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5th June 2018

I've always regarded Donington as a jewel in the crown in the MGOC season. After getting a good entry of 22 cars at Snetterton I was expecting at least the same and possibly a few more for Donington.  Sadly it wasn't to be with five late withdrawals leaving us with a disappointingly small grid.  I know that everyone has their own reason for not entering and I fully understand and respect those reasons and honestly don't want to appear to be "having a pop" at those of you who didn't enter, you are all good regular supporters of the championship so please don't take it personally.  However, the fact remains that with 40 registered drivers it was hugely disappointing to have just 16 cars turn up for a big meeting in June on one of the best circuits on the calendar.

We all want to race at the best circuits and with the only income to BARC coming from competitor's entry fees it doesn't take much to realise that they have to give the premier circuit dates to the championships with the best grid levels. Some championships with consistently low entry levels are likely to be dropped for 2019, MGOC do not fall into that category but we can't ignore the warning signs. Maybe I'm guilty of worrying too much about these things but the one thing that makes all the behind the scenes effort worthwhile is to see good grids of MG's on the best circuits, this actually means more to me than competing and winning races !!. Despite the small entry, we put on some excellent racing, the battles at the front of the field in both races were spectacular, there will be some impressive in-car footage below:


Class Z saw two tremendous battles between Steve McDermid and Steve Darbey with each taking their first MGOC wins. Well done guys and welcome to the winners club. Simon Kendrick had a weekend to forget with two DNF's leaving Martin to celebrate his 50th birthday by taking an overall and Class F win in Race 1. It was shaping to up to be another similar battle in Race 2 before Simon posted another DNF and Martin dropped back after losing 3rd gear leaving Stuart to take the race lead. Stuart eventually finished 3rd overall and took the Class F win, his first since 2013. I managed another two wins in Classic Class although Dave Amphlett showed a welcome return to form and pushed me hard in race 2.  Sarah took both Class B wins after Matt Gozalves retired his ZR in Race 1 and didn't make the grid in Race 2. New lap records were set by Jim Baynam in the Classic Class and Matt Gozalves in Class B

Star Drives

The Star Drive trophies were awarded to Steve Darbey and Steve McDermid for taking a win a piece in Class Z.  Steve M took the win in the Race 1 by 1.1 seconds with Steve D taking Race 2 by 0.65 seconds after starting 12th on the grid.

Donington Snippets

Jonathan Palmer has made some notable improvements since taking control of the circuit. The paddock is now fully tarmaced and the paddock restaurant has been relocated, all very costly works but JP has never been backwards in spending money to improve the infrastructure around the circuit. The meeting wasn't without a few Class Z dramas.  Stuart Philps did an overnight engine change and Steve Darbey had to change a clutch.  Marcus Holland arrived without his ignition keys and thanks go to Dave Amphlett for supplying a new push button starter switch and to Kev for sorting out the wiring to make it all work.  It was good to see Steve Williams around the paddock. Steve is enjoying his time in Renault Clio's but oh how we miss him on the MGOC grid. Chris Pollard also came up for the meeting and, as is his way, was underneath a car sorting out someone's problems within minutes of arriving.  Chris is preparing a TF for 2018 but I'm placing money on him dusting down his rapid MGB for a couple of races this season. Our former Class A champion Malcolm Hill was also at the meeting, he is in the final stages of building an MGBGT and is looking forward to getting back on track later this season for the first time since 2010.

Jimmy Wilson-Petch came along to the meeting. Jimmy has been involved in various levels of motorsport for many years and is in the final stages of preparing an MGF and plans to be on track later this season

Philip Espinasse

Philip has now returned home and continues to make a steady recovery.  It was his birthday on Saturday and a card was passed around the paddock and signed by everyone present wishing him a happy birthday and a speedy recovery. I've just received an email from Philip, he's asked me to pass on his thanks to everyone who signed the card.


We now look forward to our next meeting at Thruxton.  This is a Truck meeting and there will be a big crowd and, if Donington and Snetterton are anything to go by, we'll give them some great entertainment.  I know I keep repeating the same point but it's really important that we get a good grid for this meeting so please do your very best to support it.

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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