29-03-16 Easter Trophy Meeting

Louis Parker wins the A Final with David Simpson second
Chelle Snowden is the B Final winner ahead of Matt Popejoy
Nick Wallace has an easy win in the C Final, Courtney Orme took second place
Jordan Galbraith storms to victory in the V12 Mardave Final with Paul Galbraith second

Louis Parker made a great start to the evening with an almost faultless drive in round 1 setting what turned out to be the best qualifying time to assure him of pole position in the A Final. Gavin Maciver was in second place after round 1 followed by David Simpson and Matt Popejoy. In round 2 Chelle Snowden moved up into fourth position ahead of Matt. David Simpson had a good drive in round 3 to claim second place on the A Final grid by just 0.64 seconds from Gavin in third spot.

In the Club Mardave class Mike Simpson was quickest in round 1 followed by Paul Galbraith and Jordan Galbraith. In round 2 Team Galbraith stepped up the pace with Paul winning and Jordan in second place just 2 seconds slower. Neither driver improved their time in round 3 so Paul took pole in the final, Jordan second place, Mike third and Joshua Galbraith fourth.


In the mardave final Jordan Galbraith made a tremendous start getting ahead of his dad Paul on the first lap and proved uncatchable setting a fast pace recording the fastest lap time along the way to a fine victory. Behind him Paul Galbraith and Mike Simpson were fighting it out for second place right to the end of the race, Paul taking second just 0.63 seconds ahead. To complete an excellent evening Joshua Galbraith took fourth place. Looks like “Team Galbraith” are back on a winning streak – can they maintain momentum next week?

The GT12 C Final was next with Nick Wallace winning by 4 laps from Courtney Orme, Alwyn Hodges being a further 2 laps adrift.

The GT12 B Final was keenly contested between Chelle Snowden and Matt Popejoy, Matt set some faster lap times but Chelle was consistently quick to take the win with Matt Second and Scott Lewis third.

The GT12 A Final had the makings of a great race and we were not to be disappointed. Louis Parker made a good start from pole and put in some exceptionally quick laps including the fastest of the evening to take a well deserved win. Behind him David Simpson and Gavin Maciver were having their own contest for second and third places, exciting to watch there was little to separate them with David eventually being first across the finishing line ahead of Gavin.

After the racing the trophies were presented by the club vice chairman Chelle Snowden.

A good evenings racing.

22-03-16 Winter League Round 7

Louis Parker dominates the GT12 class, Chelle Snowden finishes second in the A final
Another good week for Nick Wallace in making the A Final
Maximum points for Courtney Orme in division 3
Paul Galbraith is top qualifier in the club mardave class, Mike Simpson wins the final

A tight and twisty track design this week


Louis Parker was in great form winning all three qualifying rounds to take pole position in the A final with 30 laps, it was close for second and third places with Gavin Maciver just having the edge over Chelle Snowden, both drivers a lap down on Louis just 3 seconds apart.
There were four drivers on 27 laps, the quickest being division 2 driver Nick Wallace followed by Bob Harley.
Courtney Orme headed division 3 with 20 laps, Alwyn Hodges and Mark Perkin both scoring 17.
Some exciting racing in the mardave class with “Team Galbraith” trying to get the top three qualifying positions, Paul Galbraith was fastest and took pole in the final but Mike Simpson managed second place to spoil the plan with Jordan and Joshua Galbraith third and fourth. New member Wes Wray made a good start by beating his son Jensen, I am sure there will be plenty of rivalry in the coming months to see who is the top driver in the family each week.


Paul Galbraith led the field away from pole position and a close battle soon developed with Mike Simpson, Jordan and Joshua Galbraith for the lead. With a testing track design there were minor errors from all drivers. Paul was in front but Mike eventually went ahead and with a clear track managed to pull out a slight lead. It was a race to line with Jordan Galbraith going quickly and overtaking his dad Paul to finish second, Paul being third and Joshua fourth. A great race!
David Simpson found himself on pole in the GT12 C final after breaking down in the qualifying rounds, things did not get any better in the final when the “wheels come off” – just one actually after only one lap. This left the way clear for Courtney Orme to get yet another win, putting him in a strong position to defend his division 3 title. Alwyn Hodges and Mark Perkin were closely matched with Mark just taking second place a few seconds ahead of Alwyn.
The B Final saw a fine race for the lead between Dave Tomlinson and Bob Harley, Dave was first just ahead of Bob with Scott Lewis finishing third.
Some very quick lap times in the A Final with Louis Parker, Gavin Maciver and Chelle Snowden all driving exceptionally well. Louis was the winner with Gavin seeming to have got second place in the bag until Chelle overtook him near the end of the race to take a well deserved second place – well done Chelle!
Just three more rounds left to go in the league, most divisions are very close, it looks like some of the results will be decided in the final round so the pressure will be on to score as many points as possible.

