Round 4 - Prescott July 3rd
Competitors were faced with tricky conditions at Prescott on an extremely humid and sticky day. For once the weather predictions were correct, with a mixture of heavy downpours interspersed with warm sunshine and a breeze which dried the track very quickly. A damp first practice run was followed by a pretty much wet second practice. The first timed run was almost dry and then a downpour ensured that the final run would largely be just for fun with very few drivers improving on their earlier effort. Trouble with the timing system caused problems on the day , thankfully sorted later on with the publishing of the times / places - if you hadnt seen the return road clock or paddock display it was difficult to figure out where you were...
The pace was set by Matt Clarke and Simon Braithwaite continuing their scrap for fastest times. The dry first run allowed the Escort to stretch its legs a little and Simon took the scratch win by just a few tenths of a second. Third fastest was Anthony Ward in the pristine BMW 2002, getting close to a PB.
The class was joined by a new driver Piers Thynne in his lovely FIA race spec Mini who broke his handicap to win at the first attempt. This marks a new venture for Piers following many seasons contesting the bigger modern single seater class within the British championship. Matt Clarke continued to defy all the usual predictions by placing second on handicap - this being particularly difficult with a handicap time as low as his. Mark Maynard was third in his rapid (and usually sideways) Hilman Imp.
Fastest in the class was the rapid 911 of Richard Jones, watching this combination off the startline shows a remarkable level of grip and acceleration in tricky conditions. Second was Garry Cox in the yellow Scimitar coupe. Some slight misfiring hampered Garry's ultimate pace on the day. Third quickest was a close battle between the MGB's of Steve Phennah and Brian Ashley , the table just swung in Steve's favour on this occasion.
Handicap victory was taken by new competitor in the class Steve Thomas in his TVR , second went to Ian Moss in the big Healy 3000 from Richard Jones in the Porsche.
Tricky conditions played into the hand of Peter Thurston who took overall fastest time (and third on handicap) in the Mallock. Second quickest went to Andy
Tippett , the big Brabham V8 no doubt being a handful with the slippery surface. Third quickest was Grant Cratchley in the beautiful Brabham BT21.
David Owen was first on handicap in his Merlyn Formula Ford from a very consistent Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher (Triumph Special) , notching up a series of high scores to perhaps give himself a crack at the season title?.