The sixteen strong continent of The Bugatti Owners' Club Henney's Cider Classic Speed Championship arrived at Mira on a beautiful sunny but chilly September morning to a packed paddock for the MAC Sprint. An interesting round of the championship as many of the competitors had not competed at Mira previously. The Track which is extremely fast with two high speed constant radius bends is quite different to anything the competitors are used to and proved both exciting and very challenging to everyone.
Handicaps were the first challenge of the day as a number of competitors broke their initial handicaps on their first practice runs so an index of 1.11 (based on known Prescott/Mira times in the same car) was added to all Prescott PB’s to provide even handicaps across the field.
In Sports Cars Nick Stephens was out for the first time in his new acquisition, a very nice Lotus Elan, which he certainly got to grips with throughout the day pulling his times down by over 6.5 seconds. Both John Newton and Mike Fisher managed to set great times with John getting -0.44 below his handicap to take second place on handicap and first on scratch giving him 15 points and closing up to the lead in the ClassicHillClimb.com Sports Cars Trophy Fastest Drive Awards. Brian Ashley managed a runaway victory on handicap with a massive -1.64 below handicap.
The racing car class provided the real action of the day with both Martin Jones and David Owen over cooking the control tower corner and having to take abortive action through the cones. Martin took the fastest speed trap time of the day at 112mph quite some feat. None of the four competitors managed to beat their handicaps but Martin came first on both handicap and scratch with David second, Alan Goodwin third and Carole Nicholls fourth.
So in the biggest class of the day the Saloon Cars the action was fierce ……. the battle of the Scimitars and Cortina’s commenced! John Louch, Garry Cox and Trevor Shortt in the Scimitars fought a very close scrap throughout the day with Trevor coming out on top on scratch with a tremendous time of 53.57 with Garry close on his heels at 54.48 and John coming top on handicap. Mike Henney and Callum Barney fought an equally close battle in the Cortina’s with Callum beating Mike on handicap but Mike beating Callum on scratch with a very spirited last run. Callum took the class win on handicap making it impossible for anyone to beat him in the Saloon Car Handicap although second place is still up for grabs between Mike Henney and Yvette Stader.