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Classics William Conway Mini Clubman GT
Alasdair Coates AC Cobra Runner Up In Both Races

July’s races had an all AC Cobra front row. That’s a pair of some seriously expensive cars, raced hard as were all the Classics.

Round 5 Robert Bremner in a fast Cobra raced away from pole to win as he pleased. Meanwhile Alasdair Coates Cobra was hassled all race as he held onto 2nd. Initially by John Kinmond’s Rover SD1 saloon, and they often ran nose to tail. On lap 8 they were side by side at the hairpin, but Coates Cobra held off the big Rover. Kinmond’s car then slowed a little on lap 9 and dropped to 4th but kept with the lead group. From lap 9 it was Raymond Boyd’s 911 Turbo that was 3rd and right on Coates tail. The Cobra was just half a second ahead of Boyd at the flag with Kinmond a few seconds back in 4th. Andrew Graham brought theTR8 into 5th he was 7 seconds behind and had slowly drifted back, but stayed 4 seconds clear of class winner Bruce Mitchell’s Lotus Europa. The yellow Lotus was well ahead of class rival Jimmy Crow’s MK1 Escort, which was clear of Alistair Baptie’s class winning Fiat X1/9 . Baptie had come up from 11th and grabbed the class A lead from Mario Ferrari on lap 4. Martin Ramsay led the XR2s all race, and was well clear of Duncan O’Neill with William Currie 3rd in class.

In Round 6 Bremner led until lap 4 with around 3 seconds gap to Raymond Boyd’s 911. Then he slowed and headed to the pits. Boyd took over at the front and went on for his first win of the season in his Porsche. Alasdair Coates chased the 911 with his Cobra and took 2nd and he was 2 seconds behind at the flag. Coates was well clear of Andrew Graham’s TR8 sportscar. Jimmy Crow was a good 4th and was a class winner in his Escort MK1. Alastair Baptie got the little X1/9 into 5th to take his second class win of the meeting, and extend his championship lead. He was only 2 seconds behind Crow. But Baptie had stared slowly and William Conway made up a couple of places at the start and led class A with his Mini Clubman. Baptie caught and passed him on lap 5 then pulled out 9 seconds on Conway who took a strong 6th in the little Mini. Andy Walker’s Mallock was 7th with Mario Ferrari 8th in his Alfa ahead of Michael Longstaffe’s MG Midget. The two XR2s were next with Martin Ramsay well clear of Duncan O’Neil. In the race Ramsay had hassled Longstaffe. Bruce Mitchell retired the Europa on lap 10 when running 4th.

Classics Race 1 Robert Bremner AC Cobra Winner Race 1 Winner
Classics Race 2 Raymond Boyd, Porsche 911 Turbo Race 2 Winner