Historic Sports Car Club Silverstone Finals

A blustery Silverstone played host to the Historic Sports Car Clubs Finals meetings, where  packed grids of classes from 70’s Road Sports and Historic Formula Ford to the Guards Trophy and Derek Bell Trophy wrapped up what has been a busy season, ahead of the final outing for the HSCC at the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy meeting.

There were more than twenty entries for the two Historic Formula Ford Championship races,  with marques such as Merlyn, Elden and Crosslee pitted against each other. The Championship open to any Formula Ford 1600 originally built and restored before 1971 was taken by Michael O’Brien who also took the win in race one.

Joining him on the podium was Callum Grant in second place and Ed Thurston in third. The second race found championship runner up Richard Tarling in first place with Callum Jackson in second and Callum Grant in third.

The Classic Clubmans Championship saw a large grid of entrants in predominantly various MK’s of Mallocks but also racing was a Lola,a Royale and a Phantom. The Championship is for Pre-1981 front-engined Clubmans sports racing cars divided into 4 classes including an invitational class.

Taking the race win was Alan Cook with David Wale in second and John Harrison in third place.

In 70’s Sports Cars there was a fantastic grid of over thirty cars including a Vauxhall Firenza, Lotus Europa, MG B and Marcos 1800GT. Also joining the class was 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Richard Attwood.

Attwood also a former Formula One driver raced the Porsche 928 which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Winning the race in his Datsun 240Z was Charles Barter, the new series Champion(and father of Julian Barter-last years Champion). In second place was Daniel Pickett in the Morgan Plus 8 while completing the podium was Richard Attwood.

Historic Formula 3 with Historic Formula Libre was a fantastic grid of cars built between 1964 and 1970, from Brabhams to Chevrons to a Crossle. Taking the win in the race was Mark Goodyear in the Lotus 59 with Andrew Hibberd in second place and Jon Millcevic in third place.

Millcevic however takes the 2017 Championship title.

Next up was the Guards Trophy, a series that is contested by pre 1966 GT’s and pre 1969 sports cars. Also included is an invitational class for sports cars built before 1968. The series runs to a mini enduro format. The hour long race was won by Michael and Will Schryver in the Chevron B6 with James Schryver in second place in his Chevron B8, with Charles Allison also in a Chevron B8 taking the final step on the podium.

Historic Formula Junior Rear Engine race one found Cameron Jackson in first place in the Brabham BT2, Andrew Hibberd taking second place in his Lotus 22, while in third was Benn Tilley also in a Lotus 22. In race two Jackso returned to the podium in first place with Andrew Hibberd again in second place while this time in third was Sam Wilson.

The Historic Formula Junior Front Engine series race one was taken by Mark Woodhouse in his Elva 100, second place going to Nick Taylor also in a Elva 100 with Charlie Besley in third position. Race two also found Woodhouse and Taylor in the top two positions this time joined in third by Justin Fleming in the Lola MK2.

The prestigious Derek Bell Trophy sees Formula 5000 and Formula 2 single seaters that were raced between 1967 and 1979. It includes classes for Classic Clubmans, Formula Atlantic and later Formula Ford 2000 and Formula Three cars.  Winning Race one was Michael Lyons in his  Gurney-Eagle FA74, while in second place was Jamie Brashaw in his March 73A, third place going to Mark Dwyer in the March 742.  Race two again found Lyons and Brashaw in first and second place this time joined by Neil Glover in the Chevron B37.

The Historic Touring Cars Championship which is open to cars in production prior to 1966 saw a wonderful grid including Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint, Singer Chamois, Ford Anglia and Hillman Imp.  The winner in race one was Peter Hallford in his Ford Mustang, in second place also driving a Mustang was Alex Thistlethwayte, while taking third place was Richard Belcher in a Ford Lotus Cortina. Race two again saw the same three competitors arrive at the podium in the same positions.

The popular Historic Formula Ford 2000 championship which sees cars that were raced prior to 1980 was won in race one by Andrew Park in his Reynard SF81, while in second place was Ian Pearson in the Royale RP30, Benn Simms in the Reynard SF77 taking third place. Race two found Park again on top step of the podium with Simms in second place and Callum Grant in third place in his third trip to the podium of the weekend.

