The MSVR Club Car Championships rolled into Silverstone on the National circuit, bringing a varied programme of excellent racing from the newly created Heritage Formula Ford, which caters for pre 1993 FF1600’s to the ever popular Mini Challenge classes where a fun spectacle is always guaranteed.
Twenty FF1600s lined up on a scorching Sunday at Silverstone to compete in the Jim Walsh Trophy for Jack Cavill Heritage Formula Ford. Oliver White, Lewis Fox and Jaap Blijleven took to the podium in both races taking first, second and third respectively. Oliver White takes the Jim Walsh Trophy for 2018, a title he already holds and makes his wins at Silverstone three out of four this season.
The MINI Challenge is an immensely popular series with 4 classes JCW, Cooper Pro, Cooper Am and Cooper S. Some of the classes are on the support package of major series such as BTCC and British GT. Competing at Silverstone was MINI Cooper Pro/Am and Cooper S.
In the Pro/Am class Kyle Reid took the win in race one after holding the lead for the majority of the race until being passed by Simon Walton and Robbie Dalgleish, however this drop back was short lived with Reid regaining the lead Walton taking second place and Dalgleish taking third.
Race two saw the first 6 places reversed and Reid on the 4th row and Andy Jordan on pole. However this didn’t stop Reid from battling through, a slight spin on the grass shifted him back for a while, but eventually he made it up into second place behind winner Robbie Dalgliesh who had easily taken the lead within the opening laps, flanked on the podium by Simon Walton in third.
The Cooper S class was looking to be a romp home for Jono Davis, however a puncture put paid to a victory in the first Cooper S Class race of the day with the win going to Will Fairclough, Rob Austin in second and Andy Montgomery in third place.
Race two which like the Cooper Pro/Am Class also featured a reverse grid saw Jono Davis improve on his earlier result, taking the lead toward the end of the race while Will Fairclough who was carrying ballast struggled to match his earlier performance but finished in P2 just ahead of Andy Montgomery.
The F3 Cup Championship brought some great single seater action with Cian Carey taking two dominant wins compounding his second place in the driver standings. In race one he did battle with Shane Kelly throughout, but Carey had the edge, Kelly having to be content with P2 with Stuart Wiltshire in third place.
Race two saw a shuffle of places on the podium, Carey again taking the top step,this time with Wiltshire in P2 and Shane Kelly in third place. The race began with a delayed start due to Philip Jeans car stalling on the green flag lap, but as the lights went out Carey got off to a flying start passing pole sitter Tony Bishop, the previous race top three went into battle but it was a commanding race by Carey leaving Wiltshire and Kelly in his wake.
Race three was a different matter, there was drama from the off when Kelly’s Mugen F308 failed on the grid, he was pushed back to the pit lane but that was the end of his race. Carey held the lead but was under pressure from Wiltshire, the duo eventually making contact resulting in a retirement for Wiltshire, and a lead for Darragh Daly, with Baptiste Leonard just behind him. Carey managed to finish the race alongside Phillip Jeans, however a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits put him further down the order into 5th place and giving Daly his debut F3 Cup win, with Baptiste Leonard in second place and Jeans in third.
The MSVR All-Comers is a great fun series, which attracts a varied array of cars from Caterhams to BMWs to TVR’s. Taking the podium in the same order in both races on Sunday was Tony Bennett in his Caterham, flanked by Mark Rusted in his TVR Cerbera in second place and AJ Owen in his Honda Civic in third place.
Another popular MSVR series is the Trackday Championship which also attracts an eclectic mix of cars and a huge grid split of 5 classes split into two races. Class B, C & D race saw Gary Burstow in his BMW 328i Coupe take the overall and class B win over a second ahead of Simon Hogg and George Wright in their Porsche 944 with Pete Jokinen in third place in his MINI Cooper S.
Top of class C was Sam Gay and Colin Tester in the Honda Civic, with Kevin Sterling in second place in his Ford Fiesta and John Griffiths and Tom Rogers in the DLR Motorsport Renault Clio in third place. First plass in Class D was Phil Burden in a Ford Fiesta, second was Rob Burnham and Tom Starkey in their Ford Puma, while third in class went to Roger Everett in his Ford Fiesta.
The more modest grid of the S & A Class found a number of DNF’s but Class S and overall winner was Ryan and Jamie Gibb in the BMW M3, with Callum McDougall and Ben Simonds in second place with the Caterham SuperSport and Warren Allen in third place in his Porsche Cayman. The only finisher in the A Class was Les and Nik Barton in the VW Golf Cup.
The MSVT Trackday Trophy also saw a large grid with a variety or entries but wins in their first race went to Jordan & Ray Honeybone in the Renault Clio. While the MSVT Teams Trophy race found top step of the podium going to Ty Boothroyd and Michael Pensaville in their BMW M3.
The ever popular Radical SR1 Cup saw a fantastic grid of fourteen cars. There was some incredibly close, thrilling racing especially between James Pinkerton and Ryan Harper-Ellam who took a win apiece and with just fractions between them in the first race where Pinkerton triumphed and just over two seconds in the second race which found Harper-Ellam on P1.
Pinkerton now leads the championship 28 points ahead of Harper-Ellam. Pinkerton was quoted saying: “This weekend has been great for the championship. I didn’t expect to extend the points lead as it’s clear that Ryan was really quick here.
“I think the switch to the newer Gen2 design bodywork has helped as it’s made the car feel a lot more stable in the high-speed stuff. But I was speechless after race one – it was an insane race! We were both pushing pretty aggressively but giving each other enough room and those final stages were so tense as I nearly threw it all away on the final corner but just managed to come out on top.
“I pushed too hard at the start of race two and that cost me ultimately as I over-drove the car and went backwards. But this has still been a great weekend.”
Third place in both races went to Will Hunt.
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