Scottish Saloons and Sports Cars ChampionshipBack to June 2018
Two different winners, but race 1 cut short by a brace of accidents in this class based championship. 1 x 5 laps, 1 x 12 laps
Race 1 Ron Cumming stalled at the start of race 1, and his pole position Nemisis kit car got away last. The race was stopped by red flags after 6 full laps and the results declared back on 5 laps, after another start was aborted. Robert Drummond was declared the winner with Colin Simpson 2nd from Andrew Morrison 3rd. Alan Doncaster led the race for 4 laps in his EVO chased hard by Colin Simpson, who had the Marcos on his bumper. Robert Drummond sat right with these two for the opening 4 laps, then blasted past both of them on lap 5 in his Escort Cosworth. Doncaster then retired, and Drummond led lap 6 with Simpson now being pressed by Ron Cumming who had shot up past 13 cars after his slow start, including Andrew Morrison on lap 6 after Morrison’s TCR Seat had run 4th from the start. Then there was a big accident as lap 7 started . The top 2 raced past a back marker, but Ron’s view was impeded and he clipped the BMW on the run down the hill to the hairpin. This put him spinning onto the grass, the car dug into the hairpin gravel trap and rolled a couple of times. The race was stopped immediately as Ron’s car finished up on the track exit to the hairpin. At that time Mark Dawson’s Seat held 4th A restart was aborted after Mark Dawson slid across the grass at the hairpin on lap 1 and T-boned Colin Simpson’s Marcos, stopping the race which Drummond led. So the results were from lap 5 and it was Drummond, from Simpson and Morrison, followed by Dawson, William Robson (Focus) and Alastair Baptie (MGB GT V8) taking the top 6. In the Cooper S Cup class, Oliver Mortimer won again and was 7th o/a. He had passed Paul Rankin’s Westfield on lap, leaving the other 3 Cooper S cars behind the Westfield, with Paul Wilson making it past Stuart Buchan on lap 5 to be 2nd Mini.
Race 2 - Former champion Andrew Morison had his TCR Seat Leon fired up, and in his best drive this year Andrew Morrison won race 2. He started slowly and fell to 4th from 2nd on lap 1. By lap 2 he was 2nd having demoted Alastair Baptie’s MG then William Robson’s Focus at the hairpin, which was the first corner in reverse direction format. He then chased after the leader Robert Drummond. Andrew caught him on lap 3 and passed the Escort Cosworth that lap at the chicane. He then raced well clear, as Drummond held 2nd through to the flag. In 3rd William Robson with his Ford Focus RS eased away from Oliver Mortimer, who had his Mini Cooper S well up, as Baptie had retired on lap 3. Paul Wilson in another Mini was next up keeping within a second of Mortimer virtually all the way.
Andrew Morrison said ‘everything seemed to come together, I’m delighted to have a win and get the reverse direction sorted’.