POLE position winter 13/14
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750MC Year-end reviews from the Stock Hatch and Locost championships
BTRDA The review of gravel rallying and autotesting in 2013
BTRDA Photography: Steve Jones
Alan Desbois Photography: Paul Lawrence
John Indri Photography: Gary Hawkins Stephen Clark Photography: Nick Purdie
WELCOME TO DEMON TWEEKS Here is the Winter 2013/14 edition of Pole Position, the magazine for members of the Demon Tweeks Pole Position Club. We have moved to an e-format for the magazine in line with the ever-changing world in which we live. We hope you like this new format and don’t forget to let us know if you change your e-mail address. If you have any comments on the new format for Pole Position, please let us know! The Demon Tweeks Sponsorship Scheme is the best and easiest way of earning some money back from your motorsport and, unlike other sponsorship, it does not need you to justify how you are spending the money! Just put the stickers on your car or kart and go out and compete. Across the 2013 season, dozens of claims have come in from competitors who have featured in photographs in the qualifying magazines: Autosport, Classic & Sports Car, Karting, Motorsport and Motorsport News. The payout from the Demon Tweeks Sponsorship Scheme is set to hit £50,000 again this season, making Demon Tweeks the biggest financial supporter of club level motorsport in Britain. This year, over 150 competitors will lodge around 250 claims, each of them worth £200 in vouchers for equipment from Demon Tweeks. See the following page for details on how to join if you have not already.
WINTER SHOWS Demon Tweeks will have a major presence at the three key shows over the coming winter months. These events are a perfect opportunity to see the latest products and get expert advice to help with planning for the 2014 season. The three shows are: Kartmainia: Silverstone Circuit (The Wing Complex) from Saturday 30th November to Sunday 1st December 2013. www.kartmania.co.uk Autosport International: Birmingham NEC, running from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th January 2014. www.autosportinternational.com Race Retro: The International Historic Motorsport Show at Stoneleigh Park Coventry, running from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd February 2014. www.raceretro.com
NEW 2014 CATALOGUE The team at Wrexham has been kept very busy in recent weeks putting together the 2014 Motorsport Catalogue. The catalogue is the essential reference document for anyone involved in the sport, and will be bigger and better than ever this year with a massive 508 pages, another record. It should land with a thud on your doormat around a week after you receive this electronic issue of Pole Position.
2014 SPONSORSHIP SCHEME We are delighted to confirm that the unrivalled Demon Tweeks Sponsorship Scheme will continue unchanged in 2014. The scheme will again put around £50,000 back into the pockets of competitors, maintaining a tradition of which everyone here at Demon Tweeks is very proud.
If you are a current Sponsorship Scheme member don’t forget to renew your membership for 2014. If you are a competing member of the 750 Motor Club or BTRDA and have not been part of the Sponsorship Scheme, then you need to join in 2014 and be in with a chance of receiving part of the huge pay out enjoyed by members. Look out for your new style Pole Position membership card. Don’t forget you must register for the 2014 Sponsorship Scheme, so download an application form from our website and get it in to us: the available places are soon filled up! Existing Sponsorship Scheme members receive priority to re-join and will receive a 2014 scheme application form with their 2014 Pole Position membership cards. Go to www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/pole-position for more details and an application form.
There will also be a Motorcycle Catalogue and a Road Tuning Catalogue.
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4 Dessie Nutt Photography: Roger Morland Associates
THE BIG EARNERS Hillclimber Scott Moran has enjoyed an epic season of competition in the Gould GR61X single-seater he shares with his father Roger. As well as clinching the MSA British Hillclimb Championship in fine style, Scott was the top claimer in the Demon Tweeks Sponsorship Scheme, taking a whopping £2800 in vouchers after getting his photo in the qualifying magazines no less than 14 times. It was a fourth British title for the Ludlow driver, to add to his crowns in 2008, 2009 and 2011. His father Roger won the title in 1997. Not to be outdone, Roger bagged two claims while Jos Goodyear and Alex Summers also made claims after success on the hills.
