The MG Cup roles into Cheshire’s finest circuit with its
great mix of MG & Rover for two rounds of close competitive racing. With 4 races left this season every race
counts to name the class and overall champion of the 2019 MG CUP.
In class A (road going)
Dale Reet leads the fight for class honours followed by John Gill and
then Jago Keen.
In class B (Modified) Ian Boulton shares first place with
Iain Dowler on equal point chased by Chris Boulton so we expect to see some
hard thought racing to separate the front runners this weekend.
In class C (Race) Richard Buckley leads the fit for class
hours followed by Peter Burchill and then Mike Williams.
In class I we see Stuart Tranter lead Chirs Hughes which is
a David and Galorath battle of Rover Tomcat Vs Rover Metro
Over championship standings
1st Richard Buckley Rover Tomcat
2nd Ian Boulton MGZR 170 & Iain Dowler
3rd Peter Burchill MGZS 180
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The championship would like to thank the support of Peter
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allow us to race.
Both races for the MG Cup supported by Peter Best Insurance featured
intense battles for first between championship leader Richard Buckley in
his Rover Tomcat and Mike Williams, who appears now to have ironed out
the previous reliability problems of his rapid Metro GTi. The pair took a
Williams’ Metro starting second beat Buckley off the line in both
races though in both Buckley was able to move back into first place in
short order; his fast-in-a-straightline Tomcat looking more suited to
Donington than Williams’ Metro. In race one however Buckley lost his
power steering as it lost its fluid when the filler pot came away. This
let Williams get with him and after a long and frenetic place-swapping
fight Williams dived past at the chicane at the end of the final lap to
win – though Williams thought it was the penultimate lap as the
chequered flag was waved a few seconds early.
Race two was a repeat performance but with his steering problems now
sorted Buckley was able to turn the tables to win, managing the gap to
“It was really really hard work,” Buckley said of his race without
power steering, “Mike was all over me and I was just doing as much as I
could to keep just to keep in front and not hit him! Every time he came
around the outside of me I was hanging onto the car! If he’d known the
trouble I was having he’d have gone the other side. The last corner –
“Second race [was] just awesome, it was really a case of managing the
gap and managing my tyres; Mike is always on the edge. I know he’ll try
his absolute damnedest and his tyres will go off.”
“That was about as intense as it can get I think!” said Williams of
the two battles. “I think we both lost control of the cars!,” he added
of his late race one pass to win “I was completely locked up at the
front end, it was do or die basically! It was all good fun, we don’t
knock each other’s cars or anything – it’s hard racing but fair.”
Dave Nixon finished third in both races, hanging on to the battling
front pair in the first race to finish less than a second shy.
Ian Boulton in race one charged though the field to win Class B,
starting from a lowly grid slot after his engine blew up in qualifying
and he had to replace it for the race. The performance got him Driver of
the Race. Boulton was nudged off on lap two of race two, losing him a
lot of time and Iain Dowler that time took the Class B victory with a
fine drive to fourth overall. Carl Robinson claimed both Class A wins,
while Ed Davies in a ZR and Chris Hughes in a Rover 100 split the
invitational class wins.
Kayleigh Twigger got Driver of the Race for race two after an intense battle for sixth place with Peter Burchill’s 180, in which she only came up short when her Tomcat coughed short of fuel in the run to the line.
Thats get all cars out for Donington Park for rounds 5 and 6 of the MG Cup, we are racing on Sunday but arriving on Saturday for Pulled pork special thanks to Chirs @ Redhill Garage. Come and join the fasting growing championship in the MG Car Club to home of club motorsport for MG Rover owners #fillthegrid
Thanks to Redhill Garage sponsoring Saturday evening “Pig yourself silly” event for all registered drivers and helpers at Donington Park for rounds 5 and 6 of the MG Cup. Chris Twigger one of our drivers has kindly organised this. The MG Cup the home of club racing #fillthegrid