Triple win for Churchill

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MOTORSPORT: Tingewick’s Adrian Churchill dominated all three rounds of the Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy at Snetterton last weekend – scoring a memorable hat-trick of race victories writes James Beckett.

At the wheel of his Churchill Motorsport Vauxhall Astra VXR, Churchill was in a different class to his opposition – topping the timesheets in qualifying and then proceeding to score victory in all three races on the new Snetterton 200 track.

With support from Norfolk-based Courtenay Sport, Churchill took pole position in qualifying for the Dunlop-supported Best of British package event, with a lap that was one second faster than his nearest rival.

Churchill was able to pull out an advantage in each of his races to stamp his authority on the championship.

Churchill said, “This was a great weekend for me and I would like to thank Courtenay Sport for all their help and support.”

Churchill’s season will continue on June 11/12, when the Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy continues at Thruxton.

> Brackley’s Mark Owens was victorious at Silverstone last weekend, when he won two rounds of the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Chevron GR8 Challenge writes James Beckett.

Making his debut in the Chevron GR8 Challenge, Owens qualified second fastest in practice behind Jordan Witt. Once racing started however, Owens was able to show his speed and he took victory in the opening 40-minute race by a margin of five seconds. Another strong showing in the second race saw him victorious again.

The famous Chevron marque introduced the GR8 car to competition last year, but the companies original roots sit back in the 1960s and 1970s, when their sportscars dominated in a number of national and international races. Owen’s father, Paul, was a major figure in Chevron at that time and so Mark’s race victories at Silverstone were very poignant.

> The Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) host their flagship International Trophy race meeting on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this weekend write Colin and James Beckett.

The club will organise an action-packed weekend of races for sports, saloons and single-seater cars, with feature races being for the Martini and Guards trophies. Thirteen races will take place, five on Saturday and eight on Sunday. Qualifying starts from 9am on Saturday, with admission costing £10 for adults on each day.