Silverstone hosted bumper 750MC Meeting

The annual 750 Motor Club meeting on the Silverstone International Circuit in August saw over 400 entries over two days of action.

Adam Shepherd continued his run of form in the Type R Trophy with two more victories despite Lee Deegan making better starts in both races. Deegan still took a couple of second places finishes, fighting an ABS issue. Luke Rosewell beat Jack Leese and Mark Balmer in the opener to get third, while Balmer claimed that position in the afternoon and pulled away from Rosewell, who beat Joe Jessup to fourth.

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Joe Stables (Radical PR6) and Scott Mittell (Mittell MC41RR) took a win apiece in the Bikesports Championship, well clear of the pack. Andrew Kimpton beat the similar PR6s of Jules Griffiths and Alastair Smart in the opener, while Griffiths took third in race two and was the only other driver on the lead lap. Leon Morrell (Radical SR3) took a pair of class B victories. Miles Drew, Matt Moore and Philip Brown – all in SR3s – picked up class trophies.

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Philip Wright and Alastair Camp shared the victories in the Hot Hatch Championship with their Honda Civic Type-Rs in a pair of tightly contested races. Chris Smith’s similar car took third both times after leading briefly leading in race two.  Matt Creed’s Renault Clio won twice in class B after Dan Gibbs’ Volkswagen Golf was found to be underweight in race one. David Drinkwater was clear of class C opposition in both races – with similar BMW Compacts of Olivia Martin and Adam Read chasing.

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Lee Morgan passed Dan Gore in the last third of the opening F1000 race at Stowe with Rob Welham rounding off the podium ahead of erstwhile championship leader Elliott Mitchell. Morgan lost out in race two when he was slow coming off a Code 60, which was due to a startline incident between staller James Hills and Welham. That allowed Gore to take his first victory of the season with Matthew Booth completing the podium.

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Danny Hands (AHS Dominator) won Saturday mornings Formula Vee race after a tussle with Craig Pollard’s Bears GAC. With slipstreaming aplenty throughout the race. Ian Buxton chased them home in his GAC Daghorn after a late Safety Car. James Harridge (Maverick) fought through to fourth after starting from the back after Qualifying dramas. Rik Lanyi impressed to take his best result of fifth, beating the similar AHS Dominator of Matt Harbot. Race two was abandoned after a lap one incident.

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Andy Marston took the lead of the Roadsports Series on lap one and was never headed aboard his BMW E46 M3. The E36 models of Christopher Mills / David Gardner and Matthew Weymouth completed the podium. The top three in class B were separated by just one tenth of a second after 31 laps with Colin Gillespie (Porsche Cayman) judged to be ahead of Chris Freeman (Honda Civic) at the line with Liam Crilly (BMW Z4) close behind. Matt Creed added to his Hot Hatch successes by winning class C and father-and-son duo Philip and Matthew Adcock’s BMW Compact winning class D.

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Jack Kingsbury, Jason Pelosi and Scott Edgar was the podium finishing order in two very different Clio 182 Championship races. Kingsbury dominated race one and took the flag ten seconds ahead. However, in race two Pelosi did head Kingsbury in the middle but the championship leader got back ahead a couple of laps later. Jack Dwane and Andy Harding headed the chasing pack in the two races. 

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Reigning champions Aaron Cooke and Shaun Traynor won the MR2 Championship races in their Roadsters after Nick Williamson was quickly excluded in race two for overtaking both in a double waved yellow flag zone. Cam Walton and Adam Lockwood shared third place honours in the races. Walton and Sam Harper took class B honours for the Mk2 while Dave Hemingway was twice on top of class A for the Mk1. 

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Niall Bradley won both BMW Car Club Championship races in his BMW E46 M3 ahead of Rick Kerry’s M140. Lee Piercey (E36 M3) beat Paul Cook (E46 M3) to third in race one, while Brad Sheehan (E46 M3) charged from the back to get onto the podium in the afternoon. Gary Burstow (E46 M3) won twice in M2 after Wayne Lewis’ similar car clashed with class 6 runner Jim Benson (330ci). That also allowed Ben Pearson (330ci) to take two victories in the 6-cylinder class. Karl McMillan and David Morris won in the Cup class for the 325Ti.

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Joe Lock and Ashley Hicklin won a closely contested 75-lap Club Enduro race in the Tim Gray Motorsport BMW E46 M3 GTR. Carl Swift led early in the Area Motorsport Seat Leon but suffered with brake issues, which required a brake pad change when he handed over to Rob Baker. He recovered to third behind Andy Marston’s BMW E46 M3. Alan Henderson’s Lotus Elise battled for the lead early on but a pitstop outside the Safety Car period dropped him back. William Stacey took his first class B victory since Easter at Donington Park in his Lotus Elise ahead of Chris Freeman (Honda Civic) and Phil Dryburgh (Porsche Boxster). Alex Miller and John Langridge narrowly kept their overall title chances alive by taking their Mazda MX5 to a third class C win of the year. They were a minute clear of Chris Webster / Matthew Tidmarsh in their similar car and Rory Baptiste / Tim Hartland were third in their BMW 330i.

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James Plant’s unique Austin Healey 106 won the Bernies V8s race by four seconds from the TVR Tuscan of Jason Clegg. Rikki Cann and Samuel Wilson’s shared Austin Martin V8 Vantage took third place ahead of Mathew Smith (TVR Chimera) and current BTCC racer Josh Cook sharing Peter Hallford’s Ford Mustang came fifth. The concurrent All Porsche Trophy race was won by Adam Southgate. He was nearly a lap clear of Stephen and Felix Archer. Matthew Kyle-Henney and Trevor Lewis came third. They were all in Boxsters.

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