CLAPHAM NORTH MOT SECURES STUNNING CLASS VICTORY WITH GEORGE GRANT AT RACE OF REMEMBRANCE


November 17, 2022

George Grant put in a brilliant effort last weekend to secure class victory at the 2022 Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit in Wales, leading his category from pole position and securing the win at the 12-hour enduro.  
 
Competing alongside Nick Rutter for the event, the duo showed great speed to take class pole in Friday’s qualifying session. Grant took the wheel of the #169 Mazda MX-5 Mk3 for the start of the race on Saturday and was able to hold on to top spot despite gearbox trouble. Teammate Rutter maintained the lead during his stint, and the team were able to repair the issue overnight.
 
The duo’s pace continued on Sunday, as they extended their gap out front. Grant took over the car for the final hour and a half, putting in a solid drive in the closing stages to claim victory. Grant and Rutter finished 11th overall, 12 laps ahead of the second-placed entry in the class.
 
The pair also competed in the weekend’s Clubsport Trophy round, once again displaying great pace to take second place in qualifying. A quick launch off the line allowed Grant to challenge for the lead in the opening stages, while a strong stint from Rutter secured second at the chequered flag, adding another podium to Clapham North MOT’s tally.
 
The Race of Remembrance was an idea initially discussed between event organiser James Cameron and Anglesey Circuit manager and former Scots Guards Officer Jon Earp at the 2014 Autosport International Show. The pair explored what could be done to bring the Motorsport and Forces communities together to celebrate the Remembrance weekend, resulting in the inaugural event later that year.
 
The event is held annually at the 3.389-km circuit, which was once the site of the Ty Croes Army training camp. The weekend includes the now-famous 12-hour endurance race, as well as a remembrance church service on Sunday morning to commemorate the sacrifices and bravery of those in the Armed Forces.

“It’s always great to take part in the Race of Remembrance, and I’m delighted with our results from the weekend," said George afterwards. "We were competitive right out of the box, and Nick done a fantastic job on track. I took the start on Saturday and everything was going well for us before we started to struggle with gearbox issues. Nick put in a brilliant effort to look after the car but still maintain our speed and we were able to repair the issue overnight. I was back in the car for the final hour and a half on Sunday, and we were able to take it easy and secure the class victory, which I would like to dedicate to my late father-in-law, Sheldon James. 
 
“We also competed in the Clubsport Trophy race and took another podium in the event. I had a strong getaway and was able to challenge for the lead but unfortunately, we couldn’t hold onto it. Nick took over the car and guided us to second, which is a great result that we can be proud of. It’s been an emotional weekend and especially the beautiful church service on Sunday, and I’m delighted with our results. It’s been great to participate in honour of the armed forces once again.

"Turns out George Russell wasn’t the only George to take a victory this weekend!"
 
Rob Boston, Rob Boston Racing Owner: “It was a fantastic team effort to secure the class win in the Race of Remembrance and I was delighted for George, Nick and the team. It wasn’t without trouble, but the car ran really well and the drivers didn’t make any mistakes so the race went very smoothly. They managed to pull a 12-lap gap to their nearest rival by the end of the 12 hours so it’s been a strong weekend and I’m very proud of everyone. It’s an annual pilgrimage for the team and they put on such a great event each year, so it’s been a pleasure to be back.”

James Cameron, Mission Motorsport CEO and Founder: “I’ve known George for quite a long time, and it was amazing to see him stand on the top step of the podium at this year’s Race of Remembrance. It was a well-deserved victory, and I think himself, Nick and the team should be very proud of themselves. For 12 hours, they kept their nose clean and stayed out of trouble to take the win. This year marked the eighth running of the Race of Remembrance, and we had 55 teams on the grid, the largest event yet in terms of numbers. The racing does come second place to some of the other activities throughout the weekend, but it’s something I’m incredibly proud of and it was another fantastic event.”

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