26-07-16 Summer League Round 10

Gavin Maciver wins the GT12 League with another maximum points from the evening.
Daniel Lacey makes it maximum points from all ten rounds in Division 3 with a brilliant second place finish in the A Final.
Mike Simpson wins the V12 Mardave League.

Gavin Maciver won all three rounds of qualifying to take pole position in the A Final, Daniel Lacey was second in rounds 1 and 2 with Chelle Snowden pushing him down to third place in round 3 by just 0.55 seconds. David Snowden took fourth place overall with his new car.
In the Mardave class the pressure was on Paul Galbraith to be top qualifier and maintain his challenge for the league title, it was close but Mike Simpson was quickest followed by Paul and then Joshua Galbraith in third spot with some every fast laps.

The Mardave Final saw Joshua Galbraith hit the front on lap 4 and steadily increase his lead over the rest of the field with some very driving. With the finish nearly in sight he had a mechanical problem with his car giving a chance to Mike Simpson and Jordan Galbraith, he held on to the lead however to take a well deserved win after Mike collided with another car on the very last lap – what an exciting finish! – Mike being second and Jordan Galbraith third, not a good evening for Paul Galbraith who finished fourth!  A Galbraith team debrief followed later!

Courtney Orme won the GT12 C Final, beating Alwyn Hodges and visiting driver Jamie Hall.

David Snowden had a good drive in the GT12 B Final to win from Mike Simpson with new member Steve Donald third.

In the GT12 A Final Gavin Maciver was in the lead from start to finish with some excellent driving. Chelle Snowden held onto second place up to lap 9 when an “in form” Daniel Lacey overtook her and went on to take second place at the finish – an outstanding performance this to win him promotion to division 2 in the next league.

Summer League Round 9

A much depleted field of drivers this week due a combination of holidays and the extremely hot and humid weather.
Yes it was hot with drivers trying to concentrate with sweat dripping off their brow’s!
A great evening though with some fine races.

This was the penultimate round of the current league with Gavin Maciver being fastest qualifier and winning the GT12 A final to take yet another maximum points for the evening. A win in the final round next week would give him the maximum possible league score of 328 points – no pressure Gavin!   Chelle Snowden was also in sparkling form taking second place in the A final and setting the fastest lap time along the way. Can she beat Gavin next week?.

It was an evening of drivers achieving maximum points with Bob Harley doing so in division 2 and is now assured of the league title. At the bottom of the division the Club Chairman and Secretary are at present joint last – who will avoid being there at the end of next week?

Daniel Lacey continued his incredible run in division 3 finishing fourth in the A Final and has now won all nine rounds – just one more to make it a clean sweep – a feat not achieved by anyone for some time.

Mike Simpson took over the lead from Paul Galbraith in the club mardave class and with just five points separating them set the scene for a nail biting final round next week.

12-07-16 Summer League Round 8

Gary Kirkpatrick and Shane West take the top two places in the qualifying with Gavin Maciver in third spot.
Bob Harley takes maximum points in division 2 ahead of Matt Popejoy and the club Chairman Rob Hambridge.
Daniel Lacey stretches his unbeaten run in division 3 to 8 rounds.
Joshua Galbraith charged to an impressive top qualifier place in the mardave class but looked a little run down after his battery connections came adrift in the final and his dad Paul took the win.

Some great driving with Gavin Maciver quickest in round 1, then Gary Kirkpatrick winning both rounds 2 and 3 with Shane West in second place. So pole position in the A final for Gary, followed by Shane and Gavin.
Matt Popejoy was fastest in division 2 through the first two rounds but Bob Harley had an excellent run in round 3 to finish ahead of Matt.
Daniel Lacey was again fastest in division 3, could he maintain his form in the finals.
In the mardave class Joshua Galbraith put in some super drives to take pole position in the final with Mike Simpson second, Paul Galbraith third.

