Scottish Classic Sports Car and Saloons ChampionsipBack to June 2018
They had 2 winners and a few dnfs and some new cars. All cars compete in 7 classes and only score points in their class, so everyone has a chance in the championship. 2 x 12 laps
Race 1 John Kinmond’s big Rover SD1 saloon powered away from pole chased by the Triumph TR8 sportscar of Andrew Graham which shot up from 5th on the grid, and Jimmy Crow’s Escort Mk1 which had qualified well. The SD1 was always in control and Kinmond won as he pleased. Graham eased away from Crow who was doing very well in the Escort. Raymond Boyd was on a mission having started well down in 10th but his 911 now has a Turbo engine and he blasted past cars to be 4thon lap 1 , then got no further. He pulled away from a train of 8 cars headed by Mario Ferrari’s Alfa Coupe . Defending Champion Alistair Baptie took a few laps to get the 1500cc Fiat X1/9 wound up and he dropped from 2nd to 7th on lap 1 then passed Ferrari on lap 4 to be 5th . He chased down Boyd getting him and 4th on the very last lap. Into 6th came veteran Stuart Thorburn. The former Formula Ford Champion was debuting a lovely blue Escort MK1 and he’d qualified 3rd but had a slow start and spent over half the raced sitting on Ferrari’s rear bumper before passing him on the last lap at Duffus just before the finish line. Three cars were dnfs, all in the opening 2 laps including Charlie Cope’s fast Golf GTi. Top XR2 was Martin Ramsay though Duncan O’Neill ‘s XR2 held onto him for a couple of laps then dropped back
Race 2 John Kinmond led for 5 laps, but retired the smart Triplex liveried Rover SD1 on lap 6, with what sounded like gear problems. He had Andrew Graham chasing from the start. Kinmond had a 2 second gap, when things went wrong for him. Graham in his TR8 took over the lead and went on to win, as Alistair Baptie took a fine 2nd in the 1500cc X1/9. Baptie had caught and passed both Jimmy Crow and Raymond Boyd early in the race. Crow kept 3rd after repassing Boyd’s 911 on lap 2 following Boyd demoting him on lap 1 at the hairpin. It seemed as though Boyd’s Porsche was down on power but he finished 4th. Charlie Cope had his Golf going well early on he dropped to 11th on lap 1 then moved through the field running 6th on lap 4 , then outbraked Boyd for 5th a Clark he was slowly catching Jimmy Crow but then stopped on lap 8. William Conway brought his Mini Clubman into a fine 5th. He was well clear of Michael Longstaffe’s MG Midget which had a battle with the top XR2 of Martin Ramsay , until the Midget went past on lap 8 and got slowly clear. The XR2 was ahead of Bruce Mitchell’s previously rapid Europa which was cruising. The top cars were all class winners again, so the championship will be interesting.
Fiesta XR2 Championship
Martin Ramsay ran away with the class each time. He was up with some Classic Championship cars notably in race 2, and diced with them. Runner up each race was Duncan O’Neill.