Aintree Sprint Reports

Liverpool Motor Club – Summer Sprint Report
Aintree : 24th June 2017

Graham’s FTD                                                     Report & photos by Steve Wilkinson

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With a pretty poor weather forecast ringing in my ears I set off to Aintree under grey clouds and fearing the worst. However, things were not as bad as forecast and we even saw blue skies and sunshine. There was a good entry, however we again had several no shows, withdrawals etc leaving 131 runners.

Kicking off the timed runs were two Standard Car classes. In the Up to 1400 class the class record holder Chris Smith led throughout whilst both the Brogden’s (Fiat Seicento) set personal bests in their pursuit of the fleet MGZR. In the two-litre division class record holder Paul Gorge had a Flymo moment at Beechers on his first run but recovered to take the win with Colin Smith second and Doug Gorge third, each in a Clio.

It was then the turn of the modified Road Going classes. In the 1400 class David Taylor in his Morris Mini Cooper S took the win. In the two-litre class Nigel Trundle (VW Scirocco) fought back from second spot on the first run to take the win from Keith Minshull (Pug 306) and John Earley (Clios). Class 1D was a Mazda MX5 field trip. David Brown led throughout with Peter Brown and Phil Howarth equally comfortable in second and third. In 1E we ‘lost’ Aaron Perrot in his Aston Martin Vantage when the car broke down en route. Robin Grimwood (Porsche Cayman) was the class act leading from run one and finishing well clear of Heath Briggs (TVR Chimera) and Andy Williams (Saab 9-3 Viggen Convertible). Phillip Wood took the class win in 1G for the Elise cars but was pressured all the way by Steve Wilson.

In 2A for the up to 1700 Kit Cars the tyre smoking Martin Walker took the win in his Toyota powered Westfield whilst Bill and Carol Stevenson were second and third in their Crossflow powered Westie. In 2B Nigel Fox took a solo win.

Into the Modified classes and it was kicked off by the 3B two-litre runners. Andy Larton led throughout in his 106 but just couldn’t break the 50 second barrier, meanwhile Ian Johnson in his Polo came home second 2.2 seconds in arrears. In 3C Andy Davies took the win in his experienced BMW M3 whilst Stephen Norton and Colin Duncalf battled for second in their shared turbo diesel MG ZS. In 3E Paul Trill’s shrill Mazda RX7 took the win with Emma Williams second in the Nissan 350Z ahead of co-driver Lee Scragg. In 3G for Kit Cars with car engines the Dynamic Duo reigned supreme. Garry Bunn and Derek Hodder, fresh from their trip to Le Mans, were 1-2 separated by just 0.04 of a second. John Hoyle, who only took two runs, came in third ahead of Chris Griffiths and Graham Frankland in a Westfield clean sweep. In 3H for the motorcycle engine powered Kit Cars I predicted a Riot. Chris Boyd with the Busa powered Sylva took the win with Bob Bellerby second in his Yamaha R1 powered machine.

Into Sports Libre and in 4A David Large took a solo win in his Radical PR6. In 4B Robert Tonge in his Radical SR8 took a solo win breaking the class record that had stood for nearly 5 years after David Marshall’s Gardner Douglas Lola T70 replica expired during practice.

Into the Racing Car classes and in the 1100s there were just two runners. Ray Forward had his Mk 6 Jedi which he normally circuit races in a faux Ferrari livery and went faster on each successive run however it wasn’t enough as Aintree regular Eve Whitehead was on fine form. Eve lowered her PB and won the class by well over a second in RBS8, a fitting tribute to her late father. Just 4 Formula Fords were entered and despite the normal depth of the class the competition was tight with the top three covered by less than a second. Geoff Ward once again won whilst Keith Rogers and Phil Perks took second and third ahead of Graham Curwen. The 1600 class was somewhat lopsided; Colin Birkbeck in his turbocharged Force PT took the win well clear of Ray Stockton who did set a new PB in the process. Glyn Sketchley took a solo win in the two-litre class with his turbocharged Force PT although on his third run the boosted Busa engine started to sound very rough and he called it a day. In the unlimited class John Graham was still not 100% at home with the uprated Gould however he did take the class win and set FTD in the process, just over a second outside the outright circuit record. Graham Blackwell set a PB and also finished as fourth fastest overall in his Mygale EcoBoost despite a second run hiccup when the car swerved to the right at the 64-foot timing line.

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Next it was time for the Classics and a smaller than usual entry in both classes was disappointing. In the Road class Alan Wilson (Healey 3000) again took the win finishing ahead of Simon Cooper (Anglia) and Trevor Jackson (Mini). In the Racing class Malcolm Evans (Mallock) took the win whilst Rod Stansfield (Elva) set a PB in second and the Vintage boys were third and fourth.

Then it was the turn of the Invitation Classes. Just four of the Reliants turned up, all powered by the Nissan 1.8 Turbo engine. Stephen and Josh Oakes only took two runs apiece in Josh’s everyday car which left Stephen Cork to take the class win ahead of Josh and then Stephen with Peter Smith fourth.

In the Lotus 7 Club Speed Championship classes there were some close battles. In Class One Paul Boston took the win but was hounded all the way by Clive Marsden. In Class 2 Paul Collins just kept ahead of Graham Howard who recovered to second after Richard Abraham had pushed him to third on the second run. In Class 3 Richard Price, Michael Calvert and Phillip Matchwick were covered by just 0.20 of a second after the first runs before Price eked out his lead on the fourth and final run. In Class 4 Phil Cook took the win well clear of Jon Davies and Charlotte Johnston before John Caldicott took a solo win in Class 5. With the husband and wife team of Shaun and Gill Elwell moving up to Class 6 the outcome would be interesting; Shaun took the win with Graham Denholm second and Gill third and closing.

Into the Luffield MG Car Club class and the 10 entries had four shared drives so they got a tad mixed up with the subsequent classes. Emerging from the ‘chaos’ came Andrew Wolf in his racing MG Midget whilst Nick Arnold and Graham Cherry in their shared MG ZR160 were second and third, all three covered by just 0.17 of a second. Worth noting the whole of the class was covered by just 3.4 seconds!

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The Morgan Sports Car Club were next and on Scratch and handicap Simon Baines took the win with a new class record, in fact he broke his old record twice. Second on handicap was Paul Clarke and third the highly successful John Stephens who matched his handicap to the hundredth of a second!

Just Two Triumphs turned up for the Revington TR Register class and it was the elderly TR3A of Hamish Roscoe that took the win ahead of the TR6 of Martin Paine. In the Jaguar Drivers Club class Jim Scarratt in the supercharged XKR led after the first run although Anthony Taylor was handicapped when the bonnet of the Aristocat XK120 Replica flew off. Taylor then took the lead on his second run thanks to copious amounts of tank-tape which held firm through runs three and four!

The TVR Car Club contenders were next and it was David Barrowclough who took the win leading throughout. Richard Bream took second and Jo Briars third in a Chimera clean sweep. The final class was for the Pre-War Austin Sevens in the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship. The Road and Racing cars were combined and it was Paul Geering in the racing Pigsty Special who took the win with Gerald Mullord second in his Hamblin Special.

Once again Liverpool Motor Club had excelled giving their entrants two practice and four timed runs all of which was concluded before 4.30pm and, despite the forecast, not a drop of rain! As always a huge thanks to all the marshals and ‘behind the scenes’ volunteers who made this possible.

Full detailed results are on our results page HERE

Lots of photos are already on our Facebook Page, and a full gallery at White Dog Photography and iPhotix

Liverpool Motor Club – Spring Sprint Report
Aintree : 22nd April 2017

Graham’s Learning Curve                                                 Report & photos by Steve Wilkinson

As I drove towards the Aintree track the sky was solid blue but as I alighted on Sefton Straight the biting wind almost cut me in two. It was a beautifully sunny day, but in that wind, bitterly cold.

There was a full entry list of 149 drivers, however with withdrawals, non-starters and mechanical mayhem in practice, this reduced to 134 starters. There were some new cars, some old favourites and some changes to familiar cars, so the event looked tantalising.

Kicking off the timed runs was the single merged Standard class. Paul Gorge, who already held the class record, lowered his PB on each of his first three runs leaving the Class Record at 54.23 (which would have even seen him placed second had he been in Road-going class 1B)  whilst his father Doug finished second and Colin Smith made it a Clio 1-2-3.

In the up to 2 litre merged 1A & 1B Road-going class the Thorntons with their Honda Integra were the ones to beat. Alex took the class win with his father Michael in third. Russell Thorpe, who was a tad late arriving due to problems with his car on the way to the venue, managed just one practice run and slipped through to snatch second.

In the Road Going up to 2 litre Sports car class it was a Mazda MX5-fest. Ken Morris took the win with David Brown just two hundredths slower in second. In the Over 2 litre sports cars Gordon Peters again proved the one to beat and the vastly experienced multiple NSCC champion took a comfortable win. Philip Wood took a solo win in the Elise class before the Kit Cars came to the line. In class 2A Martin Walker’s extravagant tyre-warming regime, which shrouded the Commentary Box in acrid tyre smoke, paid dividends as he took the ex-Martin Hepworth Westfield to the class win. Second Place went to Andrew McKay in his former Caterham Academy car. In 2B the Mugglestones ruled supreme with their Duratec powered RAW Fulcrum; Alan led throughout as son Nick rode shot-gun in second.

Into Mod Prod and in the merged Tin-top class Andy Larton (1600cc Peugeot 106) finished 0.68 ahead of Gavin Neate in his 1360cc version! In the Sportscar class Paul Trill, a transferee from Road-going (tyres!), took the win in the shrill Mazda RX7 with David Welton’s TVR second. In the merged Kit Car class John Loudon in the Puma powered Westfield cruised to the win with Chris Boyd in the Riot second. Next were Sports Libres running in a single merged class and it was David Large in the Radical PR6 that took the win from James Davies’ re-engined Peugeot 205.

In the Racing Car class, attrition during practice was also detrimental as Stuart Bickley took a solo win in the 1100 class. And all three of the runners in the 1600 class hit trouble however Steve Brown, who managed two runs, took the win in his ‘new’ JKS JR01, an ex Monoposto Championship winning car (below).

Gary Thomas and Nick Scott shared suspension components so that they could each do one run and they finished second and third. The Formula Fords however were as reliable as usual. Geoff Ward continued his stranglehold on the class taking the win with Graham Curwen second and Phil Perks in the elderly Royale third. Over the winter John Graham had upgraded the engine in the Gould swapping his 2.8 unit for a ‘full house’ 3.5 litre; although his times were down on his previous best due to having a smaller rear wing, no traction control and a huge chunk of extra torque, he annexed FTD.

