MOTORSPORT: Glasswell battles back to be driver of the day
The original Brands Hatch (Indy) circuit was the setting for last weekend’s race meeting, organised by Historic Sports CC, with three local drivers in action.
Great Barton’s Stephen Glasswell is enjoying racing with the HSCC, and took in two events driving his Reynard SF 79 in the Historic FF2000 category.
Qualifying saw him obtain his best grid position to date, lining up in P6 from a field of 18. However, he only completed two laps after being hit as he rounded Clearways. This left him with damaged rear suspension which was repaired in time for his second race.
Retirement in race one saw him line up at the back of the grid for the second outing, a race that had a very different result.
By the time the chequered flag was waved, Glasswell had made his way through the field to secure fifth place and the Driver of the Day trophy.
The Classic Racing Car Championship has seen thin fields all season, so on this occasion it was merged with the Classic F3 contestants.
Cockfield-based Ian Jones had already taken the Classic Racing Car title for the third time and is considering a move to a new category for the 2016 season.
The Lotus 59 suffered a misfire during qualifying, and Jones found himself second fastest in his class, but down in P18 on the grid. The F3 machines proved difficult to overtake and he contented himself with second place in the Classic RC.
Peter Chappell was our only representative in the Historic Road Sports race, once again at the wheel of his MKI Austin Healey Sprite. The Long Thurlow resident brought the car home to record fourth in class.
A small entry gathered at Wethersfield last Sunday, to contest Chelmsford MC’s Online Kitchen Stages Rally, a qualifying round of the Jelf Motorsport.com/AEMC Championship.
Two crews came from West Suffolk MC, both running in Class E. Justin Oliver/James Crook fielded their Subaru Impreza, with Dave Daniel at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Evo 6, and Dennis Suttenwood in the co-driver’s seat.
In the opening stages, Oliver/Crook held down second position at one point behind the eventual winners, Ross Daniels/Paul Mankin driving another Impreza. However, as they left the line for SS5, transmission to the rear wheels failed, leaving them facing retirement.
Better fortunes befell Daniel/Suttenwood, who came away with ninth overall, fourth in class.
Having comprised almost half the entry list, West Suffolk MC drivers took most of the awards at the Cambridge CC autosolo meeting, held at Wethersfield, Essex.
Class A1 saw the local club’s competitors come away with the top five positions, with Duncan Christmas putting his Mini in the top spot. The Peugeot 106 of Vini Cruz was next, with Marcus Keeble third in his Renault Clio. Greg Player (Citroen AX) and Caroline Limas Cruz (106) completed the rout.
In Class A2, the two leading positions were taken by drivers in only their second such event.
As Simon Sweetland took his Fiesta to victory, so Alex Porter brought his Golf TDi in to second spot. Hannah Ellis took third in her AX GTi, with Neil Wackett’s BMW Mini Cooper, fifth.
Andrew Scott’s Mazda MX5 took a comfortable victory in Class B, with the similar car of Pete Shepherd third.
Overall winners came from other clubs.
This weekend, the first round of the 2015-16 Anglia Motor Sport Trials Challenge (10 rounds) takes place.
Eastern Counties MC will be in charge of the main event, but a permit has been issued allowing West Suffolk MC to run a separate section for those who have never previously attempted car trials, and do not belong to a recognised MSA motor club. This is known as a taster event.
For further details go to wsmc.co.uk. The trial takes place on Sunday, at Tops Farm, Lamarsh, near Bures.
Short Circuit. Wimbledon, Sunday, 5.30pm. Stock Rods; Lightning Rods; Junior Micra Stockcars; Bangers.
Car Trial. Tops Farm, Lamarsh, Essex, Eastern Counties MC, Sunday. Round one, AMSC Challenge.
Sprint. Debden, Essex, Sunday, Herts County AC.
Motor Racing. Donington Park, 750MC, Saturday and Sunday. Races include the RGB Championship final.