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Adams scores maiden race victory

Third and second on Easter Monday, Bath’s Tim Adams completed the sequence memorably by winning Mayday Bank Holiday’s Hot Hatch Challenge race with another accomplished performance in his Honda Civic, backed by Bristol-based Quartz Insurance Brokers. Having mastered difficult conditions it was a treasured maiden victory for the 25-year-old - son of 1989 World Sports Prototype C2 champion Nick - who started racing at Castle Combe last year. Fastest lap of 1m13.214s (90.96mph) while chasing Jordan Curnow’s later gneration Civic VTEC early on was another feather in Tim’s cap.

Howard’s Day winners Chris Southcott and Curnow were both sidelined by mechanical woes. Southcott felt his rorty lightweight Peugeot 205’s engine tighten on lap two, thus pulled off on the inside of Quarry corner a few metres from where he parked a month earlier. With Adams in his mirrors, Curnow was powering through Old Paddock on lap 14 when his engine suddenly lapsed onto three cylinders. When he heard “the dreaded Brrr” Jordan switched off immediately and coasted to the refuge at Bobbies. Four bent valves were subsequently diagnosed. “A massive shame,” conceded Adams sportingly.

Class B winner Shaun Goverd (1800cc Peugeot 106 GTi) and Will Self (Peugeot 205) completed the podium trio, finishing ahead of BMW Mini Cooper S division standout Dave Spiller. Tony Cooper, charging through the pack and recording best B lap after a spin on cold tyres at the Esses in the initial scramble, and Mini man Darren Duffield were the other unlapped finishers as savagely cold winds and drizzle focused competitors. Mike Wyatt (Honda Civic) and Shaun Deacon (1600cc Peugeot 106 GTi) topped classes F and C, the latter with rival Mark Pope’s Ford Puma filling his mirrors and Paul Bird (106 GTi) within striking distance.

Curnow had topped the morning’s qualifying session, but it took him pretty much the full session to set his 1:12.974 (91.26mph) marker. How, retrospectively, he rued those extra laps over his normal strategy, which might have seen him make the end of the race! Southcott was 0.619s adrift, with Adams, Spiller and Will Self (Peugeot 205) next in the ‘14s,’ ‘15s’ and ‘16s’ respectively. Goverd, Michael Bowle (Honda Integra DC5), Duffield and Wyatt rounded out the top 10 of the 29-car field.

Bradley Thurston (Renault Clio 182) and Ben Ogbourne, whose Vauxhall Astra broke, were in the thick of the pack, with Pope and Robert Watson (Clio RS200) also inside 80 seconds. No fewer than seven drivers in the ‘20s’ - John Barnard (Clio), Deacon, Lee Waterman (MG ZR), Bird, Simon Hughes (Civic), Steve Kite (Mini R53) and Jonathan Fish (Clio 172) demonstrated the competitiveness of the midfield, subsequently reflected in the race action. Apart from the top two, Bowle posted the other afternoon retirement when his pretty winged Integra’s engine overheated.     

MARCUS PYE

Posted on Tuesday 11 May 2021

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