Round 1 19th March Silverstone Int.
Round 2 9th April Oulton Park Int.
Round 3 14th May Croft.
Round 4 25th June Brands Hatch Indy.
Round 5 23rd July Snetterton 300.
Rds6 & 7 13th August Anglesey (Day/Night).
Round 8 24th Sept Donington Park GP.
Round 9 22nd Oct Oulton Park Int.
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FUN CUP ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
2021 SEASONAL REVIEW
UVIO HOFMANS DOMINATE!
The racing has been close, there have been plenty of incidents and drama, but one thing did change this year and that was the dominance throughout of UVio/Hofmans Farquini and Fabio Randaccio.
The newly crowned Champions showed their intentions in the opening round at a wet Donington Park. Although Track Focused’s Teddy Wilson showed his pace on his Fun Cup Endurance debut, leading for much of the opening stint.
But UVio led for the last 94 laps of the race to seal win number one of the season, from DespatchBay’s Andy Bicknell and Harry Mailer.
Defending Champions Team Olympian with Chris Dovell, Kristian Rose and Riley Phillips were set for third, but Phillips was forced to make a late splash and dash which dropped them to fifth and gave MJ Tec GITI’s Scott Jeffs and Martin Gibson a podium finish on the teams debut.
Nigel Greensall deputised for Nick Nunn to share the Team Viking car with Mark Holme for fourth, with GCI’s Craig Butterworth/Ian Wood completing the top six.
Despite Randaccio having to pit with a rear puncture, UVio came from the back of the grid to win at Silverstone too. DespatchBay were second again too, but there were plenty of problems for other crews.
Sean Cooper was challenging at the front for Track Focused until an alternator belt snapped, Gary Bate’s Greenheath similarly until an HT lead came off.
Enduro’s Marcus Clutton and Morgan Tillbrook broke the throttle cable and Neil Plimmer had the clutch explode exiting the pitlane in the PLR car.
For a while there had been a terrific scrap between Randaccio and Greensall Motorsport’s Sam Smeeth. But there was more bad news for Olympian, when Phillips retired with a blown engine.
Holme and Nunn completed the podium for Team Viking, with GCI, Agua Caliente’s Paul Turner and Rob Croydon and MakeHappen’s Stephen Walton and Greg Evans the rest of the top six.
There were two races at Anglesey, one daytime and one at night.
Colin Kingsnorth’s Stobart Sport car was out early in race one when the engine let go after radiator damage, only for Ellis Hadley’s GT Radial car to go off on the oil. UVio had tyre problems and suffered their first defeat at the hands of title rivals DespatchBay, but still made the podium in second, with PLR joining them. The Greensall car of the Smeeth family, with Nigel sharing too, had won on the road, but were excluded on a technicality. Greenheath were fourth, from MakeHappen, with Stand2’s Martyn Compton, Warren McKinlay and Duncan Rogers completing the top six.
Team Viking had gone out with a hub failure and Olympian were out for the rest of the weekend, after Phillips suffered an engine failure when leading, 15 minutes from the flag.
UVio soon returned to winning ways later in the day, with a masterful performance in the dark. Viking made up for their earlier disappointment to take second, while Greenheath secured their first podium finish.
It was more bad luck for PLR though when they had a driveshaft go while in fifth, similarly MJ Tec, when Gibson lost drive, which brought MakeHappen, Track Focused and GT Radial to round off the first six home.
Oulton Park was the next stop for round five, but there was some early safety car action, after Ryan Lewis suffered a cut out in the Greensall car, Olympian’s Dovell was in the gravel and We Have No Ideas’s Paul Calladine hit the barrier, all on the first lap.
Agua Caliente’s early challenge faded when Paul Turner had manifold problems and Greensall made a rare but infamous mistake, spinning the CCS Media car at Knickerbrook.
There was a terrific climax between Randaccio and Phillips, but it was win number four for UVio, from Olympian and PLR, with Track Focused MJ Tec GITI and Make Happen the rest of the top six.
It was north to Croft for the next round and the first problem for Championship leaders UVio, after a hub failure.
Both RAW’s Paul Rivett and Stand2’s Compton had spells in the lead, but Olympian finally had something to celebrate, as Phillips took the lead to seal the win, despite struggling at the end with a broken downshift. He was pushed hard by Enduro’s Clutton, who held on for second with a broken seat!!
DespatchBay kept their title hopes alive with a strong third, which ended with Mailer triple stinting. GCI, Viking and Stand2 were also in the top six, but there was no joy for former Champion Chris Hart, in a one-off return with MakeHappen and Neil Burroughs, after they broke a driveshaft.
The penultimate meeting of the year back at Oulton was also a two race format, starting with a one-hour sprint.
