Round 8 - Curborough Sprint
The Henneys Classic Championship returned for its Autumn sprint meeting at the Aston Martin Owners Club organised event on the longest of Curboroughs track configurations.
Early morning heavy rain made for an extremely tricky first practice run with many slides , spins and tales of almost being off-track amongst all the drivers. Second practice was almost dry as the weather improved dramatically over the course of the morning. The two timed runs taken after a long and somewhat lesuirely lunch break were in warm and humid conditions with the track fully dry.
The battle for fastest time was very close with Simon Braithwaite eventually taking the honours. This was far from certain early on with Mark Hobbs and Matt Clarke in front in the wet and damp , both driving very well indeed. Handicap win went to David Fripp , double driving with Leigh Carter in the tiny Fiat Abarth. Second on handicap was Matt Clarke , this being enough to likley win the saloon car class this season. Third was Mark Hobbs , having a good day in his Mk2 RS2000.
Once again the largest class on the day with 9 drivers. Steve Phennah was sharing with John Newton following the demise of Steve's MGB engine at the last Prescott meeting. A good result was key to a possible overall championship win for Steve. Brian Ashley arrived with his MGB being pulled by his Classic Austin van - a fantastic outfit! The MGB lost its tailgate over the flying finish on one run , so the van came in useful for taking some broken parts home at the end of the meeting!.
Fastest in the class was the flying Garry Cox in 'Lemon Slice' the highly modified Scimitar coupe. Second quickest was Richard Jones in the Porsche 911. Third fastest was Steve Phennah , a superb drive in the borrowed Healy Frogeye Sprite. Handicap positions followed the scratch times with the same order. Ian Moss in the big Austin Healy did enough in fourth place to keep the championship open until the final round at Prescott in a couple of weekends time.
Only three cars present with fastest time being set by Peter Thurston in the Mallock. This being good enough for FTD of the whole meeting - well done!! Second quickest was Les Buck, suffering some battery issues but thankfully resolved for the timed runs. Third was Martin Jones in the Elva Mk7 sports racer. Handicap result was Les, from Peter then Martin.