News - MGOC Championship 2017

2017 MG Owners' Club - Production MG Championship

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12th September 2017

It was good to go back to Cadwell.  Several of the drivers were making their first visit to this most challenging of circuits and the feedback suggests that you all enjoyed this amazing circuit.

The rain just about held off and both races were held on a dry track although it came in with a vengeance as we were all packing up and it was a wet drive home. 
The entry of just 16 cars was disappointing but I do accept that a few of our regular drivers were missing after the dramas at Snetterton. Getting entries at remote circuits like Cadwell at the end of a season is always a problem and whilst our entry wasn't great we can take limited consolation in that we were actually the biggest grid of what was a very poorly supported meeting.

Phil Walker continued his good recent progress in the ZR by taking pole from the MGF of Mark Baker.  Nick Golhar was also on good form taking 3rd on the grid from Simon Kendrick whose car was re-shelled by Kevin in the three weeks since Snetterton and was looking superb.  Dave Amphlett took pole in the Classic Class ahead of Bob van Vuuren and Chris Millard who both put in impressive performances on their first visit to the track. The grid may have been short on numbers but there were some great battles throughout the field.

In Race 1, Mark took the win from Simon with Phil taking 3rd place and a very popular Class Z win in his ZR, this was Phil's first ever Class win in the ZR and his first MGOC win since taking a win in his MGB on our one and only trip to Jurby on the Isle of Man in 1998. Dave Amphlett initially lead the Classic Class but ran wide onto the grass at Charlies allowing Bob to take the lead and he went on to take the win from Dave who was just ahead of Chris Millard who took the point for fastest lap.

In Race 2, Mark initially took the lead but Phil held the inside line into Charlies to take the lead.  Mark was close behind but an ABS brake problem resulted in him spinning off at the Gooseneck and he retired leaving Nick in 2nd place just ahead of Paul Wisbey who was leading Class F. Alan Forster was on a charge and got past Paul on lap 2 and Nick on lap 5 and set off after Phil who by this time had an eight second lead and looked set for his second win of the weekend but Alan was driving really well and began to close the gap. At the start of the final lap, Phil was hanging on by a cars length and held that lead until Barn when he went from 2nd into 5th gear and Alan outdragged him to the line and he took the flag by the length of a bonnet to take a superb win after a hugely entertaining and cleanly fought battle.

With Mark out of the way, Simon held a narrow Class F lead over Paul Wisbey before Paul lost out with a self-induced spin on the run into the Gooseneck allowing Phil Espinasse to move into 2nd place. Simon cruised home to take the Class F win with Phil doing well to hold off Paul to take 2nd place. In the Classic Class, Dave again took an early lead but Bob was never far behind until a spin under braking at Park gave Dave a huge lead.  To his great credit, Bob didn't give up the fight and gradually closed in on Dave before taking the lead along Park Straight on the final lap and going on to take his second win of the weekend. No new lap records were set.


 Star Drives

There were some very impressive drives throughout the field in both races and a number of drivers were on the short list but the trophies went to Phil Walker for a well deserved win in his ZR in Race 1 and to Alan Forster for a superb drive in Race 2.

Points Table

The point table after Cadwell is attached. I'll leave you to make your own calculations but my (often wrong !!) interpretation is that Simon is confirmed as the Overall and Class Z champion and Dave Amphlett has won the Classic Class.  Class Z is still not quite sorted although, by my reckoning, Alan looks to be the hot favourite.

Awards Dinner

As previously mentioned, this will take place at the Best Western in Buckingham on Saturday 18th November.  This is an important event for us and is always a really good evening, please put the date in your diary.


The Version 2 timetable for this meeting has been posted on the BARC website.  The Version 1 timetable showed us racing with the Renault Clio's.  I'm pleased to say that this has changed and qualifying and both of our races will be only for MGOC cars.

Several old faces are threatening to enter this meeting, let's see if we can put on a really good grid and see the season off in style.




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