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Niall Mur­ray made win­ning the Martin Don­nelly Tro­phy look easy. Even­tu­ally. The new­ly­crowned BRSCC Na­tional FF1600 Cham­pion came to Kirk­istown for the first time this year as favourite to take the tro­phy and the North Down & Ards Bor­ough Coun­cil £1,000 cheque that goes with it.

But there were times ear­lier in the day when yet an­other vic­tory didn’t look so cer­tain.

The first heat fell to Kevin O’hara, de­spite the close at­ten­tion of Alan David­son. While Mur­ray won the sec­ond heat from Jor­dan Dempsey and James Roe, his win­ning speed was frac­tion­ally slower than that of O’hara, putting O’hara on pole for the fi­nal with Mur­ray con­signed to the other side of the grid.

In the hec­tic scram­ble as the lights went out, O’hara got the bet­ter start to lead, but an un­ruly bunch com­pris­ing Mur­ray, David­son, Roe, Dempsey and Ryan Camp­bell filled the road be­hind him.

This sit­u­a­tion lasted only un­til Fish­er­mans on the open­ing lap when


Reign­ing BSA Na­tional F125 Open Cham­pion Lee Harpham re­tained his ti­tle af­ter it went down to the wire in the sec­ond race of the day in Cheshire.

Start­ing from pole he briefly over­shot at Old Hall, be­fore re­gain­ing a good first lap lead as Ian Larder headed the pur­suit.

With Matt Ish­er­wood, Danny Ed­wards and Liam Mor­ley fight­ing for third, the lead pair got away. Larder did man­age to pass his ad­ver­sary, but Harpham kept com­ing back, be­fore it was fi­nally set­tled ex­it­ing Knicker­brook on the last lap, with Harpham hold­ing 0.051 sec­onds in hand at the flag, while Mor­ley made a late es­cape to con­sol­i­date third.

Larder led race two ini­tially be­fore Harpham got by at Old Hall on the fourth tour. Mor­ley fol­lowed him through and left Larder to defend third from Ed­wards. But it was wheel to wheel for the vic­tory spoils right to the flag, with Harpham just edg­ing it by 0.09s. Kirk Cat­ter­mole also re­tained his English cham­pi­onship ti­tle ac­co­lade.

A dou­ble win for Paul Rose’s Saker gave him the CNC Heads Sports Sa­lons ti­tle. He was lead­ing the first race from Joe Spencer’s Lo­cosaki, when it was red flagged af­ter Mike Hurst crashed his SEAT at the Wa­ter Tower. Rose dom­i­nated af­ter the restart with three laps to run, well clear of Spencer, with Paul Dob­son’s Mazda RX-7 third.

De­spite the wet track Rose was quick­est away in race two and was never headed. Luke Ar­miger’s Vaux­hall Ti­gra had stormed past Steve Har­ris’ Saker onto the Av­enue and a lap later had sec­ond-placed Spencer in his sights. But the out­go­ing cham­pion Spencer slid off at Cas­cades and left Ar­miger to con­sol­i­date. Har­ris com­pleted the podium.

Mike Moss and Scott Adam held onto vic­tory in the first Dun­lop Pro­duc­tion and GT race de­spite the BMW M3 GTR cut­ting out on Adam on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. Cal­lum Lockie had a sub­stan­tial early lead, but af­ter David Ma­son took over their Fer­rari 458 GT3, they dropped to sec­ond, hold­ing on de­spite a last lap spin ex­it­ing Lodge and tak­ing the flag in the pit­lane, still well clear of Jonny Cocker/chris Mur­phy’s As­ton Martin Van­tage.

The sec­ond race ran con­cur­rently with the Dun­lop En­durance con­test for the first 50 min­utes, as Moss/adam took win num­ber two over Mar­cus Fothergill/dave Benett’s Porsche 997 Cup.

