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FERRARICOMPETITIONRESULTS

CompRes New Direction. All the fun and excitement of the 2014 Ferrari Racing Days.

ISSUE 098 SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2014


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FERRARICOMPETITIONRESULTS SWEEPING UP This edition of CompRes completes all the reports and tabulated results of the Club’s 2014 race and hillclimb programme. With so many events on which to comment combined with a huge workload in the past few weeks, I hope you will excuse the absence of the usual editorial. The next issue will be the last of 2014 and we hope to have a little more time to include in it details of the Club’s competition

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plans for next season including the provisional dates of the events.

OUR COVER This issue’s cover features the 458 Italia driven to great effect by two of our intrepid Club officers, Chairman Richard Allen and Finance Director Chris Butler, at the recent Ferrari Racing Days event at Silverstone. With no previous race experience of this blisteringly quick Ferrari, it speaks volumes for their skill and

competitiveness that they acquitted themselves so well. You will note that neither of these gentlemen is disposed to stay in the shallow end of motor racing. In the words of a friend of mine “If you have to eat a frog it’s no use just looking at it.” A full report on this exciting showcase of Ferrari machinery is contained later in these pages.


PIRELLI FERRARI HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 13 PRESCOTT 6th SEPTEMBER 2014

Clockwise from top left: Pauline Goodwin; Jon Goodwin; Nick and Fiona Taylor; Nick Taylor; Mark Wibberley; Phil Whitehead. Pics by CMdigicams

Driver

Tipo

Pract 1

Pract 2

H/C

Run 1

Run 2

0/64ft

speed trap

splits

h/c pos

PEP %

PEP time

Pts

430 Coupe

50.17

49.00

48.54

48.16

49.23

2.72

67

15.09/30.86

5

3.0

49.60

20

Richard Prior

F355

49.67

49.27

48.83

49.54

49.43

2.53

66

15.09/31.28

9

1.0

49.92

15

Richard Preece

F355

52.27

52.37

51.79

51.26

51.02

2.48

64

15.26/31.78

3

0.0

51.02

13

John Marshall

430 Scud

51.49

50.48

48.43

52.15

51.32

2.61

64

15.34/31.78

15

4.5

53.63

9

Mike Spicer

328GTB

51.86

52.72

51.15

52.71

51.45

2.44

65

15.80/32.45

7

-3.0

49.91

17

F355

52.49

51.78

50.65

51.59

51.57

2.66

67

15.36/31.83

10

0.0

51.57

10

328GTB

54.61

54.15

53.50

53.01

52.80

2.60

61

15.60/33.12

4

-3.0

51.22

12

360 Spider

56.35

54.45

54.00

54.45

53.13

2.66

65

16.35/33.57

2

1.0

53.66

7

F355

56.37

53.15

51.73

56.58

53.65

2.67

61

16.56/34.05

13

0.0

53.65

8

Brian Jackson

308GTB

54.73

54.27

52.35

53.75

53.71

2.64

58

16.24/34.31

11

-4.5

51.29

11

JefF Cooper

360 Mod

59.04

55.67

53.26

57.15

55.05

2.68

55

16.70/34.61

12

1.0

55.60

5

Pauline Goodwin

California

57.26

58.27

52.94

57.56

55.10

2.63

58

16.34/34.26

14

1.0

55.65

4

Peter Rogerson

360 Mod

59.24

57.78

57.25

59.06

55.85

2.73

55

16.97/34.85

1

1.0

56.41

1

Jon Goodwin

250 Lusso

59.12

57.09

56.85

57.30

56.38

2.56

56

16.70/35.87

8

-4.5

53.84

6

W A Marshall

328GTB

58.26

57.93

57.80

60.11

57.56

2.93

59

17.73/36.66

6

-3.0

55.83

3

Tony Attwood

308GT4

62.34

58.64

56.00

58.97

117.66

3.15

53

17.65/37.42

16

-4.5

56.32

2

Iwan Attwood

308GT4

63.09

59.97

56.50

60.69

59.73

2.85

53

18.83/38.16

17

-4.5

57.04

1

Nick Taylor

Philip Whitehead Shaun Smith Mark Wibberley John Swift

64ft, speed and splits for fastest run. Splits at Ettores and Midway

BOC Class Awards

1st Nick Taylor

2nd Richard Prior

3rd Richard Preece

FOC Handicap Awards

1st Peter Rogerson

2nd Mark Wibberley

3rd Shaun Smith

4th John Marshall

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OULTON PARK 27th SEPTEMBER 2014

HE FINAL RACE meeting of the 2014 season for the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic Series was at Oulton Park on Saturday, 27th September. Our hosts were the Classic Sports Car Club, that goahead organisation that, perhaps uniquely in the UK, makes the welfare and enjoyment of the competitors their number one priority. The event’s title was, unsurprisingly, the Oulton Park Classic Race Meeting which made it plain to spectators that what they would see is wall-to-wall racing cars from a bygone era, an age which a great many people seem to wistfully prefer these days. The Oulton Park International track suits these period cars better than any other. It’s the nearest we get in England to a proper road circuit and,

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despite its potential hazards – the opportunity for testing and the scenery is closer to the cars we noted that Nicky Paul-Barron, than at many modern anodyne Darren Wilson, William Moorwood tracks that have been modified to (first time out after his 308GT4’s suit the tastes of the Formula engine rebuild) and the two One fraternity – it remains a firm favourite. Its track licence makes racing at Oulton only possible on Saturdays, so the Ferrari Classic programme of two 20-minute qualifying sessions and two 20minute races meant it was a very full day of activity. At least there was no chance of tedium setting in. On the Nicky Paul-Barron leads Chris Goddard and Nick Friday, there was Cartwright at Lodge Corner in Race 1.


Jim Cartwright beats the lights at the start of the first race. The rest of the pack, led by David Tomlin, howl into Old Hall in hot pursuit.

Cartwrights (Nick and Jim) were all circulating. Nick was using

were shared: the Gp3 328GTB of Rob Pulleyn was being raced by Chris Butler in the first race, and the Gp2 308GTB of Peter Moseley was handed over to son Richard for R1. The previous weekend David Tomlin suffered a big

quick in his Gulf Oil-liveried 308GTB. He stopped briefly at the pits to fasten the car’s bonnet and then immediately took almost two seconds off his own PFfc lap record. Chris Goddard rotated at the exit to Old Hall but continued unabashed. The only driver in trouble was Carl Burgar, who’s Mondial QV had sprung an oil leak that worryingly seemed to be due to a failed crankshaft seal.

Richard Moseley keeps his Gp2 308GTB ahead of Ray Ferguson’s Gp4 Mondial t.

the engine salvaged from Pauline Goodwin’s ‘hillclimb’ 328 (after its misadventure at the Prescott Picnic earlier in the year) due to his regular engine suffering serious trouble at the previous round at Thruxton. The replacement engine seemed to be just as fit as the previous one. The real business for the Ferraris started at 9.00am on Saturday morning, with 17 cars out on track. The mix was 5 Gp4, 3 Gp3, 4 Gp2 and just a couple of Gp1 cars. Two cars

accident at Spa in his Lotus Elan when the heavens opened and caused all sorts of mayhem. Clearly the accident had done nothing to deter him and he was blisteringly

Peter Everingham chases Tim Walker through Deer Leap in their Gp3 battle in Race 1.

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Top: Darren Wilson (Gp3 328GTB) holding off Tim Walker’s similar car Centre: Nick Cartwright had a good outing in his Gp4 328GTB Bottom: Carl Burgar (Gp1 Mondial QV) has Richard Fenny’s Gp2 308GT4 large in his mirrors at Lodge Corner.

