Round 13 - Prescott Report

The final meeting of the 2012 season saw possibly the largest field of cars all year competing for the remaining podium positions in the 3 classes. Very heavy overnight rain on the preceding friday night made the Prescott paddock and surrounding fields very muddy - luckily the Sunday was bright , sunny and fairly warm (for a UK October anyway !). The track was mostly dry with some patchy damp under the tree cover and a small very wet area in the esses which caused a wet track around the following left hander and approach to Semi-circle.

With the Overall 2012 Championship already won by Matt Clarke (Austin Mini) the remaining saloon boys were elevated to a close scrap for the vacated 1st position in class. This was really close , with a final storming run by Andy Clarke (Alfa Giulia) taking the place from Mike White (Mk2 Cortina Lotus). Mike's co-driver Jed Hackett ended the day with 3rd place in the saloon championship.

The Sportscars class was also still undecided, John Weedon (Triumph TR5) and John Newton (Austin Healey Sprite) were both possible contenders although this would require a maximum score from John Newton and a low result from John Weedon. On the day both drivers were giving it everything in very difficult mixed conditions and both scored similar points . This gave the Championship Class win to John Weedon, with John Newton second. Austin Weltman won the final round and thus clinched 3rd overall in the sportscars class in his Westfield Eleven with Climax power.

The single seaters championship class win was open between Ian Ritchie (Brabham BT21) and Les Buck (Lotus 61 Formula Ford). Martin Jones and Mike Fisher were also still contesting the last podium place. On the day Les managed a class win with Ian coming second followed by Martin, thus giving this order overall at the seasons end - quite fitting really!.

Thanks to the Bugatti Owners Club , Paul Matty Sportscars, Allan & Tim for their time and efforts as organisers / scorers and the Marshalls and volunteers without whom this would all be impossible.....

An elderly gentleman catches up with his rest in the Autumn sunshine.

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