St Cross Electronics
Monoposto Championship Round 5
This is a half report because I only saw the restarted race, and I saw that from Copse which has the advantage that the cars look very fast (because they are) and the disadvantage that it's not exactly an overtaking opportunity.
As is well known, about 8 cars were involved in a lap one incident on Saturday, and it was only through a lot of paddock work and loan of parts that the first Sunday race was well populated. Sadly that had some attrition in the race and some non-damage non-starters. As a result we lost from the race one finishers Robbie Watts and Lou Watts, and Kevin Mason and Russ Giles of the retirees. Terry Clark recovered the 903 to start.
As the amps stopped feeding the lamps, Malcolm Scott rocketed into the lead, sufficient to have a 7 or 8 car length lead by Copse. Err, that's it actually. He just established a lead and kept going, lapped a few cars and parked up at the end, 11 seconds ahead. It's much harder work than I've made it sound, but the trouble is he does make it look fairly trouble free.
Meanwhile, behind Tony Bishop led away Richard Purcell and Falco Wauer, but at the end of lap one the Mygale driver had taken second and Tony had dropped behind third place man Richard. A the race mid point, Richard recovered second but Falco didn't let go. He came round each lap virtually glued to the Dallara aficionado’s gearbox, and on lap 11 it proved to be a bit too tight as there was a coming together at Becketts. Richard was out and Falco dropped to 5th, promoting Tony Bishop to second. The wily Jim Blockley had a peaceful run to third overall, and this time remembered to go to parc ferme.
Behind Jim, a Formula Renault train of Anton Spires and Antonio Impieri circulated, to be split at the finish by Falco. Anton had suffered a poor start, coming through Copse behind Terry Clark, Chris Anstruther and Jared Wood, and must have had an exciting first lap to end it ahead of them. At the finish, Jared took the third place in Classic, ahead of Chris, whilst Terry was rarely more than a second ahead of Jim Timms throughout the race. Nick Catanzaro and Adam Lippitt were lapped, but this is misleading as they were very close to Terry and Jim. Personally I don't understand the results because they show Terry and Jim pitting on a slow lap 13, my guess is that there is some complicated explanation involving passing around the finish line.
It was a bad day to be named Richard and come from The North as Richard Snuggs in his Dallara 387 was the other retiree.
Disclaimer: The above represents only the unofficial view of the writer and not of the Monoposto Racing Club in any way whatsover. We are unable to reproduce offical results due to copyright reasons.
As the rosy glow of a perfect summer evening descended on the plain of the former RAF Silverstone, the light shone on the immaculate bollides of the 2 litre classes. Unfortunately the pictures are rubbish because of the fence.