Richardson honours F1 stalwart as Mercedes duo dance by means of the rain

Fifty years to the month after Swedish veteran Jo Bonnier misplaced his life at Le Mans in a Cosworth DFV-powered Lola T280, Mark Richardson charged his ex-Bonnier 1790cc T290 to victory in Saturday’s moist Thundersports race at Donington Park.

Shaking it down post-rebuild for subsequent month’s Le Mans Basic, the celebrated RHS Chelsea backyard builder, whose father Peter and uncle Jeremy competed towards Bonnier in interval, certified third however tactically left the pitlane late for the rolling begin. He made gentle work of passing Kiwi Warren Briggs’s ex-Fred Parkhill Donnybrooke Can-Am-contending McLaren-Chevrolet M8E for the lead on lap six of 20, earlier than streaking away.

Mission completed, Richardson missed Sunday’s dry sequel, from which Briggs retired with an absence of drive exiting Redgate. Simon Watts’s beautiful ex-Ian Scheckter/John Watson Chevron B26 went forward, beating Gary Furst’s ex-Karl von Wendt Lola T212 in a Staff Gunston 1-2 as soon as Frank Bradley pitted the Dodkins brothers’ ex-Helmut Kelleners Interserie March-Chevrolet 717 with a slipping clutch. Watts drove fantastically for his maiden victory within the Chevron and a satisfying double for John Danby Racing, which additionally ran Richardson. Mark Witherspoon (Tiga SC80) and Nick Bailey (Royale S2000M) shared Sports activities 2000 honours.

Benn Tilley (Components Atlantic Modus) and Michael Lyons (F5000 Lola-Chevrolet T400) scrapped for Aurora Trophy gold amid the spray. Younger Tilley made two seconds between Redgate and McLeans, which Lyons expunged on the blasts from Coppice to the chicane and previous the pits.

No respecter of reputations, Tilley sailed imperiously spherical Lyons at Redgate having been outgunned. After they touched there on lap eight, the little Modus rotated and continued, however a crimson flag advantaged Tilley on countback. Austrian Martin Friedl (Brabham BT40) drove properly to 3rd.

Considerably miffed, Lyons lapped the sector on Sunday, chopping an outstanding 1m03.802s (111.66mph) greatest lap, earlier than pulling off after Coppice when his engine threw a rod, triggering reds once more. Not categorized, subsequently, the consequence was rolled again to when Tilley had briefly repassed Mike Bletsoe-Brown, whose F2 Chevron-BDG B27 spun underneath acceleration at Saturday’s rolling begin. Behind Friedl and Stephen Barlow (F3 Ralt-Alfa Romeo RT3), the impressed Keith Norris – who certified his ex-Mike Walker F5000 McLaren M10B within the moist on slicks, then sat out race one – shadowed Frank Lyons (F5000 McRae GM1) house sixth.

The perfect 1000cc Historic F3 championship subject in ages, 23 starters, was dominated in contrasting circumstances by teenager Samuel Harrison in SpeedSport’s Chevron B15. Ian Bankhurst (Alexis Mk8) and reigning champion Jeremy Timms (ex-works/Reine Wisell B15) shared the opposite podium locations, pursued by Simon Armer (March 703) and on Sunday Steve Seaman (Brabham BT21) up from sixteenth.

Samuel Harrison (Merlyn Mk20) leads a gaggle of Historic Formula Ford 1600 cars

Samuel Harrison (Merlyn Mk20) leads a gaggle of Historic Components Ford 1600 automobiles

Picture by: Mick Walker

In a Historic FF1600 ‘struggle of the roses’, Yorkshireman Harrison gained Saturday’s soggy battle from Lancastrians Tom McArthur (Titan Mk4, docked 10s for a yellow-flag infringement) and Callum Grant, who spun uncharacteristically. On Sunday, following a security automotive, they have been caught by Jamie Vinall-Meyer (Jamun T3), who began on the again having collided with McArthur the day before today. Into the chicane for the ultimate time, McArthur moved left to keep away from Harrison, who arrived through the grass, whereas Grant straight-lined it to keep away from a melee, shedding momentum. An ecstatic Vinall-Meyer burst by means of the resultant hole to take the chequer.

