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Seldon wins Victor Meldrew opener with stunning drive

MSVR Victor Meldrew Trophy - Race 1 - Matt Seldon produced an impressive drive
from row 12 of the grid to win the first Victor Meldrew Trophy handicap race.

Image by Jon Bryant of Snappyracers.com

Brian Daly started on effective pole position in his E30 320 and he held the lead for the majority of the 12 laps race before eventually being caught and passed by the chasing pack on lap 10. Initially Gordon Streeter out of retirement in his venerable Ford Anglia, who started 40 seconds earlier than Daly, presented an early challenge for the lead as he slotted into second spot. He found himself 10 seconds behind after a tardy start but he began to reel in the leader.

However, the faster runners at the back of the handicap began to scyth their way through the field with Matt Seldon particularly making very rapid progress in his fist time out in a hired E36 M3. He was joined by John Willcocks and Colin Tester, who showed their experience when dealing with traffic.

Gordon Streeter overcame the advantage of Daly to take the lead but was unable to hold onto it for long when on lap 10 of 12 he was passed by the blisteringly quick Matt Seldon who took the chequered flag. Willcocks then Tester passed Streeter on the final lap and the battle for second place was in doubt until the final corner as Tester's Cosworth Sierra closed rapidly on the Willcocks E30 M3. The better cornering ability of the BMW enabled Willcocks to cross the line 4 tenths ahead of Tester.The handicapper did a splendid job with positions 2 – 4 covered by less than two seconds.

MSVR Victor Meldrew Trophy Race One Top 6

1. Matt Seldon, BMW E30
2. John Willcocks, BMW E30
3. Colin Tester, Ford Sierra Cosworth
4. Gordon Streeter, Ford Anglia
5. Eliot Dunmore, Toyota
6. Nigel Innes, BMW 325

Cassar wins the race but Streeter claims Victor Meldrew Trophy

MSVR Victor Meldrew Trophy - Victor Meldrew Trophy Race Two - Despite a valiant challenge by Gordon Streeter, Steve Cassar snatched the victory in the second Victor Meldrew Trophy race at Brands Hatch.

The handicapper, having noted the performances in Race 1 shuffled the grid  for the second race  and  the challenge for the race win was blown wide open.

Mickey Daly led the field from pole, but it wasn't long before Gordon Streeter now  aclimatised to UK time, soon got the better of the Renault Clio driver and he took the lead of the race.  Peter Seldon showed impressive pace in his borrowed  BMW moving from the very back of the grid to sixth at the end of the race.

The battle for the victory came down to the very last lap with Streeter in the lead but he was being rapidly caught by the Proton of Steve Cassar and Eliot Dunmore in his Celica. The Proton man found a way past at Graham Hill Bend and he managed to hold his position to take the chequered flag by half a second with Dunmore just a second behind runner-up Streeter.

In order to decide the overall Victor  the two race results were input to the fiendishly complicated Meldrew ailments handicapping computer, which concluded that Gordon Streeter  becomes the 5th Victor Victor.

MSVR Victor Meldrew Trophy Race Two Result Top 6
1. Steve Cassar, Proton Coupe
2. Gordon Streeter, Ford Anglia
3. Eliot Dunmore, Toyota
4. Brian Daly, BMW E30
5. John Cross, SEAT Leon Cupra
6. Peter Seldon, BMW E30

Victor Meldrew Report by - John(Victor) Willcocks











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