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Retrorace Hooton Park

Hooton Park May 3rd 2015

Hooton Park has a tendency to provide ‘interesting’ weather conditions but I’m sure that nobody could have predicted that the track would go from running-wet to bone dry in under an hour. The competitors needed wets for the first couple of heats then the slicks came out and remained on for the rest of the meeting. By the end of the day the grip was there, the times were tumbling.

Class 1 Vintage

A clash with the Donington Historic festival le? the Vintage class a li?le depleted as a few drivers eschewed the Hooton Weekend for the bright lights of the Historic festival. Defending the adults honour was le? to Peter Adams who did just what was needed to keep the three pesky (see talented!) youngsters at bay, cruising to victory pursued by a determined Ma?hew Cowell. Finlay Lennard’s third place was well deserved following a couple of 2ndplaced finishes in the heats. Poor Amy Catchpole must have been gu?ed when her final came to an end with mechanical issues, as she was on good form at Hooton

Class 1 Historic

With family Family pride at stake father and Son drivers Frank and Wes Crankshaw entertained throughout the final running bumper to bumper for much of the race. It was only when they split to pass a backmarker that the race was decided, Frank ran wide, onto the puddled grass saturating his motor which then stumbled for long enough for Wes to run clear and win by couple of seconds .

Class 1 Classic

Fast and furious racing throughout the heats was the precursor to a brilliantly watchable final with the classic class one karts doing what they do best, namely entertaining the crowd. 2nd placed Waller drove the race of his life starting from 7th on the grid then carving his way through the field to finish only a couple of 10ths behind the leader, given another lap, Who knows?

Formula A.

Winning driver Thurston was on form all day taking victory two of the three heats to place him on pole, fellow front-row si?er Steve Cook-Martin squeezed past a couple of laps in and with Thurston looking for recourse an exciting couple of laps ensued. Cook-Martin was then unfortunate enough to seize ending a very entertaining ba?le. With second and third placed drivers Sears and O’Hara both nursing bruises and hastily straightened chassis from an unfortunate coming-together earlier in the day neither were able to trouble the victor who cruised home over 7 seconds clear.

Class IV Classic

Marks managed to reverse his fortunes from Fulbeck at Hooton and pipped Kirkham by a couple of 10ths to take the finals victory. Uncharacteristically, past champion Atkinson was gapped by the leading pair taking 3rd place nearly 30 seconds behind. She was followed in by Rotax 125 runner Pa?ison taking his second victory in that class while achieving a full set of points to further improve his championship chances.

Class IV Historic

The Historic section of class IV has proved to be very popular this year and the full grids have helped with some very good racing, undaunted by the busy circuit conditions Paul Brighton was another driver who was on form all day taking 54 out of the available 55 points

Class IV Veteran

With no hint of the mechanical issues that side-lined Jordan last meeting the Ex British-team driver had it all his own way in the final, as during the heats, problems hit his competitors and one by one they dropped out. He didn’t have it his own way though, Fellow driver Bob Reynolds claimed victory in the first two heats before succumbing to problems in the third.

Class IV super

Daniel Ellis was proud to debut a newly restored Buckler/Villiers which was bristling with period details such as the fuel tank which proudly proclaimed ‘British Seagull’ having been liberated from a suitably vintage outboard motor, his reward once he had ironed a few bugs out was a class win in the final

Class IV 210 Alloy Barrel.

Derek Ellis is made this class his own at Hooton untroubled
by his competitors for the entire meeting he managed the kart racers dream a perfect 55 point score for a full set of first places.

Class IV 125 P and R (piston port and reed valve)

With front-runner Steve Cowell out nursing a shoulder injury the class was le? open for anybody to take numbers for this are on the up and a couple of drivers chose to debut new outfits and/or motors at this meeting. In the event it was Dan Rawden who won through although Beeley had who had managed an earlier heat victory could have been in contention. Round three should be particularly exciting as Cowell will be back looking for ‘revenge’.

Next RetroRacer Meeting Global Cup Glan Y Gors, June 6th 7th. Practice Saturday, racing Sunday.

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