The timesheets revealed that no one had come close to Tomlin’s staggering Gp2 lap time of 1:55.935. Jim Carty was closest, at 1:57.837 in his Gp4

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328GTB while the quickest Gp3 driver was Chris Butler on 2:00.919. Q2 was timed for late morning and the Burgar Mondial

was an absentee pending its oil seal problem being sorted out. Your reporter was obliged to take a shortcut at the chicane he thought was Foulston’s (but turns out to be renamed Britten’s these days) when Old Blue Thing (my 308GTB) refused to slow down. Also having brake difficulties was the Mosleys’ 308, its pads being completely worn out. The results sheet showed that Tomlin had gone even faster than in Q1. Now his next fastest rival was Gary Culver albeit over 2 seconds in arrears but marginally ahead of Jim Cartwright. Chris Goddard had made a useful improvement and his Gp2 308 was now only a whisker slower than Jim, in 4th spot. Darren Wilson was now leading the Gp3 times but Peter Everingham, after replacing brake pads, was less than a tenth of a second behind. The closeness of the times, right down the field, promised some exciting racing in the afternoon. Happily Carl Burgar managed to cure his Mondial’s oil leak and the full 17 car field assembled in the collecting area promptly at 1.15, preparatory to setting off on the green flag lap (this routine saves precious time at Oulton by eliminating an extra assembly lap). Once the grid had formed up and the lights extinguished, it was Jim Cartwright who made the quickest start. Sadly for Jim it was just too quick and, as we were to see later, the Clerk of the Course was obliged to apply a time penalty for a false start. Taking second spot was Tomlin, pursued by a three car blur of Paul-Barron, Goddard and Culver. Then came Nick Cartwright’s Gp4 car with a rowdy bunch of Gp3 328s in his wake: Butler, Walker, Wilson and Everingham. Evers made a poor start, his 328 suffering from severe axle tramp. After a little gap it was Richard Moseley with Ray Ferguson clinging to his coat tails, and then Pauline Goodwin with your scribe making a close examination of her boot lid. At


Photo: Mick Walker

the tail, Burgar had got the jump on Fenny and Moorwood. By lap 3 Culver had got his foot down and passed both NP-B and Goddard to take 3rd while Evers had moved ahead of Darren Wilson in the 4-car Gp3 gang bang. Wilson’s attack was blunted by deranged steering after he hit the tyre wall at Knickerbrook in Q2. Mid-race and the two leaders were still glued together, trading fastest laps, while Culver, in 3rd, was almost as quick but unable to make up the ground he had lost at the start. Nick Cartwright was making a determined effort to get past Goddard but didn’t quite have the legs to do it, and Swift, after an excitingly close early tussle with Mrs Goodwin, was now falling back with failing brakes. When the flag appeared at the end of lap 11, it was Jim Cartwright who crossed the line

“ If Pauline G and I had got any closer together, people might have started to talk.” Mrs Goodwin and your scribe in their epic battle.

David Tomlin, although Jim held on to second overall. The results showed that Tomlin’s 308 was the quickest Ferrari (in 1:56.84) despite losing a gear in his box’s repertoire, and other fastest class laps were set by Jim Cartwright, Peter Everingham, and Carl Burgar.

Gary Culver takes the lead in Race 2 with Jim Cartwright and David Tomlin anchored to his boot lid.

first with a two second lead on Tomlin. Culver cruised home in third some 14 seconds behind but with a 20 second advantage over 4th placed Paul-Barron. Butler elatedly led the well matched trio of Gp3 cars from Walker and Evers to take the class win and Burgar was rewarded for his persistence by winning Gp1 from a hard trying Moorwood. After the Clerk of the Course’s 10 second penalty was applied to Jim Cartwright, the race winner was announced as

The prizes were handed out by Debbie Culver and Evers, whose birthday it was, was presented with a splendid cake which was big enough for us all to enjoy a slice. The second Ferrari race was the last of the day, billed for 5.30pm. There was therefore over three hours in which to correct any problems to the cars that had developed in R1. However this was insufficient time for two drivers. Chris Goddard, who had had such a

good first race, found that his 308’s engine had overheated very badly – a repetition of his problem at Spa – and clearly the car was unable to race a second time. Also a non-starter for R2 was Carl Burgar, with further maladies to his Mondial’s engine after returning to the paddock. Now, a timing pulley bearing was found to have disintegrated allowing the timing belt to slip several teeth. Inevitably valves had touched pistons with serious results. What wretched ill luck. Yours truly found that his problems were easier to cure. The front brake pads were totally shot – Oulton is notoriously hard on brakes – and William Moorwood generously allowed his crew from QV to fit new ones for me. After a spot of concentrated bedding-in along the circuit access road (I’m sure that it’s probably against the regulations) the car felt competitive again. So, with the two absentees, 15 cars lined up for the start of the finale to the 2014 Classic series. The lights went out and pole position man Tomlin hesitated. Alongside, Culver needed no second invitation and howled into Old Hall in the lead from Jim Cartwright. The rest of the field followed with Swift dead last after the engine fluffed its lines as sometimes can happen. At the end of the lap it was Culver and Cartwright almost together, Tomlin a couple of second adrift in third, then NP-B, Nick Cartwright and, leading the Gp3 brigade, birthday boy

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Everingham. At the back Swift had got past Moorwood’s Gp1 GT4 and was shaping a move on Fenny’s Gp2 version. Another lap, and 4th placed Paul-Barron was clearly losing ground to the three leaders while Evers was going strongly in 6th, lapping 3 seconds quicker than his Gp3 rivals, Wilson and Walker. By lap 5 Tomlin had found a way past Jim C to take second, just a smidgeon behind Culver. Swift had got ahead of Peter Moseley and was closing in on Pauline Goodwin. On lap 7 Culver overcooked things and spun, allowing Tomlin into the lead with Cartwright less than a second behind. Evers now had a sizeable (15 seconds) lead over the quarrelling duo of Wilson and Walker (swapping fastest

Evers proved to be uncatchable in the second race in his Gp3 328.

laps with each other), and if Pauline G and I had got any closer together, people might have started to talk. With one lap to go Jim Cartwright was trying everything

Clockwise from top left:  David Tomlin with Debbie Culver  Chris Butler, winner of Gp3 in R1  Peter Everingham enjoyed his birthday cake  Gary Culver was another trophy winner.

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he knew to steal the lead from the flying blue and orange 308. Their lap times were almost identical but he just couldn’t do the deal as they flashed round a car’s length apart. Culver’s bid was over and he had to settle for 3rd, some 7 seconds ahead of NPB, who in turn was 9 seconds in front of Nick Carty. Swift, after passing Pauline at Old Hall, had now snatched a further place by taking Ray Ferguson’s Gp4 Mondial. A triumphant David Tomlin acknowledged the chequered flag less than second ahead of Cartwright. Peter Everingham made no mistakes, finishing 20 seconds in front of Wilson to win Gp3, while William Moorwood brought his 308GT4 safely home to win Gp1. All was not over, however. Jim Cartwright was given another penalty by the Clerk of the Course – this time 5 seconds for exceeding the track limits at Old Hall. Happily it didn’t change the finishing order. The fastest laps were all set by the class winners: Gp4 Jim Cartwright (1:56.902); Gp3 Peter Everingham (2:01.628); Gp2 and the fastest lap of the race – David Tomlin (1:56.788); Gp1 William Moorwood (2:17.808). Dusk was falling when we loaded the cars for home well after 6 o’clock. It had been an exciting finish to another memorable season of Classic racing. You couldn’t help feeling that we are incredibly lucky to be able to drive Ferraris in the way that we do.