Rivett and Farquini battled it out at the front, but the safety car wiped out Rivett’s lead, after Bicknell had tipped JPR Black Widows Dom Jackson off at Cascades.
It was win number five for UVio, with Olympian and PLR completing the podium, as Stobart’s, MakeHappen and Viking filled the top six. UVio made it a double win in the afternoon’s Enduro, with DespatchBay and PLR joining them on the podium.
MakeHappen were fourth, which placed them firmly in second for the Championship, with MJ Tec GITI and Agua Caliente fifth and sixth, after Olympian’s Rose crashed heavily into a stricken Scrappy Clark in the JPR Black Widows car.
Early November and the Championship finished where it had started at Donington Park.
Clutton and Tillbrook claimed the win from MakeHappen, who had Burroughs deputising for Walton.
UVio and PLR had been battling for second, but they clashed at the chicane late on. Randaccio was out, but Plimmer was classified fourth after a penalty, which left MJ Tec GITI with Callum Cripps deputising for Gibson, in third, with Stobart’s and CCS Media rounding off the final top six.
So with six wins from nine races it was UVio Hofmans title for Farquini and Randaccio, 30 points clear of MakeHappen’s Evans and Walton, who despite taking one podium, had remarkable consistency.
DespatchBay’s Bicknell and Mailer had four podiums, including their win at Anglesey, while MJ Tec GITI were third overall, starting and finishing the the season with a third place.
Fifth overall were PLR, with three third places which also made them the Masters Champions.
By their usual standards it wasn’t the best of years for Viking’s Holme and Nunn, they had six top six’s, with a second at Anglesey and were sixth in the Championship.
Olympian’s Dovell, Rose and Phillips had a raft of bad luck. They had a strong run mid championship, with their win at Croft, and two seconds at Oulton, before their luck turned again.
Track Focused had had Mike McCollum amd Neil Smith sharing mainly with Sean Cooper and occasionally Teddy Wilson. Wilson was outstanding at the opening round, and they ran strongly as a team throughout, their best result was fourth in round five at Oulton.
Greenheath’s Gary Bate and Simon Smith started on the pace, but after their first podium at Anglesey, the season started to go downhill for them.
Agua Caliente’s Croydon and Turner completed the overall top 10, with two top sixes, the best being in round two at Silverstone.
In the Masters Black Widows Jackson, Clark and Steve Harris were second, from CCS Media’s Bob Tomlinson, Alan Honarmand and the guesting Nigel Greensall and Steve Johansen. Agua Caliente’s Rob Perry, Matt Hogg and Derek Basham were third.
A date for the calendar is March 19th 2022, when it all starts again at Silverstone.
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FUN CUP ENDURANCE - DONINGTON PARK - FINAL ROUND
ENDURO TAKES THE FINAL SPOILS
The title was already settled in favour of UVio/Hofman’s Lotus duo Farquini Deott and Fabio Randaccio, but honour was still at stake to take a victory in the seasonal finale at Donington Park.
Both “We have no Idea” and EDF 104 were on the back foot from the start of the four hour race, after Paul Calladine pitted after the green flag lap and Kurt Leimer spun at the chicane.
Nigel Greensall took the initial lead for CCS Media, closely followed by Greenheath’s Gary Bate, as Enduro’s Morgan Tillbrook,
Olympian’s Chris Dovell, MJ Tec GITI’s Scott Jeffs, DespatchBay’s Andy Bicknell, Agua Caliente’s Rob Croydon and GT Radial’s Ellis Hadley stayed in formation in an early break.
With a slight reshuffling the lead duo managed to break the tow, until Tillbrook rejoined and split them on lap six.
Greensall started to extend his lead, with Bate losing touch in third, while Bicknell started to consolidate fourth, from Croydon as both he and Jeffs demoted Dovell.
Hadley was still in eighth but had Greensall’s Sam Smeeth and UVio’s Farquini both closing in.
Croydon’s progress continued as he took Bicknell for fourth at the chicane on lap eight, but it was back to a five car train. “The car was a bit of a handful early on though,” said Croydon.
By lap 16 it was any one from eight for fourth place, as Jeffs piled the pressure on Croydon, but MakeHappen’s Neil Burrough’s was coming through too, after a few laps scrapping with Smeeth and Farquini.
The top three had managed to stay clear as the rest battled on, but having started lap 16 in ninth, Burroughs came through fourth, from Jeffs, Croydon and Farquini. “I did four places in one lap down the Craner Curves and at the Old Hairpin, working with UVio, A great stint, loved it,” said Burroughs.
Once Farquini had ousted Croydon, he shared a few exchanges with Burroughs too, but with Dovell in the gravel, at McLeans, out came the safety car which coincided with the first pitstop window.
