Mixed conditions spice up the action at Thruxton

04 Sep 17

Thruxton held its final four-wheeled event of the season this past weekend (2/3 September) with a host of British Automobile Racing Club championships producing plenty of entertainment in mixed conditions.

Bright sunshine on Saturday was replaced with heavy rain on the Sunday; however the treacherous conditions failed to dampen the on-track thrills.

Much of the action at the fastest circuit in the UK came from the Classic Touring Car Racing Club, which boasted no less than ten different categories and a bumper entry list.

The amalgamated Toyo Tires Pre 05 Production Touring Cars, Smart 4Two Cup & Bilstein Pre 03 Classic VW races saw overall wins go the way of Philip House and Ken Lark.

In the Thunder Saloon Championship & Toyo Tires Honda VTEC Challenge encounters, no one was able to stop the ever-dominant Dale Gent. Behind the wheel of his Subaru Impreza, Gent romped to a brace of victories – both of which were by more than ten seconds.

Ray West emerged as another driver to underline his dominance as he claimed both wins in the combined YourITMan Pre 03 Touring Cars, Pre 93 Touring Cars & Burton Power Blue Oval Saloons races. West proved to be in a league of his own as he piloted his BMW M3 around the Hampshire circuit, unchallenged in both races.

Rounding out the list of winners from the CTCRC was Stephen Primett and Jim McCloughlin. They each took a win apiece in the Paul Inch Classic Race Engines Pre 66 & Silverbug IT Group 1 Touring Cars contests.

McCloughlin battled back from a non-finish in the opening race to stamp his authority in the second for victory whilst Stuart Caie emerged as a standout performer with a brace of third place finishes.

Jon Halliwell reigned supreme in the Max5 Racing Championship, increasing his 2017 win tally to eight. Halliwell produced a superlative display in race one to fend off the race-long advances of his Mazda Mk4 rivals Ian Loversidge and Paul Roddison before he asserted himself comfortably at the front to win race two.

James Clarke enjoyed a dream weekend at Thruxton too as he claimed a sensational hat-trick of BARC ‘King Henry’s Taverns’ Clubmans Championship wins. Clarke proved to be too much for his rivals as he won every encounter by more than a minute.

Away from the BARC categories, a selection of other championships also competed. Simon Walton and Paul Taylor shared the spoils in the VAG Trophy whilst Bobby Thompson and Kenan Dole did the same in the Miltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup.

Gary Culver was victorious in the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic with Lee Gillard rounding off the list of winners with glory in the Track Attack Racing Club.

For the full classification of results from every championship, click here.