Silverstone Race Report

Short finally beats Chandler in Silvestone classic

5 Club Racing headed to the Silverstone International Circuit with James Blake-Baldwin re-joining the series. Blake-Baldwin joined Ben Short and Brian Chandler with James Rogers rounding off the top four in two action-packed races.

Qualifying
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Chandler continued his dominance of the series with another pole position when he set a time of 1:22.42.

Blake-Baldwin joined Chandler and made an impression with the second quickest time ahead of Short.

The best of the rest was James Rogers, who beat Jason Greatrex and Scott Leach who completed the top six in a mighty 27 car field.

Race 1

As expected in the world of MX5 racing, there were too many passes between the top three to mention them all. But Chandler, Blake-Baldwin and Short had an epic race with all three leading the race at one stage – in fact they all lead across the line in just the opening four laps!

Chandler somehow managed to lead, across the line at least, the three final laps of the race. Short was just one tenth adrift of him at the chequered flag with Blake-Baldwin in third, albeit only 0.27 seconds off of the victory.
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Not by any stretch of the imagination, that was not the only excellent battle in the race. Leach took fourth by just 0.02 seconds from Rogers. That was another battle that traded positions throughout the distance. Gary Hufford was also involved in that scrap but fell away at the end of the race with Greatrex in seventh.

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Daniel Stewart had a lonely race in eighth – about the only one to have that! Jack Sycamore was beaten by Chris Lovett in the battle for ninth. The boss, Alyn Robson finished just outside the top ten with Sam Gendy and Nigel Garrett in close proximity.
Race 2

Would race two be a calmer affair? Not a chance! The race started with Chandler and Short taking off side-by-side and Rogers jumping up from fifth into third.

Short had some time to consider how best to defend his place along Hangar Straight and decided to distract Rogers with a move they’re both still laughing about. Maybe that gave Short some encouragement as he went on to take the victory in another thriller.
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Once again, the trio swapped places throughout the distance but finally Chandler’s reign of eight race victories came to an end and Short took his first of the season much to his delight.

Chandler tried everything he could by breaking late into Vale on the final lap but Short took the win by 0.37 seconds, with Blake-Baldwin 0.2 seconds behind.

Rogers, who had a good view of himself from his passenger mirror, took yet another fourth place ahead of Greatrex and Leech in another closely contested scrap. Stewart did have a pair of drivers to battle with but finished at the back of it with Sycamore and Gendy to the fore of the battle for seventh.

Ben Tuck beat Robson by just 0.01 seconds once again denying Robson the chance to finish inside the top ten. Lovett and Garrett were also involved in that battle.

MX150R – Sports Specials

A packed entry list of 39 cars and a lot of big horse powered machines due to the SR&GT’s running on the same grid, it was a long way to the front for the MX150Rs. A strong qualifying saw Kevin Dengate leading the pack from Chris Lovett, with Stewart Mutch third and Darren Griffin in fourth.

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Dengate made a textbook start with Lovett close behind, Mutch made up several places from the start to be hot on the heels for Lovett into Farm Curve with Griffin keeping close to Mutch. Micky Scott launched off from Sylvia Hughes who got a poor start.

Lovett hunted down Dengate over the following 2 laps before Dengate came together with one of the SR&GT racers which forced him to retire with an injured wrist! Lovett took an easy win from Mutch by nearly 30 seconds, with a similar gap back to Griffin. Sylvia Mutch spent the race chasing Scott but couldn’t make up the deficit from the start.

Unfortunately Dengate didn’t make the start of Race 2 due to the previous injury so Lovett started up front leaving Griffin ahead of Mutch for the first time this season and Scott and Sylvia Mutch rounding up the top 5.
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Lovett made another good start and while Griffin was held up in traffic Mutch made the jump on him and managed to hold him off to finish second again.

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Further down the field Sylvia Mutch found her racing boots and gave Scott a run for his money with both exchanging places several times each lap. A small mistake through Club Corner allowed Scott through to take the place from Sylvia by 0.01s!

Next up…

5 Club Racing head to Cadwell Park next over the weekend of 13/14 September with both series in action. We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, you can catch both of the cracking MX5 races on Motors TV on the 4th of September. It is something which cannot be missed! Finally someone has beaten Brian Chandler.

Words: Joshua Barrett and Stewart Mutch
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)

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