Seb n Rick head for Donny Park GT title showdown – Ben looks to move up in F3!

Seb n Rick head for Donny Park GT title showdown – Ben Hingeley  looks to move up in F3! plus Andy Meyricks’ up & downs at the ‘Ring

British GT – WRDA member and 2011 Welsh Young Driver of the Year, Seb Morris and his teammate Rick Parfitt Jnr, will be at Donington Park on the weekend for the final race of the 2017 British GT Championship, with the cushion of a 10.5 point lead over their main rivals, Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen.

Eat-Sleep-Win-Repeat. Rick n Seb top the podium at Brands Hatch! (photo by Jacob Ebrey)

Seb n Rick aided by slick work by Team Parker Racing have won all the longer races so far this year, and Seb has set new lap records for GT3 cars at Oulton Park & Spa( which earned him the Sunoco Fastest Driver of the Weekend)! However due to the quirks in the championship points system, the 2 hour race at Donnington is a ‘winner takes all’ kind of race!

Minshaw is backed by the family firm ‘Demon Tweeks’ and he and Keen will be in their Lamborghini Hurrican while Seb & Rick will be in their usual Bentley Continental. Good news for the Bentley drivers,  is that the weather forecast is for dry weather all weekend! This will put more pressure on Minshaw, who has had problems dealing with pressure in the past. Indeed he found himself under pressure from the other Team Parker Racing Bentley driven by Ian Loggie and Callum MacLeod at Silverstone  and also at Spa where Loggie pounced for his first win, when Minshaw spun in front of them!  (BTW MacLeod was 2007 British Formula Ford Champion & had a string of single seater success before moving into the British GT Championship).

The one fly in the ointment is that Seb n Rick must serve a 20 second ‘success’ penalty during the pit stop(s) for winning the last round at Brands Hatch! Seb has said he think they are the underdogs. However Minshaw & Keen must win if they are take the title, if they don’t, then Seb & Rick have other options.

In the 7 weeks since winning the last race at Brands Hatch, both Seb & Rick have been busy, with Seb finishing his qualification at the awesome Nurburgring Nordschleife and is now able to enter the Nordschleifes’ 24hr race in the top class! Meanwhile Rick has been gigging with his band, the RPJ Band, including the  Thunderintheglens bikers festival in Scotland!

You can the race watch Live on http://www.britishgt.com/live

Live timing is via TSL on  http://www.britishgt.com/live-timing

 

In the 2017 British F3 Championship, 20 year old Ben Hingeley from Abergele, has an excellent chance of climbing the points table with 4th place easily within his grasp! In 2017 Ben has become the latest in a long list of Welsh drivers to join the Fortec team and he has been a regular race winner & podium visitor, and with 3 races over the weekend,  if things go his way even 2nd place is not completely out of the question!

2017 Championship Standings

After Race Three Snetterton
1. Enaam Ahmed 575pts
2. Toby Sowery 432pts
3. James Pull 430pts
4. Cameron Das 375pts
5. Ben Hingeley 372pts

 

Andy Meyricks’ up & downs at the ‘Ring

September 17, 2017, Nürburgring, Germany – Having had lots of experience, and good results, at the Eifel Circuit, Andy Meyrick was hopeful of a good result with Bullitt Racing and the McLaren 570s GT4 during the weekend’s season finale of the GT4 European Series Northern Cup. The weekend started well with Meyrick in P2 at the end of the two practice sessions, but Qualli and Race 1 did not go as planned. Starting in 28th, Andys team-mate, Pattrick had contact on the fourth lap which caused an early end to the day for the Bullitt Racing team without Andy having being able to turn a lap!

In Race 2 after being unable to get the clear lap qualifying to make the most of the Bullitt Racing’s McLaren 570s GT4’s speed, Andy started Race 2 in 20th position, and he put on a fighting stint through the field to pit in fifth place! The team however were unable to restart due to a technical issue with the car, ending the day early for the team again. Andy said “It was a really disappointing weekend for us. We have the pace worthy of a podium and it was very unfortunate today that we were unable to restart the car. The team did a fantastic job all weekend and I wish for their sake we’d have been able to prove the team’s ability and the car’s performance with a good result.”

However, the team return to the track in two weeks to join the European GT4 Series Southern Cup in Barcelona aiming to secure a better outcome. In the meantime, Meyrick is back with Eric De Doncker and Motorsports98 in the Ligier JS P3 for the Spa-Francorchamps Round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup next weekend.

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Super Brands Hatch wins gives Seb n Rick at 10.5 lead in the British GT Championship!

Seb Morris and his Bentley Continental GT3 team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr returned to winning ways in the 2 hour British GT Championship race on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 6th August, to move to a 10.5 points lead in the title standings ahead of next month’s season finale.

Saturdays wet qualifying session played to the strengths of Seb n Ricks major rivals, Minshaw and Keen, who sealed a commanding pole in their Barwell Motorsport run Lamborghini Hurrican, while the Bentleys’ lack of wet weather traction restricted Seb & Rick to 5th place on the grid. However, Sunday’s dry track and warm, sunny conditions would favour Rick & Seb!

Top of the podium and the points for Seb n Rick(image supplied courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography)

With the Am Drivers taking the first 1 hour stint, at the start, Minshaw led away but Rick Jnr was working his way through to the front, and after 20 minutes he caught and passed Minshaw at Graham Hill Bend, to chase the current leader James Littlejohn.  Then a brief Safety Car period bunched up the field, but when Littejohns Aston Martin  just stopped,  Rick put in Bentley into the lead and began to establish a solid lead, before he  pitted at the first opportunity, to hand over  20 second lead to Seb Morris. It was another Team Parker Racing master-stoke, as the other teams’ decisions to wait another lap before doing their pit-stop backfired! And after all the pit-stops unwound, Seb had a  26s lead, which had grown to 33.8s by the chequered flag, after an untroubled run through the final hour to deliver a dominant victory, and they departed the Kent track with a 10.5 point advantage at the top of the GT3 title race – having arrived at Brands Hatch 12 points adrift!

