The 750 Motor Club Arrived At A Blustery Silverstone For A Bumper Race Weekend

Ten grids raced around the Silverstone International layout featuring over 340 cars across the weekend.

First up were the Hot Hatches; with Class A reduced compared to last time out at Mallory Park meant it was two easy victories for Gary Prebble in his Honda Civic EK, carrying on his success from last time out. Behind in Class B former Class C driver Ian Williamson made his debut in his newly acquired Honda Civic – the ex Rodren Vella car. Williamson qualified on pole ahead of Phil Wright (Civic) and Tony Perfect (Civic). Race one saw Williamson and Wright pull away from the remaining class B cars, to battle it out, their fastest laps being just a tenth apart, it was Williamson who won from Wright and Perfect. The second outing was a repeat victory for Williamson gaining the lap record along the way. Second place was a hard-fought battle between Perfect and Paul Bancroft (Civic) as they both went passed Wright as he struggled for pace. Bancroft closed in on Perfect but could not get pass and finished four tenths shy of second in class. David Drinkwater continued his class C dominance with double victory ahead of Dan Gibbs and William Hornsey, race two the top two remained the same, this time it saw Wayne Shackleford third after a great battle with fellow Saxo racer Paul Warren. 

Gary Prebble (2019) Photo Credit: SJN Photography

The Sports Specials Championship had the Ma7das joining them on the grid for Silverstone, starting with a ten second delay. Reigning Sports Specials champion Andy Hiley in his Chronos took two wins, both finishing ahead of Paul Collingwood (Eclipse SM1), race one Hiley enjoyed a much bigger lead despite saving his tyres, race two Collingwood closed in the final few laps due to traffic coming into play. Stewart Mutch (MEV) finished third overall and first in class C for the first race with class B going the way of Jonathan Curry (Caterham) finishing eighth overall. The second race saw Anton Landon (Cyana) round out the podium ahead of Mutch, with class B this time going the way of Colin Benham (CB Fury). 

Matt Cherrington; Photo Credit: SJN Photography

The Ma7da Series saw a battle between Matt Cherrington and double Snetterton winner Jonathan Lisseter, Cherrington pulled out a big lead in both races to win after his Snetterton woes. David Winter finished third in race one as Ben Powney was disqualified for an underweight car, closely followed by newcomer to the series Simon Walker-Hansell. Race two and Walker-Hansell went one better finishing third ahead of Powney and Winter all three crossing the line a second apart. 

Bikesports had its largest grid ever with thirty bike engine cars taking to the track. Pole sitter Martin Brooks got off the line well to lead, behind Scott Mittell (Mittell MC41 R) slipped from second on the grid as Joe Stables’ Radical PR6 moved up the order. Class A champion from last year Josh Smith battled for the podium positions, Charles Hall (Spire) was quick in the corners chasing down second place man Joe Stables but none could catch Brooks, with Stables and Hall rounding out the podium. Brooks got a poor start in the second outing, allowing several through. Hall made a move on Stables at Abbey only for Stables to retake the lead at Stowe. Behind Mittell moved ahead of Brooks for third, this order would remain as the race was red flagged due to a stricken car at the link. 

Ryan Yarrow in the Sports 1000 championship had a relatively easy run in the first race, Richard Morris (Spire) had to start from the back due to a penalty, but it didn’t take long for Morris to race through the field to finish second. Behind James Walker held onto third as Carl Austin (Spire) and Victor Neumann (Mittell) had a coming together early on spinning out of contention. Race two saw a more intense battle between Morris and Yarrow, Morris got a better start to take the lead, but Yarrow was never far away constantly in Morris’s mirrors until lap 11 when Yarrow made a move at the final corner but spun on the exit, the gap they had pulled was enough to keep Yarrow in second. Michael Roots secured his maiden podium in third for Mittell Cars. 

Warren Allen (Porsche Cayman) won the 45-minute Roadsports race on the road but was excluded for overtaking under yellow flags. That promoted multiple VLN race winner Bradley Philpot to victory in his Avon Tyres backed Lotus Elise. He beat the Honda Civic of David Vincent by less than a second with Jamie Sturges’ Seat Leon third, who had to make a comeback drive after losing time during the pit stop process, which occurred behind the Safety Car.

