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2019 Lancaster Insurance/MG Owners Club Championship

We are proud to announce the following programme for the 38th year of the championship:

Rounds 1/2 March 30/31st Silverstone (International)                          
Rounds 3/4 May 11/12th

Brands Hatch                   

Rounds 5/6 June 1/2nd Donington (GP)
Rounds 7/8 June 22nd        Oulton Park (International)                    
Rounds 9/10 July 7th Castle Combe                   
Rounds 11/12 August 10/11th Snetterton 300                
Rounds 13/14 August 26th    Mallory Park               
Rounds 15/16 October 5/6th Pembrey
  For any further information contact MG Owners Club on 01954 231125



**** NEWSLETTER ****
10th October 2018


We can hardly believe that the season is over, it only seems a short while ago that we were at Oulton Park. Our final meeting of the season at Silverstone went well and the entry of 22 cars was pretty good. We were a bit unlucky not to get nearer 30 as a few of our regulars were unable to make it and a couple of hoped for "Invitation" cars failed to materialise. It was good to see Dave Mepham out in his MGB after several seasons away and Danny Porter having a good run out in his MGBGT.

Congratulations go to Martin Wills and Stuart Plotnek for their overall and Class F wins, Stuart Philps and Steve Darbey in Class Z, Will Sharpe in Classic Class and Matt Gozalves for a win in Class B.

After starting from the back of the grid in Race 2 and having a half spin at Vale on the opening lap Jim Baynam came through to take the Classic Class win in quite bizarre circumstances. Exiting Stowe on the last lap he was 200 metres behind a battling Malcolm and Will but closed in when they tangled at Vale on the last lap and Will slowed on the run to the flag to let Malcolm through and take the win without realising that Jim had caught them and he tootled past to take a very strange win by the length of a bonnet. It goes to prove Jim's longstanding mantra that when on track you need to be fully aware of what's going on around you and where other cars are on track. It was a somewhat fortunate win but a nice way to mark what, according to my records, was his 500th race.

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

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to:
Steve McDermid – Two good battles to finish off a very successful season
Malcolm Hill – After a number of years away from racing he's back to his competitive best with two excellent races in his smart new MGBGT

Points Table

Mark Baker compiles the MGOC version of the points table and I'd like to record my grateful my thanks to Mark for doing this, it really does make my life a lot easier.

BARC have posted their own version of the final points table in the MGOC Championship section of their website. After a couple of false starts the two sets of points now show the same totals.

The 2018 winners are:

Overall and Classic Class: Jim Baynam
Class B: Sarah Sullivan
Class F: Martin Wills
Class Z: Steve McDermid
Novice Champion: Sarah Sullivan

2019 Race Dates

People always ask me about race dates for next season. BARC run over 30 championships and put on around 35 race meetings a year and it is an epic of juggling competitors requirements against track availability and to give race calendars with the meetings spaced at acceptable intervals.

The closure of Rockingham has put a lot of pressure on other venues and all I can say is that, as ever, we submit a wish list to Ian Watson and use whatever influence we have to get us the circuits we want. We can only wait and see if we get what we ask for !!.

This year the race dates were nicely spaced with one race per month over an eight month season. Having two races in a month just doesn't work and I have to bear that in mind at such time as BARC give me a draft programme.

Jim is hoping that the 2019 race dates will be issued before Christmas but any change of dates by either a circuit organiser or a championship at a level may above is guaranteed to have a knock-on down the line to the draft dates issued to us poor souls lower down the food chain. He will of course email everyone on the mailing list as soon as the 2019 calendar is confirmed.

Drivers Meeting

I did plan to have a brief informal drivers meeting between the races at Silverstone but I was just too busy and didn't get a chance to organise it. We will be having a (slightly …..) more formal Drivers Meeting in the afternoon of 24th November prior to the Awards Dinner.

Any suggestions or proposals for next year need to be posted or emailed to Jim prior to that meeting so he can get some sort of agenda put together. More on this nearer the time..

Awards Dinner

As mentioned, this will take place at the Best Western in Buckingham on Saturday November 24th. Hard copies of the booking form and menu choices were distributed at Silverstone. It's always a really enjoyable evening and I hope you will support this event, please send your completed booking form to MGOC as soon as possible.

Can I remind you all that the hotel have reserved a number of rooms for the MGOC event, to get the agreed rate you must book directly with the hotel ie. not through the Best Western or any other internet booking site.



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