 

“I’m absolutely elated with the result, I didn’t expect it whatsoever”, said the Welsh Superstar and MSA Team UK racer, “Rick drove an absolute blinder in his stint, he did a fantastic job to get to the front, and then it was all about bringing it home. The car was awesome, the Team Parker guys were spot on as always, and I was able to increase the lead late on which was great. Now, we need to have a think about how we can win this championship! We didn’t expect to be in the lead of the points but it’s a fantastic feeling knowing we’re going to Donington for the last round on top. We will have the success penalty from today, though, so it’s not going to be easy and there’s still a lot of hard work ahead.” However with Seb, Rick and TPR dominant in the longer races, they have to fancy their chances! Especially when taking  into account Minshaws mistakes under pressure!

There is now a lengthy seven week break from British GT action ahead of the grand finale of the 2017 season, round 10 at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire, over the weekend 23rd/24th September.

—— British F3 report ——-

Photo by Rob Allender

Aberegle racer Ben Hingeley had a frustrating weekend at Brands Hatch with a dnf after starting for 3rd place on the grid! But after starting race 2 in 14th position, Ben had the drive of his life! He was up to 6th by the end of the first lap , continuing to improve making a further 2 places for 4th. He had just made the move for 3rd when he was hit off the track! There was nothing he could have done and the other driver was excluded from the race . Unfortunately that doesn’t help Bens position in the championship. He was heading for another amazing podium . Race 3 started 7th and finished 5th. Maybe further damage from the mornings incident as struggled to turn right. Not the weekend he wanted but he did you show what  he’s made of.  Ben thanked the Fortec mechanics for working so hard. He is now 5th in the points standings with 319 points

The next races in the 2017 British F3 championship are at Snetterton on August 26 & 27

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Ben on his winning way!

Welsh racers Ben Hingeley, Seb Morris and Ryan Ratcliffe are heading to Brands Hatch for the latest rounds of the British F3 and British GT Championship. In the British F3 championship Ben Hingeley, after winning and finishing 3rd in Spa, has moved into 4th place, only 8 points behind James Pull in 3rd place & 17 points behind Tony Sowery in 2nd place! So a good score at Brands Hatch could see Ben, in the Fortec car, catapult himself into to the top of the points standings

 

 

—————– 2017 British GT Championship preveiw ————

The TPR car monsters the kerb at Eau Rouge (photo by Jacob Ebray)

In the British GT Championship, Seb and his teammate Rick Parfitt jnr are in 2nd place in the Championship only 12 points behind the leaders Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen and their Lamborghini Hurruican. The race at Brands Hatch is a full 2 Hour race and some people say that theoretically if Minshaw and Keen were to win and Seb and Rick were unable to score enough points to keep them in contact, Minshaw and Keen would win the championship with one round to spare! However in reality that would be an unlikely scenario as the Bentley Continental should be in its element, with Seb & Rick winning both the ‘Enduro’ races so far this season ‘at a canter’! Not only that, but the second Team Parker Racing driven by Ian Loggie and Callum MacLeod, won the last race at Spa, so it is Minshaw and Keen who will be under pressure, not only from the flying ‘B’ but also from the Aston Martin of James Littlejohn/Jack Mitchel who are currently 3rd in the Championship!  Meanwhile whilst Seb was really pumped up “It’s great to be back racing in the UK next weekend and Rick and I are as determined as ever to close down the Lamborghini guys in the championship. With only two races to go there’s everything to play for, a big result at Brands is going to be vital for our championship and we’re confident we will be competitive’ Rick revealed he was also locked in a personal battle with Crohns Disease. ‘  I don’t normally talk about it, but living with Crohns Disease flare ups is hugely painful, utterly exhausting and thoroughly debilitating. However I have amazing support from my incredible wife, which helps me battle through it.’ This puts Ricks racing efforts and speed into a different light.

Meanwhile in the points standings , their recent win has pulled Loggie and MacLeod up to 8th place whilst Ryan Ratcliffe and his AM team-mate Lee Mowle are 9th

Opening practice at Brands Hatch GP Circuit will take place at 09.30 on Saturday, 5th August, with session two following at 12.05 ahead of qualifying at 16.25. On Sunday, 6th August, warm-up will get underway at 10.00 with the 120-minute ninth round of the season scheduled to commence at 14.10.

Live timing will be available http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/17313.  Live free-to-air television coverage on the Front Runner channel. See listings for details.

Rick Parfitt Jnr  http://www.rpjracing.co.uk/

Seb Morris Management/Commercial Contact:

Barry Mears Tel: +44 (0)7595 956145

Email: barry@fullcontactlaw.co.uk

Seb Morris Media Contact:

Marc Orme Tel: +44 (0)7920 886985

Email: marc@marc-orme.co.uk / marcorme1@aol.com

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WRDA member Ben Hingeley moved to 4th place in the 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship, after he blasted to super win in race 1 at Spa last weekend, and has proved himself a real race winner and a threat to the current points leaders James Pull, Toby Sowery and Enaam Ahmed .  Starting from 3rd place on the grid, 19 year old Ben from Abergele, driving the Fortec prepared car, stalked Sowery and Ahmed, overtaking them both in the early laps, with some forceful  moves , and drove well to record a win by just over a second from Ahemd.

After he said “Last time out I claimed a win on a brilliant track like Silverstone and I’ve done the same today so I’m really made up. I got a great start and a lovely tow down the back straight on both Toby Sowery and Enaam Ahmed. I managed to get around the outside of Enaam and then I pushed on to catch Toby and I had the pace on him. I caught him and got a really nice tow down the back straight into the chicane. He defended to the inside, I went to the outside, out-braked him and got the move done.

As we went through the right I had the inside for the left and I’m not sure if because he took a tighter line, he understeered but there was a bit of contact which pushed me off the track and I had to take to the escape road a little bit. These things happen with racing and without the contact I would have made the corner quite comfortably. We’ll go again now, we’ve got the night to think about anything we need to change and try and figure out why the rear tyres went off a little bit and we’ll come back tomorrow to try and get another two wins.”

However Saturday starter as a bit of a downer,  as Ben after a race to forget in Race 2, spending three laps in the pits early on following contact on the opening lap from fellow race one podium finisher Guilherme Samaia. The Brazilian driver retired in the pits and was handed a five place grid penalty for race 3 by the stewards. Ben  recovered to finish an unclassified 16th.