Kent-based racer Rod Birley is a regular winner in his Ford Escort Cosworth and has had another good season to keep up his record as one of the most prolific scorers. He’s already £1800 to the good from nine claims and is hotly pursued in the claims rankings by rally driver Julian Wilkes (Vauxhall Nova). The hard-charging Somerset driver has again set the pace in the BTRDA 1400cc division and has benefited to the tune of £1600 with eight claims. The world of karting has benefited greatly from the Sponsorship Scheme and three karters, Dan Edwards, Daniel Butler and Ben Hingley have all bagged four claims to add £800 into their budget for the season: Lee Harpham is one of five kart racers to have made three claims. As usual, club racers have taken a big slice of the £50,000 pay out and multiple claimers include Mini racer David Sleigh, Kumho BMW ace Garrie Whitaker, tin top racers Nigel Tongue, Simon Shaw and Nick Williamson. On the BTCC support package, Ginetta racer Carl Breeze has won three times. From rallying, the ebullient John Indri has claimed four times after another mighty season on asphalt in his Darrian T90 GTR and Porsche 911 driver Dessie Nutt has bagged two more claims.
Scott Moran Photography: Eddie Walder
From rallycross, Citroen Xsara driver Mark Watson has lodged four claims, while from the short oval world it is drivers like Chris Haird and Carl Broadley who have taken a share of the money.
5 Ben Hingeley Photography: Chris Walker
Rob Birley Photography: Kerry Dunlop
Julian Wilkes Photography: Paul Lawrence
Daniel Butler Photography: Chris Walker
Matthew Dorrington Photography: Tel T Motorsport Photography
Danny and Carl Nunn Photography: Phil Cornsh
Paul Thorpe Photography: Steve Jones
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750MC STOCK HATCH CHAMPIONSHIP www.750mc.co.uk/formulae/stock-hatch.htm
Tom Bell continued to be the man to beat in the second half of the, Citroen Saxo dominated, 2013 Demon Tweeks 750MC Stock Hatch championship season. He continued to rack up consistent podium finishes and race wins - he was out of the top three only once all year - to be crowned champion at Donington Park with a meeting to spare. With the penultimate race of the year at Cadwell Park washed out the championship was reduced to 13 rounds (drivers counted their best 11 scores), and Bell won seven of them. The championship once again produced some thrilling races with a high class of driving. Grids have held up well, with an average of 19 cars taking part. The Cambridge-based Deegan brothers, in their first full season of circuit racing after transferring from the autograss scene, continued their strong form and scored multiple Tom Bell Photography: Steve Jones
podium finishes to finish second and third in the championship. Shayne, with four wins to his older brother Lee’s one, came out on top in the sibling rivalry. He ended his season with a dominant drive at Cadwell Park. Nathan Saunders, another autograss graduate, added three further rostrum finishes in the final four races to add to two earlier in the year, and to cement a fine fourth position in the championship for the 18-year-old. With an ever more determined effort in his fourth season of Stock Hatch, Paul Jarvis scored his first podium finish at Donington Park towards the end of the year. His campaign gathered momentum as the year went on, and a run of top five finishes catapulted him into fifth in the championship standings. He also earned himself the prized ‘Drivers’ Driver’ award, presented in memory of much-missed Stock Hatch racers Liam Sargent and Colin Thorpe. Jake Farndon was the only other driver to score a victory - at Brands Hatch, back in April - but his season was blighted by engine failures and he was forced to sit out the final few rounds.
Final championship standings (provisional) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (R)
Tom Bell Shayne Deegan Lee Deegan Nathan Saunders Paul Jarvis Jake Farndon Philip Wright Andrew Tibbs Steve Powlesland Robert Drake = Rookie champion
(Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (R) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR) (Citroen Saxo VTR)
261 227 206 164 153 146 143 114 114 100
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Final championship standings (provisional)
CLASSIC STOCK HATCH CHAMPIONSHIP
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (R)
Ford Fiesta XR2i driver Lee Scott continued his relentlessly dominant form in the second half of the Demon Tweeks 750MC Classic Stock Hatch Championship to be crowned the champion for the first time, having been a regular Class B title winner when the Pre-’92 cars raced as part of the main Stock Hatch Championship. Seemingly no amount of success ballast could hold the Essex driver back, and second position in round 12 of 14 at Donington Park confirmed his title. He finished 13 races, all of them on the podium. More hard-fought even than the Stock Hatch Championship, the Classic Stock contests were regularly the most entertaining on the 750 Motor club bill, with no fewer than eight drivers contending for victory in an incredible scrap at Donington. The ageing machinery is very affordable to race, and grids swelled to an average of 20 cars. Perennial runner-up Matt Rozier, in his Peugeot 205 GTi, scored his first victory of the season at Rockingham but was the quickest driver at the season finale at a wet Cadwell Park. Rozier narrowly missed out on taking the first race victory but dominated the second to cement his second place in the championship.
