National racing stars of the weekend August 5/6

@MNmotorsport

Our team of reporters pick their star performers from last weekend’s national race meetings

Anglesey BRSCC: Teddy Clark. By Ian Sowman

 “I don’t really like driving fast,” admitted Teddy Clark (pictured above by Rachel Bourne) after taking a surprising first race win in the Mazda MX-5 Championship. The 26-year-old from Colchester is in his maiden season of racing, and the third Anglesey race was his first in the rain. “I just went out there to learn how to drive in the wet – never did I expect to come first,” he said.

Having recently switched from a Blendini hire car to his own mount, Clark lauded Blendini boss – and multiple champion – Tom Roche as “an absolute genius” for his coaching skills. They clearly worked, as he climbed from eighth on the grid to lead inside four laps.

Eastick was out in a family treasure. Pic: Mick Walker

Silverstone BDC: Ben Eastick. By Graham Keilloh

Ben Eastick’s Bentley T Type machine stood out even in this eclectic gathering; not only by its distinctive appearance. Eastick’s father Barry built it from a Rolls-Royce prototype then sold it following a 1977 crash. It hadn’t run in anger since. After 15 years’ looking Ben found it in Florida and got it back last November following seven years’ negotiation. This was the first time he’d driven it. “It’s something I wanted to do since I was eight years old,” he said. “It was a great start, it’s got a lot more grip than everyone said.” And Barry was there to witness it finish sixth in the Bentley Handicap race.

Ingram was on a charge in Ginetta GRDC+ at Brands. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Brands Hatch GT supports: Phil Ingram. By Lucy Morson

Had it not have been for his duties for the Jaguar Formula E team forcing him to miss the Silverstone round of the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club + championship, Phil Ingram would undeniably be one of the frontrunners for the 2017 title, alongside Michael Crees and Rob Keogh. Nevertheless, his strong showing last weekend at Brands Hatch proves it would be foolish to rule him out of contention entirely just yet.

Having skated off the track at Druids while trying to overtake Keogh on the first lap of the first race, the Triple V Racing driver found himself slipping from third on the grid all the way back down to 13th place – but through a series of stunningly executed overtakes, he battled through to claim the third spot on the podium. His ruthless pursuit of Crees in the second race gifted him with a well-deserved win, and his steady progression up the grid for another podium in the third and final race of the weekend bought his championship hopes ever closer.

With Brands offering up one win apiece for each major championship player – it seems that nothing is quite as settled as it first seems as the series looks to reconvene for the finale at Donington Park in September.

Tilley was a regular on the podium at Croft Nostalgia. Pic: Charlie Wooding

Croft HSCC: Benn Tilley. By Marcus Pye

Benn Tilley, 17, may not yet have landed an Historic Formula Ford or Formula Junior victory, but four podiums at Croft – three seconds and a third – suggest that a breakthrough will not be long in coming.

Run by former Pre-’74 ace father Stuart, the cool-headed Lincolnshire lad impressed greatly in Mandie Hadfield’s Merlyn Mk20 last season, enduring a torrid end to his debut Historic FF campaign to wind up fourth in the table.

Benn’s speed and racecraft are not in doubt, as FJ pole and brilliant races with local ace Jonathon Hughes at Croft attest, but following a hiccup at Brands Hatch his Silverstone Auctions-supported FF season is gathering momentum.

Recent news

Column

Who I have my money on for the BTCC title

By Matt James

Rallying News

Citroen: Meeke was 'not under control'

Citroen World Rally team principal Pierre Budar felt Kris Meeke was out of control and left...

Karting: The secrets to PF International

As part of our special investigation into the world of karting, we got former karting star and...

Racing News

BTCC driver Moffat quits TCR UK

British Touring Car Championship driver Aiden Moffat has exited the TCR UK championship, with...

Racing News

Historic FFord driver saved from fiery crash

Historic Formula Ford driver Nelson Rowe credited two spectators and a competitor for saving...

Rallying News

Citroen: C3 design saved Meeke in crash

Citroen team principal Pierre Budar believes the design of the manufacturer's C3 World Rally...

Rallying News

Triple ERC champion makes WRC2 move

Reigning three-time European Rally champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz will move into the World Rally...

Column

Silverstone's rallycross adventure

By Matt James

Taking on the European karting scene

The international karting paddock has witnessed its fair share of talented British drivers in...

Rallying News

Electric Mitsubishi rally car being developed

Swedish outfit Mpart has started developing an electric Mitsubishi rally car built around R5...

Rallying News

New WRC GB route a missed opportunity - Evans

Last year's Rally GB winner Elfyn Evans feels the revamped route for Wales' 2018 World Rally...

Rallying News

Rally seeding rules relaxed

Two-wheel drive and historic rally cars will be able to run first on the road on rally events...

Rallying News

MN Road Rally legends to attend Speed and Rally Show forum

Legends of the Motoring News Road Rally Championship will attend a forum at this weekend’s...

Rallying News

New push to get privateers back in WRC

World Rally Championship organisers are mounting a new push to get privateers back in the series'...

Rallying News

Toyota rules out team orders to boost Tanak

Toyota team principal Tommi Makinen has ruled out making Ott Tanak a clear number one and imposing...

Exploring karting's family tree

It’s commonly defined by professional racing drivers as the purest form of motorsport. It’s...

Rallying News

Kelly to make surprise Killarney return

Manus Kelly will make a surprise visit to the International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney...

Rallying News

Rally GB to unveil major route revamp

A significantly different route for Rally GB 2018, Britain's World Rally Championship round,...

Rallying News

Rovanpera hospitalised after Argentina crash

Kalle Rovanpera was hospitalised for checks after crashing out of the Rally Argentina WRC2 lead...

Rallying News

Ford sets out conditions for works RX return

Ford wants to see how the future of rallycross develops amid changes in America and plans for...

Racing News

Ingram takes victory in Donington Race 2

Tom Ingram became the first two-time winner in this season's British Touring Car Championship...

Racing News

Cook claims maiden BTCC victory

Josh Cook has broken his victory duck in the British Touring Car Championship, taking his Power...

1 2 3 52

More national news, in-depth race reports and analysis. Subscribe to the Motorsport News paper today.

What’s On

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

This weekend

No Events

Later

No Events

X