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2013 Season

 

Donington Park, 17 March
Frazer Gibney was a delighted and deserved winner in Historic Road Sports, but only after a race-long contest with fellow Lotus Elan racer Roger Waite. The pair of sometime single-seater racers was never far apart and there was less than a second in it at the flag. "That was non-stop," said Gibney. "I didn't know if I'd won: I was just trying to hold Roger off." Waite was thrilled with his first HRS race and his first run in the ex-Paul Tooms Elan. "The car is fantastic, so the pressure was on a bit," admitted the former Historic FF1600 racer.
In the mix should have been Justin Murphy's Ginetta G4, but his race finished in the gravel, and Tim Pearce, but his Morgan Plus 8 was out with a rear puncture. Out into the gravel at Redgate went the Lotus Elans of Larry Kennedy and Peter Shaw and so the final podium place fell to the Marcos 1800GT of Chris Keen, back racing after a year away.
 
Thruxton, 30 March
Andy Shepherd's Lotus 7 broke as it hit the front in Historic Road Sports, dramatically improving the Lotus Elan drivers' chances. Roger Waite and Peter Shaw disputed the lead thereafter, but new championship backer Larry Kennedy of Witchampton Garage outmanoeuvred the 7s of ex-Formula Fordster Simon Haughton and Jonathan Stringer for an Elan 1-2-3. Behind the Lotuses, Martin Edridge (Ford Mustang) and Nick Savage (Chevrolet Camaro) were locked in combat.
 
Cadwell Park, 20/21 April
Peter Shaw's excellent start came to nought in the first Historic Road Sports race, after his Lotus Elan went sick on the third lap and eventually returned to the paddock. Justin Murphy's Ginetta G4 took over the lead, but into Barn for the third time Steve Hodges (Lotus Seven) got by and stayed there until crashing out with four laps to go. Murphy regained a comfortable winning margin, with Patrick Ward-Booth's similar car second and Simon Haughton (Lotus Seven third) after Jim Grant's Elan spun on two consecutive laps at the Mountain.
Shepherd made a superb start in race two and led the opening lap from Jonathan Stringer (Lotus 7), Ward-Booth, Haughton and Murphy. Within a lap Murphy had demoted two of his rivals and Stringer's scalp followed a lap later. Shepherd tried to hold on but had to give best on lap four, before nosing back ahead into Barn. Further exchanges followed before Murphy made it stick, while Shepherd retained second as Stringer and Haughton both moved up after Ward-Booth was squeezed out to fifth on the last lap.
 
Silverstone, 18/19 May
Roger Waite continued his excellent 2013 season in Historic Road Sports with another win in his ex-Paul Tooms Lotus Elan, but he never had a big enough lead to be able to relax too much. The chasing pack was spearheaded by Roddie Feilden (Morgan +8) and Chris Keen (Marcos 1800GT) and when Waite out-braked himself at Vale two laps from home and lost ground, Keen nipped ahead. To his relief, Waite managed to quickly regain control and take victory after his late scare. "Roger got it back with a detour," said Keen with a smile.
 
Snetterton, 1/2 June
Snetterton's 300 circuit proved hard on Road Sports cars, although Peter Shaw's Lotus Elan, which has suffered head gasket and alternator problems this season, was back on best behaviour in the Historic set's points race. It needed to be, for Justin Murphy (Ginetta G4) made a better start, but the Australian's open car was not as slippery on the straights.
Andy Shepherd and Roger Waite chased, but the latter's Elan - Paul Tooms' 2011 and '12 title winner - joined Bill Smith's Marcos 1600GT up the escape road at Brundle after its gearbox failed. 'Prof' Shepherd, always quick here, lucked in after a miserable Silverstone. His Lotus 7's gearbox was jammed in top, but held out for third.
Championship sponsor Larry Kennedy of Witchampton Garage got ahead of the 7s of Simon Haughton and Jonathan Stringer before a hairy gyration at Coram. Points' leader John Shaw (Porsche 911) and Ian Burford (Lenham Le Mans) headed their classes, but Patrick Ward-Booth's rapid Ginetta G4 broke.
The closest finish was for 13th place, 0.441 second blanketing Tony Davis (Austin-Healey Sprite), Richard Disbrow (Turner Mk1) and Johan Denekamp (Alfa Romeo GTV). Disbrow later looked favourite to win Colin Ayre's fun Handicap race, but Peter Chappell (Sprite) outfoxed him to win by 0.891s. Plucky novice Kristy Brooks (Elan) was seven seconds down, having lost at least that trying to hook first gear at the start.
 
