MGCC Speed Championship which Ben competed in during 2019
Wiscombe (Hill Climb)
Prescott (Hill Climb)
Shelsley Walsh (Hill Climb)
Castle Hill (Hill Climb)
Gurston (Hill Climb)
Wiscombe (Hill Climb)
Castle Combe (Sprint)
Some Racing Moments Captured
Ben's last race of the season at Castle Combe finished with a bang but unfortunately not a good one.
Having done 2 good practice runs, he went to the start line for the first timed run and as he went to go the car came to an abrupt stop and it seemed it was either the diff. or the halfshaft that had gone.
It was pushed out of the way and he was told that it would have to stay there until the end of the day but another competitor ie Steve Luscombe had packed a spare halfshaft with gaskets etc and with some persuasion from him directly to the clerk of the course he and several others including the clerk pushed Ben back to the paddock so we could have a look in case it could be fixed before the next run.
Steve was quick to get the parts from his car with axle stands etc so Mike and Ben set to work to look at the problem but after removing the wheels and checking the halfshafts it turned out to be the diff which meant game over, even though it was not the best end it still was a really good day.
We would like to say a really big thank you to everyone that helped and showed there support and especially to Steve Luscombe, the Clerk of the course Nick Wood, John Tandy, Jamie Fisher-Pearson and everyone else who pushed Ben's car back. It goes to show that this is a great motorsport and the support from fellow competitors and organisers is second to none.
Now we have to wait for next season to start and personally we can not wait.
Now all results are in for the season Ben has won 1st in Class in the MGCC Southern Championship. Missed out on 1st in class in the Nationals due to the fail at Castle Combe but great hopes for next year.
Great run at Wiscombe, fantastic weather, great venue, just pipped at the post on the last run with John Tandy and Ben beating the record for their class and thank you pheasant for crossing after the finish line and not before.
Managed a second in class with a 45.82 which was a P.B.
Ben at Gurston - photo is courtesy of Steve Lister
Best run at Gurston at 38.85 with a class win and new record set for my class in the MG Car club championship
What a great event at Shelsley on Sunday, the weather was very kind and stayed dry all day. There were 25 MGCC entrants on the day so great turn out.
Ben was first in class for both practice runs and the first timed run and beat his PB but on the last run of the day he was knocked down to second by James Thacker who did a cracking time, it was a great battle and times were close for many competitors with only a fraction of a second splitting them.
Video shows Ben's in car last run.
As always, a massive thank you to organisers and Marshalls.
First time with the Woolbridge Motor Club at Manor Farm on Saturday, great group and despite the weather being a little changeable it was a great day, several PB's were gained and Ben managed 1st in class. Thank you to all organisers and Marshalls.
A nice selection of cars at Prescott on the 25th May.
Ben at the Start at Prescott
A great weekend at Prescott, Ben took 2 seconds off his previous time and came third in his class, fantastic venue with some amazing cars and as always well organised.
Ben got second in class at Wiscombe on the 18th, great event but a little damp later in the day which made conditions a little slippy, Prescott to do this weekend.
Ben's best run at Wiscombe on Saturday 18th May
Big congratulations to Jamie Fisher-Pearson who one first in class last weekend at Wiscombe. Not forgetting Ben and Jamie will be at Wiscombe competing this Saturday the 18th of May.
Good luck to all competitors and lets hope the weather holds.
Here is a great picture of Jamie Fisher-Pearson in his road going Midget @ Gurston Hill climb, he is achieving PB this year at all events so far.
Ben managed first in class and record for his class today at Goodwood by taking a brilliant 4 seconds off his best time from last year., a very hot day so thank you to the organisers and marshalls.
We are again helping to sponsoring Will Sharpe of Wayside Adhesives, he is a exceptional driver and we wish him well for the new race season.
We will update with his progress.
Ben's test day at Gurston went well on Sunday, the clutch and gearbox performed beautifully but found he had too much brake at the rear which then gave him a moment on his last run. An excellent day and a big thank you to all at Gurston for a well organised day as usual.
Awards were for First in Class National Series Racing Specials, MG Car Club Speed Championship Midget Register Trophy, Speed Championship Windmill & Lewis Trophy Southern Series 3rd overall and the Scrutineers award for the second year in a row.
MGCC Speed Championship awards for 2018, read out by John Wilman and presented to Ben by Motor Journalist Graham Robson.Now getting ready for the new season.
Ben's car caused some interest on the Yeovil Car Club Stand .
The car is now all back together and ready to go on display at the Classic Car show taking place at the Bath and West Showground.
It will be on the Yeovil Car Club Stand as requested by the club, Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th.
Precision Clutch in Henstridge who kindly help sponsor Ben have put together this heavy duty clutch for his hill climbing sprite, it looks great and a big thank you to Julian and Ken Hunt for sorting out the manufacturing and machining
Customer, and fellow racer, Jamie Fisher-Pearson has just fitted a hardtop to his car ready for the beginning of the Race season.
Another customer getting his MG Midget ready for hillclimbing as part of the MGCC Speed Championship
Foggy start which caused a long delay and convoy run instead of a first practice run but once the fog cleared 2nd practice went well for Ben and then on 1st timed run he broke his class record again which he already held and managed a 90.51 so very very happy.
On last run he wanted to beat this again but spun so slower time and at this point as all were running late the low sun became a bit of a problem.
The final batch were not allowed out as after a delay for fluid on the track time did not allow so some did not get a second timed run but a big thank you to all the Marshall's for staying on so late and all other competitors for a great final event.
Video shows Ben's best run of the day, you can tell he's pleased by his reaction at the end.
Ben had an excellent weekend, firstly at Wiscombe on Saturday when after a slight spin on second practice managed a cracking time on his last run of 47.27 then at Gurston where he came first in class breaking the class record in a time of 39.71.
It was a close fought thing with Richard Withers doing a time of 39.95.
Big thank you to Marshalls, Organisers, Competitors and all the support he received.
Ben Rolls had his best run at Castle Hill climb on the 8th July 2018. First in class for the MG Car Cub Championship with a time of 31.39.
Best run at Wiscombe setting Ben’s new personal best at 47.27 with MG car club, second in class.