Into the two Classic Classes and the nostalgia buffs were in seventh heaven. In the Road Car class Alan Wilson returned with his big Healey and despite lots of black smoke during practice he cruised to a comfortable win ahead of Paul Boscott’s ex Tarmac Rallying Lotus Elan Plus 2 and the now fully refurbished NSU Prinz of David Smithies. In the Racing Car class the sight of two Elva Mk 7 Twin Cams was a delight but it was Malcolm Evans rapid Mallock that took the class win with Les Procter and Rod Stansfield second and third in the Elvas.

Jeff Allan returned to Aintree with his new Electrical car a Nissan Leaf and he reset his own class record on each run eventually chopping over 6 seconds off his previous best. The Aston Martin Owners Club boys were next and class record holder Tom Whittaker again proved unstoppable in his Aston Martin GT4 as he twice lowered his own record. Peter House in his VW Beetle RSi, a sort of Herbie on steroids, was second with Tony Morgan’s DB7 Vantage third. My personal favourite Aston Martin, a lovely DB2/4 in the hands of Iain Muir, purred round looking and sounding great may have finished down the order but it was the one car I would have loved to have been driving back home.

For once the Reliant Sabre and Scimitar Owners Club only managed to muster two entries and the Oakes family Scimitar SS1 cruised home with double RSSOC Champion Joshua taking the win.

The final two classes were for the new intake of Caterham Academy drivers in their Ford Sigma powered pocket rockets. In the Green Group, it was Daniel French who led throughout. Graham McDonald fought through to take second whilst James Murphy was relegated to third on the third and decisive runs. In the White Group, there was a battle royal. On the third runs Daniel Halstead slipped through into the lead as he equalled the class record and then on the fourth run Andy Morgan regained his lead breaking the class record and taking the win by six hundredths. Tom Gensinger held third throughout although he wasn’t able to better his first run time.

After a superb day of sprinting CofC John Harden on his introduction to the prize giving announced that the LMC Start Line Crew had managed a staggering number of starts during the day – a total of 784. Once again, the club had run a super-efficient meeting and provided the competitors with incredible value for money motor sport. I am already looking forward to the June event

Full detailed results are on our results page HERE

Lots of photos are already on our Facebook Page, and a full gallery at White Dog Photography and iPhotix

 

Liverpool Motor Club – Autumn Sprint Report
Aintree : 3rd September 2016 

John GRAHAM takes FTD on a miserably wet day!                                                              Report by John Harden

Oh dear…. what an incredibly disappointing day at Aintree today. Unfortunately, the weather was almost exactly as the weather man forecast, dry at 7.30am, wet by 9.30, heavy rain by midday, and fine by 6pm.
It was so frustrating to have to halt the event because of the water streaming across the circuit, but it simply wasn’t safe. We tried hard, physically hard, to stop the water flowing onto the circuit by digging channels to divert water onto the surrounding scenery, but eventually even that became so waterlogged that it would take no more.

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We are particularly grateful for the many expressions of support for our attempts to keep the meeting running but unfortunately we were beaten by the weather and for the first time I can remember we ended up abandoning the event early in the afternoon and declaring the results final after the first timed run.
It was an incredible shame to have to abandon the event, and the Club thanks the many competitors who had travelled substantial distances to take part – the conditions were certainly not what we usually see at Aintree – and we hope we shall see you back at the Circuit next year.
Thanks have to go the marshals who valiantly stood out in all that rain.

Full results are available on our results page here

 

Liverpool Motor Club – Summer Sprint Report
Aintree : 23rd April 2016 

GRAHAM sets the pace – again!                                                              Report & Photos by Steve Wilkinson

In near perfect conditions Liverpool Motor Club ran the second Aintree sprint of the season. FTD once again was set by John Graham in the Gould GR55B in which he leads the 2015 British Sprint Championship. The track was in better condition than in April, right from the off, and once again records were rewritten.

John Graham (Gould GR55B NME)

Clios to the fore in the 2 litre Standard Saloon class as Paul Gorge took the win with his father Doug in second and Colin Duncalf third with all three Clios covered by 3 seconds. John Earley (Clio) cruised to victory in the 2 litre Road-going class with Alan Sawyer (Impreza) taking a similarly comfortable win in the over 2 litre class. In the 2 litre Sports Road-going calss Roger Fish (Honda S2000) lowered his class record as Martin Rowe finished a comfortable second in his similar car. In the Over 2 litre Sports class Aaron Perrot took the win in his 4.3 litre Aston Martin Vantage setting a new PB in the process, in fact all the runners in this class set new PBs. Paul Bond, making a welcome return to Aintree, took the Elise class at a canter before we moved into Kit Car territory. In 2A Bill Stevenson (Westfield) took the win with wife Carol second in the shared car. In 2B Nigel Fox led throughout in his Caterham with Stephen Everall (Westfield) second and Sean Bourn (Carcraft Cyclone) third.

Into Mod Prods and woth two Minis in the 1400 division Roy ‘Bod’ Bolderson put in four consistent runs to hold the lead throughout as the Makinson’s battled over second – son Paul emerged victorious over Willy. In the 2000 Division Andy Larton continued to dominate in the “new build” Pug 106. Stuart Tranter was back again this time in a Clio and finished second with William Jarman, now running a smart Honda Integra R with Angela Jones, third just ahead of the perennial John Moxham in the 205. David Welton took the combined Sports class in his five litre TVR Tasmin ahead of a spiritedly driven Porsche 924 2 litre with young Chris Baines at the wheel.

Into the Modified Kit Cars and in the combined Car Engined class there was a new class record. John Loudon (Westfield) broke his old record shaving 0.53 off his old mark. However, the class win went to Gary Bunn (Westfield) with co-driver and car owner Derek Hodder second. In the Motorcycle Engined class Terry Everall (Westfield Megablade) led until the fourth run when Chris Boyd in the Sylva Riot pipped him by less than a tenth.

In the Up to 2000 Sports Libre class Paul Woolfit in the Z Cars Mini took the win with Chris Thomas (OMS SC1) and Steve Brennan (Radical Clubsport) in the places. A ‘new’ car was out for the first time at Aintree, Chris Child had a nifty Mini Countryman Estate with Honda engine in the back and Tim slowly got the hang of the wee beastie. In the Over 2000 class Robert Tonge slam-dunked the win with the Radical SR8 as Andrew Jackson set a new PB coming home in second with the Reliant Kitten Honda.

Into Racing Cars and a thinly supported 1100 class went to Eve Whitehead in RBS8. Once again the resurgent Classic Formula Ford 1600 class didn’t disappoint. With six entries and some close battles it was edge of the seat time. Only two drivers failed to set new PBs and the class winner Geoff Ward (Swift) went sub-50 for the first time on his first timed run. However, he couldn’t improve and Jonathan Baines in the elderly Merlyn lowered his PB twice as he closed in for second. Third was Phil Perks in the venerable Royale whilst Peter Ibbotson was fourth in the Sparton. Ray Stockton took a solo win in the 1600 Racing Car class crushing his previous PB in the process in his Van Diemen Vauxhall Jnr. In the Over 2 litre class John Graham hammered his way to FTD and a new PB going sub-37 secs for the first time.

Into the Classics; Trevor Jackson in the Road class started practice with some opposition but for the timed runs he was solo in the supercharged Mini in his first outing with the new car since his 2013 shunt at Bo’ness. In the Racing Car class Peter Brogden in the F3 March ruled the roost with Malcolm Evans in the indecently quick Mallock second. The best sight of the day was two Elva Mk 7 Twin Cams lining up to take their runs; Les Procter finished third and Rod Stansfield fourth whilst Geoff Purnell in the lovely pre-War Singer Special had to retire with engine trouble after just one slow run.

The two Elvas

Next on track were the Premier Power Lotus 7 Club Speed Championship classes. In Class 1 Rover power prevailed when Paul Boston won again with Clive Marsden second. In Class 2 Mike Cocker set a new class record en route to victory in his Sigma powered 7 whilst Andrew Willoughby was second just 0.01 ahead of Roger Cumming. Class 3 went to Matthew Jenkins but just 0.04 from Richard Price with Michael Calvert a further 1.01 behind in third. Phil Cook took a solo win in Class 4 and in Class 6 Shaun Elwell took the win with wife Gill second.

Just 9 drivers contested the Luffield Cars MG Car Club Speed Championship class. Richard Watkinson took the win in his Mod Prod Midget with David Coulthard (ZR160) second despite brake failure on his second run and Graham Cherry, also in a ZR160, third. Next were the Morgans and again a small entry pitched up with just 7 cars and drivers. Simon Baines dominated in his V6 Roadster breaking his own class record twice. However, in the Morgan Championship the cars are handicapped based on power, weight etc. Therefore, taking the pot home for the win was Rob Toon in his Plus 8 with Baines second and Clive Hall (Plus 4) third.

Then it was the turn of the diminutive Austin Sevens of the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship. Top Road car was Alister Frayling-Cork in his 1931 Special who got to within half a second of the Road Car record. The Top Track car was Paul Geering in the Pigsty Special who ended up 1.7 shy of the record.

The penultimate class was for the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club Championship. Craig ‘Batman’ Hughes broke the class record twice as he rocketed to victory whilst co-driver Ben Gough was also inside Hughes’ old record in second. Josh Oakes completed the clean sweep for the Sabre SS1s when he finished third after demoting Steven Louch in the GTE.

The final class was for the Revington TR Register Championship runners. With just three runners victory went to the hard driving Robert Barnard in the TR4 with championship sponsor Neil Revington in his lovely TR2 second and Martin Paine third in the TR6.

The two man startline crew again excelled with well over 780 starts and a thoroughly delighted set of drivers will hopefully be back soon to Aintree.

Full results are available on our results page here

 

Liverpool Motor Club, Spring Sprint Report
Aintree : 23rd April 2016

GRAHAM gets it done!                                                                                     Report by Steve Wilkinson

Under a cloudless sky the super-efficient Liverpool Motor Club ran their first Aintree sprint of the season. FTD went to John Graham in the Gould GR55B with which he finished third in the 2015 British Sprint Championship. The track was extremely dusty but this did not preclude record-breaking.

