An ordinary club-night this evening prior to the clubs busy calendar for 2018 swinging into action next week with the start of the new league.
It was very close in the GT12 qualifying where Steve Donald was quickest, Ashley King and Karl Norris being just a few seconds down in second and third places.
Mike Simpson was best in the club mardave class and James Hart led the way in the LMP class by two laps, Louis Parker being in second place.
With both Roy Matthews and Harvey Forster having issues with their cars performance, Mike had a comfortable win in the mardave final.
Jack Walsh won the GT12 C Final after a great race with Benn Norris, Paul Carter having set the fastest lap finished third.
In the B Final Bob Harley was on pole but it was “Team Sheppard” who took control, Dan having an excellent drive to win the race with Tom finishing second. Bob Harris was third pushing Bob Harley down into fourth place. Two Bob’s and two Sheppard’s in one race – all very confusing!
As expected the GT12 A Final was run at a fast pace with Steve Donald determined to make the most of being on pole position. Another great race to watch this, Ashley winning to be “King” of the GT12 class, Steve second and Karl taking third place.
Just the LMP Final to go where James Hart and Louis Parker battled for first place, Louis set the fastest lap but James was the winner, Louis being second and Richard Parker third.
This week saw the completion of the Autumn league which was carried over from 2017.
Most of the league winners were already decided but there were several second and third place trophies resting on the evenings performance.
The track was a fast and flowing design providing plenty of exciting racing.
Steve Donald was the GT12 F1 League winner, third place in qualifying and fourth in the A Final being good enough to win – well done Steve!.
James Hart was top qualifier of the evening and won the A final.
A tremendous performance from Ashley King gained him second place in both qualifying and the A Final to move up into second place in the league ahead of Chelle Snowden in third and Bob Harley fourth.
Karl Norris won the F2 League with yet another good result being fourth best in qualifying and third in the A Final, Dan Sheppard was his nearest rival finishing second, these two being well clear of Mike Simpson in third who just kept ahead of Bob Harris.
Kayleigh Knight was the winner of the F3 League with yet another maximum points, Benn Norris took second place in the D Final which was good enough to secure second place in the league with Alwyn Hodges third.
In the Club Mardave class Nathan Marshall at last achieved the illusive winners trophy, he did not have things all his own way in the final though where Roy Matthews was the winner to take second place in the league with Harvey Forster third.
Congratulations to all the trophy winners.
The next league starts on Tuesday 23rd January.
Happy New Year to everyone, the first meeting of 2018 had a depleted number of drivers with many people being sick with one of the numerous bugs going around at present.
A good evening however on a James Hart track design with some very tight sections to test the drivers skills.
Karl Norris was quickest in the qualifying with Ashley King 0.7 seconds adrift and Matthew MaAdam third place. Ashley went on to win the A Final, Karl was second and Dan Sheppard third.
Don’t forget that next week is the final round of the 2017 Autumn League.
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.
Another great evenings racing with James Hart being top qualifier a lap up on Ashley King, Steve Donald and Karl Norris.
In the mardave class Rob Hambridge was quickest followed by Nathan Marshall and Roy Matthews.
In the mardave final Rob, Nathan and Roy all were going well and Rob established a small lead. On the final lap Nathan caught him up and took the lead only make an error on the penultimate bend when Rob went past and won the race by half a second. With two rounds left is the pressure getting too much Nathan??
The GT12 D Final was won by Courtney Orme, Benn Norris finished in second place just ahead of Jack Walsh, all drivers having a good race.
Jordan Leavis was the winner in the C Final, Guy Rogers took second place, Gary James third and F3 league leader Kayleigh Knight fourth.
Chelle Snowden had a comfortable win in the B Final, Mike Simpson was second and Bob Harris third.
James Hart made a super start to the A Final from pole position and raced away to a win two laps up on the rest of the field with Steve Donald finishing ahead of Dan Sheppard to take second place, Ashley King was fourth.