In the mardave final Joshua Galbraith confidently built up and early lead over Mike Simpson and Jordan Galbraith, everything changed after lap 11 with Mike being involved in a coming together of cars and Joshua suffering a loss of power from his batteries forcing his retirement. Jordan Galbraith was quick to take advantage of the situation but could only hold onto the lead for a couple of laps before his dad Paul hit the front. The disaster struck for Jordan on lap 15 allowing Mike back up into second place and chasing down Paul for the lead. it was a very close finish with Paul winning 0.78 secons ahead of Mike. Whilst all the action was taking place at the front the fast improving Roy Matthews was putting in a very impressive and consistent drive and went on to take third place – well done Roy.

With just two cars finishing in the GT12 C final Steve Donald took the win ahead of Courtney Orme.

The B final was won by Chelle Snowden with Nick Wallace taking a fine second place and Matt Popejoy finishing third, Rob Hambridge just finishing ahead of Daniel Lacey who was again top driver in division 3.

In the A final Garry Kirkpatrick was in the lead from start to finish to take a fine win. It was very close for second and third places between Andrew Slingsby and Gavin Maciver, who despite a slow lap 3 challenged Andrew hard for second place. Andrew held on to the finish with Gavin third just 0.13 seconds adrift! Bob Harley was in 5th place and fastest in division 2.

A good evening, only two more weeks left in the league now.

05-07-16 Summer League Round 7

Louis Parker qualifies on pole position but Gavin Maciver wins a great A Final
Bob Harley wins the B Final ahead of Chelle Snowden and Matt Popejoy in a very close race
The C Final was won by Mike Simpson with visiting driver Steve Donald in second place
Mike Simpson wins the V12 Final with “Team Galbraith” taking the next three places

An unusual track design this week not used for some time provided some excellent racing.

Gavin Maciver headed the qualifying after both the first and second rounds but Louis Parker had a super run in round 3 to take pole in the final with 33 laps, with Gavin, Darren Ford and David Simpson all on 32 laps.
Bob Harley took second place in division 2 with 30 laps and Matt Popejoy was third a further lap down.
Daniel Lacey continued his unbeaten run in division 3 with 30 laps and seventh position overall, Courtney Orme was second with 21 laps.

In the mardave class Mike Simpson was in top form winning all three qualifying rounds with 25 laps, Paul Galbraith was second on the same lap with Joshua Galbraith and Nathan Marshall on 24 laps.

In the Mardave final Mike Simpson made a good start from pole position followed by Paul Galbraith, Nathan Marshall moved up to third place past Joshua Galbraith and they swapped positions three times in the first seven laps before Josh got the upper hand and got away from Nathan. Mike was steadily increasing his lead until lap 8 where grip rolled his car allowing Paul to move within a second (no DRS here though!). Another roll on lap 16 and Paul was in the lead with Jordan Galbraith also moving into third spot. A slow lap 19 by Paul let Mike retake the lead and Joshua move back up into third place, a good race to the finish saw Mike win, Paul second, Joshua third and Jordan in fourth place. The league positions are now very close and the last three rounds should prove to be very interesting.

Mike was out again in the GT12 C final and won with Steve Donald in second place and Alister hart third.

The B final was very closely fought with Bob Harley putting in an excellent performance to win ahead of Chelle Snowden, Matt Popejoy who had the quickest lap and Daniel Lacey – all these drivers finished on the same lap with only a few seconds separating them all. Well done to Daniel who look set to gain promotion to division 2.

Everyone was expecting a fantastic A final and they were treated to some excellent racing. Louis Parker made a clean start from pole position with Gavin Maciver hot on his heels and Darren Ford chasing them both. An almost faultless display from all three of these drivers, Louis managing to keep ahead of Gavin who pressed hard and on lap 21 got to the front. The roles were reversed now but Gavin held on and at the finish was 2 seconds ahead of Louis to win, Darren finished third just 5 seconds down. A really exciting race to watch this!