Lee Scott (Ford Fiesta XR2i) 282 Matt Rozier (Peugeot 205 GTi) 235 Imran Khan (Ford Fiesta XR2) 183 Andy Philpotts (Ford Fiesta XR2i) 171 Mervyn Beckett (Vauxhall Nova GTE) (R) 166 Martin Cayzer (Ford Fiesta XR2i) 165 Derek Rozier (Peugeot 205 GTI) 142 Daniel Gibson (Ford Fiesta XR2) 137 Paul Thorpe (Ford Fiesta XR2i) 135 Martin Fowdrey (Ford Fiesta XR2) 129 = Rookie champion
Imran Khan (Ford Fiesta XR2) was voted as the ‘Drivers’ Driver’ after clinching third in the championship despite missing five races. Khan scored his third victory of the season at the Rockingham Motor Speedway to add to those he recorded earlier in the season at Brands Hatch and Snetterton, and he was always spectacular to watch. Andy Philpotts (Ford Fiesta XR2i) had a strong end to his season and he was left beaming at Cadwell Park when he scored his first victory in the championship after six years of trying! The win confirmed his fourth position in the championship, despite mechanical woes in the previous meeting at Donington. Last year’s champion Damian Cottrell returned for the second half of the season, driving Richard Herbert’s Ford Fiesta XR2, and scored a spectacular victory at Donington after starting on row seven. Martin Fowdrey also won a race earlier in the season at Pembrey. Other drivers to star included novice Mervyn Beckett (Vauxhall Nova GTE), who scooped the rookie award, and the much improved Dan Gibson (Ford Fiesta XR2), who visited the podium for the first time at Donington.
Rob Dennis Photography: Paul Lawrence
BTRDA RALLY SERIES www.btrda.com/Forest_Rallies/
After the ninth and final round of this year’s REIS/Get Connected BTRDA Rally Series, Scottish driver Euan Thorburn emerged to take the overall title after another cracking season for Britain’s most popular rally championship. For 2013, there was a slight refresh to the championship with the inclusion of a ninth rally. September’s Trackrod Rally came in as the penultimate event and gave the championship a welcome return to the Yorkshire forests. Then, the traditional season closer, the Cambrian Rally in North Wales, had a rather different look as it moved into new stages in order to avoid route clashes with Wales Rally GB. Duns-based Thorburn and his co-driver Paul Beaton only really started the season to gain some more gravel experience to support their bid for the Scottish Rally Championship, but it started going well and they carried on doing BTRDA events. It all came down to the final round when victory in North Wales sealed the crown, but only in a tie-break with Irish crew Conor McCloskey and Francis Regan (Subaru Impreza WRC). Harrogate-based Charlie Payne scored strongly on seven events in his Ford Focus WRC, but ultimately had to settle for third in the final standings ahead of Stephen Petch.
Euarn Thornburn Photography: Paul Lawrence
In the Silver Star competition for two-wheel drive cars, it was a late push by Matthew Robinson that took his Ford Escort Mk2 to the title with a run of five wins across the last six events. That left the Yorkshireman one point ahead of Rob Dennis as seasoned campaigner Peter Smith finished only two points down on Dennis. With Robinson using more than one co-driver it was Andy Boswell, who partnered Dennis, who won the co-drivers’ title. Smith and co-driver Patrick Walsh took the consolation of winning the Historic Cup in their Escort Mk1. An essential part of the BTRDA Rally Series is the Millers Oils 1400cc section, which runs ahead of the main field to give the smaller-engined cars the best road conditions. Within the 1400cc division is the excellent BTRDA Rally First, which provides an excellent entry level category for near-standard cars. Overall among the 1400s it was another crown for Julian Wilkes and Will Rutherford in their Vauxhall Nova after five wins and two seconds in seven starts. Matt Smith led the challenge in his Ford Ka, while Joe Evett topped the Rally First section.
