2020 Cham’ship – Bulletin 1 –

The 2020 Welsh Sports and Saloon Car ChampionshipChampionship Permit:–  CH2020/R127 Grade D : National B Championship Bulletin No 01 The following change is to be made to the official regulations already published for the above Championship and in accordance with Motorsport UK general regulation D11.1.3. This change is to be implemented immediately.2020 WSSCC Bullentin 1

Reason: Due to the loss of the early championship rounds, as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, it is not possible to run the Championship in 2020 with only 2 dates left. The Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship will, therefore, resume in 2021. Drivers, who have already paid a Registration Fee, have the option of rolling over their fee to 2021; or to have a refund if they wish.

2020 Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship – Regulation 1.51

1 + 2 10th May Event Cancelled due to coronavirus lockdown;

3 + 4 31-May Event Cancelled due to coronavirus lockdown;
5 + 6 June 27/28 Event Cancelled due to coronavirus lockdown;
7 + 8 Sat 1st August Our Races Cancelled by organisers
9 + 10 13th Sept – Pembrey Championship races cancelled by this Bulletin
11 + 12 4th October – Pembrey Championship races cancelled by this Bulletin

Signed: Mark Reed p.p Date: 17/7/2020 Championship Coordinator:

Blake Edwards Trophy + Race Wins since 1991

Year & Driver Car Wins  Races 
2019 Keith Butcher  Audi R8 ALMS 8 12
2018 Damian Longotano Westfield SE 6  
2016 Jason Davies Ford Sierra Cosworth 7  
2015 Keith White BMW Z3 silhouette 9  
       
  Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship race winners, or first WSSCC driver home                                    
  Name total 91-94 95 96 97 98 99 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 total
1 Terry Brown 58   0 0 8 3 1 1 5 7 12 11 9 1 0 0 0                     58
2 Keith  White 24                 1                     2 4 7 9 1     24
3 Graham Cole 22   1 0 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 0                     22
4 Alvin Powell 19   0 1 0 1 1 2 0 1             9 2 2                 19
4 Martin Davies 16   4 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0       3     1       16
6 Peter Williams 15                     2 2 0 8 3 0                     15
& Keith Butcher 15   0 0 0 1 1                       4 1             8 15
8 Dave Krayem 13                     1   3 1       7 1         2     13
9 Mike Rhiordan 11                                 9 2                 11
& Jason Davies 11                                               4 7   11
11 Rhys Lloyd 10                               9 1                   10
12 Chris Everill 9                                 1 3             3 2 9
13 Peter Dark 9   0 3 0 3 3                                         9
14 Jeff Davies 7                       2 5       1 2                 7
15 Damian Longatano 6                                                 6   6
16 Warwick Banks 4   2 1 0 1                                           4
17 Blake Edwards 4 4                                                   4
18 Nick Jones 4                                 3     1             4
19 Alexis Cole 3                           3                         3
20 Mike Cond 3                                         3           3
21 Ted Williams 2   2                                                 2
22 Mike Lamplough 2 2                                                   2
23 Mike Schmidt 2 0 0 2                                               2
24 Clive Hayes 2             1 1                                     2
25 Richard Rhozon 2                       2                             2
26 Steve Griffiths 2                       1   1                         2
27 Ginger Marshall 2                         1 1                         2
28 Paul Trowbridge 2                               1   1                 2
29 Fabio Luffarelli 2                                                 2   2
30 Malcolm Paul 1 1                                                   1
31 Colin Gundersen 1 1                                                   1
32 Andrew Wilson 1 1                                                   1
33 Colin Williams 1 1                                                   1
34 Nigel James 1 1                                                   1
35 Steve Williams 1 1                                                   1
36 Graham Miller 1 1                                                   1
37 Dave Jarman 1 1                                                   1
38 Susie Hart-Banks 1 0 1                                                 1
40 Roger Dowden 1 0 0 1                                               1
41 Steve Hall 1 0 0 0 1                                             1
42 Brian Chatfield 1             1                                       1
43 Phillip Rogers 1             1                                       1
44 Chris Crockett 1               1                                     1
45 Tony Micheal 1                       1                             1
46 Nigel Bowen 1                                                     1
47 Patrick Havill 1                                     1               1
48 Endaf Owens 1                                       1             1
49 Geraint Rees 1                     3 7 13                           1
50 Bradley John 1                                               1     1
51 Nick Crompton  1                                                   1 1
52 Mike Moss 1                                                   1 1
                                                           
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WSSCC team needs drivers for 2020 Birkett 6 Hours!

The 70th running of the 6hr Birkett Relay Race will be on October 24th 2020, and Colin Dunn and Gareth John are the first drivers to throw their hats into the ring. Teams can be from 3 cars of U=up to 6 drivers per team can enter.
Report by Mark Nicholson  Photos by Robert . A team publicising the Welsh Championship contested the 69th running of the Birkett 6 Hours Relay Race at Silverstone on Saturday 26th October.

69th Birkett Relay – a tale of endurance!

 October 26th saw the 69th running of the Birkett Relay Race on the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone Birkett track map.  For those unfamiliar with the Birkett Relay, it is a unique 6 hour Endurance Race for 70 teams of 3 to 6 cars and drivers and is two races in one – a “scratch race” for outright victory and perhaps more importantly, a “handicap race”.  The handicap, gives teams a number of credit laps, which are added to the actual laps completed to determine the winners and it therefore allows teams with lower performance cars an equal opportunity for victory.  The Birkett has a history of poor weather and this year was certainly no exception with the Safety car being on track for 150 minutes over the 6 hours! (Ironically it was dry & sunny on Sunday!)

Team 19 - The Drivers plus the support Crew! L to r Dave Krayem, Chris Everill, Colin Dunn and Damain Longotano. Back Row Team Manager Mark Nicholson, Ken James, and Mike Moss

Team 19 – The Drivers plus the support Crew! L to r Dave Krayem, Chris Everill, Colin Dunn and Damain Longotano. Back Row Team Manager Mark Nicholson, Ken James, and Mike Moss

As a late entry, the WRDA was given the number 19, and entered an eclectic Team of 3 cars and 4 drivers, consisting of Chris Everill and David Krayem in Chris’s Ginetta G55, Damian Longatano in his Westfield and Colin Dunn in his Renault Clio.  All the cars went through Scrutineering without difficulty and all Drivers were signed on and ready to go when Qualifying started at 9 am, with Colin being first out in what can only be described as appalling conditions of driving rain and strong winds.  By 11am, all 3 cars and 4 drivers had completed qualifying and thanks to Chris’s efforts, we were well placed in P10 on the outside of Row 5 and with the front 4 rows made up of Radicals, Sports Racing cars and BMW M3s all running with none or low Credit Laps, we had a great opportunity for a good result as the Handicappers had allowed us 18 Credit laps.
 At 11.45, the race started in torrential rain behind the Safety Car, with Chris taking the start and a strategy to run him for 40 minutes before bringing him in and sending Colin out, followed by Dave and then Damian.  After 10 minutes, Chris had got up to 7th and after 25 minutes was up to 5th about one second away from 4th.  After 37 minutes, our fortunes changed, with Chris being taken out by a backmarker and sent across the grass and deep into the gravel.  It was clear that the recovery wouldn’t be immediate, so Colin was sent out to carry on.  From the images being live streamed by Alpha Live, the car looked in reasonable shape although there was clearly some damage at the front, however when the car was brought back to the paddock, it became apparent that the damage was much worse than it at first looked and we had to take the unfortunate decision to retire the car.  So now we were a 2 car and 2 driver team!
Colin ran his 30 minute stint without any major dramas, keeping us in contention for a decent result and with 70 minutes run, he came in as planned and Damian went out into the fray.  Damian was time constrained by the size of his fuel tank, but we hoped that he could run for about 25 minutes, so Colin’s car was checked over and refuelled and Colin was also checked over and also refuelled ready for his next stint.  It was already looking like a big ask for the Team with only 2 cars and drivers and over 4 hours to go, but the mountain became much higher when after 3 laps, Damian came in with gearbox problems, so Colin was quickly strapped in and sent back out.
Unfortunately Damian’s gearbox issues proved to be terminal, so from what had looked an hour earlier as a really promising position, we now only had one car running and over four and a half hours remaining!  Colin kept up a good pace until a slight mistake took him off into the gravel, from which he was able to escape, but it had caused a serious vibration, so somewhat unexpectedly, he arrived back in the garage and it looked like potentially it was game over!  The team set to and got the car up on jacks and all the wheels off and cleared out the gravel which had got everywhere, before checking the car over and finding no obvious problems, it was reassembled and Colin was strapped in and sent back out to see if the problem had gone, which it obviously had because he stayed out and got stuck in and started posting some very respectable times.
 All the time, the weather was getting worse and with a combination of the cold, the rain and the wind, it was pretty miserable in the garage and the Pit Wall and there was plenty of discussion about calling it a day and going home, but the Clio wasn’t complaining and neither was Colin, who kept going to the point where it looked like we would actually finish.
 And that is exactly what happened.  After yet another prolonged Safety Car period because a Mini was parked on top of a Caterham, the race was Red Flagged with 20 minutes to go, which avoided any time issues for us and Colin took the flag and for me, created a reputation for the WRDA that we are not quitters, even in the face of such adversity.  If you ask me privately, I’ll tell you about Colin’s time in the car and although he had never been round the GP Circuit before the event, he certainly knows his way round now and has absolutely earned the title of Endurance Racer.
 Popular opinion (when we had all warmed up and dried off) is that we must do the event next year as we now know what to expect and will be much better organised with more cars and drivers, but in the meantime and for the record, in no particular order thanks need to go to the following people, without whose support none of this would have been possible:
 WRDA, for their contribution to the race entry costs.
Chris Everill and Neil and Alf, for bringing the Ginetta and Dave Krayem along and putting the team 10th on the grid and then running in 5th before the incident which took the car out of the running.
Damian Longotano and Vince, who despite a week or more of preparation, repairing a cracked axle, installing a new gearbox and a 500 mile round trip deserved much more than a handful of laps in the race.
Colin Dunn and Eric and family and Mike – what can I say? Hundreds of miles up and down the country to get the car to Silverstone certainly paid dividends, with the Clio being the only car available with nearly 5 hours of the race still to run!!  The running time for the car represents the lion’s share of a seasons racing, so a superb effort and some very impressive lap times in the appalling conditions. Mike Moss, for spending hours on the Pit Wall in shocking conditions and then demonstrating his culinary skills by keeping everyone fed and watered.
Robert Allender and Ken James for being there to support us.
Everyone else who I’ve missed above, because without you all, this couldn’t have happened.
 Despite the welcome contribution from the WRDA, the Drivers have all dug deep into their own pockets to run their cars and pay the entry costs (£1,650.00) to do this event and will need to dig even deeper to get the cars repaired and ready for next season, so if you are going to the Awards Dinner, buy these guys a drink, because they represented the Club brilliantly under the very difficult circumstances and deserve it! Report by Mark – a very proud Team Manager.
Preveiw -The Welsh Championship team consisting of Colin Dunn, Damian Longotano, plus Chris Everill and Dave Krayem, with Mark Nicholson as the team manager, each team member drives a stint and then pits to allow the next team car to carry the’baton’ until the 6 hours are up!
The event is really two events in one. In addition to trying to win outright ‘Scratch Victory’ by recording the highest number of laps there is also the more hotly contested ‘Handicap ‘Victory’, which in theory could be won by any of the teams.
Each team is credited with a certain number of credit laps, presumed to have been run before the race started. The results are then calculated from the credit laps and the actual laps covered by each team in the six hours to see who has beaten the rest (and the handicapper).
In addition to overall scratch and handicap awards, there are a number of class prize to ensure all teams have a chance of silverware.
Dating back to 1951, the race was the brainchild of one of the 750 Motor Club’s founder members – Holland ‘Holly’ Birkett. Following his death the event was subsequently renamed in honour of him.

Final Points-Congrats to 2019 Champion Damain Longotano

 2019 Championship Final Overall Points –  supported by Risca Garages and A K Butcher Transport
Red = Joker                               x Not entered   or  Dropped Round Blue
Name Car No Class RD  1 RD  2 RD  3 RD  4 RD  5 RD  6 RD  7 RD  8 RD  9 RD 10 RD 11    Pemb RD 12 Pemb Total Dropped scores Best 10
Damian Longotano Westfield 44 CS 21 0 21 18 19 16 21 17 17 15 42 19 226 -15 211
Colin Dunn Renault Clio 19 BT 19 19 19 19 19 19 38 19 17 17 19 19 243 -34 209
Mike Moss Caterham 1 BS 17 17 19 19 17 17 17 17 17 17 2 21 197 -19 178
Andrew K Williams Ford Fiesta 88 BT 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 16 32 204 -28 176
Keith Butcher Audi R8 36 D 14 17 17 17 14 14 17 17 14 14 14 2 171 -16 155
Alan Smith Ford KA 13 AT 14 14 0 0 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 28 154 0 154
Mark Williams VW Golf 180 CS X X 10 10 x x 18 14 28 16 18 16 130 0 130
Roger Dowden Davrian Mk6 6 AS 14 14 0 14 28 14 0 14 X X 14 14 126 0 126
Gareth John Ginetta G40 49 BS 0 0 14 14 14 14 x x x x 20 36 112 0 112
Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 D 0 0 14 14 x x 14 14 x x 34 16 106 0 106
Darren Osborn BMW 1800 17 BT 14 28 14 14 14 14 X X X X X X 98 0 98
Glynne Jones BMW M3 26 CS 14 16 12 14 0 15 14 0 X X dnf x 85 0 85
Daryl Radford Honda Civic R 181 BS x x X X 0 0 X X 14 14 18 32 78 0 78
Nick Crompton M’subishi Evo 3 80 CS 18 21 18 20 0 0 x x x x x x 77 0 77
Ellis Wiggins Nova 86 BS x x x x x x 14 14 x x 16 28 72 0 72
Jim Lyons Mini Turbo 11 CS 16 18 16 18 x x x x x x x x 68 0 68
Darren Hockly Honda Civic 62 BS 14 14 16 16 X X X X X X X X 60 0 60
Verity Banks Ford Focus 53 BT 0 0 X X x x 14 14 0 0 dnf 28 56 0 56
Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 CS x x x x x x 0 0 x x 16 28 44 0 44
Andy Williams Ford Sierra 22 CS x x 14 12 0 0 0 dns X X X X 26 0 26
Class AS Car RD  1 RD  2 RD  3 RD  4 RD  5 RD  6 RD  7 RD  8 RD  9 RD 10 RD 11    Pemb RD 12 Pemb Total Dropped scores Best 10
Roger Dowden Davrian Mk6 14 14 0 14 28 14 0 14 X X 14 14 126 0 126
Class AT
Alan Smith Ford KA 14 14 0 0 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 28 154 0 154
Class BS
1 Mike Moss Caterham  1 17 17 19 19 17 17 17 17 17 17 2 21 197 -19 178
2 Gareth John Ginetta G40 0 0 14 14 14 14 x x x x 20 36 112 0 112
3 Daryl Radford Honda Civic x x X X 0 0 X X 14 14 18 32 78 0 78
4 Ellis Wiggins Nova x x x x x x 14 14 x x 16 28 72 0 72
5 Darren Hockly Honda Civic 14 14 16 16 X X X X X X X X 60 0 60
Class BT
1 Colin Dunn Renault Clio 19 19 19 19 19 19 38 19 17 17 19 19 243 -34 209
2 Andrew K Williams Ford Fiesta 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 16 32 204 -28 176
3 Darren Osborn BMW 1800 14 28 14 14 14 14 X X X X X X 98 0 85
4 Verity Banks Ford Focus 0 0 X X x x 14 14 0 0 dnf 28 56 0 72
Class CS
1 Damian Longotano Westfield 21 0 21 18 19 16 21 17 17 15 42 19 226 -15 211
2 Mark Williams VW Golf X X 10 10 x x 18 14 28 16 18 16 130 0 130
3 Glynne Jones BMW M3 14 16 12 14 0 15 14 0 X X dnf 0 85 0 85
4 Nick Crompton M’bishi Evo 18 21 18 20 0 0 x x x x x x 77 0 77
5 Jim Lyons Mini Turbo 16 18 16 18 x x x x x x x x 68 0 68
6 Gareth Haycock VW Golf x x x x x x 0 dns x x 16 28 44 0 44
7 Andy Williams Ford Sierra x x 14 12 0 0 0 dns X X X X 26 0 26
Class D
Keith Butcher Audi R8 14 17 17 17 14 14 17 17 14 14 14 2 171 -16 155
Chris Everill Ginetta G50 0 0 14 14 x x 14 14 x x 34 16 106 0 106

Mike Moss is the 2019 Gunderson Trophy winner

Mike Moss Class BS Caterham has won The 2019 Colin Gundersen Trophy for the Class Fastest Race Lap at Pembrey  after a dramatic shoot out at the final rounds between Mike & Keith Butcher. In Race 1 Keith had a problem and missed his Class fastest lap but while Mike set his Class fastest lap he did not finish the race, but that was enough to give him the win!