But Ben then bounced back to finish 3rd in the final race of the weekend.  Ben confirmed “It’s great to be back on the podium coming from sixth place on the grid, especially after what happened in race two – that really put us on the back foot.       I think the track had changed today from yesterday especially this morning when it was a bit quicker, and after the GT race it seemed to slow down a lot. It probably hurt us a bit more than it hurt the other two and they had just a tenth or two more every lap which helped them get away. In the end that was enough and I couldn’t catch them. I was hoping that their battling would bring them closer to me but it didn’t happen and third was the best we could do I think.”

However the points scored have moved Ben into 4th place, only 8 points behind James Pull in 3rd place & 17 points behind Tony Sowery in 2nd place!

The next rounds are at Brands Hatch on 5/6th August.

Current 2017 British F3 points

1st Enaam Ahmed – (Carlin Racing) – 399pts

2nd   Tony Sowery –  (Lannan Racing)317pts

3rd James Pull – (Carlin Racing) – 308pts

4th Ben Hingeley  (Fortec)-300pts

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Seb & Rick still 2nd overall after a tough weekend at the Spa

Two incident-packed British GT Championship races  at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Saturday, 8th July, delivered a best finishes of 3rd and 5th places for Welsh racer Seb Morris and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr but still left Bentley Continental duo in 2nd place in the points, although now 12 points adrift  in the standings.

Ending round seven fifth on the road and round eight seventh, (but with several drivers participating at Spa on a one-off , no points scoring basis) meant that Seb & Rick were actually third and fifth.

The pace of the Team Parker Racing drivers  in Car 31, was undeniable, with Morris setting a new GT3 lap record for Spa in round seven to earn the Sunoco Fastest Driver of the Weekend award.

For the car 31, the weekend started well with Rick taking pole for race one pole, nut neither of the event’s contests went according to plan.  With a 10 second ‘success penalty’, resulting from their win last time out at Silverstone, applied to the driver change pit-stop in the opening race, Rick Parfitt Jnr needed to try and make the most of his pole position to limit the impact. With just two racing laps completed in the first half of the race though, due to a pair of Safety Car periods, the task proved impossible and after the pit-stop Seb took over but finished fifth on the road, but 3rd in the points!.

In round eight, a realistic bid for the podium was ended by an unfortunate drive-through penalty linked to a track limits infringement. Running in second position late in the contest, Rick Parfitt Jnr eventually finished in seventh place overall (5th in the points) after serving the penalty with less than 10 minutes to go.

“It’s not been the weekend we hoped for but, on the upside, we haven’t lost that many points to the championship leaders and I’m obviously pleased to have achieved Fastest Driver of the Weekend again to prove our pace”, reflected Morris, “All of our focus now is on the next round at Brands Hatch where I’m sure we’ll be competitive. The first race was full of Safety Cars, so Rick couldn’t work his magic there in the opening stint, plus we had the success penalty in the pit stop which cost us another 10 seconds so fifth wasn’t a bad result in the end. With all of the problems in race two, coming away with some decent points and staying second in the championship was the best we could hope for.”

However it was happy days for the Team Parker Racing drivers in Car 7, Ian Loggie and Callum MacLeod who was 2nd in race 1 and actually won race 2, an excellent result for the Jules Westwood engineered car. The Points have put Loggie & MacLeod up to 8th place in the points standings!

For Ryan Ratcliffe and Lee Mowle it was a tough weekend. Lee has slowest in his qualifying session although Ryan was 9th in his. The Groundhog Mercedes  finished  9th in race 1, and  8th in race 2.

British GT returns back to UK soil for the next event on the 2017 calendar, the annual visit to Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent, over the weekend 5th/6th August.

———– Spa Preview ————–

Welsh drivers Ben Hingeley, Seb Morris and Ryan Ratcliffe are heading to the classic Belgian drivers circuit at Spa-Francorchamps  for the annual  visit of the British F3 & British GT Championship package.

Ben on his way to win at Silverstone!

Abergele racer Ben Hingeley will be looking to add to his tally in the British Formula 3 championship, after winning at Silverstone! Driving the Fortec prepared car, Ben started well, and with a sweeping move from 4th place on the gird, took the lead at Copse Corner, and then charged on to his 2nd win of the year!

 

 

 

Rick sweeps into the lead at Silverstone! photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography

In the British GT championship, Seb Morris from Wrexham, and his team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr and the Team Parker Racing (TPR) squad, are also looking for win number 3, having won the last 2 rounds, the 2 hr race at Rockingham and the 3 hr race at Silverstone.

However the format now reverts back to two x One Hour sprint races for Spa and the next date at Brands Hatch, before the finale at Donington, which is a 2 hour race. After  winning the three-hour Silverstone 500 by of more than a minute , Morris and Parfitt Jnr’s sensational result also meant they closed to within just four points behind the of Lamborghini Huracan pair of Phil Keen and Jon (Demon Tweeks)  Minshaw.  (Although how Seb & Rick are not actually leading the championship by a substantial margin, after winning 2 of the major long distance races, is down to the quirky British GT points system!  As it is 2 x 1 hour race wins, score more points than a 2 hour race win, and the 3 hr race scores no more points than the 2 hour race!)   

However in 2016 they were a mere 0.6 seconds shy of victory at the Belgian Grand Prix venue,  so Seb (ably backed up by Rick) will undoubtedly be ultra-quick again and likely to be a genuine contenders for silverware.  From Seb n Ricks’ perspective, consistently strong scores in both 60-minute contests at Spa are key. The task will be made much harder, as off the back of the Silverstone win, the success penalty will apply to the driver-change pit-stop in the first race of the weekend!  Additionally, there will be an expanded grid at Spa with some hugely competitive entries from the likes of Barwell Motorsport and international squad Kessel Racing – with Lamborghini and Ferrari respectively, and European GT racing heavyweight Team WRT, and their factory Audi R8!

