Donington Park – 30th May 2021 – 3 race reports

Donington Park – 30th May 2021 – 3 race reports

 CSCC Donington Derby Race Weekend – Donington Park National – 30th May 2021 – JMC Racing Special Saloons and Modsports on the same grid as Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s.

Three 15-minute races in one day, reported by Marcus Bicknell from viewing the live video on YouTube and the TSL Timing sheets where you can see ALL THE RESULTS AND TIMES… https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=CSCC/2021/212164mod.pdf

Photos, right. Andrew Knight, Matt Snowball and Stuart Entwhistle bring their V8 stock cars to the assembly area.

Flash report – RACE 1

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s won by #56 Matt HOLBEN in his TVR Tuscan 4500 (photo, left) – he was 4th overall. #54 Christopher Ridge (TVR Tuscan 6200) was 2nd (9th overall) in a gaggle with Mathew SMITH (TVR Chimaera), Clive LETHERBY (TVR Tuscan 4500) and Aaron MOYCE (TVR Tuscan 4500) . Cheng and Andy 6th, Robin Gray (Pontiac Trans AM) 7th, Andrew Knight (Pontiac Ascar) 8th, Matt Snowball (Plymouth Cuda 6685) 9th and Mark Bowd (Ford GT40 5800) 10th. Our other finishers were Stuart Entwhistle (Chevy Monte Carlo) and Travis Paterson in Derek Drinkwater’s newly-built Buick Regal 5700.

Flash report – RACE 2

Like Race 1, the second race of the day had some stoppages. The first was after 5 minutes when Ian Hall in his Triumph TR7 V8 special (which was driven by Jim Seward in the first race) came off the track at Schwantz Curve and triggered a red flag after 3 laps. Matt Holben was a fraction slower than in race 1 and was knobbled by Joe Ward (Baby Bertha) and Rod Birley (BMW E36 slicks and wings); Matt won the Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s group but was 6th overall. The battling TVRs finished line astern again, Mat Smith (photo, right), Clive Letherby and Aaron Moyce. Robin Gray (Pontiac Trans AM) was 5th (14th overall) then a gaggle of our boys Matt Snowball, Stuart Entwhistle, Mark Bowd, Andy Lambert and Travis Paterson. Christopher Ridge and Andrew Knight were not among the 22 finishers. From what we could see on the live video transmission, there was good racing and a good time had by all.

All the results at https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=CSCC/2021/212164mod.pdf

Flash report – RACE 3

Brilliant sunshine… summer is here at last, even if late. As last year at Donington the last laps of racing seem to spring the surprises. The Special Saloons & Modsports were throwing it all over the place, so Stuart Entwhistle, looking racey all day and on the pace at 1’26, did the gentlemanly thing and dropped his sublime Chevy Monte Carlo coming out of Redgate on lap 5.

Up at the front, the popular and talented Clive Anderson in his yellow BMW E30 special could not make the impresison he had in Race 2 (finishing 2nd) and faded to 6th. Wayne Crabtree (Ford RS200, winner of races 1 and 2) left the track on the pits straight, got going again and then pitted definitively after 6 laps. The winner was Malcolm Harding in his Ford Escort Mk2 2600 slick’n’wings who had finished 3rd in Race 2. Joe Ward brought Baby Bertha in 2nd, Pantelis Christoforou (also Ford Escort Mk2 2600 slick’n’wings) 3rd and Rod Birley (678 race wins to the end of 2020, and counting) 4th.

That put Matt Holben, winner of all three races in the Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s group today, into 5th on the road baheadc iof Clive Anderson and Martin Reynolds (who will SURELY be racing in the Bernie’s group more in the future…!). The next car in our group was Mat SMITH (TVR Chimaera) in company with Clive LETHERBY (TVR Tuscan 4500). Aaron MOYCE (TVR Tuscan 4500) was 4th, then a plethora of our cars; Christopher Ridge (TVR Tuscan 6200), Robin Gray (Pontiac Trans AM), Matt Snowball (Plymouth Cuda 6685), Andrew Knight (Pontiac Ascar) 8th again, Cheng Lim 9th and Mark Bowd (Ford GT40 5800)(photo right) 10th.

