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St Cross Electronics Mono Championship
15 June 2014, Round 8

Monoposto 2000 & 2000 Classics – Sunday Qualifying

On a much cooler day than Saturday the cars streamed out on to a grey sky covered circuit. Pole position was closely fought for the first few laps between Peter Venn, Malcolm Scott, Dave Gillett and Robbie Watts with each taking bite at the lead however it was a stunningly quick time of 1.14.026 from Peter Venn who took pole position for Sundays race in his attractive looking Dallara F399.

Ben Cater jumped up the order to start 5th on the grid after a quick last lap to start just ahead of Kevan McLurg and Russ Giles. Daniel Hands was right up with the 2000’s in his Mono Classic Van Diemen taking pole for his class by 2 seconds from second place Kevin Otway. Further down in the pack Shane Kelly was third followed by Nigel Davies who was driving Team Fern Racing’s 2000 Classic, driven by Matt Jordan on Saturday, following blowing up his new Mono Moto in Saturdays qualifying. Not a good weekend for Nigel as he also blew Geoff Fern's van up whilst driving to the circuit on Friday, not someone to trust with your car keys!

Monoposto 2000 & 2000 Classics – Sunday Race

Under the still looming skies the Monopostos headed to the circuit with Alistair Bell in his Van Diemen FR taking up last position on the grid after failing to qualify in the morning.
Robbie Watts, in his rare Lola had a great start from 4th on the grid to challenge Peter Venn into Campbell however Peter managed to hold on to the lead with the remaining pack of Malcolm Scott, Russ Giles, Ben Cater and Kevan Mclurg all nose to tail behind. Bryn Tootal and David Gambling were in a constant fight through out the race ending only 1 second apart for 8th and 9th.

After a tight battle at the front with Russ Giles, Robbie dropped back down the order allowing the ever-quick Dave Gillett to push his way up through the pack. Finally Dave passed Peter for the lead and went on to take his first Monoposto win. Ben Cater put the pressure on Peter Venn right down to the chequered flag ending up second and third respectively.
Further back down the field Dan Hands was leading the classics from Nigel Davies who ended the race with a damaged floor due to a slight excursion over the kerbs at the chicane, and was continued to battle with Shane Kelly. After a great start, Alistair Bell had made his way up through the pack to put Louis Watts under pressure lap after lap finally passing him on lap 7 to take 5th in the classics. Henry Fryer, Peter Whitmore, Andrew Barron and Kevin Couling rounded out the Mono Classics field.

Monoposto Mono Moto, 1600, 1800 & Dtec – Sunday Qualifying

With a cool breeze and grey skies the qualifying began with the quick Adrian Wright setting the initial pole lap time only to be beaten on lap 7 by a stunning 1.14.202 by Jeremy Timms in the Speads RM03. The Mono Moto grid was rounded out by ongoing rivals Jason Timms and Geoff Fern. Team Wingnuts, Waring and Reed start 5th and 6th ahead of Graham Read.
Andrew Colebrooke took a great 1600 pole position starting ahead of the 1800’s of Paul Britten and Marcus Sheard and the Dtecs of John Whitbourn and Doug McLay.

Monoposto Moto, 1600, 1800 & Dtec – Sunday Race

It was not a great weekend for Team Fern Racing after Geoff also blew up his JKS’s engine in qualifying leaving a noticeable Fern shaped gap in the assembly area. Geoff is going to be busy over the next few weeks!!

Adrian Wright managed to stall his car on the grid and so Jeremy Timms managed to pull out a big lead down into the first corner. After finally getting going, Adrian’s race came to an abrupt end when he spun onto the grass at the bottom of the circuit where he remained until the chequered flag. The two cousins, Jeremy and Jason Timms, pulled out a lead from the beginning with Jason desperate to chase down Jeremy for the win but was never quite able to get close enough and had to settle for second place.

After a 10 second penalty for an out of position start Graham Read, in his bike engine Dallara, set off chasing down the Timms’ however once the penalty was added he finished 4th overall behind the quick yellow Jedi of Kevin Waring. His team owner Jon Reed was unable to finish the race after a leaky headgasket left him with no power and forced him to retire.
The 1800’s were few and far between this weekend with the very quick Paul Britten taking the win over Marcus Sheard. Also with a 10 second penalty was the 1600 winner Andrew Colebrook bringing home the silverware for TFR followed by Jim Timms and Eddie Guest after a great battle for 2nd place.

Dtec was another low number class with John Whitbourn taking the win from Doug McLay. Bringing up the rear, and determined to collect some needed points, was our very own David Parkinson who after clutch problems throughout the weekend limped around to finish 4th in the 1600’s.

Sara Catanzaro

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Jon Reed A determined looking Eddie Guest disturbs the Timms family reunion Jason Timms


Kevin Couling rotates

First lap jostling

Malcolm Scott

Dave Gillett ahead of Peter Venn - Dave acknowledges the marshalls

John Whitbourn's DTec

All pics thanks to Andrew Cliffe/Norwich Photo