SUPERSPORT DOUBLE FOR MACLACHLAN


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James Maclachlan won both rounds of the Caterham Supersports. Photo: Caterham Motorsport

The Midland Centre returned to Silverstone for the second weekend running for it's first “Club” event of the year with Caterhams taking centre stage along with a mix of saloons, sports and single seaters spread over two days.

JJ O'Malley took the honours in the first of the Avon Tyres Caterham Roadsports A Championship races. Although leading for most of the race the final first four positions were covered by less than a second. Thus was the case for the second race although O'Malley just managed to hold off Ian Payne for a victory by the closest margin of the weekend – a mere 0.053 seconds.

Lee Wiggins came home ahead of Ben Whibley for the first of the Roadsports B races, but had to be content with a fifth place on Sunday behind race winner Jeremy Webb who improved on his fourth position from the previous day.

Both Caterham Supersports races went to James Maclachlan, with his Sunday effort returning, by Caterham standards, a huge winning margin of 11.48 seconds. The DPR driver obviously learned lessons from the first race where less than two seconds covered the first eight finishers.

As usual there were tight battles all the way through the fields in typical Caterham mudguard flying fashion. Six very entertaining races form the nimble sportscars.

The first of the Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 Southern Championship races was won by the impressive Aussie Jordan Skinner with an emphatic 21 second win over Adam Quartermaine in the twenty minute race. The feat could not be repeated in the second race when problems for Skinner allowed Quartermaine in for victory, followed by Thomas Barrow in second place.

The BRSCC Euro Saloon & Sports Car Championship produced a big field and a huge variety of cars. After leading for most of the Race, Simon Blankley's Seat Leon, succumbed to a flat tyre on the final lap, handing victory to the Harrier LR9 of Tony Soper. Soper repeated the victory in the second race after a slow start to lead Peter Challis' Nissan Primera ST home.

Two wins made the weekend for Chris Neeham's Dallara F302 in the BRSCC Formula 3 Series. Alex Craven made a dramatic improvement to finish second on Sunday, following a lowly ninth place the day before.

With the first race of the Itchy Feet OSS Championship requiring a restart after a first lap accident between Robin Brown and Ken Finneran, fortunately without apparent serious injury, the shortened race went the way of Josh Fisher in his Juno V6, followed some distance behind by Tony Sinclair. The same result was repeated on Sunday with David Krayem also taking third on both occasions.

Richard Gittings made up for a DNF on Saturday with a victory in the second round of the Formula Jedi Championship on Sunday. Jack Smith won the first encounter, then followed up with a second behind Gittings to take the early lead in the fledgling points table. The BRS Recovery Ford XR Challenge kicked off their season with a single race on Sunday, with Paul Bishop’s XR2 leading home from Simon Robinson and Steve Poole. Simon Robinson produced the fastest lap in the XR2 Class while Mark Robinson got the fastest lap & victory in the XR3i class.

Rounding off a very busy 18 race programme came the Formula 500 racers. With the wide open spaces of the National Circuit the drivers were able to stretch the legs of these tidy little machines. With Coopers of various vintages to the fore in the entry list, it was the Keift of Nigel Ashman that ran out the winner from the Cooper Mk10 of Steve Jones.

The full race results can be found here SILVERSTONE RESULTS