2018 WSSCC points after 4 rounds

Championship Points OVERALL POINTS 2018
 
Red = Joker                               x Not entered   or  Dropped Round Blue
Name Car No Class RD  1  Pemb RD  2 Pemb RD  3   Oulton R4 Oulton RD 11    Pemb Total
1 Mike Moss Catherham  1600 14 BS 19 18 42 19 98
2 Colin Dunn Renault Clio 19 BT 17 17 17 17 68
3 Tyronne Luffareli Peugot 106 24 BS 20 21 18 20 79
4 Simon Hutchins Mazda 37 BS 16 16 16 16 64
6 Damian Longotano Westfield 44 CS 21 21 x x 42
7 Andrew Williams MG ZR 88 BT 14 14 14 0 42
8 Ellis Wiggins Vauxhall Nova 86 BS 12 0 14 14 40
9 Nick Crompton Mitsubishi Evo 80 CS 18 18 x x 36
10 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 D 17 17 x x 34
11 Jim Lyons Mini Turbo 11 CS 16 16 x x 32
12 Roger Dowden Davrian Mk6 6 AS 14 16 x x 30
13 Mark Williams VW Golf 180 CT 14 14 x x 28
14 Ken James Loco Hornet 77 CS 14 14 x x 28
15 Daryl Radford Honda Civic 181 BS 14 14 x x 28
16 Mellisa Lufferelli Mini 10 M 14 14 x x 28
17 Fabio Lufferelli Mini 70 M x x 14 14 28
18 Gareth Haycock VW Golf 17 CT x x 14 14 28
19 Blake Edwards Renault Clio 7 BS x x 12 12 24
20 Richard Francis Cutroen Saxo 48 AS 17 0 x x 17
21 Keith Butcher Audi Super Tourer 36 D 0 14 x x 14
22 Alan Smith Ford KA 13 AT 0 14 x x 14
Verity Banks Ford Focus 53 AT x x x x 0
Andrew Barron TBA TBA TBA 0
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Oulton Park reports – Qualifying + Race 1& 2 on line now!

WSSCC rounds 3/4 Oulton Park Circuit. Race reports by Nick Rocke 

The Saturday morning brought a dry but cold start at Oulton Park Race Circuit, it also brought some bad news Chris Everill was unable to race due to having engine problems the day before in testing, Verity Banks’ new race car was not ready in time, so we were at 14 competitors going into Qualifying.

Simon Hutching had also been having car problems his exhaust had snapped in testing the Friday before, fortunately for Simon there was a custom exhaust center local to Oulton Park who agreed to open up at 7am to fix his damaged exhaust proving not all heroes wear capes.

We were joined by a selection of Invitation drivers some new faces, Patrick Smyth with his Millington powered Lotus Elan S3, Mike Nash in a Seat Cupra, Mark Jones and Steve Cunniffe were sharing car #98 another Seat Cupra, each driver was doing one race each, and were both also driving in the GT challenge. There was one familiar face Greg Barlow in the beautiful Mk1 Escort, Greg joined us last year at the Oulton Park rounds.

A past champion, Blake Edwards was ready to race his first race in 25  years, Blake has decided to make a return to racing this season. Blake was the very first WSSCC champion in 1991 & 1992, back then he was racing a Ford Capri, now Blake is sporting a MK2 Renault Clio 182 sport, he was looking forward to getting stuck into the thick of it again after a very successful test session at Llandow Circuit earlier in the year, with all of Blakes experience and a well prepared car he will be one to watch this season.

Qualifying

By the time qualifying came around the weather had brightened up there were clouds in the sky but the forecast was looking to be a nice dry day. With fewer drivers on our grid at Oulton Park this season it gave more room for drivers to really push for the best possible qualifying times.

By lap 3 Patrick Smyth had secured pole position with a time of 1.52.98 which was almost 4 seconds clear of 2nd place competitor Mark Jones, Mike Nash grasped 3rd on the grid from Fabio Luffarelli by two tenths of a second, Fabio was not in his usual bike engine powered Corrado he was actually borrowing his daughter’s (Mellisa Luffarelli) Bike Engined MIni.

Mike Moss was sat in a very respectable 5th place and also 1st in class BS in his Caterham, by the looks of it he was going to keep our current WSSCC champion Tyrone Luffareli honest. Tyrone was running in 6th and had his work cut out to try get past Mike Moss. Simon Hutchings with his newly repaired exhaust was going strong and almost matched Tyrone’s qualifying time.

Daryl Radford was 8th in his Honda Civic but unfortunately sheered a aluminum mount for a auxiliary belt pulley, despite trying to source a welder or someone local to repair it he was left with the only other option which was to retire the car for the meeting and enjoy a bit of spectating. Greg Barlow in the fabulous Mk1 Escort was 9th on the grid with class BT Colin Dunn snapping at his heels in 10th.

Ellis Wiggins in the Vauxhall Nova was in 11th and Andrew Williams in the MG ZR was in 12th, Gareth Haycocks Qualifying session was rather eventful as he tried to get used to the Car he had rented for the weekend, Gareth had problems keeping the grip through the rear end of the Smokey diesel VW Golf, he may have had a few nail biting moments but he managed to keep the car out of the Armco, he later found that the tyres that came with the car were no good and changed to his alternative set and this rectified the problem. Gareth has been slowly rebuilding his V6 powered VW Golf since a nasty accident at Mallory Park in 2017, he is approaching the end of the rebuild but to satisfy his craving for motorsport he decided to support the championship by renting one of the Grant Motorsport cars for this weekend, we look forward to seeing his V6 beast back out with us hopefully this season.

Blake Edwards had qualified in 14th and last on the grid. Blake was still getting used to the new car and was getting quicker lap by lap, he was enjoying pushing the car around the fantastic circuit that is Oulton Park, he had not driven round it for many years.

Race 1 (Round 3)

The grid gets ready for the Green Flag lap. Patrick Smiths red Lotus Elan was on pole! (photo by Rob Allender)

The rolling start was far from perfect as the lights were a little late going out but they all got away safely, Tyrone Luffarelli jumped straight in 4th from 6th taking 1st in class position from Mike Moss, Fabio was up into 2nd by the end of lap one, Patrick Smyth had pulled away massively by the end of lap one and had a huge 8 second lead over 2nd place Fabio. Mark Jones had dropped to 5th off the line and was waiting for his chance to pass Tyrone’s 106.

Number 17 Gareth Haycock had got past Ellis Wiggins in the Nova but it was short lived as Ellis regained the position on lap 2. By lap 2 Patrick Smyth’s lead over the pack had grown to 10 seconds, Mike Nash had managed to pass Fabio Luffarelli and Mark Jones was passed Tyrone and up into 4th, Now Mike Moss could focus on trying to get that Ford Sigma powered Caterham past Tyrones Pug 106 they were less than a second from each other the whole lap but Tyrone was leaving no doors open for Mike to squeeze through. Simon Hutchings MX5 was running in 3rd in class BS but couldn’t quite keep up with the battling pair in front.

The pack stayed the same until lap 5 when the racing started to get you off your seat and watching in anticipation, Mark Jones had taken 3rd place from Fabio’s Mini and was now hunting 2nd place Mike Nash, Tyrone Luffarelli was under some serious pressure from Mike Moss, who’s Caterham is far lighter than the Pug 106 and has far better braking due to this lightness. I imagine Tyrone had to keep his defense very tight to fend off Mike Moss.

This competitiveness continued further back in the pack as Ellis Wiggins had been trying hard to get past Class BT driver Colin Dunn, Simon Hutching was going well but although putting in some very consistent lap times he could still not catch up with the BS battle between Tyrone and Moss.

Greg Barlow was also very consistent and was still running in 9th overall, now that car will make any blue oval fan weak at the knees, absolutely spectacular seeing the pinto powered Mk1 Escort being put through its paces the way it should be. Andy Williams was hanging in there and holding off Haycocks Derv propelled golf. Blake Edwards was running at the back but was enjoying his first race none the less.

Mark Jones set the new invitation class lap record for Oulton Park with a time of 1:54.409 in his Seat Cupra, well done Mark Jones.

On lap 6  Mike Moss made his move and grabbed hold of 1st in class BS Tyrone Luffarelli was trying to regain the position so Mike Moss had his work cut out to retain his position. Patrick Smyth was still running in first and had a comfortable lead so just needed to finish, Ellis Wiggins was still fighting to get past Class BT Colin Dunn in his Renault Clio 172, Ellis had and fantastic 7th lap and took another 3 seconds off his lap time, this hard work paid off as he was now in front of Colin’s Clio.