In the Standard Saloon classes Paul Gorge reset his 2 litre record on his first run with in the Clio. James Kerr grabbed the 1B class win whilst in the Sports car equivalent Roger Fish dominated. Ian Butcher set a new record for none List 1A shod saloons. In Mod Prod the star act was John Loudon who set a new record on his first visit to Aintree with the now slick-shod Westfield 1700 in fact all three of his runs were inside the old record. Two healthy Sports Libre classes saw victories for Radical driver Robbie Birrell and Paul Horrox in his Juno. Eve Whitehead took the 1100 Racing Car class in RBS8 despite “playing with the aerodynamics”. A hotly contested FF1600 class went to Geoff Ward who set a PB in his Swift. Les Procter was back with his ‘new’ Elva Mk 7 but was outgunned by Peter Brogden’s March 733. The final record went to James Beardwell in his Caterham 7 Academy.

Despite the slick running and machine-gun efficiency of LMC’s startline crew they “only” managed two practice and three timed runs for the sell-out entry due to the number of incidents and a greater than average number of re-runs as a consequence. However, they did achieve 702 starts in the day!

Detailed results for this and previous Liverpool Motor Club events are available on the LMC website: www.liverpoolmotorclub.com.

Liverpool Motor Club, Autumn Sprint Report
Aintree : 5th September 2015

9 Class Records Tumble at the Aintree Autumn Sprint                              Report by John Harden

Liverpool Motor Club hosted yet another highly competitive sprint at Aintree on 5th September when the 99 competitors who took part had the opportunity of two practice runs and 5 competitive runs. LMC has become synonymous with slick organisation and, coupled with very few incidents, this made for a great day’s motor sport. Without the usual headwind on Railway Straight, no fewer than 9 class records were broken to give an exciting end to the 2015 Aintree season, and an appropriate end to a year that marked the 60th anniversary of the venue hosting the first of its 5 Grand Prix race meetings.

So how did everyone get on?

In the Standard classes (SA & SB) there were wins for Chris Smith (1.4 MG ZR) and Paul Gorge (1.9 Clio) each of whom set new class records.

In Roadgoing Saloons David Taylor (Morris Mini Cooper S) lowered his 1400 (1A) class record yet again, though he was by himself in his class this time out. St Annes GP, Russell Thorpe (Renault 5GT Turbo) took a comfortable win in the up to 2 litre (1B) division when the opposition melted away due to mechanical problems and Andrew Cottrill (Impreza) won the over two litre (1C) class and set a new class record despite only taking two competitive runs.

It was good to see eleven cars in the well supported up to 2000cc Sports car class (1D) where Blackpool’s Roger Fish knocked over a second off his previous class record to win from fellow Honda S2000 competitor Martin Rowe from Southport, whilst Gordon Peters (Nissan 350Z GT) took the over 2 litre class (1E) from the mighty TVR Chimaera of SD34 front runner Duncan Woodcock in his first season back from a 35 year absence from motorsport.

The Elise class (1G) went to Elen Worthington who knocked nearly 2 seconds off the previous class record. In the kit car classes. John Loudon (Westfield SE) won the under 1700 class (2A) in a time that was just 3 tenths off the record he set in June, whilst Chris Howard Harris kept Nigel Fox at bay in the over 1700s (class 2B), both driving Caterhams.

Then it was the turn of the Mod Prod cars – a well supported up to 2 litre class (3B) saw another win by Settle’s Richard Hargreaves in his immaculate Mk 2 Escort from championship sponsor Phil Caza’s similarly neat Clio Cup and Aintree regular John Moxham (Peugeot 205). In the over 2 litre class (3C) Rob Wakelin had dusted off his Impreza after a 3 year sabbatical and absolutely annihilated the class record, taking 2.63 secs off the record that has stood since 2009.

Classes 3E & 3G had just one competitor each, so we move on to the under 1700 Libre class (4A), where Robbie Birrell from Ramsbottom just squeezed in with a new class record in his Radical Prosport, whilst the over 1700 class (4B) was won by James Davies (Peugeot 205 Mi16).

In the racing car classes, Bradley Dickerson (Jedi) took the 1100 single seater class (5A) from Eve Whitehead (RBS8) whilst Tarleton resident Jonathan Townsley (Van Diemen RF90) took the honours in the pre 1994 FF1600 class (5B) from long standing Pilling based competitor Graham Curwen’s RF91.

In the 1100-1600 class (5C) Gary Thomas (Force PC) took the honours and Steve Miles (RF96) won the 1600-2000 class (5E) with a new class record. Then in the over 2 litre class (5E) Windermere farmer John Graham took a day off from contesting the British Hillclimb Championship to take FTD in his rather smart looking and very quick Gould GR55B.

The two Classic Classes which use Target Times to work out the winners saw Phil Cheek (MGB) and Aintree regular Peter Brogden (March 733) take the wins whilst Tim Child (TCR Sports 2000) was the fastest overall.

Whilst not quite breaking their all time record number of starts in a day, LMC’s highly efficient startline crew still managed to line up no fewer than 621 cars during the day and the event still finished by 4pm which was much appreciated by those competitors heading to Anglesey the following day – how many other UK sprint venues can match that?

Detailed results for this and previous Liverpool Motor Club events are available on the LMC website: www.liverpoolmotorclub.com.

 

Liverpool Motor Club, Jack Neal Memorial Sprint Report
Aintree : 27th June 2015

4 Class Records crushed on a near perfect day                                          Report by Steve Wilkinson

Liverpool Motor Club provided the 138 entrants with 2 practice and 4 timed runs which amounted to an incredible 788 starts during the day, with a crew of just 2 on the start-line! LMC have become synonymous with slick organisation and this coupled to excellent marshalling made for a great day’s motor sport.

So how did everyone do?
In the Standard classes there were wins for Colin Duncalf (MG ZR) and Paul Gorge (Clio) who also broke the up to 2 litre record.
In Roadgoing Saloons David Taylor (Morris Mini Cooper S) lowered his 1400 class record en route to the win, Russell Thorpe (Renault 5GT Turbo) won the up to 2 litre division despite only taking one run due to mechanical problems and Aaron Perrott took the over two litre class in his first competitive event in his awesome sounding Aston Martin Vantage.
In the up to 2000cc Sports car class Roger Fish led home a Honda S2000 clean sweep and in the Over 2 litre class Scott Hughes took his Porsche Boxster to the win ahead of the 2-ton Ford Mustang of Alex Peters.
The ‘new’ Elise class went to Keith Rogers before we moved into the kit car classes. John Loudon (Westfield SE) shattered his own class record en route to the 1700 win whilst Stephen Herbert kept Nigel Fox at bay in the over 1700s.

Then it was the turn of the Mod Prod cars – with no 1400s it was the up to 2 litre cars that led the way. Richard Hargreaves (Escort Mk2) and Andy Larton (LED Peugeot 106) had a ding-dong battle for the win with the Escort driver taking the win by 0.08 second. Tim Carter’s fire breathing Impreza took the over 2 litre class win by over 2 seconds from Steve Bussey similar car. Garry Bunn (Westfield SEi) was the top car derived engine kit car based on his second best time as his class winning time looked suspect give his splits. In the motorcycle derived engined class Jonathan Woolfit broke the 4 year old record for his unopposed win in his MK Indy.

In the Up to 1700 Sports Libre class Robbie Birrell demolished the class record breaking it on each successive run as the Radicals completed a clean sweep of the top 4 places. In the Over 1700 class Paul Woolfitt took the win in the impressive zCars Mini Busa with Derek Martlew’s 1979 Tiga Sports 2000 in second despite a slight top end misfire.
Jonathan Townsley dominated the Formula Ford 1600 class whilst Phil Perks brought his venerable Royale RP26 home in second spot. Bradley Dickerson (Jedi) took the 1100 single seater class from Eve Whitehead (RBS8) whilst James Wilkinson (Reynard Vauxhall Lotus) and John Graham (Gould GR55) took the other two classes. Graham’s FTD in the Gould was a new PB and got him to within a whisker of the class record.
The two Classic Classes which use Target Times to work out the winners saw Simon Cooper (Anglia) and Tim Child (TCR S2000) take the wins whilst Peter Brogden (March 733) was the fastest overall.
In the Lotus 7 Club Speed Championship classes there were wins for Robert Jacobs, Andrew Willoughby, Richard Price, Phil Cook and Shaun Elwell – the latter being the ‘only’ driver to break a record.

Paul Geering took the Austin 7 Bert Hadley Memorial Championship class in the Pigsty Special from Ian Bennett and Gordon Tasker. In the Morgan Speed Championship class Simon Ashby was making his return to sprinting after a 10 year absence finishing fourth in his recently acquired 4/4 with the class winner was Clive Hall in a similar machine.
Craig Hughes took the Sabre & Scimitar class from Trevor Shortt whose elderly Scimitar GT was very impressive.
The final class was for the MGCC Luffield contenders. Steve Collier, who was making his Aintree debut in his Midget, took the win from local man Paul Drake (BGT) and Yorkshire hot-shot David Coulthard (ZR160).

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all concerned and if the September meeting is blessed with good weather expect more records to tumble.
Full results are available here

 

Liverpool Motor Club, Spring Sprint Report
Aintree : 25th April 2015

Records fall despite the weather                                                                     Report by Steve Wilkinson

During a day of changing conditions Liverpool Motor Club provided the entrants with 2 practice and 4 timed runs which amounted to 832 starts off the line. Once again slick organisation coupled with excellent marshalling meant despite several off course incidents it was only bank balances that were drained.

The Standard classes led the way and in the 1400 Division Chris Smith broke the class record twice in his MG ZR. In the 2000 Division Paul Gorge got to within half a second of his father’s record despite a second run rotation in their jointly driven Clio. There was no 1400 Roadgoing entries so it was the two litres next. Deryk Jones (Peugeot 205GTi), on his first visit led initially until the two R5 Turbo GTs got into their stride. Ian Butcher took the win with Russell Thorpe snapping at his heels. In the Over 2000 Division the Kearsleys (Impreza Sti) pulled out with gearbox problems during practice which should have left the door open for class record holder Daniel Hollis but the Nissan GTR driver had an expensive off which sidelined the car and Bob Jones snatched the win in his turbo-diesel Mazda 3.

In the 2000 Sportscar class the three Honda S2000s dominated. Roger Fish took the win with Martin Rowe half a second in arrears and Robin Grimwood third. Fish established the class record for this new for 2015 class. In the Over 2000 Sportscar class Paul Beddow blasted to victory in his Chevvie Corvette. Rob Holt took the Elise class before we moved into Kit Car territory. In the Up to 1700 class Martin Walker in his recently acquired Toyota powered Westfield took the win ahead of Andy Taylor (Caterham) and the Stevensons in their recently rebuilt Westfield. The Over 1700 class went to Stephen Herbert (Westfield) with Nigel Fox (Caterham) second and Best Novice Lee Smith (Westfield) third. Kevin Jones (Westfield R1) took the motorbike powered division from co-driver Graham Ware whilst Sam Binfield mopped up the final Roadgoing Kit Car class in his Arial Atom.

