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Since the season was snowed out, the weather has taken a turn for the better! With Brands Hatch and Silverstone meetings both being held in baking sunshine.. Long may this weather continue, 16 formulae competed across the weekends at Brands and Silverstone. Next up for the 750 Motor Club is a trip to Mallory Park on the 20th May..
Race Report - Brands Hatch
With temperatures in the high 20s and bumper grids for the Brands Hatch meeting, it ensured an exciting weekend of racing.. In the Locost with a massive 48 entries the cars were split into 3 groups. Ben Powney enjoyed double race victory, with the other race victory going to Mark Burton, continuing his form from Castle Combe. Ben Rushworth looked set to win hot hatch after claiming pole, however after the red flag for the incident pictured, Ben's car decided not to restart, eventually starting from the pit lane and finishing 7th, sadly that was the last we saw of Bens car as he didn't feature in race 2. For a more in-depth race report check out the link below:
Silverstone Race Report
Saturday 5th May, saw 5 formulae race around Silverstone national circuit. In the V8s there was a nasty incident between Andy Lambert and Robert Frost, as the two battled for position, Frost clipped Lamberts car which caused Frost to be airborne briefly. This caused significant damage to Lamberts car with the front end bodywork ripped off. Both were forced to retire and sadly neither made race 2. The Clio races were action packed, in race 1 Ryan Polley lost 2nd and fell back to 6th, Patrick Fletcher built up a lead he would never give up. Polley fought his way back to fine 2nd after Andrew Tibbs retired with power steering failure. Jack Kingsbury carried on his form from Oulton taking 3rd place. Simon Donoghue ran 2nd for a while before finishing a fine 4th. In the second race Polley was determined to win, he took the lead with Fletcher 2nd, however a half spin at copse on oil let Fletcher through. This didn't stop Polley and he made his move to regain the lead and take the win by 0.4sec. The BMW car club produced a great list of entries, with various classes throughout. 32 cars took to the grid. In race one it was Luke Sedzikowski who won in his E92 M3, he then repeated this in race 2. Lee Deegan won class 6 in race one carrying on from Combe, however in race 2 his engine expired after 8 laps. Armed Forces produced a close race in their first of the day. With the lead changing between Farard Darver, Will Ashmore and Chris Camp. Will Ashmore on the penultimate lap gained the lead and held on to win. Ian Fletcher in his Hornet won the 2nd race with Will carrying on his good form and finishing 2nd. In the M3/330 Challenge, Matt Maxted completed the double in the 330 challenge, his first win in the series. David Whitmore had his first win in the M3 cup in race 1 from Tom Coller. For race 2 it was another new winner in Nick Williamson with David Whitmore in 2nd.
Driver Of The Month - Ben Powney
Congratulations to Ben Powney for winning driver of the month for May. Ben came into the weekend looking for wins, after finishing 2nd and 13th in the opening rounds of the season at Castle Combe. Qualifying 6th in the first race and 5th in the second Ben was right in the mix. Race one and Ben moved up to 4th, the slipstreaming around Brands providing some excellent racing. By lap 7 he was up to 3rd behind Mark Burton and Jack Coveney. Lap 11 he was 2nd and then on the penultimate lap made the move for top spot, Ben hung on to take victory by 0.6sec from Coveney. In race 2 turned into a dominant display from Ben, moving up from 4th on the first lap he was in the lead by lap 5 and never looked back! Winning this time by nearly 6 seconds which is amazing in a Locost field so competitive. Well done again Ben! Next stop will be Croft at the end of May for a triple header.
Meet The Driver - Alex Jones
This month see us put 10 questions to Alex Jones - Formula Vee racer. Alex will be looking to build on last season with reliability in his favour..
1. When did you start racing and where?
My first car race was in April 2013 at Brands Hatch in the Formula Vee. I remember being so nervous before the race, but I stayed calm and kept it on the black stuff.
2. Would you consider racing in another formula?
I would have to say yes, I’m determined to climb the motorsport ladder to race at Le Mans in the future. I have had tests in other Formulae cars, BRDC F3 and F4. I’m about to have a test in the Citroen C1 which I’m excited for. The series which is really exciting me to get into has to be the Ginetta series. The ladder is there to see, and I would love to progress up.
3. What is your favourite race circuit?
My favourite race circuit has always been Donington Park. I just love the place, the atmosphere of the track. The museum always gets me in a good mood too.
4. Do you have any pre race superstitions?
Well, I don’t like to call them superstitions but I have an order of what to do before a race! Which is listen to music and go to the toilet before getting in the car. While in the assembly area before we get sent out for the race, I like to pray to God and do some visualisation of the track. And the last thing is a handshake from my team boss, my mechanic and my dad.
5. What are your hopes for 2018?
My aim for this season is to get into the top 5 at a race weekend. Need to sort out my qualifying and race starts for that to happen. The other aim is try and finish in the top 10 for the championship. I know I have the race pace to finish consistently in the top 10 for this season. Proved by getting two 8th positions at Combe and very nearly getting into the top 10 at Brands from 22nd on the grid.
For the full interview please click the link below. Many Thanks to Alex Jones..
Next months driver to be interviewed is Ben Rushworth.. If you would like to be featured give us a shout!
In the Hot Hatch Championship, the MACAW boys saw all 3 cars compete across the weekend. Mixed fortunes for all 3 drivers across the two races. Rob Fagg qualified second in class and 14th overall, Paul Kaynes was 6th in class 22nd overall and Chris Woods was 9th in class and 25th overall. Unfortunately in race 1 while Rob was battling off the start line he was tagged and made heavy contact with the wall forcing retirement. Paul and Chris had a good race and came home 4th and 5th in class. A great job by all to fix Robs car ready for race 2, having to fight his way through the field Rob produced a great drive to finish 4th overall. Paul had to retire his Saxo after it developed engine problems causing him to slide at Paddock Hill and have a bumpy trip across the grass! Chris also had a moment on the grass causing an exhaust mount to fail, he was called in by the track officials causing a retirement. Next up is Croft at the end of the month...
Special Mentions -
Martin Ward enjoys successful weekend at Brands..
Brands was also a great weekend for Martin Ward, having changed cars for this year and with virtually no testing. Ward went on to finish 3rd in class in race 1 and 2nd in class in race 2 while still getting used to the car! Next up will be Croft for the Hot Hatch Championship..
James Harridge fights from the back to win class B
James Harridge had an unfortunate problem in qualifying meaning he would start from the back of the grid in both races. In race 1 by lap 6 he had made up 16 places which put him in 7th he would go on to make another two places up and finish 5th overall and 1st in class. Race two was a brief 3 lap sprint, before the red flag James had made his way up to 11th. After the restart James again gained places to finish 6th overall and 1st in class. Well done James!