Brands Hatch, 13 July
A bumper grid of Historic Road Sports cars delivered plenty of close racing and victory for Andy Shepherd (Lotus 7). The Road Sports race was ended early when leader Roger Waite had the transmission of his Lotus Elan seize and spin the car to a halt. Instead, Shepherd took a narrow win over the Elan of Peter Shaw.
 
Croft, 3/4 August
Croft debutant Peter Shaw furthered the weekend's Lotus success rate, sprinting his Iain Daniels-built Elan S1 to victory in both Witchampton Garage Historic Road Sports rounds. After Simon Haughton's Seven broke, Reading-domiciled Whitbyite Karl Wetherell recovered from a spin to oust Pat Ward-Booth (Ginetta G4) from second late in the opener. Welcome guests Wetherill and West Auckland's David Summerson (Austin-Healey 3000) chased Shaw home on Sunday, but series regulars Bill Smith (Notaklu Racing Marcos-Ford) and Colin Sharp (TR5) were promoted to the podium.
 
Oulton Park, 24 August

The Porsche 911 battle between Richard Bott, Rob Russell (in the ex-Vic Elford car) and John Shaw characterised the Witchampton Garage Historic Road Sports round, FF1600 invitee Bott prevailing in PCGB's 911 50 tribute racer. Up front, Justin Murphy (Ginetta G4) drove a corking race to defeat the Lotus hordes. Roger Waite (Elan) and top qualifier Andy Shepherd (7) chased him home, dropping Peter Shaw (Elan).

 
Brands Hatch, 28 September
Lotus machinery filled the first three positions in the Historic Road Sports race. Pole man Justin Murphy got a slightly scruffy start in his Ginetta, allowing the Lotus Elan of Peter Shaw - who had started on the third row of the grid - to blast to the front of the field.
Murphy was further demoted on the second time around, when Andy Shepherd's Lotus Seven went right round the outside of him at Clearways. Shepherd then began to challenge Shaw for the lead, and he was briefly through at Clearways on third lap, but Shaw used the Elan's extra grunt to get back ahead.
He finally took the lead on lap four, with Murphy also finding a way through at Paddock Hill Bend shortly afterwards. Murphy kept the Lotus honest for several laps until he went off at Druids on the 13th orbit.
This promoted the two Elans of Shaw and Roger Waite into second and third, Waite hauling himself passed Shaw for second before the flag dropped.
Further down the order, Antony Ross took Class D honours in his Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 after a race-long battle with Stephen Winter's Porsche 911. Meanwhile Ian Burford, the class E winner, kept Nick Savage's powerful Camaro honest in his little MG Lenham Le Mans.
 
Silverstone, 19 October

Peter Shaw (Lotus Elan S1) led the Witchampton Garage Historic Road Sports counter away, but Roger Waite's similar car and Bruce Stapleton (Morgan +8) scrabbled past and continued their duel to the flag. Paul Tooms - champion of the past two years in the car now owned by Waite - nipped at their heels initially in his latest project, a Turner MkIII for which he has high hopes.
Mike Eagles' hairy De Tomaso Mangusta - which started from P5 - did not last long, alas, but Tim Pearce growled his white Morgan +8 through to fifth, having first ousted Chris Keen's Marcos-Volvo and Nick Savage's Chevrolet Camaro which saw a lot of each other.
From 19th on the grid Shadi Eddin's open Ginetta G4 was passed early on by 'Doc' Ward-Booth's closed example and veteran Barry Ashdown's lime green Elan, but the trio began a climb in which Eddin re-passed Ward-Booth's machine to finish a splendid eighth.
Nigel Bancroft was 10th, leaving Class G rivals far behind in Tony Mantle's Lotus Elite, while Peter Collis beat champion John Shaw in D, the latter having been delayed by a first lap scrape which eliminated Jason Kennedy's TVR Griffith and Simon Haughton's Lotus 7.

 
     
   
 
     

2012 Season

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2002 Season

Season report courtesy of Nick Adams.
 

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1998 Season

Castle Combe, Robin Stainer 916), Raymond Hunter (55) and Martin Barrow stream through Tower.
Photo courtesy of Steve Jones
 

1993 Season

Classic & Sportscar Magazine front cover photo.
The magazine did a major article in which they track tested the lead cars in class A of IRS.

Aidan Mills Thomas AC Cobra flanked by Hal Danby in his 7 litre Corvette (everything else is powered by 4.7 litre Ford), Roger Connell in the TVR Griffith, Tim Bryan in the Shelby Mustang and I'm afraid we cannot remember the name of the driver of the beautifully prepared Tiger.

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1984 Season
   
1981 Season
 
1979 Season

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