2019Final Points
ClassDriverRounds 1 & 23 & 45 &67 & 8Total points
BSMike Moss200.30832199.85816197.18082198.76844796.11574
ASRoger Dowden194.61618197.02098188.93217194.07141774.64074
BTColin Dunn191.20311190.31047193.03416193.35548767.90322
DKeith Butcher199.37257201.63538196.59431100.88050698.48276
CSDamian Longotano98.77564197.8282797.00032196.94682590.55105
ATAlan Smith197.82383No Points179.06536201.44694578.33613
DChris EverillNo PointsNo PointsNo Points99.2495099.24950
CSNick Crompton95.45756No PointsNo PointsNo Points95.45756
CSGlynne JonesNo PointsNo Points92.44591No Points92.44591
CTNo Entries
MNo Entries
Class  Lap Records
Classic National Circuit
ClassDriverClass RecordDate set
ASCraig Freeman67.1496/30/2013
ATSam Summerhayes67.0008/16/2015
BSMike Moss64.81119/08/2018
BTTyrone Luffarelli67.57923/04/2017
CSJason Davies60.76123/04/2017
CTDave Scaramanga67.18123/04/2017
DKeith Butcher60.26509/06/2019
MMike Cond60.8726/30/2013
Class Lap RecordsClub Circuit
ClassDrivertimeDate
ASRichard Francis76.16215/10/2017
ATAlan Smith80.50106/10/2019
BSMike Moss70.86421/04/2019
BTTyrone Luffarelli73.59115/10/2017
CSBradley John66.15423/07/2017
CTDave Scaramanga72.64515/10/2017
DKeith Butcher65.41406/10/2019
MFabio Luffarelli67.74915/10/2017
Round 11Round 12
ClassDriverTimePointsClassDriverTimePointsTotal
ASRoger Dowden77.57698.17727ASRoger Dowden79.42395.89414194.07141
ATAlan Smith81.119100.6792ATAlan Smith80.501100.7677201.44694
BSMike Moss71.67698.86712BSMike Moss70.93499.90132198.76844
BTColin Dunn75.91496.93996BTColin Dunn76.32796.41542193.35538
CSDamian Longatno66.70299.17844CSDamian Longatno67.66497.76838196.94682
DChris Everill66.48999.2495DKeith Butcher65.414100.8805100.88050
CTNo EntriesDChris Everillno scoreno score99.24925
MNo EntriesMNo Entries
CTNo Entries
09/06/2019(Round 5)Race 2 (Round 6)
ClassDriverTimePointsClassDriverTimePointstotal
ASRoger Dowden70.12295.76025ASRoger Dowden72.07093.17192188.93217
ATAlan Smith74.25890.22597ATAlan Smith75.41788.83939179.06536
BSMike Moss65.64898.72502BSMike Moss65.83198.45058197.18082
BTColin Dunnn69.61597.07534BTColin Dunnn70.42595.95882193.03416
CSDamian Longotano62.6497.00032CSGlynne Jones65.72692.4459192.44591
CTNo entriesno timeno pointsCTNo entriesno timeno points
DKeith Butcher60.265100.29204DKeith Butcher62.57996.30227196.59431
MNo entriesno timeno pointsCSDamian Longotanono timeno points97.00032
MNo entriesno timeno points
Round 3TimePointsClassRound 4timePoints
ASRoger Dowden77.05798.83852ASASRoger Dowden77.56498.19246
ATno entriesno entriesno entriesATATno entriesno entriesno entries
BSMike moss70.95399.87456BSBSMike moss70.92999.90836
BTColin Dunn77.45195.01620BTBTColin Dunn77.22595.29427
CSDamian Longotano67.04698.66957CSCSDamian Longotano66.69799.18587
CTno entriesno entriesno entriesCTCTno entriesno entriesno entries
DKeith Butcher66.023101.5858DDKeith Butcher65.990100.05001
Mno entriesno entriesno entriesMMno entriesno entriesno entries
 Class lap Records – Club Circuit!12 May
ClassDrivertimeDate
ASRichard Francis76.16215/10/2017
ATAlan Smith81.6722/04/2018
BSMike Moss70.86421/04/2019
BTTyrone Luffarelli73.59115/10/2017
CSBradley John66.15423/07/2017
CTDave Scaramanga72.64515/10/2017
DKeith Butcher65.99012/02/2019
MFabio Luffarelli67.74915/10/2017
2019Points after 2 rounds Old 2019 lap records
ClassDriverTotal pointsClassDrivertimeDate
BSMike Moss200.30832ASRichard Francis76.16215/10/2017
DKeith Butcher199.37257ATAlan Smith81.6722/04/2018
ATAlan Smith197.82383BSMike Moss70.86421/04/2019
ASRoger Dowden194.61618BTTyrone Luffarelli73.59115/10/2017
BTColin Dunn191.20311CSBradley John66.15423/07/2017
CSDamian Longotano98.77564CTDave Scaramanga72.64515/10/2017
CSNick Crompton95.45756DKeith Butcher67.07021/04/2019
CTNo EntriesNilMFabio Luffarelli67.74915/10/2017
MNo EntriesNilred = new record
21st AprilRace 1
ClassDriverTimePoints
ASRoger Dowden78.19597.40009
ATAlan Smith82.78998.64837
BSMike Moss70.864101.62706
BTColin Dunn76.84795.76301
CSDamian Longotano66.97498.77564
CTNo EntriesNo TimeNo points
DKeith Butcher67.070100.32802
MNo EntriesNo TimeNo points
21st AprilRace 2
ClassDriverTimePointsTotal
ASRoger Dowden78.34397.21609194.61618
ATAlan Smith82.34999.17546197.82383
BSMike Moss71.81198.68126200.30832
BTColin Dunn77.10795.4401191.20311
CSNick Crompton69.30295.4575695.45756
CTNo EntriesNo TimeNo pointsNil
DKeith Butcher67.71799.04455199.37257
MNo EntriesNo TimeNo pointsNil
CSDamian LongotanoNo TimeNo points98.77564

Rules-for-The-Colin-Gundersen-Memorial-Trophy-for-the-Class-Fastest-Race-Lap-at-Pembrey

After the first 10 rounds Colin Dunn led from Mike Moss with Damian Longotano 3rd, but with Joker cards and Dropped scores to come in to play, it’s too close to call. (report by Robert- Thanks to Nick Forbes for his photos)

In 2018 Pembrey caught the full force of storm Callum, which hit all day Saturday and it turned the circuit entrance into a considerable lake, with a large lake in the paddock!  However this year we were brushed by the tail-end of Lorenzo , over Saturday night, and although there was a large puddle at the circuit entrance and some  puddles in the paddock,  it was much less than last year.

Entry and Qualifying .  There was a pleasing 17 cars on the grid, although despite some mighty efforts, but Gareth Haycock (and us), we couldn’t make it to the magic 20! Thanks to Gareth for his efforts!   The track was damp and greasy as the cars went out to practice, and Keith Butcher had one of the those ‘déjà vu’ moments as his Audi understeered  on the exit to Debeni and headed for the grass! Fortunately he managed to stop just in time, with only his front wheels on the grass, and he was able to reverse out, and go to the pits for a quick check and then to head out to get some times in!   Meanwhile the bellowing Ginetta G50 of Chris Everill was setting the pace and he took pole with a time of 1.07.532! Damian Longotano was 2nd fastest with 1.10.513. On row 2 Keith Butcher was 3rd on 1.12.116 an indication that something wasn’t right with the R8. Mike Moss was 4th fastest and on the Class BS pole!  On the 3rd row was Glynne Jones and his BMW and Mark Williams and his Class BS VW Golf. On row 4 was Gareth John with is Ginetta G40 looking good in its new livery. (a warp) Next to him and making it an all Class BS row was Daryl Radford and his Honda Civic R. On row 5 Colin Dunn (Clio) and Andrew Williams (Fiesta) made it an all class BT row.

On row 6 was Gareth Haycock who was giving his nice sounding 3.2 V6 Golf its Pembrey debut, with Mark Nicholson having his Pembrey Debut in his Clio. Mark, who is a mate of Mike Moss,  is usually found at Castle Combe although he did come with us to Silverstone! Mike was bedding in some new brakes, but got the shepherds crook (aka the Black Flag) for going too slow!  In the end he was the last driver to get under 1.20.0 so he wasn’t actually too slow!   On row 7 was Roger Dowden (WRDA Chairman) and his usual yellow Davrian, and Alan Smith who is getting his Ka down to some tidy times. On row 8 was Ben Cutler and his Mini, (only .5 of a second behind Alan) Verity Banks was alongside. On row 9  Ellis Wiggins was last! He only did a few laps as his tyres were lacking grip! He confirmed that setting them to the right pressure would have helped!

Race 1 – Round 11 15 mins + 1 lap – Rolling Start.  Damian Longotano, Mike Moss and Chris Everill played their Jokers cards for this race.

Chris Everil Leads Race 1

Blake Edwards was driving the pace car, but as he pulled off, and the lights flashed out to start the race, Damian and Chris headed the pack into Hatchets. Chris headed the pack on the first lap, Damian settled into 2nd place and the lead of Class CS! Keith Butcher settled into 3rd place, with his car somewhat lacking in pace. That’s the way the places stayed to the end,  as Damian had other fish to fry, and was not really risking anything, whilst Keith was lacking for pace. Actually as the winner of 6 races already this year, Keith was assured of the ’Blake Edwards Trophy’ but he also did have a shout for the ‘Colin Gundersen Trophy’ based on the fastest laps at Pembrey. However Chris Everill powered to the fastest lap point in Class D with a time of  1.06.489, whereas Keiths best time was 1.10.172 which shows how much his car was suffering, and this dented his  Gundersen Trophy’ hopes. Behind the first 3 there was much action. Mark Williams settled into 4th place and had Mike Moss on his tail. Mike & Mark passed & repassed each other, but more on that later on. Behind then Glynne Jones settled into 5th place, and as the flame-spitting Ginetta of Chris Everill went on its merry way, Glynnes’ BMW thought it would do some  flame-spitting of its own! The problem was that whilst Chris’ flames were coming from his exhaust, Glynne was coming from underneath his car! Eventually  after a lap or 2 Glynne became aware of the flames and as it was in the area near the cars fuel tank, he decided it was time for action, and instead of turning left onto the new section he headed direct to the marshals post near the rally-cross track!  ‘I decided I needed to be out of there!’ His door was open before the car stopped rolling, and as he jumped out, the marshals swung into action and put the fire out with a dry powder extinguisher!  Although the car disappeared in a cloud of powder, Glynne and the car were safe! Yes that’s what the marshals train for, but it is what you pay your entry fee for, to make sure the infra structure is there if it is ever needed, and the marshals can use whatever they need to keep us safe! At the time of writing Glynne hasn’t found the cause of the fire but the scrutineers thought it might have been an oil leak.

Glynne – burning up the track!

Back in the race, initially behind Glynne was a fast starting Gareth Haycock, Colin Dunn, Daryl Radford, Andrew Williams, Mark Nicholson, and  Gareth John. As the race wore on Mark Nicholson and  Gareth John began to rise up as Gareth Haycock began to fade. Late on Gareth John overtook Mark Nicolson to finish 5th with Mark 6th! Daryl Radford (7th) and Colin Dunn (8th)  had another  close end to the race with only 0.45 splitting them at the flag. Gareth John (9th) split Colin from Andrew Williams (10th)while Elis Wiggins rose up from last qualifier to finish 11th and Roger Dowden was 12th. We lost Verity Banks early on when her gear-linkage fell apart, but last but no means least were Alan Smith and Ben Cutler who had the hammer & tongs battle for  most of the race with Ben & Alan swapping and re-swapping places! In the end Alan was 13th but only 0.294 ahead of Ben who was 14th, and was awarded the ‘Driver of the Day’ for his efforts in only his first race on the Club Circuit! As a tribute to the amount of pressure Ben put  Alan under, he (Alan) had to set a new Class AT lap record to beat Ben! However as the race wound down, there was still drama as the close dice of Mike Moss and Mark Williams, go a little too close and lap 13 was unlucky for Mike as he lost his left front mudguard, but more importantly the brackets were bent onto his tyre! Fearing the worst, but not realising a slow lap could have seen him take the finish, Mike pulled off at the paddock turn! However this meant that Gareth John took the Class BS Season in his debut season, but it all was not lost as Mike had already set the fastest lap, which put him narrowly in front of Keith Butcher in the Colin Gunderson trophy standings! So Chris Everill won the race, with Damian Longotano 2nd but the Class CS winner and with double points due to his Joker.  Keith Butcher was 3rd  

Race 1 – round 11- in progress

Damian Longatano – 2019 Champion!

In the Blake Edwards Trophy Keith Butcher is the clear leader, but in the Colin Gundersen Fastest lap trophy, only 0.25 separates Keith Butcher from Mike Moss!

The race – 15 minutes + 1 lap – Rolling Start.  Blake took the grid around to start the final race in the 2019 Welsh Championship and Chris Everill took the lead, but this time Keith had the R8 flying and he stalked Chris and pounced and took the lead on lap 4, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process leaving the Class D & Championship lap record at 1.05.414 seconds! However 2 laps later it was all over for Keith, as he trailed into the pits with a damaged rim and a puncture! Chris was left to run out the rest of the race on his own, Damian ran in 2nd place and the Class CS lead, but was some distance behind Chris, as he had his eyes on the title! In 3rd place, some distance behind, was 2018 Champion Mike Moss, after passing a fast starting Gareth John and Daryl Radford, he then stalked Mark Williams, before closing and passing Mark in the closing laps, and drawing away to finish 3rd with Mark W 4th and the last car on 15 laps.  Crucially Mike set the Class Fastest lap, and he was one of several drivers to leapfrog Keith B in the Colin Gundersen Trophy points standings! Behind them Daryl Radford and Gareth John were having a real dice, but Gareth eventually got by and pulled a small gap, and his efforts were noticed by the Marshals who nominated him for the ‘Driver of the Race’ award.  Mark Nicholson recovered from a first lap spin before pulling through to finish 7th. Behind him Gareth Haycock and his V6 VW Golf and Colin Dunn (Clio) were in a close dice! Having got by Gareth on lap 8 as Gareth began to have brake problems, Colin claimed 8th  and the Class BT win and fastest lap. Gareth was 9th with Ellis Wiggins closing on him, after  passing Andy and his Fiesta, but Gareth had 3 seconds in hand over  Ellis who finished in 10th in his white Nova! (Ellis has plans over the close season to make the Nova a different colour!) Andy W fell back to finish 11th, having got a good start initially. Ben Cutler also had a fast start and was 12th ahead of Alan Smith, Roger Dowden , Verity Banks and Mark Nicholson. Mark N recovered from his spin and moved up to finish 7th.  Roger too moved on to finish 12th but it was battle joined again for Ben Cutler and Alan Smith who swapped places several times! Alan was battling hard and threw everything into it on the last lap, and set a new Class AT lap record, to break the record he had set in race 1! At the flag Ben took 13th place by 0.268 secs from the battling Alan Smith who was 14th. Verity Banks was 15th having battled on with gearbox and engine problems to record a finish. Tony B has a good few months to get the Focus refreshed and ready for the 2020 season, the WSSCC 30th Anniversary!

Times from TSL Timimg https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2019/194021wss.pdf

The Awards Night is on 9th November at the Cardiff Copthorne. Contact Robert Allender via wrda@ntlworld.com or 01792 791686 or 0772231988

The 2019 WSSCC goes to a final day shoot out!

(other reports below)

After the first 10 rounds Colin Dunn led from Mike Moss with Damian Longotano 3rd, but with Joker cards and Dropped scores to come in to play, it’s too close to call. (report by Robert- Thanks to Nick Forbes for his photos)

In 2018 Pembrey caught the full force of storm Callum, which hit all day Saturday and it turned the circuit entrance into a considerable lake, with a large lake in the paddock!  However this year we were brushed by the tail-end of Lorenzo , over Saturday night, and although there was a large puddle at the circuit entrance and some  puddles in the paddock,  it was much less than last year.

Entry and Qualifying .  There was a pleasing 17 cars on the grid, although despite some mighty efforts, but Gareth Haycock (and us), we couldn’t make it to the magic 20! Thanks to Gareth for his efforts!   The track was damp and greasy as the cars went out to practice, and Keith Butcher had one of the those ‘déjà vu’ moments as his Audi understeered  on the exit to Debeni and headed for the grass! Fortunately he managed to stop just in time, with only his front wheels on the grass, and he was able to reverse out, and go to the pits for a quick check and then to head out to get some times in!   Meanwhile the bellowing Ginetta G50 of Chris Everill was setting the pace and he took pole with a time of 1.07.532! Damian Longotano was 2nd fastest with 1.10.513. On row 2 Keith Butcher was 3rd on 1.12.116 an indication that something wasn’t right with the R8. Mike Moss was 4th fastest and on the Class BS pole!  On the 3rd row was Glynne Jones and his BMW and Mark Williams and his Class BS VW Golf. On row 4 was Gareth John with is Ginetta G40 looking good in its new livery. (a warp) Next to him and making it an all Class BS row was Daryl Radford and his Honda Civic R. On row 5 Colin Dunn (Clio) and Andrew Williams (Fiesta) made it an all class BT row.