“It’s always amazing to race at Spa and I can’t wait to be back there”, said Morris, “Last year we had a fantastic result and hopefully we can try and go one better this time around and challenge for another win. It’s not going to be easy, especially in the first race where we have the success penalty from the win at Silverstone, but we’re feeling positive. The addition of Kessel, the WRT team, and another Barwell Lamborghini will only make the challenge greater, but it’s one we’re ready for and looking forward to. At Silverstone the Bentley was really able to stretch its legs and maximise its strengths and I hope we’ll be in a similar situation at Spa”, added Morris, “The guys at Team Parker have been doing an amazing job with the car, Rick is driving brilliantly and I’m happy with my form too. Without any issues next weekend, hopefully we can be competitive in both races and score well.”

Llanellis’ Ryan Ratcliffe & his team-mate Lee Mowle are currently 8th in the points standing, but seemed on course for even more points at Silverstone, until a massive, non- damaging spin by Ryan, dropped them back. This time they will be hoping that Spa suits their Groundhog Mercedes car better.

However ‘the Elephant in the room’  (i.e something that has relevance,  but which no-one wants to talk about) is the erratic and highly changeable Eifel weather, in which torrential rain can hit without warning, and this can turn a race on its head! Alternatively it might rain for the whole day, or not rain at all! Wet weather traction is the Bentley Continental’s Achilles heel, so everyone at TPR will be hoping for dry weather all weekend! Fortunately there is only one hairpin at Spa, the famous La Source hairpin, the first corner after the start. However once past the down-hill stretch from La Source to Eau Rouge, the climb up via Raddilion and the massive hill which is the Kemmel Straight to Les Combes, is surely Bentley (& maybe Mercedes) country! The rest of the circuit back to La Source is a pure drivers’ paradise!

As the 25 hour ‘Fun Cup’ race is due off on late Saturday, the opening practice for British GT at Spa will take place on Friday at 08.00 (UK time) on  7th July, with session two getting underway at 10.30 (UK time) and qualifying following at 15.15 (UK time). On Saturday, 8th July, round seven is scheduled to start at 08.20 (UK time) with round eight set to begin at 12.00 (UK time).

 

2017 British GT championship. In contrast to last years’ race, which has held in monsoon conditions, the 2017 visit to Silverstone was sunny and dry. Now renamed the Silverstone 500, the grid is decided when the best times of the drivers, set in separate sessions, were combined. Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr would start in 2nd place on the grid, with the Aston Martin of James Littlejohn & Jack Mitchell on pole! The other Team Parker Racing Bentley driven by Callum MacLeod & Ian Loggie was 5th fastest!

The ‘Groundhog’ Mercedes GT3 of Ryan Ratcliffe & Lee Mowle would start in 11th place, but the good news was that 3 of the cars in front of them would have to take pit-stop penalties due to their podium places in the last race at Snetterton!

Ryan commented ’We didn’t get the car sorted the way we like it’ Whilst Ryans’ team-mate Lee Mowle set the slowest time in his session, Ryans’ time was at least respectable, but not fast enough to alter their starting position!

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Seb guides The Beast around the Last lap

The Race – Rolling Start. In the 3 hour (180 minutes) race, no driver can drive more than 100 minutes, and the car must make 3 pit-stops.  At the start of the race, Rick Parfitt took the lead at Copse Corner and began to draw away from the pack by about 1 second a lap! Rick was really ‘in the zone’ and was really flying, building a 7 second lead in only 7 laps!  Meanwhile Ian Loggie, in the 2nd No. 7 Bentley Continental car, was also upholding Team Parker Racing honours, and was harassing Jon Minshaw, the series leader, for all he was worth. Loggie eventually overtook Minshaw, and pulled away! Minshaw seemed to be under a further attack for his 4th place, but then he steadied the ship to run in 4th place. However Team Parker decided to make their driver change pit-stops early, which allowed Jon Minshaw and the ‘Demon Tweeks’ Lamborghini Hurrican to take the lead! A hot and sweaty Rick Parfitt Jnr expressed his satisfaction. ‘At the start, I tried to inch Jon onto the dirtier side of the track! I then drove as hard as I could. Not bad for singer’ However once the pit-stops had all been done, Seb had a 45 second lead from James Littlejohn in the Aston Martin. Team Parker decided the time had come for their 2nd stop and brought Seb and the number 31 Bentley Continental in, to hand back to Rick Parfitt! Rick emerged into 9th place initially. Meanwhile Callum MacLeod had moved into 2nd place and went on to set the races fastest lap in the process! However Ryan Ratcliffe and Lee Mowle remained stranded in 11th place, last of the GT3 runners, although they managed to rise to finish in 8th place. However it was the battle for lead that held the attention as the Team Parker Racing Bentleys moved up and down the order! However Team Parker made their killer move and did a final driver change, to put Seb back in the car for the final stint to the Chequered Flag! As the rest the leaders also made their pit-stops, Seb in the no.31 Bentley emerged with a 50 second lead, over the Littlejohn & Mitchell Aston Martin, which he extended to over 1 minute, at the end. As the race entered its final stage, the only thing that might wreck the Team Parker masterplan was a safety car period! Unfortunately almost on cue, Ian Loggie, lost control of the no.7 Bentley at Copse Corner and spun off backwards, skipping over the gravel trap and eventually making a fairly heavy contact with the tyre wall! Ian seemed ok, which could not be said of the car! However the vastly experienced Silverstone marshals were on hand and dragged the Bentley out of the way, with their specialist JCB! All this was done with a minimum of fuss and the prospect of a safety car period disappeared! All that then remained was for Seb to bring the car, affectionately known as ‘The Beast’, home! The Team Parker pits filled up with team personnel, friends and family! Sat in front of a huge bank of monitors, Sebs team-mate Rick, was watching the TV feed through his fingers, as Seb reeled off the remaining the minutes! Stuart DSCF2340Parker, Team Principal at Team Parker Racing calmly talked Seb through to the flag! However probably the calmest person in TPR was Seb himself and as he guided the Bentley around the final corners towards the chequered flag, the garage exploded into cheering, clapping and whopping, as Rick and the Team Parker Mechanics stormed the pit lane fencing, to cheer him home! (Late in the race Jon Minshaw had to do a Drive Thru, which dropped them to finish in 4th place overall)

So Seb brought the Bentley to rest in P1, underneath the podium, and there was time for celebration between Seb & Rick, TPR team personnel and family. (Sebs dad Phillip, was wearing the most enormous grin!), before the two drivers ascended to the podium to collect the British GT trophies, and also the special RAC Trophy that was last awarded for a 500-mile race at Brooklands on 24 September 1932, and the usual celebratory champagne!

