17-04-18 Spring League Round 8

Ashley is “King” of the track, winning the A final and drawing level with Steve Donald in the spring league. With both drivers having equal points and the same worst score it will be a head to head in next weeks final round to decide who takes the second and third place trophies!

In the GT12 F2 league Darren Ford took fourth place in the A Final ahead of Dan Sheppard and has the chance next week to achieve a maximum 600 points league score.

In GT12 F3 a fine drive by Peter Lax put a stop to League Leader Chris Metcalfe’s chances of winning every round he has raced in and he had to settle for second place. Just a single point separates Jack Walsh in second and Benn Norris in third place so expect some close competition next week.

The mardave class drivers came out on top in the combined Mardave A / GT D Final beating the three GT12 cars with a win for Nathan Marshall and second place to Harvey Forster, James Walker being the best placed GT12 in third place.

Looking forward to next weeks final round of the league which should see some exciting finishes.







10-04-18 Superleague Round 2

A good evenings racing with several changes to league positions.

Ashley King is the new GT12 league leader, Steve Donald experiencing loss of power from his motor in the A final and dropping down into a tie for second place in the league with Karl Norris.

Jordan Leavis had a great run in the qualifying to make the A final and displaced Dan Sheppard as F2 league leader, Darren Ford remaining in third position.

Courtney Orme still leads F3.

In the club Mardave class positions remained unchanged with Mike Simpson the leader, Nathan Marshall second and Harvey Forster in third place.

Still four rounds to go during June, August, October and December so plenty of time for positions to change.

Don’t forget next week is the penultimate round of the Spring League.

03-04-18 Clubnight

A good evenings racing with Ashley King being fastest qualifier in the GT12 class followed by Steve Donald and Karl Norris. In the club Mardave class Lucas Morgan was quickest, Dean Bostock second and Jack Walker third.

Lucas had a convincing win in the mardave final with Jack Walker taking second place, Dean Bostock was third.

Alan Forster had an excellent win in the GT12 C final being three laps clear of second place driver Jason Leavis with Courtney Orme finishing in third place.

Kayleigh Knight followed on from her win in last weeks trophy meeting to win the B final with Chris Metcalfe second and Benn Norris third.

In the A Final Ashley King had a poor first lap going from pole position on the grid to last place in the race, however he fought back well to eventually finish second behind the winner Karl Norris with Steve Donald in third place and also setting the fastest lap time.

Remember it is the second round of the Superleague next week.

27-03-18 Easter Trophy Meeting

James Hart wins the A Final with Steve Donald finishing in second place and Karl Norris third.
Darren Ford takes the B Final, Jordan Leavis was second just ahead of Dan Sheppard.
Kayleigh Knight wins the C Final, Mike Simpson was second and Chris Metcalfe third.
The V12 Mardave and GT12 D Final was run as a combined race, In the V12 Mardave class Harvey Forster was the winner with Roy Matthews second and Lucas Morgan third.
Alex Forster won the GT12 D Final, James Walker took second place and Courtney Orme third.

An entertaining evenings racing with some very close finishes to determine the trophy winners.

Harvey Forster finished ahead of Roy Matthews once again to win the club mardave class final, it was a good evening for “Team Forster” with Alex Forster having a runaway victory in the GT12 D final being nine laps ahead of second place driver James Walker who was driving a different car this week for the first time.

Mike Simpson looked to have the GT12 C final in the bag with two laps remaining when a driving error let Kayleigh Knight through into the lead and she went on to win, also setting the fastest lap time of the race. Mike was second and Chris Metcalfe third just three seconds behind.

A great drive by Darren Ford resulted in a win in the B Final, Jordan Leavis and Dan Sheppard was a great race for second place with Jordan being just 0.12 seconds in front at the finish.

The A Final was once again a cracking race, James Hart started on pole position with Ashley King for the second week running qualifying second and Steve Donald third.
James had a tremendous race to win by two laps, behind him things were very close between the other four drivers. They all finished on the same lap, Steve taking second place 0.33 seconds in front of third place driver Karl Norris. Chelle Snowden was a further 5.5 seconds adrift in fourth place with Ashley King fifth despite only James having a quicker best lap time. Good race to watch this!

The trophies were presented to the first three drivers in each final by Chelle Snowden.

Don’t forget next week is an ordinary clubnight with no league points at stake giving an opportunity to experiment with car setups.

20-03-18 Spring League Round 7

James Hart wins the GT12 F1 League with two rounds remaining.
Ashley King qualifies in second place but falters in the final after putting the brakes on.
Darren Ford takes the lead by just a single point in the F2 League from Dan Sheppard in second place.
Chris Metcalfe is assured of winning the F3 League after taking another maximum points.
Harvey Forster dashes Roy Matthews hopes of drawing level at the top of the V12 Mardave league.

