05-11-19 Winter League Round 7

In the GT12 class Karl Norris, Bob Harley and Kayleigh Knight were the top three qualifiers with Anthony Dennis, Bob Harris and Benn Norris being the highest placed F2 drivers. Bob Budge led the way in F3 followed by Freddie Parker and Alfie Hart.

In LMP12 James Hart was quickest with Ashley King second and Steve Donald third.

Only two drivers made the start in the C Final, the winner being Paul Carter with Freddie Parker finishing second.

Bob Harris won an exciting B Final, Benn Norris had the quickest lap and finished in second place with Mike Simpson third.

A good result in the A Final for “Team Norris” with Karl winning by two laps followed by Kayleigh Knight in second place, setting the fastest lap time and finishing ahead of third placed driver Bob Harley by just over a second.

The last race of the evening the LMP12 final produced another close finish James Hart being the winner, Ashley King second and Steve Donald third.

Chelle Snowden still leads F1 with Bob Harley in second place, Karl Norris added yet another maximum points this week and needs only one more from the remaining two rounds to achieve a maximum league score.

in F2 the leader Bob Harris is just a single point ahead of Anthony Dennis with Mike Simpson a further two points adrift in third.

Freddie Parker leads F3 with Alfie Hart second and McKenzie Wallace third, things could change significantly in the remaining two rounds.

Steve Donald leads the LMP12 league but Ashley King in second place has only raced in five rounds to date.


29-10-19 Winter League Round 6

Another good evenings racing, Karl Norris was once again top qualifier in the GT12 class with 41 laps, it was close for the next four positions though with Darren Ford, Richard Norris, Chelle Snowden and Bob Harley all with 40 laps.

Ashley King was quickest in LMP12 followed by Steve Donald and Fred Hatfield.

Saul Theobold had a good win in the GT12 C Final scoring 100 points in F3, James Krych was second and Simon Page third.

The B Final was a very competitive race with just a few seconds between the first three drivers, Anthony Dennis was the winner, Mike Simpson took second place and Bob Harris third.

Driving in the A Final was to a very high standard, Karl Norris won yet again holding off a challenge from Darren Ford, both drivers with 42 laps. Chelle Snowden took third place just ahead of Richard Norris, Kayleigh Knight finished fifth and Bob Harley sixth.

In the LMP12 final Ashley King was the winner, Steve Donald second and Fred Hatfield third.

Just three rounds remaining in the winter league.

22-10-19 Winter League Round 5

Karl Norris was top qualifier in the GT12 class, two laps clear of Chelle Snowden, Bob Harley and Kayleigh Knight with F3 driver Jack Walsh completing the A Final line up – Jack’s first A Final at Burton, a tremendous achievement.

Bob Harris was quickest in F2 and took pole position in the B Final, one lap up on Anthony Dennis, Mike Simpson and Nick Wallace with Benn Norris a further two laps down.

Bob Budge made pole in the C Final followed by Freddie Parker, Simon Page, McKenzie Wallace, Alfie Hart and Ian Craig.

In the LMP12 class Louis Parker set the pace being three laps ahead of Simon Pole, with Guy Rogers a further three laps adrift.

McKenzie Wallace won the C Final with Bob Budge finishing second and Simon Page third.

Bob Harris had a great win in a very close B Final, just holding off Anthony Dennis who finished in second place 0.32 seconds adrift, Mike Simpson was third.

Karl Norris won the A Final, Chelle Snowden was second and Bob Harley third, one second ahead of Kayleigh Knight.

Louis Parker was the winner of the LMP12 Final, Simon Pole took second place and Guy Rogers third.

Halfway through the Winter league now, Chelle Snowden leads F1 with Bob Harley in second place, Karl Norris is third having won all three rounds he has raced in.

In F2 Mike Simpson leads, Nick Wallace is second and Bob Harris third, however with four more rounds left any of the F2 drivers could win.