Liam Crilly debuted a BMW Z4 and won class B with it by 23 seconds over the David Shead and Malcolm Edeson shared M3-powered Compact. Ben’s Hancy and Short won class C with the unlikely Nissan Almera coming out on top in class D with Daniel Cogswell.

Another big grid was the F1000 with their largest during the one litre Jedi era. It was regular front runner and championship runner up Dan Clowes who did the treble. Race one saw a challenge from Dan Gore until he retired mid race, not before he tried a make a move at Abbey bringing Matthew Booth with him, Booth clipped the kerb and had a massive half spin dropping him down the order. Motorsport UK academy driver Jack Tomalin enjoyed a brilliant debut race finishing in second behind him was Adam Walker as Elliott Mitchell retired late on. The partial reverse grid for race two saw Paul Butcher take the early lead. Matthew Minnett held onto second for several laps before Booth moved up to second. Booth and Clowes set about reeling Butcher in and on the penultimate lap, Clowes moved ahead of Booth then got Butcher at Stowe to win. Race three was a close battle for Clowes, with Booth pulling off at Village on the opening lap with an issue. Dan Gore battled with Clowes after his woes in the last two races, finishing just four tenths shy with Tomalin finishing a fine third once again. 

Dan Clowes (2019) Photo Credit: SJN Photography

The oldest championship in the UK; 750 Formula saw another double victory for Peter Bove to go with his Mallory Park wins. With the Anglesey meeting now cancelled he looks set to seal the title at Snetterton. Bove was made to work for the first victory with Chris Gough (CGR2), Mark Glover (Racekits) and Andrew Kemp (Racekits) all fighting for the same piece of tarmac. Bove would get the better of Gough and Glover with the trio separated by under a second. Race two saw Glover give Bove a battle for first as the slipstream effect helped Glover remain under second throughout, further back Kemp finished third setting the fastest lap in the process. 

The largest MR2 grid of 44 cars saw reigning champion Shaun Traynor on pole in his new class C Roadster. Traynor got a great start in race one retaining the lead from Nick Williamson’s Mk2, Traynor broke the tow and went onto win with Williamson and Alastair Topley coming home third. Race two was a much closer affair with Traynor and Topley but it was Williamson who led the opening laps. Ultimately, he finished down in fourth. Topley and Traynor traded places until the latter crossed the line just under three tenths ahead of Topley with Aaron Cooke a further second back. 

MR2 Grid: Photo Credit: SJN Photography

Another near capacity grid; the 5 Club Racing MX5 Cup held two races on the Sunday. The top six in qualifying were separated by less than a second with Richard Baxter taking pole. Seven drivers were in the lead group with the places changing numerous times, pole sitter Baxter slipped down the order after running ahead early on, he would eventually finish sixth. Jason Greatrex won from Ben Hancy who dropped down the order at one point too, with Courtney Milnes in third after she also led early on. 

Ricard Baxter won race two after going three-wide down the hanger straight, Steve Foden made his way to second as the top two broke away, with Tom Smith finishing ahead of race one winner Greatrex. 

Carl Swift and Rob Baker led all but one lap of the opening Club Enduro round with their Seat Leon to continue an unbeaten streak with the car. They beat the venerable BMW E36 M3 of Owen Fitzgerald and Rory Hinde by 6 seconds after 100 minutes of racing. Kevin Dengate pitted early in the Safety Car period to leapfrog his way to third by the end in his newer E46 M3.

Carl Swift/Rob Baker Photo Credit: SJN Photography

Classes B and C were both won by those who pitted during the early Safety Car, when Loenzpas Loucas spun his Porsche Cayman into the pit wall. Colin Gillespie’s BMW 130i came out on top in B by 40 seconds over the Honda Civic of Luke Handley, with stint one leaders Chris Freeman and Jonny Munday third in a Honda Civic.

Andy Baylie’s Honda Civic finished two and a half laps ahead of the competition in class C with Mazda MX5 Mk3’s of Ivor Mairs second and Matthew Tidmarsh / Alex Richardson third.