R8 - Prescott 5
Relentless overnight rain meant that the venue and paddock were even wetter on Sunday morning. This lead to quite a few drivers either heading home or taking a practice run and then stopping - a few not even practicing at all and heading straight into the timed runs (possible I guess because of driving at the same venue the day before in similar conditions). In theory 5 drivers started the day with a chance of the overall title and most of the class positions were also undecided.
Matt Clarke once again launched into a blistering set of runs to firmly establish himself as the fastest saloon car driver in his Mini. Second on handicap on the day also gave him enough points to be crowned the Overall Champion - very well deserved for some stunning times set during the season. Second fastest was Andrew Cairney in his Imp also coming third on handicap. Third fastest was Martin Saunders in the very tidy RS2000 Escort , a great end to his debut season in the championship. Fastest on handicap was Stephen Akers in his Mini taking the 12 points on offer. Andy Clarke wins the Saloon car class with son Matt vacating the position as overall champion. Second place goes to Andrew Cairney and third to Simon Braithwaite in his Escort Mk1.
A much reduced field of sportscars lined up for day two. Richard Jones made a good step forward in the Porsche 911 to end up both quickest and first on handicap. Garry Cox was likewise second in both classifications in the race prepared Scimitar coupe. Third was Keith Wilson in his MG Midget. The class awards for the season go to Richard Jones - a great result in his debut year with the new car , second was Steve Phennah in the MGB Roadster , always in the hunt and a steady improvement in times year on year. Third place went to Josh Sadler in the other rapid 911.
Racing & Sports Racing cars:
Fastest time was once again set by Peter Thurston , absolutely flying in his Mallock , second was Mike Bainbridge again on the pace in his Ensign F3 , third was Andy Tippett, the mighty V8 Brabham proving a handful in the awful track conditions. Handicap places went to Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph special from Phil Fisher then Peter Thurston proving the pedigree of Mallocks in the wet conditions. An unfortunate casulty was Les Buck in the Pringett Formula Ford 1600 , having to miss a crucial run to recover his road car that had drowned out in the floods only yards from the Prescott entrance. Always in the class battle throughout the season, Les slipped to 5th in the standings at the end.
Class awards for the season in Racing & Sports Racing cars go to Phil Fisher, from Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher then Mike Bainbridge. Andy Tippett unfortunately gets bumped to 4th in class following a clarification of the handicap times / points from round 5 at Shelsley by the series handicapper.