As they all came through Lodge corner on the final lap there were some who took it right to the line Moss and Tyrone Luffarelli drag raced to the line but it was too late, Mike Moss had taken his first class win of the season.

The finishing order was Patrick Smyth taking the overall race win and 1st in class I with a gigantic 14.1 second lead. Mark Jones 2nd overall and 2nd in class I, Mike Nash in 3rd overall and 3rd in class I, Fabio Luffarelli brought the Mini in 4th and 1st class M.

Mike Moss in 5th and 1st in class BS Mike also played his Joker so will receive double points for this round also had fastest lap in class, Tyrone Luffarelli in 6th and 2nd in class BS, Simon Hutchings in 7th after a very lonely race but retained 3rd in class BS, Greg Barlow drove that Mk1 beautifully all race, he started in 8th and finished in 8th and also 4th in class I.

Ellis Wiggins brought the Nova home in one piece or so we thought later to find he had broken yet another drive shaft/ CV joint,9th overall and 4th in class BS he drove amazingly and finally conquered Oulton Park. After last years issues I am sure he was one happy guy. Colin Dunn came 10th  and 1st in class BT and was also the last competitor to complete 8 laps.

Blake Edwards gets the ‘Driver of the Race’ award from MC Nick (photo by Rob Allender)

Andrew Williams brought his MG ZR home in 11th and in 2nd in class BT, Gareth Haycock tamed the Derv powered golf and kept it on the black stuff to come 12th and 1st in CT.

Blake Edwards drove that Clio Sport to the limit and came 13th  and 5th in BS, Blake was also awarded ‘Driver of the Race’ as he showed us there is still hope for Robert Allender’s return to racing, watch this space!

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Results from TSL Timing – http://www.tsl-timing.com

 

Race 2 (Round 4)  Well it was not long before we were on the grid for the final race of the day, we were last on the programme for the day and time was tight with Oulton Park having a 6:30pm curfew on noise, so we were praying for no incidents. Unfortunately Patrick Smyth had retired the Lotus Elan s3, i do believe due to a tyre issue.

Mark Jones’ team mate Stephen Cunniffe was in the drivers seat for round 4 and because of the rules had to start from the back of the grid. Andrew Williams had been having a few battery issues with the MG ZR and needed a bump start out of the holding area.

Fabio Luffarelli being the only class M competitor wanted to have some fun so opted to start from the back of the grid but was not there long. They lined up on the grid for the green flag lap and off they went to start the 4th round of the 2018 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship.

The rolling start this time was text book and everyone got away with any issues, as they came around for the first lap at race speed, Andrew Williams’ battery problems came back to haunt him and his car began to miss-fire, but good Andy is also a experienced track marshal, so he new exactly what to do with it and he pulled off next to the nearest marshals post and reversed behind the Armco barrier, this meant there would be no need to delay the race with a red flag or safety car! Well done Andy proves its good to not only know how to drive quick round a circuit, but you also benefit from knowing how the orange army operate.

By the end of lap 1 car #98 Stephen Cunniffe was motoring and was already running in 2nd. Blake Edwards had taken 10th from Haycock’s diesel VW Golf and was pushing that Clio to its limits, Blake was already 2secs quicker than his fastest lap in race 1 (round 3). Ellis in the Vauxhall Nova was now reeling in Greg Barlows Mk1 Escort.

 By Lap 2 Tyrone Luffarelli was in 3rd and had got past his rival Moss. Fabio, father of Tyrone, had managed to get from the back to the front very quickly in the bike powered Mini, and he was now in 4th overall.

Positions stayed the same for a few laps and Moss was finding it hard to try make a pass on Tyrone because Fabio’s Mini was sandwiched between the two BS competitors. Mike Moss was pushing hard and on lap 4 managed to set the new WSSCC Oulton Park Class BS record with a time of 1:58.894. Ellis Wiggins in the Vauxhall Nova had reeled the Escort of Greg Barlow in and had made the move that put him into 7th overall.

Both drivers in the Hot Seat- Mike Nash & Steven Cunliffe fight it out for the lead (photo by Richard Redshaw)

Stephen Cunniffe took the lead from Mike Nash on lap 4 but Nash was not ready to give up without a fight. Haycock made a move on Blake as the approached lodge on lap 4, Blake tried to fight back and put a rear wheel on the grass this resulted in a massive sideways moment for Blake, he recovered well and showed us that despite being a lot older than most on the grid his reaction times are still as sharp as they always were! Simon Hutching was pushing hard to try catch the BS battle between Moss and Lufferelli.

By lap 6 Fabio had got past Tyrone’s 106 and Moss was pushing to get pasts, both drivers were only two tenths of a second away for each other this is some exciting motorsport for ours supporters to watch. Despite all his efforts MIke Moss could not find a kink in Tyrone’s armour and they continued mirroring each other for the remaining laps of the race. 

The class M (WSSCC) Oulton Park lap record was set by Fabio Luffarelli on lap 7 with a time of 1:57.224. Also Colin Dunn set the new class BT Oulton Park lap record with a time of 2:05.745 on the final lap.

As they came across the line for the last time it was Stephen Cunniffe who took the cheqeured flag followed by Mike Nash in 2nd and 2nd  in class I, Fabio Luffarell was 3rd across the line and 1st in class M, a fantastic drive from Fabio starting from the back and making up 9 places in 8 laps! In 4th, just missing out on a podium spot, was Tyrone Luffarelli although he was 1st in class BS after an exciting race with 5th place Mike Moss, who arrived home in 2nd in class BS.

Simon Hutchings finished 6th overall and 3rd in class BS, Ellis Wiggins stayed in 7th till the end and finished 4th in BS, Gregory Barlow finished 8th and 3rd in class I, Colin Dunn crossed the line in 9th and 1st in class BT, Gareth Haycock finished 10th and 1st in CT, Blake Edwards finished in 11th and 5th in BS.

Ellis Wiggins gets his ‘Driver of the Race’ award from MC Nick (Photo by Rob Allender)

Ellis Wiggins was awarded the ‘Driver of the Race’ for his dice with Greg Barlow and his Mk1 Escort.

A fantastic days racing alongside the Aston Martin Owners Club I would like to thank everyone for coming and I look forward to seeing you all at Pembrey on the 10th of June.  Nick

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Results from TSL Timing – http://www.tsl-timing.com

 

Preview. WSSCC competitors ready for Oulton Park + Ben Hingeley ready to rock in Pau!

A select band of WSSCC championship regulars will be at Oulton Park on Saturday 12th May for Rounds 3 &4 of the 2018 Championship. 2017 Champion Tyrone Luffarelli will be joined in Class BS by Blake Edwards, who was the very first champion in 1991 & 92. Blake is having his first race in the 2018 series in a Renault Clio. The regulars will be joined by some guest with some intriguing cars, including the Seat Cupra which Rhys Lloyd used to win the Championship in 2008!

Live Timing from Oulton Park  is available on TSL  http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/181954

The remaining dates in the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship are all Sundays

  • June 10th Pembrey
  • July 29th Donington Park National Circuit 
  • August 19th Pembrey
  • Oct 14th Pembrey with Trucks

Meanwhile Wrda member, and 2017 Young driver of the Year, Ben Hingeley starts his season of in the FIA European F3 Championship at Pau in France, the famous track near the Pryenees. The race is live on BT Sport 1 at 10.00 am, or live streaming through the FIA F3 website   http://www.fiaf3europe.com/

BTW 1960s Welsh Racer Jack Lewis finished 3rd in the 1962 Pau Grand Prix, which was for F1 cars at the time.  After a race long struggle with Ricardo (brother of Pedro)Rodriguez  in the works Ferrari, Lewis, at the wheel of his Ecurie Gallois BRM, settled for third place in the 1962 Pau Grand Prix.

