EERC Preview – Donington Park, August 5
The Usual Suspects / New Faces
No, that’s not the mid-summer Saturday afternoon
TV schedule of films and repeats, but a fitting heading to the EERC’s
entry list this weekend.
Just a one day meeting, on Saturday, cramming all
four of the club’s series in, as well as a guesting Alfashop
Alfa Romeo counter too, and the entry is looking very healthy.
the Porsche 935 Replica of Richard Chamberlain / John Allen has
yet to post the result it deserves, being plagued with tyre and
mechanical issues, but the Porsche GT3RS of Peter Cook and Franck
Pelle has been driven hard and fast to a string of good finishes,
notably an overall win at Snetterton.
competition will come, however, from the Rollcentre Mosler of Kevin
Riley and Ian Flux (running on Dunlops this week, of course), and
the ever-improving Nigel Mustill, his Opel V8Star being shared at
Donington by the exuberant Phil Bennett.
The teutonic hold of the GT3 class is broken only
by the Bo McCormick / Calum Lockie Ferrari 360, and the similar
Damax car of David Back, but otherwise it’s BMW vs. Porsche.
Peter Seldon and Willie Moore will be bringing along their V8 GTRs,
supplemented by the Bilmo vehicle of Peter Hardman and Nick Leventis,
a potential winner at Spa in June, before it hit trouble as the
race drew to a close.
The pair of brutal-looking Torquespeed M3 E36s will
be there too, taking on a phalanx of Porsche Cup machines, including
those new faces. Ex-Britsports competitors Simon Leighton and John
Taylor purchased the ex-Damien Faulkner winning Cup car from Team
Parker in “a drunken haze during a Christmas dinner in January”,
and got to grips with it for the first time a fortnight ago in the
Bill Taylor Trophy at Brands Hatch, where they had a steady run.
That Bill Taylor race has some considerable relevance to this weekend’s
proceedings; Mark Sumpter won on the road, but second-placed Pete
Chambers scooped the actual Trophy on handicap, and the pair will
share Chambers’ familiar red and silver Cup car at Donington.
Chambers battled long and hard for his second place in the Porsche
race with burly midlander Pete Morris, the two of them forming an
instant mutual admiration club as they climbed from their cars,
and Morris joins Henry Firman as usual in the 911virgin.com 911
GT Cup class car.
Just one more point from that Bill Taylor race;
John-Marc Rotsaert (Head of R + D for Pepsi-Cola) and Jon Gaw (Sales
Director of Walkers Crisps) had a stunning run in their 996 there,
Rotsaert holding steady in the first half, then ex-Caterham and
Clio racer Gaw hauling the car back from two laps down, before throwing
it into the gravel on the penultimate lap as he tried to seize second
place from the squabbling Chambers and Morris. Definitely one to
Of course, you should never discount a Cup class
car to be at the front come the end of the race, so watch out for
the GTS Motorsport BMW M3 of Harry Handkammer and David Leslie,
and the Topcats Marcos Mantis of Mick Mercer and Richard Fores,
statistically one of the most consistent runners in the series.
V8 Supercars series got off to a cautious start
at Snetterton, Adam Sharpe showing his class in the Fords Falcon,
as did Steve Wood in the Wood / Scott Racing Jaguar V8Star, Tim
Hood’s TVR Sagaris, and Peter Seldon in his BMW GTR. Sharpe
will be racing in Australia this weekend, but Wood / Scott, Hood,
and Seldon will be returning, as will the very-welcome Tuscan Challenge
brigade, including Darren Dowling and Steve Glynn.
and reworked cars should be breaking cover – the Peugeot XRV8
of Kelvin Burt, and Rob Compton’s 6.6 litre Vauxhall Belmont
- and Warren Gilbert will be piloting the Topcats self-built TVR
Sagaris (two class podium finishes in its Britcar debut at Brands
Add to this
the Riley / Flux Mosler, Kevin Clarke’s Mercedes, and Willie
Moore’s BMW GTR, and an exciting grid of around 20 cars looks
The Juno marque’s
stronghold in Britsports was broken last time out
at Brands Hatch, Howard Spooner (Radical), and Dave Shelton / Nigel
Greensall (Yamitsu) taking the wins, and they will be back in an
attempt to repeat the performance. The Juno works cars, with Mike
Roberts and Dave Mountain in the driving line-ups, and privateer
Rob Oldershaw, will be looking to restore the equilibrium, but will
have to also contend with the Prosport LM3000 of Michael Christopher
/ Ian Flux, and the similar (former British GT) car of very welcome
EERC seasoned campaigner Simon Scuffham.
will be making its Britsports debut, in the hands of Mike Richardson,
and the very busy Phil Bennett.
S1 result could be anybody’s call – the Brown
/ White M3, the Geoff Steel BMWs, the older E30 of Nigel Stephens
/ Fergus Campbell, and the Mardi Gras Honda Civic of John George
and (again) Phil Bennett, are all strong contenders. In Class 3,
it should be a straight fight between the Gary Smith / Stuart Plotnek
MG ZR, and the Honda Civic of rapidly-improving novice Jonathan
Ridley-Holloway and coach Simon Mason, who is a coming-man, in the
Lockie / Greensall / Flux vein.