Long time Monoposto member Patrick Huston has written an article, not about racing, but about other adrenaline fueled pursuits for your enjoyment:
Long ago I decided that the last place I wanted engine failure was at 150’ when climbing away from 08 at Strubby. This altitude put me at the end of the runway with houses ahead, hangars to the right, and an industrial complex full of heavy machinery to the left, so it was inevitable that Dr Sod’s Law determined that this was where the engine failed. What I had not envisaged was that Dr Sod’s Law dictated that the second seat be occupied by my wife Ruth.
With no altitude or speed to play with, the recommended course of action is to land ahead, but the engine was still turning, and it sounded as if the exhaust pipes had detached from the manifolds, something that has happened before, being a two stroke this results in a considerable drop in
power, but provides enough power to maintain level flight, so I turned to conform with the left hand circuit expecting to fly a low circuit and return to the airfield. As the turn was executed I realised that there was effectively zero power, and we did not have the range to reach a runway.
I instantly became aware of why one should not turn back in such a situation, with no speed or momentum, turning out of the 8kt headwind reduces airflow over the wings. In sailing terminology the apparent wind was reduced. The crosswind leg was minimal, another high risk turn followed as we turned downwind. So far so good, we had not stalled, but a house roof and a garden with medium sized trees lay ahead, with minimal clearance we avoided them. Fully occupied I did not look down expecting the wheels to bump on the house’s ridge tiles, but my wife did and started
We were now down to about 50’ but there were no more large obstacles, just hedges, ditches, and posts marking field boundaries. In theory I could now turn into wind, but doubted that we had sufficient height, especially as there was no longer sufficient altitude to bank, but while we were still
flying I gave it a go, and to my amazement the Chevvron responded, straightening up being determined by stopping the turn just before the wheels touched, we landed with the wings level, and in line with the rows of winter wheat.
Ruth stopped screaming and commented that that was another of her nine lives gone. Unfortunately, it was a very soggy field of winter wheat, and instead of rolling the wheels dug straight in, when the spats touched they immediately tore off the Chevvron’s notoriously weak undercarriage.
Photographs prove that the Chevvron came to a halt in about half a metre, but our ground speed was so low that no unusual force was experienced by the crew, and pitch was minimal, but still enough to remove the nose wheel. Neither my wife or I commented on any discomfort experienced in the landing, instead the comments were about how close the ground was, and how muddy we were going to get walking out of the field and recovering a wheelless aircraft. The stall speed of a Chevvron is about 30mph, it did not slide, I have the photographs to prove that it did not slide, but we did not experience sudden deceleration.
I will never be able to explain how such a landing occurred. After some time for reflection Ruth suggested that it had been a good landing, and did not add the caveat: “In the circumstances”. The ground was so soft that the propeller survived intact even though the mud on one of the blades indicated that it had been embedded in about 30cm of soil. The propeller drive belt sheared, it was eventually found on a runway 150 metres distant. Damage was restricted to a couple of dings and scrapes on the underside of the forward fuselage from the sheared off nosewheel, broken undercarriage, torn off brake pipes, and an engine that had suffered a mechanical failure, probably one of the crankshaft bearings broke up, a SD570 weakness that I thought cured. The engine was not seized, but was most reluctant to revolve. Most disappointing, for over 200hrs I have been used to the Konig SD570 purring quietly away. This instantaneous failure came out of the blue, the engine had been running well, zero time rebuilds are a required at 300hrs and it had 280hrs recorded*.
I will be eternally grateful to the Strubby club members who left their Sunday dinners and other activities to recover the wheelless Chevvron into its bespoke trailer. Getting the wheelless fuselage into the trailer without doing further damage was a challenge. My wife and I took off at 1300hrs, were in a pub ‘enjoying’ a late Sunday lunch with post mortem at
1600hrs………. A busy three hours. The Chevvron was repairable, but I was in the middle of selling my house and moving to Huddersfield. With nowhere to keep an aircraft near my new home the Chevvron was sold, it went abroad.
The Chevvron is a composite microlight of motor glider configuration designed by John Wright of Gem fame, I was very sorry to part with it. And given the above experience I have only praise for its flying qualities.
The Police had been called, before we left the flying club a police officer stood behind me talking to a club member. I overheard the police officer say, “He seems very calm for someone who has just crashed”. The club member replied, “He races single seaters”.
* 280hrs before major mechanical failure may sound reasonable to some, but compared to the reliability of a modern car engine it is pathetic. 280hrs @ 60mph (its a Chevvron) equates to 16800 miles. One expects any modern car engine to cover at least 100000 miles with no problems. And the Zetec in my track car has covered about 15000 miles on track, flogged every inch of the way while the Konig was always treated with great consideration. No wonder the literature for microlight engines is peppered with disclaimers.
The final two rounds of the Reprise IT Tiedeman Trophy took place at Anglesey on the Coastal circuit. The club last visited Anglesey in 2010 and lots of competitors were excited to return after such a long time. We also had four drivers join us from Ireland as it’s only a short hop away on the ferry. Noel Roddy joined us for his only meeting of the season with Monoposto in his F3 Dallara, Robbie Allen entered the invitation class with his 1800cc Formula Sheane and Leastone racing brought their two Leastone 1000s over. Joe Power drove Mark Reade’s championship winning car and Luke O Faolain drove the other Leastone car as his prize for winning the ‘Star of Tomorrow’ in Ireland.
Qualifying got underway early in the morning, just as the sun was rising over the sea. It was a chilly day, but it was lovely and sunny. The cold weather caught a few drivers out early on as many drivers spun in the first lap of qualifying. Chris Lord and Nigel Davers made contact, which saw Nigel pull into the pits with a broken front wing. He later joined qualifying again to get his three laps in. In the end Neil Harrison qualified on pole ahead of Noel Roddy and Joe Power qualified third.
We were given two green flag laps for the races, due to the difficulty getting tyres warm that some drivers had suffered in qualifying. This still didn’t stop a couple of drivers spinning on the green flag laps and start of the race! Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke pulled into the pits and retired at the end of the green flag laps with an electrical misfire. Neil Harrison pulled a lead straight away off the start, Joe Power had a good start and took second place away from Noel Roddy. Luke O Faolain had a great start getting past Ewen Sergison and Robbie Allen to take fifth place and Ewen followed him through to take sixth. At the end of the first lap, Adrian Heath got a bit too excited in his new ‘97 Swift and had a spin on the last corner, coming to a halt on the grid. He couldn’t get the car going again so the safety car was deployed. The safety car was out for one lap whilst Adrian was pushed off the circuit and then the race was underway again. Noel Roddy got past Joe Power on the restart and despite some close racing the top three kept position for the rest of the race.
Myles Castaldini who joined us for the first time in the Moto 1000 class in his Kawasaki engine Van Diemen RF94 came fourth overall and second in class. He was followed by Luke O Faolain. Sixth overall was Ewen Sergison who came first in class, he raced hard all race to keep Robbie Allen behind him. Chris Lord came eighth overall and second in the 1800 class ahead of Phil Davis. Matt Walters came fourth in the 1800 class, but finished last in the race. He was complaining in Parc Ferme that the car had been terrible and he couldn’t get the power down, it didn’t take long to notice though that he’d managed to put a rear tyre on the front of the car whilst changing his tyres before the race. Strangely enough, the car was much better behaved for him in the second race. The 1600 class saw Geoff dominating again after troubles in the first two meetings of the championship, he finished the race first in class and seventh overall. Eddie Guest came second in class, with Will Cox close behind him in third. They were fifteenth and sixteenth overall on the grid respectively.
