IT WAS A GOOD WEEKEND FOR OLIVER BARKER IN THE SR1 CUP

It was a good weekend for Oliver Barker in the SR1 Cup, but even three wins couldn’t clinch him the title as he finished runner up.

RACE 1:
In race one he led from Agostini’s on the opening lap before taking victory by 23 secs, while Tony Barwell’s early fifth disappeared with a spin at Wilson on the last lap, dropping him to ninth and promoting Paul Pearce to seventh. “It was cautious start, but once ahead it was hard to concentrate and stay focused,” said Barker. “I just took my eye off the ball,” Barwell admitted.

RACE 2:
In the second race Barker had to back off into third at the start as Kye Wheatley closed the gap. Having taken Wheatley at the start of lap two, he reeled in James Taylor to lead from Wilson Hairpin on the fourth lap.
James Barwell slipped to the back of a five car train to take eighth with Pearce completing the top ten.

RACE 3:
Although Taylor led from the start of the final race, Barker surged ahead into Riches on the second lap and eased clear again, while Barwell was set for fifth until a last lap spin at Palmer put him out and promoted Pearce to ninth.

BURGESS TAKES RADICAL TITLE

Steve Burgess secured the Radical Challenge title at the final rounds at Snetterton, ending his title year with second place in the final race of the day.

RACE 1:
It was team mate John Macleod that became the star for the Banbury based RAW Motorsports team. He spent the whole of race one chasing Brian Caudwell for the race lead and was only 0.748 secs away from the win at the flag.
Burgess had been duelling with Jack Lang for third until they clashed on the seventh lap. “He tried to take me into Riches and had my nose off into Wilson Hairpin,” he said.
While Burgess dropped to seventh, it was team mates Aaron Bailey and Joe Stables that gained, with Aaron taking the class win for the Teams championship, clinching fifth and sixth, with the Harvey’s 11th, just ahead of Elliot Goodman, and Gary Paterson 16th with Barry Liversidge a first lap casualty.

RACE 2:
It was a good start for Macleod again in the second race, but he couldn’t match the pace of lead duo Bradley Smith and Lang, but just retained third as Caudwell pushed him hard at the end, swapping places before claiming it back out of the final corner.
Burgess had to play catch up after contact on the opening lap. “I got hit from behind by Caudwell at Wilson Hairpin. I got Jack Manchester back for sixth on lap five and then lunged at Tony Wells and spun, but still got him at the end though,” explained after taking sixth, which was enough to guarantee the overall championship.
Stables held ninth from mid race, with the Harvey’s 12th, while Goodman took 14th on the last lap, Liversidge was 15th, Lee Bailey 18th and Paterson 21st.

RACE 3:
Burgess held third throughout the first half of race three. but snatched a surprise second a lap from home when Smith outbraked himself.
Macleod also gained from Smith’s mistake to secure fourth, while the Harvey’s made it home seventh, taking the Teams class victory, with Goodman 11th, Liversidge 13th, the Bailey’s 14th while both Paterson and Stables retired.

MONZA VICTORY KEEPS ALLOS TITLE HOPES ALIVE AFTER EXCLUSION BLOW

Manhal Allos had reigning Radical European Masters Champion Ross Kaiser alongside him for the rounds at Monza last weekend, standing in for regular partner Alex Kapadia.
Kaiser put their RAW Motorsports SR8 on pole for the first of the weekend’s races, looking for a podium finish for the Banbury based team.

RACE 1:
From the start Kaiser was swamped by the straightline pace of the Jamie Constable and Mike Cantillon’s Spyders, but was back into second on lap two when Cantillon spun.
Andrew Ferguson held a solid seventh from the third lap, but lost out to Alain Costa before the pitstop window.
Kaiser was unable to challenge Constable for the overall lead, but when he pitted, Kaiser took over the lead for five laps, but was held up a little too, when Constable rejoined right in front of him.
Allos rejoined in fourth, but was elevated to third on the 24th lap after John Corbett received a stop go penalty. “Yes I am happy with that one,” said Allos after visiting the podium.
With Jeremy Ferguson taking over from Andrew for their second stint, he rejoined in seventh but soon lost out to James Littlejohn and settled in eighth,
In the SR3’s Marco Cencetti held the class lead throughout his stint, but Marcelo Marateotto rejoined behind Brian Caudwell, before James Winslow took them both, leaving Marateotto to take third.