F3 leader McKenzie Wallace dropped his first point this week and the 100 points Jack Walsh scored makes it possible for him to overtake McKenzie, Freddie Parker remains in second place.

No changes to the leading positions in LMP12 as Steve Donald, Ashley King and Richard Norris were not racing.

15-10-19 October Clubnight

More new flexi bends on this weeks track design with the opportunity of some quick lap-times.

Top qualifier was Karl Norris with Richard Norris and Justin Heath in second and third places, all three with 39 laps.
Ashley King was quickest in the LMP12 class with 55 laps, Simon Pole was second on 54.

Visiting drivers took the first three places in the GT12 C Final with Simon Page winning, Ian Craig second and Emma Sharma third.

Guy Rogers was the winner of the B Final, Mike Simpson took second place and Jack Walsh third. Fast improving Freddie Parker finished fourth with an excellent drive – Well done Freddie – Louis you better watch out for him in the future!

The A final finished in the same order as qualifying, Karl Norris, Richard Norris and Justin Heath.

Ashley King after winning each of the qualifying heats duly won the LMP12 Final, Steve Donald was second and Simon Pole third.

Back to the winter league next week with Round 5.

08-10-19 Superleague 2019 Round 5

Round 5 of the 2019 Superleague on yet another Steve Donald design track layout – could he beat Ashley King for the third consecutive time??

Karl Norris was top qualifier in the GT12 class with Chelle Snowden in second place, both drivers with 36 laps. Kayleigh Knight took third place just 0.26 seconds quicker than Guy Rogers.

Best placed F2 driver was Benn Norris who was sixth overall with some excellent driving to earn a place in the A Final – well done Benn!.
Bob Harris was second in F2 and Anthony Denis third.

Only two F3 drivers this week, James Krych finishing ahead of McKenzie Wallace.

In the LMP12 class Mick Farrell was top, Ashley King second and Matt Rice third.

The GT12 B Final was won by Anthony Dennis, Bob Harris finished second and Nick Wallace third.

Karl Norris was two laps clear of the rest of the field to win the A Final, Chelle Snodwen took second and Kayleigh Knight third.

Mick Farrell was the winner of the LMP12 Final, Ashley King finished in second place on the same lap as Mick and Matt Rice was third.

A good evenings racing, just one round remaining in the Superleague planned for Tuesday 3rd December.

Next week is an ordinary clubnight.

01-10-19 Winter League Round 4

The number of driversĀ  was less than normal due to a combination of floods and roads traffic accidents. However with league points at stake the racing was good and there were some tremendous finishes.

The GT12 C Final was won by Saul Theobold who was four laps ahead of Coleby Thompson, Emma Sharma was third.

McKenzie Wallace won the B Final to take yet another maximum 100 points in F3 and is the only driver to have won all four rounds of the league. Jack Walsh was just a lap down in second place with Freddie Parker finishing third.

In the A Final Chelle Snowden set the quickest lap and won the race, Guy Rogers was second. Bob Harley seemed to have third place wrapped up until he had to retire from the race leaving Nick Wallace and Mike Simpson to fight it out for third. Mike was in front but Nick was quicker near the end of the race and catching up. It all came down to the final corner after which both cars crossed the line together, Mike winning by 5/100th second ——wow that was a close finish!!!!!

Could the LMP12 final match the excitement of the previous race?? – the answer was a resounding yes.
Ashley King was on pole position followed by Steve Donald, Louis Parker and Fred Hatfield. All drivers made a good start and the running order remained unchanged up to lap 12 where Louis moved up into second place ahead of Steve.
With the race being run at a very fast pace Louis took the lead on lap 35 and Ashley chased him for lap after lap but could just not get past. Whilst these two fought for the lead Steve was steadily catching them up, then small mistakes by the leaders on laps 54 and 55 gave Steve the lead and Louis moved into second, Ashley down to third. A very happy Steve coasted to a win, Louis was second, Ashley although setting the fastest lap was third and Fred Hatfield fourth.
Another win for Steve on a Steve Donald track design —–can he do it again next week?