A very healthy 2 litre Mod Prod class was next with 13 runners. Andy Larton (Peugeot 106) again dominated with Richard Hargreaves (Escort Mk2) an under geared second ahead of John Moxham (Peugeot 205).

After a series of poorly supported classes the next well supported class was the Up to 1700 Sports libre class. Robbie Birrell, who was making his debut in the Radical, not only took a comfortable win but also broke Matt Carter’s record from September last year. Paul Morris (Radical) was second ahead of co-driver Steve Brennan and the rest. In the Over 1700 class Ian Rowlance in the mighty Metro 6R4 took the win ahead of the rapid Z Cars-Mini of Paul Woolfit.

In the first of the single seater classes Bradley Dickerson was the top 1100 driver in his Jedi finishing well clear of Glyn Sketchley (Megapin) and Eve Whitehead (RBS8). Adding a bit of variety was Michael Tomlinson in his off-road AFE Mk1 buggy. The Formula Fords once again provided a hectic battle. Jonathan Baines led initially in his Merlyn Mk 20 before Geoff Ward slipped past in his Swift SC93F. On the third runs Ward failed to improve and Baines swept through posting the only sub-49 second run in the class. Jonathan Townsley held third place throughout with Graham Curwen fourth and Peter Ibbotson fifth – the latter setting two PBs. After a solo win for Gary Thomas (Force) in the up to 1600cc Racing Car class the two litres were up to the line. Nick Algar, now driving the ex-Alex Summers methanol fuelled DJ Firehawk, annexed the class with a new record on his first run; in fact his second and fourth runs were also inside the old record but were no improvement on his first. Second place went to James Wilkinson in his Reynard Formula Vauxhall Lotus with Emma Williams third in the family Ralt. John Graham (Gould GR55B) took a solo win the over 2 litre class and setting FTD into the bargain.

The Classics were next and with Target Time calculations deciding the results there were wins for Phil Cheek in his MGB and Malcolm Evans in the Mallock. Jeff Allan then established the record for Electrically Powered cars which excludes hybrids taking his Mitsubishi round in 73.16.

The Aston Martin Owners Club runners were next and it was the brutish 4.7 litre GT4 Vantage of Tom Whittaker which took the win from perennial Aintree competitor Colin Kingsman in his DB6. In the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar class Trevor Shortt’s Scimitar GT took the win from the SS1s of Steve Cork and the Oakes’.

The two Caterham Academy classes were the finale. In the “Green Group” Rui Ferrreira took the win despite a third run expedition to hunt out straw bales at Village. Rob Yates took second and David Bevan third – in fact the first 8 were all within a second in a highly competitive class. In the “White Group” top spot went to Andy Perry who got to within a couple of tenths of the record. Russ Olivant and Lee Collins completed the Top Three – only the Top Four got within the same second and there was a far greater spread of times in this group.

With the rain showers sweeping in from time to time the marshals again did a great job in adverse conditions which at times bordered on the Arctic.

Fingers crossed for better conditions for the June sprint.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Jack Neal Memorial Sprint Report
Aintree : 28th June 2014

Graham fends off the rest                                                                                 Report by Steve Wilkinson

Practice started with constant rain which gradually turned into drizzle. Despite this poor start to the day it eventually stopped raining and, remarkably, by the fourth timed runs records started to tumble.

In Class SB Chris Smith kept ahead of Tim Gill’s FIAT Sedici all day and then popped in a new class record on his fourth and final timed run. In SC Paul Gorge beat his father Doug by nearly a full second with Richard Waller a further second adrift. Into the Road Going classes and the 1400 class went to the immaculate Mini of Harewood regular David Taylor and he also bagged a new class record on his fourth run. In the two litre class there was a tie initially between Ian Butcher and Daniel Brady but it was Butcher who took the win on countback. In the over two litre class Daniel Hollis in his ‘away-day’ car, a Nissan GTR, took the win and was Oh so close to a class record as he finished well clear of the rest. Roger Fish then won the battle of the Honda S2000s as he relegated Martin Rowe to second. Trevor McMaster took his TVR Tamora to the over two litre Sports car class win ahead of Brian Marshall in his ‘new’ Porsche 944 and Jim Scarratt’s Jaguar XKR. Bob Jones then established the record for Class 1F in his turbo diesel Mazda before the Kit Cars came out to play. The Vokes and Stevensons battled it out for honours in the Up to 1700 class with Mike Vokes finishing ahead of Bill Stevenson. In the over 1700 class John Hoyle led throughout and he was another to pop in a new class record on run number four as David Cleaver took second and Chris Howard-Harris third.

After a couple of solo wins for Jonathan Woolfitt (Class 2C) and Chris Taylor (3A) we were well into Mod Prod territory. The two litre class went to Andy Larton in the Peugeot 106 with Robert Tonge (Seat Ibiza) second and John Moxham (Peugeot 205) third. After his practice exploits left the Nissan Primera battered and bruised, (somewhat like LMC marshal Roy Holder), fourth place went to Colin Metcalfe.

There were a batch of solo wins next featuring Gary Preece in the Tameside College Impreza, Vic Lord (Elise) , David Welton (TVR), and Joe Shannon & Terry Everall (Westfields) before the final knockdown battle of Mod Prod. Howard Wilkinson (Autotune Gemini V8) rumbled to third spot but it was the in-house battle for the lead that held the attention. Derek Hodder in his Westfield-Honda had eventually to give best to co-driver Gary Bunn but the backward and forward struggle went to the fourth run where Bunn stole it with the final run of the class.

Into Sports Libre and in the Up to 1700 class Keith Hardy (Radical) led throughout the timed runs but Chris Thomas in the Z Cars Mini closed to within six tenths by the end of the day. In the Over 1700 class the second Z Cars Mini of Paul Woolfitt was unstoppable and got down to within two seconds of the class record with the turbocharged Hayabusa powered missile. The Racing Car classes followed and in the 1100 class Glyn Sketchley (Megapin) sat out the first two class runs leaving Eve Whitehead to lead but when Barry destroyed a drive shaft on his second run it left the door open for Sketchley who cruised to the win without opposition. In the three car Formula Ford class Geoff Ward kept the nosecone of his Swift ahead of Graham Curwen’s Van Diemen and Peter Ibbotson’s Sparton despite being slower through the speed trap. Two litre racing cars were next and Nick Algar led throughout in the turbocharged Force Hayabusa. Andrew Dobson (Megapin) took second place despite a big fourth run spin at Becher’s. Brian Walker called it a day after two runs leaving James Wilkinson in the FVL to take third. Running solo in the over two litre class John Graham in his ‘new’ Gould GR55B set the fastest time on each and every run to take the class and annex FTD.

In the Classic Cars Phil Prince (Elan) took a solo win in the Road Car class before the Racing Cars came out to play. There was a ding-dong battle between Peter Brogden in the March 733 and Jono Baines in the Merlyn Mk20 FF. Brogden led initially but on the second run Baines took the lead. Brogden fought back and grabbed the lead on scratch. Such was his pace that the March driver also took the class win based on Target Times.

The Lotus 7 Club Speed classes followed. In Class 1 Gary Beezer led the way initially before first Paul Boston and then on the fourth run Stefan Eldred took the lead. In Class 2 Alan Bowler led after the first three runs before Andrew Willoughby slipped into the lead second time round. It was changed on those all-important fourth efforts. Paul Collins slipped by to take the win with Willoughby second and Bowler third. In Class 3 Matthew Jenkins set the standard on run one before Richard Price took the lead on run two. Price still led after the third runs despite a spin however once again the fourth timed runs were decisive. Jenkins went into the lead only for Price on the very next run to sweep past and take the win. In Class 4 the late arrival, Martin Sargent, led throughout with Phil Cook over 4 seconds in arrears. Class 5 saw an Elwell 1-2 with Shaun leading from run one and Gill fighting back on run two to grab hold of second for the rest of the afternoon.

The Pre-War Austin 7 Bert Hadley boys were next. Colin Danks led through runs one to three but his co-driver of the day Gordon Tasker broke the Ulster Special. Despite this Danks took the win with Mike Harvey second in an Ulster and Paul Geering in the Pigsty third. John Mansield, who already had class wins at Harewood and Barbon under his belt also retired whilst lying second and as the track dried out he fell down the order.

There were just three Morgans taking to the track and Paul Clarke was the fastest all day however on the adjusted placings within the Morgan championship it was Robert Stones who took the class from Clarke with Gavin Rintoul third. The final class was for the Scimitars and Sabres. Craig Hughes again proved unbeatable in the Scimitar SS1 whilst once again Steve Louch in the Scimitar GTE was second and Stephen Cork third.

Despite the poor weather there were new class records, a cracking FTD plus several close battles – a typical Aintree sprint. Again Liverpool Motor Club’s organisation triumphed with 734 starts even on such an inclement day and with such a slick turn round when there were problems, the competitors were again able to enjoy their Aintree experience to the full.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree Spring Sprint Report
26th April 2014

Algar’s Aintree                                                                                                by Steve Wilkinson

The circuit was wet when everyone arrived at Aintree but with surprisingly fine weather and a strong breeze it soon dried out.

The battle for FTD saw the advantage switch from the 1100 class to the two litres cars with Nick Algar emerging on top with the Force – the sixth car he has driven at Aintree in the last six years!

Kicking off proceedings were the Standard Car classes and with changes to the regs the Class Records were established during the timed runs. Chris Smith (MG ZR) and Doug Gorge (Renault Clio) finished in the class leads.

Into Roadgoing and the two litre class started off with a whimper and a bang! Fred Currell ran out of fuel in his VW Golf due to a dodgy fuel gauge whilst David West had the Peugeot 106’s gearbox explode as he hit the 65 yard mark on the course. Currell recovered, initially to second in class and then on his third attempt he shattered the class record. Ian Butcher finished second in his Renault 5GT Turbo with the similar car of Russell Thorpe third. Daniel Hollis took the over two litre class with his new acquisition, a Nissan GTR, and just failed to match the class record as he finished over 4 seconds clear of Graham Kearsley’s Impreza. In the sportscar class Martin Rowe’s uprated Honda S2000 took the honours with Jeremy Coughlan, returning after a two year break, in second with his Elise.

Bill Stevenson (Westfield SE) took the first of the Kit car classes beating his wife Carol in the process whilst in the over 1700 class it was business as usual. John Hoyle (Westfield SEiW) took the win and lowered his own record finishing three seconds clear of Nigel Fox (Caterham) and Lee Smith (Westfield). In the final Kit car class for roadgoing cars Joe Charles set a new record in his Caterham R500 as he held off the challenge of Sam Binfield in the Ariel Atom.

