Scottish Classic Sports and Saloons Championship

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The championship structure is based on engine size and year of manufacture. All drivers score points in their classes, so the overall champion can come from anywhere. Tyres must be treaded, but choice is free. Classes A- E and G are for cars built before 31st December 1985 though cars built in 1986 are eligible providing they are to 1985 specification, class F is for cars built 1985-91. Class C is by invitation and includes FIA cars and former Rally cars.

Alastair Baptie, in only his 2nd season driving a fast Fiat X1/9 sportscar won the title, with 12 class A victories. Runner up spot was taken by Bruce Mitchell who raced a Lotus Europa in class B. This Championship may be won by any car competing in Classes A,B,D,E,F,G.

April meeting: A record braking day as no less than 5 new class records were set in race 1, then 4 set in race 2 that must be another record a Knockhill. Record breakers were John Kinmond class E then Andrew Graham class E, Bruce Michell class B, Alistair Baptie class A, Andy Walker class G, Robert Bremner class C and finally Fiesta XR2 Martin Ramsay.

Race 1: The red AC Cobra of Robert Bremner led all the way and was several seconds clear of John Kinmond’s Rover SD1 by mid distance. But Kinmond who looked safe in 2nd was chased by Andrew Graham who took his TR8 sportscar up to 3rd on lap 5 after starting 5th, but he slowed on lap 7 and retired a lap later. This left Raymond Boyd in 3rd 8 seconds back, then a safety car period was called as Bruce Michell’s Europa was in a gravel trap. He’d been 5th on lap 6 then slowed and stopped at the hairpin, got going but soon went off. Kinmond now had Raymond Boyd’s Porsche 911 close as they resumed racing. But Kinmond and the big Rover just held onto 2nd at the line, as only 2 tenths separated them on the line. Jimmy Crow drove well after a fine qualifying in his MK1 Escort to finish 4th He dropped to 6th early on, then recovered as others slowed or retired. Jimmy was well clear of Alistair Baptie who was 5th in the Fiat X1/9 and he was 4 seconds ahead of class rival Mario Ferrari in the Alfa Coupe who was 6th.

Race 2: Robert Bremner stormed away in the Cobra and was never in any danger, as he won by miles. John Kinmond eased 4 seconds clear of Raymond Boyd by half distance, but Boyd closed the gap over the final 2 laps, to just over a second. These three had the podium places. Andrew Graham who retired from 4th in race 1 had his TR8 fired up, and he went from 13th to 4th by lap 4, but couldn’t close on Boyd until late on, and was still just over 2 seconds behind him at the flag. Alistair Baptie took 5th in his Fiat X1/9 sportscar beating Crow’s Escort MK1, which started to cruise a little from lap 8, but had enough pace to score valuable points for a 2nd class win. Andy Walker had a steady run to 7th with his Mallock chased by Michael Longstaffe with his MG Midget who was 2nd in class A as Mario Ferrari retired on lap 3.