AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... ALLEE SNATCHES LO­COST TI­TLE AS RI­VALS PAY PENALTY

SNET­TER­TON: 750MC BY RORY MITCHELL

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Snet­ter­ton was the scene of the Lo­cost Cham­pi­onship show­down, as Ian Allee tri­umphed de­spite he, Danny An­drew and Tim Neat all be­ing set back by ex­clu­sions.

Com­ing into the week­end An­drew was lead­ing the cham­pi­onship and started fourth in the first race. Steve Pad­dock won that af­fair but, hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond on the road, An­drew was later ex­cluded due to con­tact with Neat at Agostini while fight­ing for the lead. Neat was also ex­cluded, and that handed Allee third, and the ad­van­tage go­ing into the fi­nal race.

A big shunt at the start be­tween Oliver Bat­ten, Kevin Mccarthy and Vic­to­ria Bald­win brought out the red flag. Then while sit­ting on the grid, 750 For­mula reg­u­lar Bill Cow­ley had to be pushed off be­cause of a head gas­ket is­sue af­ter in­her­it­ing fourth place in the first race on his Lo­cost de­but.

When the race did get go­ing, the fight for hon­ours looked to be be­tween An­drew and Neat, who led in the clos­ing stages while Allee and Jack Coveney dropped back. But on the penul­ti­mate lap An­drew and Neat made con­tact head­ing into Brun­dle af­ter go­ing three-wide with Martin West down the Bent­ley Straight, which al­lowed Coveney back into the lead.

West and Pad­dock col­lided on the run to the line, and while West was able to cross the line in sec­ond be­hind Coveney, Pad­dock stopped a cou­ple of me­tres short. Neat was again ex­cluded for con­tact, as was Allee af­ter a sep­a­rate clash – but with An­drew only manag­ing fifth, that was enough to hand Allee the crown by a sin­gle point.

With the For­mula Vee ti­tle al­ready de­cided in favour of Paul Smith, it was all about the bat­tle for sec­ond place in the points. Thwarted by red flags in qual­i­fy­ing, Smith still fought his way to the front af­ter start­ing down the or­der and added an­other two race wins to his im­pres­sive 2016 tally.

David Hughes was his only chal­lenger, when in the clos­ing stages of the sec­ond out­ing the pair diced for the lead through Riches and Mon­treal. Hughes stuck the nose of his Bears GAC up the in­side through Brun­dle on the fi­nal lap, but Smith was able to get along­side ex­it­ing Mur­rays. The pair fin­ished just a hundredth of a sec­ond apart, with Adam Ma­caulay mak­ing it a three-wide fin­ish.

Ian Jor­dan se­cured sec­ond place in the cham­pi­onship, de­spite re­tir­ing from the first out­ing af­ter con­tact while de­fend­ing from Smith caused his en­gine to seize – and also left a no­tice­able tyre mark on the front nosecone of Smith’s AHS Dom­i­na­tor.

Af­ter chang­ing his en­gine, Jor­dan had to rely on the mis­for­tune of James Har­ridge in race two, who suf­fered the same gear­box prob­lems he had at An­gle­sey all day. Har­ridge started the first out­ing from the front row, but a bad start cou­pled with con­tact through Og­gies put him out­side of the top 10 be­fore he re­cov­ered to sec­ond.

Things didn’t im­prove in the next out­ing when he dropped back from fourth on the grid and found him­self in the clutches of Jor­dan. The pair bat­tled for sixth po­si­tion, but clashed at Hamil­ton, send­ing them both off. The pair both made it back onto the track and re­mained close un­til the end, with Jor­dan mak­ing use of the slip­stream down the Senna Straight to get ahead into Riches be­fore Har­ridge was able to repass him through the fi­nal twists of the cir­cuit. In the end Har­ridge fin­ished ahead, but Jor­dan did enough to stay ahead in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings.

In the Clas­sic Stock Hatch An­drew Thorpe beat Matt Rozier af­ter a heated bat­tle for the lead. The lat­ter had a much bet­ter run through Agostini and Hamil­ton, but lost out when they went down the Bent­ley Straight. It was a re­verse of that in the sec­ond race with Rozier fend­ing off Thorpe through­out, who dropped to third be­hind Lee Scott late on.

