21-02-17 Clubnight

An ordinary clubnight this week with no league points at stake gave an opportunity for drivers to experiment with their car set-up.
A good evening with some great races, James Hart won the GT12 A Final, Louis Parker was second, Richard Hicklin took third place and Mark Deacon fourth.
Steve Donald was the winner in the B Final, Chelle Snowen was second, Daniel Lacey third and Bob Harley fourth.
New member Bjorn Baldwin took the victory in the C Final, Jack Walsh was second, Courtney Orme third and Alwyn Hodges fourth.
In the club mardave class Paul Galbraith won, Alex Forster was second and Harvey Forster third.

Next week is the first round of the 2017 Superleague which is run on alternate months throughout the year with drivers best five from a possible six round scores to count.

14-02-17 Winter League Round 6

Gavin Maciver takes second place behind winner James Hart in the A final, Mark Deacon moves up into second place in division 1, three points clear of Ashley King.
Steve Donald looks certain for promotion after taking another maximum points in division 2.
New member McKenzie Wallace wins the C final.
Alex Forster takes the lead in the Mardave division 2.

James Hart was quickest after round 1 with Ashley King second with some impressive driving, Gavin Maciver, Steve Donald, Bob Harley and Darren Ford were next a lap down.
Paul Carter was best in division 3, McKenzie Wallace was second and John Stringer third.
For a variety of reasons there was a much depleted field this week in the Mardave class, Mike Simpson was out in front with Alex Forster being top in division 2.
In round 2 Nick Wallace had a good drive which moved him up to fifth position overall just ahead of Mark Deacon in the GT12 class.
In the last qualifying round Mark Deacon shot up into third place overall a lap ahead of both Ashley King and Steve Donald setting up yet another interesting final.

With only five cars in the Mardave final this week it was not so eventful as usual, Mike Simpson had a convincing win, Alex Forster and Wes Wray had a great race for second place with Wes making a good start to get past Alex on the first lap, his lead did not last long however with Alex retaking second spot on lap 3. He steadily pulled ahead until a couple of slow laps 16 and 17 let Wes through and who finished strongly to claim second place with Alex third.

Paul Carter was on pole for the GT12 C final but it was car 2 driver McKenzie Wallace who had the better start and went into the lead, Paul hit the front again on the second lap only to be overtaken again on lap 4. McKenzie then put in some very consistent driving to gradually extend his lead and win being a lap ahead of Paul in second place and John Stringer in third. Good race this – well done McKensie!

The B final saw a mixture of division 1 and 2 drivers in action, Darren Ford make up for below par qualifying to take the win being 2 laps ahead of second place driver Bob Harley and Matt Popejoy in third.

So just the A final left where James Hart put on a display of awesome driving to post the best round of the evening with 38 laps, Gavin Maciver was also going exceptionally well but was hampered in the last dozen laps of the race when his front suspension came loose but still managed to finish in second place with 37 laps. That left Mark Deacon, Ashley King, Steve Donald and Nick Wallace to battle it out for the remaining places. Surely Ashley could not beat Mark for the second week running! It was very close with very little between the two of them, Steve Donald moved into fourth place part way through the race but Ashley got past him again. It went down to the wire with Mark taking third place , Ashley fourth 2.56 seconds adrift, Steve fifth and Nick sixth. A fantastic race to watch, it does not get much better than this. Come on Ashley lets see if you can even the score next week as Mark is now three points ahead of you in the league.

07-02-17 Winter League Round 5

Another good track design and with only three more rounds after tonight everyone was keen to do well to increase their chances of being a league trophy winner.

James Hart was top qualifier in the GT12 class a lap ahead of Louis Parker second, Mark Deacon third and Ashley King in fourth place. The fastest lap being set by Louis.
Steve Donald was best in F2 being a lap clear of Stephen Deacon with Matt Popejoy third.
Courtney Orme was the leader in F3 just over a second quicker than league leader Paul Carter and John Stringer took third spot.

In the V12 Mardave class Mike Simpson took pole position for the final despite his car breaking down in round 2, Roy Matthews took second place – well done Roy the investment in a new set of tyres certainly paid dividends. Wes Wray was third and it was good to see new member Harvey Forster in his first league race.

