MIGHTY MORGAN CLINCHES MINI TITLE
The BRSCC North Western Centre hosted a 9 race programme on Saturday at a gloriously sunny Oulton Park and it was a particularly glorious day for Chris Morgan who secured the 2009 Mighty Mini Championship with a second place finish.
Morgan enjoyed a superb battle with James Lyford and Matt Pinny which included the “pass of the meeting” when he out braked both of his rivals in one manoeuvre at Old Hall to move from third to first.
Ben Seyfried took a step closer to the Super Mighty Mini crown when David Kirkpatrick failed to finish. Six cars battled it out at the front of this event although this reduced to five when Patrick Ford had a quick spin at Cascades. The pack was broken up further on the last lap when there was contact at Hislops. This left Elliot Stafford and Scott Kendall to duel it out for the victory at the final corner with the former getting the verdict.
The Pre ’90 contenders in the Creative LED Solutions NWFF1600 series took centre stage with their Post ’89 counterparts running in an invitation class which headed off 30 seconds after the red lights went out. Ian Parkington held the initial advantage until Lee Hannan took the lead at Old Hall. This caused Parkington to lose momentum heading down The Avenue and Kevin Donnelly attempted to demote him further at Cascades but he gyrated instead. Parkington continued put Hannan under pressure and a missed gear resulted in Hannan handing the win to his rival.
Tom Bradshaw returned to his NWFF1600 roots in amongst the invitation runners. Having been competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup this year he was entered in a Post ’90 Swift to acquire some single-seater mileage in preparation for the upcoming Water Hayes Trophy. Despite the half a minute delayed start he charged through to finish third overall.
Joss Ronchetti had a comfortable lead in the LMA Euro Sports & Saloons but his very rapid Sunbeam Lotus suffered a techinical fault on the penultimate lap which allowed a delighted Ilsa Cox to take the laurels in her SEAT Leon Cupra.
Simon Robinson headed into the BRS Recovery Ford XR Challenge encounter as the points leader however he will have been frustrated by his qualifying performance which placed him fourth on the grid. One of Simon’s trademark demon starts launched him between front row starters Chris Jones and Michael Blackburn. With Robinson and Blackburn wheel to wheel round Old Hall contact was made. The ensuing mayhem brought out the red flags. Robinson was unable to take the restart while Blackburn’s bent car only lasted a few laps therefore Jones’ Escort took the honours with the Fiestas of Paul Bishop and Craig Readyhough right on his tail.
The Cardinus Formula 3 and Alfashop Alfa Romeo drivers each had two races on the schedule. Chris Needham and Tim Lewis respectively did the double in these events although the latter had some drama when he found he was unable to close his door on leaving the assembly area. Repeated slamming on the green flag lap proved to be in vain so he headed for the pitlane for a liberal application of tank tape as his rivals took the start. This meant a charge through the field was required in order for him to return to the top step of the podium.
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