Next week is Round 5 of the Superleague.

29-09-2019 BRCA Midland Regional GT12 Series 2019 Round 1

The first round of the 2019 three round Midland GT12 series got off to a great start at Burton Buggy Club with twenty one GT12 drivers plus five racing in the LMP12 support class.

Following a practice round there were four qualifying rounds. Gary Kirkpatrick was top qualifier closely followed by Craig Nutting, Justin Heath, Simon Pole and Andrew Slingsby all being on 37 laps.

In the LMP12 class Ashley King was the quickest with 52 laps being just under two and a half seconds ahead of James Stewart with the other drivers all being a lap down.

The LMP12 final was first and produced some great racing with all drivers lapping in similar times, the winner was Ashley King, James Stewart took second place and Steve Donald third – all on 52 laps.

Kaelin Thompson won the GT12 C Final, three laps ahead of second placed driver Michael Davies, Freddie Parker finishing third.

McKenzie Wallace made a great start in the B Final, however it turned into a battle for the lead between Bob Harley and Pete Allen with Bob getting the upper hand to win, Pete was second and Nick Wallace third.

Just the A Final remaining and with ten cars on the track together it was bound to be a great race to watch. Gary Kirkpatrick led the cars away from pole position on the grid and was the winner, super driving from both Simon Pole and Matthew Cook earned them second and third places respectively.

Trophies were presented to the first three drivers in each Final, GT12 Top Qualifier and the leading three Junior drivers by Chelle Snowden and Bob Harley.

A great days racing, many thanks to Bob Harley for organising the event, Chris Snowden at race control and everyone who helped on the day with the track and equipment.

Don’t forget round 2 is at Rowley Regis on 3rd November.

24-09-19 Clubnight

A Steve Donald track design this week, one of his best producing some great racing and as a bonus a track on which he managed to beat Ashley King in the final!

An ordinary clubnight prior to the BRCA Midland GT12 Regional Series Round 1 which is being held this SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER.
It is not too late to enter, either via the BRCA website or by contacting Bob Harley direct – I am sure it will be a great day.
Refreshments will be available from the bar including assorted cobs, soft drinks, Tea and Coffee.

Visiting driver Craig Nutting won the GT12 A Final with Simon Pole finishing in second place just over half a second ahead of Justin Heath.

Bob Harley was the winner of the B Final, Mike Simpson took second place and Bob Harris finished third.

In the C Final Nick Wallace had a runaway victory, James Krych was second and Coleby Thompson third.

The LMP12 Final was run at a fast and furious pace, it was visiting driver Mick Farrell who won the race being two laps clear of a tremendous battle between Ashley King and Steve Donald. After racing wheel to wheel for almost all of the race it was Steve who took second place ahead of Ashley in third. A great race to watch!

Many thanks to Courtney Orme at race control for ensuring the evenings racing went smoothly.

17-09-19 Winter League Round 3

Round three of the Winter League using another of the potential layouts for Round 1 of the 2019 BRCA Midland GT12 Regional Series to be held on Sunday 29th September.

Another very competitive evenings racing, it was good to see the clubs junior members performing so well with McKenzie Wallace and Benn Norris both making the GT12 A Final.

James Krych won the GT12 C Final with Freddie Parker in second place and Coleby Thompson third.

The B Final had to be halted part way through due several cars going under the carpet (a very rare occurrence at Burton).
At the re-start Bob Harris was first to the finish followed by Jack Walsh and Mike Simpson.

In the A Final (or should we rename it the “Team Norris” Final this week with Karl, Kayleigh and Benn all racing together).
Karl was the winner, Chelle Snowden second and Kayleigh Knight third.

Ashley King was the winner of the LMP12 Final, Steve Donald was second and Paul Lison third.

Chelle Snowden still leads F1, Bob Harris F2 and McKenzie Wallace F3 being the only driver with maximum points in all the three rounds to date.