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Archive of the Histroic Road Sports Championship 2017 Season Report

Hitoric Road Sports Champions 2017

Historic Roadsports Champion
Joint Champions
Will Plant (A) Morgan Pls 8
Dick Coffey (E) Turner MK2

Class Winners
Johan Denekamp (B) TVR Tuscan
Peter Shaw (C) Lotus Elan S1
Paul Brown (D) MGB GT
Richard Owen (F) Triumph TR2

Gerry Marshal Novice Award winner
Ian Ross

David Barraclough Trophy Winner
Peter Chappell


Newsletter October 2017 Issue 28

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Our Champions for 2017

Wow, Wow, Wow… What a final!
Before I go into the fantastic finals weekend, can I take this opportunity to thank our wonderful sponsors, who help us with the support of this newsletter, our web site, drinks and nibbles at the Gold Cup, our winners jackets and awards; many thanks indeed for your assistance.

Many congratulations to our Joint Champions and class winners:


SPA Six Hours
The closest Championship for years!!
The 2017 Championship has proved to be a real classic with three separate drivers across three separate classes contending the Championship at the last race, the Silverstone Finals in late October.
Heading the pack is Peter Shaw in his beautifully prepared elan with 63 points. Hot on his heals are Will Plant in the Morgan Plus 8 and Dick Coffey, last year’s Champion in his Turner, both with 60 points. So, with a class win at Silverstone, Peter will be home and dry, however consider this as a possible scenario. If Peter were to get second in class and both Will and Dick were to get a class win, then all three would be on 69 points at year end.

Newsletter September 2017 Issue 27

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Newsletter August 2017 Issue 26

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Oulton Park Gold Cup
The Oulton Park brought wonderful weather to HRS.
John Davison continued his dominance of HRS this year with an impressive pole position and subsequent victory to take the top step once more. Will Plant gave chase in his Morgan Plus 8, finishing 1.426 seconds behind John who controlled the race beautifully.


John Davison scored a very impressive double header win, neither HRS or 70’s could catch him!
Here he leads Will Plant in the Morgan and Peter Shaw in the Elan.

Oulton Park Gold Cup HRS drinks
All racers and crew are welcome to join the HRS at Kevin Kivlochan’s Camper, situated in the HRS paddock on Saturday afternoon from 1pm following the qualifying, for drinks and some nibbles! See you there!

Newsletter August 2017 Issue 25

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Newsletter July 2017 Issue 24

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Legends of Brands Hatch Superprix – 1/2 July

Wow, wow, wow! Hot, hot, hot! The British Summer continues and for the second time this season the Historic Road Sports race was the most exciting race of the weekend with a 29-car grid.
There were not one, not two, but three amazing battles through the field. The most outstanding of these was the battle for P13 down to P20; no less than 8 cars battled for these places with all eight being separated by only 10.078 seconds!! An amazingly close finish between Marc Gordon in his Lotus Elite and Richard Owen in his Triumph TR2, who were separated by only 0.043 seconds both fighting for P19 would normally be the closest finish of the whole HSCC weekend. However, the HRS team put on an even closer finish between Nik Spencer, MGB and Simon Bowrey in is gorgeous 1965 SWB Porsche 911. They were fighting for P17 and Simon pipped Nik by 0.025 seconds. The train of these cars was an amazing sight and the gossip of the paddock, well done team HRS.

For those who want to see what 0.025 seconds looks like…

Well, Cadwell certainly lived up to its reputation this weekend. The weather was outstanding, the circuit is outstanding and the whole environment so good that it makes it a great place to spend a weekend.
Somewhat disappointing therefore that we only had 19 cars line up for Qualifying, of which 4 were ‘Invitation Class’.