Our last finisher was the inimitable Derek Drinkwater driving the newly-reconstructed Buick Regal 5700 (photo left) which rookie Travis Paterson had got going so quickly in races 1 and 2. Indeed Derek’s best lap was 1’31.960 to Travis’s 1’26.864 so we see a bright future for Travis. So did the commentators… the celebrated Marcus Pye said on air “Travis Paterson actually sounds like a NASCAR driver, so he MUST be good”.

We enjoy racing with the CSCC and their fascinating specials; all good grist to the mill and we thank them. The commentators were very complimentary, nay, excited, by the great grid of cars. We can look forward to seeing them again on 24th Oct 2021 at the Silverstone GP: 25 min Quali and 40 min race with pit stops, one or two cars, guests of the CSCC for their tribute to Ricky Parker-Morris, the series chief and general good bloke, who died in January.

  

All the results at https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=CSCC/2021/212164mod.pdf

Race Report – Donington Park, 5th April 2021

Race Report – Donington Park, 5th April 2021

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s at Donington Park with the 750 Motor Club – Easter Monday 5th April 2021

Qualifying report by Cass Lambert, with thanks, the rest by Marcus Bicknell to whom corrections should be address marcus@bicknell.com  

It was a very chilly Easter Monday morning when 21 drivers from Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s were honoured to be at the first 750 Motor Club meeting of the year at Donington Park. The changeable weather forecast had predicted rain and snow but in the end it turned out to be a very small snow shower during the qualifying which didn’t affect proceedings. Some drivers had put tape over part of the radiator grille to reduce colling but took them off for the race; we were fortunate that the weather did warm up by a few degrees later in the day. It stayed dry for a fantastic race.

Qualifying

Qualifying got underway at 10:20 with the 20 cars from Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s along with an equal number from the CALM All Porsche Trophy who we were very pleased to be sharing a grid with again.

It was Christian Douglas in his beautifully prepared TVR Tuscan who was leading the way during qualifying closely followed by Matt Holben in another beautiful TVR Tuscan. Marcus Bicknell in the Ford ASCAR V8 Mustang was third quickest. Rounding out the top six was Christopher Ridge in his TVR Tuscan followed by Martin Reynolds in his Sebring and then series stalwart and Cheng Lim in his Cobra who he was sharing with Phil James this weekend. 5 Porsches were mixed into this grid line-up, two of them on the front row, which shows that the speeds of the two classes are quite compatible. Qualifying started very steady as a lot of these drivers and cars hadn’t been out for many months due to the Covid restrictions along with the very very chilly conditions meant that drivers had to warm these big engines up slowly and the tires took a lot of work to get any heat into them, but it was great to see so many fantastic cars out on the track and such an eclectic mix of cars as well!

It was great to see a newcomer to the series out with us, Daniel Birch, in a TVR Chimaera. Dan is currently building a TVR Tuscan and is new to the series but not new to racing and he did himself very proud during the race day.

At the end of qualifying there was unfortunately one casualty with Christian Douglas suffering a rare mechanical failure with his engine meaning that he was unable to take the start for the race which was a great shame as we had been looking for to a revisit of the battle he had previously with Matt Holben!! A rerun of this titanic battle will now have to wait for another day!
All of the drivers from Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s lined up with the drivers from the CALM All Porsche Trophy in a mixed grid for the start of the race at 2pm. The two series run shared grids from time to time on the long circuits but continue to run their own races so there always great battles throughout the grid between the two series.

40-minute pit-stop race

From the rolling start the pack stayed basically in order with Matt Holben challenging the two Porsche Caymans in front, Marcus sliding past Porsche 33 Andrew Porter and No.27 Martin Reynolds (in his superb black Sebring) coming alongside Marcus into Redgate. Marcus shook his tail under acceleration towards the Craner Curves and stayed ahead of Porter and Reynolds. All the way down the long grid the were cars two abreast and battling, Porsches against V8s. The No.33 Porsche of Andrew Porter felt held up by Marcus on the first lap and challenged coming up under braking for the inside at the Melbourne hairpin; although Marcus was pushed wide he made a better run up a short hill to the Goddards hairpin and returned the compliment on the inside. So as they came past for the first lap, the two Porsche Caymans, Matt Holben’s TVR Tuscan, a Porsche Boxter and Marcus Bicknell in the No.22 ASCAR. You can see the first lap from Marcus’s in-car cameras at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBYaf6aOjaY

