Overtaking ace Williams aiming for top-four spot

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It was the turn of the Classic Sports CC to open their 2016 programme last weekend, and they did so with a record entry of more than 400 competitors for their two-day meeting at Snetterton, writes Arthur Debenham.

Thirty-two of those were contesting the Magnificent 7s event while 33 took in the Tin Tops contest.

Kevin Williams enjoyed a good clean race with plenty of overtaking, having put his Caterham CSR into P6 for the Magnificent 7s.

His version develops around 260 brake horse power, but those at the front of the grid are claiming some 330bhp, a large advantage.

With this in mind, a fourth place finish can only be looked upon as a good result.

Kevin told me: “to get to the front, some upgrades will be required.”

It was a very similar story from Mark Livens.

Livens’ Honda Civic Type R was one of six examples in the Tin Tops encounter.

Qualifying saw him line up in P4, the quickest of the Hondas.

Following wet conditions on Saturday, Sunday saw a dry race, which led to some close racing.

From it all, Livens finished in fifth position, once again the top Type R.

However, like Williams, he said that money would have to be spent if a podium was to become a realistic position.

That said, both drivers seemed pleased with the outcome of their races. For both of them, the next outing will be Silverstone, on April 30 and May 1.

HAPPY HANNAH

It was a delighted Hannah Ellis who contacted me recently, with news of some welcome sponsorship for the current season at the wheel of her Citroen AX GTi.

During her short time as an active competitor, Hannah has gained notable success in car trials and autosolo events.

That has been rewarded by Falken Tyres, who will be supporting her forthcoming programme.

Falken have a good reputation in the motor sport world, and there is little doubt Hannah will be able to further that on the local scene.

Having taken a third in class at the recent opening round of the AMSC Autosolo Challenge, her next outing will be round two on June 5.

However, prior to that, her car will be on display at the Whitsun Fayre on the Angel Hill, on May 29-30.

It is good to see a young person involved in motor sport competition, and Hannah fully deserves her sponsorship.

SHORT CIRCUIT

The Oval at Aldershot saw the Superstox and Ninja Kart competition in action last weekend, the action among the Superstox not really what Matt Carberry and Jason Cooper would find would lead to points scoring in the Safari Landrover Series.

It is of course, a contact branch of motor sport, and it was mainly due to that, that neither of them managed to get a good result.

By contrast, the Ninja Karts is non-contact, so a chance to finish a race has more possibility.

This is exactly what Toby Partridge did, with his two heats providing a sixth and seventh finishing position, followed by 11th in the final.

DIARY DATES

Car Trial. Ivinghoe, Falcon MC, Sunday.

Final round of the AMSC Challenge 2015-16.

Motor Racing. Donington Park, BARC, Saturday and Sunday.

Short Circuit. Mildenhall Raceway, Saturday, 6.30pm.

BriSCA F2; Reliant Robins; Bangers.

Foxhall Stadium, Saturday, 6.45pm.

Steve O’Dell Testimonial Meeting.

1300 Stock Cars; Saloon Stock Cars; Stock Rods.

Great Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30pm.

Historic Stock Cars; Junior Rods; Micra Stock Cars; Bangers.