GERI NICOSIA SECURES FJC TITLE AT THE ROCK
Two wins was enough to give Geri Nicosia an unassailable lead in FJC. Photo: www.bournephoto.co.uk
It was non-stop race action at Rockingham as the BRSCC made its final visit to Europe’s fastest race circuit for the 2014 season, with drama in all sixteen races as reports Donna Kelly.
Geri Nicosia wins BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship
A dominant drive by Geri Nicosia in the BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship saw the Buckinghamshire driver take victory in both races as well as the Championship. Nicosia took the win in race one as Michael Higgs and Aaron Thompson battled it out for second place honours withthe two drivers nose to tail for almost the entire race. It was a disappointing race for Thomas Grundy who went wide at the Deene hairpin, encountering problems on the final lap, dropping from second place to finish in seventh.It was a DNF for Rob Cox who was forced to pull off track on the green flag lap.
Drama on the first lap of race two of the FJC saw Aaron Thompson stall his car at the start as Geri Nicosia pulled away at the front. An early battle between Michael Higgs and Thomas Grundy saw Higgs come out on top, while further back, Jess King applied the pressure to Nathan Edwards for fifth place, only for both drivers to lose position to Thompson. A decent recovery drive by Thompson was cut short on the last lap, as he was forced to pull onto the grass at Chapman Curve with smoke from the rear of his vehicle. The race finished with Geri Nicosia taking his sixth win of the season ahead of Michael Higgs and Thomas Grundy.
Silverware for Tom Roche and Martin Tolley in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship 1A & 1B
Tom Roche took victory in race 1A of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship on his return to MK1 championship. An action packed first lap forced an early Safety Car out on track as Simon Baldwin spun off at Yentwood and Charlie Charman went wide at Chapman Curve. At the restart, a great battle for the lead between Tom Roche, Alan Henderson and James Blake-Baldwin got underway, with Henderson running slow on the run up to Gracelands, leaving Blake-Baldwin to take second. Despite a determined drive by Henderson to retake position, the race finished with Tom Roche taking the honours over James Blake-Baldwin and Alan Henderson in second and third respectively.
Martin Tolley took his first win of the season in race 1B of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. Despite an early lead by Michael Fisk, Tolley pulled off a fantastic drive to jump from fourth to second place at the Tarzan hairpin, before taking the lead a few corners later on lap 2. As Tolley pulled away at the front, all eyes were on the battle for second place between Fisk and Scott Ferguson with Ferguson carrying speed into Deene hairpin on lap 5 to take position. The race finished with Martin Tolley taking his first victory of the season ahead of Scott Ferguson and Chris Hart in second and third respectively.
Alan Henderson and Simon Baldwin claim victory in BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship 2A & 2B
A determined drive by Alan Henderson saw him take the chequered flag in the 2A BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship race ahead of championship rival James Blake-Baldwin and Tom Roche. The MX5 driver pulled off a fantastic overtake at Yentwood to take the lead from Roche on lap 5, with Blake-Baldwin claiming second place on lap 9. It was a disappointing race for Simon Goddard who spun off into gravel at Tarzan.
Simon Baldwin took victory in the 2B race of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship ahead of Charlie Charman and Sam Smith. An early battle between Smith and Baldwin resulted in Baldwin taking the lead at the Deene hairpin only for Smith to retake position at Pif-Paf. It wasn’t long however before Baldwin was back in front, leaving Smith to fall back into the clutches of Charman. As Baldwin took the chequered flag, it was side by side for eighth-place between William Stephenson, Matthew Tasker and Kevin Brent with Stephenson holding onto position.
Wins for Andrew Taylor and David Grady in Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship Class C
Andrew Taylor took his first ever win in race one of the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship Class C ahead of David Ellesley and David Grady. A fantastic start by Simon Horrobin saw him jump from sixth on the grid to take the lead. It was all change on lap 6 however as Taylor took the lead and Ellesley and Grady moved up to second and third as Horrobin slowed, falling back to 7th place. Despite increasing pressure from Ellesley on the final few laps, Taylor held onto position to take his first victory in the championship. It was a DNF for Rory Collingbourne who pulled into pit lane exit on green flag lap.
David Grady took his third victory of the season in the second Class C race of the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship. The Leicester driver battled it out with Andrew Taylor for the race lead, taking position on the outside of the Deene hairpin. David Ellesley finished in second place, leaving Andrew Taylor to settle for third place honours.