When he was excluded for failing a 40mm rideheight check and Harrison and McArthur have been bumped to thirteenth and 14th for a number of track-limits violations, Grant was declared winner from Chris Porritt (Merlyn Mk20) and Ross Drybrough (March 709). Richard Tarling – again in Steve Deeks’s Crossle having shattered his SDC Royale RP26’s gearbox in testing – seized an opportunistic Saturday Basic FF1600 victory, passing Henry Chart (Van Diemen RF81) and McArthur (in James Hadfield’s ex-Gary Magwood Hawke DL2) with a lunge into Redgate after a warning interval.

McArthur blitzed Sunday’s sequel, solely to fall foul of monitor limits once more, like chaser Chart, thus Rick Morris was accorded victory from Jordan Harrison (Lola T540E). Pointless contact with Harrison put Tarling out with suspension injury after Linton Stutely’s Enigma staff had modified his engine in a single day.

Historic FF2000’s ‘Simms and Fennymore Present’ continued, with Graham ambushing Benn into the chicane late on in race one – postponed to Sunday morning – for his fourth successive win after Simms caught a backmarker at McLeans, then “screwed up at Coppice”. When the duo ran vast at Redgate after the second begin, 1979 Euroseries champion Adrian Reynard shot previous and led gloriously for 4 laps. Simms then pounced to stem Fennymore’s run, with Reynard third.

Buoyed by assembly new grandson Lucas on Friday, and with Cadwell’s brake points sorted, Neil Wooden scored a memorable first Historic Touring Automobile double in his pristine 1500cc Ford Anglia. Mark Watts (Mustang), poleman Bob Bullen (till his Lotus Cortina’s alternator failed within the opener) and Mini drivers David Ogden and Nick Paddy made it robust, however extra pleasurable.

Caterham ace Stephen Nuttall upset the Guards Trophy formbook on his collection debut, strolling on water within the ex-Andrew Hill Chevron B8, leaving Westie and Ben Mitchell (B8) and Rob and Ben Tusting (Lenham P69) behind. John Davison hounded down fellow Elan man Sam Smith to be first GT house, sixth behind spectacular race debutant Dan Balfour (B8).

Kevin Kivlochan overcame extreme juddering from his entrance suspension to win the Historic Street Sports activities spherical as Morgan +8s crammed the highest 4 locations, chased by Jonathan Stringer (Lotus 7 S2). Julian Barter’s TVR 3000M bested Jim Dean (Europa) atop a big ’70s set, by which Jez Clark (Elan) fell behind John Williams (Porsche 911SC), and Gary Thomas (7 S4) pipped factors chief David Tomkinson (TVR Vixen) in an epic class duel.
Spencer McCarthy and Barry Webb (B-Sport) topped Basic Clubmans lessons, Webb after Adam Paterson hit Man Sheppard’s Rawlson on the first nook and went quarrying, inflicting a security automotive.

Silverstone BRSCC: Mercedes duo dance by means of the rain

Wayne Marrs/Tom Jackson's Mercedes-AMG GT3 (right) came out on top of a wet British Endurance Championship race

Wayne Marrs/Tom Jackson’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 (proper) got here out on high of a moist British Endurance Championship race

Picture by: Ollie Learn

The UK’s heatwave properly and really ended at Silverstone on Saturday, as Wayne Marrs and Tom Jackson battled by means of a deluge to win the British Endurance Championship encounter.

Heavy rain previous to the beginning of the two-hour race left the Grand Prix structure coated in standing water, however polesitter Sacha Kakad was unfazed as he led the opening phases aboard the Simpson Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3, regardless of spinning on the sighting lap. Marrs initially held station in the same Rob Boston Racing-run Mercedes behind, earlier than being usurped by the BMW Z4 of Kevin Clarke, which had risen from eighth, on lap three.

After a short security automotive look to retrieve a stricken automotive – the one warning interval of your complete race – Kakad resumed his push and held a lead of greater than 4 seconds when he turned the primary of the frontrunners to make one in every of two necessary pitstops after half-hour.

