In the final part of the review we look back on the Locost championship, Armed Forces, Sports Specials/Ma7da and Club Enduro
Once again, the Locost championship provided action-packed slipstreaming throughout the 2019 season. Reigning champion Mark Burton endured a tough season with mechanical gremlins during his campaign which meant he was unable to win a race but did finish on the podium seven times. Tom Gadd completed the trio of victories at Croft which Burton had managed to do a year earlier. He took a further three victories and four podium visits to win the title. Murray Shepherd was another multiple victor alongside the returning Ben Powney, who drove in select rounds and the double Snetterton winner was Jonathan Lisseter.
Sports Specials & Ma7da
The Sports Specials championship featured the new-in-2019 Ma7da series and showcased some big grids across 2019. The Eclipse pairing Martin Gambling and Paul Boyd took five victories between them, it was a close battle all season for the title with Boyd and Gambling unable to stop eventual champion Andy Hiley all taking victories and podiums along the way. Hiley took six victories to win the title by 19 points. In Class B, Chris Pyke who had it very much his own way towards the end of the season with 8 victories in class, the same can be said for Stewart Mutch in Class C who even had an overall victory in torrential rain at Silverstone.
In the Ma7da series it was Locost regular Ben Powney who came out on top, with Lee Dolby and James Millman in the top 3, the series will be looking to grow in 2020 with stand alone grids.
With the Armed Forces Race Challenge overall championship honours decided on consistency rather than wins it adds an extra element to its racing. Mark Inman dominated the overall wins and Class A with four victories, Ian Smythe and Ben Williams the only two drivers to achieve two wins a piece in class B. Class C saw a trio of overall contenders take wins with Jonathan Candler, Chris Slator and Keith Attwood. The inclement weather at the Snetterton finale caused unpredictability and difficult to keep consistent to score good results but after all the calculations were made it was Chris Slator who edged ahead to the championship honours.
Club Enduro had big grids and fantastic variety across three classes. With great speed difference and driver experience, the variables that can affect an endurance race played their part in the outcome of the championships. Luke Sedzikowski and David Whitmore in their Tegiwa-liveried BMW M4 won the first two outings before bad luck began to stutter their campaign, they would only finish on the podium once more in the final meeting at Silverstone. Carl Swift and Rob Baker swapped cars halfway through the season, from the Honda Civic to the Seat Leon Eurocup. The move proved fundamental allowing them to win the last three races and take the class A championship down to the wire. Eventual Class A champion Joe Taylor in his Lotus Elise S3 showed he could beat mighty machinery with his consistent finishing, even taking an overall win at Silverstone in August.
The overall title went down to the final Silverstone GP round with Class B champion Steve Cheetham and the pairing of Andrew Lightstead and Imran Khan from class C battling it out. Both with five wins apiece once dropped scores had been accounted it was Cheetham who won the overall Club Enduro title.