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Relentless Rain Ruins Half Of The Racing At A
Seriously Soggy Snetterton
Despite plenty of warm sunshine in the period leading up to this event, the forecast was not good for the last Club meeting
of 2008, as the racing circus made its way across to the superb 1.95-mile Norfolk track. The exciting prospect of close
racing to decide those championships which still hung in the balance, some of which had two races over the weekend,
together with an outstanding grid for the British Motor Heritage 4-Hour Relay Race, certainly whetted the appetite.
Saturday dawned dry and bright, but there fastest of whom was Chris Acklam, who worked hard to get back into contention, but
was a very strong and chilly wind blowing in claimed pole position from Philip Goddard by negotiating the traffic left him much to do. As
from the nearby east coast. Qualifying was four tenths. Andy Green and Tony Lees the race approached its conclusion, he
reasonably incident free, apart from a couple shared the second row in similar machines. managed to get within 2.5 seconds of
of mechanical breakdowns and an inversion Peter Samuels was the quickest MG, placing Goddard to secure third place. Ken Paton
at the Bomb Hole by one of the ZRs. his B Roadster on the third row, beside Tony took the Jaguar D Type Replica to the Class C
Following very stern words at the Rivers. victory and Samuels was the best MG and
lunchtime drivers’ briefing by Ron Gammons, As the lights went out, the massive roar of winner of Class B. Not all the exciting dicing
mainly concerning flag signals and on-track V8 engines heralded the leaders’ approach to happened at the head of the field, however.
behaviour when the safety car was deployed, Riches, but the pole sitter was not having it all There was a monumental scrap for 12th to
the assembled crowd applauded the efforts his way, as Lees made a brilliant get away and 15th places, as only 0.02 seconds split the D
of the Club’s Chief Marshal, John Watson, put his nose in front of Acklam, with Green Type Replicas of Peter Dubsky and Tim Falce:
and his wife Dot, who were retiring. Dave and Goddard scrapping for third. Only a with Colin Jones, MGA Twin Cam, and Mike
Saunders paid tribute to their outstanding second split the first three, as they began their Hazelwood, TR6, breathing heavily down
efforts and dedication over many years and second tour, but Goddard seemed to be their exhaust pipes; just a second dividing the
presented them with gifts to mark the having some difficulty keeping up. This order four of them as they took the flag. Martin
occasion, they will be very sadly missed. remained, but on lap 4, Green made a Lewis took the Class A spoils in an MGB
However, John has said that he will still attend mistake and demoted himself to sixth place. Roadster.
some of our race meetings next year. As the race unfolded, the leading two were at Next out was the first of two races over
Right on cue, the competitors for the first it hammer and tongs, sometimes only a mere the weekend to decide the overall champion
race, the Zero Exhausts Thoroughbred 0.25 seconds between them. However, by and class winners of the MGCC Kerridges MG
Sportscar Championship, made their way the eighth lap, they had caught up with the Trophy series and things could not have been
onto the grid. This series has provided slower cars and a moment’s indiscretion cost tighter at the top. Chris Bray hung onto an
fantastic action throughout the season and Acklam dearly, as he fell down the order. This extremely slender two-point advantage over
today’s qualifying had seen the quickest times pushed Goddard back to second place, some Paul Wallace; who, in turn, was only a single
again posted by the Morgan V8 brigade; the 8.5 seconds adrift of the leader. Acklam point ahead of 17-year-old, Charlie Brown.
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