 

Alan Smith leads 2018 Colin Gundersen Trophy after 2 rounds

Alan Smith is leading the 2018 Colin Gundersen Trophy after 2 rounds after setting a new Class AT  lap record in race 1 and then getting a decent time in race 2, but he is closely followed by Richard Francis & Chris Everill. Points table –

After 2 Rounds Total points
AT Alan Smith 198.3432
AS Richard  Francis 197.2507
D Chris Everill 197.1870
CS Damian Longotano 192.4145
BT Colin Dunn 191.4148
CT Mark Williams 191.2000
M Melissa Luffarelli 184.1951
BS Tyrone Luffarelli 102.8896
BS Mike Moss 100.4392

 

New Circuit – Class Records 16/10/17 After 2 Rounds Total points
Class Driver Class Record Date set AT Alan Smith 198.3432
AS Richard Francis 76.162 15/10/2017 AS Richard  Francis 197.2507
AT Alan Smith 82.35 15/10/2017 D Chris Everill 197.1870
BS Daryl Radford 74.098 15/10/2017 CS Damian Longotano 192.4145
BT Tyrone Luffarelli 73.591 15/10/2017 BT Colin Dunn 191.4148
CS Bradley John 66.154 23/07/2017 CT Mark Williams 191.2000
CT Dave Scaramanga 72.645 15/10/2017 M Melissa Luffarelli 184.1951
D Keith White 67.29 15/10/2017 BS Tyrone Luffarelli 102.8896
M Fabio Luffarelli 67.749 15/10/2017 BS Mike Moss 100.4392
Race 1 22/4/18 Race 2 22/4/18
Class Fastest lap Time Points Class Fastest Lap Time Points total Points
AS Richard  Francis 77.495 98.27989 AS Richard  Francis 76.954 98.97081 197.25070
AT Alan Smith 81.67 100.83262 AT Alan Smith 83.755 97.5106 198.34322
BS Mike Moss 73.774 100.43918 BS Tyrone Luffarelli 72.017 102.8896 102.8896
BT Colin Dunn 77.475 94.98677 BT Colin Dunn 76.317 96.42806 191.41483
CS Damian Longotano 67.68 97.74527 CS Damian Longotano 69.667 94.95744 192.70271
CT Mark Williams 75.44 96.29507 CT Mark Williams 76.545 94.90496 191.20003
D Chris Everill 68.41 98.36281 D Chris Everill 68.09 98.82508 197.18790
M Melissa Luffarelli 74.756 90.62684 M Melissa Luffarelli 72.406 93.56821 184.19505

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

 

Damian takes a fantastic race 1 win-Chris wins race 2- great races by all!

 Report by Nick Rocke -Action photos by Nick Forbes

Race 1 and the clouds are clearing

WSSCC rounds 1 & 2 22/4/2018- Pembrey

Qualifying.

With a rather unsatisfying damp start to the Sunday morning, the competitors of the WSSCC dusted off there Racing Boots and fired their cars up, some of which for the first time since October 2017.

The Saturday before there were a few repairs to be made to the current champion Tyrone Lufferelli’s Pug 106 after his clutch exploded during the race he did with the track attack championship on the Saturday, so he had to change the clutch and rather beaten up gearbox. Former WSSCC champion Jason Davies had offered his services to Simon Hutchings and was spannering his MX5, with all Jason’s experience and knowledge surely, he could help shave a few seconds off Simon’s lap times.

Mark Williams had bought a new race car this year he was now sporting a very nice looking mk5 Golf, roger Dowden had come back out of the woodwork with the little yellow davrian, 2007 champion Keith Butcher has made a return to the championship this year with his Audi A4 super tourer, Damian Longotano had made a few changes to the Westfield it was now running a 2.0 litre Millington engine.

We were 2nd out after the trucks which turned out to be eventful with one of the truck spraying diesel, oil and mud for good measure over most corners of the circuit, there were a few spinners, Alan Smith pulled off after a few laps with an overheating issue later to find his auxiliary belt tensioner had disintegrated and threw the belt off.

Nick Crompton Qualified 2nd behind Chris Everill but Nick had altered the camber on the rear of his EVO the rear arches tried to eat his rear tyres lucky enough they were salvageable after qualifying, Jim Lyons also making a return the championship in the Mini Turbo qualified 3rd overall and 2nd in class CS behind Nick Crompton. Behind Jim there Endaf Owens out in a Seat Leon, 5th on the grid with a very Respectable 1.17.6 lap time was our current WSSCC champion Tyrone who also qualified 1st in class BS with a new clutch and spare gearbox fitted he was set for a successful weekend.

Mark Williams was going well in his new VW Golf cementing his 6th place by the 4th lap, Mike Moss in the Westfield in 7th and Damian Longotano in 8th, Simon Hutchings in 9th, Number 19 Colin Dunn in his newly built Clio 172 qualified 10th on the grid and 1st in BT but retired the car early due the oily conditions, Richard Francis had a sideways encounter with hatchets after a late pass on Andy Williams on the main straight he drifted the car through hatchets hairpin and cocked a rear wheel on most other corners qualified 11th on the grid and 1st in Class AS unfortunately it was not all good for Richard his flamboyant sideway moment had resulted in injuring his little finger as he caught the steering wheel, he later found he had actually fractured the bone Ouch!

Ken James was 12th overall and 4th in CS, Daryl Radford in his Honda Civic was 13th on the grid and 4th in BS, Ellis Wiggins in the Nova redtop was 14th on the grid and 5th in BS. Andy Williams (Caldicot) in his freshly painted white MG ZR finish 15th on the grid and 2nd in BT he struggled to find grip on the greasy track, behind Andy was Alan Smith in the Ford KA despite his DNF he managed to squeeze a time in on lap 2 putting him 16th on the grid and the only runner in class AT,  Roger Dowden qualified 17th in his Davrian and 2nd in class AS.

In 18th position was invitation racer Daren Hockley in his Honda civic which came in early with a suspected oil leak, Melissa Luffarelli didn’t have the best of qualifying sessions coming in early with brake issues Melissa was sat in 19th on the grid with Keith Butcher to keep her company Keith qualified last after coming in after one lap with a knocking noise coming from the Audi A4 super tourer.

There was plenty of time for tinkering and refining the car as we were not out for the first race until 2pm.

Round 1.

Although the sun did peep through the clouds occasionally the morning was very wet there was the big decision that all drivers dread WETS or DRYS, with most teams frantically checking the forecast, a lot of drivers opted for wets weather tyres others were brave enough to try their luck on slicks or dry weather tyres.

Well the one who took the dry option were on to a winner because our unpredictable Welsh weather changed drastically, the clouds moved to the song of an aerial display of acrobatic planes overhead at Pembrey, the sun soon dried the circuit out whilst drivers sat in park ferme.

As driver came around on their warm up lap the sight was fantastic the sound even better, the front row of Everill and Crompton compacted the grid up as they came through Honda corner, the lights went out and round one was under way.

Front runner Chris Everill had pulled a small lead in his Ginetta by the first time round Honda, but Nick Crompton’s Lancer wasn’t far behind, Endaf’s had got passed Jimbo and was third and Jimbo’s Mini was 4th, Tyrone Luffarelli was still holding 5th but was defending against Mike Moss in the 1600cc Caterham.

Mike was closely followed by Longotano’s Westfield and he was motoring, next was Mark Williams in the mk5 Golf he started 6th but had dropped to 8th during the opening lap, Richard Francis had jumped up two places on the start, his years of karting in his younger years had paid off when he put his car into a gap that no one else would of dared.

In 10th was Ken James in his Duratec powered Loco Hornet, in 11th Simon Hutching who had lost two place but was still hold 3rd in class BS, behind him was BT front runner Colin Dunn in the Clio 172 cup, closely follow by Daryl Radford’s Honda Civic, Ellis Wiggins was still retaining 14th in the Nova, Roger Dowden had made up a couple of positions now in 15th followed by Andy Williams in 16th, Alan Smith in 17th, Darren Hockley 18th and finally Melissa Luffarelli, Melissa had a few place to make up due the braking issues spoiling her qualifying time, Keith Butchers Audi A4 was nowhere to be seen.

By the end of Lap 1 Everill had opened the lead up another second but was by no means out of danger with Crompton’s Lancer keeping him honest, Longotano had got passed Tyrone and Mike and was now hunting Jimbo’s Mini, Tyrone and Mike were running within a tenth of a second of each other and Tyrone was leaving NO GAPS, the Hornet of Ken had made up yet another place and was challenging Mark for 8th. Simon in the Mx5 was now in 10th with Francis in 11th and Radford now in 12th. Colin Dunn wasn’t far behind in 13th the rest of the pack stayed the same on lap 2.

By lap 3 Chris Everill had furthered his lead and looked unstoppable, Endaf had shortened the gap between him and Nick Crompton, but the real shock was that Damian Longotano was now in 4th and was Flying extracting every drop of power from that Millington powerplant. The gap between 5th Jim Lyons and 6th & 7th (Tyrone and Mike) had grown to a few seconds again on this lap going into Honda these two were inseparable, Melissa finally found a gap on lap 3 into Honda pulling of a fabulous move and gaining two positions in one hit, now was time to open that bike engine powered Mini up.

