Saloons & Sportscar ChampionshipBack to July 2018
Round 5 & 6 both 12 laps
July saw several front runners missing, though Ron Cummings returned with totally rebuilt car, now painted red. He and guest David Headen each won their first races of the season at Knockhill.
Round 5 Ron led from pole with his Nemisis kit car. He was clear leader virtually all the way, chased by guest and former regular David Headen in a Caterham. Ron was 5 seconds clear at mid distance, but then David started to catch him. On the last lap David Headen finally caught Ron at the last corner, and Ron’s car didn’t accelerate strongly out of the hairpin, as gearbox selection issues slowed it, while David’s car didn’t falter. It was almost a dead heat on the line. Instead two hundredths of a second was the tiny gap as David won. William Robson was a distant 3rd having taken the place from a quick starting Paul Rankin’s Westfield on lap 2. Robson as over 20 seconds behind the two leaders, but kept the same gap to Rankin by the end of the race. In the Cooper S Cup Oliver Mortimer won again, after having Paul Wilson close for a couple of laps, then he opened out a 3 second gap by lap 4 and held this to the flag. Behind Wilson there were further Cooper S battles, as Stuart Buchan held off Frasier Jamieson. These two were nose to tail until lap 7 when they ran up the hill side by side, but Buchan held the place, then a lap later Jamieson got past and raced away. Callum Dryburgh was 5th in the Cooper S Cup, well ahead of the BMW Z3 of Scott Duthie.
David Headen said, I gave it a bit of a beasting, and had new slick tyres on, but the tyres are going off after 3 laps. Then on the last lap a water leak caused a bit of a panic. I think the radiator is damaged .’
Oly Mortimer said, ‘I think Paul Wilson had a problem. His car was quick through the back of the track. These Minis (Cooper S) are great to race, there are other cars out there, and it would be great to see 10 of them.’
Round 6 started with Ron Cumming rocketing away from the grid, and this time he built up a bigger lead. He won by over 20 seconds, and took a win for the first time this year in his Nemesis. David Headen was runner up with the Caterham, 13 seconds ahead of William Robson’s Focus. Though again the Focus was beaten off the line by Pau Rankin’s Westfield. Rankin kept the Westfield ahead of the turbo charged Focus until lap 3. He then finished 4th over 20 seconds back. Oliver Mortimer led the Cooper S Cup cars home. He led all the way but stayed only a couple of seconds behind Rankin until mid distance then the Westfield eased away to finish 10 seconds up the road. Mortimer had Paul Wilson chasing him, and the gap stayed at 2-3 seconds until lap 8, when it grew to 4 seconds. Stuart Buchan ran 3rd in the Cooper S Cup and battled all race with Cooper S of Frasier Jamieson. They ran nose to tail until lap 11 when they were side by side at MacIntyres, but Buchan held on and got away over the last 2 laps.
Ron Cumming said, ‘Thank god I got a race win. Had the same gearbox problem but tried something different as I knew I needed a big lead. I dedicate this win to the memory of Martin Birrane, owner of Lola Cars. I drove his cars all over the world and he sadly passed away a few weeks ago.’