OULTON PARK 27th SEPTEMBER 2014 ROUND 12 Pos

No

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

6 69 34 17 3 44 5 71 12 10 16 7 33 11 56 25 29

Driver David Tomlin *Jim Cartwright Gary Culver Nicky Paul-Barron Nick Cartwright Chris Goddard Chris Butler Tim Walker Peter Everingham Darren Wilson Richard Moseley Ray Ferguson Pauline Goodwin John Swift Carl Burgar Richard Fenny William Moorwood

Class Winners Jim Cartwright Chris Butler David Tomlin Carl Burgar

Gp 4 Gp 3 Gp 2 Gp 1

Tipo

Group

Laps

Time

Best Lap

Qualify

Pos

308GTB 328GTB 328BTB 328GTB 328GTB 308GTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 308GTB Mondial t 328GTB 308GTB Mondial QV 308GT4 308Gt4

2 4 4 4 4 2 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 1 2 1

11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12

21:44.286 21:52:140 21:58.806 22:18.363 22:23.422 22:30.687 22:46.556 22:48.963 22:49.305 23:16.285 23:38.563 23:41.894 21:56.008 22:20.222 22:29.052 22:31.438 22:39.449

1:56.840 1:57.336 1:58.031 2:00.210 1:59..691 2:00.003 2:02.857 2: 03.062 2: 01.546 2:05.581 2:06.244 2:06.406 2:09.156 2:09.258 2:12.509 2:12.517 2:13.456

1:55.935 1:57.837 1:58.441 1:59.648 2:01.756 1:59.957 2:00.919 2:02.209 2:01.931 2:02.330 2:07.107 2:12.622 2:07.645 2:13.214 2:22.424 2:21.498 2:15.273

1 2 3 4 7 5 6 9 8 10 11 13 12 14 17 16 15

Fastest Laps:

David Tomlin Jim Cartwright Peter Everingham Carl Burgar

Gp2 Gp4 Gp3 Gp1

1:56.840 1:57.336 2:01.546 2:12.509

(82.94 mph) (82.59 mph) (79.73 mph) (73.13 mph)

ROUND 13 Pos

No

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NS NS

6 69 34 17 3 12 10 71 15 11 7 33 46 25 29 44 56

Driver David Tomlin *Jim Cartwright Gary Culver Nicky Paul-Barron Nick Cartwright Peter Everingham Darren Wilson Tim Walker Robert Pulleyn John Swift Ray Ferguson Pauline Goodwin Peter Moseley Richard Fenny William Moorwood Chris Goddard Carl Burgar

Class Winners Gp 4 Gp 3 Gp 2 Gp 1

Jim Cartwright Peter Everingham David Tomlin William Moorwood

Tipo

Group

Laps

Time

Best Lap

Qualify

Pos

308GTB 328GTB 328BTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 328GTB 308GTB Mondial t 328GTB 308GTB 308GT4 308Gt4 308GTB Mondial QV

2 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 4 3 2 2 1 2 1

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9

19:53.124 19:58.756 20:17.123 20:23.178 20:32.429 20:33.329 20:52.879 20:53.306 21:57.100 20:00.386 20:01.546 20:04.615 20:19.504 20:21.850 202.4691:

1:56.788 1:56.902 1:58.418 2:00.378 2:01.450 2:01.628 2:03.521 2:03.125 2:09.473 2:08.715 2:09.994 2:11.246 2:13.200 2:12.798 2:17.808

1:55.672 1:57.972 1:57.798 1:59.974 2:01.368 2:01.908 2:01.728 2:02.927 2:06.427 2:09.848 2:09.113 2:08.120 2:11.985 2:13.799 2:16.684 1:58.064

1 3 2 5 6 8 7 9 10 13 12 11 14 15 16 4 17

Fastest Laps:

David Tomlin Jim Cartwright

Gp2 Gp4

1:56.788 (82.98 mph) 1:56.902 (82.90 mph)

Peter Everingham William Moorwood

Gp3 Gp1

2:01.628 (79.67 mph) 2:17.808 (70.32 mph)

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SILVERSTONE GRAND PRIX 12-14th SEPTEMBER 2014

HE FINAL PIRELLI Ferrari Open rounds of the 2015 season were enacted at Silverstone on the weekend of 13/14th September. This was at the Ferrari Racing Days event, arguably the highest profile meeting of the year for our UK Series. This event is organised by the Factory to showcase the Ferrari marque in various countries around the continent and this year it was the turn of the UK. We were privileged to be again invited by Ferrari to join the usual participants at this important occasion. These include the XX activity, an ongoing research and development programme featuring client test drivers. The cars used in this scheme are currently unhomologated FXX vehicles with 6.3 litre engines developing a massive 860bhp at a dizzy 9500rpm. As well as the XX programme the usual spectacular collection of recent F1 Ferraris, from year 2000 to 2008, were on

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parade. All these Corse Clienti cars are prepared at the factory and transported to European circuits for their owners to enjoy the experience of driving them with the full back-up of works technicians. As well as these track activities there were rounds of the factory’s Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell championships, the latter being for amateur drivers. So, joining all this dazzling array of mainly scarlet machinery, were our PFO

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competitors, who should have felt pretty special since no other Ferrari club in the world has the honour, or indeed the ability, to be asked to join this tremendous party. The PFO cars were allocated space in the garages in the Silverstone Wing, and on Thursday trucks began to roll in to the paddock area. There was lots of other activity as a small army of Italian factory personnel erected the huge Corse Clienti hospitality building and convoys

Andy Christopher showed he has lost none of his prodigious speed. Here, in his 430 Challenge number 44, he is harried by Sean Winder (430 GT3)


The first race got off to a tricky start when the two front row men, Arwyn Williams (6) and Marcus Hogarth (33) collided at the first corner. Pictured here, Hogarth is stranded sideways as the rest of the field take avoidance but he made a brilliant recovery to take second place by the time the chequered flag came out.

of transporters disgorged the race Ferraris. The Wing had all the air of a Formula 1 event.

Moulden. Looking at the line-up, any one of these drivers could be a potential class winner.

Like Castor and Pollux, the two 360 Challenge cars of Paul Ugo (59) and Robert Macfarlane continued their season-long rivalry.

By Friday morning most of the PFO teams were established in their garages and scrutineering and noise testing was taking place. The 55-minute free practice session was timed for the end of the day after all the drivers had attended a compulsory briefing in one of the circuit’s auditoriums. There were a number of drivers engaged for the PFO races, some of them sharing cars, whom we hadn’t seen before this season and it may be useful to have a roll call of them here. In the Trofeo class there were five F355 Challenge cars, all their drivers being regular 2014 competitors. Tim Mogridge, Vance Kearney, Tris Simpson and Nigel Jenkins were piloting their own Ferraris while Darren Laverty was sharing his 355 with Lee

Three Ferraris represented Class C2: Robert Macfarlane and Paul Ugo have had some great battles this season in their 360 Challenge cars while the third 360 was being entrusted to Gavin

Shirley by his father John. John has done well so far this year in his bright blue car despite some annoying gearbox problems. There have been no Class C3 registrations this year so it was a pleasant surprise that four turned up at Silverstone with guest drivers. There were two competitors from preparers FF Corse: Malcolm Jones in a red 430 Challenge bearing Francesco Calvidini insignia, and Stuart Shield in a nicely presented white machine. Doing battle with them were our old pal Nicky Paul Barron, driving the car previously campaigned by Tim Ingram Hill, and Andy Christopher, who was a regular competitor many years ago in PMFC with a very rapid highly modified 308GTB. In Class C4 we had most of the 2014 regulars including Arwyn Williams in his 458 GT3 car – undoubtedly the fastest car on the grid. Other 458s, albeit Challenge versions, were to be driven by Wayne Marrs and a couple of pairings: Marcus and

Close encounters. The F355 Challenge cars provided some exciting racing in the Trofeo class. Darren Laverty (66) and Vance Kearney are seen here mixing it, with Tim Mogridge just waiting to pounce.

