Gavin Maciver dominated the qualifying heats with some fast and accurate driving, being two laps up on second place driver Matt Popejoy and a further lap ahead of Bob Harley, Nick Wallace and Chelle Snowden. Gavin set the fastest lap and his average lap time of 10.14 seconds was better than everyone else’s best lap – Bob Harley being next quickest at 10.17 seconds.
In the mardave class Mike Simpson won round 1, Jordan Galbraith round 2 and Paul Galbraith round 3 to take pole position in the final with Jordan second.
Only five carpets wide this week but an interesting design.
The first final was the mardave class and what an exciting race it proved to be. Paul Galbraith started well from pole position on the grid followed by Jordan Galbraith and Mike Simpson, on lap 3 Mike moved up into second place and then took the lead on lap 19 . Jordan overtook his dad Paul on the next lap to move up into second place. A mistake by Mike let Paul back into the lead on lap 23 with Jordan right on his heels and then overtaking Paul on lap 25 to go to the front. On the penultimate lap 27 Paul took the lead once more and was first across the finishing line, Jordan was second and Mike third, just a couple of seconds between them all – good race!
In the GT12 C final some steady driving by Alister Hart gave him an easy win with Alwyn Hodges taking second place and Courtney Orme third after some mechanical problems with his car.
The GT12 B final was also a great race between Chelle Snowden, Dave Tomlinson and Daniel Lacey, all three drivers lapping at similar speeds with Chelle maintaining her advantage up to lap 23 when Dave Tomlinson took the lead with very little between all these three drivers. Chelle put in some fast laps in the closing stages of the race but could not quite catch Dave who held his nerve to take the win, Chelle was second and Daniel and excellent third.
In the A final Gavin Maciver had another storming race to lead from start to finish and equal his qualifying laps but just over a second quicker – well done Gavin.
Behind him there was an incredibly close race for second place between Matt Popejoy and Bob Harley, Matt just managed to retain his advantage of being second on the grid with very little between them, Bob closing the gap to 0.15 seconds on lap 29 but Matt went on to take second place by about 1.5 seconds in a nail biting finish, Bob being third.
Another good evenings racing – see the results page for the full details.
This was the halfway point in the current league, remember it is the best eight from a possible ten scores to count for each driver.
After the first round of qualifying Gavin Maciver was quickest, closely followed by Andrew Slingsby who was less than half a second adrift, Matt Popejoy was in third place just one lap down.
In round 2 Andrew managed an extra lap and moved ahead of Gavin with David Simpson moving up into third spot ahead of Matt.
Round 3 saw Gavin gain pole position for the final, Andrew consolidate second position and Darren Ford move up to third place with Matt fourth.
In the mardave class after round 2 Jordan Galbraith was the fastest, Joshua Galbraith second and some fine driving from Wes Wray moved him into third place with Paul Galbraith fourth.
In the final qualifying round Jordan increased his lead, Paul Galbraith moved into second position and Joshua Galbraith third – a trio of Galbraith’s at the top of the qualifying table!
Jordan took the lead from pole position on the grid with his dad Paul close behind, the positions were reversed on lap 11 when Paul went into the lead and despite severe pressure for Jordan he managed to hold on for a win, Jordan taking second place and Mike Simpson third. This makes it two weeks in a row that Paul has won the final, Jordan was in fighting mood afterwards and heard to say “another lap and I would have had him” – lets see what happens next week.
The GT12 B final saw an easy win for fast improving Daniel Lacey, there was a good race for second place between Mike Simpson and David Snowden with David eventually finishing five seconds ahead of Mike. it was good to see Alister Hart racing again and take a fine fourth place.
The GT12 A final was a fast, close race between Gavin Maciver, Andrew Slingsby and Darren Ford, David Simpson was in the mix for a time but a loose connection on his transponder meant he only recorded three laps.
Gavin was in the lead from start to finish but Andrew was never more than a couple of seconds behind to finish in second place. Darren Ford had a tremendous race, setting the fastest lap and finishing third just less than a second behind Andrew, Matt Popejoy took fourth place.
