Thruxton (Easter Revival) – 19/20 April 2014
With Easter being later this year hopes were high that it would be warmer at Thruxton than last years bitter wind. The forecast was good ….. for Saturday, but rain on Sunday. Disappointingly only 24 Historic Touring Cars turned up for practice, down on last year’s entry, and Tim Davies set pole in his Lotus Cortina ahead of Neil Brown, racing the Mustang driven by Richard Dutton last year, Joe Gomm and Sean McInerney in BMW 1800 and the Lotus Cortinas of Mike Gardiner and David Tomlin rounded out the top 6. Roger Cope’s ‘new’ car, a Jaguar Mk 1, was a welcome addition to the series but suffered from ‘new’ car problems and brought up the rear of the grid.Race 1 for the saloons saw Neil and Tim reverse practice form holding the front two positions the whole race but never more than a half second apart except for a lap in the middle of the race when Sean McInerney nosed his BMW into second before falling back the next lap and holding third place to the flag ahead of David Tomlin’s Lotus Cortina. Mike Gardiner had held fourth place for the first few laps but his lap times increased by a couple of seconds or so and he fell away to sixth place behind Greg Thornton’s Mustang..Roger Godfrey and Simon Benoy were next up winning classes D and E respectively and lapping at similar times. The Imp actually led the Mini for a handful of laps at the start of the race before Roger went by and pulling a couple of seconds clear by the end of the race. Joe Gomm made a poor start in his BMW falling from third on the grid to tenth at the completion of the first lap and mechanical gremlins meant he only managed ninth place ahead of Robyn Slater’s Ford Anglia. Sunday saw the drizzle that had been forecast and only 18 cars ventured out for race 2. Neil Brown had engagements elsewhere and Sean McInerney cruised his BMW to an easy win, lapping almost 2.5 seconds per lap faster than the eventual second placed Mini of Roger Godfrey. Tim Davies held second place throughout until the last lap and falling to third but comfortably ahead of Simon Benoy’s class E winning Imp. Simon was probably surprised to see the unfamiliar shape of a Jaguar closing on him at mid distance and he was passed by Roger Cope, starting from the back after problems in race 1, on lap 7 before reclaiming the place a couple of laps later. The pair entered the last lap nose to tail with only Simon completing it in fourth place and Roger being ‘not classified’ as a finisher.
Report by Peter Wray
Results page 106
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