Lap 4 Everill was still Managing his lead with no sign of a threat in sight the first 5  had become evenly spaced out but did not change positions, the gap to the 6th competitor had grown to about 10sec and Ken James had managed to get past the dueling pair of BS cars, Keith Butchers Audi A4 made an appearance on this lap after having to start the race late due to an issue early on in the race.

lap5 Everill was still managing his lead from Crompton’s turbo charged Lancer, but Damian’s Westfield was closing in on 3rd place Endaf Owens. Jim in the Mini and ken James looked to be racing on their own at this point with no challengers or no one to challenge close by, Simon Hutchings had moved up in to 8th and 2nd in class after managing to pass Mike Moss in the Caterham 1600cc, Tyrone still being persistently hunted by these two competitors, there was no let up for Tyrone he had to continue to fight for his class position. By this point of the race it was apparent that we had lost car number 13 Alan Smith had a nasty off over near old paddock and was out of this race.

Most positions stayed the same during lap 6 Mike Moss had regained his 2nd in class position back from Simon Hutchings and tried a late lunge down the inside at Honda, but Tyrone seen it coming and close the door on Moss’s Caterham. Again, on lap 7 the trio of Tyrone, Mike and Simon were fighting it out for the top spot in class BS all three cars were a tenth of a second from each other fantastic to watch. Daryl Radford was still trying hard to get past Mark Williams in his new VW Golf, but Mark was not going to let him take it easily. Damian Longotano Was becoming the star of the show as he past the Turbo charged Lancer of Nick Crompton and now had the Ginetta in its sights there was no denying it that Westfield was shifting as quick as a stabbed Rat.

As the front runners came through Honda on lap 8th Everill’s lead had decreased to only a couple of seconds and Longotano was whipping every horse power out of that new Millington motor to catch him. The rest of the pack position remained unchanged and most were spread out a bit, one thing a do recall is how nice Ken James’s Duratec powered Loco Hornet sounded as it screamed past, sadly there was no one near him to race with. Mike Moss had made a move on Tyrone and made stick. Keith Butcher was still going well picking off car by car as he made his way up through the pack after starting late and from the back.

As the front cars approached Honda going on to lap 9 I was amazed to see the bright yellow kit car of Damian Longotano leading, he had closed the gap and made the pass in only one lap, Colin Dunn had made some ground up and was now catching the Nova of Wiggins once again. Melissa Luffarelli was shadowing the Davrian of Roger Dowden and waiting for a chance to get past, Tyrone had also regained the position he had lost to Mike’s caterham.

Lap 10 and Damian was still in the lead, but Chris was hot on his heels, Endaf was now in 3rd and Crompton on 4th, Jim’s Mini turbo was still holding 5th but with a huge gap to Crompton’s Lancer, Ken James was running in 6th and again with only himself to race with. Damian and Chris had now lapped everyone up to 8th position but Damian had now lost the position to Chris Everill going onto lap 11, great to watch kept me on my toes with all the battles going on.

Melissa had now got her spaceframe Mini past Dowden’s Davrian and had put a few seconds between them, Andy Williams (Caldicot) was now getting into a dog fight with the Honda Civic of Darren Hockley, but Andy was defending well and was fighting for overall position. Chris and Damian were now trying to work up through the back markers and Chris had lost a bit of time getting stuck behind the 3-way BS battle of Simon, Mike and Tyrone, could Damian use this to his advantage, the Westfield appeared to have better straight-line speed than the Ginetta.

Now by lap 12 the track was bone dry and the competitors whom went out on slicks were being rewarded by fantastic grip, the competitors who opted for their wet tyre choice were no doubt struggling and the tyres were more than likely as good as a chocolate fire guard, Damian had used the back markers that were slowing Chris up to his advantage, by the time they came through the kink before Honda Damian was back in the lead, now all he had to do was stay there. Daryl and Mark were still having a race of their own never more than a car length from each other from the start of the race.

Richard Francis was holding 13th well and running in 1st in class AS and doing it all with a broken pinky (not that he knew at this time but sure he was feeling the pain). Damian had now pulled slightly away from Chris as they started lap 13 but was by no means safe yet. Tyrone and Mike had pulled away from Simon’s mk5 but there was no way Tyrone could let his guard down yet with 1 lap to go. Colin Dunn was looking to have one more go at getting past Richards Saxo before the end, but Richard’s defense was to strong again his years of karting experience showing through here.

As they crossed the line Damian had done enough to remain in the lead and took his first ever overall win and 1st in class CS, it was a very well-deserved win fought out with the Ginetta of Chris Everill Right up to the Chequered flag. Chris Everill finish 2nd and 1st in Class D, Endaf Owens finished 3rd, Nick Crompton 4th and 2nd in CS, Jim Lyons finished 5th and 3rd in CS, Ken James finished 6th and 4th in CS after having a lonely race with no one to challenge. Tyrone in his first class BS race came a very respectable 7th and 1st in BS, it wasn’t easy defending off mike and Simon and on his wet option tyre as well, well deserved Result, Mike Moss tried very hard to past Tyrone and again went right to the flag Mike finished 8th overall and 2nd in class BS. In 9th Simon Hutchings with a fantastic drive from Simon and a great tyre choice from the former Champ Jason Davies who was spannering the car for Simon, also he finished 3rd in class BS fabulous start to the season for him.

Mark Williams was 10th and 1st in CT Mark never did give in to the constant threat of Radford’s Honda Civic. Daryl Radford finished 11th and 4th in BS, Ellis Wiggins had made a massive improvement on last season’s lap times most likely because he had improved his brakes, so he had a lot more confidence in the car, Ellis finished 12th overall and 5th in BS. Richard Francis despite having fractured his finger in qualifying had come 13th and 1st in class AS, Colin Dunn Came 14th and 1st in BT in his new Clio 172 Cup, Melissa Luffarelli had gone out on a wet set up and once her confidence built up she was rocketing around Melissa finished 15th and 1st in class M.

Roger Dowden (WSSCC chairman) has fully rebuilt the Davrian for the 2018 and we look forward to him racing here once again, roger came in 16th and 2nd in class AS, in 17th was Andy Williams in the MG ZR also 2nd in class BT Andy held off Hockley’s Civic right to the end great drive from Andy, in 18th was Darren Hockley.

Two Cars did not finish Alan Smiths Ford KA which suffered heavy damage after the incident which the tyre wall earlier in the race and Keith Butcher retired the Audi A4 Super Tourer just before the end of the rest.

So, a fantastic opening round to the WSSCC 2018 season with great driving and some competitive battles to keep us wanting more I wonder what round 2 will have in store for us.

Round 2      

There was about 2 hours of spare time between our 1st and 2nd race of the day so the competitors had time to carry out repairs, Alan Smith’s Ford KA sport was looking rather sorry for itself after his off in race one, he had his work cut out to get it fit to race in the 2nd race of the day, but first he had to get checked over by the circuit medical staff.

Damian Longotano was celebrating his first WSSCC overall win but the celebrating was short lived as he also had car issues, Damian said they may have a alternator issue and the battery had gone flat right at the end of race 1 and they had to push the car back to the paddock, luckily the WSSCC camp was in the pit lane so was not far to push.

It was a pleasure to see many of our non-racing competitors had come down to spectate and support the championship, former champion Rhodri Jenkins was down with former WSSCC racer Alvin Powell, Mat Harries had come down and Robert Allender had awarded him his trophy he was unable to collect at last season’s awards evening.

Nick Rocke (WSSCC vice chairman) had come down to help and show his support to the championship, Andy Williams and Richard Francis were both glad to take shelter under his race shelter, Nick was also on hand with refreshment for all who wanted them. Former WSSCC champion Chris Morris was also around the paddock helping and offering advice and support where needed.

Alan Smith managed to get his car sorted, there’s nothing you can’t fixed with a hammer, duct tape and cable ties, it may not have looked pretty but it would make it into the second race and that’s all that matters as it’s no fun watching from the side of the track.

They all lined up on grid for the second race of the season, unfortunately Endaf’s Seat Leon would not be Joining them. Damian got a better start, but Chris Everill out braked him going into hatchets, Everill took the lead and Nick Crompton was in third, Mike Moss had a bit of a moment on the new section out braking himself going into the new left hander, mike had a little lock up but got away with it without any issues.

By the end of lap 1 Everill had pulled away considerably and had a comfortable 3 second lead as he crossed the line, Crompton’s Turbo Charged Lancer was chomping at the heels of Longotano (was Damian being haunted by his alternator issues) Jim Lyons and Ken James were not far behind Crompton’s Lancer. Current Champion Tyrone Luffarelli was running in 6th position and catching Ken on the Brake into Hatchets, as Ellis Wiggins Nova came down to the new section his wheel locked under braking and the car was forced into a spin, later found out that a gearbox/ driveshaft issue had caused this. Ellis’s Nova was stranded in a dangerous position, so Circuit staff called for a red flag and the race was abandoned.

