Flat-out BARC racing steals the show at Croft

03 Jul 17

The British Automobile Racing Club put on a weekend (1/2 July) to remember at Croft as a host of championships battled it out in North Yorkshire.

Five different series descended on the popular venue for two days of flat-out thrills ’n’ spills with several standout performances being produced.

In the MRF Legends Cars National Championship, multiple champion John Mickel underlined his credentials as one of the greats of the sport with an eye-catching performance.

Needing to close the gap to Ben Palmer in the overall standings, Mickel bagged four out of six wins on offer to narrow the deficit at the summit. Palmer himself took the chequered flag first on one occasion with Steve Whitelegg taking the final win on offer.

The Junior Saloon Car Championship gave those in attendance a glimpse of some of the next generation racers that could star in years to come. Catering for 14 to 17-year-old’s, the Citroen Saxo formula saw the spoils shared as Ethan Hammerton extended his advantage at the top of the standings.

Sam Kirkpatrick bagged pole position for the opening encounter however his aspirations of victory were to be cut short as he retired from the race on lap six. That left Hammerton to notch another win, leading Ross Connolly and Alicia Goundry over the line by more than nine seconds.

Kirkpatrick struck back from his earlier issues to record victory in race two, replicating Hammerton by winning by a substantial margin. Will Dyrdal and Hammerton rounded off the podium.

In the Max5 Racing Championship Paul Roddison and Jon Halliwell stole the show. The duo proved to be in a class of their own as they duked it out for the top step of the rostrum in both 12 lap encounters.

Roddison held off Halliwell by little over a second in race one before the roles were reversed and Halliwell continued his rich vein of form with another win.

Caterham Graduates boasted big grids with plenty of races being staged over both days. Across a majority of the classes, the spoils were shared with Graeme Smith and Matthew Willoughby taking wins in the Classic category.

In the Mega class, Glenn Burtenshaw and Declan Dolan prevailed whilst Andy Molsom and Toby Briant did the same in the Super.

Oliver Gibson and Jon Harmer meanwhile took both wins in the Sigmax and Sigma classes respectively.

Rounding off a bumper weekend of action was the Irish Global Lights Championship where Conor Farrell, Jake Byrne and Peter Drennan took a win apiece.

For the full classifications from all sessions over the course of the weekend, click here.