At the end of the first lap, not counting the Porsches in 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th, the Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s order was 56 Matt Holben, 22 Marcus Bicknell, 39 Phil James taking the first stint in Cheng’s RAM Cobra up from 10th on the grid, 27 Martin Reynolds, 54 Christopher Ridge TVR Tuscan who had lost places, 774 Martin Glennie TVR Chimaera and 58 Clive Letherby TVR Tuscan who had also lost ground. 571 Aaron Moyce TVR Tuscan came through then a gap to No.8 Adam Chodosh in the black Corvette, 66 Andrew Lambert in his RAM Cobra, 87 Peter Samuels MGB V8, 74 the Carters’ MGB V8, 25 Bill Thompson TVR Tuscan who had made up 6 places off the back of the grid, 154 Robert Frost Dax Tojiero, 50 Daniel Birch TVR Chimaera and 46 Stuart Entwhistle in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Now the drivers started settling in for this 40 minute race which in the end would run for 22 laps of the long Grand Prix circuit. Phil James was on it, up to 2nd on lap 2 and passing Porsches left and right. 571 Aaron Moyce lost a few places on lap 3 while Bill Thompson continued his surge from the back, taking four cars on lap 3. On lap 5 No.8 Adam Chodosh was in the pits after an on-track incident but he kept running to finish last, 4 laps behind the leaders. No.27 Martin Reynolds’ Sebring had broken a half-shaft and was out after 6 laps and No25 Bill Thompson’s TVR Tuscan had succumbed after 7 laps.

The pits opened for the obligatory 90 second pit stop after 10 minutes, so the first cars were stopping on lap 9 including 571 Aaron Moyce who according to the lap charts seems to have missed an extra lap; lap times of less than 110 seconds for the leaders meant that a car stopping for 90 seconds plus a long pit lane at 60 kph would come out a full lap behind. Such was also the case for No154 Robert Frost.

On lap 10 No56 Matt Holben was briefly in the lead on the road as the Porsches started coming in too, with Marcus Bicknell and Martin Glennie pitting at the first opportunity at the end of lap 10. No39 Phil James pitted late so he was in the lead for lap 12. The TSL Timing sheets which you can see at https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=SPECIAL/2021/211491v8c.pdf have a list of the time each car took in the pits. The Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s, experts, timing their stationary time on a stop watch to 90 seconds and keeping to 60 kph (Marcus has a digital speedometer projecting onto the windscreen for a heads-up display costing £25 on eBay), logged elapsed times of 1’55 to 1’57. A couple of cars, including a Porsche or two, managed it in 1’50 to 1’51, so the TLS/Clerk of the Course calculation may not be spot on. To be continued. This all compares favourably with the 3’20 logged by Marcus Bicknell and his laid-back-Californian co-driver Rob Manson in such a race at Donington in 2017, but then Rob had omitted to put his helmet on before Marcus came in.

Another glitchington from TLS is that on Lap 14 most of the cars came through twice. Some of the cars changed numbers as they went roung. This transmogrification of the racers was clearly caused by long Covid reaching chip sets in the timing main frame, proving that computer viruses are indeed transmitted in the same way, and with the same effects, as human viruses.

So it was not till lap 16 that we could see who was where. No56 Matt Holben had got past the Porsche Cayman No.36 of Jonathan Evans and was leading on the road and the Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s runners. Our 39 22 27 and 58 followed while 156 25 154 87 571 and 50 were a lap behind. Trailing were 46 and 8.