15-03-16 Winter League Round 6

Gavin Maciver wins the GT12 A Final to extend his lead in division 1
Nick Wallace and Courtney Orme score maximum points in divisions 2 and 3.
Mike Simpson makes it a hat trick of wins in the Mardave class


Louis Parker was two laps quicker than everyone else in the GT12 class with a fine 33 laps, David Simpson was second and Gavin Maciver third, both with 31 laps.
Nick Wallace was best in division 2 getting 29 laps, closely followed by Darren Ford and Matt Popejoy. It was good to see Darren racing again after a few months break.
With only two division 3 drivers in action this week Courtney Orme was best placed on 21 laps to 18 from new member Mark Perkin who was still getting used to his new car.
Mike Simpson was top in the mardave class despite a great drive by Joshua Galbraith, setting the fastest lap time in round 3, Paul Galbraith was third

The mardave final was first as usual, a good race with Mike Simpson managing to hold on to the lead from pole position on the grid, Paul Galbraith challenged hard during the early stages to finish second. Jordan Galbraith was fastest round the track but had to be content with third place finishing just over 4 seconds behind his dad Paul. Roy Matthews had a good race and finished fourth ahead of Joshua Galbraith.

In the GT12 C Final Rob Hambridge had a good win, reversing last weeks result by beating Mike Simpson with Scott Lewis third.

Visiting driver Gareth Harrold won the B Final, a very close result this with Darren Ford second and Nick Wallace third, only a few seconds between between them all.

The GT12 A final was really exciting to watch with all four drivers lapping very quickly. Gavin Maciver made a great start from pole position, David Simpson had a bad first lap dropping him down to last position and Louis Parker was chasing down Gavin.
There were several changes in the racing order throughout the race with Gavin being first across the finishing line to take a great win, David Simpson was second and Louis Parker third despite being fastest.

08-03-16 Winter League Round 5

James Hart leads the way in the GT12 class followed by Louis Parker and Gavin Maciver
Matt Popejoy has a great run to win the B Final
Mike Simpson takes maximum points in the Club Mardave class
Trophy presentation for the winners not present last week

Round 5 marks the half way point of the current league with the best 8 from a possible 10 results to count.
Another good track design this week


GT12 Class
James Hart with his first race on the new carpet set a blistering pace to be top qualifier with Louis Parker taking second place, Gavin Maciver was third.
Bob Harley was best in division 2 with Matt Popejoy just over 4 seconds behind in second place.
Courtney Orme was quickest in division 3 ahead of Alwyn Hodges.

Mardave Class
Mike Simpson won all three qualifying heats, managing to hold off the challenge from all the drivers of “Team Galbraith”

Before the finals the club chairman presented the remaining Autumn League winners trophies, congratulations to Louis Parker the Division 1 winner, Nick Bruty the winner of division 2 and Jensen Wray the best new member.


GT12 Class
James Hart set the fastest lap on his way to a win in the A Final, Louis Parker took second place just under a second ahead of Gavin Maciver who set the second best lap time.

Nick Bruty won the B Final, another good race with Matt Popejoy finishing an excellent second to be the top division 2 driver, pushing Bob Harley down to third place.

The C Final soon developed into a battle between the clubs chairman and secretary, it was Mike Simpson who was first across the finishing line with Rob Hambridge second with his new car.

Mardave Class
Mike Simpson won the mardave final from pole position on the grid, a good race this with Jordan and Joshua Galbraith being the quickest drivers on the track. It was close between them in the end with Joshua finishing second, Paul third and Jordan fourth.

01-03-16 Winter League Round 4

Another good evenings racing on the new carpet with a fast and flowing track layout.
Trophies for the previous league were presented by the club chairman.



Very close in the Mardave class as usual with Jordan Galbraith winning round 1, Mike Simpson then won rounds 2 and 3 to take pole position in the final. The first three drivers all on 26 laps, Jordan finishing second ahead of his dad Paul in third place.

In the GT12 class Gavin Maciver continued his run of good form by winning all three rounds, David Simpson was second, both drivers being on 32 laps and Chelle Snowden was third two laps down and just ahead of James Sutton.
Good performances from Bob Harley who was the top F2 driver with 29 laps closely followed by Nick Wallace, with Matt Popejoy in third place just one lap down.
In F3 Mike Simpson made 25 laps, Courtney Orme 23 and Jake Crawshaw 22.

League Trophies Presentation

Before the finals the Autumn League trophies were presented, congratulations to all the winners, the “Chairmans Cup” was awarded to Roy Matthews.

See the gallery for more photos.


In the Mardave final Mike Simpson starting from pole on the grid was in the lead from start to finish, Jordan Galbraith was setting the fastest lap times but could not quite catch up and take the lead and had to settle for second place followed by Joshua Galbraith in third place.

The club Chairman Rob Hambridge was on pole for the GT12 C Final, things did no go his way for a while but he eventually got his car going well and drove to a comfortable victory over Courtney Orme in second place and Jake Crawshaw in third.

The GT12 B Final was the closest race of the evening wit Matt Popejoy putting in an exceptional drive to be ahead of Dave Tomlinson and Nick Wallace at the start of the final lap. Disaster then struck allowing Dave Tomlinson to get past to win with Nick Wallace taking second place, Matt having to settle for third. A great race to watch this!

A racing incident early on in the GT12 A final forced the retirement of Bob Harley, Gavin Maciver maintained a fast pace to win the race on 30 laps with Chelle Snowden taking a fine second just over 7 seconds down, David Simpson was third on 28.