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Top: Witt Gamski drove brilliantly in Race 2 to keep Wayne Marrs (458) at bay. He was rewarded with the Prestige Estates Driver of the Meeting trophy. Centre: Gavin Shirley’s weekend was plagued by gearbox bothers with the family 360 Challenge car. Bottom: Who’s a clever boy then? Nicky Paul-Barron had a fantastic time in his borrowed Parrot Racing 430 Challenge.

Bernard Hogarth (son and dad), and FOC directors Chris Butler and Richard Allen. In addition there were three uprated 430s: the 430GT3 of Graham Reeder to be co-driven by Tony Jones; Sean Winder’s similar car; and Witt Gamski’s 430GTC that has had enormous success in Britcar in recent years. So, 19 Ferraris and 23 drivers were on parade in PFO, a

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bigger number than in either of the two factory-run championship races. With some drivers’ names from the past, it was quite like old times. Using a word from the Fast Show – nice! In the PFO practice session we noted that Wayne Marrs had a harmless spin (he wasn’t entirely happy with his car’s set-up after ‘help’ from a well-know pro driver), and Tim Mogridge’s F355

was persistently short of one cylinder but also suffered a puncture to add to its woes. An economical Vance Kearney did just a few laps in the interests of saving wear on its tyres while Arwyn Williams also came in early after setting what he thought was an unbeatable lap time. Tony Jones complained about the state of the tyres on his shared 430GT3 (“they are old and worn out”) but owner Graham Reeder simply smiled sweetly. The Shirley 360 Challenge was misbehaving. Despite a new gearbox, the car continued to have problems with gear selection. The 25-minute PFO qualifying session was the first item on Saturday’s agenda. For the shared cars, where a driver change-over was required, the time allocated was a bit tight on a long circuit like the GP layout but everyone seemed to manage. Williams unsurprisingly took pole position with Marcus Hogarth being the best of the rest, just pipping Marrs by half a second in his similar 458 Challenge. Witt Gamski impressed in his sonorous 430GTC which emitted artillery fire noises on the overrun. Also notable was NP-B’s handling of his borrowed 430/Ch, his times quicker than drivers with far more experience of this tipo. Allen took over from Butler towards the end of qualifying but for some reason thought the session had ended early and returned to the pits prematurely. Continuing their season-long rivalry in similar cars, Ugo and Macfarlane returned almost identical times in their 360s. Of the Trofeo competitors, it was Nigel Jenkins who was the pick of the crop. The timing for this race meeting was carried out by Ferrari’s regular contractors, Al Kamel Systems, and they produced loads of useful statistics on each car’s performance. In their log of Best Top Speeds, it was interesting that the fastest car was the 430GTC of Gamski at 156mph, marginally quicker than


Williams’s pole setter. Butler’s 458 clocked 153mph, the same as Marrs, while NP-B was timed at 149mph in has C3 car. In the 360 class, Ugo was the fleetest at 141mph although Mogridge was nearly as quick in his F355 at 138mph. Just after midday the Tribute Parade of several hundred Ferraris, mostly driven by Club members, took place. It is always an impressive sight to see so many of our cars on display and, despite one or two instances of the inevitable daft driving by some owners, the parade passed off without incident. We noted that Pirelli directors Wayne Nickless and Jason Sugden were present. Jason, who is a proud 430 owner, when asked why he hadn’t brought his pride and joy to Silverstone, replied “Are you mad? The weather forecast predicted it might rain today!” The first of the PFO races – the last of the day - was programmed for 17.25 and the cars were assembled exactly on time. As with all the races at this meeting, it was a rolling start. When the lights were extinguished pole man Williams had Marcus Hogarth almost alongside as they accelerated through the Wing start area. Unfortunately the leader moved across to take the racing line through the first right-hander and came into contact with Marcus, causing him to spin. The rest of the field managed to avoid the rotating 458 but it was a close call. From then on, Williams simply marched away from his pursuers, with Gamski leading the pack from Marrs in third. In 5th, just behind the Tony Jones car, was Chris Butler with Andy From top:  Paul Ugo was victorious on both days in his 360 Challenge car.  Stuart Shield (78) and Malcolm Jones made very successful debuts in their 430s.  Marcus Hogarth makes up for lost time in Race 1 in his 458 Challenge.  The pick of the crop in the Trofeo class was Nigel Jenkins, with wins on each day in his rapid F355.

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Christopher on his tail. Then it was Sean Winder with PaulBarron attached to his coat tails. Ugo was already well ahead of Macfarlane, the latter making a poor getaway as a result of the Williams/Hogarth incident. Jenkins was maintaining his qualifying advantage at the front of the 355 brigade. Trailing the field was Kearney, whose 355 had developed an alternator problem. On lap 7, the Darren Laverty 355 pulled into the pit lane with gear selection difficulties and then one lap later the Christopher 430 retired when its engine suddenly lost power. Meanwhile, out at the front, Williams went on his merry way increasing his lead with every lap. The man to watch, however, was Marcus Hogarth who, from being dead last, was spectacularly moving through the field until, on lap 6, he had caught up with 2nd placed Marrs. Hogarth was lapping a couple of seconds quicker than Wayne and, one lap later, he snatched away the place. Focus now switched to the exciting duel between Marrs and Gamski for 3rd place. The two Ferraris were rarely more than a car’s length or two apart, lapping at identical times and rivetingly getting up close and personal. The battle continued until the

Tris Simpson (46) and Tim Mogridge slog it out in Race 2.

chequered flag, with Marrs finally ahead by just 3/10ths of a second – terrific stuff! At the end it was Ugo who came home ahead in C2 although, after his initial delay, Macfarlane, in second place in class, was lapping just as quickly. In C3 Nicky Paul-Barron finished well ahead of the two impressive newcomers from the FF Corse stable, Stuart Shield and Malcolm Jones. In Trofeo, Nigel Jenkins completed the race almost half a minute ahead of 2nd placed driver Tris Simpson. For the record, the fastest laps were set by Williams (C4) in 2:09.456; Paul-Barron (C3) in 2:16.213; Ugo (C2) 2:21.705 and Jenkins (Trofeo) in 2:25.249. A nice touch was that all the drivers who took part received a case of Lambrusco specially brought in from Italy by

Maranello Concessionaires as thanks for displaying their illustrious logo on the sides of their cars. Sunday’s PFO race, the last on the card, brought this excellent Ferrari Racing Days event to a fitting conclusion. The weather continued to be fine although a few spots of rain fell just before the cars were assembled in the pit lane. The engine difficulties with Andy Christopher’s 430 remained a mystery and defied the best efforts of his team to resolve. It was finally thought the engine may have dropped a valve and the car was sadly loaded on to its trailer. Still in trouble was the Shirley 360. Its gearbox continued to be a problem; the unit was removed, a car was sent to Prosport to collect various replacement bits, but all to no avail. The transmission appeared

Double whammy: The overall winner on both days was Arwyn Williams in his 458 GT3.

