The second of six rounds in the 2017 Superleague with each drivers best five round scores to count.
After the three qualifying rounds James Hart was quickest with Louis Parker and Mark Deacon two laps down in second and third places respectively.
Steve Donald was the best placed F2 driver (only F2 for the Superleague!) being fourth overall followed by Daniel Lacey and Stephen Deacon.
In F3 David Snowden was best, John Stringer second and Jason Leavis in third spot.
Mike Simpson led the way in the club mardave class, Paul Galbraith was second and Jordan Galbraith third. Alex Forster was best in F2 with Roy Matthews second and Wes Wray third.
First up was the mardave class where Mike Simpson won from pole position, just managing to hold off Jordan Galbraith who finished second ahead of his Dad Paul third and brother Joshua in fourth place. In F2 it was “Team Forster” who led the way with Alex being best placed followed by Harvey who finished ahead of Roy Matthews – well done Harvey!
Jack Walsh finished second in the Gt12 C final to be second fastest overall in F3, only being beaten by David Snowden in the B final, Alwyn Hodges finished four laps adrift of Jack and was third quickest.
Daniel Lacey won an exciting B final to be top F2 driver, Jordan Leavis finished two laps behind Daniel in second place with David Snowden third.
The pace in the A final was very fast, James Hart took the win with Louis Parker second. Steve Donald finished in third place, Bob Harley fourth and Mark Deacon fifth, all three of these drivers being separated by just a few seconds.
So after round 2 only James Hart is on maximum points in the GT12 class, with Mike Simpson and Alex Forster also unbeaten in the mardave F1 and F2 classes, a long way to go yet, lets see what happens in round 3 which will be held in June.
An ordinary clubnight giving chance for drivers to experiment with their car set-up ready for next weeks superleague round 2.
Louis Parker was the top qualifier with Mark Deacon snatching second place from Gavin Maciver in the last qualifying round.
Paul Galbraith was four laps clear in the club mardave class, Alex Forster was in second place and Jensen Wray third.
Paul Galbraith had a convincing win in the mardave class, Roy Matthews finishing in second place after sorting out a few issues with his cars receiver. Alex Forster was third and Jensen Wray fourth beating his dad again!
Paul had a second win in the GT12 C final and Alwyn Hodges finished second, just ahead of third place driver David Snowden. Well done Alwyn!!!
Congratulations to new member Jordan Leavis who won the B final, Mike Simpson finished second in David Simpson’s Atom (yes David it is still in one piece, even if the paintwork does not look quite the same! – back to the mardave class next week with reverse), Richard Sherwin took third spot.
An exciting A final to complete the evenings racing with Louis Parker in control from start to finish to win, Mark Deacon once again set the fastest lap time but finished in second place, Steve Donald was third and Gavin Maciver fourth.
A very competitive evenings racing with trophies to be won in the finals.
Louis Parker won all three rounds of qualifying to take pole in the A Final, Mark Deacon was in second place and also set the fastest qualifying lap. Darren Ford was in third place followed by Gavin Maciver, Steve Donald and Bob Harley completing the line up for the A Final.
In the club Mardave class Paul Galbraith was the top driver, Mike Simpson second and Wes Wray in third place making an excellent start in his quest to win his first trophy.
In the Mardave final Paul Galbraith made a slow start and lost his pole position on the grid advantage to Mike Simpson who went into the lead on lap 1 with Wes Wray in third place. Mike and Paul pulled away from the rest of the field an a very close race followed with Mike fighting to hold onto his lead. Paul reduced the gap to less than half a second by lap 21 but could not catch up and overtake the leader. Things were looking good for Wes half way through the race until disaster struck when his transmitter lost power forcing a long pit stop. Meanwhile Alex Forster moved up into third place and retained this to the finish being a comfortable two laps clear of Roy Matthews in fourth place. A win for Mike and second place for Paul in one of the best Mardave races for some time.
Visiting driver Jason Leavis was on pole for the GT12 C final with Paul Carter car 2 and McKenzie Wallace car 3.
McKenzie made a great start and took the lead on lap 1 with Jack Walsh car 4 in second place. Paul moved up into second place on lap 2 with McKenzie starting to pull away from everyone and extend his lead. There was a fine race between Jack, Courtney and Paul for second, third and fourth places. It went right to the wire with Paul taking second, Courtney third and Jack fourth just a few seconds between them. McKenzie went on to win by two laps – a great performance in his first trophy meeting – well done.
The line up for the B Final had the makings of a great race and we were not to be disappointed! Daniel Lacey starting from pole was leading after lap 1 and went on to win the race by one lap with some fast and accurate driving. Nick Wallace starting from position 5 on the grid made a great start and quickly moved up into second place but was overtaken by Matt Popejoy a few laps later. Stephen Deacon was just a couple of seconds down on these two drivers as they all tried to keep pace with Daniel and eventually finished a few seconds apart, Matt second, Nick third and Stephen fourth.
In the A Final Louis Parker was the leader after the first lap with Mark Deacon second and Gavin Maciver moving up into third spot with Darren Ford fourth. Gavin overtook Mark on lap 9 only for Mark to regain second place on lap 24. Louis drove an almost flawless race, Mark set the fastest lap time but could not catch Louis. Then on lap 33 Mark’s speed controller cut out for a few seconds and Gavin moved up into second place until on the last lap Mark got past him again to take second by 0.28 seconds – what a finish to end the evenings racing!
Afterwards the trophies were presented by Chelle Snowden.
Some exciting racing in Round 2 of the current league despite the number of drivers being lower than normal.
The winter league trophies were presented before the finals, congratulations to all of the winners.
Louis Parker made an excellent start in round 1 to set the fastest time with Mark Deacon second and Steve Donald third. Despite winning both rounds 2 & 3 Mark could not match Louis’s round 1 time and had to settle for second place on the final grid, Steve taking the third spot.
In GT12 F2 Daniel Lacey just got the better of Matt Popejoy with Rob Hambridge third struggling with his cars setup.
It was a head to head between Courtney Orme and Alwyn Hodges in F3 with Courtney being best with a 2 lap advantage.
In the club mardave class Mike Simpson won all three rounds with Paul Galbraith second and Joshua Galbraith third. In F2 Wes “I still have not won a trophy” Wray was 3 seconds quicker than Roy Matthews and was the top driver followed by Roy with Alex Forster third.
The mardave final resulted in another win for Mike, Paul was second and a great drive from Alex Forster earned him third place and top in F2 after a close battle with Roy Matthews who finished just over 1 second behind, followed by Harvey Forster.
Alwyn Hodges won the GT12 C final with Courtney Orme having a few issues with his car.
The B final was a super race, Bob Harley, Matt Popejoy and Daniel Lacey were all very evenly matched and in with a change of winning. As expected the result was close, Bob winning the race, Matt second and Daniel third.
Just the A final left and Louis Parker made a great start with car 2 Mark Deacon in hot pursuit and Chelle Snowden quickly moving into third place ahead of Steve Donald. A slow lap 17 from Mark let Chelle by into second place but he fought back well to regain position on lap 24 by a very narrow margin. Chelle got past Mark again on lap 27 and retained her position to finish in second place behind Louis. The excitement was not over yet as on the very final lap Steve Donald overtook Mark to take third place leaving him to finish fourth after such a fine start. Did his car let him down or was it the shock of winning a trophy in the winter league? Well done Louis, another excellent result.