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August 2017
Silverstone Race Report – Rain-meister Hemingway shakes them up as Higton returns with a flourish 

QUALI

The drivers were met with a dry track and bright day for rounds 9/10 of this years series and the competition for podiums no less fierce as the season nears its end.

Arron Pullan lit up his rubber to dominate practice with an impressive 1.12.6 which Hemingway and Lockwood couldn’t counter, but placing Lockwood on the front row and Hemingway along side the impressive new boy Ross Smale on the second row.

Hurren and Stratton were up next completing the top six all of whom put in 1.13’s apart from the pole man, so a close race, typical of the mr2 classic’s was ensured.

Race 1&2

The track conditions did not differ much from quali but the times certainly did, which is perhaps why the pole sitter didn’t get it all his own way. Pullan was harassed from start to finish by Lockwood and Hemingway and with the likes of Neale Hurren upping his game in race trim and Bryant on a charge from what was for him a relatively lowly qualifying position of twelfth, the expected door handle to door handle, three abreast at time, racing ensued from the front to the back of the grid.

As sometimes seems inevitable this season on so many occasions Pullan took the first race of the day, with Lockwood second and a confident Hurren getting the better of Hemingway in a close run thing.

Race two brought drizzle and with it you sensed one or two drivers saw an opportunity to turn the tables on the dominant Pullan. One suspects one of those was the renowned lover of wet surfaces, sometimes rally driver David Hemingway, seen tweaking his wet setting’s. So it was to prove, with Lockwood and Hemingway all over poll sitter Pullan from the off. The Mr2 Classic’s ,which it has to be said were driving with good race craft and consideration for their fellow competitors, but still door handle to door and still three or more along side each other made for great racing for spectator and driver alike. The lead changed a number of times before Lockwood was able to consolidate with Pullan under pressure and eventually giving way to the relentless Hemingway. Another drive of note was Peter Higton returning after missing a few rounds but followed up a disappointing quali and race one with an impressive fourth.

Results Top Six
Race One
Arron Pullan
Adam Lockwood
Neale Hurren
David Hemingway
Daniel Bryant
Ross Smale

Race Two
Adam Lockwood
David Hemingway
Arron Pullan
Peter Higton
Neil Stratton
Daniel Bryant

Thursday 4th May 2017.
Cadwell Park Rounds 3 & 4 Race Report – Pullan excells again.

A bright and dry day was in prospect for the Mr2 Classic’s at the annual Cadwell visit where rounds 3 & 4 would be fought out. Cadwell is a unique circuit in many ways with a variety of curves, bends, cambers, hills to encounter on your way round. A challenging circuit for sure and not very wide, a bit marmite, you love or hate it.

Quali

The question for most of us would be whether Arron Pullan’s dominance at Snetterton would be replicated. Well quali proved that it would be with a full second gap between himself and second placed Peter Higton gaining him yet another poll. Adam Lockwood pretty much matched Higton’s pace as you would expect to slot into his customary top three placing. Behind them Paul Corbridge, more like his old self, following an under par by his standards performance at Snetterton, ran close in another grouping with Hemingway and Cobourn. Spencer Timmo in his first outing of the year had a comfortable if not spectacular return towards the middle of the grid along side Paul Lawrie.

Top Six

Arron Pullan

Peter Higton

Adam Lockwood

Paul Corbridge

David Hemingway

Jack Cobourn

Race One/Two

From the off there was only going to be one winner, as Pullan got away with the others in his wake, striving to make a race of it. Lockwood, Higton and Hemingway gave chase but were pretty much in their own race until Higton lost out due a race incident out of site sending him down the order and out of contention. [ dents to his and Gareth Baxter’s car may be a clue?] Corbridge , Stratton and Baxter took full advantage and moved up the pecking order with the usual door handle to door handle scraps going on down the field. Pullan, despite being unopposed still kept his foot in eventually posting a lap 2 seconds faster than nearest rival. Lockwood and Hemingway picked up the podium places but were no match for Pullan in this form.

The second race of the day was a race for second place such was Pullan’s dominance in the first or was it? Not such a good start off the line saw Lockwood get ahead leading up to the first corner, was a shock on the cards ? Lockwood and Pullan joined by Hemingway all looked to be making a fist of it for a time, but eventually despite his efforts to hang in their using his race craft to try to combat Pullan’s superior pace, grunt won the day and Pullan passed and again dominated to the flag , all be it running slower than earlier in the day. Lockwood continued his pursuit but was flagged for a trailing exhaust maybe as a result of harassment from Pullan earlier in the race and called it a day on lap five. Picking up the pieces Corbridge, now where we are used to seeing him at the sharp end and Hemingway ,having a very good day all round completed the podium for this one.

Whilst this was going on further back Higton in a hurry to get to the front where the action was from his lowly starting position due to the incident in race one, almost made it into a podium place before another race incident put him out on lap three. Timmo’s return ended with a wimper as mechanical gremlins ended his day before he’d even completed a lap. The Classic’s now move on to Brands Hatch where historically its best ever racing has been seen. Who will rise to the occasion and take the fight to Pullan ?

Results 

Race One

A Pullan

A Lockwood

D Hemingway

P Corbridge

N Stratton

G Baxter

Race Two

A Pullan

P Corbridge

D Hemingway

J Cobourn

N Stratton

G Baxter

Thursday 6th April 2017.
Snetterton Rounds 1 & 2 Race Report – Pullan dominates in season opener.

From the off multi race winner Arron Pullan set out his stall for the season ahead in the first ever MR2 Classic Series race [formerly mr2 race series/mr2 challenge] Quali gave him poll with second placed Adam Lockwood nearly a second off the pace and Peter Higton another of last season front runners a further second back. In a one make series that’s quiet a dominating position for Pullan. The big question for many would be how would the returning Paul Corbridge, who dominated the mk1’s for many years fare on his return? The answer poorly with a sick car his best was nearly a full minute behind the leaders.

As it transpired, the racing was not such a cakewalk for Pullan. For the benefit spectators and drivers alike the usual door handle to door handle battles down the grid ensued.

In race one, the heat of the close battle was effecting the lap times of the leaders, while those making up the caste picked up the pace producing some great battles. Hemingway, Mustarde and O’Halloran all made significant moves through the field as did Corbridge now he had his kit working. Whilst Higton went into reverse with his gremlins and dnf’d. Race two again was dominated by the Pullan/Lockwood pairing, with a dynamic drive from last place by Higton making it onto the podium. Also worthy of mention is debutant Ross Smale, who drove to two well deserved and solid seventh places.

Top Six 
Race One
Arron Pullan
Adam Lockwood
David Hemingway
David Mustarde
Danial Farmer
Philip O’Halloran

Race Two
Arron Pullan
Adam Lockwood
Peter Higton
David Hemingway
Paul Corbridge
Gareth Baxter

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