Championship wise it was all to play for at Anglesey between the top four. Ewen Sergison went into the weekend in fourth place, 5 points behind Terry Clark, but with the biggest class. James Gordon-Colebrooke had one point over Terry Clark and had two in class, whereas Terry was the only one in the Classic class. Therefore, it mixed all the positions up when Mark Smith beat James in class. Terry did a good job of keeping James behind him in the race but the three of them were all very close together at the end of the race. From the results at the end of the first race, Neil Harrison had almost secured his championship win, just needing to finish the second race. Terry moved up into second place with James and Ewen equal on points for third.
Race two got underway after lunch, again starting with two green flag laps. Joe Power pulled into the pits and retired on the green flag lap and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke put his hands up on the grid, still suffering electrical problems. He was pushed off the track whilst the rest of the grid was sent round for a third green flag lap. Unfortunately, due to the delayed start, Myles Castaldini started overheating on the grid; these problems followed him into the race with him having to retire on lap ten from second place. Neil Harrison had another good start from pole and Noel Roddy got away well but spun on the first corner, dropping him down to twelfth. Luke O Faolain and Chris Lord both had a fantastic start, climbing up from eighth and tenth on the grid to third and fourth respectively. Ewen Sergison had a poor start, suffering a lot of wheel spin and dropped in behind Chris Lord. By the end of lap one, Ewen had gained the position back from Chris, over taking him on the long back straight as they started to climb the hill.
After the spin on the first lap, Noel Roddy gradually climbed his way up the grid. Eventually getting back up to third place on lap nine and taking second place away from Luke O Faolain on the penultimate lap of the race. He had a thirteen second deficit to Neil Harrison though who took the overall win for the second time that day. Nigel Davers had a good second race of the day, managing to get up to sixth place overall and second in class from the back of the grid, which earned him the driver of the day award. The 1600 class saw Geoff Fern take the win again, but this time Will Cox managed to best Eddie Guest for second in class, beating him by just 0.3 seconds across the line. Mark Smith again beat James Gordon-Colebrooke for honours in the 2000 class, which sealed James’ fate in championship terms.
At the end of the day all of the drivers and teams were invited to the Monoposto Hub for a glass of prosecco and the prizegiving. There was a toast to the end of the season and a festive atmosphere as over fifty people crowded into the garage. The trophies for first, second and third in each race were awarded along with the driver of the day caps, followed by the champions of the day. Ewen Sergison won Champion of Anglesey, having won his class in both races and taken both fastest laps, in the biggest class of the day. Geoff Fern came second overall having done the same in the second biggest class and Neil Harrison came third overall. The Championship was also celebrated, with Neil Harrison winning the championship ahead of Ewen Sergison in second and Terry Clark in third. Each of them received a bottle of prosecco and Nick Harrison was also given a bottle of prosecco and round of applause for his work as Team Boss/Mechanic, taking Neil to victory in the championship.
The first trip to Castle Combe for Monoposto since the Tiedeman Trophy in 2015 saw some good racing, hard fought battles and a couple of novice drivers taking class wins. The meeting also had more than its fair share of drama and mishaps over the one day, twin header meeting.
Qualifying started well with at least two corners completed by most before the first yellow flag came out. This was for Jonathan Baggott who had a spin and pulled off the track with his nose cone falling off. He put his nose back on and got back in his car just in time for the first red flag of the session as contact between Terry Trust and Geoff Fern left them stranded in the middle of the track.
Qualifying restarted after a quick clear-up and a few good laps were put in before a spontaneous engine blow saw Martin Wright pull off at Quarry. The marshals ran over to ask him to exit the car as he was unaware that he was on fire! The marshals were able to put the fire out quickly and the session continued for a few more minutes before Robin Dawe had an issue which unfortunately ended his weekend with a trip into the barrier and saw qualifying red flagged for the second time. Thankfully, although there were a few broken cars in the paddock, all drivers were unharmed from these incidents and in true Monoposto style, three of the five broken cars were repaired in time for the first race and the drivers who were unable to race stayed to support the rest of the grid.
Race one saw Neil Harrison have a great start, catapulting from fourth to first place off the line. It didn’t take long for the Timms’s to find their way back past him though and do their normal trick of disappearing into the distance to take first and second in the race. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke had a poor start, resulting in him sitting in sixth place at the end of lap one. He stayed right up with Mat Jordan and Dean Warren in fourth and fifth places and eventually got past them on laps four and five. Unfortunately though whilst chasing Neil Harrison down for third place he lost drive and had to retire from the race, leaving Neil able to comfortably take third place overall and first in his class.
Dean Warren in the Moto 1000 class and Mat Jordan in 2000 had a good battle going between them for most of the race, but an engine blow saw Mat retire. This left Dean free to claim fourth overall and first in class. Terry Clark came in fifth overall and first in the Classic class, having made his way up from twelfth place. Nigel Davers had a great start to the race, climbing from thirteenth to seventh on the first lap but he had to retire on lap two. Before you feel sorry for him, he admitted it was his own fault for not securing his battery terminal.
The 1800 class saw a good battle all weekend. Ewen Sergison had qualified on pole in class and eighth overall, with Phil Davis, Matt Walters and Chris Lord covering the next three slots. The start of the first race saw Ewen get boxed in and drop down behind all three of his class rivals, Chris Lord got up from fourth to first in class and Phil Davis and Matt Walters were second and third respectively. At the end of the first lap, Ewen and Matt were lining Phil up for overtaking and the three of them crossed the line side-by-side. The three continued swapping places on the second lap with Matt eventually getting ahead and closing in on Chris Lord. Matt went a bit hot into the chicane on lap three and made contact with the rear of Chris. Luckily, with both cars being quite sturdy, they came out of it ok, but had lost ground to Ewen and Phil who went through to take first and second. The contact left Matt’s wing a bit bent and flapping so, although he was still racing well, he was given a black and orange flag and had to retire from the race. The class then settled down for the remainder of the race, with Ewen pulling a gap to Chris Lord who’d taken second from Phil Davis.
In the 2000 class, James Gordon-Colebrooke had a poor start which dropped him right to the back of the grid. He then gradually made his way back up during the race to take the class win and tenth place overall. Mark Smith had an oil leak in qualifying which had meant that he started at the back of the grid, he ended up fifteenth in the race overall and second in class. Will Cox had a great race at his home circuit, taking the class win and fastest lap in class, finishing twenty eight seconds ahead of Geoff Fern who was second in class. Geoff earned himself the first Driver of the Day award though for getting up to thirteenth in the race after starting twenty second. Terry Trust finished third in class after fixing his damage from qualifying and John Hare finished fourth.
Race two saw the cars line up with a few gaps on track after some of the retirements from the first race were unable to be repaired in time. John Hare started from the pit lane after suffering starter motor issues just before heading out. Jason Timms was on pole for the second race of the day and got away well to hold on to the lead, Neil Harrison had another good start to take second and Jeremy Timms dropped down to third. Jeremy took the lead away from Jason at the end of the first lap on the last corner. Nigel Davers started down in thirteenth place, but made his way up to seventh by the end of the first lap to mix himself up in the 1800 class battle. He got past them and up to fifth by the end of the second lap, with a big gap to make up to Dean Warren who was running first in class and fourth overall. Nigel chased him down for four laps until he was on Dean’s tail and the two were battling hard, spending a lot of lap time side-by-side. Unfortunately, with two laps to go, Dean suffered a break down, which left Nigel first in class and fourth overall behind the two Timms’s and Neil Harrison. Nigel wasn’t able to enjoy this position for long though as he was given a black and orange flag for breaking the noise limit. Jason Timms was also flagged for noise and the two retired from the race on consecutive laps. This left Jeremy Timms to take the win of the race and Neil Harrison came second.
