Grant the master of older ma­chin­ery

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As well as fin­ish­ing a strong 15th in the over­all fi­nal, Cal­lum Grant also won the Pre ’93

fi­nal in his Van Diemen RF91. Grant, who nor­mally races a Mer­lyn Mk20, fin­ished 12s ahead of Richard Tar­ling, de­spite only hav­ing driven the car a hand­ful of times be­fore the race. Tar­ling, in his new Ja­mun M92, made a su­perb re­cov­ery drive af­ter drop­ping to the back of the pack from sec­ond place on the grid. He had strug­gled for grip off the start­line and had con­tact at the first cor­ner.

Fur­ther back, Pirelli en­gi­neer Doug Cros­bie’s Van Diemen RF89 fol­lowed Tar­ling past a scrap­ping Jaap Bli­jleven (Rey­nard 89F) and Ni­co­las Beloou (Van Diemen RF91). Cros­bie had qual­i­fied fourth but was ini­tially passed by the fly­ing Bli­jleven and Beloou.

The Pre ’82 fi­nal re­sulted in an­other dom­i­nant win, from Ed Thurston this time. This was Thurston’s first time out in a Mer­lyn MK20A, run by Clas­sic Team Mer­lyn. He was fol­lowed quite closely by Mark Arm­strong in his Van Diemen RF80 but the Ir­ish­man was un­able to get within pass­ing range. Rick Mor­ris was third driv­ing a patched-up Royale RP29, seven sec­onds be­hind hav­ing not quite kept in touch with the front two.

Vic Nut­ter won the HSCC Closed Wheel All­com­ers race, cap­i­tal­is­ing on erst­while leader David Wale miss­ing a gear in his Mal­lock to sneak his red Osella PA3 into the lead on the penul­ti­mate lap. Na­talie Mcgloin (Porsche Cay­man) won the BWRDC

Ladies’ race on scratch af­ter a spir­ited bat­tle with Katie Mil­ner’s Ginetta, but Mil­ner won on hand­i­cap.

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