Gavin Maciver retains his unbeaten run in the Summer League
Matt Popejoy finishes third in the A Final ahead of Nick Wallace
Daniel Lacey is the top division 3 driver, also scoring maximum points
Jordan Galbraith sweeps the board in the Mardave class to move up into second position in the league
A problem with a damaged AMB loop cable meant that there were no scores recorded in the first mardave race, Chelle Snowden did an excellent job manually counting for the remaining races in round 1 before repairs were carried out prior to the next round.
Gavin Maciver won all three rounds of the GT12 class, it was close for second and third, especially in round 3 where Chelle Snowden, Matt Popejoy and Nick Wallace all finished on the same lap.
Daniel Lacey also drove well to win all the heat 2 rounds, qualifying only 1 lap down on Chelle – a great performance.
In the mardave class there was a different winner each round with Paul Galbraith setting the initial pace only to see Jordan Galbraith put in a very strong performance in round 3 to take pole position in the final with Mike Simpson second.
Jordan made an great start in the mardave final and proved to be too quick for anyone else to catch after first Paul Galbraith and then Mike Simpson tried to chase him down. Visiting driver Nathan Marshall was also going well after experimenting with his gearing in the earlier rounds. A fine win for Jordan who was first across the finishing line with Mike Second and Paul third.
In the GT12 B final it was Daniel Lacey who dominated the race being over two seconds a lap faster than the rest of the drivers, a super win for Daniel with Courtney Orme in second place.
The A final was good to watch, Gavin was the winner setting the fastest lap and also despite losing about 10 seconds in a racing incident on lap 16. Chelle was second and Matt Popejoy third and being the only division 2 driver racing this week earned him maximum league points.
A depleted number of drivers this week due to racing on a Friday evening as the hall was not available on the normal Tuesday just for this week only.
Nevertheless it was a great evening with four qualifying rounds and a final.
Some very close racing in the Mardave V12 class with Paul Galbraith being both fastest qualifier and winning the final ahead of Mike Simpson and Jordan Galbraith.
In the GT12 class Gavin Maciver was two laps ahead of his nearest rival Darren Ford in the qualifying and then went on to win the final by three laps, setting the fastest lap of the evening along the way, Darren finished in second place.
It was good to see visiting driver Paul Liston who had an excellent drive to win the B final.
Many thanks to everyone present for helping to put away the track equipment after the racing.
Back to the normal Tuesday evening next week with round 2 of the current league.
The start of a brand new league this week saw Gavin Maciver take the top spot in qualifying followed by Matt Popejoy who continued his great run of form after his second place in the A final last week. Chelle Snowden was in third place and Dave Tomlinson fourth.
It was good to see Darren Ford racing again after several months break and he put in a good performance to secure fifth place overall.
In division 3 it was another new member Daniel Lacey who was fastest ahead of Courtney Orme.
The V12 mardave class Mike Simpson who took first place very closely followed by Paul Galbraith on equal best lap times with Jordan Galbraith third and setting the fastest lap. Roy Matthews was also going well to take fourth position.
The mardave final was first where Mike Simpson made a terrible start from pole position on the grid, dropping down to last place, Paul Galbraith was quick to take advantage and took the lead. Mike fought his way back through the field and on lap 21 regained the lead, it was very close though with Paul fighting back until lap 26 when Joshua Galbraith overtook him and went on to take second place along with setting the fastest lap, Paul finishing third and Roy Matthews fourth.
In the GT12 C final it was a good battle between Courtney Orme and David Snowden who were evenly matched, it was Courtney who won the day, David was second and some very quick driving by McKensie Wallace earned him third place.
The GT12 B final was the most exciting race of the evening with Darren Ford, Bob Harley and Nick Wallace maintaining a very fast pace. Nick and Bob eventually pulled away a few seconds from Darren, Nick seemed to have the race won put a small error on the penultimate lap let Bob through to win a fine race, Nick was second and Darren third. Good stuff!
The last race of the evening was the GT12 A final where Gavin Maciver was on pole followed by Matt Popejoy, Chelle Snowden and Dave Tomlinson. Gavin drove superbly to take a comfortable win with Chelle and Dave fighting it out for second place, a close run finish with Chelle just over half a second ahead of Dave.
A good evenings racing.
DON’T FORGET CLUBNIGHT IS ON FRIDAY FOR NEXT WEEK ONLY (20th May) AS THE HALL IS UNAVAILABLE ON THE TUESDAY,
Anticlockwise racing this week for a change, still cannot get used to going round the other way!
Don’t forget the new league starts next week.