Event Report: October Curborough Sprint
MAC’s last competitive event of the season took place in glorious sunshine at what has become a very popular season-ender which was evidenced by an oversubscription of entries. In the end we took a risk and ran 84 cars and managed to finish 45 minutes ahead of the 6 o’clock deadline. Well done to all those officials who managed very well indeed.
Two Clios and two Toyota’s battled for Class A1b honours resulting in a win for Richard Brant in his Clio Club 172 Sport – a very fast car (and driver). Other class wins in the Roadgoing Classes were Chris Chance in the Lotus Exige, Chris Berrsiford in the Subaru and Alan Mugglestone who managed to beat his son by nearly a second in the beautifully presented RAW Fulcrum (which has taken nearly 6 years to develop).
In the Modified Car classes Nick Bayldon took a win in his Porsche 911 and Derek Hodder was 3/10ths quicker than 2nd placed Adam Phelps in their Westfields.
Jim Collins was the only competitor in the Libre Class due to late withdrawals from Steve Barnard and Geoff Twemlow and Jack Cottrill took the honours in the “up to 1100cc” Racing Car Class in a very rapid 52.42s.
Formula Fords are growing with 8 entries and a hard charging Richard Summers was quickest ahead of Simon Andrews in his dual driven Van Diemen belonging to Bernie Kevill. Richard Hollingworth broke into the 53’s which had been his personal target and which earned him best time in Class J2.
The ever popular Classic section was a handicap event and was won by Michael Henney in his attractive Lotus Europa. The JDC 4-Hills and Sprint Championship brought along 4 contenders with a real mix of machinery, all Jaguar powered. Quickest was Adrian Evans in the beautiful D-Type replica in a time of 74.39s in their first visit to Curborough.
Ferrari now make this event their final round of their championship and 13 cars turned out including everybody’s favourite John Goodwin’s 250GT. Fastest for the day was David Snelson who only managed to arrive halfway through the morning and then only managing 1 timed run. His time of 65.55s ensured a gap of 6/10ths over Chris Hitchman in the 355.