On row 6 was Gareth Haycock who was giving his nice sounding 3.2 V6 Golf its Pembrey debut, with Mark Nicholson having his Pembrey Debut in his Clio. Mark, who is a mate of Mike Moss,  is usually found at Castle Combe although he did come with us to Silverstone! Mike was bedding in some new brakes, but got the shepherds crook (aka the Black Flag) for going too slow!  In the end he was the last driver to get under 1.20.0 so he wasn’t actually too slow!   On row 7 was Roger Dowden (WRDA Chairman) and his usual yellow Davrian, and Alan Smith who is getting his Ka down to some tidy times. On row 8 was Ben Cutler and his Mini, (only .5 of a second behind Alan) Verity Banks was alongside. On row 9  Ellis Wiggins was last! He only did a few laps as his tyres were lacking grip! He confirmed that setting them to the right pressure would have helped!

Race 1 – Round 11 15 mins + 1 lap – Rolling Start.  Damian Longotano, Mike Moss and Chris Everill played their Jokers cards for this race.

Chris Everil Leads Race 1

Blake Edwards was driving the pace car, but as he pulled off, and the lights flashed out to start the race, Damian and Chris headed the pack into Hatchets. Chris headed the pack on the first lap, Damian settled into 2nd place and the lead of Class CS! Keith Butcher settled into 3rd place, with his car somewhat lacking in pace. That’s the way the places stayed to the end,  as Damian had other fish to fry, and was not really risking anything, whilst Keith was lacking for pace. Actually as the winner of 6 races already this year, Keith was assured of the ’Blake Edwards Trophy’ but he also did have a shout for the ‘Colin Gundersen Trophy’ based on the fastest laps at Pembrey. However Chris Everill powered to the fastest lap point in Class D with a time of  1.06.489, whereas Keiths best time was 1.10.172 which shows how much his car was suffering, and this dented his  Gundersen Trophy’ hopes. Behind the first 3 there was much action. Mark Williams settled into 4th place and had Mike Moss on his tail. Mike & Mark passed & repassed each other, but more on that later on. Behind then Glynne Jones settled into 5th place, and as the flame-spitting Ginetta of Chris Everill went on its merry way, Glynnes’ BMW thought it would do some  flame-spitting of its own! The problem was that whilst Chris’ flames were coming from his exhaust, Glynne was coming from underneath his car! Eventually  after a lap or 2 Glynne became aware of the flames and as it was in the area near the cars fuel tank, he decided it was time for action, and instead of turning left onto the new section he headed direct to the marshals post near the rally-cross track!  ‘I decided I needed to be out of there!’ His door was open before the car stopped rolling, and as he jumped out, the marshals swung into action and put the fire out with a dry powder extinguisher!  Although the car disappeared in a cloud of powder, Glynne and the car were safe! Yes that’s what the marshals train for, but it is what you pay your entry fee for, to make sure the infra structure is there if it is ever needed, and the marshals can use whatever they need to keep us safe! At the time of writing Glynne hasn’t found the cause of the fire but the scrutineers thought it might have been an oil leak.

Glynne – burning up the track!

Back in the race, initially behind Glynne was a fast starting Gareth Haycock, Colin Dunn, Daryl Radford, Andrew Williams, Mark Nicholson, and  Gareth John. As the race wore on Mark Nicholson and  Gareth John began to rise up as Gareth Haycock began to fade. Late on Gareth John overtook Mark Nicolson to finish 5th with Mark 6th! Daryl Radford (7th) and Colin Dunn (8th)  had another  close end to the race with only 0.45 splitting them at the flag. Gareth John (9th) split Colin from Andrew Williams (10th)while Elis Wiggins rose up from last qualifier to finish 11th and Roger Dowden was 12th. We lost Verity Banks early on when her gear-linkage fell apart, but last but no means least were Alan Smith and Ben Cutler who had the hammer & tongs battle for  most of the race with Ben & Alan swapping and re-swapping places! In the end Alan was 13th but only 0.294 ahead of Ben who was 14th, and was awarded the ‘Driver of the Day’ for his efforts in only his first race on the Club Circuit! As a tribute to the amount of pressure Ben put  Alan under, he (Alan) had to set a new Class AT lap record to beat Ben! However as the race wound down, there was still drama as the close dice of Mike Moss and Mark Williams, go a little too close and lap 13 was unlucky for Mike as he lost his left front mudguard, but more importantly the brackets were bent onto his tyre! Fearing the worst, but not realising a slow lap could have seen him take the finish, Mike pulled off at the paddock turn! However this meant that Gareth John took the Class BS Season in his debut season, but it all was not lost as Mike had already set the fastest lap, which put him narrowly in front of Keith Butcher in the Colin Gunderson trophy standings! So Chris Everill won the race, with Damian Longotano 2nd but the Class CS winner and with double points due to his Joker.  Keith Butcher was 3rd  

Race 2 – round 12

Damian Longatano – 2019 Champion!

In the Blake Edwards Trophy Keith Butcher is the clear leader, but in the Colin Gundersen Fastest lap trophy, only 0.25 separated Keith Butcher from Mike Moss!

The race – 15 minutes + 1 lap – Rolling Start.  Blake took the grid around to start the final race in the 2019 Welsh Championship and Chris Everill took the lead, but this time Keith had the R8 flying and he stalked Chris and pounced and took the lead on lap 4, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process leaving the Class D & Championship lap record at 1.05.414 seconds! However 2 laps later it was all over for Keith, as he trailed into the pits with a damaged rim and a puncture! Chris was left to run out the rest of the race on his own, Damian ran in 2nd place and the Class CS lead, but was some distance behind Chris, as he had his eyes on the title! In 3rd place, some distance behind, was 2018 Champion Mike Moss, after passing a fast starting Gareth John and Daryl Radford, he then stalked Mark Williams, before closing and passing Mark in the closing laps, and drawing away to finish 3rd with Mark W 4th and the last car on 15 laps.  Crucially Mike set the Class Fastest lap, and he was one of several drivers to leapfrog Keith B in the Colin Gundersen Trophy points standings! Behind them Daryl Radford and Gareth John were having a real dice, but Gareth eventually got by and pulled a small gap, and his efforts were noticed by the Marshals who nominated him for the ‘Driver of the Race’ award.  Mark Nicholson recovered from a first lap spin before pulling through to finish 7th. Behind him Gareth Haycock and his V6 VW Golf and Colin Dunn (Clio) were in a close dice! Having got by Gareth on lap 8 as Gareth began to have brake problems, Colin claimed 8th  and the Class BT win and fastest lap. Gareth was 9th with Ellis Wiggins closing on him, after  passing Andy and his Fiesta, but Gareth had 3 seconds in hand over  Ellis who finished in 10th in his white Nova! (Ellis has plans over the close season to make the Nova a different colour!) Andy W fell back to finish 11th, having got a good start initially. Ben Cutler also had a fast start and was 12th ahead of Alan Smith, Roger Dowden , Verity Banks and Mark Nicholson. Mark N recovered from his spin and moved up to finish 7th.  Roger too moved on to finish 12th but it was battle joined again for Ben Cutler and Alan Smith who swapped places several times! Alan was battling hard and threw everything into it on the last lap, and set a new Class AT lap record, to break the record he had set in race 1! At the flag Ben took 13th place by 0.268 secs from the battling Alan Smith who was 14th. Verity Banks was 15th having battled on with gearbox and engine problems to record a finish. Tony B has a good few months to get the Focus refreshed and ready for the 2020 season, the WSSCC 30th Anniversary!

Times from TSL Timimg https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2019/194021wss.pdf

The Awards Night is on 9th November at the Cardiff Copthorne. Contact Robert Allender via wrda@ntlworld.com or 01792 791686 or 0772231988



Keith wins 2 at Mallory Park but Colin Dunn & Daryl Radford steal the show!

The 2019 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship continued with round 9 & 10 (the penultimate rounds) on Saturday 14th September at Mallory Park circuit. The championship last went to Mallory Park in 2017 and with some surprisingly hot September sunshine on hand, some lap records looked likely to be under threat, although some class records were still to be set. In the lead up to the race the entry seemed to be building up nicely, but a rash of late withdrawals, including Verity Banks who had to withdraw when Tony Browns transporter broke down, which meant she didn’t have a car! However as we had a late start, and the sun was shining, and with the Mallory Park lake as a background the lads suggested we have a Photo call (its all over Facebook)

Happy Band of competitors and crew 
Entry & Practice – Keith Butcher and his Audi Alms has been on pole for all 8 of the races so far, but that record looked in doubt after he dived into the paddock early on. ‘The ABS was going beserk!’ It seemed a foreign object had entered onto the rear disc, and there was some frantic work to take off the wheel and remove the object. Keith made it out to turn some laps. 
In the meantime Mark Williams put in some quick laps, and was on provisional pole. Damian Longotano was also quick, but according to a noise official, his car was noisy! The Black and Orange flag was displayed with Damian’s number displayed, but as he was concentrating on his driving, he never made the sign! The Clerk of the Course ordered a red flag to stop the session, so Damian could be taken to task. The session re-started minus Damian, and Keith was able to pump in some quick laps to take pole again. Mark Williams was 2nd on the grid. Mike Moss was 3rd, Colin Dunn was 4th. 5th and making a welcome return was Daryl Radford. Andrew 88 Williams was 6th and Alan Smith was 7th.   Damians times were set aside.
Race 1 (round 9) 15 minutes plus 1 lap –Rolling start - There was frantic work to try and re-stuff the silencer on the Westfield (which looked fairly well-stuffed anyway!) Part of Damians punishment was that he would start Race 1 from the pit-lane and would then also not do the green flag lap, so would start with cold tyres and brakes ( It begs the question if the official handing out the punishment had considered this point!) Fortunately Damian was able handle it, but some others may not be as skilful or as experienced.


Keith is on his way
In the meantime Keith grabbed the lead when the lights changed, but Mark Williams and initially Mike Moss kept him company, until the Audi had warmed it’s brakes and tyres and then Keith powered on. Mark at least kept him in sight. Meanwhile Damian was steadily making his way through the pack and was up with Mark as the race neared 12 laps. Although Damian passed Mark for 2nd place, the gap to Keith was now too great and Keith powered on to win by 23 seconds! Not that it he was taking it easy, as he set his fastest lap (and set the Class D lap record) on his last lap! Mike Moss was 4th and the Class BS winner, and he set a new BS Class Lap Record, bettering Ellis Wiggins old record in the process!
Race 1 – Daryl  chases Colin!

In the break between the races it was nice to see Ken James, who hopes to come out with us again before long. The Damian noise issue rumbled on for a short while, but is seems that some others from other races were also close to the noise limit, and then things went quiet so to speak.

Race 2 (Round 10) 15 minutes plus 1 lap –Rolling start -With the grid from Race 2 being made from the finish order of Race 1. Keith had Damian for company on the front, and as the lights changed it looked like we were in for a proper race and with Mark and Mike in tow it looked good. However it only lasted 4 laps and then Damian began to drop back and circulated at a greatly reduced pace of the remainder of the race. There was speculation as to the cause, but after the race Damian revealed that the ECU (the engines brain known as the Electonic or Engine control unit) had swung loose and was dangling down. ‘As its worth a lot of money I decided not to risk damaging the unit, but as the points are so tight I wanted to finish to get as many points as I could.’ Even though it meant that Mark Williams won Class CS, Damian would take the extra point for the fastest lap in the Class. Mike Moss was 3rd and won Class BS, and was the last driver on the lead lap!
Race 2 – This time Colin chases Daryl

One lap behind, Daryl Radford and Colin Dunn were having a real ding dong of a dice. Daryl coming out the winner by a few hundredths of a second from Colin in a dice that can be viewed on Facebook! It’s worth a look.  Colin enjoyed the race as did Daryl! Colin  was awarded the ‘Driver of the Race’ but it was a shame we only have one award per race! Andrew Williams finished 6th, and Alan Smith was 7th, with Damian 8th.  Keith Butcher broke the Class D record he set earlier as did Mike Moss (BS) Colin Dunn set the new BT record on his last lap. and Alan Smith (AT) left the AT record at 58.767 having got faster throughout the day, which is a great effort!

 The sights and sounds from a wonderful day will live long in the memory, things like Keiths car on full chat and Mikes engine hitting the limiter just before the esses, but also the friendliness of the drivers and their crew. Indeed we may have been small in number but we were big in spirit. The committee will be working hard to increase the numbers for October 6th and for 2020, which will be the 30th year of the Championship!
Results from TSL. https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BRSCC/2019/193731wss.pdf
Lap records for Mallory Park.
14/09/2019 Driver Lap Time Set
Class CS Jason Davies 48.125 04/06/2017
Class CT Mark Williams 56.834 04/06/2017
Class BS * Mike Moss 52.265 14/09/2019
Class BT * Colin Dunn 54.964 14/09/2019
Class M Fabio Luffarelli 51.449 04/06/2017
Class I Piers Grange 47.849 04/06/2017
Class AS no entries To Be Established
Class AT * Alan Smith 58.767 14/09/2019
Class D * Keith Butcher 48.692 14/09/2019
* = new record
 

Butcher wins at Silverstone but
Dave Cockell and Chris Everill keep him on his toes!

The 2019 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship continued with round 7 & 8 on Sunday 11th August on the Silverstone International circuit. This is the first time the championship has used the International circuit, and it was first time in many years to be at Silverstone at all!  The entry to the Intenational paddock was via a long and twisty route. Darren Osborn could not be with us, after his wife recently gave birth to a baby girl, and Nick Crompton and Jim Lyons both have car damage to repair. However it was nice to see Ellis Wiggins and Gareth Haycock with us for the first time in 2019. Adding to the grid the first of our away rounds were 8 Guest drivers in Class I, the Invitation Class. Our Clubs’ motto is ‘You don’t have to be Welsh to join in the fun, and we are happy to see so many people joining in the fun! However missing David Krayem and his massive Dodge Viper, as he sadly had to withdraw after testing problems!

