Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper CupBack to July 2018
Three good close races with only two race winners, but John Duncan still has a good lead in the points table, as he finished the races loosing just 5 points to David Sleigh. In the Newcomers Cup Michael Weddell won the class 3 times to extend his lead in this prestigious competition. Ladies honours went to Hannah Chapman, who regained the lead in the Ladies Cup.
Race 1 9 laps
David McNaughton was on pole for the first time and he led from the start. He had Robbie Dalgleish glued to his bumper over the opening 4 laps. These two slowly got away from Ian Munro who led a three car group with Michel Weddell 4th and Dominic Wheatley 5th. On lap 4 Dalgleish dived up the inside a Clark to lead. Within a lap there was a 7 car train all nose to tail at the front In 7th was David Sleigh who had passed Hannah Chapman on lap 4 at Duffus having run side by side up the hill. Lap 6 saw a change at the front as Munro took the lead. McNaughton had dropped to 4th on lap 5, and had David Sleigh right with him a lap later as Sleigh moved up the train. Late on lap 8 Dalgleish regained the lead passing Munro, who had been defending at Clark corner. Weddell was 3rd with McNaughton and Sleigh lined up behind him. The last lap was frantic, but Dalgleish held on for his first win of the season. McNaughton got into 2nd with Munro coming 3rd with nearly a second between each of these top 3. Michael Weddell who was top newcomer took 4th but David Sleigh got shuffled down thee order after some contact, and finished 6th , This was behind Hannah Chapman who benefited from the action ahead and slipped past cars at the hairpin having been running 7th. Less than half a second covered the cars in 4th to 6th. Dominic Wheatley was down in 7th with newcomer Craig Blake a few car lengths back. All 18 cars made it home.
Race 2 9 laps
18 cars again started but this time two would be dnfs. Robbie Dalgleish shot away from pole and was never headed. It was a fine drive although he was never more than 2 seconds clear, but he opened out a second gap on lap one and kept the gap. David McNaughton gave chase and was and throughout. He had David Sleigh and Michael Weddell on his tail, and these three ran nose to tail in this order until lap 4 when Weddell outbraked Sleigh at the hairpin for 4th. By Lap 5 McNaughton had broken free of his pursuers with 1.5 second gap back to Weddell who now had Sleigh, Hannah Chapman and John Duncan right with him. Lap 6 Duncan demoted Chapman. At the front McNaughton was trying to reduce the gap to leader Dalgleish and ran wide exiting the chicane kicking up gravel but this effort was rewarded as he got a few seconds clear of 3rd place. Lap 8 saw changes behind him as David Sleigh got 3rd at Macintyre and held the place until the flag. John Duncan moved into 4th on the final lap with Weddell finishing 5th a few tenths ahead of Douglas Simpson, who had started 10th and moved up getting 6th on lap 8 as Hannah Chapman dropped back though she rallied and finished 7th half a second ahead of Wheatley. It was Dalgleish’s second win of the day. Dnfs were Ian Munro, who had dropped way back in the early laps, having stated 3rd, mechanical problems were suspected as he stopped on lap 8. Andrew Bell retired early on.
Race 3 9 laps
The reversed grid race and ball no. 7 was drawn so Hannah Chapman was on pole, with Douglas Simpson joining her on the front row. Hannah led lap 1 as 9 cars ran nose to tail at the front. Simpson was 2nd with john Duncan 3rd. Lap 2 Simpson took the lead and Duncan grabbed 2nd, as Hannah Chapman dropped to 3rd by Duffus. There were 8 cars now in the top group as Craig Dillon had been passed by Robbie Dalgleish for 9th after Robbie had a slow start. He was half a second off the pack. Douglas Simpson now drove a fine race and was never headed, as he took his first Mini win having joined from BMWs this season. He slowly opened out a second lead by lap 6 and won b 1.5 seconds, from John Duncan, who also had a similar gap over Hannah Chapman in 3rd. Behind these three was an almighty scrap as 9 cars were close. Then by lap 6 we had 4 cars in a group and they swapped places