Chevron cars were prominent as the HSCC made their regular August visit to a mostly sunny Cheshire for the 2013 Gold Cup meeting.

The highlight for many was Vin Malkie’s beautiful Chevron B1 which Mike Wrigley drove in the Guards Trophy Sports Car Race.

Photo: ©Phil Rainford
Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

The race was dominated by Chevron B8’s. Martin O’Connell made full use of the kerbs on his way to a fairly comfortable win…

Photo: ©Phil Rainford
Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

from an often sideways Andrew Newall in his JCB B8.

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Other entries included the Nick Thomson/Sean McClurg B6

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Hugh Colman’s B8

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

and Ross Maxwell’s B8

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Nick Fleming (Chevron B36) won the first of the Martini Trophy events….

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

after a race long battle with James Dodd (B31) and Martin O’Connell (B19).

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

James Dodd – Chevron B31

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Other entries included Ross Maxwell in his B19

Photo: ©Phil Rainford
Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Andrew Schryver’s B21/23

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Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

and John Taylor’s B19

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

Race 2 saw Fleming eliminated in a startine incident and O’Connell retire after 4 laps giving Dodd an easy win despite a sagging rear wing!

Photo: ©Phil Rainford
Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

Ross Maxwell finished 3rd behind Michele Liguori’s Lola.

Photo: ©Phil Rainford
Photo: ©Phil Rainford

 

The first Derek Bell Trophy race for single seaters was stopped after 5 laps following a large accident at Clay Hill involving Paul Campfield’s B24 and several other cars. Fortunately all drivers escaped without serious injury.

Paul Campfield takes to the grass alongside Ben Mitchell’s Modus….

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

hits the tyre barriers under the bridge….

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

and bounces back into the middle of the track, shedding parts along the way.

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

With the track virtually blocked the following cars attempt to stop….

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

but further collisions are virtually inevitable, including Micheal Bletsoe-Brown’s B27 which ploughed into the back of the Clubmans car.

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

The race is stopped and the ever efficient Marshals start to clear up the mess.

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake
Photo ©Phil Peake

 

On a brighter note, it was good to see John Finch out in his F2 Chevron B34. Back on track after 35 years!

Photo ©Phil Phil Rainford
Photo ©Phil Rainford

 

Thank you to Phil Rainford and Phil Peake for allowing us to use their photographs.

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Here at Chevron Racing we like to see all Chevron’s return to the circuit – even if somebody else did all the work!!

John Finch’s Chevron F2 B34 has been sitting around doing nothing for the last 35 years and has finally been brought back to life after an 18 month rebuild by URS.

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Saturday August 31, 2013

Sydney youngster Tom Tweedie has got his Formula 5000 career off to a blazing start, by defeating the cream of NZ F5000 stars on the opening day of the 2013/14 F5000 Australia Cup, being run at the Muscle Car Masters, at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Poleman Tweedie was beaten away from the start by Auckland gun Clark ‘Metalman’ Proctor, with NZ legend Ken Smith in close attendance.

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For lap after lap, Tweedie’s red Chevron B24 poked and prodded either side of Proctor’s familiar yellow March, only for the door to be firmly shut.

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It looked as though Proctor had all the answers until, with just over a lap to go, Tweedie squeezed through, to take a stunning F5000 series debut win. In his attempts to keep the youngster at bay, Proctor set the race’s fastest lap – at 1m27.8312s. Smith (Lola T332) kept a watching brief throughout for a strong third, ahead of Aucklander Andrew Higgins (Lola T400), Melbourne Matich A50-mounted Bryan Sala, and Aaron Lewis’ similar car.

 

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Tweedie, who has come via Australian F3 and Porsche Carrera Cup, before today’s debut in F5000, was thrilled: “I certainly didn’t expect to win like that, first up,” he grinned. “Racing a car like that against some of the regular pace-setters in F5000 is a huge buzz itself. Clark got a great start and it was pretty late in the race before the opportunity came to get past. It was tremendous, hard, but clean racing. Fantastic.” The field will contest a second qualifying heat on Sunday morning before the afternoon’s feature race.

The 2013/14 Formula 5000 Australia Cup is supported by Gibson Freight and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

For further information: Chris Lambden – F5000 Australia – +61 418 580 700

Report courtesy of David Abbott

Copyright free image courtesy of John Morris/Mpix

 

 

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