First up was the mardave class where Paul Galbraith the sole representative of “Team Galbraith” this week was keen to improve on his fifth place in qualifying, the word in the pits was that he is not letting his sons Jordan and Joshua race again until he has collected enough league points to beat them!
A very entertaining race as usual with Mike winning, Paul finishing second and Alex Forster third.

With Courtney Orme leading the cars away from the grid in the GT12 C final could he get the win to give him maximum points from the evening?. A poor first three laps dropped him well down the field and into a battle for second place with John Stringer and Jack Walsh. At the finish Paul Carter won and is now hot favourite to take the F3 title, Courtney recovered well to take second place and John was third.

The GT12 B final had the makings of a close race with all the F2 drivers plus Bob Harley F1 on pole. What a race it turned out to be with all drivers making very few errors and lapping at similar speed. Bob had the quickest lap and Steve was just 0.02 seconds slower and eventually these two pulled away from the rest of the field. Who would be first to the finishing line – it was the experience of Bob Harley that won the day with Steve finishing in second place followed by Daniel Lacey, Stephen Deacon and Matt Popejoy all one lap down.

With just the A final left there was a lot of rivalry in the pits between Ashley King and Mark Deacon over who would finish in front. Having qualified in third place ahead of Ashley, Mark was “quietly confident” – (if that’s possible) of beating Ashley once again.
So the pressure was on and with James Hart on pole the race got underway with the rest of the field in hot pursuit, unfortunately Mark had a very slow first lap dropping him to the back of the field although it did make it easier to take a photograph with the car stationary! Louis had also some ground to make up and in doing so set the fastest lap of the race, eventually finishing second behind the winner yet again James Hart. Ashley finished an excellent third place and Mark fought his way back up the field to finish fourth. A super race to watch.

31-01-17 Winter League Round 4

Different track design this week, round 4 which marks the halfway point of the current league.


After the qualifying it was James Hart on pole for the A final, Louis Parker second and Ashley King in third place, good performances also from Bob Harley in fourth place, Chelle Snowden fifth and Steve Donald sixth.
Steve Donald also was quickest in F2 followed by Stephen Deacon and Javier Jimenez.
David Snowden took top spot in F3, Paul Carter was second and Courtney Orme third.
So could Ashley King avenge his defeat by Mark Deacon last week, things were looking good as Mark was in the B final!
In the mardave class Mike Simpson was fastest followed by Joshua Galbraith with his dad Paul third.
Roy Matthews was best in F2 followed by Alex Forster and Jenson Wray.

Mardave Class
The mardave final saw Mike Simpson take the lead at the start, Joshua Galbraith was soon making up ground in second place and hit the front a third of the way through the race. With the first three cars very evenly matched it was always going to be a close finish, in the end Mike was the winner, Joshua was second and Paul third. In F2 Roy Matthews was quickest, Alex Forster took second place and his brother Harvey was third.

GT12 Class
In the GT12 C Final Alan Forster had a comfortable win but there was a great battle for second and third places between F3 league leader Paul Carter and second place driver Courtney Orme. Just over 3 seconds in it at the finish with Paul extending his lead by a further 3 points.

The B Final (or should it be called the “Deacon Final” with Mark on pole and Stephen car 2). Mark made a clean start but Stephen moved into the lead on lap 2 with Mark falling back another place on lap 3 behind Javier Jimenez who then overtook Stephen to move into the lead on lap 5. Some great racing here as Stephen regained the lead on lap 8 with Javier in second place and Mark third. Mark then moved up a gear and got the lead back on lap 11 and went on to win with a fine 38 laps, Javier was second and Stephen third both on 37 laps – great race!.

So just the A Final remained, James Hart was the winner on 39 laps, 2 laps ahead of everyone else but it was very close between Ashley King, Steve Donald, Louis Parker, Chelle Snowden and Bob Harley. They eventually finished in that order, Ashley getting 37 laps and the rest 36. Yes you have worked it out Mark managed 38 laps in the B final and beats Ashley in the finals yet again! (He even missed a round of qualifying to take some video as well)