Matt was flying and edged away 12 seconds from the fastest Porsche. Marcus distanced his playmate Andrew Porter and his Porsche by over a minute. Cheng brought the RAM SC Cobra in third. And so it stayed to the end despite Marcus managing to spin on the last corner trying to nip past some back markers. We finished…
1. Matt HOLBEN TVR Tuscan
2. Marcus BICKNELL Ford Ascar V8 Mustang
3. LIM / JAMES RAM SC
4. Christopher RIDGE TVR Tuscan
5. Clive LETHERBY TVR Tuscan
6. Martin GLENNIE TVR Chimaera
7. Robert FROST Dax Tojiero
8. Peter SAMUELS MGB V8 Roadster
9. Andrew LAMBERT RAM Cobra9202
10. Aaron MOYCE TVR Tuscan14202
11. Daniel BIRCH TVR Chimaera18202
12. Stuart ENTWISTLE Chevrolet Monte Carlo
13. Adam CHODOSH Chevrolet Corvette

NOT CLASSIFIED
Martin REYNOLDS Sebring
Bill THOMPSON TVR Tuscan
P.CARTER/B.CARTER MGB GT

FASTEST LAP
Matt HOLBEN TVR Tuscan 1:45.008 85.27mph 137.23kph

Including the Porsches it was…


POS NO CLNAMEENTRYBEST ONLAPSGAP DIFFTIMEMPHPIC
1 56 B Matt HOLBEN TVR Tuscan
2 36 SP1 Jonathan EVANS Porsche Cayman
3 45 SPDA Adam SOUTHGATE Porsche Boxster 986
4 22 A Marcus BICKNELL Ford Ascar V8 Mustang
5 33 SPDA Andrew PORTER Porsche Boxster
6 39 A LIM / JAMES RAM SC
7 147 SP1 James COLEMAN Porsche Cayman
8 16 SPDA Leigh BOWDEN Porsche Boxster
9 54 A Christopher RIDGE TVR Tuscan
10 59 SP3 EGAR / BIRKETT Porsche
11 139 SP2 Rob HARDY Porsche Boxster Lap
12 58 A Clive LETHERBY TVR Tuscan
13 47 SP3 Ryan MONE Porsche 944
14 774 D Martin GLENNIE TVR Chimaera
15 23 SP3 Stuart INGS Porsche 944
16 15 SP2 J.WALKER/C.WALKER Porsche Boxster
17 125 SP2 Matthew KYLE-HENNEYPorsche Boxster
18 156 SP3 T.MCHUGH/J.MCHUGH Porsche 944
19 28 SPDA Andy BAKER Porsche Boxster
20 154 A Robert FROST Dax Tojiero
21 30 SP2 SAMPSON/HAMPSON Porsche 968 Sport
22 87 D Peter SAMUELS MGB V8 Roadster
23 142 SP2 Alan DRAIN Porsche Boxster
24 66 A Andrew LAMBERT RAM Cobra9202
25 571 A Aaron MOYCE TVR Tuscan14202
26 50 D Daniel BIRCH TVR Chimaera18202
27 166 SP2 Vikram SUDERA Porsche 986 Boxster
28 35 SP3 Daniel CREGO Porsche 968 Club Sport
29 11 SP4 Andrew PRITCHARD Porsche 924
30 46 D Stuart ENTWISTLE Chevrolet Monte Carlo
31 8 B Adam CHODOSH Chevrolet Corvette

NOT CLASSIFIED
DNF 27 C Martin REYNOLDS Sebring
DNF 41 SP4 Karl ROSSIN Porsche
DNF 25 Bill THOMPSON TVR Tuscan
DNF 74 P.CARTER/B.CARTER MGB GT

You should be able to see the complete race video from trackside cameras, with commentary, at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpCo32QsQDBsIhZagJS0Alw but as of 7 May 2021 it was not up there yet. Keep trying.

Full results and details at https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/211491

Cass Lambert wrote the report on qualifying and Marcus Bicknell wrote the rest from the timesheets and his own experiences.

Classic American news from Thruxton

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s were invited by the CSCC to race with their Special Saloons & Modsports, and several of us enjoyed, for the second year running, pushing our huge motor vehicles round Britain’s fastest circuit. Our friend Steve Havelock from Classic American car magazine was there with ball-point pen and camera. Two page spreads in the magazine are the result and I attach them complete for your interest.

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Brands Hatch GP 29 August 2020 Report

#43 Steve CHEETHAM Porsche Cayman S placed 2nd

Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s with Gaz Shocks & Hoosier Tyres and the CALM All Porsche Trophy

40-minute pit stop race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, Saturday 29th August 2020.