However, it was great to welcome back Jonathan Stringer in his Lotus 7 following a major re-build, and our very own sponsor, Larry Kennedy, in his new Lotus Elan S1 (shared with Paul Tooms) after 3 years out of racing due to ankle injury. Andy Shepherd also came out to play in his Lotus 7 and James Owen came out in his TR5 for the first time this year. Ian Ross was also a welcome sight back on the grid following his unfortunate engine failure at Silverstone.

Another welcome face was Jim Grant in his lovely white Elan, and the Sunbeams of Mike Foley and Stephen Chapman who join us as invitees for a couple of the ‘northern meetings’.
Qualifying on Saturday saw 6 out of the first seven grid positions taken by Lotus cars, 4 Elan’s and 2 ‘sevens’. Peter Shaw was outstanding in his Elan S1 being 2.7 seconds faster than Andy Shepherd in the Seven to take pole, with the Elans of Larry Kennedy, Barry Ashdown and Robert Rowe in hot pursuit, closely challenged by Jonathan Stringer in his Seven.
Johan Denekamp took Class B honours in the TVR Tuscan, Christopher Reece took class D and Dick Coffey (just behind the Lotus’s) took Class E. (No class A this weekend, where were all you Morgans??)

Newsletter June 2017 Issue 23

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Newsletter May 2017 Issue 22

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Silverstone International meeting

A strong and healthy grid of 29 cars took part in this great event. With qualifying and race on the same day and a mixed weather forecast, tyre strategy could be a key choice. Qualifying went to form with John Davison taking pole over Will Plant in his Morgan and the third slot going to Peter Shaw in his Elan. Class poles were taken by Costas Michael, MGB for class D, Dick Coffey took class E in the Turner, Johan Denekamp class B honours in his TVR and class F went to Richard Owen in his Triumph TR2. The weather was kind to us with a mainly dry race, barring the last few laps, where the drizzle started to change the track conditions towards the end. Thankfully the heavy rain abated and the race was kept fairly dry. The heaven’s opening up whilst we were in Parc Ferme; apologies to those who got wet waiting for the weigh bridge. The lead class positions finished as per qualifying apart from Paul Brown in his MGB who jumped ahead of the Alpine of Costas Michael.


Welcome to the New Season of the HRS News!

Welcome to the new season HRS newsletter. Donington was the first HRS race that I have missed for 4 years! An 80th birthday party for my Mother-in-law in Ireland being the perfect excuse, plus the lure of real Guinness!! So I owe a great gratitude to the 2016 HRS Champion, Dick Coffey for standing in and compiling this newsletter.

I am delighted to welcome a group of novices in to the HRS championship; Kieron Bailie and Teifion Salisbury have acquired Simon Haughton’s Lotus 7 to share for the season and Mike Leese is another novice with a Lotus 7; Ian Ross has acquired Peter Bornhauser’s Ginetta G15 and Jamie Mason is the final novice in this batch racing a Turner Mk2. Patrick Ward-Booth has found a Ginetta G4 in America which he hopes to have running in time for the first round whilst his Lotus Elan is currently up for sale. So we have a real contest on in 2017 for the Gerry Marshall Novice Trophy.

First race of the year was the Historic Road Sports Championship round and young Will Plant took over his father Richard’s Morgan Plus 8 to score the first win of the HSCC season. However, he had to contend with a major early challenge from the Lotus Elans of John Davison and Peter Shaw. In fact, it was his own moment at the chicane that allowed Plant to escape as the sight of the Morgan sideways across the track prompted Davison to spin. Shaw moved into second and held off the recovering Davison to the flag.

Newsletter April 2017
issue 1

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HSCC HRS 2017 Provisional Race Calender

April 8th
May 20th - 21st
June 17th - 18th
July 2nd
August 5th - 6th
August 26th - 27th
September 15th - 17th
October 22nd
November 4th - 5th

Silverstone Int
Cadwell Park
Legends Brands Hatch
Oulton Park
Spa Belgium
Silverstone Finals
Walter Hayes TBA

A beginner’s guide to racing in the Historic Road Sports Championship

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