The first Prescott 'home' round of 2019 had a bumper entry of 49 runners in the Classic classes. The predicted return to winter conditions proved to be correct with a bitterly cold breeze blowing strongly on the Saturday making it an endurance challenge for competitors, marshalls & spectators alike. Sunday thankfully , although not exactly warm, proved a lot more manageable with a glimmer of sunshine finally making an appearance for our final timed runs at nearly 5pm.
A fine selection of cars was assembled in the upper paddock area. Pace setter throughout the weekend was class record holder Ian Moss in his extremely rapid Escort Mk1 RS1600. Second on scratch was the similar car of Simon Braithwaite followed by the Reliant Scimitar Coupe of Trevor Shortt. Handicap winner was Philip Stader in the Alfa Berlina, followed by Rob Meredith in the Escort Mk1 in second. Callum Barney, Mk1 Cortina GT was third. Graham Hill (Mini) and David Heale (Hillman Imp) were taking part in their first outings in the classic championship and were welcome additions to the class. Matt Clarke was out in father Andy's Green race Mini. Garry Cox unfortunately broke the clutch system in his rapid Scimitar on the first practive run taking no further part in proceedings.
This could almost be renamed the MG class ! , Iain Daniels proved to be the spoiler by taking both the Scratch Fastest time and the best improvement on Handicap in his Reliant Sabre. Second fastest was Keith Wilson making a welcome return after last seasons engine problems. Third fastest on the day was Steve Phennah in his MGB Roadster. Mike Fisher (MGB Roadster) was second on handicap followed closely by Doug Chipperfield (MG Midget) in third. John Newton had an unfortunate incident when unloading his rapid Healey Sprite , the resulting body damage keeping the car out of action , thankfully John was unscathed.
Racing Cars & Sports Racing Cars:
Once again a great mix of cars in this class. Fastest time came on the first timed run by Richard Jones in his Brabham Cosworth. Richard unfortunately suffered a fairly major off track excursion on his second run resulting in a spectacular aerial spin after a hefty thump into the Orchard exit earth bank. Richard appeared more or less ok , the Brabham less so...Second fastest was Peter Thurston in the immaculate Mallock followed by Andy Tippett in the big Brabham V8. Handicap was won by Mike Gale in the Lotus 61 from Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph Special followed by Carole Nicholls in her Nike Formula Ford.
Next round: Wiscombe Park.