All about the British Championships: September 12, 2022

Virtually every British Championship sanctioned by Motorsport UK has been in action in recent weeks, whether on the track or on the stage.

Here’s a recap of the action and some stories you might have missed:

Phil Price Memorial Woodpecker Rally, Ludlow

Callum Black and Jack Morton claimed a standout win in Saturday’s Phil Price Memorial Woodpecker Rally [3 September].

Black and Morton engaged in a close battle with Welsh Championship leaders Matthew Hirst and Declan Dear for most of the day until Hirst and Dear had to retire on stage four due to rear wheel failure. It was a disappointing day for Doncaster-based Hirst, who was within reach of the league title had he finished in the top two on Saturday.

It was an All-Fiesta podium, with Perry Gardener and co-driver Jack Bowen finishing second, followed by Elliot Payne and Patrick Walsh in third.

Wera Tools British Kart Championships, Kimbolton

Charlie Turner became Wera Tools’ first British Karting Champion to be crowned in 2022 after securing the KZ2 honor on the final lap at Kimbolton last weekend [10-11 Sep].

Second behind final winner James Gleinster proved enough for Turner to take the honor at the Cambridgeshire circuit, while Tom Adams completed the podium.

Noah Wolfe took three wins in the Mini Max category and extended his lead at the top of the class standings. Callum Bradshaw similarly extended his lead among the senior Rotax runners, leading Archie Walker and Sean Butcher home.

Brandon Carr led home Harry Linden and Vinnie Phillips in the Junior Rotax, while Cole Denholm, Kai Clarke and Charlie Woolfit also took the top three in the Honda Cadet.

British Touring Car Championship, Thruxton

NAPA Racing UK celebrated a silverware laden trip to Thruxton over the August Bank Holiday weekend where Dan Cammish and Ash Sutton both took victories in the British Touring Car Championship.

After dominating the opening race, Cammish made way for hard-nosed teammate Sutton in race two, with the Ford Focus pairing delivering a convincing one-two for the team. With the same number of races still to go, Sutton’s win moves him to six points behind championship leader Colin Turkington (Team BMW).

Josh Cook, often known as the ‘King of Thruxton’, kept his title hopes alive by piloting his Honda Civic Type R to victory in the third and final race of the weekend.

ROKIT British F4 Championship Certified by the FIA, Thruxton

Alex Dunne enjoyed a record-breaking weekend at Thruxton to take another step closer to the ROKiT British F4 title.

The hi-tech GP racer picked up pressure from Carlin’s Ugo Ugochukwu in races one and three, the pair separating by about a second at the Hampshire high-speed circuit on both occasions.

But an opportunity for McLaren junior Ugochukwu never materialized, allowing Dunne to claim his tenth and eleventh wins of the season, a new record for a single year in the British FIA Formula 4 Series.

He now leads Carlin’s Ollie Gray by 106 points towards Silverstone, where he could clinch the title. His victories capped a hard-fought win from the reverse grid for team-mate Oliver Stewart, the Scot holding off Eduardo Coseteng and Daniel Guinchard (Argenti) to claim his maiden triumph.

British Hill Climb Championship – Prescott

Wallace Menzies cemented his grip on a third British Hill Climbs title after sharing victories in a rain-plagued Prescott with David Uren, putting him five points ahead of nearest rivals Alex Summers.

The weather hit mid-run off to shake up Saturday’s order, hampering the usual suspects up front and allowing Uren to set the fastest time up the hill in his Gould GR55B.

Menzies returned to the top of the times on Sunday but was just 0.06 seconds separating him from Summers with the title set to be decided at Loton Park next month.

British Rally Championship – Rali Bae Ceredigion

Welsh driver Osian Pryce extended his lead in the British Rally Championship by taking maximum points in round five of the series, the Get Connected Rali Ceredigion [3-4 September].

Pryce and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan delivered a scintillating drive over each of the event’s 12 closed road stages in their Volkswagen Polo GTi to seal their third win of the season and move ever closer to their first BRC title.

James Williams and co-driver Dai Roberts gave Hyundai its maiden British podium for the Hyundai i20 N Rally2, with Skoda Fabia driver Ruairi Bell rounding out the top three.

British Junior Rally Championship

Eamonn Kelly secured his first Junior British Rally Championship title aboard his Fiesta Rally4 at the Get Connected Rali Ceredigion in Aberystwyth.

Leading the juniors from the third Test, Kelly was in a league of his own and despite hitting a wall during Sunday morning’s loop, he emerged from the final stage with the all-important victory and was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of home supporters. Kelly receives an assisted drive at a World Rally Championship round in 2023 at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 N Rally2 as the title win prize. Co-driver Conor Mohan will have to wait to the trackrod if he wants to secure the junior co-driver title.

In a difficult weekend for Kyle White and Sean Topping in their Peugeot 208 Rally4, they struggled with technical problems to finish second, while Ioan Lloyd and Sion Williams in their Peugeot finished third to secure their second consecutive podium.

British GT Championship – Brands Hatch (GP)

A dramatic late retirement for the race-leading Abba Racing Mercedes-AMG team of Richard and Sam Neary handed victory at Brands Hatch on a platter to Enduro Motorsport’s McLaren, driven by Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton.

A trio of safety car stoppages prevented polesitter James Cottingham from creating a gap up front in his Mercedes and some clever work at Abba’s stops put Neary at the front of the field.

That gap between Neary and the now-chasing #77 McLaren stabilized at around a second until late on, the leading duo suffered heartbreak as their Mercedes slowed in sight of the checkered flag and Enduro handed the spoils.

With Ian Loggie’s championship-leading RAM Racing Mercedes in seventh place, the enduro victory keeps their slim title hopes alive and sets the stage for a four-way GT3 showdown for the honor at Donington Park next month.

However, one title already clinched is the GT3 Silver-Am category, where James Dorlin and Alex Malykhin were victorious after storming to third in class at the legendary venue of Kent.

In GT4, Newbridge Motorsport’s Matt Topham and Darren Turner cemented their status at the top of the championship, another win ahead of the Stellar Audi of Richard Williams and Sennan Fielding, bridging the gap to 12.5 points en route to the season finale.

GB3/GB4 Championships – Brands Hatch (GP)

Luke Browning (Hitech) took the upper hand in the GB3 Championship title race to pass former leader Joel Granfors (Fortec) at Brands Hatch, with three races to go at Donington Park next month.

Neither won a race at Kent Circuit – that honor went to Elite’s Tom Lebbon and two first-time winners, Matthew Rees (JHR) and Branden Lee Oxley (Chris Dittmann Racing) – but, crucially, two podiums and one higher setback grid score for Browning with 15.5 points tipped the scales.

Despite falling from a comfortable lead when conditions changed in the opening GB4 Championship Fortec’s Nikolas Taylor extended his lead over next challenger Max Marzorati.

Taylor, caught off guard by the arrival of rain while riding on slicks at Paddock Hill Bend, slid into the wall while Tom Mills (Kevin Mills Racing) triumphed in a fascinating three-way battle with teammate Jarrod Waberski and Elite’s Jack Sherwood at his gain position.

Taylor bounced back from pole in the second contest to prove his authority and Sherwood jumped up two rows to visit the winners circle in the final. Donington Park is hosting the title decider next month, with Taylor having 31 points on the good.

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