Later, at the winners press conference ,Seb & Rick confirmed the special Team Parker Racing tactics that helped them to win a famous victory. Rick confirmed ‘We had a long sit down and decided we’d try and box as clever as we could, to run the car really light and do shorter stints.’ Seb said ‘When Rick told me the strategy he was thinking of, I thought it was really good work. Obviously we were saving about 70 kilos by not filling the car with a full fuel load, and doing long stints. We calculated that by doing shorter stints it was better than that, so that’s what we did!’ A clearly emotional Rick Parfitt Jnr also confirmed that he wanted to dedicate his win to his late father, Rick Parfitt, who died suddenly last Christmas. ‘He came to see me this time last year, and I’m sure if he have been able to come this year to see this, he would have loved it. Its a real shame he’s not with us, but I’m sure he’s looking down, and I hope he’s real proud!’

The points gained by Rick n Seb have narrowed the gap, and now there is only 4 points between them (115 points) and the points leaders, Minshaw & Keen (119 points). The next rounds in the 2017 British GT Championship are due on 7th & 8th July at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit, which is among most drivers’ favourite venues!

A gallery of the pit & paddock photos are on the WRDA facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheWRDA/photos/?ref=page_internal

http://www.sebmorris.com/  http://www.britishgt.com/ Action images supplied courtesy Jakob Ebrey Photography

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Happy Families! Ben and his Mum, Dad & uncle celebrate his fine win at Silverstoen (photo by Rob Allender)

Ben storms to F3 Victory! In the latest rounds of the 2017 BRDC British F3 Championship, held on the full ‘Grand Prix’ circuit at Silverstone, Ben Hingeley scored his 2nd win of the season, in Sundays’ races. In the first race of the day, Abergele driver Ben Hingeley in his Fortec Racing run car, made a great start from 4th place on the grid to grab the lead at Copse Corner! Ben, who then held the lead throughout the race, drove well to win by over 2 seconds! Afterwards he saidI was starting in the middle of it all in fourth place, but I managed to get a great start, that was a real factor in the race win. Getting into first place after the first lap was what I dreamed off really. They came back at me towards the end, and I had to hang on a little, but I’m really happy with it. I’m not sure where I’m starting the next race yet, but after that performance I’ve got strong pace!’ However, in the final race of the day, he was unable to repeat the feat. A clash with firstly, Callum O’Keefe and then Manuel Maldonado, restricted him to 10th place, but it may have been as good as a win, as it demonstrated his fighting qualities!

The points gained has increased his total to 241, which is good enough for 5th place. However he is only 6 points behind the driver in 3rd and only 11 points behind James Pull who is in 2nd place! The championship is led by British driver Enaam Ahmed who has 310 points! The next rounds are due on 7th & 8th July at the famous Spa Francorchamps  circuit!

 

Silverstone preview Welsh Drivers Seb Morris, Ryan Ratcliffe and their team-mates Rick Parfitt and Lee Mowle will be at Silverstone this Sunday for the latest round of the 2017 British GT Championship. This weeks ‘race on the ‘Grand Prix’ course, will be 3 hours long!  This is a decent distance for a GT race, on a circuit with the right kind of facilities! Which is a contrast to the Micky Mouse 1 hour races on circuits stuck in the past, that make up part of the series!  Currently Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt are 2nd in the 2017 championship, only 25 points the leaders. This is despite the efforts of the organisers, who seem to want to inflict draconian punishments on Morris, for minor discretions! In the latest incident Morris was handed a drive-through penalty, for alleged contact between  Morris’ Bentley and a Ferrari at the start! This did not take into account the fact that the other car had 2 wheels in the pit-lane, and therefore had exceeded the track limits!

 

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Ryan Ratcliffe – hoping to get on the podium after a near miss in 2016! (photo by Rob Allender)

This was inconsistent bearing in mind that after Ryan & Lee had finished seventh on the road, they  had five seconds added to the ‘Groundhog’ Mercedes-AMG race time for track limits violations, which dropped them behind the Ferrari that hit Morris’ Bentley!

Another of the series mind-boggling aspects, is the pit-stop procedure! It is accepted endurance racing practice, that the mechanics can only change tyres after the car has been loaded with fuel! The car is then normally free to drive away! However in the British series, the car must remain stationary for at least 30 seconds, plus any relevant success penalty! In the 1st Snetterton race Seb & Rick had a 30 second time penalty applied which dropped them to  seventh in the final classification after the mid-race driver change pit-stop was deemed to have been completed a miniscule 0.1 seconds too fast!

The organisers also conspired to bungle the race at Rockingham, denying Seb & Rick the proper chance to toast their race win!  Not withstanding all these problems Seb is confident of a good result

“We’re a lot stronger around Silverstone than we were at Snetterton, so we’re aiming to be back where we should be, in the fight for the podium, and hopefully we’ll be in a position to try and challenge for the win”, said Morris.

“The longer races do tend to suit us more and Silverstone is a track where the Bentley can really come into its own, so we’re going there feeling much more confident than we were at Snetterton. We always knew that would be a tough weekend but the Team Parker guys did a fantastic job with the car and we came away with decent points. We’re aiming much higher for Silverstone.”

Opening free practice at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit will take place on Saturday, 10th June, at 09.30 with the second session following at 12.25 ahead of the all-important qualifying period for round six which gets underway at 16.05.

On Sunday, 11th June, the brief 10-minute warm-up starts at 10.05 with the big race – which will be screened live in the UK on free-to-air channel Front Runner – scheduled to commence at 13.35.

