Classic Touring Car
Racing Club meeting on 18 June 2007 organised by the BARC
Fantastic Post Historic Race
Neil in his race long battle with Ian
Clark and William Jenkins for 2nd in Class B
Group 1 was a Double-Header, with races on Saturday and Sunday. They were
both a bit processional. Neil was the only starter in Class D and had two
lonely races. Post Historic was a different issue. It was a cracking race
up the front, despite the organisers cocking-up and
not putting the chequered flag out after 12 laps. David Thomas was the
worthy winner and Neil came seventh overall after a race long class battle
with Ian Clark and William Jenkins.
David Thomas (Capri), Nigel Garrett
(Triumph Dolomite) and David Howard (Jaguar XJ12) in their race long
battle for the lead.
David Thomas giving his post race interview.
Clark (Blue Capri), Neil
(Red Capri), William Jenkins (White BMW) and Al Weyman (Yellow Camero)
battling at the start of the race.
Big Al ended up needing the services
of a JCB to extract him from the kitty litter!
What an exciting race, between three skilful drivers in three very
different cars. It ended with a win by David Thomas but Nigel Garrett or
David Howard could easily have won. The organisers were so enthralled they
forgot to put out the chequered flag! Neil didn't make his usual good
start but managed to work his way through the field to finish seventh
overall and second in class.
Nigel Garrett was on pole position, one of three Dolomites in the first
three rows. It was David Howard who was first away though, followed by
David Thomas, Steve Primett and Nigel Garrett. Nigel got by Steve on the
second lap and by the fifth had formed a close group with David Thomas and
David Howard, the three of them opening out a gap over Steve Primett who
was well ahead of the rest, led by Mark Osborne. Tony Crudgington hadn't
been able to make the most of his second row starting position and retired
at the start line on the fourth lap.
Dave Thomas had been really close to David Howard and got by on lap six
but couldn't pull away and David (Howard) powered his big Jaguar back past
the Capri two laps later, but lost the lead again when David (Thomas)
repassed on lap ten. This battle between the two David's had slowed them
both a little, allowing Nigel Garrett to edge closer in his Dolomite and
he got by David (Howard) on lap eleven.
This is how it should have finished, but the organisers didn't put the
chequered flag out until lap fourteen, during which David powered the
Jaguar past Nigel's Dolomite as the leading trio came up to lap class D
leader James Christie. In the complex Nigel touched David, who spun,
dropping him behind Steve Primett.
Further down the field Neil had an exciting race. He didn't qualify
well and started back on the eight row, well behind his class rivals. He
didn't get his usual good start either and entered the complex at the end
of the first lap in third from last place. He made up a lot of ground
through these final corners though, passing three or five cars, including
Al Weyman to come across the line at the end of the first lap close behind
Ian Clark and William Jenkins.
Al Weyman didn't give up though, latched on behind and entered the
complex for the second time right behind Neil. Neil managed to out-brake
William Jenkins to set off after Ian Clark. William got a bit sideways
after he went by and Al spun the big Camero into the kitty litter as he
took avoiding action.
Neil managed to pass Ian during lap four but couldn't pull out a gap
and the two Mk1 Capri's and William Jenkins' BMW were covered by a postage
stamp for lap after lap, Neil not managing to pull out any real gap on Ian
until the extra two laps, during which it looked as if William would get
his BMW past Ian. This didn't happen and it finished in the order Neil -
Ian - William.
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Neil trying to hang on to Alan Roper
in the Rover SD1
good value for money, Al fires up the after-burner.
Saturday Group 1
The track was dry for the race, suiting the orange Mazda which went off
into a lead it was never to loose. Brian Stevens gave chase in the big
Jaguar XJ12, coming oh so close but not actually able to get by. This
continued until half way through the race when Brian had a moment at
Copse, loosing more than 20 seconds and falling back to eighth place. In a
marvellous display of driving Brian got back up to fifth but was not able
to challenge again.
Behind Brian David Howard had another immaculate drive, appreciating
the dry conditions after the wet races at Mallory and Castle Combe. The
real scrap came after David. Jim McLoughlin started best of the ten
Capri's that took the grid, closely followed by Nigel Garretts very rapid
Triumph Dolomite. The pressure finally told on lap five when Nigel got by
into what was then fourth, but was to become third after Brian Stevens
mishap. Jim soon dropped back behind David Thomas and was to end the race
in sixth place.
Further back there were battles between the Capri's of David Margalies
and Adrian Fuller until Adrian retired on lap nine. Ian Clark and Alan
Daffin had a Mk1 joust. Ian having repaired the rocker that broke in
qualifying. Ian had the initial advantage but Alan was closing towards the
Class D (1600cc) and Class E (1300cc) both had only
one starter, both Fiesta's. Neil had a lonely race, making up a couple of
places of the start, pulling well ahead of the tail enders but not having
the straight line speed to keep place with the other mid field runners.
For a while he diced with Andre Severs in the turbo-charged Renault
Gordini but decided to play for points and as they were not in the same
class let him go rather than over-stress the Fiesta.
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Sunday Group 1 Race
The race was a procession after the 2nd and 3rd rows
had a coming together on the start line. A very smoky Al Weyman retired
after the second lap when he was shown the orange and black flag because
the rocker cover gasket was split. Later Alan Daffin also started to smoke
and pulled off when the dipstick came loose. David Weir finished his first
race of the year although he to was trailing smoke at the end. Neil had
another lonely race and won the class as the only starter.
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Lets cover the cock up. The final instructions said this was a 14 lap
race, the program said 12. To make sure Nigel Garretts helper went up to
race control and they said it was definitely a 12 lap race. Come 12 laps
there was no chequered flag. Unbelievably the marshal at the finish line
didn't put the chequer out when the leaders went by after 14 laps either,
waiting for the second group although the repeater marshal at the end
stuck his out.
This affected David Howard who would have finished third overall if the
race had ended after 12 laps but was placed in fourth after 14. Also Mark
Osborne, who lost a place to Mark Lucock during the extra two laps.
Page added 18 June 2007, updated 19
(1) Links to results fixed 20 June 2007