Third place in the race ended up going to Ewen Sergison after he led the 1800 class from start to finish and ended up with a three car buffer to second place man, Matt Walters. However, in the prize giving after race two, Ewen gave his third place trophy to Nigel Davers, who he thought was the rightful winner of the award. Second to fourth places in the 1800 class was hard fought again in this race, with Chris Lord initially ahead of Phil Davis and Matt Walters behind them in fourth. The positions held like this for a few laps before Phil had a spin and ended up losing a few places. Matt then spent the next few laps chasing Chris Lord down, before getting past him on lap six. Chris stuck with him but was unable to get back past and settled for third in class. Dave Wheal inherited the win of the Moto 1000 class after Dean Warren and Nigel Davers retired. He raced well all day at Castle Combe, which was only his second ever race meeting, finishing the day with a first and second in class. Will Cox was another novice driver who performed well at Castle Combe, taking his second consecutive class win and fastest lap in the second race.
Chris Kite earned the second Driver of the Day accolade after his performance in the second race saw him climb from fourteenth place to take fourth overall. The Champion of Castle Combe award went to Ewen Sergison who took two wins and two fastest laps in the biggest class of the meeting. Second overall for the meeting was tied between Will Cox and Jeremy Timms who had both taken two wins and fastest laps in classes of four people. Jeremy valiantly said that Will could take second though and he would settle for third place due to Will putting in such a good performance as a novice driver. The points haul from this meeting has put Neil Harrison up in the lead of the championship, with James Gordon-Colebrooke in second place and Terry Clark third.
Monoposto have been given a club stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 9-11 November 2018.
Visit it us on Stand 8-350 in Hall 8.
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, already the UK’s biggest indoor classic vehicle exhibition, is now even bigger for 2018! Adding an extra hall, the show is inviting even more clubs to display at the event to create the World’s biggest gathering of classic motoring clubs.
Held at Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 November, around 300 classic car and classic motorbike clubs will showcase vehicles owned by members, interpreting this year’s show theme of ‘Built to Last.’
We will have a display of cars on the stand and information about the club. Hopefully we will see some existing members there and hopefully get some more people interested in racing with us next year and beyond!
For more information about the show, please visit the show website: www.necclassicmotorshow.com
Monoposto members can get discounted tickets for the event, if you would like the link to buy discounted tickets, please email email@example.com
Ticket prices are: Adult £24.50 (£30 on-the-door) and Family, 2 adults and up to 3 children, £68 (£80 on-the-door)
The first two rounds of the Reprise IT Tiedeman Trophy Championship took place on 1st October with qualifying and two races held over the one day with all eight cars on one grid. All drivers score points in class, with an extra point for each car that qualifies in class. This points structure means that the champion of each meeting and the overall champion can come from any class.
Qualifying would set both grids, with the second fastest time setting the grid for the second race. The weather conditions were changing all day and for qualifying there was a debate about tyre choice, with everybody eventually choosing wets as the rain came in just before we were called to the assembly area. Matthew Walters retired after one lap due to an electrical issue; this meant that he would start from the back of the grid for both races. Andrew Barron retired after four laps with a fuel problem and caused a red flag which meant the session finished four minutes early. For the first race Neil Harrison set pole in his F3 Dallara with Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke second in his Moto 1400 Dallara and their places were reversed for the second race. Ewen Sergison qualified third for both races in his 1800 class Swift. Further down the grid, Eddie Guest out qualified Geoff Fern in the 1600 class and started ninth and eighth overall in the two races. Will Cox qualified well on his first race weekend, sitting eighteenth out of twenty six for the first race and twenty second for the second race.
The circuit dried up for the first race of the day, with most drivers choosing to use slicks. Only four were still on wets in the assembly area. James Drew-Williams broke a drive shaft on the green flag lap which saw him retire from the race. Chris Vosper pulled into the pits on the green flag lap with a vibration, fearing he had a loose front wing. After a quick check from his mechanic he felt more at ease and started the race from the pit lane. The start of the race was clean with everybody getting away well. Frazer Corbyn had a good start in his Moto 1000 Jedi, getting from sixth on the grid up to third.
Robin Dawe found his way up to fourth and Dean Warren in the Moto 1000 class made his way up from eleventh on the grid to take fifth overall and second in class on the first lap. Ewen Sergison, although now in sixth overall after losing places to Frazer, Robin and Frazer, was still leading the 1800 class. His teammate, Matthew Walters, traveled from the back of the grid up to seventeenth and third in class behind Phil Davis on the first lap. Matt got past Phil Davis on the subsequent lap and continued to climb places on the grid but couldn’t get up far enough to challenge Ewen so settled for second in class and twelfth overall in the end.
On the second lap of the race, Neil Harrison dropped from first down to fourth, having been overtaken by Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke, Frazer Corbyn and Robin Dawe. Andrew then disappeared into the distance to win the race by 21.5 seconds. A battle ensued between Neil, Frazer and Robin with the trio swapping places a number of times during the race. Frazer unfortunately retired from third place a couple of laps from the end. Neil came in second and Robin finished third. Dean Warren finished fourth overall and inherited the win of the Moto 1000 class after Frazer retired, however Frazer got the fastest lap in class. A close fight at the back of the grid between Dave Wheal, Ben McGhee and Len Turner saw Len take second in class and Ben third, with Dave unfortunately retiring on the fifth lap of the race.
Matthew Bromage won the Classic class and came sixth in the race overall. His car was running well all weekend, having sorted the problems that he experienced on his first outing with Monoposto two weeks earlier. For the Tiedeman Trophy Terry Clark swapped his trusty 2000 class Van Diemen for his Classic Formula Vauxhall Lotus and after qualifying third in class and twentieth overall, he managed second in class and tenth overall in the first race, earning him one of the AViT Motorsport Driver of the Day awards. He gained positions quickly at the start of the race, got past classmate Andrew Barron by lap 5 and maintained a comfortable gap from him for the remainder of the race.
Eddie Guest took the win of the 1600 class as well as the fastest lap, with Will Cox coming in second in class. Geoff Fern had a good start to the race, getting past Eddie on the first lap, but car troubles during the race saw him drop to the very back of the grid, being lapped by the leaders three times and travelling very slowly. He did, however, manage to finish the race to take the all important championship points for third place in class. In the 2000 class, Mark Smith took the win and fastest lap, with James Gordon-Colebrooke struggling further down the grid after opting to use wet tyres for the race.
The second race saw damp conditions on track with all the drivers on slicks, this caught some out as a few spun on the green flag lap and Chris Vosper went off and couldn’t get going again. The rest of the grid was given a second green flag lap as he was cleared off the circuit. On the first lap of the race, Neil Harrison got past Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke for the lead and Robin Dawe got past Ewen Sergison for third. Neil stayed in the lead for the whole of the race, whilst Robin and Andrew battled for second. Unfortunately, Andrew had a trip into the gravel at Old Hairpin on lap 5 which saw him retire from the race and left Robin free to claim second overall. Martin Wright took the win of the Moto 1400 class after Andrew’s retirement.