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One Direction. Club directors Chris Butler and Richard Allen, seen here on full attack in Race 2, teamed up to drive Paul Bailey’s 458 Challenge car.

to be locked in 2nd gear and no solution could be found. The Hogarth 458 was cleaned up after its collision in Race 1, although the door lock on the driver’s side was broken. The scrutineers insisted that if the car was to be approved, the latch would need to be repaired. Rapid work by preparers Ebor fixed it to enable Bernard H to race. Witt Gamski, despite his heroic performance the day before, was concerned about his 430’s set-up. Apparently the car’s ASR system failed to recognise the Pirelli tyres (it normally races on Dunlops) but no answer could be found. Work on the Laverty F355 succeeded in making the gearbox work as it should, much to the relief of Lee Moulden who was now taking over for R2. So, with Christopher’s car a non-starter and Gavin Shirley obliged to start from the pit lane, the race got underway on time. Pole position man Williams once again powered off into the lead with Gamski and Marrs in his mirrors. Then it was Hogarth, Allen, Reeder and Malcolm Jones. In 9th and leading C3 was PaulBarron and, reversing yesterday’s

order, Macfarlane was in charge of C2 from rival Ugo. Jenkins led Trofeo from a fast starting Moulden. At the end of the first lap Gavin Shirley brought the single speed 360 into the pit lane and retirement. The race progressed with Williams getting further and further ahead (almost 20 seconds by the end) but Gamski and Marrs were having another ding dong struggle for 2nd place. Gamski, driving beautifully, was always in charge in this duel but it was so close and exciting to watch. Perhaps the most impressive progress through the field was that of Nicky PaulBarron. On lap 7 he picked off Allen’s 458, a lap later Hogarth’s similar car, on lap 9 he passed Reeder’s off-colour C4 430GT3, and finished the race in a glorious 4th overall to again win his class. In C2, Ugo found a way past Macfarlane on lap 2 and kept the advantage to the finish to score a second class win. Jenkins once again proved too fast for his opponents and came home the winner in Trofeo class by some 6 seconds from second placed Moulden.

For Race 2 the fastest laps were credited to Arwyn Williams (C4) in 2:09.159; Nicky PaulBarron (C3) in 2:16.984; Robert Macfarlane (C2) in 2:22.518 and Nigel Jenkins (Trofeo) in 2:27.355. The fastest speed recorded down the Wellington Straight was once again set by Gamski at 156mph, interestingly all the 458s (Allen, Marrs and Hogarth) hit almost identical speeds of 153mph, Malcolm Jones’s 430 achieved 148mph in C3, in C2 Robert Macfarlane’s 360/Ch was the quickest at 144mph and in Trofeo it was Tim Mogridge who held the F355 record at 139mph. Pirelli’s hospitality unit, manned by Simon Ford and James Tomlinson, had been a welcoming oasis in the paddock all weekend, serving coffee and biscuits. After the race it was here that the various race trophies were presented by two of Pirelli’s lovely girls, Steph and Sarah, with the Prestige Estates Driver of the Meeting award going to a delighted Witt Gamski.

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SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2014: ROUND 11 Pos

No

Driver

Tipo

Class

Laps

Time

Best Lap

Qualify

Pos

1

6

Arwyn Williams

458 GT3

C4

12

26:10.665

2:09.456

2:07.384

1

2

33

M Hogarth/B Hogarth

458/Ch

C4

12

26:35.815

2:10.335

2:09.904

2

3

60

Wayne Marrs

458/Ch

C4

12

26:57.326

2:12.510

2:10.487

3

4

16

Witt Gamski

430GTC

C4

12

26:57.684

2:12.503

2:12.184

4

5

45

C Butler/R Allen

458/Ch

C4

12

27:04.515

2:13.101

2:12.746

6

6

23

G Reeder/Tony Jones

430/GT3

C4

12

27:31.996

2:14.407

2:12.613

5

7

14

Sean Winder

430GT3

C4

12

27:42.004

2:16.635

2:17.743

8

8

17

Nicky Paul-Barron

430/Ch

C3

12

27:42.484

2:16.213

2:14.867

7

9

78

Stuart Shield

430/Ch

C3

12

28:14.182

2:18.117

2:19.678

11

10

77

Malcolm Jones

430/Ch

C3

12

28:37.212

2:19.335

2:18.338

9

11

59

Paul Ugo

360/Ch

C2

11

26:26.167

2:21.705

2:20.705

12

12

27

Robert Macfarlane

360/Ch

C2

11

26:40.734

2:21.773

2:20.750

13

13

54

Nigel Jenkins

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:07.805

2:25.249

2:26.805

15

14

9

Gavin Shirley

360/Ch

C2

11

27:35.837

2:25.340

2:26.326

14

15

46

Tris Simpson

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:39.521

2:29.351

2:28.599

18

16

4

Tm Mogridge

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:43.597

2:28.926

2:27.346

16

17

8

Vance Kearney

F355/Ch

CT

11

2813.412:

2:29.379

2:31.618

19

DNF

44

Andy Christopher

430/Ch

C3

8

20:06.444

2:17.207

2:19.392

10

DNF

66

D Laverty/L Moulden

F355/Ch

CT

7

18:00.511

2:30.040

2:28.587

17

Class Winners

Fastest Laps:

Arwyn Wiliams

C4

2:09.456 101.8mph

C3

2:16.213 96.7mph

C2

2:21.705 92.9mph

Trofeo

2:25.249 90.7mph

C4

Arwyn Williams

Nicky Paul-Barron

C3

Nicky Paul-Barron

Paul Ugo

C2

Paul Ugo

Nigel Jenkins

Trofeo

Nigel Jenkins

SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014: ROUND 12 Pos

No

1

6

2

Driver

Tipo

Class

Laps

Time

Best Lap

Qualify

Pos

Arwyn Williams

458 GT3

C4

12

26:21.681

2:09.159

2:07.485

1

16

Witt Gamski

430GTC

C4

12

26:41.164

2:11.645

2:12.184

4

3

60

Wayne Marrs

458/Ch

C4

12

26:42.655

2:11.851

2:12.288

3

4

17

Nicky Paul-Barron

430/Ch

C3

12

28:00.898

2:16.984

2:17.461

7

5

78

Stuart Shield

430/Ch

C3

12

28:03.539

2:18.076

2:19.768

10

6

45

C Butler/R Allen

458/Ch

C4

12

28:12.937

2:18.812

2:13.430

6

7

14

Sean Winder

430GT3

C4

12

28:16.200

2:18.938

2:19.356

9

8

33

M Hogarth/B Hogarth

458/Ch

C4

12

28:17.198

2:19.527

2:10.461

2

9

77

Malcolm Jones

430/Ch

C3

12

28:17.913

2:19.255

2:18.440

8

10

59

Paul Ugo

360/Ch

C2

11

26:27.404

2:22.986

2:21.433

13

11

27

Robert Macfarlane

360/Ch

C2

11

26:32.190

2:22.518

2:20.765

11

12

54

Nigel Jenkins

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:17.842

2:27.255

2:28.200

16

13

66

D Laverty/L Moulden

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:24.513

2:28.177

2:29.305

18

14

46

Tris Simpson

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:28.825

2:28.700

2:29.018

17

15

4

Tm Mogridge

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:29.163

2:27.312

2:27.590

15

16

8

Vance Kearney

F355/Ch

CT

11

27:47.023

2:28.458

2:31.658

19

DNF

23

G Reeder/ Tony Jones

430/GT3

C4

10

24:07.703

2:18.998

2:13.079

5

DNF

9

Gavin Shirley

360/Ch

C2

1

3:38.718

2:26.333

14

Class Winners

Fastest Laps:

