THE latest round of this year’s Dunlop Endurance Championship was the headline event at the two-day meeting held at the Thruxton race circuit over the weekend, writes Tim Crisp.

Over the two days there were 16 races, nine on Saturday and a further seven on the Sunday, each race was a timed event rather than a number of laps.

The shortest race lasted only 15 minutes around the 2.35-mile track and the longest race lasted 120 minutes.

There were a host of local drivers at the BARC’s latest race meeting and with dry weather the crowd was treated to close racing and plenty of action.

Ray West, the owner of “West Tuning”, which is based at the Thruxton circuit, came away with two wins and a fifth place from his three outings.

He also recorded the fastest lap in his class in each of his races, in his BMW M3 3000.

In the two SVG Motorsport Pre 93 Touring Car races, West was pushed hard by Andover-based driver David Hickton in his BWM M36 3000.

Dave got a third place finish on the Saturday and went one better on the Sunday, finishing runner-up to West.

Andover’s Dawn Boyd was also competing in the Youritman CTCRC Pre 2003 Touring Car Championship races where she collected two second place finishes in her class.

Two more local drivers were also in action. Lee James Sturges was racing 52 Andover Advertiser 8 July, 2016 in the Hammerite Thunder Saloon Car Championship rounds, where he scored a fifth and sixth place overall.

This gave him two second place results in his class in his Seat Supercope 1984.

In the same race, the latest round of the Bilstein Pre 2003 Classic VW Championship was being run and Ian Knight from Andover collected points from both of his races, his best being a third in class on the Sunday.

The final race of the weekend was the Dunlop Endurance race, run over two hours, this included pit stops for re fuelling, tyre and driver changes.

Previous round winners Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore, were successful again in their Tockwith Motorsport Audi R8 GT3.