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Graham Ross secures MG Trophy title at Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 October 2018

Alan Brooke, Mike Williams and Matthew Simpson (from left to right as you look at the photo) line abreast at the start of the second MG Cup race at Snetterton. Picture: Dickon Siddall

Alan Brooke, Mike Williams and Matthew Simpson (from left to right as you look at the photo) line abreast at the start of the second MG Cup race at Snetterton. Picture: Dickon Siddall

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Jason Burgess had his early MG Trophy lead wiped out by a safety car interlude at Snetterton on Saturday allowing both Graham Ross and Paul Luti a chance to challenge for the lead.

Jack Ashton clinched the MG Metro Cup at Snetterton after beating his brother Andrew in the opening race and finishing fifth in the second race which his brother won. Picture: Dickon SiddallJack Ashton clinched the MG Metro Cup at Snetterton after beating his brother Andrew in the opening race and finishing fifth in the second race which his brother won. Picture: Dickon Siddall

Ross’ attempts resulted in him falling down the order and Luti could not find a way to steal the lead leaving Burgess to collect the winner’s garland.

The second race was settled after leader Burgess spun at Hamilton on the second lap leaving Luti a clear run to the chequered flag with Ross leading the rest of the pack home to secure the title as Burgess’ recovery drive just failed to dislodge Ross Maker from third place.

The opening PBI MG Cup race had three leaders with Alan Brooke the first to head the pack in his Metro until his throttle cable broke. Mike Williams then took over but his similar Metro had a fuel hose detach leaving the Rover 220 Turbo mounted Matthew Simpson to hold off Peter Burchill’s repeated attempts to pass to secure victory.

Brooke, Williams and Simpson all had turns at leading race two with Brooke taking over the top spot when Williams again posted an early retirement but as Brooke’s Metro started to faded in the latter stages of the race Simpson was able to power past on the final lap to secure an unlike double.

There was very little to split Jack Ashton and his brother Andrew in the opening MG Metro race with the former’s better start allowing him to take victory.

However, it was Andrew who triumphed in race two after fighting off the close attentions of Shamak Glodek as Ashton became mired in the midfield battles but fifth place sealed the crown.

As Stephen Collier coasted to victory in the opening MG Midget/Sprite Challenge race Richard Wildman and David Morrison squabbled over second place with the verdict just going to the former.

Collier had a tougher time in race two, even led mid race by Stephen Watkins before he spun into retirement, with his victory securing the crown while Morrison was never far behind.

When Keith Ahlers blew his engine at Coram while leading the opening Morgan Challenge race Philip Goddard gratefully accepted the winners garland.

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