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December 2018

  • Though the season was shorter than usual, the HSCC provided enough racing to hold meaningful championships in some of its categories, and after their Finals Meeting on 17-18 October (see page 44) and last Formula Ford races at the Formula Ford Festival Brands Hatch on 24-25 October, all the championships have been decided

    Young guns Benn Tilley (March 743) (above left) and Ben Stiles (Van Diemen RF82) won the Classic Formula 3 and Classic Formula Ford 2000 titles respectivley after two exemplary campaigns on very limited budgets.  Meanwhile, the Historic Formula 3 Championship had been won a week earlier at Mallory Park by Ian Bankhurst (Alexis Mk8).

     

    Antony Ross took his Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider to the Historic Road Sports Championship 27 years a er he won the HSCC Improved Road Sports crown in the same car.  Photos Eric Sawyer

    Both Road Sports Championships have enjoyed tremendous support, and it was the consistent pace of Jeremy Clark (Lotus Elan) that took him to a hat-trick of 70s Road Sports titles, while Antony Ross took the Historic Road Sports Championship.

    Irishman Peter Drennan (Reynard SF79) was new to Formula Ford 2000 this year, but a double win at Brands Hatch set him up for the Historic FF2000 title at the first attempt.  Meanwhile, Steve Platts earned another Historic Touring Car title to add to the one he won in 2017 in his Singer Chamois.

       

    In Classic Formula Ford, Cam Jackson (Van Diemen RF80) (right) took six wins from seven rounds to end the season 21 points to the good, also winning the Formula Junior overall crown in his Brabham BT2 (left) to become a double champion

    In Historic Formula Junior, Cam Jackson (Brabham BT2) took the overall crown with an unbeaten run and Ray Mallock (U2 Mk2) won the Front-Engined Formula Junior title. 

    Both the Historic and Classic Formula Ford Championships were hard fought throughout the short season.    In the Historics, Pierre Livingston (Merlyn Mk20) won four on the trot at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park through the late summer to build a 15-point championship lead heading into the final.  A second and third place at Brands was enough for him to claim victory.

    Due to the shortened 2020 season, six HSCC categories did not run as championships.  Included amongst these were the Formula 2s, usually run as an international championship.