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Dedicated to the memory of the late Brian Archer who fulfilled his dream to re-create John Sprinzel's Sebring Sprite Coupé

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Shaun Rainford with the laurels of victory

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Earlier Davis leads Rainford into Graham Hill Bend behind back markers

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Tony Wilson-Spratt

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Jack Wheeler

Brands Hatch 9th April 2011

Round 1 of the new HRDC series: "Grand Touring Greats"

It was a glorious sunny spring day with a clear blue sky over the Kent circuit of Brands Hatch for the inaugural race of Julius Thurgood's new race series for small GT cars. Seventeen of the twenty-eight starters were based on Sprites or Midgets : 4 WSMs plus BXN (some call a WSM), 2 Lenham GTS and 2 Lenham Le Mans, Elwell's MEG 199, Tony Davis' Sebring Rep, Prentice's Le Mans Sprite and 5 Ashley bodied cars. The remainder included a Lotus Elite, a GSM Delta, Tornado Talisman, an Alfa Giulietta, a Lenham Spitfire a couple of Abarths and a Morris 1000.

Practice laps:

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Looks like a 250 GTO!
46 BXN - Paul Woolmer
Ashley GTs
Into the hairpin
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Lenhams
Elwell's MEG
Lenham, Ashley, WSM, Sebring
WSM and Giulietta

 

Around the Paddock

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Clive Cocks' WSM Sprite
WSM Midget of Brian Arculus
Ian Burford's Lenham Le Mans
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Shaun Rainford with his replica of John Britten's Lenham GT, SS1800
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Gordon Elwell and MEG
Tony Davis' Sebring rep
BXN cockpit
Rae Davis' WSM
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Jim Prentice's 1965 ex-works Le Mans Sprite


As at Goodwood last September, Gordon Elwell made a fantastic start leading into Paddock, with Shaun Rainford and Rae Davis hard on his tail. Wouldn't Douglas Wilson-Spratt, who sadly passed away just a few days later, have loved to see 4 of his WSM Sprites in that front group plus Paul Woolmer's BXN which also has WSM origins. By lap 2 Rainford had got past Elwell and Davis was pressing him, so by the next lap it was Rainford, Davis and Elwell out front. Then followed a race-long battle for the lead between Shaun and Rae, the lead changing many times, until towards the end of the 30 minutes alotted Davis' engine went on 3, letting Rainford get away. The WSM picked up and gave chase but its motor was unwell and Rae had to be satisfied with 2nd place. Gordon came home 3rd and Paul Woolmer came out the victor of his race-long duel with brian Arculus these two 4th and 5th. Mike Haigh's lenham completed the Sprite-based top 6.

The Race

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Elwell leads into Paddock
Shaun takes the front
A gaggle of GTs
Elite leads Ashley
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Rae Davis chases Shaun
Woolmer dices with Arculus
GSM Delta and Talisman
Stubbings' Lenham GT
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MEG holds on to 3rd place
Tony Wilson-Spratt
Jim Prentice
Tony Davis
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That dice continues
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Davis takes the lead
Shaun tails Rae
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Now it's Shaun's turn in front
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Rae pressures Shaun..
...and takes the lead again
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Rae Davis' WSM
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A lonely wait for Tony
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as does Shaun
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They're still at it!
Drivers de-briefing


Shaun dedicated his win to the late John Britten who had generously agreed to him making a replica of his former race car and using the registration number on the track. I look forward to more of these excellent races - We just need a few Speedwells, perhaps a Jacobs Midget, and one or two more W & P Sebrings for it to be perfect.

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Results

Pos No. Cl Name Car Laps Time Gap Diff MPH Best On
1 17 GTN Shaun Rainford Lenham GT 30 30.28.610     70.79 59.552 13
2 18 GTN Rae Davis WSM Sprite 30 30.45.231 16.621 16.621 70.15 59.760 15
3 33 GTN Gordon Elwell Sebring Sprite 30 31.15.606 46.996 30.375 69.01 1.00.682 2
4 3 GTN Paul Woolmer Sebring Sprite 30 31.22.232 53.622 6.626 68.77 1.01.187 25
5 7 GTN Brian Arculus WSM Midget 29 30.45.577 1 lap 1 lap 67.80 1.02.212 23
6 15 GTN Mike Haigh Lenham Le Mans 29 31.05.251 1 lap 19.674 67.08 1.01.865 19
7 71 GTA Eddy Perk GSM Dart-Climax 29 31.05.817 1 lap 0.566 67.06 1.02.975 19
8 83 GTN Harvey Woods Ashley Midget 29 31.23.249 1 lap 17.432 66.44 1.03.271 28
9 28 GTN Clive Cocks WSM Sprite 29 31.26.065 1 lap 2.816 66.34 1.03.125 24
10 31 GTN Ian Burford Lenham Le Mans 28 30.39.586 2 laps 1 lap 65.67 1.03.089 20
11 36 GTN Adam Gittings Ashley Midget 28 30.40.715 2 laps 1.129 65.63 1.03.460 24
12 12 GTA Richard Frankel Alfa Romeo Giulietta 28 30.58.455 2 laps 17.740 65.01 1.04.541 24
13 22 GTN Tony Davis Sebring Sprite Coupe 28 31.14.601 2 laps 16.146 64.45 1.05.302 8
14 5 GTN Philip Dixon Ashley Sprite 27 30.28.680 3 laps 1 lap 63.71 1.05.056 18
15 10 GTN David Stubbings Lenham GT 27 31.29.151 3 laps 1.00.471 61.67 1.07.510 26
16 24 GTN Darryl Davis Lenham Spitfire 27 31.46.990 3 laps 17.839 61.09 1.06.627 11
17 81 GTA John Hilberry Lotus Elite S2 26 32.`11.156 3 laps 24.166 60.32 1.07.266 2
18 44 TGD Mark Cross Morris Minor 1000 26 31.12.370 4 laps 1 lap 59.91 1.09.727 3
19 99 TGD Louise Kennedy Fiat Abarth 25 30.57.969 5 laps 1 lap 58.06 1.12.049 4
20 59 TGD Nicola Kellett Morris Minor 24 30.44.728 6 laps 1 lap 56.13 1.14.307 18
21 75 TGD John Arnold Renault 4CV 1063 22 31.24.418 8 laps 2 laps 50.37 1.22.646 19

Not Classified

DNF 49 GT/A Jim Prentice A-H Sprite Le Mams 20 21.39.040 10 laps 2 laps 66.43 1.02.484 15
DNF 14 GTN John McDonal Ashley Spridget 17 19.08.699 13 laps 3 laps 63.85 1.03.656 11
DNF 47 GT/A Simon Merriott Tornado Talisman GT 12 15.29.300 18 laps 5 laps 55.72 1.03.550 4
DNF 11 GTN Tony Wilson-Spratt WSM Sprint 9 9.44.594 21 laps 3 laps 66.43 1.01.749 9

Fastest lap

  17 GTN Shaun Rainford Lenham GT 13 59.552 72.45 mph 116.61 kph  
  49 GT/A Jim Prentice A-H Sprite Le Mans 15 1.02 484 69.05 mph 111.13 kph  
  44 TGD Mark Cross Moris Minor 1000 3 1.09.727 61.88 mph 99.59 kph  

 

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