Oulton Park Race Report - MGOC Championship 2017

2017 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship


 

RACE REPORT

Rounds 15 and 16 – Silverstone 7th October 2017

On a bright and breezy autumn day the MGOC drivers arrived at Silverstone for two 20 minute to round off the 2017 season. The races would be held on the 1.85 mile Silverstone International circuit, this is effectively the bottom half of the full Grand Prix circuit and uses the new Formula 1 pit complex and paddock.

Qualifying

On a track that was damp from early morning dew, track conditions were difficult and the fastest lap times were all set at the end of the 15 minute session as the track began to dry out.

Pole position was taken by the ZR160 of Mick Weidner who recorded a time just 0.39 secs faster than the leading MGF of Simon Kendrick who would join Weidner on the front row. Current Class Z leader Alan Forster was on row 2 with the yellow MGF of Martin Wills. Row 3 was taken by the ZR's of Phil Walker and Darryl Davis with the MGF's of Baker and Plotnek on row 4.

 

Class A was headed by the MGB of Jim Baynam who was on row 7 ahead of the MGB's of Marcus Holland, William van Vuuren, Dave Amphlett and Chris Millard.

Round 15

The track had dried out for the race and when the red lights went out, the two front row cars made good starts but as is often the case, the rear wheel drive MGF got the power down better and Kendrick was the first to show and reached the first corner ahead of Forster who had made a good start from row 2. Forster quickly closed in on the MGF and took the lead at Stowe on lap 3 and by mid-race had opened up a 30 metre lead and looked well in control.

By lap 10 Forster had extended his lead to 100 metres over the chasing pack and looked set for another Silverstone race win. Kendrick who had already clinched the 2017 championship looked to be secure in 2nd place and leading Class F but succumbed to increasing pressure from the MGF of Wills and spun into the gravel at Vale on lap 11 leaving Wills in 2nd place and with a substantial lead in Class F.

Wills was unable to close the gap on the leader and Forster went on to take an impressive win from Wills who took the class F win with the ZR of Weidner in 3rd place ahead of Walker and Baker with Davis chasing down Nick Golhar to take 6th place on the final lap with Maninder Golhar taking 7th place after a race long battle with uncle Nick.

In the Classic Class, Baynam made a perfect start and got past the ZR's of Nick Golhar, Maninder Golhar and Philps and with the chasing MGB's of van Vuuren, Holland, Amphlett and Millard embroiled in a battle for 2nd place opened up a lead of 12 second lead by the end of lap 3. Holland and van Vuuren drew away from Amphlett and were having a close tussle until van Vuuren spun off into the gravel exiting Copse.  Baynam reeled off the laps to take the Classic Class win ahead of Holland with Millard getting past Amphlett on the penultimate lap to take 3rd place.

Round 16

The front row of the grid was a repeat of the earlier race with ZR of Weidner on pole and the MGF alongside on the front row. Dave Amphlett was on pole for the Classic Class ahead of van Vuuren, Baynam, Millard and Holland.

Once again, the MGF's made the best start and Kendrick lead into Abbey with Wills in 2nd place ahead of Forster.  Wills was enjoying himself and gradually closed the gap on the leader taking the race lead at Village on lap six.  Behind the two leading MGF's the ZR of Forster was making good progress and gradually closed the gap on Kendrick before getting past at Village on lap seven.  Forster had the bit between his teeth and chased Wills but his task was made easier when Wills spun off at Village on lap 11 leaving Forster with a comfortable lead over Kendrick. 

The race took a turn when the engine on Walker's ZR failed in dramatic fashion on lap 10 leaving a huge oil slick across the track on the exit or Stowe, this resulted in lap times dropping and Forster cruised to another excellent win with the MGF of Kendrick in 2nd place ahead of Wills with the ZR of Weidner in 4th place and Plotnek taking 5th and 3rd in Class F ahead of Davis and Golhar.

In the Classic Class, Amphlett lead through Abbey and Village and down the Hangar Straight but Baynam took the lead under braking at Stowe. Amphlett slipped back and joined a frantic battle for 2nd place with van Vuuren, Holland and Millard with Baynam taking advantage of the clear track to open up a 150 metre lead by lap 4.  The outgoing champion looked to be heading for another win but Holland broke clear in the battle for 2nd place and by lap 10 had closed the gap to four seconds but his brave charge was blunted by the oil slick at Stowe and the positions remained static over the closing three laps.  Baynam took the win with Holland gaining his second 2nd place and the extra point for fastest lap.  Van Vuuren took 3rd place ahead of Millard and Amphlett.   

 

Star Drives
The Star Drive trophies were awarded to:
Marcus Holland -  two excellent 2nd places and fastest lap in Round 16.
Alan Forster - two impressive wins and two fastest laps in Class Z.

 

Visit the MGOC Championship website www.mgoc-championship.co.uk to see the full race results and final 2017 Championship positions.

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