Pip Ham­mond se­cured third in the first out­ing af­ter ex­chang­ing po­si­tions with Lee Scott. Af­ter a few tries through Agostini and down the Bent­ley Straight, Ham­mond even­tu­ally snatched third from Scott into Riches and beat the lap record for the se­ries by a sec­ond in the process. In the sec­ond race Ham­mond found him­self on pole but af­ter a few mis­takes, in­clud­ing se­lect­ing the wrong gears, he dropped to fourth.

Rod Good­man took the both wins in the All­com­ers races. Good­man didn’t make a good start in race one, but re­tained the lead from Neil Con­sta­ble-berry, who fin­ished sec­ond on his rac­ing de­but. In the Su­per Cooper part of the race Andy Knowl­ton and Eliot Dun­more shared the race wins.

Dun­more for­feited the lead on the open­ing lap of the first race, af­ter pit­ting be­cause he thought he had been asked to serve a penalty for a jumped start. It was only a few laps later that the stew­ards is­sued him a penalty (with 10s added to his time post-race), which dropped him to fifth, de­spite fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the road.

Michael Har­vey won the 750 Tro­phy scratch race in his JB Spe­cial, while John Slatter took the spoils in the sec­ond Hand­i­cap race af­ter snatch­ing the lead from Jonathan Sadler through the Bomb Hole on the fi­nal lap.

1 Steve Pad­dock; 2 Jack Coveney +1.53s; 3 Ian Allee; 4 Bill Cow­ley; 5 Martin West; 6 James Mill­man. Fastest lap Coveney 2m24.58s (73.93mph). Pole Coveney. Starters 38.

1 Coveney; 2 West +8.18s; 3 Glenn Boyer; 4 Shaun Brame; 5 Danny An­drew; 6 David Boucher. FL West 2m23.36s (74.56mph). P Coveney. S 33.

1 Paul Smith (AHS Dom­i­na­tor); 2 Adam Ma­caulay (Sheane) +0.35s; 3 Gra­ham Gant (WEV FV01); 4 Jack Wilkin­son (Sheane Mk3); 5 Paul Tay­lor (Bears GAC); 6 Ian Bux­ton (GAC Daghorn). Class Win­ner Wilkin­son. FL Smith 2m10.68s (81.79mph). P Belsey. S 25.

1 Smith; 2 David Hughes (Bears GAC) +0.01s; 3 Ma­caulay; 4 Gant; 5 Bux­ton; 6 Harry Webb (AHS Dom­i­na­tor). CW James Har­ridge (Mav­er­ick Vee) FL Paul Smith 2m10.99s (81.60mph). P Belsey. S 23.

1 Rozier; 2 Scott +0.31s; 3 Thrope; 4 Ham­mond; 5 Fow­drey; 6 Derek Rozier (Peu­geot 205 GTI). FL Ham­mond 2m24.34s (74.05mph). P Ham­mond. S 19.

1 Rod Good­man (Rad­i­cal SR3); 2 David Con­sta­ble-berry (BDN S3) +32.01s; 3 Kelvin Rawles (Arion S2); 4 Richard Gil­more (Mal­lock MK18/25M); 5 Lloyd Chafer (BMW E36 M3); 6 Matt Cher­ring­ton (BMW Z3). CW Lloyd Chafer (BMW E36 M3); Ryan Steel (Citroen Saxo VTR); Andy Knowl­ton (Mini Cooper S). FL Good­man 2m02.54s. P Good­man. S 24.

1 Good­man; 2 Rawles +48.18s; 3 Chafer; 4 Con­sta­ble-berry; 5 Cher­ring­ton; 6 Steel. CW Chafer; Steel; Eliot Dun­more (Mini Cooper S). FL Good­man 2m01.61s (87.89mph). P Good­man. S 21.

Allee took Lo­cost crown by one point

Hughes led Smith for much of Vee R2

Rozier got crossed up chas­ing Thorpe

Good­man: win­ner

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