Into Mod Prods and again the two litre class dominated the entries. Andy Larton (Peugeot 106) led until the third runs when Robert Tonge in the Seat slipped into the lead. Larton was over quarter of a second adrift and pulled out all the stops as he just nipped past the Ibiza to take the win by 0.28. Third went to the hard-charging Colin Metcalfe in the heavier BTCC spec Nissan Primera.

Sports Libre provided another close call. Paul Norris dropped out during practice in the indecently rapid Talbot Sunbeam-Ford when the diff cried enough. This left Andy Marshall (Gardner-Douglas T70) as the favourite but his first run included an agricultural detour at Bechers leaving sprint newcomer Anthony Bott in the Van Diemen Multisport in the lead. On the second runs Marshall powered into a lead he wouldn’t surrender as Bott reinforced his second slot and also grabbed the Novice award. Third place went to Andrew Jackson who was also a Novice on his first ever sprint. Andrew’s very tidy Reliant Kitten was powered by a Honda S200 engine and is still ‘road legal’ – expect it to look different next time out!

On to the Racing Car classes and the 1100s literally led the way after the first run as Glyn Sketchley held FTD in his Megapin. He led the class throughout with Eve and Barry Whitehead nipping at his heels in their new RBS8. There was a great battle in Formula Fords with first to fifth within a second on most runs. Initially Graham Curwen led then in quick succession on run three Phil Perks (Royale) and then Paul Webb (Van Diemen) took over the lead. On the fourth run Paul Webb extended his lead whilst Geoff Ward (Swift) cruised up from fourth to second leaving Curwen in fourth and Peter Ibbotson fifth with all five covered by just 1.75 seconds. In the two litre class Nick Algar languished in third place prior to lunch. Andrew Dobson led with co-driver Jeanette Hunton second in Tony Ellis’s Megapin-Duratec .

After lunch thanks to some sterling work by son Luke, Nick Algar charged into a lead he wouldn’t surrender. Dobson finished second with Hunton third.

The two Classic classes followed and on scratch in the road car class Alan Wilson was top dog setting a new record in the brutal Healey 3000. On the Target Times which decided the awards it was the Elan of Phil Prince that emerged victorious. In the Racing Car class Peter Brodgen’s F3 March was quickest but Derek Martlew’s S2000 Tiga won on Target Times. Stephen Cork in his SS1 took the Reliant class from the battling Oakes father and son team with Josh second and Stephen third.

It was then Caterham Academy time with 43 of the 1.6 Sigma powered cars fighting it out in their two groups. Group 1 had Olly Wigg in the lead from run 1 with Alistair Calvert second throughout. Damian Milkins initially held third but Anthony Barnes slipped through to third spot on his second run and held on to the end. In Group 2 David Webber also led throughout and also got the closest to the Academy Record for Aintree. Paul Aram was second throughout getting to within a second of Webber’s time. Graham Williams was fifth after the first runs but charged up to third on run two and stayed there.

With 247 practice runs and 470 timed runs to count for awards, plus another 18 timed but non-counting runs before the rain came, Liverpool Motor Club had put on a really well organised and highly entertaining event and the highly experienced two man startline crew of Geoff Peters and Roy Holder deserve congratulations for a job well done.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree June Sprint Report
29th June 2013

(The Jack Neil Memorial Sprint)

Graham’s Record Caps the day                                                               by Steve Wilkinson

 

The 105 drivers who participated in the second of Liverpool Motor Club’s Aintree sprints enjoyed a relaxed and entertaining day at the North West’s premier sprint venue. Records tumbled throughout the classes under an overcast sky and the best was John Graham who not only took FTD but also shattered Tony Wiltshire’s nine year old record.

The first record to go was Martin Rowe’s in the two litre Standard Car class and it was Martin himself who lowered it on his first sortie. The Gorge pairing, son Paul and father Doug came home in second and third respectively. Having set the two litre Roadgoing record in April Tony Hart was back but couldn’t match his pace and it was Fred Currell who having had to retire in April with engine troubles took his VW Golf to victory and lowered the class record on both his first and second runs. Daniel Hollis came home second in his Integra with Hart third. In the Over two litre Roadgoing class Alan Sawyer clipped over four tenths off his April record on his first run and then on his third outing he went sub 50 for the first time to leave the record in tatters.

There were solo wins for Chris Smith, Robert Holt and Keith Calder before we saw another record tumble. This time it was in the Up to 1700 Roadgoing Kit Car class. Record Holder John Loudon clipped over four tenths off the record on his first run and then eased off however on his fourth sortie he got desperately close to lowering it for a second time. John Hoyle got very close to his April record but couldn’t manage to better his earlier effort; Sean Bourn took second in his Car Craft Cyclone with Andrew Lowe third some way off the pace. After a solo win for Richard James in the Motorcycle Engined Kit Car class we moved into the fourth and final Kit Car class where Stephen Herbert lowered his own class record on three of his four runs.

Into Mod Prods and Louisa Davies took a solo win in the 1400 class before LED prepared cars took first and second in the two litre split with Mr LED, Andy Larton, taking the win from customer John Moxham in his 205. Bruce Mckie made it a Peugeot clean sweep bringing his 205 home in third. Gary Preece took the over 2 litre win from ‘Bod’ Bolderson who was back at Aintree after a 12 year break! David Welton then took a solo win before we were into the first of the Kit Car classes. Gary Bunn took the win from co-driver and owner Derek Hodder as the Supercharged Honda powered Westie dominated the time sheets. Terry Everall was another solo winner but couldn’t mount a challenge to the class record as he was back to his “standard” engine. Angus Buchan took another small capacity Sports Libre win from Keith Hardy before Paul Norris in the Ford engined Talbot Sunbeam took the large capacity class from Marshall Rowland’s re-engined Elise.

The 1100 Racing Car class lost one third of the entry when Bradley Dickerson’s engined poked a rod out of the block. This left Barry Whitehead to take the win from co-driver Roger Fish who was making his Speed Event debut in a single seater. The Formula Fords were again close with Graham Curwen MBE just holding off Phil Perks by a meagre tenth of a second with Graham Barron third. In the Two Litre class it was John Graham all the way with the Dallara. He led throughout and on his fourth timed run posted a new class record. Nick Algar in the ex-Mike Musson turbocharged Force was second and Andrew Dobson in Tony Ellis’ Megapin-Duratec third. Ian Rowlance survived a massive first run spin to take a solo win in the over two litre class before the Classics took centre stage.

In the Classic road cars winner on Scratch and on target Time was Bob Binfield in the delicious Aston Martin DBR2 recreation complete with straight six Jaguar engine. Colin Flynn was second in his HSCC Touring Car Mini. In the racing Car class it was Derek Martlew who took the win on Scratch setting a new class record in the process. Winner on target Time was Kristian Evans, son of Malcolm, who shattered his Target Time on his first ever sprint drive. In the MGCC Luffield class the lightweight Midget of Richard Watkinson took the win from the ever rapid David Coulthard in the ZR160 he shares with Helen Waddington. In the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship class Mike Harvey took the win in his Ulster with John Mansfield second and Stephen Fathers third. A small field of Morgans were next and Paul Clarke was the best on Scratch with his Roadster V6 Copy but on Handicap it was Chris Martin who took first place ahead of Chris bailey and Granville Martin. The final class for Scimitars and Sabres witnessed a see-saw battle between Steven Louch and Trevor Shortt which went the way of Shortt by a neck.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree Spring Sprint Report
27th April 2013

Graham’s Close Call                                                                                                by Steve Wilkinson

The first of 2013’s three sprints on the Club Circuit at Aintree took place on April 27th and a full entry of 150 were treated to a great day of sprinting. We did however lose a few in practice but after lunch the timed runs proved fascinating with plenty of close battles.

In the 2 litre Standard class Martin Rowe just held off Roger Fish in the battle of the Honda S2000s with Rowe lowering his own class record in the process. In Class 1B Tony Hart broke the class record on his first run and held on for the win with co-driver Peter Hart second and Daniel Hollis third – all three inside the old record and covered by just 0.6 second. In 1C it was an Impreza 1-2 with Alan Sawyer just keeping his nose in front of Karl Wilson again with both inside the record. Emma Bennison on her first visit to Aintree took class 2A in her Peugeot powered Striker whilst in 2B John Hoyle had a record crunching win finishing well clear of the rest. Gordon Peters made a welcome return to Aintree with his Nissan 350Z and took a class win in Class 3C. Gary Bunn and Derek Hodder fought out a tight battle for the class win in 3G with Bunn just edging out Hodder by the closest of margins aided by Del-boy’s tardy start on his final run.

Eve Whitehead just edged out father Barry in the 1100 Racing Car class after the other two entries both retired during practice. Graham Curwen took his customary FF1600 class win and as usual the 71 year old was in fine form in the paddock as well. The 1600 and 2000 class winners were also the contenders for FTD with Gary Thomas narrowly edged out by John Graham who was making his first outing of the year in the Dallara after LAD had worked their magic over the Winter.

Boosting the entry numbers were the boys and girls of the Caterham Academy and with 53 in total they were a welcome addition. In Group 1 Nick Horton led after the first runs but Chris Hutchinson who was initially third put in a stunning second run to not only snatch the lead but also break the class record set last year. Horton would finish second with Henry Heaton snapping at his heels. In Group 2 William Smith led after the first runs but he was relegated to second by Dan Gore next time round. The third run saw Smith move back into the lead whilst Gore held off a late challenge by Lee Bristow.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree Autumn Sprint Report
1st September 2012

 by Steve Wilkinson

With fewer than 90 entries, plus Liverpool Motor Club’s renowned organisational capabilities, there were always going to be lots of runs available and, in near perfect conditions, only incidents were liable to slow proceedings at the last Aintree sprint of 2012.

Up front Glyn Sketchley’s revamped Force dominated although Jim Belt tried his utmost to get on terms.

We started the competition with a couple of Standard classes; in the up to 2 litre merged class, record holder Martin Rowe came through to win and got within 0.01 of his record as Roger Fish harried his fellow Honda S2000 driver. In the Over 2 litre class three drivers were inside the old record. Jeff Allan (TVR T350C) was the first to set a new standard then Lyndon Dickens (Audi RS4) went sub-55 before Fred Currell slotted into the 53s before setting the new record at 52.69.

