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The much anticipated second round of the Marin Cup took place at a very busy weekend of racing at East Fortune 15th/16th July.

This was a record overall entry at the circuit but, more importantly, teams from all around the country responded to the promise of good racing delivered by this competition, resulting in an incredible turnout of sidecars. A full grid of 24 entries was received for the first time in many years. And, although the usual round of mechanical misadventures and racing incidents brought a certain rate of attrition, the overall entry made sure of big grids and fierce competition in every race.

Yet again, competitors came from all over the UK and even from as far afield as Belgium to support the Marin Cup competition and to enjoy great racing all the way through the grid.

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Qualifying was a wet affair but that didn’t slow the fast chaps down much with newly acquainted Team ARC pairing Lee Crawford and Scott Hardie taking pole on the F2. Bell racing’s Michael Bell partnered with brother Phil’s regular passenger, Tony Belsey, took second position with Peter O’Neill/jack Galligan taking the third slot.

RACE ONE

Race one was a furious affair with Crawford/Hardie getting the holeshot into Pates and holding off a determined charge from Anderson/Mayhew, Lille/Chandler and O’Neill/Galligan – all determined to grab early podium honours. The action continued throughout the full 8 laps with O’Neill/Galligan picking off the other runners to close down Crawford/Hardie who held on to take the race by 0.25 seconds as Bell/Belsey fought their way through to take third place.

Spectators were universal in commenting not only on the fantastic race but also on the glorious sight of 21 outfits tearing down the straight to Railway Bend in the glorious Scottish sunshine.


Delays on Saturday pushed the remaining three races to Sunday and the weather rewarded the teams with perfect racing conditions.

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RACE TWO

Crawford/Hardie again took the early lead in race 2 and, this time, stretched ahead of the chasing pairs of Bell/Belsey and O’Neill/Galligan who were left to slug things out for second place. Bell/Belsey moved into second position on lap 6 and pulled away to take the place 5 seconds behind winners Crawford/Hardie and 10 seconds ahead of third place O’Neill/Galligan.

 

RACE THREE
Race three was a repeat performance with Crawford/Hardie taking the early lead and the win – and Bell/Belsey again passing O’Neill/Galligan on lap 6 with these teams finishing in second and third places respectively.

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RACE FOUR

Race four started differently with a determined O’Neill - with Mick Fairhurst standing in for an injured Jack Galligan - taking the early lead ahead of Crawford/Hardie and Bell/Belsey. Heading into the final lap the positions were the same, until a fast manoeuvre to pass some back markers resulted in a spectacular retirement for O’Neill/Fairhurst, leaving Crawford/Hardie to take the win with Bell /Belsey second and third place going to Lillie/Chandler. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries and all riders were declared ok following assessment at the scene.


As always, further back in the grid there was plenty of close action as all competitors fought for places and points. Unfortunately, I don’t have details of all the adventures (and misadventures!) that occurred as there were just too many of them, but I can report that all competitors reported having had a fantastic weekend and left ready for more.

 

POINTS TABLE 

So, following the second round of the Marin Cup, the points table looks like this:

Driver

Passenger

Total Points

Michael Bell

Tom Pugh/Tony Belsey

142

Dave Lillie

Ben Chandler

113

Stephen Kershaw

Stuart Clark

100

Lee Crawford

Scott Hardie

100

Peter O'Neill

Jack Galligan

84

Karl Pring

Chris Bonsall

80

Stuart Anderson

Sandy Mayhew

78

Graham Hodgson

Philip Gravel

68

Gavin Browne

Murray Mckay

52

Stewart Lithgow

Hannah Brunton

39

Gordon Shand

Frank Claeys

39

Graham McKinlay

Paul McLean

31

Simon Robinson

Keith Liddle

28

Iain Souter

Sam Campbell

22

Colin Lewis

Danny Quirk

21

Stuart Mayhew

L Mayhew/C Yuill/ A Taylor

11

Yvonne Davidson

Mary Grant

9

Ken Andrews Sr

Adam Nix

9

Keith Forrest

Justin Dalgleish

6

Ken Andrews Jr

Phil Melville

5

Alistair Lewis

Patti Reid

0

Alan Shand

Chris Yuill

0

Jim Hamilton

Mick Fairhurst

0

 

Overall a fantastic set of results for Team ARC who collected 100 points for the weekend and who were also awarded the Tom Dickie Spirit of the Meeting trophy. In addition to this, the fourth race of the weekend marked the first presentation of the Eric Bissett Memorial trophy, and this beautiful salver was presented by his family to Lee and Scott at a presentation following the last race.
Many thanks from the SSRC to the family and friends of Eric Bissett for donating this trophy and annual prize fund to the club.

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The Marin Cup continues to attract a fantastic following of teams and the SSRC would like to thank all who entered for making this event the successful spectacle it has now become.
You won’t get better racing, at better tracks, with a better atmosphere, at a better price anywhere in Britain.

There are two rounds remaining this year. The first at East Fortune on the 12 and13th August (grid now full) and back at Knockhill for the grand finale on 2/3 Sept. Interested teams please note that is also the Jock Taylor meeting and entries are filling up fast. Be quick if you want to be part of this rapidly growing competition.


Thanks, as always, to the Melville Club for hosting the event and to the Orange Army, without whom, as we all appreciate, there would be no racing.
The SSRC is looking forward to welcoming you all to Round 3 at East Fortune on 12/13th August.

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