Cadwell Park 8th/9th September – “Classic Thunder” Championship
For rounds 9 & 10 of the BARC Classic Thunder Championship, the team made the short trip to Lincolnshire and to one of their favourite circuits; Cadwell Park.
Running 3rd in class behind the Nissan Skyline of Darren Bly, Vaughan Fletcher and his “Scoobyclinic” prepared Subaru Impreza aimed to close the gap on his rivals. Qualifying netted a respectable 4th place behind cars with around a 300 bhp advantage! On pole was the new BMW M3 of Garrie Whittaker, with Andy Robinson 2nd in his Ford Falcon, and alongside Vaughan was the Skyline of Mark Biggers.
From the off, Robinson unleashed the brute force of the ex-Australian touring car and took the lead from Whittaker. Biggers held 3rd, and Vaughan kept 4th place, already pulling away from the chasing pack. Lap 3 saw the first of the race’s red flags, when the Holden Monaro of Joss Ronchetti decided to dispense with its propshaft and spat it out on the crest of “The Mountain”.
The resulting oil slick meant the race had to be stopped on the grounds of safety, and the remaining car’s regrouped on the grid. Unfortunately a collision during the restart meant another red flag, and the untimely end to the race.
With an almost identical grid for race 2, it was Vaughan who took 3rd from Whittaker, as Robinson and Biggers took off like a proverbial scalded cat!
As the race unfolded, the BMW fought back with Vaughan defending his position for as long as possible until he found his way passed. This left Vaughan in 4th, and in front of a rapidly closing Adie Hawkins in his Alfa Romeo 33. With 500bhp and 800kg, it was only a matter of time before the ex-Italian touring car found its way through, although he was made to fight for the position as he was kept at bay for 5 laps.
The rest of the race unfolded without drama, with a 2nd in class and 5th overall to add to the 2nd in class and 4th overall from race 1. The results mean the gap to 2nd in class now sits at just 1 point. The team will next be out at Anglesey on the 29th/30th September for rounds 11 and 12 of the “Euro Saloon” championship.
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