After starting in third, Ewen Sergison crossed the line in sixth at the end of the first lap, but a throttle cable break saw him pull onto the grass and retire before the first corner of the second lap. Matthew Bromage got up from tenth place to fourth on the first lap and was again running well until he went off at Craner Curves on lap three and became beached on the gravel. Terry Clark stormed through the pack, having started twenty first on the grid, to take a win in the Classic class and fourth place overall, with Andrew Barron behind him fifth overall and second in class.Chris Kite enjoyed a good race in the invitation class; having started eighteenth on the grid, he came sixth overall in the second race.
James Gordon-Colebrooke enjoyed his racing much more the second time around, taking the win of the 2000 class, fastest lap and finishing seventh overall. He was the recipient of the Driver of the Day cap for the second race. In the 1800 class, Matt Walters drove from the back of the grid to eighth overall and took the win in class ahead of Phil Davis in second. Further down the grid, Steven Griffin took third in class and Jonathan Baggott came fourth in class, having solved his car troubles that saw him retire in the first race. Dean Warren won the Moto 1000 race and was third overall after climbing up from twelfth on the grid. Dave Wheal, who was competing for the first time that weekend, was running well but a trip to the gravel on lap six saw him retire from second in class. Ben McGhee ended up taking second in class, ahead of Len Turner in third.
Geoff Fern had another bad race in the 1600 class; he couldn’t get past Eddie Guest for the lead of the class, although he wasn’t far behind. But then on the fifth lap he lost a wheel and was out of the race. Will Cox also had bad fortune in this race, when the live feed to the high pressure fuel pump came off on lap five and he also had to retire. Eddie took another class win and fastest lap, which saw him take second place overall for the day. He was tied on points with Matt Walters, but Matt had to settle for third overall having a first place and a second place versus Eddie’s two wins. Dean Warren was awarded Champion of Donington and sits at the top of the points table as we head to Castle Combe for rounds 3 and 4 of the championship on 14th October.
This weekend saw the conclusion of the Monoposto Championship for 2017. Most of the classes went into the weekend with the champion yet to be decided. The meeting saw a triple header format being used for the second time, which meant that the best qualifying times on Saturday set the grid for Race 1, the second best qualifying time set the grid for race 2 and the finishing positions of race 2 set the grid for race 3.
F3, 2000, FR2000 and Classic Grid
Qualifying saw Ben Cater take pole for both races. Simon Tate sat in second with Chris Hodgen in third for race 1, but these two were reversed for race 3. Neil Harrison took fourth for the first race, with James Densley in his Formula Renault in fourth for the second race but first overall in class – he was also on pole in class for the first race. Alex Fores did well on his debut in the F3 class, qualifying fifth for both races. Kevin Otway was front of the field for the 2000 class for both races and Ian Hughes took both poles for Classic. Ashley Dibden, who was still in the running for the championship, had issues in qualifying so only managed seventeenth and fourteenth for the two races respectively. A nasty crash for Paul Britten saw him out of race 1, but the paddock pulled together to get him the bits he needed to rebuild the car overnight and get back on the grid for the two races on Sunday.
The start of the first race for the two litre grid saw drama from the off when Simon Tate had a drive shaft let go on the start. Luckily all cars managed to avoid him, but he did cause an immediate safety car for one lap whilst he was pushed off the track. Taking it all in good spirits, Simon was seen waving at his fellow competitors as they came past him behind the safety car. Neil Harrison had a good start before the safety car, getting past Chris Hodgen for second place. Alex Fores however had a poor start and dropped back from 5th to 13th. Richard Crisp had a great start, which he later described as his best racing ever. He took 5 cars on the start to put him in 7th place behind James Densley and Hayden Edmonds and well in the fight for the FR2000 class win. Ashley Dibden also had a great start, gaining seven places before the safety car.
On the restart, Ben Cater pulled a big lead straight away. Chris Hodgen stuck close behind Neil Harrison for two laps before getting past him on lap 4 for second place. Neil had a spin on the following lap which demoted him to fourth place behind Ashley Dibden who had steadily climbed the grid and was challenging for second place before the race was red flagged due to James Gordon-Colebrooke being buried in the gravel on the edge of the track. In the Formula Renault class, James Densley and Hayden Edmonds were tussling all race, with Richard Crisp close behind them. After swapping places a few times, Hayden eventually took the win ahead of James, but Richard Crisp took fastest lap. The 2000 class race saw Kevin Otway take the win, with Bryn Tootell second and Terry Clark third. In the Classic class, Ian Hughes took the win ahead of Peter Whitmore and Will McAteer who achieved second and third respectively. Matthew Bromage did well gaining 9 places from his qualifying position to finish fourth in class and earning him the Driver of the Day award.
The first race for this grid on Sunday saw Ben Cater get a bit over excited with tyre warming on the green flag lap and he ended up in the gravel and out of the race. The drivers were then given a second green flag lap whilst Ben was cleared out of the way. With Ben out, Chris Hodgen inherited the lead of the race and went on to lead from start to finish, Simon Tate stuck behind him for the full race to take second and Ashley Dibden came third after starting fourteenth. Alex Fores came fourth overall, but took fastest lap of the race. This race secured Chris Hodgen the win of the Mono F3 Championship and Ashley came in second at this point. James Densley won the FR2000 race, with Hayden Edmonds second and Richard Crisp third, this result meant that James just had to finish the final race of the day to secure the championship victory.
Kevin Otway took another win in the 2000 class and Bryn Tootell took second. He’d been fighting hard with Kevin for the lead of the race, but a brief trip to the gravel saw him settling for second place in class, just ahead of Terry Clark. Second in this race was just enough for Bryn to secure the championship win though, with Kevin Otway taking second and Terry Clark third. The Classic class saw Peter Whitmore chasing Ian Hughes down for the entire race, he even had a spin at one point trying to get him, but eventually he did take the win just ahead of Ian Hughes. Will McAteer came in third and Nick Catanzaro was fourth. This result left Ian Hughes one point ahead of Nick Catanzaro in the championship going into the final race.
The final race for the two litre grid saw late tyre decisions being made as the weather was trying to decide whether to rain or not. In the end most of the grid went for wets except for Matthew Bromage, Bryn Tootell and Robert Smith. Wets were definitely the right choice as Bryn and Robert finished last in the race and Matthew retired after 1 lap. The start of the race saw an element of Déjà-Vu as Simon Tate had a drive shaft (opposite side this time) let go. This saw a safety car come out for one lap as he was pushed off the track. Ashley Dibden took the lead from Chris Hodgen off the start and Hayden Edmonds had a great start getting up from eighth place and second in class to fourth place and the lead of the class. Ben Cater flew up from the back of the grid to seventh place before the safety car. Paul Britten also had a great start, getting himself from fifteenth overall and fourth in class to ninth overall and first in class. On the restart, James Drew-Williams had a spin which resulted in him being at the back of the grid. He steadily climbed back up the grid during the remainder of the race to end up twelfth overall and eighth in class. Chris Hodgen made short work of getting back past Ashley Dibden for the lead of the race and maintained that position to the end. Ashley ended up second and Alex Fores was third in the F3 class.