Entry & Practice. After the lead up to the August 11th featured howling winds and torrential rain, on the day, the winds had died down and the race-day started dry.  Before we started practice, the 750mc asked me to ask everybody, if they thought were dropping oil, then please pull off straight away! Apparently Silverstone had re-surfaced the track prior to the Moto GP, and they were paranoid about damage to the track surface. Silverstone would then send out their own clean-up team and that could take 45 minutes out of the timetable. This had happened on the Saturday and resulted in the programme running late, which had a knock-on effect even into the evening.  
After practice on pole position was Keith Butcher and his Audi R8 with a time of 1.08.45 in 2nd place was guest driver  Dave Cockell and his Ford Escort RSR Turbo. On Row 2 and 3rd fastest with Chris Everill and his new build Ginetta G50, and he shared the row with another of our guests, Mark Jones and his Eurocup Seat Leon. On row 3 guest driver Kirk Armitage made it all Ford row with his Escort alongside Andy Williams and his Sapphire (Andy was on the Class CS pole). Row 4 was an all WSSCC row with current champion Mike Moss (Caterham) alongside one of the WSSCC longest & strongest supporters, Glynne Jones and his BMW M3. On row 5  guest driver  Scott Hubel (Peugeot 205) had Damian Longotano (Westfield SE). On row 6 Mark Williams was out in his VW Polo and had guest driver Gary Bowers alongside (BMW M135). Row 7 we had guest driver Jack Egar with the Egar families mighty 3 litre Porsche 968 (his dad Adam would do race 2 with us) alongside was guest driver David Jones with his Ford Focus. On Row 8 was guest driver Mark Nicholson (Renault Clio – Mark is a mate with Mike Moss) alongside was Simon Hutchings (MX5), (2019 WSSCC Best Newcomer) who was having a run out on this occasion as a guest driver. On Row 9 was Colin Dunn, on the Class BT Pole with his Renault Clio. Colin is the current WSSCC points leader and alongside was Ellis Wiggins who was having his first race of the year with us in his Nova. On row 10 was Andrew Williams (Ford Fiesta) and Roger Dowden (Davrian MK6) On Row 11 was Gareth Haycock (VW Golf) and Alan Smith (Ford Ka) and last but by no means least was Verity Banks with her Ford Focus at last giving her a decent run.T
  • Keith is harried by Dave Cockell
The race 15 mins + 1 lap – Rolling start. The grid left the assembly area on the Green Flag lap sadly without Gareth Hockley, who had clutch problems which made it hard to get gears. We also soon lost Roger Dowden when the right rear wheel detached. With 3 wheels on his wagon, sadly Roger was not rolling along.  As the grid past the lights, Keith Butcher took a lead he was never to loose, but Dave Cockell in his Mk5 Escort kept him honest, for most of the distance. Behind in 3d place initially was Kirk Armitage ahead of Chris Everill but Chris got past and then held was able to keep Keith and Dave in sight but was never close enough to mount a challenge. Kirk dropped back towards the Seat of Mark Jones, who later passed him. In 6th place Andy Williams was leading Class CS with Glynne Jones for close company, Mark Williams was next making it a CS Class 1-2-3. Scott Hubel was a fast starter but he was soon overhauled by Mike Moss. Damian Longotano was having a cautious start. Guest drivers Gary Bowers, Jack Egar and David Jones where next along. Behind them Mark Nicholson, and Simon Hutchins were having a battle, until Mark hit a problem and slowed to a stop. Colin Dunn had few side by side moments with Ellis Wiggins who was trying to make some places, after starting from the back, in a drive that was to net him the ‘Driver of the Race’ award.  Mike Moss and Mark Williams were having a battle royal. However in Class CS it was suddenly all change, as Andy Williams headed to the pits trailing a huge cloud of smoke/steam! It was thought that a piston had gone, ‘Piston broke’ so to speak. This left Glynne in the lead of Class CS, but he then began to slow with fuel feed problems! Meanwhile Damian was on the move and caught and passed Moss & Williams, to pass the slowing BMW of Glynne and take the lead in Class CS (6th overall) and go on to make it a maximum score in CS!  On the last lap Mark Williams passed Glynne, to take 2nd  in Class  CS with  Glynne finishing 3rd.   Mike Moss was 7th overall behind Damian, with Mark 8th and Glynne 9th. From 10th to 14th were the Class I cars of Gary Bowers, Scott Hubel, Simon Hutchins, Jack Egar and David Jones. Behind them in 15th was Ellis Wiggins and then the Class BT cars of Colin Dunn (who had chosen this race to play his Joker card) and Andrew Williams, with Alan Smith (AT) 18th and Verity Banks, who completed the race! So Keith Butcher took his 5th win of the season having battled hard Dave Cockell in his Mk5 Escort dropped back on the last lap with some smoke coming from his car. After Keith commented ‘ He was catching me on Hangar Straight! It was getting interesting for a bit’ Dave confirmned ‘It was great fun at the time, but I hit a bump late on so I hope its not too bad. Maybe a pipe came loose!’ Chris Everill confirmed ‘It was my first time in this car and once they got their tyres warm, I wasn’t able to catch them. Maybe on a twisty circuit!’ After the end  of our 1st race it was the lunch break. In between times Roger Dowden worked hard to re-attach the rear wheel and repair the body damage caused when the wheel detached. Also there was a light sprinkling of rain. Glynne couldn’t sort out his fuel feed problems. So sadly he had to head home.
Race 2 – 15 mins + 1 lap – Rolling start By the time of our race the rain, or heavy drizzle, had set in and part of the circuit was damp! As the race wore on the whole of the circuit was affected. Even so Keith Butcher went into an immediate lead, followed initially by Dave Cockell and Chis Everill. Dave lasted 2 laps but ran wide and Chris dived into 2nd place. Dave pitted soon after as his brakes had disappeared! Chris this time really took the fight to Keith and was all over him in the corners, but the greater power of the Audi was always a telling factor on the long drag down Hangar Straight. Chris got closer & closer as the mist & rain got worse, and his efforts made him ‘Driver of the Race’
After Dave Cockell had departed, Mark Jones and the Seat moved into a secure 3rd place. Some way behind Damian Longotano had moved into 4th place, and the Class CS lead, but late on he was joined by the waring trio of guest drivers Gary Bowers & Scott Hubel who were swapping places and Mark Williams, who was now the sole remaining Class CS driver, and was trying his best to get in the action. All 4 of them were joined together, as the rain intensified and they began to reel in Mark Jones. Late on Gary Bowers got ahead of Damian, but Damian responded and moved back into 4th place and pulled a gap on the last lap to finish 4th and 1st in Class CS!  Behind the dicing foursome, Simon H was dicing with Mike Moss, but late on Mike moved clear of the slick shod MX5. Guest drivers also claimed next 3 places with David Jones’ Ford Focus, who got ahead late on of the Clio of Mark Nicholson and the big Porsche with Adam Egar in charge this time. Adam was doing a fine job having started from the back.  Colin Dunn was well in charge of Class BT from Andrew Williams. Ellis Wiggins was having a quiet race and finished 15th Alan Smith was having a fine race and finished 16th ahead of Roger Dowden in 17th, who faded after an initial charge, and Verity Banks who was 18th and now reacquainted with the chequered flag having seen it twice in one day! For my money Verity is a credit to the championship as she has had some rotten luck but she keeps calm and keeps on keeping on! Lets hope shes on a roll of good luck! 

So as the race drew to a close the rain intensified again and Keith, who had been under real pressure from Chris throughout, took the chequered flag for his 2nd win of the day.    Later Keith confirmed to the commentator ‘The last 2 laps were really, really bad. I had the traction control and ABS turned right up!’ Chris also confirmed ‘I tried real hard , we needed some more horsepower as Keith was quick on the straight, and I was quick through the twisty stuff!’  Mark Jones in 3rd place with the Seat confirmed ‘It was phemonial’ So our first ever visit to the Silverstone International Circuit was over. There are several things that will live long in my memory. The iconic corners, the huge (cavernous) pit garages, the plush seats in the auditorium, the spectacular wing pits, to name a few. The feedback we received about the racing was positive, so who knows when our next visit will be!

N.B there are some excellent photos from Qualifying and Race 1 via

John Creech Facebook page

The 2019 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship continued with rounds 5 & 6 on Sunday 9th June at Pembrey circuit. Due to the majority of the track time being taken up by the Citroen C1 6 hour race, the WSSCC team swung into action and tried to give our competitors something so that they could have a chance of making the best of it!  We were helped by Phil Davies, the Circuit Manager, who could see where we were coming from, and he was a great help to us. So, although we tried to give some clues via Facebook, it was late in the week that it was confirmed that we were in Paddock 2 and would race on the ‘original’ National Circuit! Even better, the weather turned from a rainy Friday, described by Eric Dunn (Colin’s Dad) as a ‘Monsoon, and a windy Saturday, which dried up the puddles of rain, to a mostly Sunny Sunday!
Entry & Qualifying – We seemed to be on for good entry, but sadly though, we began to loose a few with cars not ready, but we still had enough entries to make it worthwhile, We were first out on the National circuit, the circuit we raced on for almost 25 years, but even the stalwarts of the championship, who have most experience of the original circuit, found it somewhat unfamiliar. Sadly we lost Nick Crompton, the Bridgend Boy and points leader, on his first lap, as he went in to the barrier at the ‘Esses! ‘I haven’t driven on this part of the circuit before, and I went into the left too fast, and the back-end kicked out and I went straight in! I was probably trying too hard on cold tyres!’ Sadly the drivers-side front-end took the major impact, and it looked like the radiators had also been damaged. Even after a few thumps from Damian Longotanos’ hammer, things weren’t any better, so sadly Nick had no option but to pack up the trailer and go home! Nick said he would be back, maybe with a new car, possibly a Westfield.
At the end of the session, it was perhaps no surprise to find that the person on pole was Keith Butcher, and his Audi R8 ALMS with a time of 61.139 sec. Keith set his pole winning time on his last lap! 2nd was Damian Longotano (62.528). Damian main problem seemed to a lack of grip, which was a theme, echoed by a few drivers, and almost everyone set their fastest time late in the session! Andy Williams was 3rd fastest in his Ford Sierra, with Mike Moss 4th. Glynne Jones was 5th in his BMW M3 with Gareth John alongside.Roger Dowden was 7th with Colin Dunn on the Class BT pole in 8th place. Andrew Williams was 9th with the ex-Nick Rocke Fiesta, with Nick on hand as well.  Darren Osborn was an excellent 10th fastest, with Alan Smith 11th and Ben Cutler 12th. Ben was with us, after the Mini 7 race at Silverstone was cancelled as Silverstone wanted to re-surface the track before the British Grand Prix and World Superbike events! Both Ben and Gareth John were having their first races on the ‘original’ National Circuit.
Race 1 (Round 5) – 15 minutes plus 1 lap – Rolling Start
Just to start the day on a proper note, the race started just an hour after qualifying had finished, and as the lights changed, the grid roared away, with Keiths Audi leading the way! At the end of lap 1 Keith had established a lead he was never to loose, and he eventually lapped everyone except Damain Longotano, who finished the race in 2nd place albeit 46 seconds behind Keith! Mike Moss was 3rd but was 1 lap behind on 15 laps. Sadly we lost both Andy Williams and Glynne Jones, half-way through lap 2. Andy got really sideways in the Ford Sierra, and when he straightened up, he hit Glynne in the door, and both cars were off, but out of the way!  Mike Moss had a grandstand seat, but managed to avoid the incident, and was promoted to 3rd  place. Andrew Williams was now 4th (and leading Class BS) but he had Roger Dowden for close company. Colin Dunn had been delayed by a spin from Gareth John, and he revealed he had to go on the grass to avoid the spinning Ginetta! Now, however they were running in tandem and catching Andy & Roger. Roger passed Andy briefly before Colin & Gareth caught up. As Keith continued on his way, there was a tremendous battle between Darren Osborns BMW, Alan Smith Ford Ka, and Ben Cutlers Mini! Places were swapped on a regular basis. In the midfield battle Gareth John was now in 4th place, Andy was 5th but now had Colin Dunn on his tail and Roger Dowden was 7th. However Andys’ Ford Fiesta began to slow and dropped back towards Alan Smith! Ben Cutler passed Darren as the heavy metal BMW began to use its tyres. As the race began to draw to a close, Mike Moss and Gareth John were lapped by Keith, and finished 1 lap down in 3rd and 4th place respectively although   Gareth had time for another spin! Andy Williams found some life back in his car and retook 7th from Alan Smith who was only 0.323 seconds behind at the flag! Ben Cutler was 9th  in only his 3rd ever race and was given the ‘Driver of the Race’ award for his performance in taking 3 seconds off his Practice time, on a circuit he had never seen before!
The only remaining question was, could Keith set a new lap record! The current fastest lap on the National circuit was 60.441 set by the other Keith- Keith White at 60.441. Keith Butcher set his fastest time on lap 2 setting a new record of 60.265!
Afterwards Keith confirmed ‘There was no grip out there and I had a problem with the rear tyres!  Andy Williams and Glynne Jones had a chat and a chance to assess the damage to their cars! However  whereas Glynne had an unwelcome dent in the driver side door of his BMW, Andy had lost his front splitter and had damage to the Sierras steering, so it was time to put the car on the trailer and sadly head for home!
Having brought the Thunder of real race cars to the circuit, after a short break it was time for the C1s to take to the track, and with precious little noise from the race track to disturb the peace, it was time for everyone else to have maybe, have time for a long lunch break, or in the case of Alan Smith, take some time to work on the Ka car!
However there was plenty of drama waiting for us in the Welsh Championships race 2!
Race 2 (Round 6) – 15 minutes plus 1 lap – Rolling Start
After the C1s had finished their race, it was time for the Welsh Championship to show what real racing was all about. Our usual potent mixture of cars with real engine noise and differing styles was welcomed by the Marshals and for them was a perfect way to end the weekend! As the lights changed Keith powered the thunderous Audi straight into the lead! Damian Longotano was in 2nd  place, but this time he had Mike Moss for close company, and they were soon joined by Glynne Jones, who had started from the back, to make it a 3 way dice for 2nd place. This was worth watching, although the commentators were very interested how quickly Keith could go. However although he was able to extend his lead, the track seemed slower for almost everyone. Damian was in no position to chase, as he had Mike & Glynne on his tail!
Keiths’ Audi had built up a 12 second lead over Damian at the end of the 5th lap, but all of a sudden there was a dramatic change as Keiths Audi began to slow and crept into the pits! Something was wrong with the Audi, and the car sat motionless for what seemed like an age, meanwhile Damian had swept by into the lead! Having done a re-set, Keith eventually got the car going again, but he was now 57 seconds behind Damian, having lost over a minute in the process!
Things were now very different at the front, as Damian, now the leader, tried hard to keep Mike and Glynne at bay. On lap 13 Mike and Glynne set their fastest laps to close in to be a few 10ths behind Damian. On the penultimate lap Glynne tried hard to overtake Mike at Hatchets, as Mike was trying to take Damian, and paint was swapped! On the final lap Mike finally managed to overtake Damian and was able to stay ahead to win by 0.553! Damian was 2nd and won Class CS, but he was denied the point for fastest lap in class by Glynne!  Glynne Jones was 3rd (& 2nd in CS) and the recovering Audi of Keith Butcher was 4th! Gareth John was 5th (& 2nd in BS) Colin Dunn was 6th & 1st in Class BT & Andrew Williams was 7th (& 2nd in BT) and the last runner on the lead lap.
Roger Dowden was eventually 8th overall after an eventful race, after he spun at Hatchets Hairpin in the early laps! Fortunately, this time, he was able to re-start the vintage Hillman Imp engine in the yellow Davrian, but he was now last and drove well to make it back up the order. Darren Osborn and Alan Smith had another great dice with some swapping of places. Alan finished 9th and Darren was 10th. Ben Cutler was 11th. At the end of the race Mike was overjoyed at his first race win, and won the .Driver of the Race’ award  In fact it’s a shame there is only one award as all 3 drivers deserved it. Later Keith revealed the reason for his pit visit. ‘I ran over the rumble strip and after I brought the car back on the track, I lost power! I didn’t want to stop and re-set on the track, and I was able to make it to the pits, and do a re-set there! Thinking about now I may have touched the pit-lane limiter as I tried to get off the rumble strip!’
Even so Mike Moss is the latest name on the list of race winners. The next round in the 2019 Championship is at Silverstone on Sunday August 11th.
Keith Butchers’ double race win- Mike Moss & Colin Dunn both class winners too- round 3 & 4 report
Chris Everill chases Keith Butcher hard on lap 1 - (action photos by Rob Allender)
Chris Everill chases Keith Butcher hard on lap 1 – (action photos by Rob Allender)

The 2019 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship continued with round 3 & 4 on Sunday 12th May on the Club circuit at the Track Fest Meeting.

Entry & Practice. Once again after a chilly few weeks since the Easter sunshine, just in time for our races, the Sunshine and warmth returned! A good grid seemed to be in prospect, but several cars we thought we might see, were missing!. Verity Banks’ ‘flamethrower’ Ford wasn’t fixed, and Jason Davies found a Shock Absorber fault in testing that ruled him out, and Fabio & Tyrone had truck problems after a tyre blow-out caused some damage! On the grid though was Chris Everill, after his team of helpers put in a ’mighty’ effort to get him on the grid, after his Castle Combe prang! Namely his son Ross and his mate Matt. Also Chris great mate Neil, and with help from Ben Scrivens at Speedtec who has been very good lending Chris parts to copy and borrow till he can remake them! Chris confirmed ‘Yes she was a right mess but begged and borrowed parts to get her done”

Keith Butcher (Audi R8) was on Pole Position for the 3rd race in a row with a time of 65.935sec! Chris Everill joined on the front row for an all Class D lock-out! On Row 2 and fastest in Class CS was the incredible turbo Mini of Jim Lyons! Jimbo was really flying, but at a cost as his engine went on to 3 cylinders due to a HGF (Head Gasket Failure). This meant a lot of work to change it for a new one, which filled in the 5 hour gap between Qualifying and the Race!  Alongside Jimbo on row 2 was Damian Longotano and his Westfield SE.   On the 3rd row was Nick Crompton and his Evo and having his first r\ace of the season was Andy Williams and his Ford Sierra Sapphire, making it an all CS line up from 3rd to 6th fastest! There was only few 10ths between them, so an excellent race between them was in prospect!

On the 4th row was Mike Moss, the reigning champion, who put his Caterham on the Class BS pole. Glynne Jones (BMW M3) was alongside Mike. Darren Hockly (Honda Civic R) was on row 5 with our New driver Gareth John making it an all Llanelli row. Gareth, from Swiss Valley in Llanelli, is a former biker, having his first car race in the GotBoost Ginetta G40. He had an unfortunate ‘off’ in Friday practice, but Steff of Gotboost worked wonders getting Gareth ‘On the grid’ for an impressive debut1 Mark Williams was on row 6, this time in the VW Golf as his Peugeot hasn’t been fixed yet! Mark had Roger Dowden rapid Davrian MK 6 alongside him. The last 3 places on the grid was an all BT affair with Colin Dunn on the Class BT pole with his Clio (Colin only got 4 laps due to a starter motor issue) . Alongside was Andrew Williams and his ‘new’ (to him) Ford Fiesta and finally Darren O with his series 3 BMW 1800 was the last starter.

It was nice to see former champions Martin Davies and Rhodri having a catch up in the sunshine!

Race 1 –Rolling Start-15 minutes plus 1 lap – Photo & report by Jonathon Mayne

After the lights changed everyone all go through Hatchets cleanly, with Keith Butchers R8 out in front. At the end of lap one Mike Moss made a huge dive into Hatchets on Jimbo, who held him off around the outside. Chris Everill in the Bitsa Ginetta (Bits of this and that) was closing on Keith in the R8, but Keith is able to power away down the start finish. As Keith’s tyres were now well up to temperature, he started to pull away.