Richard Neary and Martin Short took the En­durance win in their Mosler. Cal­lum Lockie’s Fer­rari and Nigel Moore/phil Han­son’s Audi R8 had an early duel be­fore Han­son re­tired af­ter con­tact. Ma­son had held onto to sec­ond in the Fer­rari, but lost out to Kevin Clarke/ Ian Law­son’s BMW Z4, only for the lat­ter to re­ceive a pit­stop penalty and re­verse the places again, with Clarke/law­son se­cur­ing the podium.

1 Ian Larder (An­der­son TM); 2 Lee Harpham (An­der­son/ Red­peed TM) +0.051s; 3 Liam Mor­ley (An­der­son/ DEA); 4 Danny Ed­wards (HRK/ TM); 5 Chris Need­ham (Sil­ver­stone/ Mag­num Vor­tex); 6 Matt Ish­er­wood (An­der­son/ Vor­tex). CW Sam Hemp­shall (ADE/ Honda 250). FL Larder 1m57.826s (82.24mph). P Harpham. S 31.

1 Harpham; 2 Mor­ley +0.090s; 3 Larder; 4 Ed­wards; 5 Ish­er­wood; 6 Matt Robin­son (An­der­son/ Red­speed TM). CW Hemp­shall. FL Harpham 1m57.701s (82.33mph). P Larder. S 29.

1 Paul Rose (Saker RAPX); 2 Joe Spencer (Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki) +5.323s; 3 Paul Dob­son (Mazda RX-7); 4 Steve Har­ris (Saker RAPX); 5 Richard Wood (BMW M3 GTR); 6 David Har­vey (Stu­art Tay­lor Lo­cosaki). Class win­ners Spencer; Dob­son; Luke Ar­miger (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); Jamie Cryer (Ginetta G20); Clive Dix (Ford Puma). FL Rose 1m57.439s (82.51mph). P Garry Wat­son (Westfield SEW). S 36.

1 Mike Moss/ Scott Adam (BMW M3 E46); 2 Cal­lum Lockie/ David Ma­son (Fer­rari 458 GT3) +57.940s; 3 Jonny Cocker/ Chris Mur­phy (As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4); 4 Alyn James/ Martin By­ford (Honda Civic Type R); 5 Rick Nevin­son/ Brad Nevin­son (Porsche Cay­man GT4); 6 Peter Row­bot­tom (Fer­rari 458 Chal­lenge). CW Lockie/ Ma­son; Cocker/ Mur­phy; James/ By­ford; Row­bot­tom. FL Lockie 1m50.103s (88.01mph). P Lockie/ Ma­son. S 9.

1 Moss/adam; 2 Mar­cus Fothergil/ Dave Benett (Porsche 997 Cup) +51.841s; 3Cocker/ Mur­phy; 4 Row­bot­tom; 5 Nevin­son/ Nevin­son; 6 Steve Burke/ Mark Gil­lam (Nis­san 350Z). CW Fothergill/ Benett; Row­bot­tom; Burke/ Gil­lam. FL Cocker 1m55.169s (84.14mph). P Nevin­son/ Nevin­son. S 6.

Perkins his first MG Tro­phy vic­tory and el­e­vated the fast-clos­ing Chris Bray, who was re­cov­er­ing from a poor start, while a great Class B bat­tle be­tween Paul Luti and An­drew Roger­son went to the lat­ter. Bray had an easy run to vic­tory in the se­quel, helped when Perkins pulled off with trans­mis­sion is­sues. Luti de­moted Roger­son mid-race for sec­ond and a class win while Wil­liam Payne cel­e­brated his ti­tle win with a sec­ond Class C vic­tory.

The start of the Quaife Sa­loons co­in­cided with the rain but Rod Bir­ley couldn’t take ad­van­tage as Dale Gent’s Subaru Im­preza proved too rapid on the straights while a cau­tious Mal­colm Wise com­pleted podium. Gent also dom­i­nated race two while Bir­ley, who was con­tend­ing with a mis­fir­ing en­gine, just man­aged to hold in check a re­cov­er­ing Wise who had com­pleted a high-speed 360 spin at Co­ram.

In the MGBCV8 race, Rus­sell Mccarthy aqua­planed into the end of the pit­lane bar­rier caus­ing a red flag. James Wheeler made a storm­ing sec­ond start to clinch vic­tory.