Clarke inherited the lead and remained on the head of the sector till properly into the second hour. After relaying to Ian Lawson, the ING Sport BMW rejoined third with the Marrs/Jackson Mercedes main from Hugo Prepare dinner, who had taken over from Kakad, the Simpson Mercedes delayed by refuelling issues and affected by a gearbox challenge. Prepare dinner’s 42s deficit proved essential, because it allowed Marrs to serve a drivethrough penalty following a pitstop infringement and nonetheless rejoin with a lead of 12s.

After relaying to Jackson for the ultimate stint, and with purple sectors lighting up the timing board courtesy of a drying monitor, the Mercedes duo got here house comfy winners by greater than 42s. “I believe most of it was gained within the pitlane, the boys made some fast pitstops and we jumped the blokes [we were racing],” mentioned Jackson.

Kakad took over for the ultimate stint within the Simpson Mercedes to complete second, whereas Ryan Lindsay accomplished the rostrum aboard the ING BMW. Behind, the RaceLab Lamborghini Tremendous Trofeo Evo within the arms of Claude Bovet and David McDonald went underneath the radar on its approach to fourth total and the Class B spoils.

Class D winner and fifth total was the Porsche Cayman GT4 of Components Ford driver Ian Gough and Euan Hankey, who was initially attributable to share driving duties with Fortunate Khera earlier than Khera pulled out attributable to again points. The RaceLab-run machine stormed by means of the order after ranging from the pits attributable to an “admin error”. Sixth and Class E winner was the Cupra Leon of Ashley Woodman and Martin Byford, whereas 2007 British GT champion Bradley Ellis guided the RNR Efficiency Automobiles Ferrari 458 Problem to the win in Class C alongside new outright championship chief Chris Goddard.

Jasver Sapra/Bryan Bransom (BMW M3 E36, left) won the opening Britcar Trophy race

Jasver Sapra/Bryan Bransom (BMW M3 E36, left) gained the opening Britcar Trophy race

Picture by: Ollie Learn

In Sunday’s first Britcar Trophy race, Bryan Bransom survived a suspected gas surge and last-lap problem from Mark Lee to win alongside Jasver Sapra of their BMW M3 E46, having chased down the Ginetta G56A of Lee and Owen Hizzey after the pitstops. Within the sequel, Lee/Hizzey comfortably took the win after passing the G56 Academy automotive of Neil Wallace at The Loop.

Harry George claimed Saturday’s opening Caterham 310R race after rising from 18th on a humid monitor, whereas James Wingfield and Stephen Lyall accomplished the podium, the trio coated by lower than a tenth. Unusually for Caterham racing, Jack Gross sales cruised to victory in a dry race two after breaking the tow to the chasing pack on the opening lap. Tom Cockerill obtained the higher of Ross McConachie by simply 0.001s for second.

Taylor O’Flanagan was victorious within the first 270R contest however needed to give greatest to Domenique Mannsperger in race two, Mannsperger grabbing the lead across the outdoors of Brooklands on the ultimate lap.

A security automotive negated Geoff Newman’s wholesome lead within the first Roadsport race, with Freddie Chiddicks ending on high from William James as rain started to fall on the final lap. Newman took fourth on the highway however was promoted to 3rd after Charlie Decrease was handed a penalty for exceeding monitor limits. Newman wasn’t to be denied in race two, holding Chiddicks at bay at some point of the ultimate lap after a race-long battle.

James Abbott rebuffed Mike Jenvey within the first Zeo Prototype Collection race, his Revolution 500SC proving faster on the straights however slower within the corners, earlier than the Jenvey Gunn TS6 conked out at half-distance. Abbott was unchallenged within the sequel.

Experiences by Marcus Pye and Stefan Mackley. Images by Mick Walker and Ollie Learn. Need extra studies from the world of nationwide motorsport? Subscribe in the present day and by no means miss your weekly repair of motorsport with Autosport journal

Victory in the second Caterham 310R race went to Jack Sales

Victory within the second Caterham 310R race went to Jack Gross sales

Picture by: Ollie Learn

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