MURRAY IS MARTIN DONNELLY MASTER AS RIVALS FALTER
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
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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.