THORBURN TAKES THE BTRDA PRIZE
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BTRDA AUTOTEST CHAMPIONSHIP www.btrda.com/Autotest/
A near perfect year ensured that Richard Pinkney added the Gold Star title in the Demon Tweeks Direct BTRDA Autotest Championship to his MSA title. Richardâ€™s Caterham 7 dominated the year, taking seven fastest times of the day to score maximum points. The runner-up position was settled on the final round of the championship at Demon Tweeks at Wrexham when Dave Evans took his third FTD of the year in his very fast Blitz. He battled all year with Paul Fobister in the Haigh Special and they were rarely separated by more than a few seconds all year. Paul had the satisfaction of taking the runner-up position in the MSA Championship.
Mike Biss Photography: Philip Chapman
The championship has again provided fierce but friendly competition. Autotesting continues to provide competitors of all ages with an equal chance of honours. This year they ranged from 17, Toby Cook, to 70-year-old Duncan Wild who was second on the penultimate round. Demon Tweeks was pleased to host two rounds, including the final round at Wrexham and the competitors expressed their thanks for Demon Tweeksâ€™ support.
Behind these two specials it was a battle of the remaining sports cars with the Novas of Lee Valentine and Roger Holder getting on the podium several times. Stephen Morten had his first championship FTD on the opening round and looked to be a serious challenger in the Striker, however several gearbox failures cost him valuable points. The only other FTD went to Ian Chapman in the Riot. Ian had been developing the car all year but had to give best to his son Chris, in a Striker, at the end of the year.
Demon Tweeks BTRDA Autotest Championship Gold Star 1 Richard Pinkney 2 David Evans 3 Paul Fobister 4 Stephen Morten 5 Chris Chapman 6 Ian Chapman
The BTRDA Silver Star Championship is based on class positions. Rob Rolston was a consistent front runner in the Mini class and is champion. Dave Cook had an interesting year in a Micra which he shared with son, Toby. While Dave was runner up in the Silver Star, Toby was runner up in the Bronze Star, one position higher than last year. Kevin Hardwick is Bronze Star Champion in a road-going Peugeot 205 XS.
Silver Star 1 Rob Rolston 2 Dave Cook 3 Mike Biss Bronze Star 1 Kevin Hardwick 2 Toby Cook 3 Stephen Haigh
140 132 127 124 118 112
(Mini) (Nissan Micra) (Mazda MX5)
66 63 62
(Peugeot 205 XS) (Nissan Micra) (Mini Special)
59 54 36
The Challenge is nearing its conclusion with the final round on 20th October in Knutsford. Dan Darkin has a maximum score in his Nova with five class wins in June and August and he must start the final as favourite. However there are double points to be won and this will be the first time that all the top competitors have come face to face. Stephen Watts in the Eunos and Graham Moore in the MX5 are not far behind. Graham is in form having achieved some excellent results since the beginning of August. Dave Graves was unfortunate to have his Ka written off recently and will be getting used to a SportKa in the final. www.btrda.com/AutoSolo/
BTRDA NEWCOMERS AUTOSOLO CHALLENGE
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One of the closest battles was in the road-going class where eventual winner was Mike Biss in an MX5, beating Kevin Hardwick by one point on the final round.
(Caterham 7) (Blitz) (Haigh Special) (Striker) (Striker) (Riot)
Positions before the final round 1 2 3 4 5 6
Dan Darkin Stephen Watts Graham Moore Dave Graves Roger Barfield Sean Pearce
(Vauxhall Nova) (Mazda Eunos) (Mazda MX5) (Ford KA) (Citreon Saxo) (Mazda RX8)
60 57 55 52 50 38
The championship precludes the more experienced drivers who have National B events to tackle. This allows the newcomers to enjoy the Autosolo Challenge which continues to be an excellent entry to competitive motorsport.
