All about the British Championships: September 26, 2022

Two more British Championship titles were awarded by Motorsport UK last weekend with a packed schedule including hill climbs, rallies, sprints, trials, drag racing and the usual plethora of circuit racing.

Here is our summary of all actions:

British Touring Car Championship – Silverstone (National)

Three of the young stars of the British Touring Car Championship will travel to Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time to claim the 2022 crown after a thrilling title fight took another turn at Silverstone.

NAPA Racing UK’s Ash Sutton stormed to the top of the standings in second in the final race of the weekend, but a win for ROKiT MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill and EXCLER8’s Tom Ingram means the trio will travel to Brands just seven points clear of this one An order.

Team BMW’s Colin Turkington remains mathematically in the running, 27 points adrift and a theoretical 56 points in the Grand Prix layout of the legendary Kent circuit, but a tough day for the Northern Irishman has dashed his hopes of a record-breaking fifth crown.

The other win went to Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s Rory Butcher, who enjoyed his strongest weekend of the season, the win being part of a podium hat-trick.

ROKIT F4 British Championship certified by the FIA ​​– Silverstone (National)

Alex Dunne (Hitech GP) has all but wrapped up the ROKiT British F4 title, but victory by main rival Ollie Gray (Carlin) in the final race at Silverstone kept the champagne on hold for the Irish teenager – for now.

The two collided at Luffield while contesting the lead in the opening race; Gray continued his win with front wing damage as Dunne pulled away and then stormed back to fourth place. After the race, Gray was penalized twice – once by the Clerk and again on appeal by the stewards – and the matter is now being brought before the National Court.

That proved crucial as the potential for Gray to return to victory adds a further 16 points to the points remaining at Brands Hatch. Dunne leads by 102 points with Gray now having 103 available, so just a perfect weekend and having his penalty overturned will be enough to fend off Dunne.

Louis Sharp was declared the winner of the opening race in the face of the penalty, with JHR’s Georgi Dimitrov taking the swag in what was typically action-packed reverse grid competition.

British Hill Climb – Loton Park

Wallace Menzies secured his third British Hillclimb Championship title with two run-off wins on a dramatic final day at Loton Park.

Menzies and nearest rival Alex Summers arrived at the Championship summit in Shropshire with ten run-off wins each in a stunning 2022 season and just five points between them.

Disaster struck Summers, however, when he made a crucial error while 0.6s off Scott Moran’s benchmark time in the opening and went off course in his DJ Firestorm single-seater.

In his absence, Menzies shot to the top of the times, earning a crucial run-off win. He repeated the feat later in the day, eventually piloting his Gould to a third straight title by seven points, with Summers finishing second.

British Rally Championship – Trackrod Rally Yorkshire

Osian Pryce and co-driver Noel O’Sullivan’s win at the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire was enough to secure Motorsport UK’s inaugural British Rally Championship title.

A flawless run in the Melvyn Evans Motorsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTi began with Friday night’s 11-mile Dalby test, which saw Pryce and O’Sullivan hold a 5.2-second lead over their main title rivals, four-time winner Keith Cronin, drove out and Mike Galvin.

As hard as Cronin tried, Pryce proved unstoppable at the front throughout the event, winning four of the six stages en route to victory. The Irishman salvaged second place and rallied to overtake Ruari Bell again, but his bid for a record-breaking fifth crown will have to wait another year.

Wera Tools British Karting Championships – PFi

The IAME, TKM and Bambino classes of the Wera Tools British Karting Championships crowned their respective champions at PFi International last weekend.

In X30, Gus Lawrence and Gabriel Stilp celebrated winning the Senior and Junior titles, respectively, while Leon Frost and Chris Whitton were similarly victorious in Junior TKM and TKM Extreme.

Jesse Phillips took the IAME Cadet crown and Riley Munro, the Bambino winner, rounded out six action-packed championships for the 2022 season.

British Drag Racing Championship – Santa Pod Raceway

Bobby Wallace earned his first career victory by defeating newly crowned 2022 champion Andy Robinson in the finals. Robinson unusually stumbled over the red light with a false start.

Wallace, confident of victory, could have easily made it to the finish, but instead clocked a personal best of 5.881 seconds, believed to be the lowest ET of the event. Robinson had qualified low at 5.902 seconds and set the event’s top speed at 245.15 mph.

Robinson is champion for the eighth time.

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