Even with the massive quantity of success he has loved in his prolonged profession, few victories might have given former British Touring Automobile Championship star Patrick Watts extra satisfaction than he loved with daughter Aimee within the C1 Problem at Manufacturers Hatch final weekend.
Along with Orlando Lindsay, the pair stormed to an emotional first win within the class of their Ladybird-Daddy entry, as a formidable 43 vehicles took to the grid for the three-hour endurance race on Saturday.
Lindsay constructed up an enormous lead over the remainder of the sector throughout his opening stint earlier than a security automobile interval led to a flurry of pitstop exercise. After Watts Jr had taken over driving duties from Lindsay, the group remained handily positioned within the high six because the race entered its second hour.
Amongst these additionally in competition for victory at this stage was the Quattro Formaggio entry of Alistair Might and Chris Parkes. The duo would take the lead on the two-hour mark, however surrendered their benefit again to the Watts household as soon as additional driver adjustments and refuelling had been accomplished. Again in entrance, Watts Sr was capable of reel off the remaining time with little drama as he secured a memorable win.
“We exceeded our expectations with a sixth place at Oulton, however this implies every thing,” mentioned Patrick. “I’m so happy with Aimee. The novice cross has solely simply come off the again of the automobile and her lap occasions in the present day have been nice.”
Aimee added: “I couldn’t be happier to win on our house monitor. I believe mum practically cried once I phoned her!”
Parkes and Might claimed second, however they needed to stave off a late problem from Robin Welsh (JW Chook Motorsport). Welsh tried to grab the place whereas he and Parkes had been lapping backmarkers alongside the Brabham Straight, however Welsh tangled with Ian Gorringe, and Gorringe spun into the pitwall, which led to the race being halted 5 minutes early.
There was a powerful entry for the Mini Winter Problem triple-header, with numbers greater than double these on the equal occasion two years in the past.
Endaf Owens, Mini Miglia, Manufacturers Hatch 2021
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Rupert Deeth cantered to victory in race one after closest challenger Endaf Owens was compelled into early retirement with oil stress points. Scott Kendall seized his likelihood to say the runner-up spot late within the race after Colin Peacock was slowed by backmarkers at Clearways. Owens charged again to say the honours in races two and three, whereas Deeth and Joe Thompson took a second apiece.
Behind the Miglia drivers, their Se7en counterparts offered loads of leisure, most notably former BTCC team-mates Andrew Jordan and Jeff Smith. Regardless of Smith’s finest efforts, Miglia champion Jordan got here out on high of their duel every time to say three wins, driving the automobile father Mike utilized in the primary Se7en championship throughout 2021.
Warning intervals disrupted the opening Britcar Trophy ‘Into the Evening’ occasion on Saturday. Benji Hetherington and Ian Humphris claimed the spoils of their Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport after team-mate and poleman Carl Cavers was compelled to serve a cease/go penalty. Sean Doyle (partnering Cavers) tried to make amends after the obligatory pitstops, however skated off the highway and into the Paddock Hill Bend gravel attempting to usurp Niall Bradley’s BMW M3 E46, and took third.
Cavers and Humphris teamed up for race two and led earlier than the pit window, however one other cease/go penalty for a pitlane infringement relegated them to second. Steve Rothery was the grateful beneficiary, selecting up a well-liked win at his house monitor in his Peugeot 308.
Rod Birley was one other native resident to take pleasure in success over the weekend on the wheel of his Ford Escort WRC with two wins within the Tremendous Saloons/Tin Tops double-header. Birley took a lights-to-flag win in a moist race one, though he was stored sincere by the VW Scirocco of Steve Dann.
Race two ended controversially when Nick Sutton (Mitsubishi Lancer E10) handed Birley seconds earlier than a warning interval ended. The cross was deemed unlawful and Sutton was penalised post-race.
Within the Intermarque Silhouette races, former champion Malcolm Blackman’s Vauxhall Tigra withstood race-long stress from Danny Hunn’s Ford Fiesta to win race one, earlier than Steve Burrows took a dominant victory in race two forward of fellow Tigra driver Dave York.
Josh Rowledge, Ginetta Junior Winter Collection, Manufacturers Hatch 2021
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By scoring two dominant wins on Saturday, Josh Rowledge put himself in the perfect place to safe the Ginetta Junior Winter Collection the next day. However Sunday proved to be extra of a battle, and holding his nerve and staying out of hassle proved to be essential.
Between the ultimate spherical of the common Ginetta Junior season (the place he had completed seventh within the last standings) and the Winter Collection, Rowledge had switched allegiance from Elite Motorsport to R Racing. After Saturday’s qualifying, the brand new partnership gave the impression to be working effectively, as he secured pole for each races. Harri Reynolds joined Rowledge on the entrance row for race one, whereas Liam McNeilly – runner-up within the 2021 standings – claimed that spot for race two.
Reynolds “gave his all” to attempt to power Rowledge right into a mistake within the opener, however he was compelled to accept second forward of a quickly closing Joe Warhurst. Within the second contest, McNeilly additionally had difficulties getting near Rowledge, whose kind seemed ominous heading into Sunday. “I’ve had an important automobile beneath me all day,” Rowledge mentioned after his race two success. “I’ve to say an enormous due to the group for his or her arduous work.”
Qualifying on Sunday proved harder for Rowledge. Three purple flags disrupted the session and left him eighth on the grid for race three and weak to a possible midfield incident. Exiting Druids on lap one, Sonny Smith spun and Rowledge was caught out, enduring his personal spin himself and dropping to the again of area. He recovered to eleventh, however third for McNeilly gave the Fox Motorsport ace the prospect of title glory heading into the finale.