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Ben Hingley current;y 3rd! (photo by Rob Allender)

Ben Hingley from Abergele will be at Silverstone too for the next 3 races in the 2017 BRDC F3 Championship, and he will be looking add to more wins to his debut win for the Fortec team at Rockingham. Ben is curently 3rd in the championship, only 1o points behind American driver Cameron Das, who is in 2nd place

1. Ahmed, E 241pts
2. Das, C 197pts
3. Hingeley, B 186pts

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Silverstone 500 winners to be awarded 1932 ‘RAC Trophy’

The overall winning drivers of British GT’s blue riband Silverstone 500 race will lift a historical piece of silverware next weekend (June 10/11) following the unveiling of the event’s new standalone trophy.

British GT organisers announced the prize at the end of 2016 and have since worked closely with Silverstone’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, to identify a suitably significant piece of silverware. Its archive contains many such examples but, together, the BRDC and SRO Motorsports Group have selected the ‘RAC Trophy’ that was previously awarded for a 500-mile race at Brooklands on 24 September 1932.

Back then it was common practice for prominent sporting bodies and organisations to sponsor individual awards. The Royal Automobile Club was no exception and presented its cup to BRDC Member William Alexander Cuthbert and his co-driver Cecil Wingfield Fiennes who finished fourth in 1932’s race driving a Riley 1100.

Almost a century ago the ‘500’ was considered one of the BRDC’s and Brooklands’ showpiece events. Indeed, Motor Sport Magazine’s season review, taken from its December 1932 issue, described it as “one of the finest races staged at Brooklands in years,” and “The ‘500’ added still further to its reputation as the finest race of the year at Brooklands.”

But when the circuit was requisitioned on the eve of WWII and subsequently sold in 1946, so the Club’s attention switched to another RAF base: Silverstone.

British GT has staged its own version of the ‘500’ there since 2012, which The Home Of British Motor Racing is now keen to formally recognise as a flagship event in its annual calendar. As such, this year’s race weekend will feature a prominent ‘Supercar Sunday’ display as well as family entertainment, open paddock, free grandstand access and pit walk.

Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship Manager: “The Silverstone 500 has gathered momentum since we first staged the race in 2012 and is very much seen as our season’s blue riband event. We were keen to further emphasise this by awarding a historically significant trophy to the overall winners and, thanks to the BRDC’s efforts, will be doing so for the first time this year. The trophy is stunning and a wonderful way of aligning our season’s biggest race with a genuine piece of British motorsport history. Whoever wins it can be mightily proud to see their name engraved on its silver and mahogany base.”

Adult tickets for next weekend’s Silverstone 500 start at just £12 while children aged 15 and under can attend for free all weekend. Visit www.silverstone.co.uk/events/british-gt-championship/ for more information.

SILVERSTONE 500 SCHEDULE

Saturday 10 June
09:30 – 10:30: Free Practice 1
12:25 – 13:25: Free Practice 2
16:05 – 16:15: Qualifying – GT3 Am
16:19 – 16:29: Qualifying – GT3 Pro
16:33 – 16:43: Qualifying – GT4 Am
16:48 – 16:58: Qualifying – GT4 Pro

Sunday 11 June
10:05 – 10:15: Warm-up
13:35 – 16:35: Race

 

It was a hard weekend for Welsh drivers Seb Morris, Ryan Ratcliffe Ben Hingley at Snetterton this weekend in the latest races in The 2017 Brdc F3 & British GT Championship.

DSCF1845Ben from Abergele, who was a winner last time out in The British F3 Championship but could only manage a set of minor places with a 5th, a 4th, and 7th places in the 3 races over the weekend. The only consolation was that he was the leading Fortec runner on each occasion!  https://www.facebook.com/BenHingeley/   http://www.britishf3.com/

 

 

 

The British GT Championship Snetterton does not have a pit-lane large enough to cope with re-fuelling and driver changes, there will be two 1 hour race for Seb and Ryan and their teammates.

In common with the Pro/Am format of the championship, the AM drivers, Rick Parfitt and Lee Mowle will start race 1 before handing over to their teammates, but this is reversed in Race 2!

Team Parker drivers just miss out on second podium of season

  • Morris pleased to emerge from tough event with consistent points.

Seb Morris declared himself satisfied with two hard-fought points finishes during rounds four and five of the British GT Championship at Snetterton on Sunday, 28th May, after a challenging visit to the Norfolk track delivered a best result of fourth position. Prior to the weekend Seb said That consistent points scoring would be the chief objective and despite some dramas along the way he and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr scored enough points to end the weekend still second in the championship.

Qualifying exceeded all expectations for the duo with Snetterton not a favoured track for the Bentley Continental GT3. Parfitt Jnr lapped third fastest in the ‘Am’ session for the round four grid, while Welshman Morris was the fourth quickest of the Pro drivers in the round five session.

After racing to fourth place in the opening one-hour contest, a luckless 30 second time penalty applied post-race dropped the team-mates back to seventh in the final classification –( the mid-race driver change pit-stop deemed to have been completed a miniscule 0.1 seconds too fast!)  However this promoted the Groundhog Mercedes of Ryan Ratcliffe & Lee Mowle up to 4th place, their best result with their new car!

Aiming to make amends in race two, Seb made contact off the start between the Bentley and a Ferrari, as the lead contenders jostled for position, which resulted in a drive-through penalty for Morris. Even so, an inspired early driver change, mated to a little bit of good fortune with a Safety Car period soon after, delivered fourth spot for the Team Parker drivers just 0.2 seconds shy of the podium! “The drive-through penalty was unfortunate, I didn’t see Matt [Griffin] was there and it was just one of those racing incidents”, reflected Morris, “We made a good call with the early [driver change] pit-stop, when the Safety Car came out it worked in our favour and Rick did a good job to bring the car home in fourth. He was only 0.2 secs behind so we might have been able to take a podium, but fourth is fine from this weekend!’ Ryan & Lee ended race 2 in 8th place

There are now only two weeks to wait until round six of the British GT season, the 3 hour race, which will take place over the weekend 10th/11th June at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire.