The Classic Formula 3 series is a great chance to see F3 cars originally built and raced between 1971 and 1984, there is also invitation classes open to Formula Ford 2000 cars built prior to 1983 and Formula Super Vee cars with water cooled engines built prior to 31st December 1980. Taking race one was Pat Gormley in the Safir RJF3, in second Cameron Jackson in the Euroracing 101 and in third Gaius Ghinn in the Ralt RT3. Race two found Ghinn this time taking the win with Richard Trott in the Chevron B43 in second and Tom Smith In the March 793 in third place.

The Historic Road Sports Championship is open to production sports and GT cars built and registered between 1947 and 1969 that have a period competition history, and with entrants such as MG B’s, Lotus Elans and Morgan 8s it is another fantastic championship for any historic racing fan to enjoy.  The day belonged to the Morgan 8 with first and third position occupied by drivers of the marque, William Plant in first place and Richard Plant in third, with second place occupied by John Davison in the Lotus Elan S1.

Despite the challenging weather conditions, it was a great weekends racing and season finale for many of the HSCC’s excellent championships.

The HSCC’s  Walter Hayes Trophy returns to Silverstone on November 4th and 5th.

Allison Remzi    Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

Galley: BSB end of season look back.

Shane Byrnes retaining the Championship title at Brands Hatch marks the end of a nail biting British Superbikes season which found nine different race winners and a close Championship fight.

It was heartache for Championship leader Leon Haslam as he dropped back in race one at the decider with clutch problems then crashed out in race two with brake issues, effectively handing the title to Shane Byrnes.

But as ever its been another fantastic season for British Superbike fans, with some incredible closely fought races,  and  riders dishing out some memorable action.

We look back at some of our images from the 2017 season.

 

 

Photo credits  ©Andy Fitzpatrick   ©Allison Remzi

BTCC announce special ‘Diamond Double’ anniversary race

BTCC announced today a special ‘Diamond Double’ race  to  celebrate the British Touring Car Championship’s 60th anniversary diamond jubilee celebrations.

The race will take place at Snetterton on Sunday 29 July 2018 and will run over 60 miles, with no success ballast and double championship points up for grabs.  There will also be a separate qualifying race on the Saturday with all cars qualifying at their base weights.

Alan Gow, BTCC Series Director, said: “We are delighted to confirm this special extended race as part of the BTCC’s diamond jubilee celebrations. As well, there will be a number of additional activities to celebrate our 60th anniversary throughout 2018 which will be revealed over the next few months.

“We believe this 60-mile race, roughly double the distance of a normal BTCC encounter, will add a further sporting twist to what will be a fantastic and memorable season. I am sure our loyal teams, drivers, venues, officials, sponsors, partners, marshals and of course our fans will share in this excitement, making the Snetterton race weekend an unmissable event in 2018.”

 

Image ©Andy Fitzpatrick 

Gallery: Donington Historic Festival 2017

Donington Historic Festival features some packed on track action from classes such as Pre-War Sports Cars to Formula 2 to Pre-60 Touring Cars, while off track the festival welcomes many car clubs including Porsche Club GB.  Also marking the 40th anniversary year of Donington Parks re-opening, the festival is a major event in the historic racing calendar. Here are some of our images from the event…

 

All photos ©Andy Fitzpatrick

Rick Parfitt Jnr wins 2017 Sunoco Challenge

Rick Parfitt Jnr wins this years Sunoco Challenge and a place in the   BMW Endurance Challenge support race at the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona which takes place in January. The event in Florida is the opening round of 2018’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

The British GT champion beat Jessica Hawkins and Matt Hammond who were both in close contention but failed to score the necessary points in the Mini Challenge Cooper Championship last weekend at Snetterton.

Parfitt Jnr is the first amateur driver to win the competition and the first driver to win with a current champion as his co-driver, Seb Morris, his Team Parker Racing team mate having won the competition last year.

The BMW Endurance Challenge is a four hour race which sees a varied grid of GT4’s from Ford Mustangs to Maserati Gran Turismo’s  and also runs a Street Tuner class where the likes of Mini’s and Nissan Altimas rub shoulders with Porsche Cayman and Mazda MX5’s.

