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Round 14 - Prescott

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A very healthy end of season field of drivers assembled for the annual 'American Weekend' meeting at Prescott - round 14 and last of 2019. Extreme predicted weather conditions following the tail of a mid-Atlantic Hurricane never actually materialised and the days racing ended with bright skies, sunshine and a dry track. Only a few bettered their handicaps but the other times were extremely close with only a few fractions of a second covering several places. Class and Overall awards for the season were also up for grabs in most classes so competition was tight. The crowd were suitably entertained with many small errors from drivers right on the limit especially during the last timed run - well done to all it was great to watch!

 

Saloon cars:

Fastest time on scratch went to Ian Moss in his Escort RS1600. A few gear selection issues slowing him a fraction from his usual class record setting pace. Garry Cox was second fastest in his Scimitar Coupe followed by the always sideways Matt Clarke in the rapid Mk1 Mini. Matt was run extremely close by Graham Hill in his similar Mini , only 0.12 seconds adrift. Graham's pace was enough to clinch the Handicap win from Dave Parr in his Ford Anglia followed by Yvette Stader in the green Alfa Romeo Berlina.

 

Sports cars:

Fastest time on scratch was set by Nick Stephens in the Ginetta, followed by Steve Phennah & John Newton - these three having set the benchmark all year. Handicap win went to Brian Ashley in his MGB GT , followed by the V8 version of Charles Boulton. John Newton also took 3rd on handicap making it a successful days racing.

 

Racing Cars:

Fastest on scratch went to Peter Thurston, back out in the Mallock following his september Prescott 'tree incident!' , second was Andy Tippett followed by local man Martin Jones in his Brabham BT21 twincam. Handicap win was taken by Jim Scott in the Imp powered Vixen, followed by David Owen in his Merlyn FF1600 in front of Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph special. It was great to see the early Mallocks of Fryth Crosse, Christopher Wigdor & Peter Thurston. I'm not sure if three of these have competed together for a very long time.

Mentions for 'off track action' must go to Philip Stader who shortened the MBG V8 with a trip into the Ettores fence on saturday - thankfully without harm to himself. Also to Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher for a gravel trap lunge at the same spot on sunday causing a brief stoppage & lastly to Carole Nicholls for a rather lucky FF1600 verses armco incident at the exit of the esses - thankfully only a few scratches to show for it.