2017 British GT Championship Driver Standings  

1st Jon Minshaw & Phil Keen      101 points

2nd Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr, 77.5pts

3rd Derek Johnson & Johnny Adam 74 pts

4th Ryan Ratcliffe & Lee Mowle 35 pts

In the interval since the Rockingham win Seb as not been idle, as Andy Meyrick, his friend and Mentor, fixed up drives in a 6 hour race on the classic Nordschleife, the 12.9 mile 124 corner original part of the Nurburgring, and also a race in the ‘Trofeo Lamborghini’ at Silverstone.  Seb put up a good performance in his debut on the Nordschleife, moving the BMW up to 3rd place, during his stint, as position his German team-mates held until the end, giving Seb a podium visit on his debut. His performance in the wet practice session at Silverstone in the ‘Trofeo Lamborghini’race, again enhanced his growing reputation as a GT racer!

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The race will be screened live in the UK on free-to-air digital channel Front Runner. http://www.frontrunner.tv/

Andy Meyrick also has not been idle, having scored points with 5th place on his debut with the Motorsport 98 Ligier JS P3 in Michelin Le Mans Cup race at Monza recently.   http://andymeyrick.com/news/view/109

 

 

Bentley Oulton 2After a two-hour race at Rockingham on Sunday 30th April, that will be remembered as a thrilling contest with an uncertain ending ,Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, driving the Team Parker Racing Bentley claimed victory in the 3rd round of  the 2017 British GT, after a confusing race full of Safety Cars and penalties!

After Qualifying, Rick started the Bentley in 5th place, and Lee Mowle started the Groundhog Mercedes in  6th place! The 2hr mini-enduro race began with the Aston Martin of pole-sitter Derek Johnston retaining the lead from the Lamborghini Hurruican  of points leader Jon Minshaw,.

After a brief Safety Car period at the start of lap three, the lead battle quickly developed into a three-horse race, while Farmer dropped back into the clutches of Rick Parfitt Jnr, Cameron, Lee Mowle and Liam Griffin whose poor start saw his Lamborghini plummet from fourth to eighth.

Further back a pivotal moment in the race’s outcome was developing. Cameron’s repeated track limit violations earned his Ferrari a five-second penalty, which was added to his in-race time. That meant the Ferrari 488 GT3 was five seconds further behind on the timing screens than it appeared on track!  After the pit-stops it was Mitchell – taking over the Aston Martin from his co-driver Littlejohn – who emerged ahead of Seb Morris whose co-driver Parfitt Jnr gained a place before the stops.

Griffin rejoined fourth but immediately cleared Ryan Ratcliffe’s AMDTuning.com Mercedes-AMG before setting off after Mitchell and Morris. His deficit was eight seconds but such was the Ferrari’s pace that the lead soon became a three-way scrap. The trio ran nose-to-tail for a short while until Seb forced his way into the lead at the final chicane, followed by the Ferrari of Griffin.

Cameron’s five-second penalty was carried over to his team-mate Griffin, who still had to pass Morris and pull away if he wanted to take victory himself! The green Ferrari finally forced his way past Seb by barging him out of the way! This would have repercussions later, meanwhile Seb kept the Ferrari in sight, until the race was interrupted by a bungled third Safety Car period with 24 minutes remaining. The Ferrari was waved passed, with gave him a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card.

However, although the Ferrari  was the first car to take the chequered Flag, the car and drivers were swiftly demoted to 2nd place, giving  Team Parker Racing, Parfitt Jnr and Morris the  victory and moved them into their rightful position as race winners of round three to secure their first silverware of the new season – also moving them into the championship top two.

“We’re obviously all delighted to have taken the win, especially after how the race ended”, said 21-year-old racer Morris, “The only reason the Ferrari got past was because there was contact, so I’m pleased the officials made the right decision with the penalty. I thoroughly enjoyed it out there, we were competitive and had a very strong race. We seemed to gather more pace towards the end and the Bentley looked after the tyres well. I really got into the swing of things in my stint, had a good battle and produced some good moves. We’re very happy.”

The end to the race was really confusing, none of us knew what was happening when the Ferrari was waved by the Safety Car. It all worked out the right way in the end, though, so we’re happy with the result and looking forward to Snetterton now.”

Ryan Ratcliffe came home sixth in his AMDTuning.com Mercedes-AMG.

A puncture put paid to Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod’s hopes in the second Team Parker Bentley, but they did recover to finish ninth ahead of Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing’s Richard Neary and Martin Short.

However, while questions were asked about the Safety Car procedure – which was handled correctly by the letter of the regulations – an investigation was immediately launched to establish whether Griffin had gained an unfair advantage by making avoidable contact when passing Morris. There was enough evidence to suggest he had, but with the race run there was no way of allowing the Bentley to re-take the position without imposing a post-race penalty. 26 seconds was therefore applied. Championship Manager Ben Franassovici: “What happened today with the Safety Car procedure was very unfortunate but, given the letter of the regulations, not something we could have controlled. We follow the MSA’s regulations which state the Safety Car must pick up the race leader, which in official timing was not the #21 Spirit of Race Ferrari. Race Control therefore had no choice but to wave it by. Applying in-race time penalties contributed to this but these are the rules by which we and others race under the MSA’s jurisdiction. Today we found an annomally, which will be investigated fully. One way or another there must be changes to avoid this situation from arising again.”

There is now a four week break in the British GT Championship calendar with rounds four and five, which revert to the 60-minute duration format, scheduled to take place over the weekend 27th/28th May at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.

The race will be screened live in the UK on free-to-air digital channel Front Runner. http://www.frontrunner.tv/

Bank Holiday Monday Outon Park British GT + BRDC British F3 Championship + Andy Meyrick & Matt Parry 

Ben Hingley gets an Oulton Easter F3 podium,  as Seb, Rick & Ryan struggle in Brit GT!

BRDC F3. Highlights for Ben. Also due to delays the Saturday’s programme there were 3 races in one day for the Formula 3 runners, including Ben Hingley from Abergele.  Ben, driving with the Fortec team, started the first race in 4th place which he defended throughout in an excellent fashion!  In race two, initially he was running in 3rd place, but accident with 2 other cars, brought the red flags and meant the race had to be re-stared for a 4 lap sprint to the flag! When the lights changed Hingeley stormed into 2nd place, which he had to defend from 2 other cars, as the leader Ahmed escaped to win. Speaking after the race, Ben said ‘I’m very happy especially as I started 5th, and my steering took a hit, as I was quite involved in the incident at the first corner, but I was struggling to turn right. P2 though, I couldn’t be more happy. It has put us slightly on the back foot for the final race, as I am starting seventh, but I’ve got more points and that is all that matters!’ Team Boss Richard Dutton who gave out the awards said ‘The boy done good!’