Ed Cockill maintains 100% winning record in Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship Class A, B, & D
Edward Cockill maintained his 100% winning record by taking victory in both Class A, B & D races in the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship. The championship leader took the chequered flag with a 19 second gap to Andrew Mitchell in second place in race one, with third place honours going to David Abbott. Drama at the half way point saw Mitchell temporarily drop down to fourth while further back, a great battle in Class A resulted in contact and Ian Scruton dropping down to seventh place behind Peter and Lee Dendy-Sadler.
All eyes were on the battle for second place between Andrew Mitchell and David Abbott in race two of the Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship Class A, B, & D as Ed Cockill pulled away at the front. It was also all action in Class A as Ian Scruton took the class lead from Peter Dendy-Sadler. The race finished with Ed Cockill taking the chequered flag ahead of David Abbott and Andrew Mitchell in Class D. Mike Hooper took the win in Class B from Keith Chapman and Peter Lloyd. Ian Scruton took victory in Class A ahead of Lee Dendy-Sadler and Peter Dendy-Sadler.
Double victory for Chris Snowdon in BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship but James Bishop claims the title
Chris Snowdon took a double victory in the BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship. The Emsworth driver pulled off a fantastic drive in race one to catch race leader Clive Hodgkin on lap 5, taking the eventual chequered flag with a gap of 2.573. Third place honours went to Vincent Dubois. As ever, there was a 'battle royal' in the well populated Class E, which was very significant for the the title race as James Ford beat hisrival James Bishop to the class win and thus reduced the points defecit to just 8 points in the standings. An early lead by James Palmer in 4Two Cup was cut short after the Smart Car driver spun on lap 2, forcing him to join back of the grid, leaving David Nash to take the win ahead of Martin Clatworthy and Dennis Grace.
The early advantage enjoyed by Clive Hodgkin was abruptly ended in race two of the BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship as Snowdon benefitted from a lock-up by Hodgkin on lap 5 to take the lead at Yentwood. As Snowdon pulled away at the front, a great battle between Hodgkin and Graham Seager got underway with Seager taking second place honours. Tom Herbert took the Class E trophy but the big news was that a DNF for James Ford, allied to a 18-point haul for James Bishop, meant the title fight was finally settled in the latter's favour. So many congratulations to James Bishop on a well deserved Alfa title. A great battle in the 4Two Cup saw James Palmer and Martin Clatworthy go side-by-side for the lead with James Palmer taking the win ahead of Martin Clatworthy and David Nash.
Dominant drive by Abbie Eaton in BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup
Abbie Eaton took victory in an action packed race one of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup, ahead of Anthony Nield and Matt Davies. A decent start byNield saw the Congleton driver take an early lead while Eaton and Tom Roche battled it out for third place. A mistake by Matt Davies saw him run wide at the Deene hairpin,temporarily dropping down to sixth place, allowing Eaton to move up into second place and then take the lead on lap 6. It was a disappointing race for Liam Murphy who was forced into early retirement on lap 7 following a brake failure.
A dominant drive by Abbie Eaton in race two of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 SuperCup saw her take victory ahead of Anthony Nield and Matt Davies. Despite increasing pressure from Nield, Eaton kept her cool to take the eventual chequered flagwith a 3 second gap to Nield in second. It was a disappointing race for Tom Roche who dropped from third to sixth, allowing Eaton to overtake him in the championship standings. With just two races to go it will take a very unlikely set of circumstances for Abbie not to be declared the champion at Donington next month.
Michael Smith takes Oval Racing title in Pickup Truck Championship
A fantastic drive by Paul Tompkins saw the Pickup driver take victory in race one of the Pickup Truck Championshipahead of Pete Stevens and Freddie Lee. The race started with seven cars all battling it out for the lead with Tompkins, Lee and Michael Smith going three abreast at one point. A Safety Car was called out on lap 19 after Paul Jones hit the wall at turn two, putting an early end to his race. Despite increasing pressure from Stevens in the final few laps, Tompkins kept his cool to take victory.
All eyes were on the battle between David O’Regan and Michael Smith in race two of the Pickup Truck Championshipas the two drivers battled it out for the championship. An early lead by Gavin Murray was cut short when Stevens and O’Regan went side-by-side, allowing O'Regan to take the lead. It was all change on lap 15 however as Murray took advantage of the battle at the front to take the lead ahead of Stevens and Pete Wilkinson. Drama on lap 25 saw Freddie Lee hit the wall at turn three, forcing him to limp back to the pits. Engine failure for Murray also forced a Safety Car out on lap 29. The race finished with Pete Stevens taking victory ahead of Mark Willis and Pete Wilkinson, while Michael Smith claimed the oval racing title.
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