Great GT12 A Final with James Hart winning just ahead of Darren Ford
Ashley King wins the GT12 B Final, Matthew Minto is second
Nick Wallace is first in the GT12 C Final, Matt Popejoy is the top division 3 driver
Paul, Jordan and Jake Galbraith take the top three places in the V12 Mardave Final to make it a Galbraith whitewash
The Winter league trophies were presented by the club chairman.
How many Galbraith’s does it take to roll up a carpet? – find out later in the report.
A good start to the new league with the best eight from a possible ten weeks scores to count for each driver. Both the overall qualifying and final positions each week count, 20 points for best qualifier in each division, 19 for second etc, in the finals an additional point is added for the best driver in each division making 21 points, 19 for second etc.
Things were very close after the three qualifying rounds with James Hart leading by just under two seconds from Darren Ford, both drivers on 27 laps.
Dave Tomlinson was the leading division 2 driver scoring 25 laps, Ashley King and Chelle Snowden were one lap behind.
Matt Popejoy was best in division 3 with 19 laps followed by Alister Hart on 18.
In the Mardave V12 class the first four drivers were all on 21 laps, Paul Galbraith was fastest, Mike Simpson second, some fine driving from Jenson Butlin earned him third place and best in division 2 with Jordan Galbraith also close behind.
Before the finals there was a trophy presentation for the winter league, James Hart retained the GT12 division 1 title
Yes the club chairman won one this time! – he has now been promoted to division 2
See more photographs in the gallery section.
The first final was the Mardave V12 and Paul Galbraith made a good start from pole position to lead the race until lap 16 when Jordan Galbraith overtook and hit the front for the next seven laps after which Paul regained his lead and went on to win with 35 laps, Jordan was second and Jake Galbraith third. A clean sweep of all the first three places by team Galbraith – well done!
Nick Wallace was the winner of the GT12 “C” Final and having finally sorted out the handling problems with his car Matt Popejoy was second giving him maximum points in division 3, Alister Hart and Courtney Orme were third and fourth respectively.
The “B” Final saw a disaster for pole position driver Dave Tomlinson when his motor pinion came loose at the start of the race, Chelle Snowden took an early lead followed and a most exciting race followed with little between all of the drivers. Matthew Minto briefly took the lead on lap 14 only to see Ashley King come past on the next lap. Ashley held on to the lead to win with Matthew a close second and Chelle third.
The “A” Final produced one of the best races of 2015 so far, Darren Ford made a great start to shoot into the lead with Gavin Maciver second and James Hart in third place. Darren was driving very quickly and accurately, James moved up past Gavin who was also overtaken by Louis Parker to get into third place. James hit the front on lap 18 but Darren was not beaten yet and retook the lead four laps later. There then followed a tremendous display of driving from Darren and James with Darren holding on to the lead for another 10 laps before James got past and went on to win with 43 laps, Darren finishing just 1.21 seconds adrift and Louis in third place a lap down.
What a race to watch, it was greeted with a round of applause from the other drivers.
Did you guess the answer correctly?
Yes it takes three and judging by the photograph a lot of thought goes into it.