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R6 - Curborough

Round 6 of the Championship was held on the Curborough Figure of Eight Course on Sunday 20th September. Competitors were treated to bright sunshine and excellent organisation on the day by the Aston Martin Owners Club.

 

Single Seaters and Sports Racing Cars:

After first competition run problems for both Peter Thurston (fuel pump) and Mike Bainbridge (no fuel!), both made amends on their second runs and shot to the top of the time charts, with Peter ahead of Mike by 0.27 seconds and Andy Tippett third on scratch.

 

David Owen in his Merlyn FF posted an excellent time to beat his handicap by 1.50 seconds to gain 12 points, with Les Buck second and Andy Tippett third on handicap.

 

Sports Cars:

Gary Cox won the trophy for fastest sports car, with Richard Jones second and Steve Phennah third on scratch. Steve had a difficult day with awkward handling, diagnosed as a worn offside rear wheel bearing, but it didn’t stop him from winning on handicap, with Garry and Terry Cox, sharing Lemon Slice second and third respectively.

 

Saloon Cars:

Steven Louch and John Louch  were the fastest saloons on scratch, with Andy Clarke third. Andy is going well this year “ keeping Matt honest!” – he said. On handicap, John Louch was the winner, followed by Andy in second and Steve in third. It seems to have been a Reliant Scimitar day – perhaps appropriate since they were built just a few miles away in Tamworth.

 

Overall:

After six rounds, 2012 Champion Matt Clarke is in the overall lead, with 40 points, followed by 2010 Champion Andy Tippett on 38, with Steve Phennah third on 37 points (but from just 4 rounds). Scores will now be dropped by most of the top runners, so there is much to be played for at the last two rounds at Prescott.

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