The 2000 class saw some exciting action after Paul Britten’s brilliant start putting him at the front of the class, Kevin Otway held on to the back of him for most of the race but was unable to get past and on the last lap had a spin and took out a marker board in his efforts to catch him. Paul went on to take his first win of the season with Kevin finishing second and Terry Clark in third. In the FR2000 class, James Densley only needed to finish the race to take the championship, but this didn’t stop him from fighting for the win. Hayden Edmonds spent a few laps of the race ahead of James, but James managed to take the win ahead of him in the end, to seal his championship victory. The Classic class was the closest championship on this grid going into the last race with Ian Hughes and Nick Catanzaro separated by just one point. Although Nick got his best finishing position of the weekend, in third place, it wasn’t enough to beat Ian who took the class win and earned himself the championship honours.
1800, 1600, M1400 and M1000 Grid
Qualifying for the 1800, 1600, Moto 1400 and Moto 1000 grid saw an unusual turn of events as Jeremy Timms was beaten to pole… Twice. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke took pole for both races, with Adrian Wright in his homebuild GEM AW3 from the Moto 1000 class taking second place. Matthew Walters took pole for the 1800 class and Eddie Guest for the 1600 class, well ahead of Geoff Fern who was using James Gordon-Colebrooke’s 1600 car after Geoff’s engine let go at Snetterton. Going into the weekend, Matthew Walters had already won the 1800 championship and Jeremy Timms had already won the Moto 1400 championship. Geoff Fern only need a few points to sew up the 1600 championship, but the Moto 1000 championship was still up for grabs with only a handful of points between Mark Reade and Mick Kinghorn for the lead.
The first race for this grid got underway cleanly, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Mick Kinghorn had a spin at Coppice and tried to rejoin the track when it looked like there was a gap. Unfortunately for both parties, Martin Wright was just making his way up the rise into the corner and was presented with Mick rejoining as he crested the hill. Martin tried to avoid him but made contact and both cars were put out of the race. This incident saw the safety car put out for two laps. On the first lap, before the safety car was called, Jeremy Timms and Jason Timms both managed to get past Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke. They went on to finish first, second and third in class respectively. Adrian Wright had dropped a few places and eventually had to retire from the race. With Adrian retiring and Jon Reed unable to make the race, Mark Reade was in the lead of the class. Mark led the class to the end of the race, taking maximum class points and making the championship that bit closer for him. Mark’s teammate and sponsor, Brendan O’Brien came second in class, in his first race with Monoposto this season. Matt Walters kept Chris Lord behind him for the full race to take the win in the 1800 class ahead of Chris in second. Marcus Sheard came third, partly due to Phil Davis getting caught up with the earlier incident which put him well down the field. Eddie Guest took the 1600 win and fastest lap, but Geoff Fern scored enough points to take the win of the championship.
After the crash in the first race, Mick Kinghorn thought his championship was over, but his team and Team Avit pulled together to get his car back together in time for the races the next day. Jon Reed had also changed his engine overnight to get out for the second race of the weekend. Unfortunately, after an impressive race on Saturday, Brendan O’Brien didn’t make it out to race on Sunday. The second race was much cleaner, with no crashes to report. There were, however, a number of retirements. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke pulled off and retired on the second lap. Mark Reade was running second in the Moto 1000 class when his engine seized and caused him to retire on the third lap. Jon Reed had another engine let go on him which saw him retire from third place overall and first in class on the fourth lap. The final retirement was Steven Griffin who pulled into the pits with boiled brakes on lap nine. This left a few cars littered around the circuit, but thanks to some good training, they had all pulled off the track in safe positions so that the race could continue unhindered by safety cars.
Jeremy Timms did his usual trick of disappearing in the race, to finish first and 46 seconds ahead of Jason Timms in second. In the Moto 1000 class, Mick Kinghorn started off fourth but must’ve been spurred on after seeing Mark Reade, his championship rival, retire as he got passed Dean Warren for second place on the next lap. With Jon Reed also retiring, Mick was in the lead of the Moto 1000 race and he kept Dean behind him for the remainder of the race to take his first win of the season. This put him firmly back in the fight for the championship, with him going into the final race level on points with Mark Reade. The 1800 class race saw Matt Walters take the win again ahead of Chris Lord, whilst Phil Davis fended Marcus Sheard off to take third. In the 1600 race, Eddie Guest saw another win, but Geoff Fern took fastest lap.
The final race of the day saw the grid go out in the rain. With all the other championships already decided, it was only the Moto 1000 championship left to tie up. Mick Kinghorn started from third on the grid, whilst Mark Reade was down in nineteenth after retiring from the previous race. On the first lap Mick lost a couple of positions as Chris Lord and Matt Walters came past him, but he was still in the lead of the class. Mark Reade came flying up the grid, getting to tenth overall and fourth in class. He got up to eighth a couple of laps later and stayed there for a few laps through a safety cars period of two laps before climbing up to third in class and sixth overall with a lap and a half to go. Mick had been doing a good job of maintaining the lead of the Moto 1000 class, but on the penultimate lap he had a spin. That spin unfortunately lost him the championship as he ended up right down in eleventh place overall and fifth in class. He tried his best to gain positions back but didn’t have enough time and in the end had to settle for third in class and fastest lap. Mark in the mean time got past Dominic Shepherd to take the win in class and was very lucky to even finish the race as his engine gave out on the cool down lap!
Alongside the excitement of the Moto 1000 class race there were also battles going on with the other three classes. Jeremy Timms lead the race from start to finish taking his final win of the season in Moto 1400; this win meant that he had taken all fourteen of the wins up for grabs over the season, as well as 13 out of 14 fastest laps. Jason Timms came second in class, however a battle in the 1800 class split the cousins on the grid overall. In the 1800 class, Chris Lord had got past Matt Walters on the start of the race and managed to get up to second overall on the grid. Matt had a spin on the second lap whilst trying to catch Chris and he was unable to rejoin the grid until all the cars had passed which left him dead last. Luckily for him though, Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke became beached in the gravel, causing a safety car and bunching the pack back up. Matt was able to gain some places on the restart but couldn’t get near Chris and had to settle for second in class ahead of Steven Griffin who came third. Chris Lord had a fantastic race, having taken Matt at the start and got up into second place overall, he was challenging Jeremy Timms for the lead on the restart after the safety car and was in the lead of the race for a few metres before Jeremy pulled ahead of him again. In the 1600 race, Geoff Fern got past Eddie Guest on the start and sailed through the race to take the win and fastest lap, with Eddie finishing second for the first time of the weekend.
Ray Dackombe Memorial Trophy
This weekend also saw the Ray Dackombe Memorial Trophy being contested for. Scores are accumulated from qualifying and the races. This year, there was a three way tie on points for the trophy between Eddie Guest in the 1600 class, Matthew Walters in the 1800 class and Kevin Otway in the 2000 class. Each of them had taken two pole positions, two wins, two fastest laps and a second place. In the end it came down to the person who was in the biggest class which meant that Matthew Walters was the winner of the trophy for 2017.
F3, 2000, FR2000 and Classic Grid
Saturday’s qualifying came just after the only bad weather spell of the weekend. The early rain saw the grid split between going out on wet and slick tyres. Slicks were tricky at the start of the session, but seemed to be the better option in the end. Chris Hodgen, in the F3 class, took overall pole ahead of Richard Crisp in the FR2000 Class, who was four places ahead of his fellow FR2000 class contender, James Densley. Neil Harrison qualified third ahead of Ben Cater and the first of the 2000 class, Bryn Tootell, sat in fifth. Will McAteer took pole for the classic class, sitting 14th overall on the grid. Terry Clark and Ian Hughes qualified seventh and sixteenth respectively but both had clutch issues and started from the pit lane for the race.