Arwyn Wiliams

C4

2:09.159 102.0mph

C3

2:16.984 96.2mph

C2

2:20.765 92.5mph

Trofeo

2:27.255 89.5mph

C4

Arwyn Williams

Nicky Paul-Barron

C3

Nicky Paul-Barron

Robert Macfarlane

C2

Paul Ugo

Nigel Jenkins

Trofeo

Nigel Jenkins

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Photo: Mark Wibberley

PIRELLI FERRARI HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 14 SHELSLEY WALSH 21st SEPTEMBER 2014

HELSLEY WALSH hillclimb on a fine sunny day is a glorious place to be writes JOHN SWIFT. With its paddock steeped in history and virtually unchanged in appearance over so many years – the hill is the world’s oldest motor sport venue at 110 years of age – it is a great privilege and a pleasure to take part here. The weather gods were on our side and Sunday, 21st September was especially nice, with the autumn sunshine filtering through the trees throughout the day. The Ferrari class consisted of 11 cars – it should have been a dozen but Phil Whitehead’s F355 was an absentee after one of its exhaust manifolds split, a fairly common ailment with these tipos. The nice thing about Shelsley is that practice can be taken at a time to suit the competitor, so that those of us who have long distances to travel

can avoid an overnight stay for a one-day event. There was at least one Ferrari running therefore in every practice group during the morning. John Marshall, the class record holder here at 32.98, signalled his intentions by setting the quickest time in P2 with a resounding 33.17 in his 430 Scuderia. Nick Taylor (430) wasn’t far behind at 34.03, just half a second ahead of the uncrowned 2014 champion Richard Prior in his F355. Mike Spicer, who is having a fantastic season, was the best of the rest, rocketing up the hill in his bright yellow 328 in 36.33. The Attwoods, father Tony and son Iwan, were having their first experiences of Shelsley in their shared dark plum 308GT4. Pauline Goodwin was using her ‘race’ 328GTB, fitted with 17in Speedline wheels and Pirelli Rosso rubber. The afternoon official runs for the Ferraris were a bit intermittent as cars from other classes fell off the tarmac and

into the scenery. However, once we got going Prior put in a useful banker of 34.33 which was quickly eclipsed by the 430s of Taylor (33.88) and Marshall (32.83). John’s time bettered his own previous record time by 0.15 seconds. Although thwarted by an errant yellow balloon flying low over the start line (necessitating a re-run) Spicer posted 35.58, which gave promise to gain good Championship points, and rival Shaun Smith in his similar but bright red machine made a useful improvement on his earlier times. Your scribe, despite a couple of errors, also improved his time (36.78) just ahead of Mark Wibberley’s beautifully presented 360 Spider. Wendy Marshall put her 328 a soupcon ahead of Pauline G’s similar model in the battle of the ladies (40.15 and 40.26 respectively) while Tony Attwood was a couple of seconds ahead of Iwan. At this stage Richard Prior’s battery gave cause for concern. It had insufficient juice to turn

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over the starter motor and Richard had to rely on a few volunteers to push his 355 into life. The track temperature was a little lower for the second runs. Both Marshall and Taylor went slower but Prior screamed up a bit quicker (33.52) to capture the precious 20 Championship points

as well as second place overall. Spicer went even faster than before to add 15 points to his tally and, importantly, outflank Smith by a whole second. Swift might have taken a Rolex award for consistency (had there been one) by almost replicating his first run time and splits, keeping just ahead of the Wibberley 360.

Wendy made sure of the Ladies award (again had there been one) by recording a sub-40 second time, which put her ahead of the Attwoods’ GT4. Shaun Smith was the handicap winner from Mark Wibberley, both drivers beating their previous PBs.

SHELSLEY WALSH HILLCLIMB 21st SEPTEMBER 2014 ROUND 14 PIRELLI FERRARI HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP Driver

Tipo

Pract 1

Pract 2

H/C

Run 1

Run 2

0-64ft

split

speed traps

PEP %

PEP time

Pts

John Marshall

430 Scud

34.46

33.17

32.98

32.83

33.28

2.65

21.17

--/105

+4.5

34.31

17

Richard Prior

F355

34.34

34.57

33.43

34.33

33.52

2.49

21.56

91/92

+1.0

33.86

20

Nick Taylor

430 Coupe

34.45

34.03

33.27

33.88

34.16

2.97

21.99

--/100

+3.0

34.90

13

Mike Spicer

328GTB

36.33

39.56

35.74

35.58

35.50

2.44

22.81

80/87

-3.0

34.44

15

Shaun Smith

328GTB

37.86

39.22

36.84

37.19

36.51

2.72

23.61

78/86

-3.0

35.41

12

F355

38.24

38.09

36.14

36.78

36.81

2.86

23.92

--/90

0.0

36.78

11

360 Spider

38.84

37.30

37.38

37.09

37.06

2.67

24.24

79/93

1.0

37.43

10

Wendy A Marshall

328GTB

40.47

40.55

39.10

40.15

39.97

2.95

25.77

74/82

-3.0

38.77

8

Pauline Goodwin

328GTB

38.80

40.31

37.26

40.26

40.19

2.68

26.10

69/83

3.0

38.98

7

Tony Attwood

308GT4

44.10

40.27

39.25

40.40

2.77

25.88

70/71

-4.5

38.52

9

Iwan Attwood

308GT4

46.52

44.24

40.50

42.84

3.24

27.50

67/70

-4.5

39.12

6

John Swift Mark Wibberley

MAC Class Awards: FOC Handicap Awards:

1st John Marshall 1st Shaun Smith

40.96

2nd Richard Prior 2nd Mark Wibberley

Richard Prior

175

Wendy Ann Marshall

53

Mike Spicer

143

Richard Allen

47

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Shaun Smith

136

Mark Hargreaves

44

After 14 Rounds Provisional Classic car scores shown in Blue

Nick Taylor

118

Chris Hitchman

38

Richard Preece

117

Tony Attwood

36

Philip Whitehead

100

Peter Rogerson

32

John Marshall

91

Peter Hitchman

23

Jack Hargreaves

88

Iwan Attwood

23

Pauline Goodwin

20

Mark Wibberley

80

Jeff Cooper

18

Brian Jackson

77

David Snelson

13

John Swift

76

Caroline Cooper

9

Jon Goodwin

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84 (38) Lorraine Hitchman

68(36)


ASTON MARTIN OWNERS CLUB 2014 INTERMARQUE CHAMPIONSHIP

A Ferrari Clean Sweep! S HIGHLIGHTED by John in CompRes recently, the 2014 Ferrari Intermarque team swept the board in what was an exceptionally successful and competitive season writes TIM MOGRIDGE. We won both the ‘Constructor’ and ‘Driver’ titles in this AMOC run, MSA Championship. The basic format has been retained in which selected marques such as Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche etc compete against each other within 6 classes. Rules are minimal other than a car model build cut-off in 1995 and a minimum weight of 1,000 kg, running on track days tyres similar to the Kumhos in Classic or Trofeos in the Trofeo class in our Open Series. For Ferrari this means cars up to tipos F355/456/550. It is primarily a team championship with the first 3 cars across the line from each team contributing to the points tally, although there are individual

class awards as well as the overall driver’s title. Races are 45 minutes duration with rolling starts and a compulsory one minute pit stop that gives the option of a 2-driver combination. During the winter, Aston Club Racing in conjunction with all the team captains had worked hard to restore a closer field for this Championship after ever more ‘Modsport Cars’ had started to reappear over the last few years. In particular, the incredible Sunbeam Tigers that, on road tyres, lap as quickly as a 458 Challenge car, needed to be reined in. In recent years we saw these Sunbeam Tigers and the hugely powerful Aston V8 of Chris Scragg dominate at the front whilst the overall leader board was actually filled by the high multiplier cars such as Tristan Bradfield’s Tiger. I have often thought that a Group 4 Ferrari 328 GTB might be a car to take the title especially as some are now occasionally quicker than a F355 Challenge. Within the 6 classes, the handicapping system means that

higher modified cars have zero point multipliers whilst the older, more standard cars receive a 1.5 multiple for every point they achieve. I hoped the rule changes and amendments to these class multipliers that we made would help favour team Ferrari . . . All sounds straightforward but of course AMOC then complicate things by allowing professional drivers to race the very latest Prodrive prepared Aston Martin GT4 cars! Clearly these do not comply with the 1995 cut off but I am happy to say that, with one exception at the last race, our Ferrari drivers out drove them with a particularly memorable AMOC flagship Brands Hatch meeting on the gorgeous GP circuit. Sometimes these moments are very sweet . . . The small rule and multiplier changes delivered an incredibly close season throughout all classes on the grid. By the time we came to the final round there were a handful of points between the top four competitors and it was equally