Just two more rounds left in the league to decide the winners – GT12 F2 in particular has the makings of going down to the wire between Karl Norris and Dan Sheppard.
A more open track design than last week produced some very quick lap times, Richard Hicklin was the best in qualifying with 43 laps, Steve Donald being just a couple of seconds down. Ashley King and Karl Norris both achieved 42 laps to be third and fourth.
In the club mardave class the result went down to the wire in the third round of qualifying with Roy Matthews just losing out to Nathan Marshall by 0.16 seconds despite Roy setting the fastest lap.
Nathan went on to win the mardave final, Harvey Forster was second and Roy Matthews had a problem with his car that put him out of the running. Time to get a new pit crew Roy????
Courtney Orme was the winner of the GT12 D final, a great drive from Alex Forster to finish in second with Paul Carter third.
Bjorn Baldwin led the C final field away from pole position on the grid and had a very close race with Mike Simpson who eventually won. Behind these two driver Bob Harris and Tom Sheppard were very evenly matched and it was Bob who took third place just over a second ahead of Tom.
The B final was won by Dan Sheppard, Dean Hawley took second place and Jordan Leavis an excellent third after a good battle with Daniel Lacey.
Just the A final to go which was run at a very fast pace, it was Ashley King who was first across the finishing line just 0.52 seconds in front of Steve Donald with Karl Norris a further 4 seconds adrift. Well done Ashley!
Just three more rounds to go now in the Autumn league.
It was great to see an excellent turn out for the AGM which was followed by free racing for members attending the meeting who wished to race.
The Club has a new Chairman Bob Harley who I am sure with the rest of the committee will do an excellent job in moving the Club forward.
The Full committee is:-
Chairman Bob Harley
Secretary Mike Simpson
Treasurer Steve Donald
Chief Scrutineer Jason Leavis
Rob Hambridge, Alister Hart, James Hart
Daniel Lacey, Chelle Snowden and Chris Snowden.
IMPORTANT – NOTE CHANGE TO RACING START TIME
Racing will start at 7-00pm prompt, booking in will close by 6-45pm. Drivers must inform race control by text or phone call by 6-45pm if they are racing and going to be late for booking in.
Membership and race fees remain unchanged for 2018
Membership forms will be available at race control from Tuesday 21st November
Ball-raced front wheels are allowed in the Club Mardave class
To ensure marshalling is to a consistent high standard the following existing club rules will be enforced
All drivers must marshal the next heat following their race and stand when marshalling. If they fail to marshal, they will incur time penalties or loss of FTD at the discretion of the race controller
Substitute marshals are allowed providing the race controller is notified of who is marshalling for which driver prior to the race starting, all marshals must be current BRCA members
James Hart set a blistering pace in qualifying being a full two laps better than anyone else. A great performance also from Karl Norris to take second place ahead of Ashley King, Steve Donald and Bob Harley, last week’s A Final winner Mark Deacon being down in sixth place.
In the Mardave class Rob Hambridge took the top qualifier spot in the last round of qualifying, Matt Cripps being second and Roy Matthews third.
Rob went on to win the Mardave final, his battery just lasting the race, followed by Matt and Roy.
The GT12 D final developed into a battle between Benn Norris and Jack Walsh with Benn being the victor – well done both drivers!
Guy Rogers got the better of Bob Harris to win the C final, Bob taking second and Kayleigh Knight third.
Daniel Lacey, back racing at Burton after a break in had an excellent win in the B final, Matthew McAdam taking second place and Jordan Leavis third.
The last race of the evening, the A Final was certainly worth waiting for with a stunning drive from James Hart to win with his best 10 lap times being quicker than everyone’s best lap!. A great evening for Karl Norris also in finishing second, Ashley King being third.
Remember next week is the AGM, the track will be set out as usual and there will be racing after the meeting is finished assuming time allows.