MIDLAND CENTRE ON SILVERSTONE NATIONAL SERVICE
Jam-Sport's Jamie Going will be out to impress on his home circuit. Photo: www.james-roberts.co.uk
This weekend’s BRSCC racing action will take place courtesy of our Midland Centre on the Silverstone National circuit, with 21 races scheduled over the two days.
There will be a very competitive grid lining up in the Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 National Championship, where the Post 89s and Pre 90s will again join forces. The two races are also the last in this year’s Triple Crown and Ulsterman Jonny McMullan is a safe bet to secure what he hopes will be the first of several titles this season. Jonny also has a healthy, but not insurmountable, lead ahead of Canadian Patrick Dussault in the battle for the National Championship. In the Pre 90 section there is a similar battle going on between Matthew Cowley and Jamie Jardine. Matthew has had an excellent season in his 1988 Reynard, up until Castle Combe where he suffered some mechanical issues. This gave serial title collector Jamie Jardine the opportunity to close the gap and he will be aiming to make further in-roads this weekend.
Cambridge exiled Australian Liam Sullivan is the man they are all chasing in the BRSCC Mighty Minis Championship. Liam has opened up a comfortable lead on title rival Brayden Fletcher and if he comes away from Silverstone with an even bigger advantage he could be in a position to secure the title at Rockingham next month. But, as ever with Mighty Minis, you never know what to expect!
For the third consecutive year the fight for the Super Mighty Mini crown is being led by Jamie White. From similar positions Jamie went on to secure the title in both 2013 and 2014 so has experience very much on his side. The challenge comes from Scott Kendall and although he is forty-three points adrift he isn’t prepared yet to run-up the white flag.
The BRSCC XR Challenge will be paying their second only ever visit to Silverstone and XR3i campaigner Adam Burgess will be hoping to repeat last year’s heroics on the National circuit, where he got the better of the XR2s in not one, but both races. However, the likes of the Market Drayton trio; Michael Heath, Steve Clapton and Justin Roberts will be out to stop him.
After this weekend’s two Jam-Sport Fiesta Championship races there will be only another four rounds to go and things couldn’t be tighter. Class C’s Scott Robertson is the leader, but David Nye’s Zetec S has moved into second place, just a single point adrift. David is on something of a roll and will be confident of putting more pressure on Scott.
Aaron Thompson has been the star of the Fiesta Junior season so far but didn’t have his best meeting at Castle Combe last month. However, he managed to keep the damage limitation to just a single point lost to closest rival Michael Higgs. Higgs will have to start bridging the gap soon if he is to take his challenge to the final rounds of the season, but he will have his work cut-out on the National circuit where Thompson won twice in April.
The Track Attack Racing Club are guesting at a BRSCC meeting for the third time this season and bring with them healthy grids in the Nippon Challenge, Tricolore Trophy and YourIrishShop.com MR2 Series. Numbers in the Tricolore Trophy are boosted by eight 2-litre Hyundai Coupes racing in the Carbon8 Activa Couple Challenge.
Finally, we have another guest championship in the form of the BARC South Eastern Centre’s Avon Tyres Intermarque Championship which caters for space-framed saloons car that are very similar to short oval hot-rods. Malcom Blackman leads the championship in his Vauxhall Tigra, by just four points from Chris Brockhurst in identical machinery.
After all the recent heavy rain across the country the good news is that the forecast for Silverstone is dry, albeit a little overcast, with highs reaching 17 degrees on both days. A detailed forecast can be found at SILVERSTONE WEATHER
Finals, entry lists and the timetable can all be viewed at SILVERSTONE SUMMER RACE WEEKEND