Storm Alex Causes Disruption At MG Car Club Meeting

Cold weather and persistent heavy rain greeted the final day of MG Car Club’s 2020 racing season at Oulton Park with an early end to proceedings for what was described as ‘marshals’ safety’.

Guest action came from the Porsche Club Championship, where the opener had a closely fought 6-car lead battle in the only race that did not begin under the Safety Car. Peter Morris’ 997 led the early stages after beating Simon Clark’s Cayman off the line. Morris defending well but eventually fell behind fast-starting Mark McAleer (997) on lap six. Clark and Jake McAleer (Cayman) passed Morris before the end. The race finished behind the Safety Car after an incident between Chris Dyer (Cayman) and James Caley (997), who were involved in the leading pack.

Morris defending off the attentions of Clark in race two and won by 0.7 seconds after 11 laps. Caley took third after Jake McAleer had a high-speed off at Cascades. Jake’s Dad Mark retired earlier. James Coleman and Charles Clark – both Boxsters – shared class 2 honours after a pair of tight battles. Paul Simpson won class 3 twice for the Classic Boxster Cup.

Jack Ashton beat Mike Williams twice in their Rover Metro battle at the front of the MG Cup pack. Darren Harris (MG ZR) picked up a pair of class B wins by finishing an impressive third overall both times. A misfire after splashing through a puddle slowed Kayleigh Twigger (Rover Tomcat) in her tracks after leading race two. Carl Robinson, despite starting from the pit lane in race one, won class A both times to take his MG ZR to the title. 

Jack Ashton at a much sunnier Snetterton, Photo Credit: SJN Photography

Sam Kirkpatrick and Ross Makar crashed out of leading positions in the opening MG Trophy race, promoting Fred Burgess to victory. He beat Doug Cole and class B victor Tylor Ballard. Makar returned in race two, to win by 5 seconds over Burgess. Ballard took another third – beating Adam Jackson for class honours. John Donnelly was the sole class C runner, so naturally took two class wins.

Mark Eales dominated the Metro Cup outing, winning by 34 seconds over Dan Willars. Tim Davies completed the podium, while being chased by Richard Garrard after David Javes went off at Old Hall. Phil Goodwin and Kyla Birdsye completed the top six.

MG Metro Cup, Photo Credit: SJN Photography

James Wheeler stormed to BCV8 honours, driving Ian Prior’s GT V8. He beat Ollie Neaves by 5 seconds, who would claim the championship. Russell McCarthy finished a distant third. Jim Bryan narrowly beat Jonnie Wheeler and Steve Wells in class C while Ian Prior and Russell McAngus for classes B and AB respectively.

Ollie Neaves at Snetterton, Photo Credit: SJN Photography

Ray Collier (MG ZR) dominated the Cockshoot Cup, remarkably 56 seconds ahead of the rest. He beat the ZS of Karl Green. Brian Butler took third in his MGF, winning class F and that gave him championship honours. Mark Bellamy was fourth overall and took his ZR to class B honours despite the charging Nick Ashman (ZR), who finished behind the MGF of Mark Wright.

David Morrison won the Midget Challenge by over a minute from Richard Wildman, who had claimed every race previously this season. Bruce Carter completed the podium. Peter Kennerley and Andrew Caldwell were class winners.

MG Midget grid, Photo Credit: SJN Photography