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OVAL RACING

The recent BARC meeting held at Lydden Hill contained a wide variety of racing disciplines, among them one of two UK visits for the European Late Models Series (ELMS), during 2013.

For the Ixworth-based Revolution Racing Team, it was a welcome chance to race on home soil as they fielded three cars, the Pontiac Grand Prix for Chris Richardson, with the Chevrolet Monte Carlos in the hands of Deme Cordell and Chris Mealin.

With new noise restrictions on these cars, the team had been given welcome assistance by Bury-based A14 Tyres and Exhausts, who had fitted new exhaust systems to meet the lower noise levels.

With this problem overcome, the team enjoyed one of their best weekends ever.

With several races and a 14-strong field, both Richardson and Mealin secured race wins.

For Mealin, this followed a recent victory at Venray, in Holland. Cordell was having his first outing with the team and secured a promising third in his first race, followed by a second position behind Richardson’s victory.

Richardson also claimed another podium, with a third-place finish. These cars can be seen locally when they visit Foxhall Stadium on Saturday, September 14.

MOTOR RACING

Brands Hatch hosted its two-day Mini Festival last weekend, as it once again provided races purely for this much-loved little car.

Among them was an endurance race that called for a shared drive, an event that saw Badwell Ash-based George Shackleton involved.

Shackleton was invited to co-drive the Mini owned by Nigel Challis, who is chairman of the F3 500 club.

The car has an interesting history. A 1280cc Cooper S putting out some 125bhp, it was built for former Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal to drive during the 2009 Goodwood Revival meeting as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original Mini.

For Challis and Shackleton, it was their first outing in the car and a lot different to the 500cc Cooper Norton that Shackleton was used to.

So it was probably none too surprising when the duo found that theirs was the slowest time in qualifying, this leading them to the very back of the grid line-up.

However, as they became more at home with the handling of their new means of transport, so their position improved and at the close they were up to 22 and chasing the Mini of celebrity chef James Martin from a field of 42 entries.

Shackleton returns to the F3 500 scene when he drives his Cooper Norton at Mallory Park, on July 21.

RALLYING

The latest round of the Historic Rally Car Register Clubmans Championship was promoted by Chelmsford MC last Saturday, as 35 crews took in the East Anglian Classic.

Overall winners were James Griffiths/James Howell in a Mini 1275 GT.

The Spirit of the Rally award went to Matt and Claire Abrey, who finished 25th overall, fourth in class, driving the oldest car in the rally, their Ford Model A Special.

Robin Shackleton was unable to compete, as his latest car was not ready. Recently acquired, it is a V8 Ford Galaxie.

Remember them in British saloon racing, with the likes of Dan Gurney at the wheel?

DIARY DATES

Motor Racing. Cadwell Park, CSCC, Saturday and Sunday.

Races include Tin Tops.

Brands Hatch, BARC, Saturday and Sunday.

Silverstone, MSA, Saturday and Sunday.

British Grand Prix, GP2, GP3, Porsche Super Cup.