Leicester-Jaguars have rarely featured in endurance racing, but James Cottingham and Max Gerardo reversed that trend on Sunday, topping three Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe provocations at the three-hour Royal Automobile Club Pall Mall event, the climax of the massive motor racing broadcast live on the holiday. Legends weekend at the historic Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
The trophy was awarded to the teams, however, Hot Shots – Roy Alderslade/Andrew Jordan (Daytona Coupe), Chris Fox/Nick Pink (Lotus Elan) and Karsten Le Blanc/Christiaen van Lanschot (Austin-Healey 3000 DD300) – with nine points . his rivals.
With wet spots off the line, and a legacy of a deluge — and a small hurricane — delaying qualifying, Cottingham rigged Gerardo’s car with a Costin body at first. Lowfield left, though, under pressure from British superstar Rory Butcher in a William Poole Jaguar E-type and 43 car, driven by Irishman Michael Cullen’s Daytona Coupe and Harvey Stanley in DK Engineering’s Huffaker E-type. “I got out of the lock-up, I got back off the grass and did a three-point turn,” said Cottingham, who came in in the 19th round.
Butcher then pulled out of the straight hauler on lap four, making a short hiatus in the car. The car was returned to its place in the pits, a half-broken shaft was replaced. So Stanley led, but Cottingham quickly moved forward, and Gareth Burnett followed suit, charging ex-Michael Birch/Graham Hill’s Lotus 15. Miles Griffith, flying in Elan, was teasing Burnett as he was getting deeper into the gravel at Club on lap 14.
Ben Jill Cobra hit his car to fourth before George Bushol (Daytona Coupe) and Nick Slip (Cobra) went on. Burnett hooked up Birch and Cottingham pinning Gerardo apart, as Jordan was already halfway through the stint with Alderslade. Gerardo equalized the tally of his partner’s rotational turn in Stowe before starting in a very consistent rhythm ahead of Birch, who ceded to Richard Bradley after five laps.
Jordan cut his one-minute delay behind Gerardo before Alderslade resumed, with Rob Hall finishing third in the French-Lebanese Cobra Greg O’Day and Jeremy Cottingham fourth in the DK Jag. All eyes were on Bradley, catching the fastest cobra, with the realistic prospect of late pop in Leicester. Alas Bradley was pressed into the rails at Becketts during the lappery and Lotus fell into a rear suspension failure.
James Colborne (Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT), HRDC Allstars/Classic Alfa, Silverstone 2021
Photo by: Mick Walker
The closing stages were impressive as Sam Tordoff (who succeeded Buddy Shuvlin in Colin’s car) and Ole Bryant (who was Matt Wrigley’s place at Pochciol’s) rolled Alderslade. When Gerardo brought James Cottingham back to Leicester, new tires were installed during the mandatory five-minute pit stop and the Daytona Coupe trio canceled their relay in the two laps. Bryant and Tordoff – who set the fastest lap – beat Alderslade, but Cottingham was 47 seconds ahead of Ole in the net. Alderslade also cut the distance, by a lap over Audi and Joel Wickham (who took the slips Cobra from Alex Montgomery), with class winners Stanley and Marcus Wheeler pinning Will and Michael Shriver of the Ilan Chapcraft Coupe, seventh and eighth.
Saturday’s classic Jaguar challenge was the domain of soloist Gary Pearson, but Richard Kent (Dick Prothero Cut 7 FHC) briefly snatched the lead, then pushed his partner Chris Ward Pearson to the limit. Mark Donnor/Andrew Smith completed a Pearsons Engineering 1-2-3 certification.
The flop halted Stirling Moss Trophy leader Lester Gag, Pearson, as Bradley advanced in a Birch Lotus. Ward (in Steve Osborne’s Lister, started by Rob Smith) was heading relentlessly when fuel pickup issues stopped Bradley on the last lap. Second and third place are Mark Cole (Lotus 11) and Mike Grant Peterkin/Pat Blakeney Edwards (Cooper Jaguar T38), the RAC Woodcote Cup winners.
