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The Drayton Manor Park M G Metro Cup

The Only Racing Championship Dedicated To The M G Metro

Alison Grooms. Press Officer.
Brierlow Grange, Ashbourne Road, Buxton. Derbyshire. SK17 9PZ.

Telephone: 01298 79413


Bob Welch takes the title!

Scunthorpe based driver Robert Welch has driven to his second Class title and the overall Championship in an action packed racing year, in the Drayton Manor Park M G Metro Cup. Bob won the standard class A in 1994 and then moved up to run a home built and prepared Class B modified MG Metro finishing second in the class in 1997. Since the start of this season at Cadwell Park he has driven some inspired and challenging races, taking six maximum point rounds of class win and fastest lap. Despite such dominating form the competition was fierce with the title finally being clinched at the last round. Bob will collect the Bourne Contract Support Services Trophy at the Dinner and Dance later this month.

Mark Bellamy took victory in Class A despite a close battle with the very fast John Retchless and the Turbo tussle in Class C went all the way to the wire and was decided only on the number of overall wins, Jason Burgess had taken six throughout the season to Rupert Lloyds two.

Championship positions

A: B: C:
Mark Bellamy 100 Bob Welch 112 Jason Burgess 94
John Retchless 93 Glenn Bowker 94 Rupert Lloyd 94
Kevin Pateman 44 Will de la Riviere 84 Chris Hughes 90

Metro Cup featured on primetime TV
Every motoring enthusiast I know watches Top Gear and if you were watching on October 29th you will have enjoyed seeing Tiff Needell driving one of our MG Metros at the Silverstone International round in June. The response from this short feature has been staggering and we hope bodes well for another great season of close racing in 1999!

Press Officer Singing Off
After four years of bombarding you with press releases I am stepping down from my post at the end of the season. Trevor and I have enjoyed our racing and our work with the Championship and we would like to extend our grateful thanks to all of you who have helped to get the Drayton Manor Park MG Metro Cup more widely known. After the clubs AGM at the end of the month I am sure you will hear from the new press officer but in the meantime please contact Kevin Pateman on 01529 460169.

In association with The M G Car Club Limited