Troston’s Cutmore leads series after Oulton Park race

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Troston’s John Cutmore came away from Oulton Park last Saturday as leader of the 750 MC’s RGB Championship after one round, writes Arthur Debenham

The organisers had planned it as a double-header for this popular contest, but after the second race was stopped twice due to accidents, it was eventually called off.

Qualifying and the first race was held in wet conditions and this saw Cutmore put his new Spire GT3S into P4 on the grid. Not quite what he wanted, the trouble arriving from a misted-up visor causing vision problems.

His new team-mate at Spire, Billy Albone, secured pole, but it was Mathew Higginson who really turned in a good lap to put the front-engined AB Arion S2 from the Buxhall-based team, third.

Scott Mittell - the current champion - was way down in 30th position, his new Mittell suffering from a misfire.

It was not long before Cutmore was leading the field, Albone went off and retired, but not before setting the fastest lap.

Alastair Boulton’s Spire held second, with Higginson third. Eventually, Cutmore extended his advantage to lead Boulton home by 7.30 seconds.

Higginson retained third to take an easy class victory, and Mittell made it all the way to fourth, and showed his intention to retain the title, so it could well be another season-long battle with Cutmore.

The locally-built Contour of Paul Rogers lined up eighth, but progressed to finish fifth.

The next rounds will held be at Brands Hatch, on April 23-24.

AUTOSOLO

The Anglia Motor Sport Club’s autotest and autosolo series got underway last Sunday as a strong entry arrived at Scottow Enterprise Park for the Sporting CC of Norfolk meeting.

West Suffolk Motor Club drivers came away with good results, not least Vini Cruz, who took his Peugeot 106 to overall victory in the autosolo category.

This gave Duncan Christmas the class A1 victory, his Austin Mini closely followed by the Renault Clio of Marcus Keeble. Duncan’s daughter, Laura, secured third in class, plus an excellent sixth overall.

The Clio of Mark Peterson secured the top spot in class A2, with Jum Bowie’s Fiesta second and the Citroen AX GTi of Hannah Ellis third.

The Westfield SEiW of Ian Rowles, finished exactly 10 seconds ahead of Geoff Hodge’s Caterham 7, to win class C, with Nick Skuse, also Westfield mounted, some way back in third spot.

Once again, Mazda MX5s proved popular and unbeatable in class B, with Kevin Lockwood’s version leading home those of Leigh Gray and Kayne Lockwood.

The autotest category ran over the same course, and here it was John Peterson who not only won the category, but also established the fastest time of the day (FTD).

This produced a class D victory for the Westfield of Richard Nel.

The next round of th series is due to be held by Cambridge CC, on May 15.

DIARY DATES

Motor Racing. Snetterton, CSCC, Saturday and Sunday.

Ford Puma Cup, plus Toyo Tyres Jaguar and eight CSCC Series including Tin Tops and Magnificent 7s.

Karting. Kimbolton, Sunday.

TKM Midlands and Hunts Kart Club Championships.

Short Circuit. Foxhall Stadium, Saturday, 6.45pm.

Two-litre Hot Rods; UK Modifieds; Bangers. Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club are organising a dinner on Friday, April 29, to celebrate the career of Justin Bishop following his retirement from club cricket.

Bishop played for Bury St Edmunds, aged just 6, and went on to represent Suffolk at all junior levels, England at under-19 and played first class cricket for Essex.

He was part of the team that won the East Anglian Premier League in 2005 and 2006.

He also played for Suffolk and captained the county.

Despite his tremendous ability, Bishop always remained loyal to the club.

Anyone requiring further information about the dinner, or wishing to purchase tickets for the evening, should contact David Barker on 07876496064.