With most crews having pitted it was eight laps before the green flag came out, with Bob Tomlinson leading the train through for CCS, from Greenheath’s Simon Smith, Make Happen’s Greg Evans, UVio’s Randaccio, PLR’s Neil Plimmer and MJ Tec GITI’s Callum Cripps.
Smith led into Redgate and Randaccio was second by McLeans, as Marcus Clutton challenged both.
Lap 38 brought up the completion of the first hour, with Randaccio leading into the Old Hairpin and Clutton second at McLeans, while Smith retained third, from Cripps, Tomlinson and Plimmer.
“My first race for two years and I joined behind the safety car, great racing though, so competitive,” Cripps added.
A lap later Clutton was ahead, with Cripps and Plimmer demoting Smith on consecutive laps.
Harry Mailer then made it three for third for DespatchBay, but within a couple of laps the three became nine!!
Plimmer and Mailer shared a couple of exchanges, before Mailer made it stick, but Cripps had lost out and dropped to eighth, behind Evans, GCI’s Craig Butterworth and Agua Caliente’s Derek Basham.
Clutton had managed to open a good lead before pitting to hand back to Tillbrook, with UVio and PLR both pitting a lap or two later from second and third.”Mega stint to break the tow,” he said. “I had a couple of poor laps and dropped off the tow, “Randaccio admitted.
The safety car had been out again for a few laps which had had brought Burroughs into third and wiped out Farquini’s seven seconds lead. Jeffs and Croydon were the rest of the top six.
Eight laps of racing and the safety car was back again, after a multiple shunt exiting the chicane had taken out Agua Caliente’s Basham and GCI’s Ian Wood.
Once again it coincided with the pitstop window and the halfway point in the race.
DespatchBay had joined the casualties though, when their clutch went bang and it wasn’t the best of days for Team Viking’s Mark Holme/Nick Nunn. They had climbed to fifth for a while, but a lengthy stop with an oil leak left then well down.
It had started to become a three-way second half battle between UVio, Enduro and PLR, but Enduro suffered a late penalty. “I had loosened the belts too early at the stop and got a penalty Clutton explained.
Into the final hour UVio had a two seconds lead over PLR, from MJ Tec GITI and Stobart Sport, with Enduro down to sixth.
With 40 minutes left on the clock Burrough’s was back up to fourth for MakeHappen and Tillbrook had got Enduro back into fifth, with Richard Webb in sixth for Stobart Sport, all still on the lead lap.
The last pitstop window began around lap 130, with Farquini coming in with a 1.825 secs lead over PLR’s Ben Pitch, before both pitted on consecutive laps.
“That’s one of the best stints I have had and a sprinkle of rain to spice things up. I got so close to him, so it’s game on,” said Pitch.
“I was watching Ben all the time, I think I was towing him along too,” Farquini added.
On lap 139 leader Randaccio was off and his lead was cut to 5.277 secs. “I went onto the grass at the Old Hairpin and lost the front splitter,” he explained.
Plimmer continued to close for PLR but Clutton was back in for Enduro and was catching them both, while behind it was just as
close for fourth between Evans and Jeffs.
“I just wanted a decent finish, no risks, stay in place and consolidate second in the Championship,” said Evans.
Clutton was into second and on lap 142, the final 15 minutes and the lead trio were nose to tail into McLeans, with Clutton ahead at the chicane.
Two laps later Plimmer was second into Redgate again, but Randaccio got back down his inside at the chicane. “I gave him the corner, but then saw I was heading for the tyre stack so had to turn in. He understeered and we collided,” Plimmer explained as they spun on the exit. “He went wide to let me through and then came back across me,” Randaccio added.
Clutton finally took the flag with over 35 secs to spare as rain began to fall. “It got so slippery I ran off twice at the Old Hairpin,” he admitted.
“A great way to end the season, winning our last three races, GT Cup, British GT and now Fun Cup,” Tillbrook replied.
With Plimmer receiving a drive through penalty, the Evans v Jeffs duel became a fight for second.
“I double stinted at the end as it got wet. There was a slight touch with Greg, but we really went for it,” said Jeffs.
It was Evans in second though by 0.968 secs, “I had honestly planned to stay safe, then he was there and we just had to race, brilliant,” he replied.
Plimmer still came home fourth, with Stobart’s Colin Kingsnorth/Webb and CCS’s Greensall/Tomlinson/Alan Honarmand completing the top six.
The family Smeeth were seventh for Greensall’s, with EDF’s Leimer/Clark eighth Track Focused’s Sean Cooper/Mike McCollum ninth and EDF’s Matt Dorkings/Vas Vassiliev 10th.
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