On the start of the first race for the two litre grid, Neil Harrison and Ben Cater got past Chris Hodgen and Richard Crisp for first and second place respectively, which put Chris and Richard down to 3rd and 4th. James Drew-Williams did a great job getting up to 5th after starting 10th and Mike Hatton got up to 7th place from 12th on the grid. Mark Smith in the 2000 class also jumped from 16th place, at the back of the grid, to 9th overall and 3rd in class. Then on the second corner a spin from David Gambling, who managed to get going again with only a few place lost, as well as an incident that saw James Densley drive over the top of Russ Giles meant the safety car was put out. James and Russ were both out of the race at that point and the rest of the first lap and the second lap were held under the safety car.
The restart saw Ben Cater get past Neil Harrison for the lead of the race and Bryn Tootell in the 2000 class got past James Drew-Williams for 5th place, leaving Bryn with a buffer of two cars to Kevin Otway running second in class. Kevin got past one of these cars on lap 5 but was unable to get past James Drew-Williams to challenge Bryn for the win in the 2000 class. Terry Clark started in the pit lane even though he’d qualified 7th (ahead of Kevin); he managed to climb up to 11th overall and took 3rd in class.
On the fourth lap of the race Neil Harrison had a spin whilst defending second place from Chris Hodgen and ended up in fourth overall. This left Ben Cater and Chris Hodgen to come first and second respectively and Richard Crisp claimed third overall in the race as well as the win in the FR2000 class. In the Classic class, Peter Whitmore took the lead from Will McAteer on the first corner of the race and he continued to climb the grid past other F3 and 2000 drivers to take 9th overall in the end. Ian Hughes got past Nick Catanzaro to take 3rd in class, after starting from the pit lane.
Qualifying for the second race in the sunshine saw the grid form up in a more expected pattern. Chris Hodgen took pole, with Neil Harrison second and Russ Giles third. Ben Cater wasn’t competing on Sunday as he’d rushed off to his son’s birthday party. On the start of the race, Neil Harrison got past Chris Hodgen to take the lead and James Drew-Williams climbed a couple of places to take 4th overall. A close battle between Neil and Chris saw them touch wheels on the third lap and they both had a spin, this dropped them down to 7th and 9th respectively. This promoted Russ Giles to the lead of the race with James Drew-Williams second and James Densley third overall. A safety car was also called out on the same lap as David Gambling had a spin and was stranded in the middle of the track. He was quickly cleared out of the way and the race could restart after just one lap behind the safety car.
The safety car being called out was very lucky for Neil and Chris as it bunched the pack up and gave them the opportunity to climb up the grid again on the restart; eventually they took first and second overall after a very close battle for the duration of the race. Russ Giles had a spin on the last lap which dropped him from third place down to 10th and left James Drew-Williams to claim third in the race, with James Densley in fourth overall and winning the FR2000 class. Richard Crisp didn’t have as good a race the second time around, starting further down the grid in 8th place, he was running 4th at one point but a puncture saw him go off and then pull into the pits and retire.
In the Classic class, Peter Whitmore qualified first in class and led the class start to finish, Ian Hughes came 2nd in class after starting from the pit lane again and Will McAteer came third. Kevin Otway headed up the 2000 class in qualifying, 2 places ahead of Bryn Tootell who had Terry Clark and Mat Jordan right behind him. On the start of the race Bryn managed to get past Kevin, but Kevin stayed close behind with Mat Jordan following. Terry Clark had a poor start to the race and fell down to dead last. He managed to gain lots of places back though, eventually finishing 9th overall and 4th in class. Bryn held on to the lead of the class for the whole race and took the win ahead of Kevin Otway, with Mat Jordan finishing third in class.
1800, 1600, M1400 and M1000 Grid
Qualifying for the 1800, 1600, Moto 1400 and Moto 1000 grid saw Jeremy Timms put his Dallara on pole as usual, with Richard Gittings in his Jedi second (first in class) and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke third. Peter Lague had car troubles in qualifying but limped round to get his laps in and was set to start from the back of the grid, where he was joined by Terry Trust and Eddie Guest who had both missed qualifying. The start of the race saw Richard Gittings and Jon Reed have a good getaway, with Jon getting past Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke for third place and them both challenging Jeremy Timms for the lead. Jeremy fended them off though and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke regained his third place quickly. The leaders quickly disappeared into the distance, with too big a gap between them for the order at the front of the grid to change.
Chris Lord, in the 1800 class, had a great first lap of the race, climbing from 13th on the grid to 7th overall, which was just behind his championship rival, Matt Walters and just ahead of Chris Levy who was joining the class for the day. Chris Levy stuck close behind Chris Lord as they chased down Matt Walters but the order didn’t change, however, Levy took fastest lap in class. Further down the 1800 grid, Phil Davis and Marcus Sheard had a close battle for fourth in class with Marcus being victorious in the end.
In the Moto 1000 class Richard Gittings dominated, taking the class win and second place overall. Jon Reed was running second in class before a problem on lap 3 saw him retire from the race. This left Mark Reade clear to take second in class. Peter Lague put in a brilliant performance, after so much bad luck this year his new Jedi looked after him well. He’d started at the back of the grid but was up to 10th by the end of lap 1, he continued climbing the grid and ended up taking 3rd place in class and 5th overall. Mick Kinghorn had a poor start to the race with a spin on lap 1 losing him 7 places, he managed to gain 5 places back but in the end had to settle for 4th in class.
Qualifying for race two on Sunday saw much the same formation at the front of the grid for the race. On the start of the race, Jon Reed had another great start but unfortunately couldn’t make a move for second stick. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke, who had qualified third, stalled on the start and ended up last, chasing the pack into the first corner. By the end of the first lap he was back up to 8th and was 5th by the end of lap 2. In the end he managed to climb all the way back up the grid to 3rd place and on the last lap took second place overall away from Richard Gittings right at the end of the race. In his typical style, Jeremy Timms disappeared into the distance to make it 11 out of 11 wins for him so far this season and secure him the championship win.
The 1800 class was closely fought with Chris Lord coming through from 3 places behind Matt Walters to challenge him for the lead of the class. Matt fended him off for most of the race, with Chris making a few moves to take the place but not being able to make them stick. Then a do-or-die lunge from Chris on the last lap saw him take the place from Matt and secure the class win and fastest lap. In championship terms though, Matt secured enough points with his second place to win the 1800 class championship, ahead of the final rounds at Donington in mid-September. In the 1600 class, Eddie Guest managed to get past Geoff Fern for the lead of the class on the first lap, but lost the place to the reining class champion on lap 2. He stayed close behind but their fight was drawn to a premature close when Geoff retired on lap 4. This left Eddie free to take the class victory, with James Gordon-Colebrooke coming second in class.
Richard Gittings had another solid class victory for the Moto 1000 class, but second to fifth place was where the battle was. Jon Reed and Mark Reade fought all race for 2nd in class, Mark managed to take the place on lap 3 of the race and held Jon off until the penultimate lap of the race where Jon managed to take the place away from him and hold on to it until the end of the race. There was a large gap behind them to the next two cars on the grid, Peter Lague and Mick Kinghorn, who were battling for 4th and 5th in the class. Mick qualified ahead of Peter but lost the place to him off the start, with Peter also managing to squeeze past a car in another class to have a buffer between them. Mick chased him down though, overtaking the buffer car the next lap and eventually getting past Peter on lap 3. Peter stayed close behind Mick and the battled continued all race, with Mick holding on to 4th place ahead of Peter in the end. Unfortunately, post-race scrutineering saw Mark Reade and Dominic Shepherd disqualified from the class due to not having reverse gears. This promoted Mick Kinghorn to 3rd in class and Peter Lague to 4th.