AUTOSPORT magazine, 3rd September 2020

Down at the far end of the Brands Hatch paddock, and away from the glamour of the British GT motorhomes, you might have been mistaken for thinking it was a meeting purely for club racers. As far as the eye could see there was an eclectic mix of machines that were taking part in the Bernie’s V8s and CALM Porsche Trophy contest, from Porsche Caymans and Boxsters to TVR Tuscans and MGB GTV8s, with everything in between. Many of them had been brought to the circuit via trailers hitched to cars in typical club racing fashion, with the opportunity to race around the Brands Hatch GP layout and in support of British GT too good a chance to miss for the 43 entries.

2nd fastest lap went to #98 Alex THISTLETHWAYTE in his Lola T70 Mk1 at 1’41.325 (Matt Holben quickest)

Pole position went to the Tuscan of Matt Ellis and Aaron Moyce, the latter taking part in only his second ever race after competing in the Bentley Drivers Club Allcomers contest at Silverstone the previous weekend. “We had a chat with Jack Mitchell [British GT driver] and it’s good to see the other end of the scale,” said Moyce. “Everyone is here to have a good day and good race. Everyone enjoys seeing everyone’s cars, especially these old cars.”

Winner #41 Graham WALDEN, TVR Tuscan Challenge RV8

Fellow front-row starter Christian Douglas took the lead in his Tuscan on the run to Paddock Hill Bend at the beginning of the 40-minute race as Graham Walden in his Tuscan Challenge RV8 moved into second, while Moyce dropped to seventh by the end of the opening lap. A lap later and any chance of the polesitting car being in contention for the win fell away as the cutout switch tripped, turning the car off. Although Moyce eventually rejoined, he and Ellis finished down in 32nd. Matt Holben in his Tuscan had moved into second by the end of lap four, and over the next few laps trimmed the lead to Douglas to get within one second approaching the halfway point. But then it was all change as first Douglas suffered a broken gearbox, handing the lead to Holben, only for his Tuscan to retire seconds later after suffering a suspected broken camshaft. The misfortune allowed Walden’s Tuscan to take up the mantle after the pitstops had been completed, having started third. Then his lead began to be whittled down in the final 10 minutes by the hard-charging Alex Thistlethwayte in his Lola T70 Mkl. He slashed the gap from 5.8s to 1.7s in the space of three laps
as the duo encountered traffic.

#93 Russell McCarthy, MGB GT V8, took 3rd

With a minute and a half left on the clock, the chequered flag was thrown with Walden holding on, as Thistlethwayte spun off at Clearways. Although he rejoined, he pulled into the pits and was unclassified, with his mistake promoting Steve Cheetham – the highest-placed runner in the CALM Porsche Trophy – into second, with Russell McCarthy’s MGB GTVB third, Steve Everson and Marcus Bicknell in the Logano Ford Ascar V8 ex-Rockingham car 4th and Cheng Lim and Phil James in the Cobra RAM 5th. Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s driver of the day was Adam Chodosh who drive his ’55 Corvette from 18th on the grid to 8th.

“The GP circuit is great – my last race was here in September and I’ve not been in the car since then,” said Walden. “You’re guaranteed to get a race; there’s always someone you can race against!”

STEFAN MACKLEY

You can consult the full results of our 40 minute race at Brands Hatch GP on Saturday 29th August 2020 at the following link

https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BF3GT/2020/203505v8c.pdf

Brands GP – The Maestro writes

Well ! A super day at Brands on Saturday. I don’t think it could have gone any better . Shame about the shortened practice , but at least the TVR driver apologised. The start looked frantic and everybody did their best not to have any contact. The odd hit here and there but overall very clean and tidy and the grid looked fantastic viewing from the grandstand . Great to see everybody social distancing and having a good time . There were battles all the way through the field with many cars making up positions both before and after the pit stops. Great to see all of our race cars proudly wearing our sponsors stickers.

Please send pictures and thanks to Hoosier Tyres(Looby) for all their gifts. I missed our prize giving, but the pictures say it all. Thanks to Giles for helping us this awkward season, and the combined Porsche series and more TVR’s made for a spectacular grid . Things will be tough next year and in my opinion , having full grids with similar like minded drivers and cars will be the norm . Let’s work hard with other series joining us . It works with the CSCC Mod sports, Porsche series and others can be included. Well done to the committee and Jane for organising the refreshments.

See you at Donington with the Mod Sports.

Bernie