Due to the short duration of the race they asked for a re-grid to original starting positions, and the race length had been reduced from 20mins to 15mins plus one lap. This time Longotano gets the better line through Hatchets and leads the race through old paddock, the front 3 car of Damian, Chris and Nick were all within a 10th of each other, Tyrone, Ken and Mike may as well of been touching they were so close as they all diced into the new braking zone. Keith Butcher was working his way up from the back row and made a pass on Colin Dunn and Richard Francis whilst 3 a breast at old paddock crossing, I don’t think Colin expected it by there and twitch the steering causing him to have a little wobble I’m not sure if there was any slight contact between the 3 cars but nothing was reported but my God it was close.

Chris Everill in the Ginetta took the lead back coming out of Brookland’s but lost it again to the Westfield in the braking Zone for Honda, but Chris was on the inside and again took the position back coming out of Honda, the lead had changed 3 times in the first lap Exciting Stuff to watch. Nick Crompton was still following close by in 3rd and was shadowed by Jim in 4th, A slight gap to Ken James who was 5th and still under attack from BS runner Tyrone Luffarelli, Mike Moss in the Caterham was 7th and in 8th was Mark Williams, Butcher in the Audi A4 Super Tourer was already up to 9th in 10th by a half a cars length was Simon Hutchings and was dicing with 11th place Daryl Radford’s Honda Civic.

Melissa Luffarelli was in 12th, Dunn in the Clio cup passed Francis on the straight to take 13th position, Francis was 14th, Dowden in 15th, Andy Williams in the MG ZR was in 16th and Hockley’s Honda Civic in 17th and the Beaten but running Ford Ka was still motoring on in 18th.

On lap 3 Tyrone was glued to the back of Ken’s Loco Hornet, Tyrone lost the back end and ended on the grass at Debeni, ripping his front splitter off in the process but he managed to save it, it was a nail biting moment to watch but thank fully other than losing some aero aids his was ok, Mike Moss capitalized on this and moved up into 6th position. Andy Williams had dropped back into 17th and Hockley and opened the gap slightly.

By lap 4 Everill had breathing space and was running 4 seconds ahead of Longotano’s Westfield, Crompton and Jim were not far behind both still in their starting positions, Keith Butcher was Flying through the Pack and had definitely worked out the kinks from the first race he was now in 5th, Moss had a small lead over the 106 but Tyrone was not going to let his little off effect his confidence as he regained some ground coming down to hatchets. Simon had pulled his Mx5 away from Daryl’s Civic and both had passed Mark Williams Golf.

Everill was coming close to lapping Alan Smith’s KA as he entered lap 5, Keith Butcher was pushing hard to catch the front pack and was still in 5th Mike Moss was matching the time of Ken James, but Tyrone’s 106 was still sticking with them both. Colin Dunn was now catching Mark Williams mk5 Golf.

Averill’s lead had grown to 5secs by lap 6, Colin Dunn got the inside line going into Hatchets and stole a position from Mark Williams but was short lived as Mark fought back and went around the outside at debeni. Richard Francis Seemed to be slowing up and was now under attack from Darren Hockley’s Civic.

Lap 7 the front runners positions all stayed the same, Tyrone used the back markers to his advantage and made his move into hatchets and just got the nose of his 106 in front of Moss’s Caterham, Moss fought back on the exit of Hatchets and they were side by side through Debeni but Lufferelli had the better line and kept the position he had been trying to regain since lap 3. Tyrone’s sister Melissa had now moved up yet another position after snatching 10th from Radford.

Again Colin managed to pass Mark on the inside at Hatchets again but lost it on the exit and done a spot of gardening before rejoining the track at debeni, Butcher passed Jim’s mini on lap 8 and was now running in 4th, but again the main battle was between Tyrone Luffarelli and Mike Moss as they switched position every lap, Moss wanted that 1st in class badly and was pulling out all the stop, absolutely fantastic motorsport to watch.

Lap 9 and Everill was making his way through the mid pack back markers, Mark Williams went defensive coming into the new left hander but out braked himself and went off on to the grass and lost a place to Colin Dunn, by lap 10 Keith Butcher managed to pass Nick’s Lancer and was now 3rd at this rate he will be challenging for the lead or will he run out of laps first. Mike Moss was certainly keeping Tyrone on his toes as he tried every angle to try passing him, Tyrone’s defense was so far superior.

Lap 11 Keith Butcher now in 2nd but if Everill does not make a mistake he has enough of a lead to call this one his, but this is Motorsport and we all nothing anything can happen. Mike Moss was in all of Tyrone’s mirrors, the 106 driver was having to use all his racing experience here to hold him off, its hard in words to describe how close they were but if Tyrone was to make the slightest mistake Mike was there waiting to pounce. Melissa Luffarelli was now catching her Brother and was running in 9th.

Lap 12 Butcher was still in 2nd and was making ground up shame it wasn’t a 40min race as he may of caught up to Chris Everill, Andy Williams was running in 17th and 2nd in class BT and although there was no one for him to have a race with he still looked to be having a blast as he threw that little MG into debeni on the limit. Everill started his final lap (lap 13) with a epic lead over the rest of the pack, Butcher was 2nd and Longotano was in a solid 3rd and 1st in class CS. As Richard Francis started his final lap the Saxo gave up the ghost and he pulled off to a safe place, he did not look happy and with less than 1 lap left i can see why.

Chris Everill took the flag and had driven well all race, Chris was also 1st in class D, in 2nd was Keith Butchers Audi A4 Super Tourer also 2nd in class D was also voted driver of the race, Damian Longotano could repeat the outright win of the first race but I am sure he was more than happy with 3rd overall and 1st in class CS unfortunately the days racing had taken its tole on the Westfield with a suspected gearbox issue and a potential alternator fault. It was not a good day for competitor’s gearboxes Ellis Wiggins (dnf) because of a gearbox issue, Richard Francis later told me he believes his gearbox let go as well.

In 4th was Nick Crompton and 2nd in CS, 5th place went to Jim Lyons (3rd in CS), 6th was Ken James (4th in CS). The continuing battle between Tyrone Luffarelli and Mike Moss lasted right to the end as they drag raced to the line, Tyrone held the 7th place and came 1st in class BS a great end to a busy but fantastic for Tyrone, Mike Moss came in at 8th and well deserved 2nd in class BS, Tyrone’s sister Melissa Luffarelli was not far behind in 9th (1st class M). Simon Hutchings could now reflect on his most exhilarating weekends Racing he has had to date and to top it off he had his second 3rd in class BS, Simon came in 10th overall.

Daryl Radford was 11th (4th in BS), Colin Dunn in 12th (1st in class BT) fab weekend for Colin in his new Clio 172 cup. Mark Williams could not make up the place he had lost and came 13th and 1st in CT, Daren Hockley the only invitation racer running in round 2 came 14th. Roger Dowden moved up to 1st in class AS due to Francis’s car failing, Roger came 15th overall, 16th was Andy Williams (2nd in class BT), and unbelievably still running after its off in race one the KA of Alan Smith came 17th.

The race weekend was a success, lots of fair close racing, was a great way to start the WSSCC 2018 season, I thank everyone who came to race, spectate or to show us their support, thanks to the orange army for keeping us all safe. I look forward to seeing you all at Rounds 3 & 4 at Oulton Park.

Race Results – http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2018/181621wss.pdf

Welsh racer Matt drives well at Silverstone, but Seb sidelined after Bentley bent!

Matt makes a big impression in the big Nissan , but Seb sits out the race as the Bentley fails after only 8 laps!

The 2nd round of the prestigious 2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup took place on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday 20th May, where Welsh racers Seb Morris & Matt Parry tried to mount the strongest possible challenge for a class victory in the pan-European championship. With 52 cars it was a packed grid and both the Welsh drivers Matt Smith and Seb Morris needed to be at their best to make a mark in their ‘home’ race.

