2016 Championship

Calendar & Race Reports

17th April CASTLE COMBE – Race Report
4th – 5th June SNETTERTON 2 Races – Race Report
19th June CADWELL PARK 2 Races – Race Report – Article 2
CROFT 2 Races – Race Report
29th Aug OULTON PARK Article 1Article 2
17th Sept BRANDS HATCH 2 Races – Race Report 
SILVERSTONE

 

Points Table

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NoClassNameCCSNETTSNETTCPCPCroft 1Croft 2OPBH1BH2SILV Total
A Sport
AMark Charteris1515
14
15
14
15
14
15
15
14
15
161
ASpencer McCarthy10
10

8
10
1
10
10
10
8
77
AAlan Cook
1
7
7
6
10
7
6
7
7
7
7
72
AJohn Harrison
1010
1

6
10
37
ADavid Wale
6


7


6
6
5
4
34
ASteve Chaplin
1
6
5
7
7
1
27
AMark Hales
7
8
10
25
AMike Evans
8
8
8
24
ARob Manson
6
5
8
19
AMike Lane
1
8
8
0
17
APeter Belsey

6
8
1
15
AMalcolm Jackson
8
0
0
6
14
AMartin Halliday
5
4
9
APeter Carter
1
1
0
5
7
AAnthony Denham
1
1
0
5
7
Entry No’s97
8
6
6
6
6
8
7
7
8
7.09
B Sport
BBarry Webb
10
14
13
15
14
15
10
107
108
BClive Wood
15
8
2
12
14
10
15
14
12
102
BAdam Wheeler
8
6
3
1
10
13
10
8
8
6
13
86
BJohn Muirhead
657
10
81
6
6
4
5
58
BTrish Hunter
3

6
8
7

8
5
5
2
4
6
54
BPhil Hart
7
4
1
7
7
5
7
8
46
BRachel Green
10
10
7
7
1
35
BStephen Littler
3
2
5
7
6
4
1
0
5
33
BDave Facer
8
8
1
0
6
8
1
32
BAlan Davenport
5
2
4
3
3
17
BDavid Barnett
6
8
14
BIan Mitchell
4
4
Entry No’s8
10
10
5
5
7
7
7
10
10
7
7.82
Class C
CRichard Mallock
6
6
12
CScott Goodfellow
1
0
1
CInvitation
CRoger Waite
444
8
20
CPete Needham
15
15
CBruce Balchin
1
0
10
11
CGraham Briggs
7
7
CAndrew Colley
11
Entry No’s1
1
2
2
1
1

1
51.27
Total Entry No’s17
18
19
1111
15
15
16
18
18
20
16.18181818
Both (Fastest qualifying and fastest race lap)**No points (Not HSCC member)
Fastest qualifying lap*No points for invitation class
Fastest race Lap

2016 SEASON REVIEW

BARRY WEBB TOOK ‘B’ CLASS HONOURS AT FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON WHILST MARK CHARTERIS TOTALLY DOMINATED ‘A’ CLASS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

The 2016 season has proved to be a challenging one for Classic Clubmans. The year started on a sad note with the loss of Classic Clubmans founder, David Childs, after his long battle with illness.

Our grid numbers have been a little down on the previous year. We had our invitation class in the Derek Bell Championship unexpectedly withdrawn during the latter stages of the season, prior to the Gold Cup at Oulton Park, bringing to an end our excellent association with the DB formula. We also had to contend with an ‘interim’ season on tyres after the demise of the much cherished Dunlop Clubmans contol tyre. For 2017 Avon A24 is the control tyre but this year we had a mix of old and new being used. So yes challenging…..but excellent, exciting racing throughout the season!

The ‘B’ Sport Class was a closely contested championship with Barry Webb securing it at the last race at Silverstone, his smooth, consistant style often disguising how quick a driver he really is. His Championship is richly deserved with 5 wins and 3 second places from 9 races. His Mallock MK16 in eyecatching period ‘Delapena’ livery is always a credit to Barry and his brother Paul. Second was last year’s champion Clive Wood (Mallock Mk20B). His season was blighted with reliability issues and a bout of illness, however, he kept Barry honest with 4 wins and 3 second places – including 2 wins at the penultimate round at Brands Hatch to set up the final round decider. Third this season was the ever improving Adam Wheeler in his Dave Facer run MK16. He scored his first win at Croft and won again at Silverstone with another 2 second places completing a very successful year. John Muirhead (Mallock Mk18) came fourth just ahead of Trish Hunter’s MK16 in fifth. Phil Hart completed the top six in another Mk16 claiming a fine third at The Finals race – surely a promising 2017 beckons for him.

 

 

Mark Charteris totally dominated ‘A’ Class, winning all rounds and being on pole and setting fastest lap at every race in his immaculate MK20/21. A brilliant seasons racing. The battle for second & third in ‘A’ Class went to the last race at Silverstone with Spencer McCarthy (Mallock Mk20B) narrowly beating Alan Cook in another Mallock Mk20 after an intense race long dice. An excellent reward for Spencer and his entrant Peter Garton considering they missed 3 races with mechanical issues. Alan Cook’s third place overall again emphasized his continual improvement and consistancy. John Harrison was fourth in ‘A’ Class entering just 5 races and concentrating on using the slower control Avon A24 tyres. This included 3 second place finishes. Newcomer David Wale brought the ex Rob Manson car to fifth overall in his first season of Classic Clubmans racing. He will certainly feature strongly next year when he competes in all the rounds. Steve Chaplin was the first non Mallock in ‘A’ Class. Steve only competed in 6 races and had reliability issues but still managed to bring his Phantom home in sixth place.

