It was the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and with it came the annual M.G. Car Club two day meeting at Brands Hatch. There were to be two rounds in The Lackford Engineering Midget and Sprite Challenge over the weekend and there was a good entry in place with 23 cars. We had qualifying on Saturday, with a race on the same day and the second race on the Sunday. As is usual the second fastest qualifying time decided the grid for the second race.
The rest of the entry had James Dunkley, Graeme Adams, Nick Day, Ed Reeve and Stephen Pegram in Class A. Carl Chadwick, Andy Southcott, Stephen Collier, Phil Attwood in Class B, Nigel Lackford, Tom Walker, Edward Easton, David Jenkins and Dean Stanton in a lovely new blue Frogeye in Class D and finally, Richard Perry, Pippa Cow, Pat Harris, Paul Campfield, Robin Lackford, Ian Burgin, Richard Homer and John Hilberry in Class E.
Indeed, pole went to Weston just two hundredths of a second ahead of Dunkley, Adams, Day and Reeve weren’t far behind. Perry was fastest Class E ahead of Pegram, Cow, Southcott and Campfield, all these less than a second apart. Chadwick, Lackford R., Collier and Stanton came next from Harris, Burgin, Hilberry, Lackford N., Walker, Attwood, Homer, Easton and Jenkins.
The rest of the grid formed and as the lights went out Dunkley made best use of the empty space beside him and shot into the lead. Perry made a superb start and followed into Paddock challenging Adams for second place. Day was fourth. As the pack streamed through the first corner Lackford R pulled onto the infield with what turned out to be a broken crank, fortunately the damage was confined internally without the often compulsory venting through the block that goes with this event.
Meanwhile at the end of the first lap it was Dunkley out front from Adams, Perry, Day and Reeve next. Then Campfield, Cow, Southcott, Chadwick, Collier, Stanton, Burgin, Hilbery all together then Walker, Harris, Lackford N., Attwood, Easton, Homer and Jenkins.
Next lap through and we had lost Adams, later found to be the same issue as in qualifying, and Attwood succumbed a lap later. Dunkley was pulling clear but Reeve was catching Day, Southcott had got ahead of Cow, but Pippa would get back ahead around the outside at Paddock and stay there to the frustration of Southcott. Their fight was the entertainment of the race. There was another great battle going on between Burgin, Stanton and Hilbery with Harris and Walker close behind.
Around half distance we lost Day to a gearbox issue and Stanton fell out of that fight with a broken clutch. So Reeve was now chasing down Perry and would move into second spot once his tyres came on song, meanwhile Perry came under attack from Campfield and these two would hammer it out to the flag.
Cow could relax a little although Chadwick wasn’t far down the road and Perry and Campfield were pulling back up to Reeve.
As the clock wound down with twenty two laps run out came the flag. Dunkley won by an eight second margin from the steady Reeve. Perry wasn’t far behind with Campfield in tow, before Cow took the flag ahead of Chadwick and Collier. Walker finished ahead of Harris, Burgin, a lonely Lackford N., Hilbery, Easton, Homer and Jenkins.
An exciting race right down the order, Perry given driver of the race and we had more to come next day.