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2018 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship

 

 

                                                                                                       

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20th March 2018

ALL,

It's always a pleasure to go to Oulton but what a day it turned out to be.

The final entry of 22 cars was excellent considering that most (OK not all !!) of our drivers live south of Watford and it means taking Friday off work for the long trip up the M6.  All of this in mid-March when the forecast was for freezing conditions and some snow.  I know that many of you have had a lot of expense over the winter buying new extinguishers and/or belts but you managed to get the cash together to enter the meeting. It was a great effort by you all and I'd like to say a personal thank you for all of you hardy souls who made the journey and supported the championship. 

It's fair enough for the drivers but let's not forget the ladies/wives/partners who supported you on a day when it would have been much more comfortable to stay at home. A special mention must go to Marcia who spent a couple of hours out in the freezing wilderness taking photos on our behalf.   There were some tales of breakdowns on motorways with both Bob Fisher and Matt Gozalves spending several hours on the hard shoulder waiting to be recovered. In Matt's case he arrived at Oulton at 3am on race day morning. The biggest hard luck story of the weekend was poor Adam Jackson who was a welcome addition to the MGOC grid.  He received his licence from MSA but (like most people !!) didn't check it and when he went to sign-on it was found to be a non-Race licence.  The MSA Steward was sympathetic but simply couldn't let Adam race.  It was really tough on Adam but it was good to see him and he plans to enter a couple of MGOC events during the season.  Adrian Wray came along with Adam, I'm pleased to say that he has fully recovered from his huge accident at Oulton last season and was on good form.

It was certainly the coldest day I've ever raced on.  The weather was really odd, blue sky and wintry sun then within minutes it would cloud over and dry powdery snow fall for maybe ten minutes then the sun would come out again.  It never got above 2°C all day but the stiff breeze made it feel a lot colder.

The first race started in bright and dry conditions but by lap three the snow was so heavy that the race was red flagged because the marshall's couldn't see the next marshall's post.  After a wait of no more than ten minutes the race was re-started in blue sky and sunshine.  All really strange.

We managed to get through the Race 2 but it started snowing on the slowing down lap.  By the time a pal of mine went out in the next race in his Caterham it was snowing really hard. Serves him right for running an open car !!.

Congratulations to Dave Mellor, Stuart Philps, Simon Kendrick and Martin Wills for a win each in Classes Z and F respectively and to Gordon Jeakins for two wins in his Class B ZR160.  I took two wins in the Classic Class.

There were some notable performances in difficult conditions.  James Pryor did really well to finish 2nd in both Classic Class races with Bob van Vuuren taking the point for fastest lap in Race 2.  Stuart took advantage of Dave Mellor's shock absorber failure to take the win in Class Z.  Stuart Plotnek showed an encouraging return to form with two second placed in his MGF.

The only lap record to be broken was by Simon in Class F.

Trophies

It was my intention to give out the trophies straight after Race 2 but the snow was falling and I think we'd all had enough and just wanted to warm up and get on the road home. I will of course present the trophies at Rockingham.

Star Drives

There were some worthy contenders but two names stand out and the Star Drive trophies go to James Pryor for two excellent 2nd places in a high quality Classic Class field and Stuart Plotnek for two excellent 2nd places in Class F.

Rockingham

The provisional timetable can be reached from this link to the BARC website: https://barc.blob.core.windows.net/barcnet/2018-hq03-rk-v2-q2nuu.pdf This timetable is unlikely to change but I must stress that, at this stage, it is still provisional.

As you can see, our qualifying session and both races are on Sunday 15th April.  Past experience suggests that this suits many of you and I hope it will encourage another good entry.

All the best


Jim

 

 

 

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