep) +10.89s; 3 Tom Water­field (GN Spl); 4 Hughie Walker (GN Thun­der­bug); 5 Jo Blak­eney-ed­wards (Austin 7 Spl); 6 Ralf Em­mer­ling (Ri­ley Brook­lands). FL Painter 1m02.30s (78.01mph). P Painter. S 12. Rick­etts (Austin 7 Mono­posto); 4 Mike Painter (MG Kayne Spl); 5 Dun­can Pot­ter (MG Montl­h­ery Midget); 6 Anne Bour­sot (MG PA). FL Painter 1m04.67s (75.15mph). P Robert Bar­bet (Ri­ley Sports). S 18.

1 Douglas Martin (Hil­le­gass Sprint Car); 2 Steve Rid­ding­ton (Ri­ley 12/4 Spl) +5.62s; 3 Jef­frey Ed­wards (Alvis Sports Spl); 4 Tony Se­ber (Wolse­ley Hor­net Spl); 5 Nick Hay­ward-cook (Austin 7 Mono­posto); 6 James Rick­etts (Ri­ley 9 Mono­posto). FL Se­ber 1m03.19s (76.91mph). P John Briggs (As­ton Martin Ul­ster). S 17.

1 Chris Drake (Ter­rier Mk4); 2 Mark Wood­house (Elva 100) +13.71s; 3 Mike Walker (Bond); 4 An­drew Tart (Bond); 5 Ian Phillips (BMC Mk1); 6 John Arnold (Elva 100). CW Pat Bar­ford (EFAC Stanguellini); Richard Ut­ley (Car­avelle Mk1). FL Drake 53.41s (90.99mph). P Drake. S 16.

Porsche star Styrin was un­stop­pable

Lees (l) and Gil­lett had thrilling fight

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