After round 2 Karl Norris and Darren Ford were joint leaders of the F1 league, so the pressure was on to be the league leader at the end of the evening.
On completion of the qualifying it was advantage Darren who was top qualifier with 42 laps, just over a second quicker than Karl with Chelle Snowden in third place 1/100th second ahead of Guy Rogers.
Stuart Evans was best in F2 with Bob Harris second and Nick Wallace third ahead of Junior member Benn Norris who was fourth.
Jack Walsh was the highest placed F3 driver with Simon Honeysett second and James Krych third.
In LMP12 Simon Pole was quickest with 91 laps, followed by Gavin Maciver and Fred Hatfield.
The first race was the GT12 C Final where all of the drivers had excellent races. The result was very close with the first three drivers all achieving 38 laps. McKenzie Wallace was the winner, Simon Honeysett just two second adrift in second place with Peter Lax another seven seconds behind taking third.
The B Final developed into a great battle between Nick Wallace an Bob Harley, both drivers finished with 40 laps with the victory going to Nick by two seconds. Benn Norris was third on 39 laps
The A Final was next, could pole position driver Darren Ford win and take the outright lead in F1. Karl Norris had other ideas and made a tremendous start to the race from second position on the grid. A thrilling race to watch this with these two finishing a clear two laps ahead of the rest of the field, Karl taking the win by less than a second from Darren in second place with Guy Rogers an excellent third. A great race!
The LMP Final was won by Fred Hatfield, Simon Pole was second and Gavin Maciver third. Well done Fred!
So after three rounds Karl Norris leads F1 by a single point from Darren Ford
In F2, maximum points this week moves Stuart Evans into the joint lead with Bob Harris.
Jack Walsh stays at the top of F3 being the only driver to have scored maximum points in all three rounds, Simon Honeysett remains second.
Gavin Maciver and Fred Hatfield are the joint leaders in LMP
Round 4 is next week.
Round 2 of the current League used a similar track design to Round 1 last week. Interesting to see who had an improved performance.
Karl Norris was quickest in the qualifying rounds followed by Darren Ford, Kayleigh Knight, Justin Heath and Anthony Dennis.
Ben Norris was the best placed Junior Member for the second week in succession being in 9th place overall.
Ashley King was best in LMP12 being just over 4 seconds ahead of Gavin Maciver in second place, Fred Hatfield was third.
The first race was the GT12 D Final which was won by Simon Honeysett being two laps ahead of Jason Leavis in second place, Freddie Parker was third.
Mike Simpson won the C Final and McKenzie Wallace just got the better of Jack Walsh in the battle for second place.
Bob Harley won the B final from pole position, Bob Harris finished second after starting at the back of the grid and Stuart Evans was third.
Karl Norris had a great win in the A final with Darren Ford second and Justin Heath third.
Gavin Maciver won the LMP final finishing ahead of Ashley King by 0.49 seconds, Ashley having set the fastest lap time, Fred Hatfield was third.
So after two rounds Darren Ford and Karl Norris are tied for the lead in F1.
Bob Harris is the new leader in F2 with Stephen Deacon second.
Jack Walsh remains unbeaten and leads F3 with Simon Honeysett in second place.
Gavin Maciver is the leader of the LMP league ahead of Ashley King.
Round 3 is next week.
The start of the first League of 2020 produced some great racing including a tremendous A Final, setting the standard for the rest of the year.
After the three qualifying rounds Karl Norris was quickest being the only driver to achieve 42 laps. Darren Ford and Chelle Snowden were second and third on 41 laps with Stephen Deacon, Bob Harley and Kayleigh Knight taking the remaining places in the “A” Final with 40 laps each.
Benn Norris was the best placed Junior Member with 38 laps which was matched by both McKenzie Wallace and Jack Walsh.
Jack made an excellent start to the year by winning the “C” Final and leading the F3 League, Simon Honeysett finished second and Paul Carter third.
In the “B” Final Benn Norris had a good start to the race and was in the leading two thirds of the way through the race when on lap 26 Bob Harris took over the lead and went on to take a fine victory, Nick Wallace finished in second place and new member Stuart Evans was third.
The last race of the evening was the “A” Final where Chelle Snowden made a very fast start from third position on the grid to take the lead on lap 1 from pole position driver Karl Norris in second and Darren Ford in third place. The racing was at a very fast pace and was all very close, on lap 7 Darren overtook both Chelle and Karl to move into the lead with Chelle dropping down to third. Then followed a tremendous race for the remaining five minutes with the leading positions remaining unchanged and Darren extending his lead to take the win, Karl was second, Chelle third, Kayleigh fourth, Stephen Deacon fifth (also best placed in F2) and Bob Harley sixth. A great race to watch – well done to all of the drivers!
So after round 1 Darren Ford leads F1, Stephen Deacon F2 and Jack Walsh F3. Remember there are nine rounds with the best six round scores to count.
Round 2 is next week.
The first club meeting of 2020 was an ordinary clubnight, giving drivers an opportunity to get their cars set up for the start of the new league next week.
Some good racing with Karl Norris winning the GT12 A Final, Darren Ford taking second place with his new car and Chelle Snowden finishing third.
In LMP12 Steve Donald won the final with Ashley King second and Craig Nutting third. Can Steve give a repeat performance next week in the League?????
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