2017 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship


RACE REPORT

Rounds 3 and 4 -  Castle Combe 1st May

A grid of 22 cars made up of the usual bunch of regular drivers and three new and enthusiastic novice drivers made the trip down the M4 to Castle Combe for two 20 minute races on the 1.85 mile circuit. With a degree of inevitability, rain was forecast for the Bank Holiday meeting.

Qualifying

On a slightly damp track, pole position was taken by the MGF of Martin Wills who pipped a resurgent Stuart Plotnek to the all important pole position by just a tenth of a second. Row two saw the MGFs of Simon Kendrick and Mark Baker. The third row saw the ZR160 of Stuart Philps taking the Class Z pole by half a second from Silverstone winner Alan Forster with Phil Walker and Junior Bhambra on row 4.

The two MGF newcomers both performed well with Ralf Tognieri driving confidently to put his MGF on row 7 in his first ever race. Ivor Morgan started the learning curve in confident style taking 18th place on the grid

Sam Queen looked like taking her first ever pole position in the Classic Class but was pipped on the last lap by the MGB of Dave Amphlett with Chris Millard and Marcus Holland ahead of Chris Flooks, Bob Fisher and the 1275 Midget of 17 year old Shelby Wilsher.

The splendid white MG Maestro of Jag Golhar was the sole entry in Class B.

Round 3

Rain was forecast but it didn’t arrive and the race went ahead on a bright and warm afternoon on a dry track.

When the red lights went out the whole field got away cleanly with the MGF of Plotnek initially taking the lead but the ZR of Wills held the inside line to take the lead into Quarry from Plotnek, Kendrick, Philps and Baker. By the end of lap 2, Wills had a 20 metre lead over Kendrick but the ZR of Philps was looking very strong and had closed right onto the bumper of Kendrick’s garish orange and black MGF. On lap 6, Philps found a way past the MGF and moved into 2nd place and set about chasing the leaders.  Philps was driving well  and put in a sequence of fastest laps to close on the leader and eventually took the lead when Wills pulled off the track at Folly with a gear linkage problem leaving Philps with a comfortable lead.  After 15 laps of good racing, Philps took the chequered flag almost three seconds ahead of Class F winner Kendrick with the ZR of Forster taking 3rd place after and entertaining battle with the MGF of Plotnek and the ZR of Williams.

Novice MGF drivers Morgan and Tognieri both enjoyed their race debuts and had good dices with the leading cars from the Classic Class with both of them finishing both races in good style.

In the Classic Class, Amphlett made a perfect start and moved ahead of Millard and the Midget of Queen with the MGB of Fisher in 3rd place ahead of Holland and Flooks.  As the race progressed, Amphlett held a 50 metre lead over Millard and looked well in control.  Millard and Queen were battling for 2nd place with the Midget taking the place from Millard on lap 4.  Amphlett reeled off the remaining laps in confident style to take the win from Millard and Queen with Fisher taking and well deserved 4th place after an entertaining battle with Flooks and Holland.

Round 4

In a repeat of the earlier race, Plotnek nosed ahead at the start but Wills held the inside line to take the lead into Quarry with moving up to 2nd place after an excellent start from row 3.  Buoyed by his earlier win, Philps quickly closed in on Wills with the former champion using all of his considerable experience to stay ahead of the hard charging ZR, these two gradually pulled away from the chasing pack of Kendrick, Baker, Plotnek and Forster who were having a great dice for 3rd place.

On lap 4, Wills appeared with the one corner of the rear bumper of his MGF hanging off and whilst it was flapping in the breeze the race officials initially didn’t seem to consider it to be a safety hazard and allowed the race to continue but on lap 7 they then elected to show a warning for Wills instructing him to make a pit stop to assess the damage to his bumper. Wills was then shown the black flag and his race was over leaving Philps to take his second win of the day ahead of Kendrick, who took another Class F win, Forster, Baker and Plotnek.

Morgan and Tognieri continued their learning experience and both did well although Tognieri failed to finish after spinning off at Quarry on lap 6.

The Classic Class race was a repeat of the earlier race with Amphlett taking an early lead and with Millard retiring early in the race with a brake problem it was left to Queen to chase the leader. Despite her best efforts she was unable to mount a serious challenge and Amphlett went on to take his second win of the day with Holland taking an excellent 3rd place ahead of Flooks, Fisher and Shelby Wilsher who successfully completed both races on her racing debut.

Jag Golhar overcame the problems encountered in the earlier race and took the Class B win in his Maestro.

Star Drives

Stuart Philps – Two dominant, popular and well deserved wins in Class Z

Junior Bhambra – A hugely entertaining race with his team mate Nick Golhar in Race 1.

Next Races: 1/2nd July – Rockingham

 

Photograph credit goes to Steve Jones

 

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