A fast starting Nick Crompton and Damian Longotano were locked in a battle for the Class CS honours and the Evo seemed to have the advantage though Spitfires. Eventually Damian got past by the end of lap 4, he was never really able to pull away and Chris & Keith seemed too far away.  In a ‘Battle of Bridgend’ Nick then had Jim Lyons for close company with less a second between them at times! Nick secured 4th with Jim 5th.  Roger Dowden and Gareth John were fighting for position, it was an interesting battle as the G40 and Davrian are from two different eras of motorsport, as were the drivers with the experienced Dowden and the novice John, but they seemed very well matched.

The G40 and Davrian battle was eventually caught by Andrew Williams in the Fiesta.

Andy Williams and Glynne Jones were having a fun dice, with first Williams pitching his car into a lurid slide, followed by Jones, who was even more sideways! Mike Moss had dropped away from the Nick Crompton and Jim Lyons dice and was still on his way to a comfortable Class BS win, but he almost fell into the clutches of the Williams/Jones dice. Andys Seirra and Glynne M3 were virtually nose to tail1 Glyyne commented after ‘My rear tyres were shot at the end!’ That was no surprise to any of the spectators! Darren Hockly was the last driver on the lead lap in 9th place !

Keith Butcher was well into the traffic and had pulled out to a 7 second lead over the Chris in the Ginetta G50. On lap 7 Roger Dowden was on the outside going into Hatchets letting a faster car through, but he put a wheel onto the curb and spun through 360 degrees – the hot engine will not re-start and with Rogers’ car in a dangerous position and only 4 minutes left on the clock, the red flag is shown followed by the red and chequered flag. Ironically the Davrian burst into life at this point and Roger drove back to the paddock! Colin Dunn had been keeping up with Mark Williams, despite Colins’ tyres having already completed the BARC Saloons race and having a starter motor issue that required the car to be push started! With the DNF (Did Not Finish)  of Roger Dowden, Gareth John was 12th with Andrew Williams’ Fiesta less than 2/10ths of a second behind him! Darren Osborn was 14th, and was driving the wheels off his car in the corners, to make up the lack of speed on the straight, but was only lapped once by the flying Audi R8 of race winner Keith Butcher!

Race 2 –Rolling Start-15 minutes plus 1 lap – report by Jonathon Mayne   

After the lights changed everyone all got through Hatchets cleanly, with Keith Butchers R8 out in front again. Chris Everill in the Bitsa Ginetta kept Keith under pressure in the early laps.  A fast starting Nick Crompton and Damian Longotano were locked in a battle for the Class CS honours again but this time Damian got past by the end of lap 2. Mike Moss lost ground and was down three places! Gareth Johns spun at the crossing in front of the marshals at post 3, but he was able to keep going but had dropped to the tail of the field.

Having got up to 3rd place Damian Longotano was slowing out of Hatchet, and everyone expected him to limp back to the pit but he surprised everybody by staying out! This promoted Nick Crompton into 3rd overall and the Class CS lead! Behind Nick, the Mini of Jimbo Lyons had a train of cars behind him, all the way down to Andy Williams in 8th place. Keiths’ R8 is on song down the front straight, having pulled away. Headlights ablaze he is catching the tail of the field. Damian Longotano is still lapping slowly. Colin Dunn had caught Mark Williams in the Golf and they are battling despite them being in different classes. The leaders were well into lapping traffic, and Keiths R8 was a few cars behind Damian Longotano, who suddenly returned to full speed and is off  o the races! After the race Damian revealed the problems was with the Westfield gears. ‘I got stuck in 4th Gear, I couldn’t shift the gear stick but then eventually I started to get the gears again!’

Damian sets a new personal best lap on lap eight! Keith caught up with Dunn and Williams battle, who did their best to let the fast car through, but Mark is on the grass coming out of Hatchets, and they were 3 wide at the apex!

Keith has the 44 of Longotano in his sights as he comes to lap him. He is matching his fastest lap but Longotano responds with a near identical lap time, the little Westfield is being driven hard! As Keith was within blue flag distance, Damian moved over in a gentlemanly fashion into Hatchets!

It seems Keith Butcher’s April gearbox gremlins had moved on and were now attacking some other cars! Late in the race, Andrew Williams looped the Fiesta through at the crossing and continued! ‘I couldn’t get a gear and then I got 4th so I kept going’ This dropped Andrew back to Darren Osborn, who passed him to move into 14th place, and 2nd in Class BT! However on the last lap Andrew found 5th Gear and channelling his ‘Tiff Needell’ repassed Darren O to retake 2nd in Class BT! Darren finished and 15th  and 3rd    in Class BT.

Damian Longotano Westfield was staying with the Keith and on the last lap, Keith eased off, allowing Longotano to catch and pass the R8 coming out of Honda before the chequered flag. He then had another lap can to catch Glynne Jones in the BMW M3. He caught the BMW and passed him into Carters Curve on the very last lap to take 6th place overall and 3rd place in Class CS! Glynne was 7th and the last runner on the lead lap. Andy Williams was 8th, Darren Hockly was 9th . Colin Dunn was 10th and first in Class BT. Gareth John recovered to finish 11th (and earn himself the ‘’Driver of the Race’ award) Mark Williams was 12th and Roger Dowden was 13th Andrew Williams was 14th and Darren Osborn was 15th

For results and Times https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2019/191921wss.pdfhttps://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2019/191921wss.pdf

Keith Butcher & Nick Crompton are both race winners at sunny Pembrey  The 2019 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship (organised by the Welsh Racing Drivers Association) is  now in its 29th year and started on Easter Sunday  21st April with 2 races at Pembey circuit at the Brscc South Western Centre meeting.

Entry & Practice April started with freezing cold wind, but just in time for the Easter weekend the temperature began to soar with buckets loads of lovely hot sunshine! In the weeks before the entry looked like it was on the way to a decent size, but some late withdrawals with car problems, saw the entry peak at 16. However sadly we lost 2 cars in the first few laps of practice! Verity Banks exited after only 2 laps in her new(ish) Ford Focus before it turned itself into a mobile flamethrower! The culprit seemed to be no. 3 cylinder which failed and shot all the engine oil out of the hot exhaust!  Mark Williams didn’t last much longer with his new (to him) Peugeot 205, which threw a rod out of the block!

However that was the last of the terminal Engine casualties of the weekend (at least as far as the WSSCC was concerned).

Heading the times was Keith Butcher, who was the series champion in 2007, and has an Audi R8 but had not driven this new car before at Pembrey.  Keith was expecting up at the front, although he though it unlikely he will fall foul of the 60 second rule! This rule is designed to make sure that everyone is able to have a good race, meaning that the cars in the smaller engine classes, are not lapped too many times!  Keith says ‘You have to drive really quickly to lap in the 60 second bracket’ On the day the pole time was 1.05.827. 2nd fastest was Chris Everill and his Ginetta with a nice new livery! Longotano was 3rd  in his Caterham SE. 4th was Bridgend boy Nick Crompton, who returned with his trusty Mitsubishi Evo , while he builds a new Class M car.  Now whilst Keith and his 21st century technology Audi were on pole. Endaf Owen and Jim Lyons were on the 3rd row. Endaf was giving his Honda Civic a run, while Jimbo was making a fine show by being less than 4 seconds slower than Keith, in his Mini turbo which has it’s roots in 1950s technology!

Glynne Jones was 7th in his BMW, and had Mike Moss for company on the 4th row. Mike won the 2018 Champion in his Class BS Caterham, and he now carries the Number 1 on his car, to indicate he is the current champion!  On row 5 Dave Hockley and his Honda Civic was on his own as Mark Williams was missing. Colin Dunn and his Clio, was on the Class BT Pole, and shared row 6 with Roger Dowden and had Andrew Williams behind him on row 7. Andy had replaced his MG with a Ford Fiesta that looked vaguely familiar! Joining him on row 7 was teenage sensation Ben Cutler and his Mini 7! Ben from Newcastle Emlyn has just turned 16 and although he has had some karting and Auto-grass experience, he was having his race debut. Ben was supported by his dad Rob, and they are targeting the Mini 7 S Class, but getting off the mark at their local circuit was a bonus. Ben was clearly finding his feet, although he got beached after a grassy moment.  On row 8 Darren Osborn had converted his 1800 BMW to Class BT and was joined on the final row by Alan Smith. Alan should have had some company but was the sole AT runner again.

Race 1- 15 mins plus 1 lap- Rolling Start.

Keiths' Audi R8 is stalked by Damians' Westfield
Keiths’ Audi R8 is stalked by Damians’ Westfield

Alan Jenkins sent out a call-out on Saturday, as the organisers needed a driver for safety car driver for Sunday. Blake Edwards answered the call, and was rolling back the years by being in the lead of a WSSCC race again; even if it was for a short distance! As the grid assembled Keith Butcher was on his own as Chris Everills’ car was stuck in the paddock. Having moved the Ginetta to go out for race one, Chris found an oil patch on the ground! This needed investigation and it was found that the gearbox oil cooler line had sprung a leak, and it needed to be fixed and Chris would miss race one! So as the cars came round to the lights Keith grabbed an immediate lead from Nick Crompton and a fast starting Mike Moss.  Damian Longotano made his usual cautious start and made his way up past Mike & Nick by lap 4 to run some 5 seconds behind Keith initially. However as the race wore on, Damian increased the pressure on Keith. The lead see-sawed, as they lapped the backmarkers, until Damian was virtually with Keith.  Keith responded by setting his fastest lap on lap 10! Even so Damian still had Keith in his sights and there was less than 1 second between them as Keith crossed the line! Nick Crompton made up the top 3 finishers.

Behind Nick, there was some early dicing for positions, but eventually Endaf passed Mike Moss and had made it up to 4th place.  Glynne Jones & Jim swapped places early on, but then Jimbo repassed Glynne, who then had Darren (Dave) Hockly for company.

In the later stages there was a tense stand-off between Mike Moss & Jim Lyons, with Mike in 5th place a few seconds ahead of Jimbo at the end! Jim was 6th, Glynne was 7th and Darren H was 8th

Colin Dunn (9th) established himself in the lead of Class BT but behind him Roger Dowden (AS) was having a dice with Andy Williams (BT) Ford Fiesta, which lasted almost the whole race, until Andy passed Rogers veteran Davrian Mk 6. However by that time Colin was too far up the road for Andy to do anything about catching him! Meanwhile Ben Cutler got a good start and was initially keeping Alan Smith and Darren Osborn at bay. Late on, Alan slipped by to finish in 12th place.  Ben finished his first race in 13th, and his dad Rob was well pleased with his lap times! Darren found his tyres going off late on in his heavy metal 1800 BMW and finished in 14th and last. Damian had set the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of Keith, and won the ‘Driver of the Race’ for his efforts to keep Keith honest!

Post-race in the paddock there was a lot of sweaty drivers, and wearing Black overalls while driving a Black car may not been the coolest choice in the hottest day of the year!

Race 2- 15 mins plus 1 lap- Rolling Start.

By the time the grid left behind Blake in the pace car, Chris Everill was able to join at the back of the grid, but Endaf was missing as he had family holiday duties. At the lights Keith made a good start, but Damian had the Audi under pressure, and with Chris Everill making quick progress through the field it seemed as if we were going to have a 3 car dice for the lead. Damian found his car going sideways and pulled off at Hatchets as his Westfield appeared uncontrollable. However Chris had taken his place and had Keith under pressure and they both began to draw away from Nick Crompton. Mike Moss had Jim Lyons as close company. Glynne Jones also had Darren Hockly on his tail. Andy Williams got the jump on Colin Dunn and with Roger Dowden joining in it was a close 3 way fight that was very watchable! Andy & Colin were nose to tail for lap after lap until Colin got past eventually finishing 7th and 1st in Class BT again. Andy eventually dropped behind Roger Dowden to finish 9th, but was still 2nd in BT. Alan Smith was 10th, with Darren Osborn 11th (and used his Joker Card to double his points) Ben Cutler finished his 2nd race in 12th place.

Meanwhile the dice at the front had started to cool as Chris Everills pace began to slow and he eventually pulled off  with fuel surge problems. This left Keith Butcher and his Audi on his own to stroke his way to another win, with almost 27 seconds in hand on Nick Crompton.  Keith opened the gap up to over 35 secsonds, but on lap 14 as he went to change up, the gearbox found only neutral and he pulled to the side of the track and stopped as Nick flew past into the lead! Keiths’ Audi was emitting the occasional V10 howl and then he got moving again and got up to speed but Nick was long gone. Mike Moss was now 3rd. So Nick proved if you want to finish first – first finish!

Later Keith revealed that as he tried to change gear he got a box of neutrals. ‘I was just going to switch it off and then switch it back on, when I got gears again’ Damian Longotano found the reason for the poor handling of his  Caterham SE was that a bolt holding a stabilising bar, known as a Panhard rod, to the rear suspension, had snapped! That will be an easy fix and it can be hoped that the next round at Pembrey on May 12th when the race will be on the twisty Club circuit, the battle for the win will intensify.

Full times are at TSL Timing 

Class Lap Records Pembrey Club Circuit 1.49 miles (2.40 Km)

New records are in red type

New ‘Club’ Circuit
ClassDriverClass RecordDate set
ASRichard Francis76.16215/10/2017
ATAlan Smith81.6722/04/2018
BSMike Moss69.30221/04/2019
BTTyrone Luffarelli73.59115/10/2017
CSBradley John66.15423/07/2017
CTDave Scaramanga72.64515/10/2017
DKeith Butcher 66.71721/04/2019
MFabio Luffarelli67.74915/10/2017

Full details of the championship are in the 2019 WSSCC Regulations

Class Lap Records for Pembrey Club’ Circuit

Red = new record set in 2019

Club’ Circuit
ClassDriverClass RecordDate set
ASRichard Francis76.16215/10/2017
ATAlan Smith81.6722/04/2018
BSMike Moss69.30221/04/2019
BTTyrone Luffarelli73.59115/10/2017
CSBradley John66.15423/07/2017
CTDave Scaramanga72.64515/10/2017
DKeith Butcher 66.71721/04/2019
MFabio Luffarelli67.74915/10/2017

For more details about joining in with the championship,  contact Alan Jenkins on 07753 617087 or Robert Allender on 01792 791686 or 07722261988

More details about joining in is also on The Welsh Racing Drivers Association website   wrda.co.uk

Welsh GT stars get ready for 2020 + New Bentley Boy Seb Morris and others head to Bathurst


Photo: Drew Gibson

BENTLEY FACTORY DRIVER MORRIS ANNOUNCED AS ‘PRO’ RACER FOR FRENCH TEAM CMR IN GT-3 EUROPE RACING. Bentley factory driver Seb Morris has been announced as the ‘Pro’ driver for French team CMR  (Classic & Modern Racing’) in this season’s five-round GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup – adding to the Welshman’s works commitments in the global Intercontinental GT Challenge. Seb , will dovetail his driving duties with the manufacturer’s full works squad, run by M-Sport, with his new role at CMR in GT World Challenge Europe at the wheel of a customer Bentley Continental GT3. Seb is already a proven force in the championship formerly known as Blancpain Endurance Cup, he immediately established himself as a driver to watch and one of the quickest on the grid. Now entrusted by Bentley with the Pro driver role at CMR, the 24-year-old is delighted to be making a return to the pan-European championship for a third year and extremely happy to remain part of Bentley’s expanding customer race programme as part of his prestigious works role.

“It’s fantastic news to be placed with CMR by Bentley for the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup” I’m really looking forward to starting work with the team and getting preparations underway for the start of the season in April at Monza. Obviously, it’s a huge honour to be entrusted by Bentley with the Pro driver role in one of CMR’s Bentley Continentals this year and, along with my factory drive in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, I’m determined to deliver the absolute best performances I can for Bentley throughout 2020. It’s set to be a very exciting year, I’ve never looked forward to a season in racing as much!”

Following a two-day official test for the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup competitors at Paul Ricard in France on 12th/13th March, the opening round will take place at ultra-fast Monza in Italy over the weekend 18th/19th April.


Starting with the Bathurst 12 hr race at Mount Panorama in Australia, the growing band of Welsh drivers in International racing action are headed by Seb Morris, who has joined the official Bentley team for the 2020 season having been chosen as one of new breed of young drivers to become ’Bentley Boys! Seb who won the 2017 British Gt Championship, and amongst his awards  were the 2011 WRDA Welsh Young Driver of the Year and the 2016/17 Neil Cunningham Memorial Trophy .

