National Novelties: Corvette and Rochdale Olympic

With a Chevrolet Corvette in action at Brands Hatch, a rare Rochdale Olympic racing at Silverstone and ELMS driver Ben Hanley swapping LMP2 machinery for a Radical SR1, there were plenty of unusual cars and stories from the world of national motorsport this week

National Novelties: Corvette and Rochdale Olympic

Debut outing: Woods-Dean's Corvette

Multiple saloon race winner Andy Woods-Dean had his first drive on Saturday in a Chevrolet Corvette recently imported from Scandinavia. The car was built in 2006 for club-level competition in the USA before then heading to Norway.

Now in the Hampshire driver’s hands, the Corvette’s cooling fan stopped working on a blazing hot day at Brands Hatch, threatening to cook the engine as well as the driver.

Remedied in time for the races, Woods-Dean finished third at the first attempt while running as an invitation entry among the Super Saloons. A lap time improvement of well over two seconds was rewarded with runner-up spot in race two.

Unusual car: Rochdale Olympic

 

Photo by: Mick Walker

Long-time historic racer Nick Smith bought the Rochdale Olympic as a “pile of bits” during lockdown.

The lengthy period of inactivity that followed allowed him to build it back up completely and most of its parts are period-appropriate, although the door handles came from B&Q!

The car first reappeared in Ecurie Classic Racing and Historic Sports Car Club Road Sports races in 2021, but took sixth in the former category last weekend at Silverstone alongside Richard Lambert.

A modern Morgan: Tom Andrew's +6

 

Photo by: Mick Walker

Tom Andrew’s Morgan +6 had a spell off the road recently due to a factory recall but, one new master cylinder later, it was ready to go again at Silverstone last weekend, although it overheated its large engine a little too easily in the hot weather.

It is the only +6 currently racing in the UK and Andrew and his father have plans for it, which may include a run in the British Endurance Championship next year. Their ultimate aim is to run it in full GT spec in the near future.

Handy Hanley: ELMS racer's car switch

 

Photo by: Ollie Read

With Nielsen Racing supremo Sven Thompson making his annual Radical SR1 Cup appearance at Oulton Park last weekend, securing ninth and a retirement, he decided to call on a co-driver for the SR1 class in the 45-minute Radical Challenge enduro.

Former single-seater racer Ben Hanley has been more used to his Nielsen LMP2 ORECA-Gibson - in which he claimed this year's Asian Le Mans Series crown and now competes in the European category - but stepped into the lesser-powered SR1 to share second in class.

Pics of the week:

A dramatic lock-up for Billy Kenneally's Ford Anglia at Brands Hatch

A dramatic lock-up for Billy Kenneally's Ford Anglia at Brands Hatch

Photo by: Gary Hawkins

Taylor O'Flanagan and Domenique Mannsperger get too close for comfort at Anglesey

Taylor O'Flanagan and Domenique Mannsperger get too close for comfort at Anglesey

Photo by: Steve Jones

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