10 Alastair Garratt Photography: Steve Jones
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750MC LOCOST CHAMPIONSHIP www.750mc.co.uk/formulae/locost.htm
Alastair Garratt had built the perfect platform in the first half of the year, and consistent podium results - but no further victories after Pembrey - yielded the 2013 Demon Tweeks 750MC Locost Championship. He knew that a top-two finish in the first of the races at the Cadwell Park finale would be enough to guarantee the title, and he duly trailed the returning Stuart Sellars home to win the bigger prize. The Locost Championship is one of the largest in the United Kingdom with an average of 40 cars at each meeting. That meant that at several events, the 750 Motor Club operated a group system of three races, with each driver racing twice. This worked well until the final meeting at Cadwell Park, when rain prevented the third of the races taking place - so each competitor only counted their first result towards the championship. Lee Bankhurst had a staggering end to his season, winning his final five races to bring his tally to six. This pulled the Lincolnshire man up to second in the championship, despite being 60 points down at the mid-season break after a disastrous Castle Combe meeting. Richard Jenkins was consistent, but frustrated that he could not scoop a victory despite finishing second on eight occasions during the year. He had been Garratt’s main
Final championship standings (provisional) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (R)
Alastair Garratt Lee Bankhurst Richard Jenkins Danny Andrew (R) Paul Bryant Tim Neat Sian Stafford-Atkinson Steve Wells David Boucher Jason Gibbons = Rookie champion
249 237 227 151 151 120 113 112 111 105
challenger for much of the season, but Bankhurst’s surge coincided with a drop-off in his own form, and he finished third in the points.
Shaun Brame Photography: Steve Jones
Danny Andrew took Mike Comber’s 2012 championship winning car to two victories at the beginning of the season but he was unable to maintain the momentum. Engine problems made it a troubled end to the season, so he only narrowly beat veteran Paul Bryant to fourth in the championship, but he did pick up the rookie award. Tim Neat was another to have a promising debut year, taking sixth. Matt Cherrington scored his second victory of the season at Donington Park despite only competing in four races, when David Boucher was unavailable. Tom Coller was the other driver to win, at Snetterton in May.
http://uk.caterhamcars.com/motorsport/academy In Group 1, Henry Heaton was the deserving champion after a fine campaign in which he was seldom off the podium across three sprints and four races. He out-pointed Chris Hutchinson and Nick Horton on his way to the title.
Demon Tweeks also gave support to the Caterham Academy, the entry level series for novices coming into the sport. Each of the 50 drivers has an identical car along with a package of support, training and development for a series of sprints and races.
In Group 2, William Smith was even more impressive, winning six out of seven events to take the title in style. Only in the race at Rockingham was Smith headed and that was by Jack Sales who ended the year as runner-up.
The concept is so popular that it is often sold out many months ahead of the new season and twin championships are run each season to accommodate 50 drivers.
MG METRO CUP
Young Tom Grainger carried on where he left off in 2012 by winning the Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup for the second time with a crushing display in the car he runs with his dad. The Kent student scored a perfect result, taking an unbroken run of 10 wins from 10 races and often humbling most of the more powerful class C cars in the process. In terms of overall race wins, Mike Williams and Tom Sanderson were the
regular victors with Sanderson coming on strong over the closing races of the season as they battled for the class C title. In class A for the least powerful cars, Alex Flower was the regular winner. Once again the Demon Tweeks-backed Metro Cup delivered good grids and close racing, with 25 cars on the grid for the penultimate race of the season at Oulton Park in September.
Tom Sanderson leads Mike Williams Photography: Steve Jones
GT AND SPORTS CAR CUP www.gtandsportscarcup.com
2013 Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup winner Tom Grainger Photography: Steve Jones
Demon Tweeks continued its support for the GT and Sports Car Cup, the Pan European series for pre â€™66 GT cars and pre â€™63 sports racing cars. After starting at Silverstone in May, the series took in races at Monza, Paul Ricard, Dijon and the Portimao circuit in the Algarve to finish in mid-October.
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