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Well after the arctic conditions of Oulton Park it was the complete opposite at Snetterton with temperatures in the 80's making it a pretty tough for the cars and the drivers (particularly the aged overweight ones !!) but it was a great day to be racing and the pit garages did give some respite from the sun.  The grid of 22 cars wasn't bad although I thought we'd get a few more on a one day meeting at Snetterton on a Bank Holiday Monday.

It was good to see the return to MGOC of Will Sharpe; he quickly proved that in his capable hands his much loved Midget is a real force to be reckoned with by taking the Classic Class pole by just eleven thousandths of a second.  Sadly he had problems in both races leaving Jim Baynam to take two slightly fortunate wins. It was also good to see Ashley Barnes back on the grid in his stunning orange 1275 Midget. Sadly he withdrew from both races with overheating problems. Dean Sullivan was a welcome entry in Class Z. This was his first race for seven years and he performed really well to take two hard fought 3rd places. Simon Kendrick initially led both Class F races but he was passed by Martin Wills who went on to take two wins after a couple of hard fought races. Dave Mellor put in two stirring drives to take two overall and Class Z wins with Steve Darbey putting in two really impressive drives to take a couple of 2nd places ahead of Dean. Gordon Jeakins was a late withdrawal leaving Sarah the only entrant in Class B, she duly went on to take two wins and gain more valuable track time.

Jim Baynam took two Classic Class wins, the first of which was my 150th race win.  Will was unlucky when a wire fell off his fuel pump in Race 2 when he was looking for a way past.  Clearly it won't be long before he is winning races.

New lap records were set by Jim Baynam in Classic Class and Stuart Plotnek in Class F.

Driving Standards

The battle for the lead in Race 2 was just incredible with Dave, Simon, Martin and Steve Darbey covered by a few lengths and swapping places for most of the race.  It was an incredibly close race but all cars finished without any significant damage. We've managed three meetings without any (other than self inflicted!!) damage, let's hope it continues.

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Steve Darbey for two really impressive drives to 2nd place both races and to Will Sharpe for taking pole position in a time comfortably under the lap record and putting in two typically full-on drives on his return to the championship.

Class Letters

The introduction of Class B ZR160's lead to me put a clause in the Class B and Z regs for Class letter stickers to be fitted in the place normally occupied by the number plates.  For a number of reasons this didn't happen but it was talked about at Snetterton and we need to resurrect the idea.
After talking to a few people the original plan to fit the stickers in the place normally occupied by the number plate has changed and we have a few options available to us:
  1.  Letters should be fitted to the top left hand (passenger side) corner of the front windscreen.  I would see these as being either a simple B or Z maybe 6" high in Day-Glo yellow.
  2. A "Class B" or "Class Z" sticker in the top corner of the windscreen in 4" high letters.
  3. A Class letter next to the race number on the front and sides of the cars.
  4. Should we adopt this across all four Classes?


Whatever we decide on, the stickers would be provided by MGOC.

We would appreciate your thoughts and comments on this matter.

Paddock Security

Most of you who were at Snetterton will be aware that Dean Sullivan had £140 cash stolen from his jeans and Ralf Togneri had his wallet and cards stolen while they were out on track.  In all my years of racing the Paddock has always been a safe place to leave possessions and tools etc. around but things are obviously changing as similar thefts have also happened at Donington and Castle Combe where friends of mine had a lap top, cash and some valuable tools stolen while they were out on track. 
Please be careful.

Philip Espinasse

You're all aware that since Christmas Philip has had some serious health problems. He returned home for a few days before being readmitted with a serious chest infection. We exchanged emails yesterday and he says that he's over the worst of his problems and is hoping to return home soon. Despite his period in inactivity, Philip retains a strong interest in all that is going on in the championship. If any of you would like to wish him well please contact Jim for his email address.


We now look forward to our next meeting at Donington.  I understand that since taking over the circuit, Jonathan Palmer has made a lot of general improvements and the Paddock is now fully tarmaced. BARC have confirmed that the races will be held on the full GP circuit ie. Including the Melbourne Loop. The timetable for the meeting is on the BARC website. Go to and click on "Events".






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