A tricky section of the track caught several drivers out in the first round of qualifying until they got the hang of it.

After three rounds James Hart was top qualifier on 37 Laps followed by an “in-form” Ashley King with 36 and Steve Donald, Dan Sheppard and Gareth Harold all on 35 laps.

Chris Metcalfe was the top F3 driver with Alex Forster second and Courtney Orme third.

In the club mardave class league leader Harvey Forster was best, over a lap quicker than Roy Matthews in second place.

The mardave final was first and with rounds running out Roy Matthews was determined to win and level the league scores with leader Harvey Forster. With just over a minute of the race remaining things were looking good with Roy having a three quarters of a lap advantage over Harvey. However some aerial acrobatics at the far end of the track left his car on its roof allowing Harvey to catch up and go on to win, extending his lead to two points. No pressure Roy but you need to win next week!

The GT12 C final was won by Jordan Leavis with Chris Metcalfe taking second place to give him a 100% record in the six rounds of the F3 league that he has raced in, Alex Forster was third.

Gareth Harold set the fastest lap time in the B Final but some consistent driving by Chelle Snowden won her the race, Gareth was second and Bob Harley third. Bob Harris starting from the back of the grid got the better of Mike Simpson to take fourth place.

Just the A Final to go and with Ashley King in second position on the grid expectations were high that he could beat Steve Donald and draw level on points for second place in the league. At the start everyone made a clean start apart from Ashley who’s car remained static on the grid. Some frantic marshalling eventually got the car going but by then a last place finish was looming.
James Hart won the race in style with Steve Donald getting the crucial second place extending his advantage over Ashley in the league. Ashley was seen later at race control consoling himself with the fact that he had a quicker best lap time that Steve!
Darren Ford and Dan Sheppard had a very close race for third place with Darren finishing just over half a second ahead to take the lead in the F2 League.

A super evening, although a couple of the league winners are now decided there is still a lot to race for with trophies for the first three places in each division. Should be an exciting final two rounds which will be held on the 17th and 24th April.

Remember next week is the Easter Trophy Meeting.

13-03-18 Spring League Round 6

Ashley King closes to within three points of Steve Donald who remains in second place in the GT12 F1 league.
Darren Ford wins again in F2 but Dan Sheppard still leads.
Jack Walsh takes maximum points in F3.
Nathan Marshall won the club mardave class final, Harvey Forster is still the leader but now only by a single point from Roy Matthews.

A good evenings racing, James Hart was top qualifier and won the A final. After qualifying in third place Ashley King put in a great drive to take second place, seven seconds ahead of Steve Donald.

Both Dan Sheppard and Darren Ford made the A final, the race was close between these two with Darren crossing the line two and a half seconds ahead of Dan to score his third maximum points in the league.

Jordan Leavis just got the better of Bob Harley in the B final, Bob finishing second and Chelle Snowden third.

The C final was won by Jack Walsh, a convincing two laps ahead of Alex Forster with Courtney Orme finishing third.

Nathan Marshall was the winner of the mardave final, Roy Matthews made a challenge for the lead early in the race but eventually had to settle for second place ahead of Harvey Forster.

With six of the nine rounds completed and only the best six round scores to count the remaining rounds give the opportunity for discounting lower scores. Looking forward to some very close results.

06-03-18 Spring League Round 5

A different track design to normal this week with a tricky bit near the to the drivers rostrum.

After the first two rounds of qualifying F2 league leader Dan Sheppard was under pressure down in nineteenth place after the wheels came off – well the rear axle actually plus other mechanical problems. He recovered well in round three but could not quite match the performance of Darren Ford who was best in F2 being sixth overall, Dan was seventh and Jordan Leavis ninth.

In the F1 league James Hart was quickest followed by Louis Parker and Steve Donald.

Chris Metcalfe was assured of retaining his 100% record in F3 with yet another good result, Jack Walsh was next followed by Ben Norris.

In the club mardave class Harvey Forster won round one, Roy Matthews won both rounds two and three to take pole for the final.

The mardave final was a close race between Roy and Harvey in the end it was a win for Harvey, extending his lead in the league and leaving Roy wondering how he can keep up with him next week.

The GT12 D final only had three drivers and it developed into a titanic battle between Jack Walsh and Benn Norris, the lead changed hands several times but it was Jack who was in front at the finish to take a well earned victory.

Guy Rogers was the quickest on the track in the C final but it was Mike Simpson who won, Guy being second and Bob Harris third. Chris Metcalfe finished fourth to be best in F3 yet again.