RACE 2:
Allos started the second race and after an initial challenge on Constable for fourth, he set about shaking off team mate Jeremy Ferguson.
Having retained fifth, Allos lost out to Jim Booth’s Spyder on lap seven, before Costa followed three laps later and Constable too just before the handover.
But for Ferguson it was an early retirement, when he broke the rear suspension rejoining the track after an off at Ascari on the third lap, having already served a drive through penalty.
With Kaiser in for Allos he was soon back up to seventh place, but much of the further progress came from others misfortune. Corbett expired and Booth was hit by a spinning Constable, so Kaiser was up to fourth. Then Costa went out on the last lap and it was suddenly third place and on the podium. “I only just managed to finish the race too, as the battery was almost flat,” said Allos.
But post-race scrutineering alleged the car was underweight and was excluded from the result.
Marateotto had also served a penalty for avoidable contact which left Cencetti on the back foot when he took over, leaving the reigning SR3 Champions down in sixth at the flag.

RACE 3:
Kaiser took the first stint in the final race too and slotted into second behind Cantillon from the start. But as Constable came from the back of the grid, he ousted Andrew Ferguson on the second lap, but left him chasing Corbett for fourth,
Kaiser was powerless to respond when Constable surged by passed the pits on lap seven for second, but behind them Ferguson shot ahead of Corbett through the Parabolica, ran wide on the exit and Costa took them both, before hitting Ferguson at Ascari and leaving him to limp to the pits.
Kaiser stayed out until the end of the pitstop window and Allos emerged with a good lead, but Constable began to close before he spun and then Cantillon surged ahead into Parabolica, but went straight on and left Allos to take the win by over 21 secs from Corbett. “Whenever I was around Jamie and Mike I gave them space and kept my distance. The conditions were nice and it was all under control, despite getting a bit fraught at the end,” he concluded.
Ferguson re-emerged and still clawed his way back to fifth while in the SR3’s a terrific final stint from Cencetti had him on the tail of class leader Robinson for the last two laps, during which time Allos lapped them very carefully. But Robinson’s defence held and Cencetti/Marateotto had to settle for second.

TILLEY SECURES THIRD IN G55 GINETTA CHAMPIONSHIP

Grahame Tilley arrived at Brands Hatch for the final rounds of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup with one aim, to hold onto third place in the Championship with his Ginetta G55 run by Banbury based RAW Motorsports.
Tyre choice became a lottery from the start of the weekend. “We went out on slicks in qualifying but it was too humid for the track to dry and after I changed I lost the paddleshift gearchange,” Tilley explained.

RACE 1:
Starting from the back of the grid he was still hoping for a dryer track, “we were on wets but with a dry set up and I struggled with the handling,” he added. He still held onto third place however for the whole of the second half, despite losing ground on the lead duo.

RACE 2:
Apart from championship winner Colin White, Tilley was the only other driver to start race two on slicks. “We had two safety car periods and I couldn’t understand why from each green flag they just puIled away again, and I was so slow, Then I realised they were on wets. But I struggled home into fourth and Colin crashed, so maybe not so bad” he said.

RACE 3:
But whether to go tactical or just go for it was the dilemma for the final race. “I got Ingram into Paddock Hill Bend at the start and then had a near miss with White, before he got away and then I would go tactical. So I decided to sit behind a duel between Dave Brooks and Fraser Robertson for second and see what happened between them,” he said.
His caution was rewarded when they clashed. “So they went off and I brought it home second,” said a delighted Tilley. With Robertson his main challenger for third in the championship too, the pressure was off and he secured his third in the final championship standings with much delight and relief.
Over the course of the season the team had 11 podiums in Tilley’s amateur class with one win, six seconds and four thirds.