However Parry was the first to try’  and he was 15th in his session but once his times were added to the times of his team-mates, Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordondes it gave them 18th place on the grid. Team owner Bob Neville, was realistic ‘ Being in the top 20 is good, by we expected much more’

Meanwhile Seb Morris and his team-mates were unable to break into the top 20 and the Bentley would start in 25th place! More importantly they were 2nd in the Pro-Am Class, only 0.787 behind the Class leading, Rinaldi Racing Ferrari 488! Jules Westwood the Bentley cars engineer confirmed, ‘We are in with a chance of taking the Pro-Am Class win! Seb wasn’t able to get a quick time, due to the traffic but his team-mates were quick in their sessions, so it looks good!’ Indeed when the Rinaldi Ferrari pulled out after only 3 laps it looking good as the Team Parker car took over the lead in the Pro-Am Class, with the Class Win in their sights! However it all turned sour after only 8 laps, when the Bentley drifted into the pits, after Derek Pierce had hit the kerb at Copse very hard and cracked the sump, losing all the oil, and sending the Bentley into instant retirement! This was a severe disappointment for Seb who was looking forward to putting on a show, for the large contingent of his supporters! It’s always frustrating when you have so many friends and family along to a race and this sort of thing happens, and especially as we were looking very strong. The car was great at Paul Ricard when we tested there, so I’m really looking forward to the next round now.”

There was also dis-appointment for the RJN Nissan team, which had qualified in 18th place, but were relegated to start well back, in 48th place, after being penalised for a strange offence, which meant that Lucas Ordonez’s best laps were disallowed!  However the stage was set for a great comeback and with Alex Buncombe at the wheel for the first stint, the car rose to 26th when Matt took over! Pushing as hard as he could, and passing car after car, and despite having to re-pass one of his victims, he handed over to Lucas with the car in 20th place! Ordonez continued the good work and took the cheqeured flag in 16th place, but agonisingly outside the points, which start at 10th ! But for the penalty, a very big result would have undoubtedly been on the cards.  “Despite starting where we did, we were always optimistic of a good run,” Matt confirmed, “There was a lot of performance in the car from the start of the weekend, and Alex really underlined that in the opening stint. I’m a little frustrated with the mistake I made trying to pass one of the Lamborghinis at turn nine, but I don’t think it made much difference to our overall result, and Lucas was still able to bring the car home well inside the top 20. The number 23 Nissan had great pace throughout my run and I enjoyed being able to chase down the cars in front of me, so we know what it is capable of in the remaining rounds, It’s up to us now to piece together the perfect weekend.”

Round three of the 2018 Blancpain GT Championship Endurance Cup takes place at Circuit Paul Ricard (FRA), in Southern France for  the annual six-hour ‘into the night’ race, on Saturday, 2nd June with extensive live and highlights coverage on the Eurosport and Motorsport TV channels in the UK.

International News! edited by Rob Allender

Preveiw

The 2nd round of the prestigious 2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup takes place on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit this weekend, 19th/20th May, where Welsh racers Seb Morris & Matt Parry will be mounting the strongest possible challenge for a class victory, for their respective teams,  in the pan-European championship. With 52 cars it will be a packed grid and both Matt and Seb Morris will need to be at their best to make a mark in their ‘home’ race.  Matt & Seb  had contrasting fortunes at Monza in Round 1 after strong qualifying performances.

Seb will be hoping for more joy like in Monza

Seb Morris started the event by posting the 4th fastest time in his qualifying session but with the grid position decided on the combined time of all the teams drivers, the Team Parker  Bentley Continental GT3 started in 2nd in the Pro-Am class, 23rd place overall, and with teammates Derek Pierce and Rob Smith taking the first 2 stints, they were in for a good result and were contesting the Pro-Am Class with the Ferrari 488 GT3,  until a slow pit-stop allowed the Ferrari to build an advantage. Morris took over the Bentley for the last hour but after passing car after car the Ferrari was just 20 secs ahead at the end of the 3hour race.  Seb summed up “I think a lot of people were taken by surprise with how quick we were at Monza. Our entry into the championship was obviously quite late, we hadn’t really had much testing, and yet we came through to finish P2 in our first race which was pretty faultless. I can’t wait for the weekend, I’m more prepared than I ever have been and a lot fitter since Monza too. Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks, if not the favourite, and the nature of the circuit with the high-speed corners really does suit the Bentley. Monza was a great track for our car, but I think Silverstone can be even better for us.”  Having won the British Gt race last year at a canter, Seb and the Team Parker team will be hoping for a repeat.

 

Matt hopes to get more silverware soon!

Matt Parry will also be hoping for a good race at Silverstone, having suffered from ill fortune in Monza. As the rest of the  grid started the 3 hour race by charging into the first of Monza chicanes, Smiths car, the GT Sport Motul no. 23 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 run by Bob Nevilles team RJN, was forced to start from the pit-lane, when his teammate Alex Buncombe was hit by gearbox problems on the starting grid! Once started, the experienced Buncombe made good progress and made into the top 30 before handing over to Parry, but a fumbled pitstop and more car problems dropped them back. Parry did his best to recover, but problems dogged the car, but at least Lucas Ordonez  (who raced with us in 2009,  after winning the Nissan Playstation GT Academy competition)was able to bring the car to the chequered flag, albeit several laps down!

Parry commented “It’s a frustrating way to start the season, especially after the promise that our run in qualifying had shown. However, we have to remember that this is an all-new car and that there will always be teething troubles. Hopefully, we will have got most of these out of our system now, because there is certainly a lot of potential in the car’.

  • Free Practice for the Blancpain Endurance Cup runners at Silverstone will take place at 10.45 on Saturday, 19th May, with Pre-Qualifying following at 15.45.
  • On Sunday, 20th May, final Qualifying will begin at 09.45 with the big race itself scheduled to commence at 15.00.Live streaming of Qualifying and round two will be carried online at  www.blancpain-gt-series.com/ with further coverage on digital satellite and cable channel Motorsport TV. In the UK Freesat – channel 253  – Sky – channel 447 -Virgin Media – channel 545

 

  • Team Parker Racing
  • Drivers Derek Pierce, Rob Smith, Seb Morris GBR
  • Car number 31
  • Bentley Continental GT3
  • Pro-Am Cup after 1 Round

2nd     Sebastian Morris 18 points

 

GT SPORT MOTUL Team RJN

Drivers Matt Parry, Lucas Ordonez, Alex Buncombe

car number 23

Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3

 

 

 

Seb blasts Blancpain Monza race

Blancpain Endurance Cup debutant Seb Morris produced a remarkable performance during the opening event of the 2018 season at Monza in Italy on Sunday, 22nd April, with a fabulous second place finish in the Pro-Am class for Team Parker Racing. The 22-year-old Welshman,  was on sensational form from the outset at the Italian venue at the wheel of the No.31 Bentley Continental GT3.

Photo by Jacob Ebray

Scorching to the fourth fastest time overall in qualifying, second in Pro-Am, the reigning British GT Champion turned heads again during Sunday afternoon’s three-hour contest where he delivered a masterclass in overtaking in the final stint of the race on his way to second place in Pro-Am.

Partnered by fellow British drivers Derek Pierce and Rob Smith, who both performed extremely well during the first and second hours respectively, Chester-based Morris is now incredibly excited ahead of the championship’s visit to UK soil next month for round two at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.

“I’m really happy, we had a mega start and Derek drove a really good stint to get from fifth up to first”, said Morris, “Unfortunately, we lost time in the pit-stop due to a radio problem, but we pushed as hard as we could and Rob did a flying stint in the second hour. When I jumped in, I had a really strong stint and we kept the tyres with us the whole way.

“I pulled off some great overtaking, both for position in class and position overall, and it was just a really good, fun race – I think I showed what I can do on the European stage. The leading Ferrari just got too far ahead from us, but at a lot of points during the race we were the fastest car on track so I’m really happy with that.”

He added: “I’ve always said I could compete at this level with the right opportunity, it’s so nice to do that and prove that in my first race in Blancpain which is arguably the biggest GT championship in the world.”

On track with the quickest drivers in the championship during the final hour, including many ‘factory’ racers and vastly experienced international professionals, the Welshman absolutely starred. Holding sixth place initially, he quickly moved back into the top four and produced a memorable pass on the newer generation No.7 M-Sport Bentley Continental at the Parabolica for an overall position gain.

Running 2.5 seconds shy of the class podium placings, Morris reeled in the target AF Corse Ferrari and grabbed third place with just over half an hour to go. Closing down the next gap to the similar Kessel Racing Ferrari, Morris took second place with 25 minutes remaining where he stayed.

“It’s been a fantastic start in Blancpain and this result has only added to our confidence”, he added, “Silverstone next is a good track for us, we were strong there in testing and I obviously won there by a minute and a half in British GT last year, so we’ll go there aiming for another strong weekend.”

Round two of the Blancpain Endurance Cup will take place at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK over the weekend 19th/20th May.