1800, 1600, M1400 and M1000 Grid
This meeting saw one qualifying determine the grids for both races on this one day twin header meeting. Jeremy Timms had an off after one lap of qualifying, he still qualified third on the grid for the first race with the time posted on his one full lap, but had to start from the back of the grid for the second race. This left Jason Timms to claim pole, with Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke in second for both races. Mark Reade took fourth overall and pole for the Moto 1000 class, before retiring to the pits before the end of qualifying.
Jeremy Timms managed to repair the crash damage to his car between qualifying and the first race and so was able to take up third place on the grid for race 1. As the cars lined up on the grid, confusion at the start meant some cars set off like they would on a green flag lap and some started racing. The race was red flagged almost immediately and the cars were brought back round to line up again, as this was by far the safest and fairest option for all involved. Unfortunately, Matthew Walters and Mick Kinghorn were caught out by this false start as they had a coming together which damaged Matt’s wing and Mick’s nose. Matt came in to the pits for his rear wing to be fixed, but this meant he then wasn’t allowed to take his position on the grid and would start from the pit lane instead.
The race eventually got underway properly and it didn’t take long for Jeremy Timms to get to the front of the grid. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke bogged down on the start and lost a few places, but quickly gained his second place position back and was chasing Jeremy Timms down. Andrew managed to clinch fastest lap in the race on the last lap, but didn’t manage to get past Jeremy Timms for the win. Mark Reade led the Moto 1000 race from Jon Reed, but after a few laps Jon was pressuring him and eventually got past and took the win in class, with Mark in second and the other Leastone Racing driver, Morgan McCourt, coming in third place.
In the 1800 class, Chris Lord sailed through to take his first victory of the season whilst the 1800 championship leader, Matt Walters, battled his way through from the back of the grid. Matt ended up second in class but was far too far back to challenge Chris. Doug McLay got the better of David Jones to come in third in class. Geoff Fern took his seventh win and fastest lap of the season in the 1600 class, with Eddie Guest coming in second and James Gordon-Colebrooke third.
The second race saw Jeremy Timms starting from the back of the grid, but he made very quick work of getting up to the front. Jason Timms and Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke both had bad starts, losing a number of places. Jon Reed took full advantage, getting past them both on the start and getting past Mark Reade on the first corner for the lead of the race. By the end of the first lap Jon was still leading the race, with Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke close behind him and Jeremy Timms closing in on them both. They soon both got past with Jeremy taking the lead of the race on lap 2 and cruising through to win the race, with Andrew again coming second. Jeremy has now secured 9 out of 9 wins so far this season.
Jon Reed lead the Moto 1000 race right through and ended up winning the class and coming third in the race overall with a big gap to Mark Reade who came second in class and fourth in the race. Kyle Cutts came third in class, which was his first podium finish of the season. Further down the grid, Mick Kinghorn had a spin on the first lap which put him in last place of the race, but he managed to climb back up to take fourth in class. Mick has retained the lead of the championship, but Mark Reade is closing in after a successful weekend.
In the 1800 class, Matt Walters was unable to challenge Chris Lord for the lead and Chris drove through to class victory for the second time that weekend, with Matt coming in second. Third place in the 1800 class saw a tense battle between David Jones and Doug McLay, with Doug eventually coming out on top during the last lap. After the weekend’s racing, Chris Lord climbed up to second in the 1800 championship behind Matt Walters. In the 1600 class, Geoff Fern won again, with Eddie Guest second and James Gordon-Colebrooke third. The points gained at Oulton promoted James from sixth in the championship to third.
F3, 2000, FR2000 and Classic Grid
Chris Hodgen was seen out in a different car to usual this weekend. After his engine let go in testing, Simon Tate kindly lent him his car so that Chris could continue the fight for the F3 championship. Ashley Dibden lead the way for the first lap of the race after qualifying second and getting past Ben Cater on the start, but Ben stuck with him and got past at the beginning of lap 2, he then lead the race to the end. Ashley’s race didn’t go to plan, he missed a chicane on lap 5 which put him down in third behind Chris Hodgen and then he lost a place to Neil Harrison as well which put left him fourth in the race overall.
Kevin Otway had a poorly engine the whole day and although he could be seen fettling between sessions, it didn’t improve. Luckily he managed to keep it going, although well off pace, for both races and got two fourth places in class getting him the all important points for the championship. Bryn Tootell disappeared off into the distance to win the class, with Terry Clark coming in second. Mat Jordan had been running third in the 2000 class but had a problem on the last lap and stopped at Hill Top, this left Mark Smith free to claim third place. James Densley led the FR2000 race start to finish ahead of Hayden Edmonds, Richard Crisp had to start at the back of the grid for both races due to being underweight in qualifying, but he climbed a couple of places in the race to finish 14th overall and third in class. In the Classic class, Robin Dawe dominated the class, winning by quite a margin. Ian Hughes unfortunately came into the pits during the first race which put an end to his weekend, this left Nick Catanzaro to get second place for both races and put him up to the lead of the championship ahead of Ian.
The second race saw a rush in the Dibden camp to get Ashley out for the race. He almost missed the start, but got into the assembly area and out to take his position on the grid just in the nick of time. Ben Cater kept the lead of the race off the start, with Ashley in second and Chris Hodgen in third. They stayed very close for the first few laps before Chris got ahead of Ashley. Chris pushed hard to catch Ben and on the last lap Ben got caught up in some traffic and Chris managed to dive past him to win the race. Ashley Dibden came in third and Neil Harrison in fourth. Ashley Dibden is still leading the F3 championship, but his lead is down to only one point ahead of Chris Hodgen. Ben Cater is now up to third place after missing the first two rounds at Cadwell and suffering a DNF in one of the races at Brands Hatch.
In the FR2000 class James Densley again led start to finish ahead of Hayden Edmonds. Richard Crisp came third but had a very impressive drive from the back of the grid. He was up from 18th to 14th by the end of lap 1 and then continued to gain places to finish 9th overall and earn him driver of the day. In the 2000 class, Bryn Tootell retired from the lead of the class on lap 2 which left it open for Terry Clark to take the class win. Mark Smith and Mat Jordan fought hard for second in class, but Mark kept the position and pulled a gap to Mat by the end of the race. Kevin Otway’s problems over the weekend meant that Terry Clark was able to gain second place in the championship from him, but by managing to complete both races and take some points away with him, Kevin has managed to stay close behind in the standings.
The 6th and 7th rounds of the Monoposto Championship took place over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July at Silverstone on the GP circuit. The weather was fantastic for the weekend, with the sun shining and lots of competitors could be found sunbathing next to their cars in between sessions.
Qualifying on Saturday saw Chris Hodgen take overall pole for both races ahead of Ashley Dibden, who pulled in early with engine issues. Ashley said his car wasn’t on top form all weekend, but luckily he did manage to complete both races and retain the lead of the championship. Ben Cater qualified in third for the first race and second for the second race – which was determined by the second fastest qualifying time. Fourth overall and first in class was Jeremy Timms in his Hyabusa engine Dallara. Further down the field Phil Davis went off at Copse on the first lap of qualifying which unfortunately significantly damaged his car and put him out for the weekend. Hopefully Phil will be back up and running for Oulton Park at the end of July though. Damon Bland, in the 2000 class, also had issues during qualifying and had to retire after two laps and so was on the back of the grid for both races.