In the 2 litre Roadgoing class, James Kerr set the standard with a class record on his first run. With no David West (a crank sensor had fallen off in practice to sideline the Peugeot) the challenge came from the previous record holder – Russell Thorpe in “Doris”. Thorpe could only match his previous record to take second ahead of Colin Metcalf (Nissan Primera) who was on his very first visit to Aintree . Alan Sawyer cruised to the over two litre class win ahead of Chris Wilson in his ‘new’ Astra. The Sports car class went to Elen Worthington as she kept ahead of fellow Elise driver Robert Holt.

Into Kit Cars and in the single up to 1700 class Mike Smith in his Puma engined Striker led throughout as Martin Walker and the rest trailed in over a second adrift.

Mod Prods were next and in the merged up to two litre class Mark Teale was the class act being fastest on every run. Robert Tonge took second with Andy Larton third despite only managing one timed run. In the Over two litre class Gez Bayliss was the only one under 50 seconds so took a comfortable win from the brothers Hunt – William being the faster of the two in his Sierra.

There were two Sports Libre classes as the sports racing cars continue their revival. In the Up to 1700 class Angus Buchan led initially but was overhauled by class record holder Stuart Nelson in the Haggispeed as Clive Wooster closed in on third after a troubled first run and missing run 2 with fouled plugs. In the Over 1700 class Jim Belt set new class records on his first two runs and still managed to be inside the old record on runs 3 and 4. Paul Horrox brought the Honda powered Elise he shares with father Fred home in second with Ian Rowlance (MG Metro 6R4) third, Fred Horrox fourth and Graham Blackwell in the Fiesta Duratec fifth with a new Personal Best.

Racing cars were next and in a hard fought 1100 class Craig Powers took the win with Eve and Barry Whitehead second and third. Ben Mackey was out in the ex-Staniforth Megapin but only managed one run before heading home. In the Formula Ford class Peter Ibbotson (Sparton) led after the first runs but couldn’t match the pace and dropped back as Graham Curwen surged through from third passing Phil Perks (Royale) in the process. Glyn Sketchley dominated the 1600 class despite some aggressive driving from Peter Brogden in the elderly March F3 and Brian Walker took a solo win in the two litre class in the Brytec.

In the Classic class Malcolm Evans was fastest on scratch in his now immaculate ex-Denis Doyle Mallock Mk 8B. However once the Target Times were taken into consideration 78 years young George Cole in his Mk 1 Terrapin-BMC took the win and posted a PB to boot.

The final classes were for the Lotus 7 Club speed competitors. In Class 1 Paul Boston took the win and then in the 5th “extra run” was unofficially inside the old record. Robert Jacobs and Gary Beezer took second and third. In Class 2 in a Titanic battle Graham Howard just pipped Jon Ward for first with Paul Collins third. Class 3 was a two car battle with Matthew Jenkins in the lead throughout. In Class 4 Paul Forster just held off Nigel Fox in another two-car battle – in the “extra run” Forster was also inside the old record. The final group were in Class 5 and class record holder Robert Grigsby not only led throughout but set a new record on his fourth run as he kept Shaun Elwell at bay. Grigsby like Boston and Forster went quicker in the extra runs.

With the crew packing up, the prize presentation was a time to reflect and Glyn Sketchley summed it up perfectly as he praised not only the organisation but also the marshals who once again did a superb job.

 

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree June Sprint Report
26th June 2012

(The Jack Neil Memorial Sprint)

by Steve Wilkinson

The second Liverpool Motor Club sprint of the year at Aintree was hit by a couple of heavy showers which had an impact on not only the outright pace of the event but also on the most closely contested class. Overall two Westfields set the three best times of the day with Kurt Ramsden coming out on top and recording his maiden FTD.

After practice, which accounted for the demise of one of the Morgans and a Westfield, the timed runs started before the lunch break. After lunch there were three more runs before the prize presentation. However during the timed runs there were several incidents including a spell of monsoon style rain which saw proceedings suspended as it hit whilst slick-shod cars were running.

Starting the proceedings were the Standard Roadgoing classes, which are now starting to attract some worthwhile numbers. In the two litre class Roger Fish (Honda S2000) cut his class record by 0.34 before the similarly mounted Martin Rowe lowered it to 54.10 which would actually have been good enough for a class win in the Roadgoing Modified class. In Roadgoing (Class 1) entries in the 1400 and Over 2000 classes were thin on the ground so the three were amalgamated. Alex Morton in his GT4 Celica took the win from a bevy of two litre cars whilst Rhys Palmer wasn’t last in the only 1400 runner despite withdrawing after over-revving his engine. Eve Whitehead was making her ‘tin top’ debut though it ended in tears as she went off at Bechers and damaged “Doris”, Russell Thorpe’s Renault 5 GT Turbo. Phil Short brought along his latest toy, a 414bhp Audi R8 and he cleaned up in the over two litre class posting a couple of 125mph speeds through the finish.

In the Up to 1700 Kit Car class John Loudon (Westfield) recovered from a first run ‘agricultural moment’ to not only take the win but also set a new class record on his final run. Martin Walker (Westfield) just held off Andy Taylor’s Caterham for second. In the over 1700 class John Hoyle led throughout with Best Novice Steve Everall second (both in Westfields).

The Mod Prods were next and in the merged 3A and 3B class Robert Tonge nailed it from his first run in the SEAT Ibiza. Andrew Larton in the ‘works’ 106 took second despite a last run fail. The Over 1700 Modified Kit Cars provided the best scrap of the day. Gary Bunn, guesting in Derek Hodder’s Westfield-Honda broke the class record on his first timed run. Kurt Ramsden then retook the record in his V8 Westfield just as the rain swept in. By the time Hodder came to the line the track was starting to flood and he trailed round over six seconds off the record pace, on slicks! After the track dried out all three posted times inside the old record but that initial record breaking pace seemed to elude them all. The final placing saw Ramsden not only win but net FTD whilst Hodder came second with Bunn a close third.

The one Sports Libre class attracted 7 entries only one of which was a true Sports Libre, the rest were re-engined or be-winged saloons and sports cars. Rob Wakelin took the win in his Impreza which sprouted a massive rear wing. Second went to Nick Algar who was giving his Honda 2 litre powered Juno an outing. The rest of the placings went to re-engined Elise/Exige cars.

Into the single seaters and the 1100 class featured a debutante, Russell Thorpe who was sharing RBS7B with Barry Whitehead. The class went eventually to Glyn Sketchley who slipped into the lead when Craig Powers had a rear wing support fracture and had to miss the final run. A seven-car/eight driver Formula Ford class was next and initially Graham Curwen led the pack. However Geoff Ward took the win as Curwen slipped to second just holding off Paul Webb. There was only one other singe seater present and Peter Brogden took a solo win in his 1600 March.

Next were the Classics with the results “calculated using target times”. On Scratch Phil Prince led home Malcolm Evans (Anglia) by a fraction with Alan Wilson (Healey 3000) and George Cole (Terrapin) tying for third. On Handicap it wasn’t much different with Prince leading from Cole and Evans.

We then moved into the one make classes. These were led off by a healthy contingent of Austin Sevens in the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship. Mike Harvey was a comfortable winner with John Mansfield and Alan Fairless second and third. The prettiest car was James Yeo’s Brooklands 7 which hadn’t been lowered or too heavily modified.

In the Reliant class Trevor Shortt demonstrated why he was champion in 2010 and 2011 with a clear-cut victory in his GT; the Louch’s GTE was second and third with Paul Andrews fourth. Morgans were next and on scratch Tim Harrison was clearly fastest however the results are subject to the Morgan Club Handicap and it was Andrew Miller who emerged victorious with Chris Bailey second and Andrew’s wife Anne third.

The Triumphs only managed to provide four entries in two cars and it was the hairy TR7 V8 that dominated with Simon Allaby winning from co-driver David Hardcastle.

The final class (for MGs) only mustered 10 entries; initially in the wet David Coulthard led but he fell back as the track dried out leaving Keith Egar’s indecently rapid Midget to take the win with Paul Drake (MGB GT) second. Coulthard held onto third whilst his co-driver, Helen Waddington, moved through to grab fourth spot.

So once again there were three new records in far from ideal conditions; two practice runs and four timed runs for 120 competitors once again showed what a great job Liverpool Motor Club’s hard working team had done in providing a superb day of motor sport.

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Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree Spring Sprint Report

28th April 2012

by Steve Wilkinson

The first of the three sprints to be run at Aintree attracted a full entry plus several reserves. It was run in very cold and windy conditions, yet despite this three new class records were set. Nick Algar was giving the ex-Moran/Dean/Pitt/Calder Gould GR37 its first outing since he took it in part exchange for his GR55.
After practice, which accounted for a couple of cars which were withdrawn after developing various early season maladies, the timed runs started before the lunch break. After lunch there were two more runs however a fourth timed run was cancelled due to the dropping temperature and concern for welfare of the ever vigilant marshals.