2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup ‘Pro-Am’ Driver Standings
2nd Seb Morris/Rob Smith/Derek Pierce, 18pts

 

Big Drive And Top-Ten Result For Andy Meyrick In The Michelin Le Mans Cup Season Opener 

April 14, 2018, Le Castellet, France –  WRDA member Andy Meyrick put on a show-stopping performance t to bring the Motorsport98 team home a season-opening top-ten result.

The week started extremely well for Meyrick appearing at the top of the leader board in the official practice day on Wednesday. With a day off to strategize, the team returned to the Circuit Paul Ricard for the race weekend. After a second practice day, co-driver Eric De Doncker took the wheel in the morning’s qualifying session before starting the race 16th on the grid. In the Michelin Le Mans Cup, qualifying is done by the Am of the Pro-Am driver pairing.

As the first hour of the race came to a close, Meyrick took over from De Doncker in 13th position. As the race continued Meyrick continued to gain ground and positions. The last half-hour of the race proved to be a test of Meyrick’s driving capabilities as he fiercely succeeded in keeping ahead of the #22 United Autosports Ligier. An exhilarating battle, the pair caught the attention of the TV screens and commentators who agreed that both drivers would have massive grins on their faces after this race.

Andy confirmed “That was a tough race at the end there but good fun as a driver! Unfortunately we were unable to get the qualifying position we had hoped for but Eric put on a great performance in his stint to get us up to 13th. It was an exciting race and a great season opener and I’m happy we could secure a top-ten for the team. They did a fantastic job with the car and as we proved on the official test day, we have the ability to be up in P1. I look forward to the rest of the season and showcasing this some more.”

Next up for Meyrick and Motorsport98 will be The Monza Round at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on May 12th.

British GT is Rockingham-bound for first endurance race of 2018

ROCKINGHAM TIMETABLE

Saturday 28 April
09:30 – 10:30: Free Practice 1
11:45 – 12:45: Free Practice 2
15:25 – 15:35: Qualifying 1 – GT3 Am
15:39 – 15:49: Qualifying 2 – GT3 Pro
15:53 – 16:03: Qualifying 3 – GT4 Am
16:08 – 16:18: Qualifying 4 – GT4 Pro

Sunday 29 April
09:30 – 09:40: Warm-up

13.10 – 15.10 Race

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LIVE COVERAGE Sunday’s two-hour race will be streamed live on the championship’s Facebook page and website, as well SRO’s GT World Youtube channel

Pre-race smiles from Ryan Ratcliffe! Photo by Robert Allender

Stop Press- the Championship stewards have declared a result for the 2nd race, which never was! Rick n Ryan therefore scored 1 point for starting in 10th place! Full details at http://www.britishgt.com/

Q & Race report – In Qualifying Rick was 2nd fastest in his session, but in his session Ryan was 11th.Speaking after Qualifying Ryan confirmed ‘It was an awesome effort from Rick to put us on the front row for Race 1 on Monday! Mixed feelings for my Qualifying, I was getting faster and faster in the car but still not 100% confident to push on new tyres! P11 for me. Let’s see what Monday brings, as its all very tight!

Although it was dry during Qualifying, it was wet and rainy when Race-day dawned on Bank Holiday Monday! Wet weather traction is the Achilles heel in this version of the Bentley Continental GT3 car, and so it was no real surprise  in the wet, morning ‘warm-up’ when Rick spun off at the Island bend! Afterwards a clearly unhappy Rick explained ‘I squeezed the throttle gently and the car did a slow spin. There was no traction control at all!’  However the front ‘splitter’ was damaged & the Team Parker mechanics worked frantically as they had only about an hour to fix the car.

Rick gets ready to start the race, before the safety car spread the field all around the circuit! Photo by Robert Allender

Showing their superb professionalism, the car made it to the grid. Rick declared ‘I am just going to drive nice & easy and maybe we can pick up some points’ Ryan interjected ‘I told Rick to try for the lead, and then the others will be eating your spray!’ However it turned out to be not so simple as the race organizers decided to start the race behind the safety car! It set off at a pace and lead the pack around for 3 laps. However, rather than backing off on the ‘In lap’ to bunch the pack up a little, by the time the safety car headed to the pits, there was 45secs between the first and last cars, and the leading car was heading into the first corner, before Rick in the 2nd place car had even exited from Lodge corner! Rick was soon under pressure from Ian Loggie in the 2nd Team Parker Bentley who got past, but they were some both passed by the Lamborghini of Minshaw and Keen.  Rick faded away before pitting for Ryan to take over. However Ryan also found ‘The Beast’ a handful in the wet, and made a big bid to stay in the points, until a slight moment dropped him back,  to finish out of the points in 12th place. In the end the Aston Martin of ‘Flick’ Haig and her teammate Johnny Adam won the 1 hour race by almost 28 seconds! Another Aston Martin was in 2nd place on a day that suited them. Minshaw and Keen looked on their way to a good result, until a broken wheel forced them into a pit-stop, and they ended in 4th place. With the car in one piece there was at least another race to try to get Rick n Ryans  2018 points tally started, as the Jools Westwood engineed car of Ian and Callum were able to pick up some points with a 7th place finish. However worse (or better depending on your point of view) was to come as the heavens opened and torrential rain flooded the track! Given that in race 1, a dry line did not appear even with 36 cars pounding around for an hour, the track surface was retaining water, and after another 3 laps behind the safety car, the race, and the rest of the programme, was abandoned.  Rick summed uop. ‘Race 1 was bad enough, but it was far too dangerous to race! Onwards to Rockingham where we shall let the thunder roar!’

The other big news at Oulton Park was the return to racing of Billy Monger. Also known as ‘Billy Wiz’ he lost both his lower legs after an awful crash in  April 2017, he was a sensation 12 months later in his first race in the 2018 F3 Series, finishing 3rd in his specially adapted car!

Reports by Marion A

Preview While some Welsh drivers are getting ready for the Welsh Sports & Saloon Championship to start towards the end of April, some Welsh drivers are already to start their season now! Whilst Ben Hingeley for Abergele has been working hard and showing well in the European F3 test days, Ryan Ratcliffe from Pontyberem near Llanelli, actually starts racing this weekend in the first round of the British GT Championship at Oulton Park! Ryan will link up again with Rick Parfitt Jnr who is the current GT3 champion! Rick was partnered in 2017 by Seb Morris, but now that Seb is moving on to race in the Blancpain Endro Series in Europe, Ryan has taken his place. Rick & Ryan already know each other as they won the GT4 championship together in 2013! They will continue with the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 car, but with all new sponsorship! Whilst Oulton Park may not be thought of as a ‘Bentley’ circuit, last year Rick n Seb were on  pole position for both of the traditional 1 hours races, and Callum Macloed in the 2nd of  the Team Parker Racing Bentleys, set the fastest lap, lowering Seb Morris’ record time set in 2016! Team Parker will run 2 GT3 cars again, with Ian Loggie partnering Callum Macloed again! Qualifying will be on Saturday 31st March and the first of the 2 x 1 Hour races starts at 11.00 am on Bank Holiday Monday.  (Preview by Marion A)

2018 WSSCC dates – Pembrey- Oulton Park & Donington Park

Hi here are the dates we have for the 2018 WSSSCC

  1. April 22nd Pembrey with Trucks
  2. Saturday May 12th Oulton Park International Circuit   
  3. June 10th Pembrey with Citroen C1s
  4. July 29th Donington Park National Circuit 
  5. August 19th Pembrey with MSA Time Attack
  6. Oct 14th Pembrey with Trucks

N.B for those of you who want something to do in September there may be a Non-championship sports/saloon car challenge race at Castle Combe in September, usually on their Saturday meeting. The entry fee is usually about £120. Alan will notify everyone when he finds out.

P.s WSSCC Code of Practice Updated for 2018

2017 final WSSCC points overall – well done Tyrone Luffarelli the 2017 Champion!

