Cannons Motor Spares Tin Top Challenge - Mallory Park - May 24th
Making up for the huge disappointed after his qualifying accident at Castle Combe, Paul Dudley bounced back with a pair of well deserved wins at Mallory Park. In the first race Mark Withey challenged hard, initially setting the fastest lap, but he faded when the engine started to overheat and he was nearly caught by Mick Grant. Fourth and fifth went to Tom Griffiths and Clive Seer with the highest placed tin top, namely Daryl Radford in his VW Vento, completing the top six. The next tin top came home eleventh and this saw a terrific four way battle which went to Dave Clark from (birthday boy) Danny Cassar, then Jason and Michael Cox. The Tiger of Daniel Brigham separated Gary Chappell and Steve Cassar from this battle.
The second race again saw Dudley stride off into the lead. Despite the loan of some parts from James Castro, Withey’s problems persisted and he sadly retired on the penultimate lap. With Mick Grant pulling off on lap six, it was Andrew Slaney Smith who emerged in the runner up spot. Radford went Tiger hunting again and hauled his saloon car into third position just beating Griffiths and Seer. Stuart Fenton drove a storming race from 28th to 7th which earnt him the Tiger driver of the race award.
Meanwhile those four tin tops had their usual battle, this time over ninth position. After much place swapping Clark emerged on top from Michael then Jason Cox. Danny Cassar was hobbled at the end by a broken third gear but a fast closing Chappell retired on the last lap when his fuel pump gave up. Danny got the driver of the day for the tin tops courtesy of Cannon’s. Nik Barton, Ken Angell and Dave Charlton all took double class victories to keep their series hopes alive.
Best prepared car awards went to Chris Brooks in the Tigers and Alan Cherry in the Tin Tops.