Starting the proceedings were the Standard Roadgoing classes and after David Drucker took the 1400 class in his Polo the two litre class furnished our first new class record. Roger Fish and Martin Rowe have both bought Honda S2000 sports cars and did battle for the honours. Roger got off to a fine start on his first run breaking the record and the lowered it further after lunch. In the over two litre class Bob Jones ran out the winner in his turbo diesel Mazda MX3.
The Roadgoing classes were next and there were wins for Rich Stephens (Peugeot 106 Rallye), Alan Sawyer (Subaru Impreza) and Robert Holt (Lotus Elise) whilst Russell Thorpe, whose Renault 5GT Turbo suffered a broken fanbelt as he re-entered the paddock after his final run, just held off the challenge of Colin Smith and Keith Minshull to take the two litre class.
In the kit cars Allister Pimlott had a solo win in the Over 1700s whilst Andy Taylor’s Caterham took the Up to 1700 class by over two seconds.
The Mod Prods were next and in the merged 3A and 3B class Robert Tonge’s second run took him into the lead in his Seat Ibiza and despite Mark Teale’s challenge he popped in an even quicker third run to seal the win. In the Over two litre class Stuart Tranter bogged his second run in the Sapphire Cosworth which left Gerard Bayliss to slip through for the win in his BMW M3. Just one modified kit car made the trip so Stephen Morgan took the class and was also Best LMC member.
There was just one Sports Libre class which attracted 10 entries. These ranged from a Honda powered spaceframe mini through to a three litre Jaguar powered Juno. Jim Belt in the Juno took the win and got very close to his class record. Second went to Rob Wakelin in his indecently quick Impreza which now sports a MASSIVE rear wing! Paul Norris brought his immaculate Chrysler sunbeam Cosworth home in third with the rest over a second in arrears.
Into the single seaters and Craig Powers (OMS) again took the 1100cc class win ahead of Eve and Barry Whitehead in the venerable RBS7B which suffered a cylinder head gasket failure during the second set of runs.
A six-car Formula Ford class was next and it was Graham Curwen (Van Diemen), former class record holder, who took the win. Graham was the only driver to post a sub-51 second run. In the 51 second bracket it was very close with Paul Webb (Van Diemen) just holding off Geoff Ward (Swift) and Phil Perks (Royale).
The 1600 and 2000 classes were merged and Colin Birkbeck took the win from fellow Dallara driver John Graham whilst in third it was Peter Brogden with the ex-Kuwashima March 733 which had raced on Aintree’s club circuit back in the day!
The over two litre class was a tad one-sided as despite his best efforts Chris Machell’s Mygale was somewhat out-gunned by Nick Algar’s GR37. Algar was very impressed with the power and torque produced by the Judd V8 and vows to be out more often than he had planned.
We then moved onto the ‘classic’ class. The results are “calculated using target times” so we had to wait until the prize presentation to discover the winner, however on scratch Phil Prince in the Elan was the quickest and it so happened that he won on target times as well. Second quickest was Mike de St Paer in the pretty frog-eye Sprite with George Cole third fastest in the Mk 1 Terrapin. Second place on target times went to Sean Bramhall in the Healey 100 whilst Sam Barker in the Ginetta G15 was very apologetic about the car needing washing but it had only just been rebuilt and was still ‘running in’.
The first of our one make series was next – the Paul Matty Sportscar Lotus Championship. Fastest and setting our second new class record was Tony Wallen in his perfect Lotus 69 F3 minus the airbox restrictor. Second fastest was the previous record holder David Hampton (Lotus 69 F2 Atlantic) with the Governor, Paul Matty, third in his 35 F2. After the handicaps had been applied Paul Matty ended up third again, Ian Parmenter (Elan) was second whilst the win went to Steve Millward who was co-driving wife Jane’s Elan.
Next were the Reliant Scimitars, no Sabres unfortunately, and up front Trevor Short in the GT was the winner. Nick Hall (SS1) was second whilst John Louch, who switched to a co-drive in Short’s GT, took third.
The final two classes were for Caterham Academy Championship cars with Group 1 first up. Alexander Gurr was the initial leader but Matthew Lawrence, Tristan Judge and Zoltan Csabai ended up filling the top three places with just 0.06 sec covering the three of them. Group 2 were up next and Michael Gazad and Pete Fortune were both inside the class record on their first runs. Fortune slipped into the lead on the second runs and held on to take the win and the new record from Gazad. Danny Killeen held third throughout as the top six was covered by just over a second.

So there were three new records set in far from ideal conditions. But, with two practice runs and three timed runs concluded shortly after four o’clock, the 140 content competitors had made a total of 705 starts marking another successful day’s motor sport for Liverpool Motor Club.
Full results are available here

Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree Autumn Sprint Report
3rd September 2011

by Steve Wilkinson

With just 90 competitors turning up on the day there were going to be a lot of opportunities to get out on track. After two practice runs in pretty foul conditions the event got underway with the first of four timed runs and, with the rain easing, the fastest runs looked likely to be recorded at the end of the day!

Leading off the timed runs was the single Standard Roadgoing class. David Drucker in his VW Polo led throughout with Chris Palmer (Suzuki Cappuccino) and Tim Gill (Fiat Panda 4×4) holding second and third. Into Roadgoing and the 1400 Saloons saw Martin Rowe once again being the pone to beat in his Peugeot 106 Rallye. John Marsden again kept close order in the Mini whilst Rhys Palmer got ever closer in third ahead of George Povey. In the two litre Roadgoing Saloon class Colin Smith in the Clio initially led but was pipped for the lead on the fourth runs by Tim Burrill in the 205 GTi. Third went to the similar 205 of John Allen whilst Russell Thorpe in Doris was fourth. Next to the line were the over two litre Sportscars and John Biddulph in the Porsche took a comfortable win from Jeff Allan (TVR T350C) and Kraig Mycock (Audi Coupe).

The two Roadgoing Kit Car classes were next and in the Up to 1700 class Brad Gould led throughout despite a third run spin. Martin Walker (Westfield) just held off a spirited challenge from Phil Gough in his Caterham. In the combined 2B/2D Allister Pimlott kept his Robin Hood ahead of the supremely powerful AC Cobra Superblower of Malcolm Thorne.

There was another merged class to herald the arrival of the Mod Prods. The car with the smallest capacity took the honours with Martin Depper in his indecently quick Mini proving to be too quick for the two litre runners. Second place went to Bruce McKie whose 205 finished clear of the rest. The over 2 litre class saw just two runners in the one car. Alan Whalley led initially due in no small part to eventual winner David Kenningley taking a grassy detour on his first run. The up to 2 litre Sportscars had just the one runner so Rob Newnes in the MX5 took a solo win. In the Over 1700 Kit Car class Robbie Birrell led throughout as Nigel Fox finished a couple of seconds adrift in this all Caterham class. In the final Mod Prod class, that for the motorcycle powered Kit Cars Mike Clarke in the Westfield just held off the challenge from the MK Indy of Mike Anderson.

Once again there was just the single Sports Libre class which Jim Belt took in his impressive Juno complete with V6 Jaguar engine. Stuart Deeley in his Banks Europa was second finishing ahead of Keith Hardy’s Radical and the Fiesta XR2-Duratec of Graham Blackwell.

Into the Racing Car class and in the Up to 1100 split, Craig Powers snatched victory from Gary Thomas on the fourth run with Eve and Barry Whitehead finishing third and fourth in their shared RBS 7B. There were just two Formula Fords to battle over the win and the more modern Van Diemen of Graham Curwen took first as Phil Perks wrung the neck of his elderly Royale in hot pursuit. The combined 1600 and 2000 classes were next. On the first runs John Graham (Dallara) led Simon Keen (Dallara), Emma Williams (Ralt), Paul Tinsley (Swift) and the rest. The second run saw Simon Keen annex the lead with Graham and Co all posting slower times. The third runs didn’t see the order change but the fourth saw a significant change of fortunes. Simon Keen extended his lead whilst Paul Tinsley closed in on Emma Williams. The final runner was John Graham and he initially bogged the start. However having been pulled back and realigned he got his second start spot-on. By Bechers he was fractionally ahead and as he sped over the line not only had he taken the class but also set the Fastest Time of the Day. There were two cars and three drivers to contest the over two litre class. Mike Musson was making his debut in the recently acquired Pilbeam MP97 whilst Brian Woffenden & Peter Howgate were having an end of season outing in their Ralt RT37. On his first run Mike Musson had problems getting off the line – it was the first time he had driven the car on a race track! However despite a tardy start he flew round the track and posted what would be the class winning time – it was also the fastest time of the day until John Graham put in that stunning fourth timed run. On his second run disaster struck as he lost the backend at Bechers and spun across the grass and collided with the barriers. Fortunately it was a slow speed impact but it did damage the rear wing significantly and he was out of contention. The Sheffield pairing trailed home some four seconds adrift with Woffenden beating Howgate.

The Classics were next and once more Phil Prince was not only the fastest over the course but also won the class on handicap. George Cole in the ancient Terrapin was second on adjusted times whilst second fastest on scratch, Mike de St Paer (Frogeye Sprite), took third overall.

The final group of classes were for the Lotus 7 Club Speed Championship contenders – all driving Caterhams by the way. In Class 1 Robert Jacobs took the win from Alan Johnson and Paul Brown. In Class 2 Robert Spencer held off the challenges from Graham Howard and Paul Collins to take the laurels. In Class 3 young Tom Price, despite carrying the yellow trowel for his grassy exploits last time out at Harewood, took the win with his father Richard Price second and David Nelson third. The final Class 4 saw Shaun Elwell take the trophy from Chris Howard-Harris and Lynn Gilbert.

The final sprint of the year proved another resounding success despite the shortage of entries. Two practice and four timed runs to count (plus an extra non-counting run) meant a busy day for the startline crew but again they excelled. A big ‘thank you’ to all the marshals who helped during the year and we are already planning our 2012 events when the club will be celebrating its 110th anniversary.

 

Liverpool Motor Club, Aintree June Sprint Report
26th June 2011

(The Jack Neil Memorial Sprint)

