Lynn racer claims MG honours

James Walpole drew inspiration from Lewis Hamilton's motto of 'never give up' as he clinched the Peter Best Insurance MG Championship crown at Snetterton on Saturday.

James Walpole drew inspiration from Lewis Hamilton's motto of 'never give up' as he clinched the Peter Best Insurance MG Championship crown at Snetterton on Saturday.

"I made a poor start," admitted the Kings Lynn racer who then closed in on category rival Paul Rayment only to spin.

"I remembered Hamilton never gave up so threw caution to the wind," claimed Walpole.

His blistering efforts around his local circuit saw him steal the class victory on the final lap at Sear Corner which clinched the overall championship after two years as the bridesmaid.

Meanwhile, an engine problem for Thetford's Simon Hutchinson dropped him to third place while Blaine Neaves, from Wisbech, and Norwich's Pat Fenn fought over fourth place.

In Sunday's race, Neaves and Fenn disputed third place just ahead of Walpole while Hutchinson watched from the sidelines as Andrew Young completed a double victory.

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Kings Lynn's Alan Charlton took fourth in the Thoroughbred Sports Car race, behind winner Roy McCarthy, while North Walsham's Mike Bell retired out of the first 60's Sports Car event with a gearbox problem.

In the Metro Cup races, Martin Boon only missed out on two top ten places when his clutch broke on the final lap of race two.

Paul Wallace and Malcolm Gammons shared the MG Trophy honours while John Wilson defeated Adrian Beer to clinch the BCV8 race.

With five minutes remaining, Newmarket's Kevin Williams was about to take the lead of the four-hour relay race when he ran out of fuel leaving a relived Rob Griffiths to take the chequered flag for Team Bitty.

Results: Peter Best Insurance MG Championship: Race one: 1 Andrew Young (C GT); 2 Dan Ludlow (Metro); 3 Simon Hutchinson (Midget). Race two: 1 Andrew Young; 2 Dan Ludlow; 3 Blaine Neaves.

Thoroughbred Sports Car Championship: 1 Roy McCarthy (MGB GT V8); 2 Mike Hazlewood (Triumph TR6); 3 Peter Samuels (MGB).

50's & 60's Sports Cars: Race one; 1 Mark Rayment; 2 John Andon; 3 Marc Yates (MGB). Race two; 1 Mark Rayment); 2 John Andon; 3 Brian Arculus (Triumph TR3a).

TR & MG Metro Cup: Race one: 1 Ian Agnes (Triumph TR7 V8); 2 Martyn Adams (Triumph TR7 V8); 3 Mark Humphries (Triumph TR7 V8). Race two:; 1 Agnes; 2 Adams; 3 Humphries.

MG Trophy: Race one: 1 Paul Wallace (ZR); 2 Malcolm Gammons (ZR); 3 Chris Bray (ZR). Race two: 1 Gammons 2 Dean Clements (ZR); 3 Ben Jacques (ZR).

MG BCV8 Championship: 1 John Wilson; 2 Paul Sibley; 3 Adrian Beer.

The British Motor Heritage 4 Hour Relay Race: 1 Team Bitty (Steve Hodges, Rob Griffiths, Ian Stains, Simon Griffiths); 2 Willys Wonkers (Kevin Williams, Matt Shires, Keith Dunn, Carl Woodwiss, Ian Whale); 3 Kumho Kids (Martin Webb, Tom Webb, Carl Woodwiss, Giovanni di Gernao, Colin Whitmore).