The Christmas Trophy meeting was the final event of the year, the new orange corner marker discs being used for the first time..
After three rounds of qualifying there was a single round of finals to decide the trophy winners.
First up was the club mardave final with only two drivers Nathan Marshall and Harvey Forster. Nathan being two laps quicker in qualifying was super confident of a win. However his race unravelled (or was it velcro’d) at the beginning, giving Harvey a head start before Nathan got his car going. The chase was now on, could Harvey hold on to the lead for over five minutes of sustained pressure from Nathan! The answer was a resounding yes, a great win for Harvey, their best lap times only being 0.25seconds apart. Well done!
The GT12 D Final was next where Jack Walsh starting from pole had a fine race getting the better of Benn Norris to take the win. Watch out for both these fast improving junior members in 2018. Courtney Orme took third spot just half a lap down on Benn. Alex Forster was also going well but had to retire after fourteen laps.
Jordan Leavis had an easy win in the C Final being two laps clear of second placed driver Mike Simpson (even after Jordan had a forced pit stop to remove tape from his tyres). It was close for second and third places though with Guy Rogers finishing under three seconds behind Mike.
The B Final provided the closest racing of the evening with Dan Sheppard, Chelle Snowden and Bob Harley all in with a chance of winning, Bob having the fastest lap of 9.04sec Dan 9.05sec and Chelle 9.06sec. It was Dan who was first across the finishing line, Chelle second and Bob third. A great race to watch.
James Hart won the A Final yet again to finish the year with an impressive run of victories. Ashley King and Karl Norris finished second and third respectively a lap down and Darren Ford took a great fourth place, returning after a break in racing.
The club Chairman Bob Harley presented the trophies for both the 2017 Superleague and the XMAS Trophy meeting.
Note that there will be NO RACING ON BOXING DAY, the next clubnight will be on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
Yes Bob did win one as well! – two actually
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone, the club has a full calendar of events for next year and we look forward to an exciting years racing.
A total of nineteen drivers who braved the icy road conditions were rewarded with a total of four qualifying rounds and a final.
At the start of the evening several drivers had the opportunity to score the maximum of 205 points for the best five from a possible six rounds and with several league positions yet to be decided the competition was keen.
James Hart won the GT12 F1 league with the remarkable achievement of scoring maximum points in each of the six rounds with some brilliant and consistent driving. The second and third places went down to the wire with Chelle Snowden finishing just three points ahead of Bob Harley.
Karl Norris spoilt Steve Donald’s bid for 205 points by being third fastest in qualifying ahead of Steve who went on to beat Karl in the final and won GT12 F2 with 204 points. Well done also to both Jordan Leavis who took second place and Daniel Lacey third.
Jack Walsh was the winner of the GT12 F3 league, it was close though with John Stringer just two points adrift in second place with Courtney Orme finishing third a further five points down.
In the club mardave class Mike Simpson won F1 with maximum points, being able to discard the two points dropped in round 5. Nathan Marshal was second and Paul Galbraith third.
“Team Forster” took the top two places in F2, Alex Forster won with yet another 205 points after winning all the five rounds he raced in. Harvey Forster took second place ahead of Roy Matthews who finished third.
Don’t forget that next week is the XMAS Trophy meeting.
With just one more round to go in the autumn league after this evening, everyone was keen to add to their points total with a view to winning a trophy after the final round to be held in the New Year.
A super clean track this week – guess who was at the end of the cable with the vacuum?
Some good driving and very exciting racing with several close finishes.
After this round of the league Steve Donald looks to have the F1 title in the bag but Chelle Snowden, Bob Harley and Ashley King will have to fight it out in the final round for second and third places.
In F2 Karl Norris has a five point lead over Dan Sheppard, Mike Simpson currently in third place leads Bob Harris by just seven points.
Kayleigh Knight and Benn Norris seem to have secured first and places in F3 but Alwyn Hodges and Alex Forster are neck and neck for third place.
In the club mardave class Roy Matthews leads but Nathan Marshall just needs to finish in the final round to take the winners trophy – so confident was he that he took a week off racing this week for his birthday! Roy better watch out as a good round from Harvey Forster could move him up into second place.
Did you guess correctly?
Yes it was the club chairman Bob Harley doing a great job making a clean sweep.