Paul Minsley won Sunday’s Historic Car Challenge in style on a drying track in a Murray Carter Netcomm in honor of the Ford Sierra RS500 after breaking the Nissan Skylines of Simon Jarrad and Rick Wood/Freddie Hunt. Hunt, the son of the 1977 British Grand Prix winner, was preparing to rob Mensley when fuel pressure problems spoiled his dream.
Richard Dutton (Lotus Cortina) presided over the historic Jack Sears Trophy Racing Club before the ’66 set until he was overtaken by Jason Minshaw in a Ford Mustang at Mark Burton. Cortinas came in second and third after Neil Brown beat Ireland’s David Dickinson. Alfista James Colborne defended through a cracked quintet from the Dunlop Allstars/Classic Alfa Challenge, shadowing Richard Merrill (GT Junior two-liter) and Bullster’s brother Ben Colburn (Mini Cooper S).
Donington Park MSVR: Osborne Top Focus Cup Class
Jamie Osborne, Fox Cup, Donington Park 2021
Photo by: Steve Jones
Ginetta Jr alumnus Jamie Osborne racked up three wins out of three in his debut at the Focus Cup at Donington Park.
From the lead, Osborne immediately grasped the turbine mechanism and made a decisive escape on the opening lap of the first wet race, with Simon Walton leading the initial chase from Louis Ryan. After Ryan was sent off on lap three, Simon Rudd rode on Walton, taking second place in the race three laps later. But Osborne was out of the way, winning by more than 12 seconds from Rudd, who took the title. Walton kept Ryan in third place.
Ian Mitchell led the opening lap of race two before running wide, and so Ryan and Osborne headed the four-car break. Osborne quickly jumped at Old Hairpin’s rivals, while Ryan, Walton and Rudd blasted off behind.
When Osborne’s captain became impregnable again, the second became a four-car fight, with Scott Barkin. At chicane for the fifth time, Parkin appeared in third place and immediately closed in on Ryan. On the lap, Parkin was clear in second, taking the flag 4.7secs over the dominant Osborne. Rod just stuck to third place from Ryan as the rain returned.
With Osborne starting sixth on a partially inverted grid at the end, a third win seemed unlikely. Gary Mitchell initially drove off Walton, while Osborne was third by the end of the opening lap. Then the safety car showed up, and from the green flag Osborne tried to get around Mitchell outside at Ridgate. While he was running wide on the wet track, he dropped to seventh, with Parkin finishing second and Walton’s duel with Ryan in third.
With Walton on the Ridget pebbles a lap later, Osborne is back in third. He quickly snatched Barkin, before snatching Mitchell’s lead at Kubis with a lap to score an impressive hat-trick. Mitchell was second, while Parkin managed to fend off Roode for his second podium finish of the day.
Mark Charters (Mallock Mk21), Clubmans Sports Model, Donington Park 2021
Photo by: Steve Jones
Nobody can live with the pace of Mark Charteris’ Clubmans Sports model. The Malloch Mk21 had already started to build a significant lead over the Phantom Mathieu Gauthier-Thornton, who was faster than the best CSP1 cars in wet qualifying, in the first race when the safety car came out for four laps. From the green flag, charterers quickly became clear again, with Gauthier Thornton Malloch and champion Steve Dickens escaping as well, while Peter Richings led a three-way battle for fourth. While the main trio was standing at the flag, Malloch hit Clive Woods in front of the pursuers on lap seven of the ninth.
The red flag was raised on the second race before heavy rain, and it was a victory for the lights to the flag for charterers once again. Dickens finished second early on, with Richings taking Steve Chaplin (Phantom) in third. But Wood recovered from the first lap to get a second late, helped by Dickens who had brake problems. It was the third richness.