Wheeler started the Thor­ough­bred Sportscar event from the pit­lane, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­cul­ties start­ing his MGB, and drove hard to catch the squab­bling Rob Spencer and Neil Fowler who both slipped up al­low­ing Wheeler to tri­umph.

The open­ing Mid­get/sprite race fell to James Dunkley, who proved to be im­pe­ri­ous in the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to wrap up the ti­tle. He was fol­lowed by An­drew South­cott while Stephen Col­lier grabbed third late on. The new cham­pion eased to a dou­ble in Sun­day’s en­counter while South­cott stole sec­ond from David We­ston but had to fight off Ed Reeve to keep the po­si­tion be­fore the lat­ter faded.

The open­ing MG Cup vic­tory was eas­ily se­cured by Dan Mol­loy, in a bor­rowed car, while Thomas Halliwell un­seated Alan Brooke early on for sec­ond, leav­ing him to fight off Dan Lud­low for the fi­nal podium place. Traf­fic in­ter­vened right at the end of race two which al­lowed Brooke to out­drag Mol­loy as the pair raced to the fin­ish line. Halliwell’s third place en­sured that he se­cured the ti­tle.

The open­ing Tin Tops race ended with a one-lap dash to the flag with Chris Bassett main­tain­ing his dom­i­nant po­si­tion. Mean­while Peter Os­borne had to fight past Daniel Fisher to re­claim sec­ond place hav­ing lost the po­si­tion at Wil­son. Os­borne was able to power by Bassett in the sec­ond race while Fisher was glad that the race one win­ner found a damp patch that caused him to ro­tate at the Esses. Mean­while Ken Angell was hold­ing onto fourth place de­spite the best at­tempts of Micky Day and Gra­ham Richard­son.

There was a dra­matic end­ing to the Bri­tish Mo­tor Her­itage 4 Hour Re­lay set up by the Karl Cat­tliff-led BMW team los­ing its six-lap lead with less than an hour re­main­ing. Lee Spencer trailed into the pits with an uniden­ti­fied vi­bra­tion while the team’s sec­ond car was hav­ing a new set of rear pads fit­ted. By the time re­pairs had been con­cluded, Aero Mor­gan driver Tony Hirst had taken the lead but a fired up Cat­tliff was de­ter­mined to re­peat last year’s vic­tory and re­took top spot with 30 min­utes re­main­ing.

The Aero team rolled the dice and sent out Shane Kelly. Cat­tliff had that cov­ered but had to coast the fi­nal two laps with smoke pour­ing out of the left rear. Rus­sell Paterson had led early on for the CDMC team but the rest of the squad didn’t have his pace and they set­tled for third place.

Chap­mans Char­i­ots fin­ished in fourth place over­all and also picked up the Hand­i­cap award with their Lo­tus 7 squad.

1 Mike Wil­liams; 2 Ben Rushworth +0.649s; 3 Lee Connell; 4 Oliver Hood; 5 David Javes; 6 Mark Eales. Fastest lap Connell 1m42.524s (69.66mph). Pole Rushworth. Starters 14.

1 Rushworth; 2 Wil­liams +3.442s; 3 An­drew Ash­ton; 4 Connell; 5 Javes; 6 Richard Gar­rard. FL Rushworth 1m41.387s (70.44mph). P Rushworth. S 15.

1 Keith Ah­lers (+8); 2 Rus­sell Paterson (+8) +50.328s; 3 Jeremy Knight (+8); 4 An­drew Thomp­son (ARV6); 5 El­liot Paterson (Road­ster); 6 Stu­art An­der­son (ARV6). Class win­ners Thomp­son; Tim Par­sons (+4); Steven Mcdon­ald +8); Henry Wil­liams (4/4). FL Ah­lers 1m19.274s (90.09mph) record. P Ah­lers. S 25.

1 Chris Bray; 2 Rod Perkins +14.694s; 3 Doug Cole; 4 An­drew Roger­son; 5 Paul Luti; 6 Robin Walker. CW Roger­son; Wil­liam Payne. FL Bray 1m25.838s (83.20mph). P Perkins. S 23.