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“Oulton Park was a classic case where the mighty Aston Martin of Scragg was thrashed by the F355s.�

close throughout the individual classes. The first race of the year was held on the (not so interesting) Silverstone National circuit but the rain held off and there was some really close racing. Somewhat surprising was the relatively low grid for Intermarque, with only 22 cars whereas normally we see around 30 or more. Some of the promised Ferraris were missing but we had a fine start to the season with Wayne Marrs, Paul Brooks, Steven Routledge and myself on the grid. In qualifying, pole position oscillated between myself and Wayne Marrs, rarely more than 100th of a second difference, until Wayne put in a great lap of 1:05.50 and secured his slot at the front of the grid. Paul Brooks ended up third with me fourth, so a good start for Ferrari. The race delivered exactly what the organisers had hoped. When the lights went out a train of cars powered into Copse just inches apart and that continued for many laps until slight gaps started to emerge, but close

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racing continued throughout the field. Wayne made a great start and retained his lead position whilst I got stuck behind a very slow starting Aston GT4 and lost 6 places on the first lap! The end result could not have been much better. Wayne won the race with Paul 3rd and me 4th. Steven came a creditable 16th lapping faster than he had ever lapped before. Paul recovered after a spin dropped him back to 17th and made a superb climb back through the field in the ever more powerful 456 in its new red livery. So, after race one, Team Ferrari led with the top 3 driver standings of Wayne, myself and Paul. A brilliant opener to the season but the Porsche team would prove to get stronger and the latest factory Aston GT4 cars were always a challenge to beat. As an aside, I raced the TR4 against David Tomlin in his Lotus Cortina in the inaugural Innes Ireland Trophy and, having raced against Cortinas on numerous previous occasions, I have never seen one driven quite so fast, with him finishing on the podium

in third place, so well done David! Many of the races that followed were either wet or wet changing to dry which made for some interesting decisions and strategic pit stops. We are allowed to run full wets and this played into the favour of the midengined F355s on more than one occasion. Oulton Park was a classic case where the mighty Aston V8 of Scragg and the new GT4s were thrashed in a 1-2 by myself and Wayne in wet then damp, greasy conditions leaving the 3rd placed Aston some 45 seconds behind at the finish. Donington Park was, in terms of results, perhaps our finest hour (or 45 minutes!) as the team filled the top four positions, with the Kearney/ Gormley combination beating the Laverty/Moulden car by 0.2 sec at the flag. At this stage Team Ferrari was looking very strong but events at Brands Hatch would undo this advantage. The Brands Hatch meeting at the end of June is now the main event in the AMOC race calendar and its only double header.


Saturday is run on the Indy layout and I was to be punted off by a poorly driven 911 (all filmed by Tris Simpson from his car and then replayed to the culprit). However we had a good turnout and Wayne, Paul Brooks, Tris Simpson, Nigel Jenkins and Darren Laverty all claimed valuable points, but the Astons and Porsches were out in force and clawed themselves back into contention. Sunday was run on the GP circuit and this always attracts a large grid; this year was to be no exception. Aston GT4s were again out in force and a number of Pro drivers decided to pop in. In the end we had rather mixed results as another badly driven Porsche collided with Wayne at Surtees taking them, and a 944, out of the race. However, as the race progressed and the positions stabilised after the end of the pit stops, I found myself in 3rd place with a very familiar black F355, now driven by Tris Simpson, glued to my bumper. We raced lap after lap for the next 20 minutes with little space between the cars. In general I was quicker on the GP sections but Tris would reel that in on the Indy parts, especially up to Druids. We crossed the line a second apart and beat all the Aston GT4s and all the Porsches. The ‘Outround’ back at

It takes all sorts! A Ferrari team 550

Silverstone with the Bentley Drivers Club proved to be very controversial. Black clouds suggested rain but a local marshal explained that, with the strong wind, it would not hit Silverstone so most of us went to the grid on dry tyres. The heavens opened but several Astons and Porsches had made an inspired call and started on wets. Many of us came straight in and changed tyres which dropped us to the back but the rain became the worst I have ever seen and eventually the safety car was deployed and the race red flagged. After 35 minutes the race was restarted, with Wayne taking the win and myself in 3rd. However a protest by the Aston and Porsche teams

convinced the stewards to alter the finishing positions. The MSA Steward refused and determined the result should stand, but the AMOC decided to ignore this and deduct valuable points from Team Ferrari . . . So we arrived at the last race at Snetterton behind the Porsche team in the Championship, and with four drivers just a few points apart and capable of winning the title including Wayne and myself. For Wayne this was to be a bitter blow when his car broke down on lap 6. Tris Simpson put in a stunning drive to claim a podium and Paul Brooks was not far behind and going very rapidly in his 456. Nigel Jenkins had a puncture whilst Stephen Routledge managed to improve his previous times at the track. In the end I secured the Drivers title and Team Ferrari won the Championship! My thanks to all the Ferrari drivers and preparers who contributed to our success this year. We had a lot of fun both on and off the track but I know that the other teams will be wanting to take the trophies away from us next year. Any Ferrari driver looking to join us next season to prevent this happening is very welcome!

Flat out at Paddock Hill Bend.

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PIRELLI FERRARI HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP: ROUND 15 CURBOROUGH SPRINT 12th OCTOBER 2014

HE FINAL ROUND of the 2014 Pirelli Ferrari Hillclimb Championship, on Sunday 12th October at Curborough, had an end-of-term feel about it writes JOHN SWIFT. There were lots of this year’s boys there as well as many of the girls, including Caroline Cooper who has been playing truant for most of the term. Head mistress Anne Swift was there to make sure everyone behaved properly and although there were no prizes to be given out on the day, there was a keen effort to do well. Among those taking part, it was good to see old boy Richard Allen on top form – perhaps a little lighter than before having had some of his best bits confiscated in recent weeks. Classics student, Mike Spicer, was looking confident since he

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arrived at Curborough as top of want to hear when you are his form, but young Shaun Smith poised to take your turn. harboured a secret desire to steal The shared 360 Modena of good marks if he possibly could. the Coopers was the first to go. But enough of this schoolboy It is shared because the F355 nonsense. Let’s report what acquired at the beginning of the actually happened on this year for Caroline to drive is still splendid day of high-speed hors de combat while it awaits a sprinting. new wiring loom to be fitted. The The morning started off with 360’s grigio alloy paintwork the course shrouded in thick blended well with the fog so if mist. So shrouded was it that for the first practice session, the first corner couldn’t be seen from the start line. “Put your lights on,” instructed the MAC official, “Just in case you go off it will help us to find you.” Not Tony Attwood trying hard in his 308GT4. really what you