See the foot of the page for Tyrone Luffarelli’s winners interview

Championship Points
Name Car No Class Total Best 10
1 Tyrone Luffarelli Peugeot 106 24 BT 269 231
2 Dave Scaramanga VW Scirocco 2 CT 197 197
3 Jason Davies Ford Sierra Cosworth t 1 CS 181 181
4 Gareth Haycock VW Scirocco 17 CT 176 176
5 Colin Dunn Renault Clio Williams 19 BT 174 174
6 Fabio Luffarelli Volkswagen Corrado 70 M 173 171
7 Daryl Radford Honda Civic 181 BS 171 171
8 Nick Rocke Ford Fiesta 21 BT 170 170
9 Melissa Luffarelli Mini GSR Saloon 10 M 176 162
10 Mat Harries Porsche 944 94 CT 150 150
11 Damian Longotano Westfield S2000 44 CS 144 144
12 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 D 140 140
13 Andrew Williams MG ZR 105 88 BT 138 138
14 Andy Williams Ford Sierra Sapphire 22 CS 138 138
15 Nick Crompton Mitsubishi Evo 80 CS 136 136
16 Mark Wiliams Volkswagen Polo 180 CT 128 128
17 Richard Francis Citreon Saxo VTR 48 AS 126 126
18 Verity Banks MG ZR 53 BT 122 122
19 Darren Hockley Honda Civic 62 BS 116 116
20 Ken James Loco Hornet 77 CS 114 114
21 Alan Smith Ford Ka 13 AT 112 112
22 Darren Orsborn BMW 3 Series 71 BS 98 98
23 Elis Wiggins Vauxhall Nova 86 BS 94 94
24 Glynne Jones BMW M3 26 CS 90 90
25 Bradley John Mitsubishi Evo 27 CS 72 72
26 Keith White BMW  Z4 38 D 43 43
27 Adam Jones Honda Civic 222 BS 38 38
28 Anthony Weeks Mazda RX6 41 BS 28 28
29 Martin Davies 4wd Ford Sapph Cos t 32 CS 24 24
30 Mike Moss Westfield 14 CS 24 24
31 Phil Morris VW Golf 124 0 0

 

2017 Final Overall Points

2017 Final ClassPoints

2017 WSSCC Class Points – well done to all Class Winners & points scorers!

2017 Final Class Points
Class AS Car No Total Points Best 10
Richard Francis Citreon Saxo VTR 48 126 126
Class AT
Alan Smith Ford Ka 13 112 112
Class BS
1 Daryl Radford Honda Civic 181 171 171
2 Darren Hockley Honda Civic 62 116 116
3 Darren Orsborn BMW 3 Series 71 98 98
4 Elis Wiggins Vauxhall Nova 86 94 94
5 Adam Jones Honda Civic 222 38 38
6 Anthony Weeks Mazda RX6 41 28 28
Class BT
1 Tyrone Luffarelli Peugeot 106 24 269 231
2 Colin Dunn Renault Clio Williams 19 174 174
3 Nick Rocke Ford Fiesta 21 170 170
4 Andrew Williams MG ZR 105 88 138 138
5 Verity Banks MG ZR 53 122 122
Class CS
1 Jason Davies Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth turbo 1 181 181
2 Damian Longotano Westfield S2000 44 144 144
3 Andy Williams Ford Sierra Sapphire 22 138 138
4 Nick Crompton Mitsubishi Evo 80 136 136
5 Ken James Loco Hornet 77 114 114
6 Glynne Jones BMW M3 26 90 90
7 Bradley John Mitsubishi Evo 27 72 72
8 Martin Davies 4wd Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth t 32 24 24
9 Mike Moss Westfield 14 24 24
10 Phil Morris VW Golf 124 0 0
Class CT
1 Dave Scaramanga VW Scirocco 2 197 197
2 Gareth Haycock VW Scirocco 17 176 176
3 Mat Harries Porsche 944 S2 94 150 150
4 Mark Wiliams Volkswagen Polo 180 128 128
Class D
1 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 69 140 140
2 Keith White BMW  Z4 38 43 43
Class M
1 Fabio Luffarelli Volkswagen Corrado 70 173 171
2 Melissa Luffarelli Mini Saloon 10 176 162

2017 Final ClassPoints a race by race basis

2017 Final Overall Points on a race by race basis

Dave Scaramanga has won the 2017 Colin Gundersen Award!

Well done to Dave Scaramanga who has won the 2017 Colin Gundersen Award! Dave had a narrow lead 2.4 point lead over Tyrone Luffarelli (who won the award in 2016) going into the last 2 races at Pembrey, on the new circuit. Both Dave, who races a VW Sirocco in Class CT & Tyrone who races a Peugeot in Class BT, each set a new Class Lap Record in Race one, with Dave making 4 points, as his time was that much better. Crucially however Daves’ fastest lap in race 2 was 99.5% of the new Class CT record, while Tyrones’ Fastest lap was only 97.17% of the new Class BT record, making Dave another 2 points better off, and securing the trophy for him by 8.9 points! Fabio Luffarelli (Tyrones’ dad) was 3rd, only 1 point behind his son, and Richard Francis was 4th only 3.5 points behind Fabio! (n.b all the Class Fastest Laps are taken from the TSL timing website.)

Points after 8 rounds Total after 6 at Pembey Points Points Total
Class Driver Points Round 7 Round 8 Points
1 CT Dave Scaramanga 502.51225 105.64388 99.50688 707.66301
2 BT Tyrone Luffarelli 500.10105 101.45534 97.17549 698.73188
3 M Fabio Luffarelli 494.73001 103.24728 99.72033 697.69762
4 AS Richard Francis 494.63185 101.20938 98.32138 694.16261
5 BS Daryl Radford 394.72048 100.4008 100.8013 595.92256
6 AT Alan Smith 287.77981 101.00302 98.92010 487.70293
7 D Chris Everill 403.02208 no score 99.00000 502.02208
8 CS Jason Davies 401.34025 dns dns 401.34025
9 CS Martin Davies 100.00000 98.57847 98.30163 296.88010
10 BS Anthony Weeks 292.99608 dns dns 292.99608
11 CS Bradley John 100 dns dns 100.00000
11 D Keith White no score 100 no score 100.00000

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

Hi re the 2017 Colin Gundersen Trophy – points after 8 rounds at Pembrey.  Dave Scaramanga still holds a narrow lead after 6 rounds from Tyrone Luffarelli with his Dad Fabio in 3rd place, with Richard Francis a close 4th. With the last 2 races held on the ‘New’ Circuit Layout, the established the Class Lap Records gave us a benchmark for the July 23rd races. The Final scoring rounds at Pembrey are on Sunday October 15th

Combined
Points after 6 rounds July 23rd Total after 6
Class Driver Carried Forward Points Points
1 CT Dave Scaramanga 301.50826 202.55260 504.06086
2 BT Tyrone Luffarelli 300.17632 201.00399 501.18031
3 M Fabio Luffarelli 294.90256 199.94733 494.82729
4 AS Richard Francis 294.84110 199.82745 494.66855
5 BS Daryl Radford 292.99610 199.79075 492.78685
6 CS Jason Davies 201.82763 200.17480 303.84253
7 D Chris Everill 98.95566 201.19445 300.15010
8 BS Anthony Weeks 292.99608 dns 292.99608
9 AT Alan Smith 287.77981 dns 287.77981
10 CS Martin Davies 100.00000 dns 100.00000

WSSCC Class Lap Records at Pembrey

Hi please see the attached Class lap records for the WSSCC races at Pembery. I have sourced them from the ‘official results’ on the TSL website and converted them, so I can use them in the ‘Colin Gundersen’ trophy calculations.  So 1.12.345 = 72.345.

Also I can confirm that for the Blake Edwards trophy for race wins, Jason Davies has 7 wins, Chris Everill has 3, Bradley John has one, as does Steve Hall (Guest at Oulton Park). So Jason retains the Blake Edwards trophy. Regards Robert

 Class Lap Records
New Circuit at 16/10/17
Class Driver Class Record Date set
AS Richard Francis 76.162 15/10/2017
AT Alan Smith 82.350 15/10/2017
BS Daryl Radford 74.098 15/10/2017
BT Tyrone Luffarelli 73.591 15/10/2017
CS Bradley John 66.154 23/07/2017
CT Dave Scaramanga 72.645 15/10/2017
D Keith White 67.290 15/10/2017
M Fabio Luffarelli 67.749 15/10/2017
Classic circuit
( 2016 Class Lap Records)
Class Driver Lap Record
AS Craig Freeman 67.149
AT Sam Summerhayes 67.000
BS Jim Lyons 64.952
BT Paul Flinders 68.641
CS Jason   Davies 60.775
CT Kevin Bird 68.404
D Keith White 60.441
M Mike Cond 60.872
Updated after 23rd April 2017
New Records = Red
Class Driver Class Record Date set
Craig Freeman 67.149 6/30/2013
Sam Summerhayes 67.000 8/16/2015
Jim Lyons 64.952 15/05/2016
Tyrone Luffarelli 67.579 23/04/2017  
  Jason   Davies 60.761 23/04/2017  
  Dave Scaramanga 67.181 23/04/2017
Keith White 60.441 05/8/20112
Mike Cond 60.872 6/30/2013