2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge consists of 5 races, starting with the Bathurst 12 hr race, the Bentley team will run 2 cars, one for the highly experienced team of Maxime Soulet (Belgium  Jules Gounon (France)and Jordan Pepper (South Arica). In the other car is a British trio of Seb Morris with Oliver Jarvis and Alex Buncombe as his team-mates. “It’s actually been a textbook route from customer racing into the works team for me,” said Morris, who won the British GT title in 2017. “I first raced the Bentley Continental GT3 in 2016 for Team Parker Racing in British GT, which we went on to win! (and won 10 races in 3 years with numerous fastest laps and track records) . Thanks to race all those race wins Seb was selected last year to join the works team in several long distance races  in 2019 and impressed with his raw pace!. Seb summed up’ Now as a fully-fledged works team driver, I can’t wait to start my career as a Bentley Boy.”

Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, Paul Williams, added: “We’ve been very careful to grow and adapt our programme in a way that is sustainable for us and beneficial to both our new and old customers, and I am very pleased that we have attracted teams that operate at the highest level. Bentley Team M-Sport has been instrumental in enabling us to grow our customer programme and build the Continental GT3s required for 2020, while also preparing for Bathurst 12 Hours and planning an extensive test schedule that will benefit all of our teams.”

Also at Bathurst for the 12hour race are Welsh Legend Jules Westwood (Lamborghini) and Cardiffs Matthew Parry (Aston Martin)

Meanwhile stepping into the seat at JRM that Seb has vacated will be ‘Strickly Come Dancing’ star Kelvin Fletcher who with Martin Plowman will race with JRM Racing and Bentley this season.

Devaudens Nick Jones and team-mate Scott Malvern will race with Team Parker Racing and Bentley this season, taking the place of Llanellis Ryan Ratcliffe who will move to the Porsche GT Cup that supports the heavily televised British Touring Car Championship!

Andy Meyrick has re-signed for a fourth season with Spanish team, Bullitt Racing for 2020 as the team take on the Michelin Le Mans Cup in a Bentley Continental GT3.

Meyrick, has considerable experience of the Bentley  taking wins in 2014 Silverstone and Paul Ricard as well as podiums at the 2015 Paul Ricard, Monza and Nürburgring endurance races.

“I’m excited to take the next step with Bullitt with the eventual target of a place on the 24 Hours of Le Mans grid,” said Meyrick. “I have enjoyed a great relationship with Bentley for a long time now and combining this with my three years at Bullitt Racing; I’m very excited for the 2020

The Michelin Le Mans Cup comprises of five two-hour races at the Barcelona, Monza  Paul Ricard (F) and Spa-Francorchamps with the finale in Portugal. Moreover, the series includes a ‘blue riband’ double-header supporting the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, made up of two 55-minutes races in the middle of June.

“It’s fantastic to have Andy back as driver and Team Performance Director for Bullitt Racing’s fourth season of racing and the step up to GT3,” said Stephen Pattrick. “Andy has been instrumental in making the change to Bentley and to race the Bentley Continental GT3. Meanwhile Andy and his wife Becky are expecting their first baby shortly.

Meanwhile. Cardiff  boy Jann Mardenborough @Jannthaman is starting his 5th year in Japan




Seb & Rick battle through at Donington in the last race in the 2019 British GT Championship, but Ryan Ratcliffe & his new teammate posted a  non-finish after gearbox failure, meaning that Ryan’s fine drive went unrewarded!

In qualifying Seb & Rick were only able to post the 11th fastest time whilst Ryan and his new teammate Jordan Witt were dead last in the GT3 class.  However the Team Parker mechanics found that one of the cars turbos was faulty and having changed it, a recovery drive was in prospect for the no. 7 Bentley Continental.

Meanwhile in the JRM pits, the highly experienced Team Engineer Welshman Jules Westwood, explained why the new generation Bentley Continental GT3 car had only One British GT race all season! ‘The Balance of Performance (i.e Handicap) given to us by the organisers has really hurt us, as they use the same factors as they use for the European races. It’s better on European tracks as there are lots of sweeping corners but in the UK there are lots of Slow hairpins. The drivers say the car handles well but it’s slow through the speedtraps so what we gain on one part of the circuit we loose on the rest. It’s up to the manufacturer to appeal against the BOP, and we understand they have appealed but we haven’t seen any change, and we have a weight and power penalty to carry today’ Running 60kg of ballast more than the team had at the beginning of the year, plus less turbo boost, the JRM Bentley was the slowest GT3 car through the speed traps and consistently between 3mph and 4mph down on the competition on the straights!

Dream Team- Rick & Seb meet the public

Dream Team- Rick & Seb meet the public

At the start of the race, the 300th race in the British Gt Championship a clash at the back of the grid brought out the safety car. It what seems to be a series trend, the safety car went so fast that the grid was spread far and wide when the race restarted! Even so Rick Parfitt Jnr in the 31 JRM car and Ryan Ratcliffe in the no 76 car powered forward.  However Rick dropped down to 30th place after being forced into a spin by a hit from an Aston Martin. Rick then put in a ‘Drive of the Day’ to hand over the car to Seb  in 11th place!

Meanwhile Ryan Ratcliffe (still waiting for his hair to regrow after ’Braving the Shave’) had risen to 6th place but shortly after handing over to his new team-mate Jordan Witt the car was back in the pits and out of the race with gearbox problems!

Joining the action in 12th place, Seb ever the professional racer had a major task with a 16 second gap to the Aston of Valentin Hasse-Clot. Setting the quickest first sector of anyone as he began his stint, Morris certainly declared his intent and was soon into the top 10 and s closed to within almost eight seconds of Hasse-Clot. However a Safety Car period meant Morris got ever closer to the Aston and stalked him and passed Hasse-Clot for eighth. Seb was on fire and he  caught, and passed, Bradley Ellis’ Aston Martin on the final lap – the car which earlier made contact with Parfitt Jnr – even though the JRM machine was badly squeezed.  Completing a superb recovery Sebs  his best lap of the race, 1m28.280 seconds, was just 0.4 seconds shy of the fastest of all to underline the tremendous performance.

“Our car on Sunday was one of the best cars I’ve ever had the pleasure to drive and Rick drove the best he has all season, he was the closest to me in qualifying he’s ever been”, added Morris, “JRM put together a brand new team for this year and they’ve done a superb job, I’m looking forward to hopefully being back with them next year – if they want me!”

With the British GT season now completed, Morris’ focus returns to his Blancpain Endurance Cup season where he will reunite with Team Parker Racing for the fifth and final round at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on Sunday, 29th September.


Morris gets a Bentley boost & gets set for Suzaka 10 hrs!


Wrda member Seb Morris has received a big boost after he was confirmed as part of the official works Bentley entry for the Suzuka 10 Hours, the fourth round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Seb ready to race- images courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography

Seb ready to race- images courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography

The race which takes place on Sunday, 25th August will be Morris’ first ever visit to Japan and Suzuka, the classic drivers circuit that is the home of the Japanese Grand Prix.  Chester-based Morris will team-up with highly-rated pros Maxime Soulet and Andy Soucek. Combining forces in the Gold No.108 Bentley, the trio will start next week as genuine contenders for the podium and, quite possibly, victory.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Bentley for this opportunity”, said  Morris, “I’ve never been to Suzuka, so it’s a real boost the team trusts my abilities to be able to go there and do the best job.  Having worked with Bentley through its customer team programme for over four years now, I feel very comfortable in the Bentley environment and ready to perform. The Continental GT3 produces great downforce and performs well in high-speed corners, and I fully expect to be competing for top spot on the podium. It’s going to be my first time partnering Maxime and Andy, both fantastic pro drivers, so as well as being determined to deliver the very best performance I can, it will also be an incredible chance to learn a huge amount from two of GT racing’s most successful drivers.”

Suzuka, of course, needs little introduction as one of the world’s most well known and high-profile motor racing circuits. Home to the FIA Formula One World Championship’s Japanese Grand Prix, the uniquely challenging 3.6-mile, 18-turn track has featured in some of international motorsport’s most thrilling battles at the pinnacle of single-seater and GT endurance racing. This year’s Suzuka 10 hours, sponsored by BH Auctions is the 48th staging of the race. The entry list eads like a Who’s Who of GT racing competition and notably features 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen.   The  first track action at Suzuka will come during pre-event practice next Friday, 23rd August, with additional practice and qualifying following on Saturday, 24th August – the latter getting underway at 13.00 (local time). Pole position shoot-out for the fastest 20 cars from qualifying will commence at around 17.30 (local time). On Sunday, 25th August, the Suzuka 10 Hours will begin at 10.00 (local time), 02.00 UK time.

The official website is https://www.suzukacircuit.jp/10h_en/


2019 British GT Championship -Brands Hatch


Before the dramas!  Rick leads Glen before Glen crashes out of the race!

Before the dramas! Rick leads Glen before Glen crashes out of the race!

Bentleys mobile sauna fries Seb at Brands. Trying month for Seb Morris ended last week with a frightening incident.

(Edited by Rob Allender. Photos by British GT.com)

  • There was high drama in British GT event Brands Hatch as Seb Morris was rushed to the medical centre after a damaged car ventilation made him pass out from heat exhaustion!  He still managed to finish the 2hr contest in P9 for JRM and also remarkably achieves fastest stint time average!

 British GT Championship racer Seb Morris is at home recovering today, Monday, 5th August, following a frightening conclusion to the penultimate round of the season at Brands Hatch where the JRM driver had to be dragged from his Bentley Continental after passing out behind the wheel.

Ventilation issues, which followed on after Rick Parfitt Jnr spun and put the JRM Bentley into the wall. Rick headed for the pitlane after recovering to the track in order to hand over to Morris. The officials insisting on the damaged bonnet of the Bentley being repaired, but missed that the ventilation system was damaged meaning the interior of the car filled with boiling-hot air throughout Morris’ stint in the second half of the two-hour race which caused the Welsh racer to begin to lose consciousness. Morris still somehow managed to take the Bentley GT3 to an unthinkable ninth place and he also achieved the fastest average stint time…truly remarkable.

Testament to his incredible fitness, Morris made it back to the pitlane but when he arrived at the team garage he had to be physically dragged out of the car by the JRM crew who administered water immediately, trying to cool Morris’ body temperature. Fellow teams up and down the pitlane also rushed to the Chester-based driver’s aid before he was transferred to the circuit medical centre.

Thankfully, when his body temperature had reduced to normal levels and fluid levels stabilised, the BRDC Superstar and Motorsport UK ‘Team UK’ driver was permitted to leave the track around an hour or so after the incident.

“In the whole of my stint the car was over-heating, the heat was coming straight into the car and I started to feel really strange”, explained Morris, “There was no air coming in with the ventilation having been damaged after Rick’s accident, I really did start to struggle and I was even being sick in my crash helmet. I started to feel like I was passing out!  The temperature inside the car was hitting 70 degrees, it wasn’t far off being hot enough to boil water, and the heat was coming direct into my face. Somehow, I managed to keep going and I think that’s testament to my fitness. It was the deepest I have ever had to dig in my life, the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do and definitely the longest hour of my life!  Morris added: “When I got into pitlane the team had to drag me out of the car as I’d passed out, they started throwing water on me and trying to cool me down and then all of the other teams saw what was happening and they all started to do the same which was fantastic – I can’t thank them all enough and, of course, the circuit medical staff who were amazing.  They took me away on a stretcher to the medical centre and I was in there for an hour while they started to rehydrate me and keep a check on my body temperature and all my fluid levels. It was really frightening, all I can think is I’m so thankful I’ve trained as hard as I have with my fitness, that definitely helped to save me from a potentially massive accident.”

At least he and Rick scored 3 points! However it was Ryan Ratclffe who posted a ‘No score’ after his team-mate Glyn Geddie, had crashed hard at Westfield Bend, bringing out the safety car!

All the while trying to apply pressure to the group of cars ahead, the JRM driver was feeling increasingly unwell and yet he miraculously managed to not only take the chequered flag, but also finish within just a couple of seconds behind  the top five.

“Even with the damage and the ventilation problem, I still posted one of the fastest laps of the race and that’s thanks to the great job JRM did with the set-up”, reflected Morris, “If we hadn’t been prevented from leaving the pits without the bonnet repaired, I think we could have been fourth or fifth to be honest. In the end, though, I’m just relieved I’m OK…”

In the points standings Ryan & Glynn will finish in 2nd place in the Silver Class after Wilkinson & Ellis scored enough points to win the Class. In the GT3 Drivers championship Ryan and Glynn are in 10th place but only 3.5 points ahead of Seb & Rick in the battle of the Bentleys!

I am sure that neither team thought that would be the sole point of interest,  at the start of the season, when Ryan was fighting for the lead, but Seb & Rick went on to win the 1st race at Oulton Park!

Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire will host the final round of the British GT season on Sunday, 15th September.


Total Oils 24hrs of Spa postscript. It was a bad day at the office for the Bentley squad, with only 1 car finishing out of 4 official entries and The Team Park pro-am squad entry! In Qualifying Seb Morris had the satisfaction of coming out as the 4th fastest driver out of the 16 strong driver team, but he was never able to compete in the race, after Callum MacLeod stopped at the side of  the track with a engine blow-up after only 6 laps! The Team Parker entry only lasted 51 laps before crashing out, leaving Ryan Ratcliffe and Andy Meyrick on the sidelines too! Only the car of  Lucas Ordonez, Andy Soucek and Pippo Derani made it to the finish, albeit in 29th place, 6 laps behind the winning Porsche 911 GT3 R and the 2nd place Porsche making it a Porsche 1-2



  Ryan Ratcliffe and Glynn Geddie took third overall, during round seven of the season at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, 21st July, after a nail-biting finish to the race!

Qualifying on Saturday, 20th July, was impacted by some typical Ardennes weather with heavy rainfall prior to the start of the first session meaning a fully-wet track. But Ryan finished as 2nd fastest just ahead of Rick Parfitt Jnr!  Session two, however, didn’t go to plan for Morris – GT3 lap record holder at Spa – and in a less than straightforward run he had to settle for the 11th best time. On combined times from the two sessions, the No.31 JRM Bentley lined-up eighth on the grid but although Glynns’time  was slower than Morriss’, the Team Parker no 7 Bentley would start in 3rd place   for Sunday’s afternoon’s two-hour race.
The Race – 2hrs – Rolling start

In the opening hour of the race Ryan settled into third place in the Bentley Continental GT3 before setting after Ian Loggie’s Mercedes ahead, passing and chasing down leader Oli Wilkinson. Opting to leave the Bentley out for an extra lap as the pits were busy was an inspired decision by the Parker Racing team, as it had the second quickest stop in GT3, putting Glynn out in second place.

However, the Scot was hunted down by Rob Bell and Callum MacLeod in the final stages, working hard to fend off attacks all over the circuit. Things came to a head late on, as McLeod got a run on both cars, and they went into Eau Rouge three abreast!

There was further drama on the final lap as Glynn and Bell continued to fight over third place, as oil at the last corner caused chaos! With cars spinning and running wide, Glynn shot across the line in the final podium spot.   After the race Ryan Ratcliffe summed up “We had a great race. Loggie had an amazing start in the Mercedes and got past me going into the first corner. I managed to pass him when we got into traffic and from then on it was a case of getting my head down and chasing the Aston. You got some pockets where you got through traffic really well and some where you didn’t, but to be fair to the GT4 cars they were really good. It was the backmarkers in GT3 which were hard to get past. It was horrible watching the end of the race; I’d rather be in the car! It was enjoyable though and Glynn did really well. It puts us in a good position for next week and the team are in good spirits too.” Glynn Geddie commented “If that’s what the whole 24 Hours is going to be like, then it will be a tiring one!

Meanwhile Seb & Rick experienced a continuation of the misfortune which has unfairly hampered their 2019 British GT Championship challenge when two luckless penalties and a tyre blow-out ruined any hopes of a podium. Qualifying on Saturday, 20th July, was impacted by some typical Ardennes weather with heavy rainfall prior to the start of the first session meaning a fully-wet track awaited Parfitt Jnr. Lapping well in the challenging conditions, he ended the run with the third fastest time overall.
Session two, however, didn’t go to plan for Morris – GT3 lap record holder at Spa – and in a less than straightforward run he had to settle for the 11th best time. On combined times from the two sessions, the No.31 JRM Bentley lined-up eighth on the grid for Sunday’s afternoon’s two-hour race.

With JRM team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr having to serve a stop/go penalty early in the 120-minute race, following contact with one of the Lamborghinis, a second penalty had to be served during hour two after officials deemed the mid-race pit-stop to have been fractionally too short.

Incredibly, a puncture with around 20 minutes to run added real insult to injury and necessitated a third unscheduled stop. Chester-based driver Morris eventually went on to take the chequered flag in an exasperating 12th position, 10th in the Pro-Am class.

“We qualified out of place and everything went wrong from there really”, said the BRDC Superstar and Motorsport UK ‘Team UK’ driver, “Rick got into a tangle on the first lap, which gave us the first penalty, and then we were a fraction of a second too fast in the pit-stop. When I had the blow-out, it just rubbed salt in the wound.

“In terms of my performance I was happy, after all of the penalties and issues there was no chance of a result so I just used the race as a test session really ahead of the 24 hour race next weekend. I can’t wait for that, racing as a factory driver with Bentley is the biggest opportunity of my career so far. From the point of view of British GT, though, I just hope we can have some better luck soon.”