Top: Lorraine Hitchman (328GTS) locked up at the Crossover and was forced to reverse to complete her run. Centre: Richard Allen always looked tidy, precise and fast in his silver F355. Bottom: Jon Goodwin brought his lovely 250 Lusso along for an airing.

you didn’t concentrate you might have missed it. Tony Attwood’s 308GT4 had a persistent misfire which took the edge off its performance. Spicer, who has been driving beautifully this season, didn’t disappoint and on every run his bright yellow 328GTB hit the rev limiter at exactly 88mph in third. Richard Allen always looked tidy, precise and fast and, with that previously mentioned new lightness, promised to be up with the stars of the show. Jon Goodwin had brought his lovely 250 Lusso out for an airing and he welcomed that instruction to switch on his lights. He lit up everything he had and the Ferrari looked like a fast moving Christmas tree. Because of the delay in the start due to the mist, the meeting was running about two hours behind schedule and the first official runs didn’t begin until well after 2 o’clock. Caroline C confessed to feeling a little rusty and although her starting technique improved with every run, she had trouble getting her 360 off the line in a timely fashion. Husband Jeff and Mark Wibberley didn’t fare much better which underlines how tricky this tipo can be to launch (the best protagonist being old hand Peter Rogerson). Attwood did his best, occasionally locking up in a cloud of tyre smoke but that aforementioned misfire blunted his attack. The Hitchmans arrived with three Ferraris, which is numerically impressive, and all tried hard – Lorraine so much so that she excitedly locked up everything at the crossover and was forced to reverse before completing her first official run. The Wibberley 360 always looks as if it is ready to win a concours. Although its deep blue shine is sensational Mark was unable to replicate his P2 time when it mattered. Pauline Goodwin, in her ‘race’ 328GTB on Speedline wheels and Pirelli Rossos, was effective but slightly slower than husband Jon in his illuminated Lusso.

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Shaun Smith (328GTB) was exciting to watch but overcooked things at the exit to the 180° loop on his first timed run. “Four wheels off,” cried the officials and his time was disallowed. His second effort was much better controlled (69.05) but eclipsed by Mike Spicer’s 68 second times (the best being 68.20) which split the F355 times set by Allen and Richard Preece. Of these Preece clocked an accomplished 68.52, a time beaten by RA’s storming best of 67.68. Richard Prior was able to relax for this event in the secure knowledge that he had already amassed enough points to make sure of the 2014 Championship. But honour is always at stake and, despite a serious horsepower disadvantage, thought there was an outside chance of claiming the Ferrari FTD from rival Nick Taylor’s sinister black 430. After all, the first run times were close: 64.75 to Taylor, 64.82 to Prior. You could half close your eyes and easily pretend you were watching Hamilton and Rosberg vying for pole position. The final runs, and Nick went first. Smooth, hugely quick, a whopping 102mph over the finish line, and a time of 64.13 which beat his own class record for this course. Over the years Richard has been in this situation before and produced something quite out of the blue to win the day. But could he do it here, today, with the tarmac cooling rapidly as dusk was falling? He tried so hard, his howling F355 at peak revs almost everywhere. The first half was sensational but then Lady Luck stepped in. The car was a thought wide at the exit to the paddock-end 180° corner, the rear end twitched to the right under power, and the right rear wheel hit the grass. Richard extricated the now sideways 355 with armfuls of opposite lock but the moment had gone. He tried to make up for the error, perhaps something one should never do, by braking extremely late for the Crossover. At this point things

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Top: Mike Spicer was the fastest Classic competitor, driving his bright yellow 328 indecently quickly as usual. Centre: Happiness is a moment shared. Jeff and Caroline Cooper also shared their 360 Modena. Bottom: Richard Prior’s season ended perfectly with maximum Championship scores at every countable round.


went completely awry when the car simply refused to turn in. But for those of us watching, it was a sight to savour! So there you have it: Nick Taylor on the podium top step flanked by the two Richards, Prior and Allen. Prior bagged the top 20 Championship points (which gives him a perfect 20 maximum score at every countable round). Mike Spicer was the top man in Classics and everyone, after the traditional group photograph had been taken, went home with a smile on their face. Which is really what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Top: Mark Wibberley at the helm of his immaculate 360 Modena Spider. Bottom: Nick Taylor on his way to setting a new class record.

Nick Taylor takes the top step of the podium flanked by the two Richards - Prior and Allen.

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CURBOROUGH SPRINT (Crossover) 12th OCTOBER 2014 ROUND 15 PIRELLI FERRARI HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP Driver

Tipo

Pract 1

Pract 2

Run 1

Run 2

64 ft

Split/ speed

PEP %

PEP time

Pts

430 Coupe

71.08

65.67

64.75

64.13

2.71

42.99/ 102

3.0

66.05

17

Richard Prior

F355

70.18

64.81

64.82

79.48

2.62

43.12/ 94

1.0

65.47

20

Richard Allen

F355

73.21

68.78

68.40

67.68

2.36

45.23/ 91

0.0

67.68

11

328GTB

83.04

69.33

68.41

68.20

2.45

45.41/ 88

-3.0

66.15

15

F355

73.05

68.76

68.94

68.52

2.49

45.79/ 94

0.0

68.52

10

328GTB

75.21

70.05

fail

69.05

2.64

45.96/ 87

-3.0

66.98

13

Chris Hitchman

F355GTS

82.56

71.39

69.47

71.08

2.86

46.65/ 91

0.0

69.47

9

Jon Goodwin

250 Lusso

76.16

71.08

70.39

71.78

2.75

46.65/ 78

-4.5

67.22

12

328GTB

77.03

72.41

72.06

73.80

2.53

48.25/ 87

-3.0

69.90

8

360 Spider

80.11

72.13

72.63

73.47

3.19

49.07/ 90

1.0

73.36

5

Jeff Cooper

360 Mod

82.75

76.68

75.47

74.01

3.39

49.50/ 76

1.0

74.75

4

Peter Rogerson

360 Mod

80.55

74.30

75.00

74.28

2.61

50.05/ 93

1.0

75.03

3

Peter Hitchman

360 Mod

85.40

77.50

76.45

74.56

2.84

50.74/ 93

1.0

75.31

2

Lorraine Hitchman

328GTS

80.95

76.28

91.69

74.85

2.83

50.56/ 86

-3.0

72.60

6

Tony Attwood

308GT4

fail

77.18

75.35

74.94

2.94

50.64/ 81

-4.5

71.57

7

Caroline Cooper

360 Mod

95.32

78.43

77.45

76.96

3.38

51.72/ 78

1.0

77.73

1

Nick Taylor

Mike Spicer Richard Preece Shaun Smith

Pauline Goodwin Mark Wibberley

64tft and stats for fastest run

fail = 4 wheels off track

MAC Class Awards:

1st Nick Taylor

2nd Richard Prior

3rd Richard Allen

Richard Prior

180

Richard Allen

58

Mike Spicer

145

Wendy Ann Marshall

53

Shaun Smith

137

Chris Hitchman

47

Nick Taylor

128

Mark Hargreaves

44

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

Richard Preece

117

Tony Attwood

43

Philip Whitehead

100

Peter Rogerson

35

John Marshall

91

Lorraine Hitchman

26

After 15 Rounds Provisional

Jack Hargreaves

88

Peter Hitchman

25

Classic car scores shown in Blue

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Pauline Goodwin

85 (42) Iwan Attwood

23

Jon Goodwin

80 (48) Jeff Cooper

22

Mark Wibberley

80

David Snelson

13

Brian Jackson

77

Caroline Cooper

10

John Swift

76


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