FASSI Classic Speed Championship 2023 finale

After nine rounds the finale of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Prescott Speed Hill Climb on Saturday 7th October. The weather was fantastic for the second year running bringing out a large crowd of spectators & a 31 car championship field for them to enjoy.

Morning practice went without a hitch & the stage was set for some fast times & close competition in the timed afternoon runs. All competitors were pushing on, chasing championship finale glory, & the red flags started to mount. Incidents at Pardon & Ettores corners culminated with irreparable damage to the crash barrier leading to the meeting ending prematurely at 4pm.

The FASSI championship field were frustratingly denied their second timed runs so the results were settled without a dramatic final run off. A disappointing end but safety must come first & this is all part of motorsport.

The battle for the FASSI championship overall ‘King of the Hill’ was between Alistair Clark in the Triumph Vitesse Mk2 & John Louch in the Austin A40 Farina. John needed to win the saloon car class on the day & hope that Alistair finished lower than second. John did what he had to do taking first place by just four hundredths of a second, but Alistair put in a blistering drive, taking 1.71 seconds off his handicap for second place ahead of Phil Fisher in the Hillman Avenger & overall King of the Hill honours (by just a single point!).

Having narrowly missed out on King of the Hill, John had the saloon car championship win to enjoy with last years King of the Hill Stephen Akers in the Mini Cooper ‘S’ in second. Third place went to Mark Hobbs in his Escort Mk2 with some impressive points collected in the first seven rounds before mechanical problems ended his season early.

Ben Cross won the sports car championship, narrowly beating his father Tim by just five points in their shared MG Midget. There was a three-way battle for third place with Ian Beattie (Jaguar XK120), Gary Cox (Reliant Scimitar Coupe) & Steve Phennah (MGB) all tied on 35 points. The tie break rule of the most first places, second places etc. separated the three with Ian coming out on top. A great achievement especially as he drives his open top Jaguar to & from every event.

The racing car class went down to the wire with Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher (Triumph Special), Peter Thurston (Mallock Mk4) & Ben Fisher (Mallock MkII) all capable of taking the championship. All three were denied a 12-point round win by the flying Brabham BT16 piloted by Ian Baxter with the day’s fastest time of 45.28 seconds. A great drive by Peter of 45.33 seconds saw him take second place on the day but Jeremys fourth place drive was just enough to see him over the line to take overall championship honours.

Scuderia FASSI returned to saloon class competition after our accident in July left our Fiat Abarth 695 SS at the body shop for two months. We took a sensible pace as we eased ourselves back in both mentally & mechanically. It was great to be back on the hill. Despite our enforced lay off we still managed a respectable championship 8th (Dave) & 10th (Leigh).

Overall Points BOC FASSI 2023 Classic Speed Championship

Thanks to all the Bugatti Owners Club / Prescott Speed Hill Climb staff, Tim Milvain for the task of handicapping (not easy!) and all the Marshals for their tireless efforts all year (especially for recovering our crashed Fiat!). A big thanks from Scuderia FASSI to TCM & his team at Middle Barton Garage for getting us back in the race for the finale.

Thanks to our talented photographers Stuart Wing & Max Hawkes for the great finale photographs. Click here to go to the championship season photo gallery.

GOLD at Cranex

Last week we were pleased to welcome Mark Smith of Cranex to our Warwick HQ to receive his GOLD certified engineer accreditation from our Technical Director Steve Weavers. 

Cranex have been the FASSI Authorised Service Partner for North East England for over twenty years & Mark is one of our most experienced engineers.

GOLD certified engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems.

The FASSI Engineer Training Academy is 10% training & 90% coaching to ensure the engineer can actually implement what they have been taught. To progress through the levels the engineer must demonstrate mastery of all the skills required to our coach, Ken West. It takes a lot of time but creates real expertise.

Nothing great should ever come easy ….. congratulations Mark!


Back in the race

During round 7 of the FASSI Classic Speed Championship in July Scuderia FASSI finally ran out of talent & put our Fiat Abarth into the Armco barrier.

The good news is that thanks to the skill & dedication of DTR European Sportscars & Middle Barton Garage we are back in the race after missing rounds 8 & 9. The DTR European Sportscars guys pulled the body straight on their jig, rebuilt & painted the bodyshell before MBG replaced the steering & suspension.

We will be competing in the final round of the FASSI Classic Speed Championship at Prescott Speed Hill Climb this Saturday 7th October. With our new spotlights courtesy of Middle Barton Garage we are also running in Rallye Prescott on Saturday 4th November, with both daylight and early evening darkness runs in a tribute to the wonderful sport of rallying.

Scuderia FASSI would like to thank DTR’s Paul & MBG’s Tony & their teams of specialists for pulling out all the stops to get us back in the race in time for the season finale.

A final thanks goes to the Prescott volunteer marshalling & medical teams for their fast & professional response to our mishap.
Grazie mille!

#fassifriday September

It was a tough competition this month and a hard decision for the judges but September’s worthy winner is Lee Haze of David Stanley Transport with ‘Optical illusion’.

Lee’s perfectly executed shot of his FASSI F545RA.2 wins him a FASSI X LAS Helmet; NEW FASSI back-pack; a Gilet and merchandise pack with FASSI hoodie, T-shirt, insulated bottle and retro chamois leather and a brand new pair of FASSI x Gala Gloves luxury leather work gloves.

For a full list of winners go to www.facebook.com/fassiuk