The 750 Motor Club took over Silverstone for their biggest event in the year, the Birketts Relay. The race which sees a maximum 70 teams race over 6 hours, attracts a sell out grid of cars from across the 750 Motor Club Formulae from Caterhams to Radicals, Minis to GT’s.
The race first held in 1951 was introduced by Holland Birkett, a founding member of 750 Motor Club, the event born from his wish to create an affordable endurance race. The unique handicap system was developed to allow slower cars to have a fairer chance of winning and competing. This year also found the Top Gear presenters Matt Le Blanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid entering as a team with a Mercedes 600 SEL, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and Bentley Turbo-R.
The ‘scratch’ win went to Dobbers Brian Harvey, Thomas Harvey and John MacLeod in their Radical SR3’s who started on pole but were overtaken by Breakell’s Racing Heroes and flanked by Breakell’s Nightmare, last years winners also in Radicals, the Breakell team held their lead until the halfway point on lap 72 Dobbers took first place and held it for the rest of the race.
Meanwhile recent 24hr TCE Series Champs Synchro/Area Motorsport had a bad day at the office suffering damage which despite the team’s best efforts, found them eventually finishing in 61st place and 19th in class.
There was a great turn out from the Armed Forces with entries by RAF Motorsport, RAF MSA and the Armed Forces Race Challenge. RAF MSA’s Chris Slator, Darren Howe, Scott Lawson, Ed McKean, Dan Smith being the Handicap winners and took the inter-services trophy.
Also taking part were Team BRIT, who compete in the VW Fun Cup, as well as running the VW the team also entered a Caterham for the occasion. The majority of the Team BRIT drivers are serving and ex service personnel that have sustained injuries while in service.
However the Team also do a lot of work with civilian drivers, working towards creating more opportunities in motorsport and a level playing field for those with disabilities to compete.
The Top Gear crew who had led in the handicap standings in the first hour, began to drop back, suffering a number of spins
throughout the race and the Bentley suffering some technical issues early on. The team eventually finished in 69th place.
There was a strong turnout of BMW’s including those of DLH Motorsport,
while the Seat Supercopa and Cupra’s of Gemini with Christopher Vinall, Mark Todd, Ilsa Cox and Nick Hayes at the wheel also finished well in 9th place.
The Birkett Relay marks the end of the 2017 750 Motor Club season.
Handicap Winners – RAF MSA
2nd in Handicap – Production GTi Gentlemen
Scratch Race Winners – Dobbers
1st Class A – Rogue’s Troopers
2nd Class A – Six Sevens
1st Class B – Team Osman
2nd Class B – Routec Racing 330 Flyers
1st Class C – Civic Cup
2nd Class C – Williams Motorsport
1st Class D – Brackley Motor Workers
2nd Class D – Gemini
Highest Placed 750 Formula Team – Five Straights & A Tranny
Highest Placed BMW Team – Team Osman
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