GRANT BEATS TARLING TO CLAIM PRE-’93 HONOURS
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 12 seconds ahead of Richard Tarling, despite only having driven the car a handful of times before the race. Tarling, in his recently acquired Jamun M92, made a superb recovery drive after dropping to the back of the pack from second 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 89FF) 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, this time for Ed Thurston – it was Thurston’s first time out in a Merlyn MK20A, run by Classic Team Merlyn. He was followed closely by Mark Armstrong in a Van Diemen RF80 but the Irishman was unable to get within passing range. Rick Morris was third, 7s behind, having not quite kept in touch with the front two in his patched-up Royale RP29.
Vic Nutter won the HSCC Closed Wheel Allcomers race, capitalising on erstwhile leader David Wale missing a gear in his Mallock to sneak his Osella PA3 into the lead on the penultimate lap. Nathalie Mcgloin (Porsche Cayman) won the BWRDC Ladies’ race on scratch after a spirited battle with Katie Milner’s Ginetta. Milner won on handicap.