Darren Ford had a great win in the B final, Chelle Snowden took second place just over four seconds behind and Dan Sheppard was third.

James Hart was in excellent form in the A final, Louis Parker chased him for seven laps before retiring with mechanical problems and James went on to win. The usual battle between Steve Donald and Ashley King was exciting to watch with Steve getting the upper hand being just over a second ahead.

Just four rounds left to go in the league, Chris Metcalfe once again retained his unbeaten record in F3.
Dan Sheppard leads F2 but watch out for Darren Ford and Jordan Leavis who are not far behind.
Harvey Forster had a two point lead in the mardave league – can Roy Matthews squeeze a little more performance out of his car and overtake Harvey?

27-02-18 Spring League Round 4

The drivers who braved the inclement weather were rewarded with an excellent evenings racing.

After the three rounds of qualifying James Hart was quickest followed by Steve Donald, Karl Norris, Ashley King and Louis Parker, these five drivers making the A Final along with Dan Sheppard.

In the Mardave class it was Harvey Forster who led the way, league leader Roy Matthews second and James Walker third.

In the Mardave A final Harvey was the runaway winner with some consistent driving, also setting the best laptime. Roy was giving chase until lap 17 when problems with his car forced his retirement which moved James Walker up into second place. The result means that Harvey is now the league leader, just a single point ahead of Roy.

Jack Walsh took the GT12 D Final just under two seconds ahead of Benn Norris after these two had a great race, Alex Forster was just a lap down in third place.

The C final saw Tom Sheppard build up an early lead starting from pole position, behind him the other drivers were evenly matched and as the race went on a great battle for second place developed between Bob Harris and Mike Simpson. Towards the end of the race these two were making up ground on the leader and Bob held on to take second place just 0.23 seconds in front of Mike. Kayleigh Knight with the second best laptime finished fourth, Chris Metcalfe being the top F3 driver retained his record of winning every round so far.

Chelle Snowden won the B Final, Jordan Leavis took second place and Bob Harley third.

Just the A Final to go with James Hart defending his unbeaten record and starting from pole. A fast and furious race this ran at a tremendous pace, the first four drivers all finishing on the same lap. Victory went to Louis Parker by the narrowest of margins 0.11 seconds also setting the fastest laptime, James finished in second place, Steve Donald third and Karl Norris fourth.

So Chris Metcalf is now the only driver to score maximum points in all four rounds of the league, lets see what happens in round 5 next week — No Pressure Chris!!!

20-02-18 Team Relay

A chance to have some fun this evening with no league points at stake but the possibility of winning a trophy.
Twenty drivers entered the event and they were grouped into five teams, the captains being James Hart, Louis Parker, Steve Donald, Mark Deacon and Gareth Harrold.
There were four thirty minute rounds using handout transponders which had to be transferred between the cars in each team during changeover windows in each round.

James Hart’s “Jesters” got off to a good start winning round 1, it was close though with Louis Parkers “Lions” in second place just three laps down and Gareth Harrold’s “Giants” taking third place. Steve Donald’s “Wonders” made a not so wonderful start being at the back of the field in last position, twelve laps down.
Round 2 went down to the wire, the “Jesters” recording another win after being chased by the “Wonders”, who finished just a single lap adrift, the “Lions” being third.
Steve looked to have coached his team to peak performance and the “Wonders” went on to win both rounds 3 and 4, however it was not enough to catch up with the “Jesters” who retained the overall lead with third and second place finishes.
The “Lions” took third place, Mark Deacon’s “Marvels” were fourth on tie break, having equal points with Gareth’s “Giants”

A great evenings entertainment, the leading two teams achieved a total of 746 with second place only 2 laps adrift with 744 – a very close result for 2 hours racing.

Trophies were presented to the winning team after all the equipment was packed away.

The winning team “James’s Jesters”

Finally, many thanks to Alister Hart on race control who kept everyone in order all evening.

13-02-18 Superleague Round 1

The first of six rounds of this years superleague, the remaining rounds to be held in April, June, August, October and December with trophies at the end of the year for the top three drivers in each of the formulas.

Steve Donald made a good start winning the A final, as usual it was very close between Steve and Ashley King who finished second, Karl Norris was third.

Two F2 drivers in the A final this week, Dan Sheppard finishing in fifth place and Jordan Leavis sixth, Matthew McAdam being the next F2 driver with third place in the B final, just 0.3 seconds quicker than Darren Ford.

The C final was won by Peter Lax to be best in F3, Chris Metcalfe was second and Benn Norris third.

It was good to see six club mardave class drivers this week, Mike Simpson finished first, Nathan Marshall second and Harvey Forster third – well done Harvey!

Early days yet with five more rounds to go with the best five from a possible six to count.