The race takes part at Daytona International Speedway on January 26th.

 

Allison Remzi      Image ©Andy Fitzpatrick

Weather Chaos at the 6hrs of Fuji brings race to an early finish & 1-2 for Toyota

It was a 1-2 win for Toyota at the 6 hours of Fuji, a tumultuous race that was red flagged twice, had one full course yellow and 6 safety car periods, eventually finishing four and a half hours in. It was the #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson that took the win in foggy and wet weather conditions that led to a race full of incidents.

The #1 Porsche car of Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy which eventually finished third, started well until contact between Lotterer and the #8 Toyota knocked the Porsche 919 into fourth place, but moving back into third after pitting for replacement bodywork.

The race was due to restart with a 10 minute dash to finish before the six hour mark but was finally cancelled due to the worsening conditions

In LMP2  Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal in the #31 Vaillante Rebellion came first in class taking their second win of the season with Canal not even taking a stint behind the wheel. In second place was the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Andre Negrao. While third place went to LMP2 leaders Jackie Chan DC Racings #38 car of Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent.

Among the many incidents throughout the race was a controversial incident between CEFC Manor TRS Racings Jan-Eric Vergne and #13 Vaillante Rebellion’s Matthias Beche with the two making contact several times due to  poor visibility before Beche was spun out and hit the barriers.

In GTE Pro and Am it was victory for Ferrari with AF Corse Ferrari’s James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi taking the win in the #51 Ferrari 458, the Porsche 911 of of Frédéric Makowiecki and Richard Lietz taking second, with the Porsche GT #92 of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in third place

In the GTE Am class Spirit of Race Ferrari’s Thomas Flohr, Francesco Castellacci and Miguel Molina took their first win in the #54 Ferrari 488 with #61 Clearwater Ferrari of Weng Sun Mok, Matt Griffin and Keita Sawa in second place with # 77 Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR in third place, a car that had been given a pik livery in support of breast cancer awareness month and the Dempsey Centre cancer charity.

So one of the most chaotic races in the WEC season finished with as yet no clear Drivers Champions in LMP1, with two rounds left to go and 39 points between leaders Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard and Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson.

The next round takes place in Shanghai on November 3rd/5th

 

Allison Remzi    Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

Gallery: 750 Motor Club, Donington Park Autumn Round

It was the Championship deciding weekend for some of the 750 Motor Club Formulae at Donington including the Clio 182 Championship which was won by Patrick Fletcher and the Formula Vee Championship which was won by Ben Miloudi.

Also on track was the Great 924 Race, celebrating 25 years since the first Porsche Racing Drivers Association race.  Other championships appearing on the weekend included BMW 330 Challenge, Civic Cup, and Locost Championship. Here is a gallery of some of our photographs from the event:

All images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

Gallery: Ginetta action from British GT Donington Park round

The Donington round brought the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club Plus Championships to a close.  Lifting the trophy in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club Plus was Michael Crees, drawing his amazing rookie year to perfect ending. While in the GT5 Challenge Championship honours went to Lewis Brown after a valiant fight with Shane Stoney, whom he went into the final round 17 points behind, again capping off a fantastic debut in the championship.  

Our photographs from across the final round of the 2017 season……

Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick

 

 

JCW Mini Challenge at Donington Park Gallery

It was a perfect weekend for Brett Smith’s taking top of the podium in both races at Donington, the Eurotech Racing driver had already won the Championship at the Oulton Park round, but capped his brilliant season off in fine style.  The twenty five year old has also been racing in the British Touring Car Championship in his father Jeff’s car following his accident earlier in the season. Another BTCC drivers  progeny are Will Neal and Henry Neal sons of Matt Neal. Will finished 10th in race one and 16th in race two while Henry finished in 12th place and did not finish in race two.

Second place in both races was Rob Smith who finished fifth in the standings, while David Grady also visited the podium in both races completing the podium in third position.  Here are some of our JCW Mini Challenge pics from  the test day prior to the race weekend.

All images   ©Andy Fitzpatrick