There was another double winner in the Elise Cup, with Jason McNulty outperforming. He led from the opening lap of race one, but behind him, there was a duel between David Alexander and Alex Poole, split by just 0.218sec at the flag, with Mick Edwards fourth alone.
Matthias Radstock was in charge of the second race, but he couldn’t stop McInulty’s onslaught across the field. From 10th on the net, he drove to Ridget on lap 9 of 12, heading home to Radstich, Edwards and Mark Yates.
I’ve driven Chris Bassett’s Peugeot 306 GTI since the start of his first TrackAttack race, but he was almost caught by David Clarke (Renault 5 Turbo). Bassett pounced off the lead in the second race, leaving Andrew Neal’s 106-winner inches behind Clark.
Knockhill SMRC: Weddell lands with the Miniature Crown
Michael Wedel, Scottish Minis, Knucklehill 2021
Photography: Jim Muir
Knockhill ran in the opposite direction to the end of the season for the Scottish Motor Racing Club, but there was no reversal in luck for Michael Weddell, who sealed the Mini Cooper Scottish Cup title in the opening race.
The track was wet and slippery after a morning rain, and the Scots opened their Minis with the two championships running together, but split on the net. The Cooper S R53 cars started to lead and Andrew Lamont won both races. But the less powerful Cooper Cup cars had three different winners.
First race leader Neil Howes overtook Weddell on the penultimate lap, but Weddell stayed second and won his first championship title. He also drove the second race hose to the fourth lap of 12, before Craig Blake clinched the advantage and beat Hose and Dylan O’Donnell for the win.
Only Cooper cars participated in the third race and the top six places on the grid were reversed. From the second row, Chad Little broke into the lead, but turned halfway around the lap, giving O’Donnell the spot. But Little was on the offensive, regained the lead by lap six, and then pulled out to claim the win. O’Donnell and Howes battled for second, until Hose ran into a hair turn on the last lap, so Gordon Long finished third.
Olly Mortimer, Scottish Cup Fiesta ST, Knockhill 2021
Photography: Jim Muir
Three guest drivers dominated the Scottish Fiesta Cup. Multi-Saloon Champion Olly Mortimer had two good wins with 2013 Fiesta ST Champion George Orr finishing second both times. Orr dropped to fourth in the first race, then moved back to second after facing Mini GCW rider Liam Lambert, who lost third place in the final round to new champ Stephen Grey. Mortimer managed to outrun again in the second race, while Orr ran with Lambert on his bumper. But Lambert was disqualified after the race for overtaking during a safe car period, promoting Gray to third.
John Kenmond led from pole position in the first race of the Scottish Classics in the Rover SD1. But Shaunnie Patterson was moving in his Triumph TR8, lowering Adam Bernard’s Porsche 911 on lap two, before overtaking Rover for the lead as they knocked out mid-race. Second for Kenmond, still giving him the championship, while Andrew Graham placed third in the TR8.
The second race followed a similar pattern: Kenond drove again from the start and Patterson beat Bernard in the first corner to chase Kenmond. They ran from nose to tail for a few laps, before the rover slid wide to exit a hairpin. Patterson dived past the TR8, then walked away. Kinmond held onto second place despite a late BMW 3 Series challenge from Philip Russell.
Scottish C1 Cup rookie Sam Corson has two impressive wins. In the first race, Kyle Nisbett, Ryan Smith and reigning champion Ross Dunn drove, with 1.4 seconds to cover the top four. Corson took the lead on the second lap in the second contest from Nisbet, eventually winning from Smith. Dunn ran fourth behind Calum Conway and retained the title. His main rival for the crown, Dan Martin, made a heroic drive from 16th to 5th but that wasn’t enough.
Marcus Bay, Peter Scherer, and Kevin Beck reports. Photos of Mick Walker, Steve Jones and Jim Muir. Want more reports from the world of national motorsport? Subscribe today and don’t miss the chance to solve the weekly motorsport with Autosport magazine.