Alfa Romeo star Evans work­ing on mon­ster 8C-pow­ered Gi­uli­etta project

Dom­i­na­tor Macdonald grabs dou­ble vic­tory

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Dou­ble Alfa Romeo cham­pion Roger Evans is work­ing on a new Gi­uli­etta racer that will be pow­ered by parts from the mar­que’s rare 8C sportscar.

Evans is build­ing the one-off ma­chine, which mates the run­ning gear and 4.7-litre Maserati en­gine from the 8C Com­peti­tizione sportscar to a widened Gi­uli­etta bodyshell, at his Peak Alfa fa­cil­ity in Der­byshire.

Alfa only built 500 of the lim­ited edi­tion 8C road car, which was pro­duced be­tween 2007-2010. Evans bought a dam­aged chas­sis and is us­ing the spares to con­struct the one-off rac­ing ver­sion, which he hopes will hit the track in time for a full sea­son of com­pe­ti­tion in 2017.

“I stum­bled across a badly firedam­aged 8C on ebay and couldn’t re­sist buy­ing it as it’s such a rare car,” said Evans, the 2012 and 2013 Alfa cham­pion. “When I took de­liv­ery of it I was de­ter­mined to do some­thing with it so came up with this idea of mat­ing it with a sa­loon to cre­ate some­thing to­tally unique.

“I chose the 2012 Gi­uli­etta bodyshell as it’s ac­tu­ally only half an inch shorter than the orig­i­nal wheel­base length of the 8C, so needed less mod­i­fi­ca­tion, but it’s still a fair bit wider and will have a real DTM look when it’s fin­ished.

“I’ve re­tained the front and rear sub­frames from the 8C and all of the run­ning gear, so it’s ended up be­ing a space­frame chas­sis with a Gi­uli­etta bodyshell on top. The build is com­ing along nicely, so hope­fully it will run be­fore the end of the year. It won’t fit into any class in the Alfa cham­pi­onship, so will run as an in­vi­ta­tion en­try next year.”

Evans will also make a re­turn to the BRSCC’S Alfa Romeo Cham­pi­onship at Don­ing­ton Park next month with a newly built 145 for the Twin Spark Cup Class. Evans hasn’t raced this year af­ter loan­ing his car to another com­peti­tor. Dean Macdonald stamped his author­ity on a grow­ing and resur­gent Bri­tish Kart Cham­pi­onship in the CIK se­nior class, win­ning both fi­nals at Shen­ing­ton.

The fly­ing Scots­man cruised clear of Oliver Hodg­son in the first fi­nal, as Toby Sow­ery dropped out. That el­e­vated Ja­cob Stilp to third. Stilp was pressed by Jamie Flynn un­til the lat­ter also re­tired, which left Luke Knott in fourth, well clear of Roy John­son. Veteran Bobby Game had been in the mix for fifth but fell to 11th.

In the sec­ond fi­nal, Stilp leapfrogge­d the fast-start­ing Har­ri­son Thomas and Hodg­son for sec­ond but Macdonald had al­ready cleared off. Thomas nipped past Hodg­son in the chi­cane whilst Flynn roared up from the back to chal­lenge Ross Martin for fifth.

In the Ju­nior OK cat­e­gory, Jonathan Hog­gard was at one with the track on a very hot week­end and went vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged, al­though Mor­gan Porter did his best for sec­ond in both fi­nals. In the first, Kiern Jewiss lost sec­ond to Axel Char­p­en­tier be­fore Porter took them both. Mark Kim­ber leapfrogge­d to third, as Jewiss was pe­nalised for a dropped front fair­ing from con­tact, el­e­vat­ing Char­p­en­tier, Cal­lum Brad­shaw and lo­cal driver Ro­man Has­kett.

Hog­gard swiftly pulled a gap on Porter in the sec­ond fi­nal leav­ing all the ac­tion around third place. Jewiss had put in a stu­pen­dous first lap for fifth, he and Char­p­en­tier soon joined by Kim­ber in the bat­tle for third. Amid much jostling on the last lap, both into the first hair­pin and through the chi­cane, Jewiss held onto third over Char­p­en­tier and Kim­ber.

Ro­man Has­kett won an en­gine for best new­comer, fin­ish­ing in sev­enth po­si­tion, whilst Ross Martin took home the se­nior en­gine prize.

Hog­gard and Macdonald can now sport the new MSA E Plates on their karts.

1 Dean Macdonald (Tony Kart); 2 Oliver Hodg­son (Birel ART) +1.37s; 3 Ja­cob Stilp (Mad Croc) 4 Luke Knott (Tony Kart); 5 Roy John­son (Tony Kart); 6 Har­ri­son Thomas (Kos­mic). Fastest lap Knott 40.38s. Pole Macdonald.

1 Macdonald; 2 Stilp +1.17s; 3 Thomas; 4 Hodg­son; 5 Ross Martin (Birel-art); 6 Jamie Flynn (DR). FL John­son 40.4s. P Macdonald.

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