Half way through the superleague now with just rounds in August, October and December remaining, the best five scores from a possible six to count for each driver.
Gavin Maciver scores maximum points in the GT12 Class
Darren Ford maintains the pressure on league 2 leader Matt Popejoy
Club Chairman Rob Hambridge storms to victory in the C Final
Jordan Galbraith cracks under pressure as his dad Paul snatches victory in the Mardave Final
Gavin Maciver was yet again the driver to beat in the GT12 class with a fine win in round 1, David Simpson won round 2 to head the qualifiers but Gavin responded in round 3 with a better time to take pole position in the final. Chelle Snowden was third, Darren Ford was fourth and best in division 2 chasing another maximum points very closely followed by Matt Popejoy and Bob Harley. Visiting driver Javier Jimenez managed a creditable seventh overall.
Daniel Lacey was top qualifier in division 3 with his new car, David Snowden was second a lap down on Daniel.
In the mardave class Jordan Galbraith was in top form and with some impressive driving won all three qualifying rounds and looked favourite for a convincing win in the final. Mike Simpson was second and Paul Galbraith experiencing problems with his car in rounds one and two got everything together in round three to take third position overall.
Before the finals the trophies for the Winter League were presented by Rob Hambridge, congratulations to the winners.
In the mardave final Jordan Galbraith made an excellent start from pole followed by Mike Simpson and Paul Galbraith, an incident on lap 2 enabled Paul to take the lead but Jordan soon reeled him in and regained the lead once again on 5. A good race then ensued with Jordan establishing a good lead then Paul getting the gap down to about 1 second by lap 17 to put a bit of pressure on Jordan. We were all treated to an incredibly exciting finish with Paul gaining over 2 seconds on Jordan on the penultimate lap to be first over the line by 0.22 seconds. A super result for team Galbraith, well done Paul.
The GT12 C final saw a great drive from the clubs chairman Rob Hambridge who was in the lead from start to finish leaving it to David Snowden and Mike Simpson to battle it out for second and third places. The two drivers were evenly matched with David being slightly quicker but unable to regain the second place he lost to Mike on lap 1.
Bob Harley starting from pole in the B Final was in sparkling form to take a convincing win over a lap ahead of second place driver Nick Wallace. Javier Jimenez on his first visit to the club took third place with his best lap being slightly quicker than Nick’s.
The A Final was run at a very fast pace with Gavin Maciver off to a good start from pole and being chased hard by David Simpaon and Chelle Snowden. David was about half a second down until a racing incident on lap 13 put him out of contention. Chelle took up the chase but could not make up any ground on Gavin who in the end had a comfortable win on 32 laps, Chelle was second on 31 and a superb drive from Darren Ford earned him third place. A great race to watch.
A fast track this evening produced some very close races, Paul Galbraith was the fastest qualifier in the club mardave class with a photo finish in round 3 winning by 1/100th of a second from Mike Simpson.
In the GT12 class Gavin Maciver was the top qualifier followed by Darren Ford with a superb performance to take second overall, Chelle Snowden being third and Nick Wallace fourth.
Daniel Lacey continued his good run by being the best in division 3.
The mardave final was very close with Paul Galbraith starting from pole position on the grid only to find himself in last place by the end of the first lap. Jordan Galbraith took the lead with Mike Simpson and Joshua Galbraith trying to catch him. After four minutes it was Mike who was leading but Jordan was lapping faster but just could not quite catch and overtake Mike – it was very close though with just 0.14 seconds separating them at the end with Joshua finishing third also on the same lap.
David Snowden had an excellent race in the GT12 C final to win, Courtney Orme in his new Ore car was two laps down.
The GT12 B final was fast and furious, Matt Popejoy was the fastest but Bob Harley took the win with a great drive, Matt was second, Dave Tomlinson third and Daniel Lacey fourth to give him yet another maximum points in division 3.
An excellent GT12 A final to complete the evenings racing in which Darren Ford gave Gavin Maciver a good run for his money with some sparkling driving. Gavin drove an almost faultless race to win, Darren was second and Chelle Snowden took third place. Good stuff!