 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

     

      

            

Two meetings stand out in another enjoyable season, the 50th ‘Birthday’ event at Castle Combe and the Snetterton Autosport meeting.

It was great to be back at Combe again, everyone always enjoys the fast Wiltshire track which has benefited from a significant amount of resurfacing since we were last there. The ‘50th’ parade of period competitors coupled with the large varied race programme made for a splendid start to the season.
The June Snetterton Autosport weekend was blessed with wonderful weather, two exciting races both won by Mark Charteris, with two class wins for Barry in B class, plus the first running of the Pre 1972 Trophy event which was one by Richard Mallock in a Mallock Mk 5. Our Saturday evening BBQ for all in warm Norfolk sunshine was greatly enjoyed, even the washing up in the glorious sunset seemed perfect !! Motorsport doesn’t get much better.

       

    

  

          

New arrivals to the Classic Clubmans family this season were Peter Belsey driving the rare and interesting A classHaggispeed Mk10. Peter previously competed for many years in Formula Vee. The previously mentioned David Wale in a Mallock Mk20/21. David is also a very experinced racer who at one time raced in Clubmans Oceanair in the 1980’s.

Anthony Denham debuted his beautifully prepared orange A class Phantom P80 at the HSCC Birthhday parade at the Silverstone Classic. This combo is sure to feature next season. Rachel Green brought out the only surviving Harrison/Penfold B class car and scored two second places at Snetterton, reliability and an accident robbed her of a full championship.

       

We were pleased to embrace a new Invitation Class Initiative for Historic Sports 2000 proposed by the HSCC and this joint venture started from Croft onwards. At Silverstone there were five S2000 cars entered with Peter Needham (Tiga SC82) the leading car at the flag. We will be continuing with this invitation class next season when there will be a new trophy awarded to the most successful entrant of this class for the year.

Huge thanks must go to Sheila and Kerry and their helpers who again provided the wonderful hospitality for us all. Brilliant job everybody. Our marquee has really become an important part of Classic Clubmans racing creating a welcome focal point for meeting and socialising with friends old and new.

Thanks also must go to Graham White, Alan Jones and the team notably Carrie, Donna and Myra whose hard work make the race weekends so enjoyable.

Photos: Jeff Bloxham & John Luke Muirhead

 


HSCC AWARDS NIGHT

DONT THEY SCRUB UP NICE?…..here are our 2016 Championship winners and finalists. Mark Charteris A Class Champion & Alan Cook 3rd in A Class. Barry Webb B Class Champion, Clive Wood 2nd & Adam Wheeler 3rd in B Class, with their HSCC awards presented to them on the HSCC AWARDS NIGHT at Whittlebury Hall.  It was a great night with the first 3 class finishers all receiving awards and the CLASSIC CLUBMANS lot enjoying a fine dinner and sharing some moves on the dance floor !!  More pics to follow when we track them down – you know the ones – out of focus and shaky iPhones haha !!  

Keen eyed people will notice that 2nd place man for A Class is missing from the line up …here he is with his wife Louise.

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This is the Championship winning pair Mark & Barry collecting their CLASSIC CLUBMANS end of season awards at Silverstone -considerably more casually attired and the cups appear to be much bigger – who says size doesn’t matter !!img_0817-2


CLASSIC CAR SHOW NEC

Classic Clubmans was invited to participate in the HSCC stand at the CLASSIC CAR SHOW at the NEC.  This vast, prestigious, show incorporated all aspects of classic cars and was held over 3 days.  We were promoting B SPORTS class as the entrance level racing for the HSCC – an affordable and accessible way into historic racing for all.  JOHN MUIRHEAD’S Mallock MK18 was on display and John himself manned the stand on the Friday & Sunday, with Dave Facer (B SPORT rep) holding the fort on the Saturday. They were there to answer questions and generally chat about all things Clubmans – thanks guys !

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CLASSSIC CLUBMANS PARADE AT SILVERSTONE CLASSIC

3 CLASSIC CLUBMANS cars represented us at the Silverstone Classic in the HSCC parade yesterday 31st July.  Thanks to John Drinkwater, driving Anthony Denham’s newly finished A class Phantom, B class stalwarts Trish & Brian Hunter (Brian driving in main pic)in their Mallock Mk16 and Colin Ralph driving Bill Pearce’s C class Mk4 Mallock.  An excellent promotion for CLASSIC CLUBMANS at this prestigious meeting – well done everyone

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PRE ’72 TROPHY RACE @ SNETTERTON

The first running of the Pre ’72 Trophy was won by RICHARD MALLOCK in BILL PEARCE’S Mallock MK4.  Seeing Richard in one of his father’s early creations was a special moment for us all in HSCC Classic Clubmans and quite fitting that Richard’s name is the first to be engraved onto the new trophy.

Many people have expressed interest in this erstwhile dormant C Class.  We hope to see more cars joining in the future.

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TWO SIDES TO ROB MANSON

A brilliant weekend was crowned by a champagne toast to ‘RACING FRIENDS & HELPERS’.  This was a very generous gesture by ROB MANSON, our Californian competitor, who raced with us on Sunday in his Mallock MK21 A Class car.  Rob had brought over, from the USA, two of his early flat head American Roadsters and raced his Baldwin Mercury Special in the Archie Scott Brown event earlier in the day. These cars started road racing in California after WW2.  Rob would like to thank all those who made racing these wonderful cars possible.

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