The points gained leave Ratcliffe & Geddie  in 8th place overall with 52.54 points ahead of Morris & Parfitt Jnr who are 9th overall with 46 points.  Ratcliffe & Geddie  remain 2nd in the Silver class 10th points behind race winners Wilkinson & Ellis.

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent will host the penultimate round of the British GT season two weeks from now on Sunday, 4th August. In the meantime everyone will remain at Spa-Francorchamps for the weekends prestigious Total 24 Hours of Spa.

Total 24 Hours of Spa. The first sessions get underway on Tuesday, July 23, with the race itself on starting on Saturday July 27.

Welsh Drivers Seb Morris, Ryan Ratcliffe and Andy Meryick are set to star at Spa Francorchamps .  2019 British GT championship.  The focus for GT3 action shifts to Spa-Francorchamps for the next 2 weeks with Round 7 of the 2019 British GT championship due on 21st July. The Classic Ardennes circuit should suit the Bentley Continental GT3 cars better than Donington Park did. In contrast to the East Midlands circuit with its 2 hairpins and a slow chicane, Spa is a classic drivers circuit with plenty of high speed corners in its 4.35 miles. In fact Seb Morris holds the GT3 Lap Record set in 2017 with a time of 2m18.821. This was in his championship year with Rick Parfitt Jnr in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3. Ryan Ratcliffe had his best result in 2018, when he held off a gaggle of cars in a wonderful, defensive drive that saw him & Rick Parfitt Jnr on the podium after finishing in 2nd place, and a repeat of the result would see Ratcliffe and his 2019 team-mate Glen Geddie take the lead in the Silver Class standings. The only fly in the ointment is the Balance of Performance handicap handed to the new generation of the Bentley in the British GT championship.  Live action   https://www.dailymotion.com/GTWorld                                                  Friday 19th testing times https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/19291 
Ps Ryan Ratcliffe has being doing a ’Brave the Shave’ charity fundraiser for McMillian Cancer support and raised £13,300 so far and hopes he can get it to 15K!    https://bravetheshave.macmillan.org.uk/shave…/ryan-ratcliffe
After the British GT race finishes the drivers will stay in Spa for the classic Total Oils 24hrs of Spa, July 27/28, which is round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship. Having scored the first win for the new Generation car in the Brit Gt series, Seb Morris has shown some impressive form in Blancpain championship this year, however the car has been beset with problems and team has so far not reaped the benefit.
However he has now been drafted in to the Official Bentley factory squad, as they celebrate the centenary of the Bentley marque! The founder W.O Bentley built his first car in 1919, and his cars went on to score several wins in 24hr races.
The Official Bentley team run by M-Sport, the team set up and run by Rally Legend Malcolm Wilson, have entered 4 cars in an all-out attempt to score an outright win at Spa! With the cars number 107 to 110, Morris will be partnered in car 109 by Rodrigo Baptista from Brazil and Callum Macleod who he knows from British Gt racing.
In car 110 Lucas Ordonez, whose first races was with us the WSSCC, and he is partnered by the ultra-quick Andy Soucek also from Spain, and Pipo Derani from Brazil.
Additionally in the Pro-am Class, in Bentley car 31 run by Team Parker Racing will be Ryan Ratcliffe and Glynn Geddie plus the highly experienced Andy Meyrick and also Derek Pierce.
All 5 Bentleys will be part of a record-breaking 72-car entry list! With some top line and formidable opposition, however the Bentley driven by part of the M-Sport team in the Spa race, recently won the 6 hr race at Paul Ricard, so they have the pace and longevity.

International News – Ryan & Seb fight hard at Donington Park!

Report by Rob & Marion Allender -Paddock Photos by Rob Allender – Action Photos courtsey of British GT
Welsh Bentley drivers Ryan Ratcliffe from Llanelli, teamed with Glen Geddie, and Seb Morris from Wrexham, teamed with Rick Parfitt Jnr, were at Donington Park on Saturday & Sunday 22/23 June for the 6th Round of the 2019 British GT Championship!  The Donington Park track with 2 hairpin bends, is traditionally not a happy place for the Bentley Continental GT3 car, and so it proved but following some hard driving from both pairs of drivers, they salvaged as much as they could.
In the qualifying sessions, there was a surprise as the Silverstone race winners, Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod, would start as the last GT3 car, after MacLeod spun into the gravel trap at the Esses on his very first lap!
Although both Seb and Rick set some good laps early in the session, but at the end of Qualifying their combined times were only good enough for 10th fastest time. However, JRM team Engineer Julian Westwood summed up ‘Although the lads are pretty gloomy, I think we are not too bad’ Actually he had a point as the next 6 cars were less than 1 second quicker than Morris & Parfitt Jnr, including the current Points leaders! The Pole Position car, the Aston Martin of Davidson & Adam was only 1.5 seconds faster!
Ryan Ratcliffe/Glen Geddie, would start 13th out of 15 GT3 cars! Glen was concerned with the balance of the car under braking and Ryan confirmed ‘We’ve been chasing our tails since the 1st free practice’ The Team Parker Racing engineers had some ideas that might cure the problem.
In between sessions there was some new equipment to ‘scrub’ the tyres to remove the ‘pick up’. 

Before the serious business of the day, the  drivers had time to meet the fans, and there was time for some lighter moments.   

Racing is of course, different than qualifying, with a full fuel load, backmarkers, pit-stops, not to mention the slower GT4 cars that were all in the mix, making a massive 40 cars on the track! (Actually 35 cars finished and there were no safety car incidents)
In the usual fashion Rick & Glen would do the first hour of the 2 hour race, and as the race started both sets of drivers made quick starts! Rick eventually made his way up to 6th place before handing over to Morris.  In contrast while Glen, who is from Aberdeen, also made a quick start, but he was involved in an incident with Ian Loggie, which delayed him. Loggie was handed a ‘Drive through’ penalty.  Later however, Glen was judged to have ‘Exceeded track limits’ by inadvertently running over a kerb, and he too was handed a ‘Drive through’ penalty!By the time of the pit-stops he was able to hand over to Ryan Ratcliffe with the car in 10th place. However in all the pit-stops, a drama unfolded, as their main rivals in the Silver Class, the Class leaders Ollie Wilkinson & Bradley Ellis, were eliminated, when their car caught fire as it left its pits-box! With their main rivals now eliminated, all Ratcliffe had to do was to bring the car home, which he duly did, bringing the car home safely in 11th place, and the Scottish/Welsh duo are now only 5.5 points away from the Class Leaders! Ryan confirmed ‘I’ve got with mixed feelings about this weekend! Keeping  my sights on Spa!
This fire drama also affected the hand-over between Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris! Morris was due to leave the pits as the Wilkinson & Ellis Aston Martin passed by, streaming a cloud of smoke, pursued by 2 team mechanics in ‘hot’ pursuit carrying an extinguisher! Morris was held, whilst the mechanics passed the JRM pits, and was then able to drive away, followed by the Fire Tender! Bizarrely, both of them going at the 30 mph pit-lane speed limit! Fortunately the prospect of a dangerous fire in a pit-lane full of highly inflammable petrol was avoided!
Morris joined the track now in 7th place but with two GT3 cars yet to stop. Once the pit-stops had ended, Morris was fifth, but he had Phil Keen’s Lamborghini Huracan Evo 3, right behind and pressuring him heavily! Seb resisted for several laps, despite giving away significant straight-line speed to the Lamborghini but Morris was eventually passed by Keen, and he then fell into the clutches of the next sports-car challenger. Driving inch-perfect lines, and trying to make the Bentley as wide as possible, Morris continued in sixth but with 20 minutes to go he was edged back to seventh position by the Aston Martin to finish in 7th place, but finished earning, themselves and the team another 9 points!
Even though he was the first *Saloon car, and the best Bentley, that was no solace at all to the Wrexham based charger,whose perspiring and exhausted appearance paid testament to the effort he had put in! ‘I tried my best, but in end that’s all we could do!’  However the points scored, put Rick & Seb only 4 points behind 4th and 3rd is still possible!  Meanwhile Glen & Ryan, the Scottish/Welsh duo are now only 5.5 points away from the Silver Class Leaders!   The next round in the 2019  British GT Championship is at Spa-Francorchamps, the classic Belgian track, that may be more likely to suit the Bentley.

*The Donington Park GT race was won by Graham Davidson and Jonny Adam driving one of two of the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports cars , followed closely by the rapid McLaren of Balfe and Bell, and then three Lamborghini Huracan Evo 3’s  and second new Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Results https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/192505/session/rc1bgt

British GT Championship https://www.britishgt.com/

Donington Preview-  Rob & Marion Allender. Images courtesy Ben Green/IHI Photo and British GT championship

Welsh drivers Ryan Ratcliffe, (teamed with Glen Geddie), and Seb Morris, (teamed with Rick Parfitt Jnr), are gearing up for the 6th Round  of the British GT Championship  at Donington Park on Sunday 23rd June!

The Donington Park track with 2 hairpin bends, was traditionally not a happy place for the original Bentley Continental GT3 car. However the new generation Bentley seems to be better at handling this type of track, as Ratcliffe and Morris were nose to tail, disputing 2nd place at Snetterton, which also has 2 hairpins!

Silverstone Joy & Woe However at Silverstone in mixed weather conditions, both cars qualified poorly, Morris/Parfitt started in 11th place and Ryan Ratcliffe/Glen Geddie, the last GT3 car in 13th place! However in the race itself both Bentleys began to climb the order, and with the cars well set, Ryan& Glen had penalty for ‘exceeding the track limits’ and Rick Parfitt Jnr had a ‘drive-through’ penalty for a  pit-stop infringement, bizarrely for going too slow! This put the cars back down the order but stirring drives by both teams meant that Ryan & Glengettie pulled up to finish 7th overall, and 2nd in the Silver class, and are now only 20 points from the Class leaders  Ollie Wilkinson & Bradley Ellis.

Meanwhile Seb Morris was really flying, setting the fastest lap of the race and was up to 3rd place overall and had the 2nd place car under pressure! However they were denied their just reward after JRM teams run Bentley car was disqualified from the results, as it was judged at post -race scrutineering to be underweight without fuel on-board. The team immediately appealed against the decision, but then withdrew the appeal! . Having risen from an 11th place start and over-come a penalty to finished 3rd ‘On the Road’ Morris commented: “We’re all unbelievably disappointed. In terms of the race performance, I was very happy with my pace and to come through from a tough qualifying and a mid-race penalty to take third was a fantastic effort!”

The race was run by Morris and Parfitts former team-mates. Ian Loggie and Callum McLeod driving a Mercedes.

The results now leave Seb & Rick 6th in the overall and 3rd place in the championship is a possibility.

Now the scene switches to Donington Park this weekend, which is a track with happy memories for Seb & Rick, following their Championship win there 2 years ago!

Ryan & Seb star in Race 1 but it was points rather than podiums for both teams in race 2 at Snetterton. (by Rob Allender) (Photos courtsey of britishgt.com)

Bentley boys Ryan Ratcliffe from Llanelli and his teammate Glynn Geddie (Silver Class) and Seb Morris (Wrexham) & Rick Parfitt Jnr (Pro-Am class) were the stars of the first 1 hour race on the Snetterton 300 circuit. Traditionally the Norfolk circuit did not suit the original Bentley Continental GT3 car, but the New Generation car was a revelation!  Glynn Geddie qualified 4th in the first session; but Rick Parfitt Jnr was down in 10th. Rhyming Rick, summed it up ‘I missed a gear, which cost me dear!’

At the start Geddie moved up into 3rd place, and took the lead when the first 2 cars touched at the first major corner, and he gleefully swept by! Geddie drew away and had a 6 second lead when he made the pit stop to hand over Ryan Ratcliffe! Meanwhile Rick Parfitt Jnr had made it up to 5th place before handing over to Seb Morris!

Ryan Ratcliffe holds 2nd place at Snetterton, as Seb Morris hov ed into view

Ryan Ratcliffe holds 2nd place at Snetterton, as Seb Morris hoves into view

As the race settled down after the stops, Ryan was in 4th place and Seb Morris was 7th. However there was once again a battle for the lead, but it fell Ratclifes’ & Sebs way, as first the leading BMW slowed and then the second car had to pull in for a Stop & Go penalty for a pit lane infringement! This left the Lamborghini of Phil Keen in the race lead, and Ratcliffe in 2nd place, and also in the Silver Class lead! Meanwhile Morris had passed Rob Bells Mclaren, and then applied maximum pressure on John Adam in an Aston Martin who was in 3rd place! However Adam had his eyes on Ratcliffe, and when Adam tried to overtake the Llanelli lads’ Bentley, Morris saw his chance and out-jockeyed Adam to claim 3rd place, going on the final lap!

This was all stirring stuff, however on the very last lap, virtually in sight of the finish line, it all went wrong for Morris and the JMR Bentley! Going into the ‘Bomb Hole’ corner a GT 4 car got in the way, and whilst Ratcliffe was able to pass, the GT4 car slammed on the brakes which put Seb Morris car into a concertina. After a heavy contact from behind, his

Ryan & Glen pick up their trophies

Ryan & Glen pick up their trophies

engine lost power and Adam and Jonny Cocker (Lamborghini Hurrican) swept by, leaving Morris to trail into 5th place.  So whilst an ecstatic Ratcliffe and his teammate Glynn Geddie got to spray the champagne, with the Team Parker Racing team. ‘This is what it’s all about!

Morris could only ponder on what might have been!  “We really deserved a podium from race one, it was a tough battle with Jonny Adam but we both raced hard and fairtic Ratcliffe and his teammate Glynn Geddie got to spray the champagne, with the Team Parker Racing team. ‘This is what it’s all about!

Morris could only ponder on what might have been!  “We really deserved a podium from race one, it was a tough battle with Jonny Adam but we both raced hard and fairMorris could only ponder on what might have been!  “We really deserved a podium from race one, it was a tough battle with Jonny Adam but we both raced hard and fair”, reflected Morris, “Third was in the bag but out of the Bomb Hole on the last lap, Ryan went off and then came back on, which made a GT4 car slam on the brakes. I had to come to a standstill and a car smashed into the back of me, the contact was so heavy it ripped away the intercooler pipe and that’s why I had no power at all coming out of the chicane. It’s a shame to miss the podium as everyone at the team had done a great job.”

In race 2 (round 4 of the championship) later in the day, Morris took the opening stint and lapped impressively to maintain position throughout the first half hour of action. With little to choose between the lead contenders, Morris performed well to move over three seconds clear of the McLaren of Rob Bell before pitting at the end of lap 16 to hand the car over to Parfitt Jnr.  Joining the track with around 25 minutes to go, Parfitt Jnr was in fifth initially and then took fourth on lap 20 before closing up behind the top three.

Into the chicane on lap 23, though, an uncharacteristic spin into the braking zone pitched the Bentley off the track and into the barriers. Although continuing, a left rear puncture late-on dropped Parfitt Jnr to 12th overall and 10th in the Pro-Am class. (A rear tyre deflating, may have had  an impact on Ricks accident)

Meanwhile Ratcliffe and his teammate Glynn Geddie were stuck in 13th place overall, but more importantly 3rd in the Silver Class, and although Rick Parfitt Jnr dropped back and finish 12th overall, Seb & Rick got a point as t hey were 10th in The Pro-Am class.

All this means that Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr are 3rd Overall and also 3rd in the very crowded Pro-Am Class, and Ryan Ratcliffe and his teammate Glynn Geddie are 2nd in the less crowded Silver Class, and 8th Overall

Round five of the British GT season, the three-hour ‘Silverstone 500’ at the home of the British Grand Prix, will take place on Sunday, 9th June

https://www.britishgt.com/ 

https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BF3GT/2019/192005bgt.pdf

Preview – The action shifts to Snetterton or Rounds 3 & 4 of the British GT Championship and although the Snetterton 300 circuit does not favour the Bentley, both Welsh lads Ryan Ratcliffe and Seb Morris are hopeful of scoring some points for their different teams at the Norfolk track.

In the Blancpain Endro round  at Silverstone Matt Parry finished a creditable 17th overall in the R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vanatge although Seb Morris saw his chances of a win in the Pro-am class disappear when the car failed to start after the last pit stop! When he did get on the track, Seb passed car after car and eventually finished in 5th place in Class, but claimed the extra point for the fastest lap, and racked up 10 points for the team.

Strong Pace & Championship Points for Meyrick And Bullitt Racing (edited by Rob Allender)

Andy Meyrick and the Bullitt Racing team showed tremendous speed and performance at the European GT4’s, second-round at Brands Hatch  last weekend.  Meyrick and co-driver Stephen Pattrick were at the top of the charts during practice but narrowly missed out on a podium during the races, bringing home a fourth, and an eighth-place result.

In Race 1, Pattrick did a fantastic job keeping the #33 Mercedes AMG GT4 out of trouble, and after a brilliant pit-stop by both drivers and crew, Meyrick went back out into the battle. Navigating his way through traffic, Meyrick made up ground crossing the finish line, fourth in class.

