Following the seasons somewhat rocky start with Loton Park and then Anglesey being cancelled, Shelsley Walsh hosted the Henneys series Round 2 within the Sunday one day meeting.
A really nice field of cars were pretty evenly split across all three classes and looked a treat in the paddock with plenty of interest from the other competitors at the meeting - sadly still no spectators allowed to enter the paddock area as per MSUK guidelines. Unexpected overnight rain made for a very tricky start with drying conditions all day making progress unpredictable. Warm afternoon sunshine meant the track was at its best in the last late afternoon run.
Fords made up a large percentage of the entry in the class with the Mk1 Escorts of Simon Braithwaite & Martin Saunders being positioned next to Dave Parr's Anglia and Mark Hobb's Mk2 RS2000. Matt Clarke was expected to be going great guns with his rapid Mk1 Mini and the BMW (Anthony Ward) and Alfa Giulia (Terry Clifford) made a welcome return. Fastest time in the class went to Simon Braithwaite using the power of the BDG motor to reasonable effect , Matt Clarkes Mini was second quickest followed closely by the BMW 2002. Handicap win went to Mark Hobbs from Martin Saunders then Matt in third.
The class contained thirteen entries with a gaggle of Scimitar coupes and MG's , supported by Series Sponsor Mike Henney in his Lotus Elan, Ian Moss in the big Healy and Josh Sadler in his rapid 911. Josh went on to set an outstanding time that secured FTD in the whole Henneys class. Garry Cox fixed some ignition troubles with a new coil and rocketed up the order to second fastest on his final run of the day followed by Mike Henney in third. First on handicap was Ian Moss from Garry Cox (having a good day!) and Alistair Clark in the unusual Triump Stag.
Second practice before the first British Championship run-off caught out two drivers within the class. John Newton had a brush with the Top Ess banking in his Frog-eye Sprite bringing out the red flags. One or two cars later the same incident befell Trevor Shortt but in more dramatic fashion in the rapid Scimitar coupe. Unfortunately both cars sported some mechanical and panel damage and therefore took no further part in the meeting. This delay before the run-offs also meant that at least half the Henney's class had to forfeit their second practice run to keep the meeting flowing.
Peter Thurston incredibly was making his Shelsley debut in the beautiful early Mallock and certainly seemed to be enjoying the experience of a new track to learn. Nick Stephens was out in the ex-Philip Stader Mallock , now equipped with full width nose and extra polishing! Grant Cratchley was a welcome returnee in his lovely Brabham Twincam. First place on handicap was taken by Jim Scott in the tiny Vixen Imp powered F4 car.
MAC awarded a top three based on scratch times for the class - 1st Josh Sadler (911) , 2nd Mike Bainbridge (Brabham), 3rd Grant Cratchley (Brabham).