Usually the highlight of our Classic 70s Summer of events, a 30 minute race around the wonderful Oulton Park circuit which follows the natural contours of the Cheshire countryside.
The two main contenders in the title race Adam Bagnall with his Jaguar E-Type and the Lotus Elan of current champion Jez Clark both have class rivals who will be pushing to take championship points away from them at every opportunity. Kevin Kivlochan and Mark Bennett have both beaten Adam in recent races whilst Will Leverett is currently providing Jez with some serious opposition.
With qualifying on Saturday with racing Sunday the circuit will also be hosting Classic Car Displays and an Artisan Market, celebrating 60 years of the Mini and if you like you action to travel sideways Heritage Stock Cars and Rally Car demonstrations are always spectacular.
Will Leverett made a break whilst Keki Kivlochan and Jez Clark kept each other occupied. Great battle between Mark Leverett who came through from the back, Howard Payne and John Williams. The mid field from 12th – 16th were separated by less than a second after 12 hectic laps.
One of the standout events of our Classic 70s Summer, the annual visit to the Croft Retro and Classic Weekend. Now into its ninth year, and established as a major highlight on the North-East region’s social calendar.
The evocative 70’s Road Sports category features a mouth-watering array of iconic cars, including a number of British favourites, such as the Jaguar E-Type, Morgan Plus 8 and a wide range of classic Lotus’s including Elan, Europa, Seven and Eclat. Fans will also have their heartstrings tugged by a cavalcade of Italian Alfa Romeo’s including an Alfa Sud Sprint and three Bertone bodied GTV 2000 plus a trio of Porsches will add German engineering excellence to an exciting line up.
Things are hotting up in the battle for the Championship with just five points separating the E-Type of Adam Bagnall from the Lotus Elan of 2018 Champion Jez Clark at the halfway point of the season. John Wagstaff will be looking to consolidate his lead in Class D, but will need to work hard to keep his Alfa Romeo ahead of the potentially quicker Lotus Eclat of Neil Brown.
The two-day event will showcase the very best in historic racing featuring saloons, sports cars and single seaters providing fun for all the family, with retro trade stalls, auto jumbles and a variety of vehicle displays all forming part of this years Croft Retro and Classic extravaganza – a weekend not to be missed!
Jez Clark claimed he couldn’t challenge the Morgan of Kevin Kivlochan, then when the lights went out ran side by side with the Morgan until snatching the lead, although Kevin was back in the lead by the end of lap two and looking comfortable until loosing a wheel putting Jez back on the top step of the podium.
Although Jez Clark put up a spirited chase initially race one was dominated by Kevin Kivlochan and his Morgan Plus 8 but there was plenty of entertaining inter-marque action in the mid grid pack between the MGB, Alfa Romeo, Alfa Spider and Porsche 924 of Peter Bowyer, Jon Wagstaff, Antony Ross and Brian Jarvis, further back the Alfas of Simon Holmesmith, Dave Erwin and Justin Wilson tripped over themselves in an equally entertaining battle with the Datsun 240Z of Tom Owen.
The Historic Sports Car Club’s first race meeting at the spectacular Anglesey track in North Wales on 13-14 July is set to be a great weekend by the sea. With a full programme of 20 races, a total entry of more than 170 cars, the weekend will be a very special tribute to the life of Welsh racing driver Tom Pryce
The 70s Road Sports Championship races are likely to be close between the current champion Jeremy Clark, Lotus Elan and the Datsun 240Z of Charles Barter. Jim Dean will be hoping to repeat his form from Brands Hatch, whilst any slip from the leading trio will see the Lotus Elan of Mark Leverett, Adam Bagnall’s Jaguar E-Type and Kevin Kivlochan’s Morgan Plus 8 move into contention.
Class D have really embraced the spirit of this event which includes four Bertone styled Alfa Romeo 2000 GTVs a Lancia Beta and the British Racing Green Triumph GT6 of Martin Dyson.
A race dominated by the Lotus’s. Jim Dean lead the first seven laps until forced to retire with broken suspension allowing Jeremy Clark to move to the front with Will Leverett maintaining pressure until the end. In the chase for the Championship crown it’s beginning to look as if Adam Bagnall and Jez Clark are building an early breakaway from the main peloton.
70s will be returning to the magnificent Brands Hatch Superprix for the first time since 2017 the 30 minute race will be a wonderful challenge for competitors taking place towards the end of a full weekend of historic motorsport organised by the HSCC.
Sunday qualifying for 70s begins at 10.25 for 15 minutes Round 5 – Sunday: Starts at 16.50 for 30 minutes