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2018 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship




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14th July 2018


Over the years we've always had good entry levels for our Thruxton but this year was strangely different and we had an unusually low entry. A number of drivers who said they'd support the meeting failed to do so and, as seems to be the case in recent months, a number of late withdrawals left us with a very disappointing entry.

Whilst it's disappointing and frustrating for me personally, I fully accept that everyone has their own reasons for not entering a race meeting and I totally respect those reasons. We now have a six week break to Castle Combe and I can only hope that so hopefully we can regroup and get the entry levels back up to 20+ for the remainder of the season.

Dean Sullivan had a memorable weekend taking his first ever pole position in and going on to take his first ever outright race win in Race 1 after a good battle with Simon Kendrick and followed that by taking another Class Z win in race 2.

Simon made up for a disappointing weekend at Donington by taking two wins and two fastest laps in Class F.

I took the Classic Class win in Race 1 by a cars length from Will Sharpe but he had the last laugh by taking the win in Race 2 by a couple of lengths and fastest laps in both races.  We had two fantastic races and a win apiece was a very fair reward for each of us.

Sarah put in two good drives and is gaining valuable experience and improving g her lap times every race.

No new lap records were set

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Dean Sullivan for a hugely successful weekend taking pole position and two wins in his ZR including his first ever race win since joining the championship in 2006 and Stuart Philps who took two 3rd places and had two excellent races with Ray Ferguson.

Thruxton Snippets

As if the low entry level wasn't bad enough the grid was further reduced when Matt Gozalves's ZR failed scrutineering because the scrutineers (Nigel Thorne wasn't in attendance) considered that the quality of the welding of the roll cage was unacceptable. Matt was unable to get the problem resolved and was thus a non-starter, all very frustrating given that the car has been through scrutineering on three previous occasions this season !!.

Steve McDermid also had a bad weekend, he had further engine problems and was down on power in Race 1 and decided to withdraw form race 2 to avoid further damage.

Ralf Togneri had a strange problem in that the alarm immobiliser on his MGF failed and he was unable to start the car and thus didn't make the grid for Race 1, the problem was resolved and he thankfully made the grid for Race 2.


It was good to see former MGB drivers John Kimber, Paul Naish and Alan Yeoman around the Paddock. It was also good to see multiple MGOC championship winner Gary Smith of Summit MG there with former Class A race winner Kelly and their children.  I have some great memories of some mighty battles with these guys, how I wish they were still racing with us !!.

Former Class A race winner Malcolm Hill was also there, he hung up his helmet in 2010 but has built another BGT and will return to the fray for, hopefully, Castle Combe.  Malcolm was always a full on highly competitive racer and will certainly add strength and depth to the Classic Class grid.

Ray Lovell has bought the ex-Kevin Broadley BGT and once he's got the car sorted will be entering some Classic Class races. Ray raced a Dolomite Sprint many years ago and is looking forward to making a return to racing.

I've recently exchanged emails with Ivor Morgan (MGF) and Russell Davison (ZR), both are slowly getting their cars together and I hope we'll be seeing them back out on the grid sometime soon.

Junior Bhambra sustained a serious knee injury while in Australia recently and has undergone reconstructive surgery and won't be racing for a while.

After putting on an impressive showing 12 months ago, Darryl Davis was looking forward to entering Thruxton but he has also undergone a serious operation and whilst he's on the road to recovery there was no way he could enter Thruxton.

Adrian Olsson was planning to enter Thruxton but couldn't quite make it for business reasons.  He is still hoping to race his ZR sometime soon and has penciled in Combe for his first race since 2011.


Awards Dinner

Please note that this year's Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday 24th November at the usual venue in Buckingham, please put this date in your diary.




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