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Draghicescu and O'Brien star at Walter Hayes


Mark Draghicescu drove superbly in the Historic Final at the Walter Hayes Trophy, only narrowly missing out on a debut victory. Having finished a stunning eight in his heat against much more modern machinery, Mark was placed third on the grid for the Historic Final.

A titanic four way lead battle featuring Mark, Tarling [in much more 'modern' 1980 Van Diemen], HFF Champion Sam Mitchell and HFF race winner David Wild, saw Draghicescu lead over the line on many laps, but he fell to fourth on the final lap finishing a scant 0.7sec behind the race winner in what was very accurately described as the best race of the whole meeting.

Meanwhile young Michael O'Brien contested the HSCC single seater race for which both qualifying and the race itself were held in extremely wet conditions. Easily dominating the HFF class, Michael was contesting a podium position with cars such as a F2 Chevron, and finished a very creditable four overall and first in class.

Both Merlyns are available for Winter testing and racing next season, so please call us for further info.


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Two cars in top six at HSCC finals


Speedsport's racing division enjoyed a strong end to the season at the HSCC finals meeting at Silverstone on October 19th.

Regular Merlyn pilot Josh West qualified second and finished a close third in the Historic Formula Ford race in the ex Tim Brise yellow car which both he and Callum MacLeod have raced with much success this season.

Newcomer Michael O'Brien put in an amazing performance in what was his first ever race meeting ; Michael qualified in Josh's wheeltracks in third place, and drove an excellent race to finish sixth after an eventful twenty minute race.

Another new driver, Mark Draghicescu, will take over the yellow Merlyn for the season finale Walter Hayes Trophy on November 2/3, and if his early testing form is anything to go by, will be very much a contender.


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Goodwood Revival - 2 hospitality places


Speedsport have a table of ten in the most prestigious hospitality location at the Goodwood Revival, the Salvadori Pavillion. Eight places are sold to regular Speedsport partners, so we have just two remaining places up for grabs !

This facility at Goodwood sells out almost immediately, and it offers a superb day out including :

VIP Admission tickets giving full paddock access
VIP reserved car parking pass - 1 car pass per 2 persons
Paddock tour of Formula Junior racing paddock and meet the team !
Private garden area with magnificent views onto the chicane and track
Breakfast on arrival
Drinks reception prior to lunch
Lunch with 1/2 bottle of wine
Beer and soft drinks throughout the day
Afternoon tea
Event programme and Goodwood earpiece

As we will be racing on Saturday in the Formula Junior race with our Caravelle driven by its creator Richard Utley, we are offering a unique 'add on' in that you will receive a tour of the Formula Junior Paddock and have the opportunity to look at the Caravelle, take close up photographs and meet the team !

PRICE : £687.50 + VAT per person [£825 inc VAT per person]
£1650 inc VAT for two persons.


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Speedsport double victory at the Classic


Callum MacLeod steered the Speedsport Merlyn Mk20A to two lights to flag victories at the prestigious Silverstone Classic meeting at the end of July.

After a narrow victory on the Brand Hatch Grand Prix Circuit two weeks earlier, Callum and the team were determined to impress at Silverstone, and they certainly did that !

Pole position by the astounding margin of two seconds was followed by dominant wins in both races when Callum judged the rolling starts to perfection and immediately opened up an impressive gap.

His winning margins of over 6 seconds, were complemented by fastest laps in both race. Thanks go to Abacus Insurance Services, Tesa UK, Scholar Engines and the hard working team of mechanics at Speedsport.

Josh West returns to drive the Merlyn at the final two races of the season at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, where he may be joined by a newcomer in another Merlyn currently being built up.


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