A prolonged safety-car interval disrupted race 4, however Rowledge averted any additional drama to say the title with fifth, enabling him to triumph by a single level from the constant McNeilly, who inherited the race-four victory. “It’s an enormous achievement,” mentioned Rowledge. “Saturday was actually Positive. I used to be in site visitors in qualifying in the present day [Sunday], which harm our possibilities, however to win the Winter Collection is mega.”
Apart from the championship protagonists, different drivers additionally impressed throughout the course of the weekend. His race-three spin apart, Smith made no errors en path to claiming Rookie title honours with a clear sweep of sophistication wins. Elsewhere, Reynolds, Warhurst, Max Dodds and the returning Tom Edgar placed on a present.
Reynolds and Edgar indulged in a wonderful tussle over third in race two till a conflict at Druids on lap 12 of 16 enabled Dodds to sneak by way of.
The unlucky Edgar endured rotten luck on Sunday. He dominated race three, however a mechanical downside slowed him to a standstill on the ultimate tour and handed victory to Aqil Alibhai. The same efficiency in race 4 additionally went unrewarded when, after taking the win, he and second-placed Warhurst had been handed post-race penalties for overtaking the protection automobile earlier than it entered the pits.
Anglesey BRSCC: Boston and Mansfield repeat Race of Remembrance success
Rob Boston/Peter Mansfield, (Lotus Elise), Anglesey Race of Remembrance 2021
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Typically it pays to transcend the headlines. On this newest Race of Remembrance, again at Anglesey after a COVID-induced 12 months away, Rob Boston and Peter Mansfield received their second Race of Remembrance on the bounce of their Lotus Elise. The Rob Boston Racing machine led house the particular occasion’s best-ever 53-strong entry in unseasonably dry and delicate circumstances.
Boston and Mansfield this time did it after topping each qualifying periods, taking pole with a finest time shut to 3 seconds clear. Boston then led from the off and, inside a few hours of the 12-hour race, had a lap on the sector.
However this one, similar to Boston and Mansfield’s 2019 victory, wasn’t straightforward. Final time, a late brake scare threw their seemingly crushing win into doubt. This time, the brake-related scare was sooner, late in Saturday’s opening six-hour section.
“We had a minor mechanical failure which truly led to an extended brake pedal, which occurred on one event and by no means once more,” Boston mentioned, “however on the event it occurred I ended up within the wall. So a really heavy frontal influence however, as a result of it was completely sq. on, it recoiled out of the obstacles and we made it again.”
Add a few penalties in that first half for the Elise, and it gave alternative to assault to a gaggle of Caterhams, the perfect of which had been competing for the Heroes Trophy somewhat than within the Caterhams’ widespread protect of the concurrent relay. Come the in a single day halfway-point halt, the Elise’s benefit was simply 5.7 seconds. “The Caterhams at all times preserve us sincere,” Boston added. “There’s at all times a blooming Caterham someplace!”
However, with the Elise repaired in a single day, and it having higher gas vary than the Caterham, Boston and Mansfield regained management and received by a lap. It was a quick race, with 384 laps accomplished – 33 greater than final time – and, summing up the battle, the ultimate high 11 consisted of three Elises and eight Caterham 270Rs. And, given the Caterham 7’s origins, there was very a lot a Lotus theme.
Rob Boston/Peter Mansfield (Lotus Elise), Anglesey Race of Remembrance 2021
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“It’s all very becoming and fairly poignant due to the younger nineteenth Regiment [that Mansfield served in] being right here in the present day and it was a very nice one to win, it feels very particular,” Boston mirrored. “I’m at all times proud simply to be right here not to mention compete and win. The occasion will get higher yearly. The driving requirements had been the perfect they’ve ever been.”
The Solo64 trio of Lee Bristow, Will Rossetti and Giuseppe Felet led the Caterham 270Rs house in second place, and Bristow, for whom it was his second runner-up end in a row on this occasion, reckoned its run was flawless.
“We mentioned earlier than the race the secret is to haven’t any penalties and simply do a clear race, and we did precisely that,” mentioned Bristow. “All of the pitstops had been bang on 4 minutes [the minimum time], clear stops, all of the group was glorious. Sadly, we simply lacked that little bit in the long run.
“No injury, automobile ran completely. Simply our lack of gas capability harm us in the long run, so we needed to do yet one more cease with an hour to go. Subsequent 12 months we’ll come again with an even bigger gas tank and check out a bit more durable.”
One other 270R, shared by Rocket Racing’s Steve McCulley, Don Henshall and Andy Perry, accomplished the rostrum in third and had truly led for somewhat of Sunday morning. It made an extra pitstop with two and a half hours left as a result of McCulley thought a wheel was falling off, though the group felt that didn’t value locations as issues transpired. The Honda Civic Sort R of Ricky Coomber, Zachary Lucas and Harry Ormerod had additionally been within the combine till a gearbox downside in the direction of the tip of the race’s first half on Saturday.
The occasion this time had a help race added, for the British Racing & Sports activities Automobile Membership’s Clubsport Trophy. The 45-minute pitstop counter was received by Luke Handley’s Volkswagen Golf. Poleman Gary Mitchell, giving his World GT Mild a run-out, led the opening stint however misplaced two laps in his cease as he needed to refuel his automobile, which often takes half in shorter races. This let Handley, who lurked not far behind, by way of for victory.
Reviews by Mark Libbeter and Graham Keilloh. Photos by Gary Hawkins and Rachel Bourne. Need extra studies from the world of nationwide motorsport? Subscribe today and by no means miss your weekly repair of motorsport with Autosport journal.
Luke Handley (VW Golf), Anglesey Race of Remembrance 2021
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