1 Bray; 2 Luti +14.440s; 3 Lee Sul­li­van; 4 D Cole; 5 Roger­son; 6 James Cole. CW Luti; Payne. FL Bray 1m35.670s (74.65mph). P Bray. S 26.

1 Dale Gent (Subaru Im­preza); 2 Rod Bir­ley (Ford Es­cort WRC) +1.125s; 3 Mal­colm Wise (Ford Es­cort Cos­worth); 4 Liam Dal­ton (Mit­subishi Evo 3); 5 Andy Ban­ham (Subaru Im­preza); 6 Nicholas Wall (Re­nault Clio). CW Wall; Gra­ham Crowhurst (BMW M3); Jaime Vanns (Re­nault Clio). FL Gent 1m26.631s (82.44mph). P Gent. S 20. 1 Gent; 2 Bir­ley +21.384s; 3 Wise; 4 Crowhurst; 5 Dal­ton; 6 Tony Skel­ton (Re­nault Clio). CW Crowhurst; Wall; Vanns. FL Gent 1m26.827s (82.26mph). P Gent. S 19.

1 James Wheeler (MGB GT V8); 2 Neil Fowler (MGB GT V8) +10.952s; 3 Rob Spencer (MGB GT V8); 4 An­drew Young (MGC GT); 5 Jor­dan Spencer (MGB GT V8); 6 Ben Rushworth (MGB GT V8). CW Young; Si­mon Cripps (MGB); Mike Har­ris (MGB). FL Wheeler 1m40.531s (71.04mph). P Rus­sell Mccarthy (MGB GT V8). S 22. Nigel Lack­ford (Sprite). FL Dunkley 1m41.101s (70.64mph). P Dunkley. S 20. 1 Dunkley; 2 South­cott +12.308s; 3 Col­lier; 4 Reeve; 5 David We­ston (Mid­get); 6 Day. CW South­cott; Cow; Lack­ford. FL Dunkley 1m39.974s (71.44mph). P Dunkley. S 19.

1 Daniel Mol­loy (ZR); 2 Thomas Halliwell (ZR) +26.441s; 3 Alan Brooke (Metro); 4 Dan Lud­low (ZS); 5 Lewis An­der­son (ZR); 6 David Thomp­son (ZR). CW An­der­son; Steve Tyler (ZR); Matthew Simp­son (Rover 220). FL Mol­loy 1m42.136s (69.93mph). P Mol­loy. S 26. 1 Brooke; 2 Mol­loy +0.053s; 3 Halliwell; 4 An­der­son; 5 Thomp­son; 6 Max Cawthorn (ZR). CW An­der­son; Simp­son; Richard Wil­son (MGB). FL Brooke 1m34.036s (75.95mph). P Mol­loy. S 25.

1 James Wheeler (MGB GT V8); 2 Rob Spencer (MGB GT V8) +2.821s; 3 Neil Fowler (MGB GT V8); 4 Chris Ed­wards (Tri­umph TR6); 5 Jim Bryan (MGB GT V8); 6 Babak Far­sian (MGB). CW Ed­wards; Bryan; Far­sian. FL Wheeler 1m35.403s (74.86mph). P Spencer. S 16.

1 Chris Bassett (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 2 Peter Os­borne (Vaux­hall As­tra VXR) +2.036s; 3 Daniel Fisher (Honda Civic Type R); 4 Mikey Day (Citroen Saxo); 5 Cliff Pellin (Ford ST 150); 6 Steven Everson (Citroen Saxo). CW Os­borne; Day; Pellin. FL Bassett 1m37.900s (72.95mph). P Bassett. S 16. 1 Os­borne; 2 Fisher +9.041s; 3 Bassett; 4 Ken Angell (BMW 328i); 5 Gra­ham Richard­son (Honda Civic Type R); 6 Trevor Col­lar (Honda Civic Type R). CW Fisher; Day; Pellin. FL Os­borne 1m26.858s (82.23mph). P Bassett. S 16.

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