Race 1 on Sunday saw a number of incidents cause two safety cars and a myriad of yellow flags. With such a large grid at Silverstone it is always nerve-racking waiting for the race to start and this is the only event of the year that uses a rolling start. The start was a clean one with all drivers making it safely and cleanly around the first corner, without anyone even breaking a track limit. But unfortunately this sigh of relief was swiftly followed by troubles with lots of cars. Jon Reed pulled off on lap 1 after his engine let go, as did Richard Gittings, Dan Levy was also out on lap 1 after contact with Kevin Otway and Mark Harrison pulled into the pitswith an oil leak. The problems didn’t stop there as David Gambling spun at copse on the start of lap 2, ending up in the gravel and setting off the first safety car. The safety car picked up Chris Hodgen who was still in the lead and led the pack round for 1 lap before restarting again.
Jeremy Timms had gained a couple of places in the opening lap and was up to second place overall with Ben Cater in third, Ashley Dibden in fourth and Jason Timms rounding off the top 5. Jeremy Timms got up to first place on the restart and Jason Timms got ahead of Ben Cater for fourth place, demonstrating how competitive the 1400cc bike engine cars can be against the 2 litre Mono F3 cars. Unfortunately, Nick Catanzaro and Richard Snuggs had a coming together at Copse on the restart which put them both out of the race and caused another safety car. The safety car was out for two laps whilst the cars were recovered and the race began again with 3 minutes remaining on the clock.
Richard Moorcroft had an impressive race in the Moto 1000 class, after qualifying fourth in class and 21st overall, he climbed up to first in class quickly and continued gaining track positions, eventually finishing 7th overall. He pulled a big gap over Dax Ward who was second in class and had 5 cars buffer from him. In the 2000 class Bryn Tootell got up to first in class, after qualifying third, and was being chased down by Paul Britten, who took the fastest lap in class and the lap record for the 2000 class. In the Classic class, Peter Whitmore won, with Ian Hughes coming in second. Matthew Walters took the victory in the 1800 class, with David Jones in second and Steven Griffin coming in third on his return to Monoposto after moving back to the UK from Dubai a couple of months ago. Geoff Fern won the 1600 class race, with Eddie Guest second and James Gordon-Colebrooke in third.
Race 2 on Sunday evening again had many challenges, with a red flag coming out on the first lap after a collision at Copse between Taylor Macvean and Richard Moorcroft. Both drivers were ok, but the delay in removing the cars meant that the race was abandoned and scheduled to restart at the end of the day. The drivers were pulled into the pits and regridded, whilst Formula Fords raced on track. Then the drivers were lead out for the race, which was allowed to run until 10 minutes after curfew thanks to the cooperation of MSVR and the circuit organisers.
Jeremy Timms didn’t manage to get the jump on the Mono F3 drivers in the race and had to settle for third overall, but still won his class with Jason Timms close behind in second in class and fourth overall. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke gave a solid performance, finishing third in class again and 6th overall, he remains second in the Moto 1400 championship, behind Jeremy Timms and ahead of Jason. James Densley dominated the FR2000 class this weekend, with two wins and two fastest laps, this means that so far this season the FR2000 class has had a different driver set the lap record at each of the three tracks we’ve visited. Bryn Tootell got into the lead of the 2000 class race, after qualifying 5th in class, with a buffer of a couple of cars behind him and ahead of Mat Jordan, Terry Clark and Kevin Otway who were all close together and fighting for second, third and fourth in class.
Dax Ward lead the Moto 1000 class by a big margin, with Mark Reade in second. Mick Kinghorn, Craig Hurran and David Heavey were all close together and fighting for third in class. Unfortunately for Mark Reade he got caught up in an incident between Mat Jordan and Terry Clark on lap 4 which saw Jordan and Clark off at Luffield and Mark Reade pull off into the pits. The race was red flagged after this incident as, together with Russ Giles who had gone off at Luffield earlier on in the race, there were three cars in the gravel there. As the leaders of the race had just crossed the line to begin the sixth lap of the race when the red flags came out, the race results went back to lap 5, not lap 4, which meant Mark Reade could only come fifth in the race – a position he gained by crossing the start/finish line when pulling into the pits – instead of being second which is where he was on lap 4 before the incident occurred. This left Mick Kinghorn to come in second place in the race and take the lead of the Moto 1000 championship and by scoring the all important 8 points from finishing fifth, Mark Reade still managed to gain second place in the championship standings.
In the Mono F3 class, Ben Cater and Chris Hodgen had a close battle for the lead of the race, with Ben Cater taking the lead on the second lap and then pulling a gap to Hodgen. After a report from the marshals’ post at Brooklands saying that Cater had overtaken a backmarker under yellow flags, he was given a three second time penalty meaning that, although he was on the top step of the podium, he ended up second in the race behind Chris Hodgen after the results were amended. Ashley Dibden came third in class and fifth overall in the race. This means that Ashley still retains the lead of the championship, but Chris has gained some ground after two wins and a fastest lap. In the 1800 class, Matt Walters took his 7th consecutive race win and fastest lap, Douglas McLay came second after a close battle with David Jones, Marcus Sheard and Steven Griffin who finished third, fourth and fifth in class respectively. Geoff Fern won the 1600 class race again and broke his own lap record which had stood since 2012. Ian Hughes has risen to take the lead of the Classic 2000 championship from fifth in the standings after a successful weekend where he got a second place, a win and a fastest lap.
Dear Monoposto members (and non-members)
I did say last year that I would do a regular news letter to keep you informed of what
the Board are doing on your behalf. So far it has been relatively quiet although we will soon
be planning next year’s calendar which takes the bulk of the work as well as reviewing the
There are, however, a few items that are worth mentioning, entries started off a little
lower than we hoped or anticipated. As many of you are probably aware we calculate our
entry fees based on anticipated entry numbers to cover the cost of the circuit hire. If we are 1
or 2 entries down this has a significant effect on the finances of the club. The good news is
that we had good entries at Brands GP and Silverstone is also looking positive, although this
might not quite cover the earlier shortfall there is a positive trend on entries.
A hot topic that is regularly brought to the Boards attention is paddock parking, we
have spent a lot of time discussing how best to approach this and haven’t really found a
good solution, but I would appeal to entrants that to some extent we can help ourselves by
trying to minimise the amount of space we all take in the paddock. I know we all like to have
our trailers, awnings and cars / vans / motorhomes close by but please think if it is possible
to maybe arrange your rig in such a way to make best use of the space available. I did notice
at Brands that several trailers could have been parked behind the awnings rather than
beside them and it would have made better use of the limited space we have.
As last year we have decided to arrange a members meeting to have an open
discussion in preparation for next year and obtain feedback from you, This is at present
planned for the Snetteron event on the Saturday evening so as before if you have burning
questions or items you want to raise it would be helpful if you sent them in beforehand.
Next year sees the 60th Anniversary of the club which I believe is a huge milestone
and we are at present looking at ways of celebrating this. As our plans progress we will keep
Finally I would like to say a big thank you to our Championship Coordinator, Rachel
who has taken hold of the job and shown both excellent communication and organisational
Thanks to all
Kevin Couling (Empowered Racing) recorded the live timing feed from TSL and the circuit commentary, so you can watch and listen to the races unfold. Thanks Kevin.
F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Qualifying
F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Race 1
F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Race 3
1600 / 1800 / Moto 1000 / Moto 1400 Race 1