by Steve Wilkinson

Just over 120 competitors arrived at the Aintree Club Circuit for the Jack Neal Memorial Sprint under grey skies. The overnight rain had left the track damp in places and with soaking wet grass the run-offs looked treacherous. Throughout the day we had just a slight bit of drizzle which only arrived during the fourth set of timed runs so in the circumstances it was a virtually dry meeting – something that ahead of time was in doubt.
After two practice runs the event proper got underway at 11:43. Leading the way were the two Standard classes. In the Up to 1400 split David ‘TVR’ Drucker led the way in his recently acquired VW Polo with Chris Palmer (Suzuki Cappuccino) second and Tim Gill in the FIAT Panda 4×4 third. In the 2000 split the Hart family reigned supreme. Peter Hart led home father Tony in the family Clio Williams with LMC’s Douglas Gorge third completing the Clio clean sweep.
Into Roadgoing and the 1400 Saloons saw Martin Rowe in the Peugeot 106 Rallye holding off a spirited challenge from John Marsden who was reportedly waving his newly acquired bus pass at the Startline Crew as he tried to get pensioner’s rates! George Povey came home in third after putting Rhys Palmer down into fourth! The two litre Roadgoing Saloons saw Colin Smith in the Clio hold off a challenge from Keith Minshull’s Peugeot 306 Rallye whilst David Whitmore was third in yet another Clio. In the Up to 2000cc Roadgoing Sportscar class Brain Cartwright in the MX5 was the class act as he cruised home ahead of Dave Exton in the £700 MR2 and a wayward Robert Holt in a rather neat ‘Gold leaf’ liveried Elise.
The two Roadgoing Kit Car classes both proved to be a bit one-sided. In the Up to 1700 class Brad Gould was well clear of the rest in his early Westfield whilst Brian Walker just held off Phil Gough in the battle for second some two seconds adrift. In the Over 1700 class Mark Wallwork, despite sending showers of fuel onto the track on runs one & two, not only took an easy class win but also set a new class record. Alister Pimlott won the battle of the Robin Hoods & also beat Steve Salmon’s glorious sounding Stratos replica.
Into Mod Prods and in the Up to 2000 tin-tops, a merged class, Stuart Tranter led from Run 1 whilst co-driver Colin Price took second place despite the car having already done 124,000 miles. In the Over 2 litre class Ricky Moore got very close to the record as he won at a canter from Tim Hanlon in the first of the Imprezas. In the Up to 2 litre Sports cars David Ormerod Jnr was on the pace getting close to the record as he took first ahead of his father whilst in the Over 2 Litre class John Biddulph was closer still to his own record in the Porsche as the Simon Allaby/David Hardcastle Triumph TR7 growled its way round in second & third. In the Over 1700 Kit Car class it was a Hosson-Bouler 1-2 as Mark Purdham led home Alastair Jackson, the latter grabbing the Novice Driver of the Day award. In the last of the Mod Prod classes, that for the motorcycle derived engined Kit Cars, Robert Bailey was on brilliant form and was inside his old record on each of his four timed runs. Mike Clarke won the battle of the Megabusas with Harry Moody third.
There was just the one Sports Libre class and Paul Norris in his immaculately prepared Talbot Sunbeam Ford Cosworth was the fastest from the get-go. Stuart Nelson pushed hard in second but not having sprinted at Aintree since 2007 he was a tad rusty. Third went to Paul Horrox in the Honda powered Lotus Exige whilst the very pretty Tiga SC79 of Derek Martlew claimed fourth ahead of the Mallock Clubmans car of Keith Robinson.
Into the Racing Car class and in the Up to 1100 split Gary Thomas was in a class of his own as he came close to his own record in the battle for not only the class but FTD which he also grabbed. Second went to the very pretty Seward F1010 which Christian Parker drove to good effect despite only having race rubber on hand. Barry Whitehead took third in RBS 7B despite breaking a rear wishbone – this sidelined him and also meant daughter Eve never got a run. Russell Edwardson was fourth in the Yamapin whilst co-driver for the season Alan wood took fifth. Peter Brogden, who switched to his Jedi after the March blew a cylinder head gasket during the week, won the battle of the 600s as he finished ahead of Brandon Smith in the very neat MJM Stealth.
The Formula Ford battle was next and it was Graham Curwen who took the narrowest of leads from David Sturdy. On the second runs Curwen increased his lead only for Sturdy on run 3 to snatch it back. With slight drizzle falling on the fourth runs it was game over. Meanwhile Phil Perks fought back from a poor first run in his Royale which included an ‘agricultural moment’ and he moved into third place second time round as Peter Ibbotson could only chip a few tenths off his previous time in the Sparton.
With just one car and two drivers in the 2 litre class of Racing Cars it was a Dallara benefit. John Graham led throughout whilst co-driver John Moxham chipped away at his times. Graham was initially also the leader of the FTD Trophy but when he made a complete hash of his second run and bogged down at the start his chance slipped away. Never-the-less his pace was evident and I suspect an FTD trophy is sure to come sooner rather than later.
The Classics were next and Phil Prince again was not only the fastest over the course but also won the class on handicap. Malcolm Evans, who made a late switch to the trusty Anglia, was second with Mike de St Paer third in the frogeyed Sprite. There was now a change of pace but not of the competitive level as the Austin 7s of the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship took to the track. John Mansfield’s Austin 7 Special was the class act being the only runner inside the 70 second barrier whilst Gordon Tasker held off the challenge from Alan Fairless & Geoff Harrison. Just three Scimitars made up the Reliant Sabre & Scimitar Owners Club contenders and Trevor Shortt in the elderly GT ran out a comfortable winner from the two more modern GTEs of John Louch and Paul Andrews.
The Morgans were next to the line and the battle on scratch went to Simon Baines whose son Jonathan tied for second place with Tim Harrison. On the Handicap it was Paul Bryan who took the honours with his Zetec powered 4/4 which was a great achievement on his first visit to Aintree from darkest Essex! Another Zetec powered 4/4 was second driven by Simon Moore whilst Simon Baines pace in the Lightweight Roadster saw him finish third.
There were only six runners in the Luffield MG Car Club class due in no small measure to a clash with MG Live at Silverstone. On track it was a 1-2 for the Walkers as Andy took the win in a new record time with their MGB Roadster V8. Paul Drake took third in his Sebringised MGB GT ahead of the TF 160s of Tim Kirkham and Bill Sharp.
The final class for the Austin Healey Club Healey Sport runners had just four runners and it was no surprise that local ace Alan Wilson took the win in his immaculate ally bodied 3000 Mk 2. Son Chris was second in his “plastic” Mk 2 Sprite whilst John Tewson and Richard Pugh brought their Sprites home in third and fourth.
The 471 competition starts were executed in just 3 hours and 45 minutes, yet another testimonial to the thorough professionalism of the LMC team. At the prize presentation in the Golf Centre there were huge smiles all round as yet another successful sprint on the Aintree club circuit was completed. The competitors really do appreciate the effort put in by LMC and the club members involved should be proud of their achievements.

Liverpool Motor Club Aintree Spring Sprint
30th April 2011

by Steve Wilkinson

Just over 140 competitors arrived at the Aintree Club Circuit for the first sprint of the year at the historic venue. The weather was near perfect, though rather windy. After the two practice runs the meeting proper would get underway.

The Standard Roadgoing 2 litre class was reduced to just two runners and Doug Gorge took the win over John Early both in Renault Clios. In Class 1A Martin Rowe took the win in his Peugeot with the evergreen John Marsden second in his Mini. In Class 1B Russell Herring led initially with his Clio Cup 172 only for the other Russell (Thorpe) to slip through for the win. In Class 1C Bob Jones, who had been amalgamated from the equivalent Standard Class, ended up the only runner so duly took the trophy. Robert Holt then took a solo win in Class 1D with his Elise whilst initially there had been no entries for 1D on the day Tony and Peter Hart pitched up with a glorious Renault Alpine GTA and Tony just beat Peter to the win.

In Class 2A (Roadgoing Kit Cars up to 1700) Brad Gould maintained his lead throughout whilst Andrew Hargreaves in the Hayabusa powered Westie held off a challenge from Chris Hardman in the Vauxhall powered version. In Class 2B Howard Gaskin ended up just over 2 seconds clear of the rest who were led home by Stephen Everall. The final Roadgoing class for Specialist Production Cars had just one entry, but what an entry! Malcolm Thorne was making his Aintree debut with his wonderful AC Cobra Superblower ““ 5 litres of Supercharged V8! Malcolm duly hammered the Class Record and had a thoroughly entertaining day.

Into the Mod Prod classes and in Class 3B the unlikely Citroen Visa of Michael Dentten took the win holding off the challenge from David Reade in the Golf. In Class 3C John Biddulph led initially in the Porsche 964RS and looked likely to win until Aintree debutante Ricky Moore in the Time Attack Mitsubishi slipped through for the win. Biddulph remained second with David Kennerley bringing his Impreza home third. In Class 3D it was an Ormerod 1-2 with David Junior maintaining his lead throughout over father David; the “˜stealth’ Mazda MX5 of Damian Lynch and Rob Newnes completed the class order. Into Class 3G and with 11 runners it was always going to be a close call. Matt Hillam in the SBD-Westfield just kept ahead of Kurt Ramsden despite a third run spin. However Ramsden was relegated to second place after two runs only to fight back to secure the runners up slot ahead of Paul Aspden who was co-driving Derek Hodder’s Honda supercharged Westie. Hodder took fourth with Terry Everall fifth and Chris Hullat sixth. There was just one runner in Class 3H after Steven Brown’s Hyabusa powered Westfield was sidelined with engine maladies. Mark Anson didn’t hang about and got to within a quarter of a second of the class record.

There were six entries in the Sports Libre class, all with engines over the magic 1700cc mark. Jim Belt in the wonderfully crisp V6 Jaguar Powered Juno took the win and took exactly half a second off Simon Bainbridge’s class record with the Audi TT Replica. All three of Belt’s runs were inside Bainbridge’s best time! Second spot went to Derek Martlew in the lovely Tiga SC79, an ex-Sports 2000 racer. Paul Horrox was third in the re-engined Exige whilst Martlew’s co-driver, Frazer Graham, was fourth.

Into the Racing Car classes next and in 5A for the up to 1100s Craig Powers was the victor finishing ahead of co-driver for the day Eve Whitehead who had moved over to the OMS after a problem with RBS7B’s fuel pump was discovered. Speaking of which Barry Whitehead managed a temporary fix and he duly took third place, ahead of Russell Edwardson & Alan Wood who were sharing the former’s Yamapin. Class 5 B for the Formula Ford 1600’s were next and initially Phil Perks in the elderly Royale RP24 led from the Van Diemens of Graham Curwen & David Sturdy. After the second runs, Sturdy was leading from Curwen up to second yet on the third runs Perks fought back to take second. The final Racing Car class was for over 1600cc cars and there was another dominant winner. John Graham, he of the Lotus 2-11 & Elan, had bought a Dallara and he duly started to come to terms with the switch to an open wheeler on this his very first competitive event with the car. Graham would lead throughout whilst Dennis Doyle, despite a practice excursion at Village, maintained the runner’s up slot. Peter Brogden in the pretty ex-Musami Kuwashima F3 March was third with John Moxham, co-driving Graham’s ex-Platt Dallara, was fourth as he came to terms with the switch from a Mod Prod Saloon to a single seater!

In Class 6 (Classic & Racing Cars pre 1973) Malcolm Evans in the CTG Clubmans car was the fastest on Scratch times. However class positions are decided on Target Times and Phil Prince in the Elan, a car he has had for more years than either he or I would care to remember, duly ran out the winner. John Hanlon, guesting in Sean Bramhall’s lovely Healey 100/6, was second with Evans in the CTG third.

Just three Reliants made it to the line and Nick Hall in the Super Sabre 1 Turbo was too nimble for Paul Andrews & Brain Couch Snr in their Scimitar GTEs.

The final “˜classic’ class was for the wonderful Paul Matty Sportscars lotus Championship. On scratch John Palmer in a modified Lotus 61 was fastest but the Championship is run on handicap and first place would go to Pete Bottrill in the pretty series 3 Elan. Second was the similar Elan of Richard Swindall with Sarah Thorne in the Elise third. Paul Matty’s gloriously turned out Lotus 35 was second fastest overall but could only manage seventh on handicap.

This left just the two Caterham Academy Groups who were divided into two classes ““ one per group. In Group A Elliot Norris led throughout setting his best time on Run 2. Charlie Bowmont was initially second but fell down to third when Robert Chappell slipped through. Mark Lewis made a bit of a mess of his Academy car when he flew off at Bechers but the driver was OK only the bank balance would be damaged! In Group B it was Andrew Welch who was in top form leading throughout. Brad Smith got close, to within 0.03 second, whilst Michael Steeden was only 0.14 further back!

All in all a great day of sprinting in near perfect conditions. For a full set of results just check out the appropriate place on the website – and if you want to get involved then here are the dates for the rest of the season:-