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Round 12 - Prescott

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Saloon Cars

 

A large class was assembled for this meeting , impressive considering there was at least half a dozen usual suspects missing for various reasons. Fastest on scratch times was the Escort RS1600 of record holder Ian Moss, driving on the limit as always and great to watch. Garry Cox was next in his Scimitar coupe setting a whole series of times under 50 seconds , third was the flying Mini Mk1 of Matt Clarke with lots of spectator pleasing sideways action. Handicap win went to Callum Barney in his Cortina GT, second was Mark Hobbs in the immaculate red Mk2 Escort followed in third by Jenny Howells in her Imp.

 

Sports Cars

 

Again a good size entry in this class - better than at recent other meetings.

Nick Stephens didn't disappoint, going fastest in the rapid Ginetta, Steve Phennah was second on scratch in his MGB, third was John Newton in the Frogeye Sprite. Handicap winner was Brian Ashley in his MGB from Chris Jones in the rear engined Ginetta. Third was Steve Phennah.

 

Keith Wilson suffered a sizeable shunt across the finish line making the MG Midget look decidedly secondhand, luckily he was fine but the car will need some considerable repairs. It was good to see lots of people helping out in the paddock but it couldnt be made driveable with what was available to hand.

 

Peter Joy made a welcome visit to the class with his fantastic early Lotus Seven. The car was enjoying its 60th aniversary having first been used at Prescott in 1959.

 

Charles Boulton debuted his latest purchase - an MGB V8. The unruly beast proved quite hard to handle (car not driver...)

 

Single Seaters & Sports Racing

 

Setting the fastest time of the weekend but unfortunately not getting to the timed runs was Peter Thurston. The Mallock making a bid for freedom exiting Pardon hairpin on the third practice run and lightly clipping the scenary ( a tree!) on its trip down the grass infield bank. Damage thankfully looked light and the driver was ok. It was left to Andy Tippett to take the scratch win after spending the day chasing a misfire on the big V8 Brabham. Martin Jones set second best time although not matching his saturday practice times that had seen him under his handicap. Third was Grant Cratchley in the other immaculate Brabham BT21 twincam.

Handicap victor was once again Les Buck having a great run of form in the Mistrale FF1600 , second was Grant , followed by the recovering Andy Tippett.

Graham Hill smokes the tyres off the startline

 

Pete Joy's early Lotus 7

 

Carole Nicholls deep in concentration!