Round one of the Classic championship had a very healthy field of competitors across all the classes. A couple of drivers took the chance of some testing the day before but for most it was a fresh start to the new season. In contrast to last year the conditions were dry but still quite cold , leading to a track that perhaps wasnt quite as grippy as expected.
A big field of cars were entered for an 'away' round. There was a huge scrap all day for fastest time between Matt Clarke , Mark Linforth & Simon Braithwaite, eventually going Simon's way (only just) on the final run of the day. Handicap winner was Matt Clarke in a remarkable result considering
his past results with this car. How much quicker can it go ?!!
Mark Linforth three-wheeling through the esses - Photo: Stuart Santos-Wing
New cars in the saloon car class for 2019 included series sponsor Mike Henney in his recently aqcuired Lotus Cortina, Yvette & Philip Stader in the Alfa Berlina and Dave Parr in his Ford Anglia.
Five entries in this class. Nick Stephens set the pace all day in his pretty Ginetta ending comfortably fastest overall. John Newton has returned to his faithful frogeye Sprite having sold the TVR and set a new PB to win on handicap. Steve Phennah was having a few handling difficulties with his MGB which blunted his challenge. Brian Ashley has switched to an MGB GT whilst Chris Jones has taken over the driving of the ex-Mike Henney Ginetta G15 and was getting faster with each run in the new car.
Single Seaters & Sports Racing cars:
There were six runners in this class. Andy Tippett took the expected fastest in class (and the overall quickest of all the championship runners on the day) in the mighty Brabham V8 , also claiming the class handicap result as well - a full house!
Phil Fisher (in his Mallock) missed the final run with some unfortunate technical gremlins.