In Race 2, Meyrick was up to second on the first lap and was leading the class by lap 12, five-minutes before the pit window. Passing pit entry he suffered a puncture ‘and had to do a whole lap  to back to the pits!  Unfortunately, a lot of time was lost and Pattrick returned to the track further down the field. Pattrick put on a professional performance, bringing the car home in eighth.

Despite not bringing home the medals, we had a very good weekend”, said Meyrick. “We showed a strong pace throughout, the team and Stephen put on a fantastic performance, and we brought home Championship points. In both races we were so close and that makes us confident that next time we will be celebrating a podium at Paul Ricard in a month’s time.”

Matt Parry& Seb Morris hoping to kick- start their Blancpain Challenge at Silverstone this weekend

Neither Welsh drivers scored in the first round of the European series at Monza. Seb missed out due to accidents and didn’t even get to turn a lap in qualifying or the race in the Bentley Continental. However he is confident he can come good at Silverstone.

Matt Parry at least got to race but had such bad luck in the JMR Aston Martin finishing  a frustrated 37th at the chequered flag.

“It just wasn’t meant to be our day,” Parry sighed, “The weather made it difficult for everyone out there, but Matthieu and I did what we could to keep the car in contention for points. Unfortunately, things conspired against us in the final hour, with the delay in the pits and then the puncture meaning that Maxime was unable to chase a top ten finish. Finishing 37th is definitely not representative of our potential as I definitely think the team was capable of scoring points here, but we’ll regroup and look to put things right at Silverstone.” 

Saturday, 11th May, with the 90-minute Pre-Qualifying period getting underway at 15.40. On Sunday, 12th May, final qualifying will begin at 09.40 with the three-hour race itself beginning at 15.00.

Television coverage of the race in the UK is expected to be screened on digital satellite and cable channel British Eurosport.

Live online streaming of both of Sunday’s sessions will be carried at SRO’s ‘GT World’ You Tube channel, on Motorsport.TV and also at the official Blancpain GT Series website HERE

British GT Championship Oulton Park. (Report by Rob Allender and Marion Allender). Welsh drivers had a big hand in the first round of the 2019 British GT Championship bid at Oulton Park. After qualifying Ian Loggie was on pole position with his new Mercedes (he had driven a Bentley with Team Parker Racing) and 2nd was Ryan Ratcliffe with a new gen Bentley run by Team Parker Racing. 3rd was the Lamborghini Hurracan of Sam De Haan and 4th fastest was the Bentley of Rick Parfiit Jnr and Seb Morris, run by the new JRM team. Pariftt Jnr took the opening stint from fourth on the grid and maintained position through the first corner off the rolling start before then taking third place from the Lamborghini of Sam De Haan on the run out of Cascades. Then, on lap two, after a dramatic incident at Hislop’s Chicane, when second placed Ryan Ratcliffe collided with the leading Mercedes of Ian Loggie, Parfitt Jnr sliced past into the lead of the race, before officials then deployed the Safety Car to enable recovery both the stricken cars.

Racing resumed on lap seven and Parfitt Jnr did a good job to lead by 0.7 seconds over the line, before then proceeding to pump in a series of fastest laps until, by the time the pit stop window opened the JRM driver was almost 10 seconds clear.

Staying on track until the end of lap 13, he then pitted to hand the Bentley over to Morris with 35 minutes of the race to run. Getting out onto track firmly in the lead of the race, the early part of the Welshman’s stint wasn’t without drama with a number of GT4 class cars proving a hinderance – an errant Ford Mustang even making contact with the Bentley at one stage at Druids.

Threading his way through the traffic professionally and quickly, Morris held an advantage of over seven seconds from the Lamborghini of Phil Keen as the race reached the halfway point but the Huracan driver – on new tyres – did then begin to take time out of the leader.

Pushing as hard as possible, Morris continued to pick up his own pace and with 20 laps completed the gap stabilised at around six seconds. Through lapped traffic the lead did fluctuate, but Morris made no mistakes and into the final 10 minutes he’d opened the lead back up to eight seconds. Over the last few laps things did close up through more traffic, but Morris had it all under control to win the first race for the new gen Bentley and the new JRM team! It was now time for dream team of Rick & Seb to pick up the winners trophies and spray the champagne! Afterwards Morris confirmed “I really happy with race one and the whole weekend so far. In qualifying we were given a slow BOP [Balance of Performance], so we thought it would be a tough weekend, but the race went better than we could’ve dreamt – it’s amazing to have won our first race with JRM who did an incredible job!

In Race 2 two later in the day Morris started in 4th place, behind the wheel of the No.31 Bentley for the first stint (while Ryan Ratcilffes teammate started in 7th place) and after holding his starting place of fourth through Old Hall, he then climbed into third at Cascades as he eyed another podium finish. Following the deployment of the Safety Car in time for lap three, racing resumed on the seventh tour and Morris started to pile significant pressure onto the Mercedes of Adam Christodoulou. Swarming all over his rival, the JRM driver was relentless in attempting to find a way past and into lap 14 he was just 0.275 seconds behind.

Choosing to make an earlier pit-stop than would otherwise have been the case, to try and mitigate the time being lost and also bearing in mind the 10 second ‘success’ penalty from race one which meant the Bentley had to remain in the pits longer than rival cars, Morris handed over to Parfitt Jnr at the end of lap 15. (Ryan Ratcilffe had to serve a 10 second penalty for causing the accident in race 1)

When the race order settled after all stops had been completed, Parfitt Jnr held seventh position but a moment for one of the Aston Martins soon after enabled him to climb into sixth. With the incident triggering another Safety Car period, racing resumed on lap 23 with just 15 minutes to go and Parfitt Jnr immediately looked to challenge Andrew Howard.

Producing a superb cut-back at Lodge at the end of the lap to grab fifth from the Aston Martin driver, Pariftt Jnr’s next target was the Lamborghini of Adam Balon but a dramatic excursion at Brittens Chicane pitched the Bentley into the barriers. Although the car did eventually fire back up, Parfitt Jnr dropped down the order and ultimately ended the race ninth in GT3 and eighth in Pro-Am. In round two later in the afternoon, the 23-year-old Welshman and his team-mate unfortunately rued what might have been when a late race excursion for Parfitt Jnr – while running fifth – meant an eventual finish of ninth in GT3 and eighth in the Pro-Am class.

“At the end of the day Rick just made a small mistake in race two, it was unfortunate but we still came away with points”, added Morris, “If you’d have said to me at the beginning of the weekend we’d have a win and an eighth in Pro-Am, I’d have bitten your arm off. With how strong we’ve been this weekend, I’m really looking forward to the next round.”

Ryan Ratcliffe brought the Team Parker Bentley home in 17th place. Ryan apologised to his team and team-mate Glen Geddie for

Rounds three and four of the British GT season will take place over the weekend 18th/19th May at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk. One week earlier, Morris will return to action in the Blancpain Endurance Cup for round two of its season on Sunday, 12th May, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

2019 British GT Championship Standings (after Rd2)

3rd Seb Morris/Rick Parfitt Jnr, 27pts

2019 British GT Championship ‘Pro-Am’ Standings (after Rd2)

3rd Seb Morris/Rick Parfitt Jnr, 29pts

The 2019 Brit GT series starts on Easter Monday & Welsh drivers will be driving hard for top honours! Report by Marion Allender  (fotos by Rob Allender)

[(foto by Rob Allender) Ryan back with Team Parker Racing[/caption]

The British 2019 GT Championship starts at Oulton Park on Easter Monday and Llanelli racer Ryan Ratcliffe will be back with Team Parker Racing and with a new team-mate Glynn Geddie as part of the Bentley assault on the 2019 British GT3 Championship with the next generation of the Bentley Continental GT3 car.  Ratcliffe won the GT4 class in British GT Championship in 2014 with Rick Parfitt Jnr as his team mate, and in 2018 raced the 1st Generation Bentley Continental GT3, known as ‘The Beast’ (The MK2 car should be easier to drive than last years’ car ). The best result in 2018 was finishing 2nd at Spa Francorhamps, having lead the 2 hour race for most of the distance!

Rick & Seb discuss lap times.

Rick & Seb discuss lap times.

Meanwhile Seb Morris is about to embark on his biggest and most high-profile season of motorsport, after confirming a huge deal to return to the British GT Championship with brand new Bentley customer team JRM from Daventry. Morris– will reunite with rock star Rick Parfitt Jnr to reform the ‘dream team’ pairing which made history for Bentley by winning the 2017 title.  Morris says the deal to join JRM was ‘too good to refuse’ and especially with the opportunity of teaming again with Parfitt Jnr, who had previously announced his retirement from racing.

“I’m coming back to British GT as a proper ‘Pro’, JRM want my services as a driver and that’s an incredible feeling. Rick [Parfitt Jnr] had obviously announced his retirement, which was serious, and when the team talked with him he said he wouldn’t come back unless he was with me – that’s such a fantastic thing for him to have said, it’s very special and I feel honoured and humbled.”

Morris added: “I’m also, obviously, extremely proud to have been asked to continue as a BRDC Superstar and to remain part of Team UK as well. It really is an honour to be invited to remain part of both programmes which offer so much, and which have played a huge part in my career so far.” With a brand new Bentley Continental GT3, , Morris is confident the new JRM entry will shake-up the established order.

“Obviously, I’ve been away in Blancpain Endurance for a year where I was often the fastest Bentley and we took podiums in the first season which was fantastic. I’m aiming to put into practice what I learnt there, becoming a much more rounded driver, on my return to British GT with JRM. We’ve also got more exciting announcements about this year’s racing to come as well…!”

The announcement regarding the British GT deal comes just a couple of weeks after Morris was promoted by Bentley into its ‘factory’ team for this year’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, where he will race as a fully-fledged ‘Bentley Boy’ as part of a four-car assault on the biggest GT3 race in the world.

Final 2018 WSSCC Overall & Class points

Hi here are the final 2018 Overall & Class  points.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the 2018 championship.
Congratulations to Mike Moss who is the 2018 Champion, Damian Longotano who is 2nd, and Colin Dunn who is 3rd, and all the class winners and top 3 places in the Multi-car Classes. Looking forward to seeing you at the Awards Night on Saturday 17th November. Regards Robert

  2018 Overall points after 12 rounds
Name Car Car No Class Rd1 Pembrey Rd2 Pemb R3   Oulton R4 Oulton R5  Pemb R6   Pemb RD 7   Don RD 8  Don R9  Pemb R10   Pemb R11 Pemb R12  Pemb Sub-Total Dropped Scores Total
1 Mike Moss Caterham  1600 14 BS 19 18 42 19 21 21 21 21 21 21 x x 224 O 224
2 Damian Longotano Westfield SE 44 CS 21 21 x x 21 19 15 17 19 19 21 42 215 0 215
3 Colin Dunn Renault Clio 19 BT 17 17 17 17 16 14 dnf dnf 19 38 19 19 193 0 193
4 Simon Hutchins Mazda MX5 37 BS 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 18 18 36 21 19 223 31 192
5 Andrew Williams MG ZR 88 BT 14 14 14 0 14 16 18 20 16 32 16 dnf 174 0 174
6 Ellis Wiggins Vauxhall Nova 86 BS 12 0 14 14 x x 18 16 32 16 16 16 154 0 154
7 Blake Edwards Renault Clio 7 BS x x 12 12 14 14 14 14 28 14 14 DNS 136 0 136
8 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 D 17 17 x x x x 14 14 14 14 28 14 132 0 132
9 Roger Dowden Davrian Mk6 6 AS 14 16 x x 14 14 x x 14 14 28 14 128 0 128
10 Tyronne Luffareli Peugeot 106 24 BS 20 21 18 20 18 18 x x x x X X 115 0 115
11 Alan Smith Ford KA 13 AT 0 14 x x 14 14 14 14 x x 28 14 112 0 112
12 Verity Banks Peugeot 106 53 BT x x x x x x 16 18 14 14 28 16 106 0 106
13 Melissa Lufferelli Mini 10 M 14 14 x x x x 14 16 28 14 X X 100 0 100
14 Mark Williams VW Golf 180 CT 14 14 x x 14 14 14 14 14 x X X 98 0 98
15 Nick Rocke Ford Fiesta 21 BT x x x x 19 38 21 1 x x X X 79 0 79
16 Keith Butcher Seat Cupra Sport 36 CS x x x x 18 dnf x x 16 16 DNF 18 68 0 68
17 Daryl Radford Honda Civic 181 BS 14 14 x x x x x x x x 36 DNF 64 0 64
18 Fabio Lufferelli VW Corrado or Mini 70 M x x 14 14 dnf 14 17 1 x x x x 60 0 60
19 Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 CT x x 14 14 x x x x x x x x 28 0 56
20 Mark Williams VW Golf 180 CS x x x x x x x x x O 36 14 50 0 50
21 Andy Williams Ford Sierra Sapphire 22 CS x x x x 16 16 x x x x DNF 16 48 0 48
22 Nick Crompton Mitsubishi Evo 80 CS 18 18 x x x x x x x x x x 36 0 36
23 Jim Lyons Mini Turbo 11 CS 16 16 x x x x x x x x X X 32 0 32
24 Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 CS x x x x x x 16 14 0 0 X X 30 0 30
25 Ken James Loco Hornet 77 CS 14 14 x x dnf x x x x x x x 28 0 28
26 Richard Francis Citroen Saxo 48 AS 17 0 x x x x x x x x x x 17 0 17
27 Keith Butcher Audi Super Tourer 36 D 0 14 x x x x x x x x x x 14 0 14
28 Glynne Jones BMW M3 26 CS x x x x x x x x x x DNF DNS 0 0 0

Class Points

 
2018 Class points after 12 rounds
Class Name Car Make/model  Car  No Rd1 Pembrey Rd2 Pemb R3   Oulton R4 Oulton R5  Pemb R6   Pemb RD 7   Don RD 8  Don R9  Pemb R10   Pemb R11 Pemb R12  Pemb Sub-Total  Dropped Scores
AS 1 Roger Dowden Davrian Mk6 6 14 16 x x 14 14 x x 14 14 28 14 128 0
AS 2 Richard Francis Citroen Saxo 48 17 0 x x x x x x x x x x 17 0
AT 1 Alan Smith Ford KA 13 0 14 x x 14 14 14 14 x x 28 14 112 0
BS 1 Mike Moss Caterham  1600 14 19 18 42 19 21 21 21 21 21 21 x x 224 O
BS 2 Simon Hutchins Mazda MX5 37 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 18 18 36 21 19 223 31
BS 3 Ellis Wiggins Vauxhall Nova 86 12 0 14 14 x x 18 16 32 16 16 16 154 0
BS 4 Blake Edwards Renault Clio 7 x x 12 12 14 14 14 14 28 14 14 DNS 136 0
BS 5 Tyronne Luffareli Peugeot 106 24 20 21 18 20 18 18 x x x x X X 115 0
BS 6 Daryl Radford Honda Civic 181 14 14 x x x x x x x x 36 DNF 64 0
BT 1 Colin Dunn Renault Clio 19 17 17 17 17 16 14 dnf dnf 19 38 19 19 193 0
BT 2 Andrew Williams MG ZR 88 14 14 14 0 14 16 18 20 16 32 16 dnf 174 0
BT 3 Verity Banks Peugeot 106 53 x x x x x x 16 18 14 14 28 16 106 0
BT 4 Nick Rocke Ford Fiesta 21 x x x x 19 38 21 1 x x X X 79 0
CS 1 Damian Longotano Westfield SE 44 21 21 x x 21 19 15 17 19 19 21 42 215 0
CS 2 Keith Butcher Seat Cupra Sport 36 x x x x 18 dnf x x 16 16 DNF 18 68 0
CS 3 Mark Williams VW Golf 180 x x x x x x x x x O 36 14 50 0
CS 4 Andy Williams Ford Sierra Sapphire 22 x x x x 16 16 x x x x DNF 16 48 0
CS 5 Nick Crompton Mitsubishi Evo 80 18 18 x x x x x x x x x x 36 0
CS 6 Jim Lyons Mini Turbo 11 16 16 x x x x x x x x X X 32 0
CS 7 Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 x x x x x x 16 14 0 0 X X 30 0
CS 8 Ken James Loco Hornet 77 14 14 x x dnf x x x x x x x 28 0
CS 9 Glynne Jones BMW M3 26 x x x x x x x x x x DNF DNS 0 0
CT 1 Mark Williams VW Golf 180 14 14 x x 14 14 14 14 14 x X X 98 0
CT 2 Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 x x 14 14 x x x x x x x x 28 0
D 1 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 17 17 x x x x 14 14 14 14 28 14 132 0
D 2 Keith Butcher Audi Super Tourer 36 0 14 x x x x x x x x x x 14 0
M 1 Melissa Lufferelli Mini 10 14 14 x x x x 14 16 28 14 X X 100 0
M 2 Fabio Lufferelli VW Corrado or Mini 70 x x 14 14 dnf 14 17 1 x x x x 60 0