Sunday, October 07 2012
For the third consecutive year the MG Car Club's MG Trophy Championship will be decided at the final round of the season at Snetterton this weekend (13/14 October). Going into the last two races, any of the current top six drivers are in with a mathematical chance of winning the overall title.
Just two points separate Paul Savage and Chris Bray, whilst Paul Streather, Paul Luti, Doug Cole and Dan Neaves can also win the title with a potential 46 points on offer. Five of the six will be racing ZR hatchbacks, whilst Luti competes in a LE500 sportscar. Previous racers in the championship, which covers modern MG models, includes Clio Cup frontrunner Jack Goff, so the pressure will be on all of them this weekend as they try to establish their future credentials.
The Peter Best Insurance Challenge covers all MGs ranging from early T-Types through to Midgets, MGBs, MGCs and MGFs in race modified, modified and road going form. The Lackford Engineering MG Midget and Sprite Challenge also runs the same three classes, but this time exclusively for the diminutive sportscar.
There's further sportscar action in the MG Car Club BCV8 Championship, billed as the premier series for MGB and MGC racing, offering classes for the fully modified V8s to road going cars. Meanwhile plenty of tin top action can be found in the Drayton Manor Park Metro Cup, a low cost class for road going MG Metros to the faster Turbos, plus Rover 100 and Metro GTa models.
Other marques also compete in the MG Car Club Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship, with MGBs racing against E-Types, Aston Martins, Triumph TRs and Morgans. Similarly, the ecurie GTS series is open to rivals. It is designed to be a close and competitive yet gentlemanly environment for pre-1966 cars complying to FIA Appendix K regulations and with smaller engines, spread across five classes from under 1150 to 2700cc.
In addition there will also be races for the equally historic and British Morgans. The meeting will also include a four hour British Motor Heritage relay race, with a bumper field of MGs, Morgans and Hillmans squaring up to opposition from Italian Alfa Romeos, French Renaults and Peugeots and German BMWs and Porsches in what should be a highly entertaining tag-team battle.
Tickets for the MG Car Club Championships at Snetterton on 13/14 October are available for £10 in advance with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.