After finishing in 7th place in the 3rd race, Ben is in 4th place in the points standings, with 60 points. Enaam Ahmed leads with 95 points. http://www.britishf3.com/

Brit GT – Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt jnr had blitzed the field on Saturday to take Pole Position for both races for the opening rounds of the 2017 British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday. Due to the narrow pit lane at Oulton Park the normal endurance format cannot be used, and this means the event takes place over two 1 hour races, with a driver change allowed at between 25 & 35 minutes!) However Ryan Ratcliffe did not have such a happy time after, the Llanelli drivers’ team-mate, Lee Mowle, crashed the car, and damaged the front suspension!

In somewhat typical Bank Holiday weather, Easter Monday in the Oulton Park area dawned overcast with some heavy drizzle! There was a warm-up session and then two 1 hour races for the British GT runners.  However Lee Mowle went someway to save the day for the Groundhog team by posting a quick time in the damp warm-up session!

British GT – RACE 1 – track wet

As the cars crossed the start-line the Lamborghini Hurrican of John Minshaw took an immediate lead and drew away from Rick who stablised the Bentley Continental GT3 in a steady 2nd place! Meanwhile Lee Mowle was on the move in the 6.3 litre Mercedes! However it almost came to an end when he got on to the grass and hit the barriers again, but got going again at the tail of the field. After 30 minutes, Rick came in for a late pit-stop to hand over to Seb, who had an immediate fight on his hands and dropped to 4th place. Late in the race Seb managed to latch onto the 3rd place Aston Martin of Johnny Adam. In a classic duel Seb closed in under braking, only for Adam to pull away on the straights and was only .5 of  second behind at the end! ‘We don’t have any wet weather traction so I didn’t really didn’t really have a chance. Even so 4th isn’t so bad, as we don’t have any success penalty to serve in race 2!’ Ryan Ratcliffe managed to get his Mercedes back up to 10th, to score a single point.   ‘The team told me to take it as test session so we could try some things. I was on the radio, every lap ‘I’ve got a lot of understeer. When I got back to the pits I could see the splitter was on the floor! I’ll enjoy

driving a car that’s not damaged’

Brit GT Race 2 – track – drying. With Seb on board it was strange to see him beaten off the line and he was 3rd after the first lap. Things got a little strange as both TPR Bentleys’ got together, with the no7 car spinning off! The stewards decided to look at the incident, but whilst that was happening, Seb, in the ‘31’ car, took 2nd place after a muscular move! But he was then handed a ‘Drive through’ penalty, rejoining the race in 7th place. Ryan Ratcliffe, in the AMD Mercedes, was making good progress. Some press on driving and a late race problem for one of the leaders, moved Seb n Rick up to 5th and Ryan n Lee up to 7th  both handily placed for a run to the end in prospect. However the race ended after only 55 minutes under safety car, after a major collision between several cars, left the track littered with debris & cars. Post-race action from the stewards, pinned the blame on the No 7 Bentley, which was being driven by Ian Loggie, and the car was excluded from the results! The points after the 2 races show Seb & Rick in 4th place overall with 22 points and Ryan & Lee have 7 points! Minshaw & Keen (Lamborghini Hurrican) lead with 50 points!  The next races in the Brit GT & F3 package is at Rockingham on

Race Results on http://www.tsl-timing.com/event/171505

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DSCF1809Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt jnr blitzed the field to take Pole Position for both races for the opening rounds of the 2017 British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday. Due to the narrow pit lane at Oulton Park the normal endurance format cannot be used, and this means the event takes place over two 1 hour races, with a driver change allowed at between 25 & 35 minutes! Qualifing was split into two 10 minute sessions and Rick took pole position for Race 1 on his final lap. ‘It was a real banzia lap’! Seb dominated his session and banged in a quick time  of 1.32.93 secs. No-one else was able to match his time, and so the Bentley duo will lead off the grid in both Mondays races! (The second TPR Bentley run by Welsh leg-end Jules Westwood, were not so lucky) However Ryan Ratcliffe did not have such a happy time after the Llanelli drivers’ team-mate crashed the car, and damaged the front suspension! ‘I did what I could but the car was almost too difficult to drive’

On Easter Monday there will be a warm-up session and then two 1 hour races for the British GT runners.  However due to delays in the programme there will be 3 races in one day for the Formula 3 runners, including Ben Hingley from Abergele.

Seb n Rick pole

Seb & Rick – team-mates again for 2017!

The GT Season starts with even more Welsh drivers joining in! The 2017 Britsh GT season starts at Oulton Park on Easter Monday when Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr will return as team-mates in the Bentley Continental GP3 car run by Team Parker Racing, ready to make a even bigger challenge for top honours, after finishing in 3rd overall in their debut season! Known to the drivers as ‘The Beast’ there has been input from Bentley aimed at improving the car, to make it even more competitive! Joining the team as title sponsors are Ast Transport Branding with Eddie Stobart confirmed as providing key logistical support, the two new partners feature prominently on the car’s striking new green and white colour scheme.

Additionally, Saxon Air is confirmed as a new partner while existing backers Venu and Liberty Properties Plc return to support Morris’ British GT Championship bid. Parfitt Jnr, meanwhile, brings backing from Geoffrey Insurance, EG Solutions, Aggreko and Flat Pack Direct among others.

Seb  said, ‘I know everyone at the team, Rick and I are determined to bring some big results back for all of our amazing sponsors.”

Since the end of the 2016 season, Seb has had a spectacular debut in the Daytona 24hr race, and although sadly Ricks dad died, he himself has been able to make sure he has more time to devote to racing by making sure races do not clash with concerts with his own rock band!

Speaking on behalf of headline commercial partner Ast Transport Branding, Managing Director Mark Aston said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re excited to be working with Seb and Rick for 2017.”  Saxonair will also sponsor Seb on a personal basis. Saxon Air is a private air travel company which operates from bases throughout Europe covering both Helicopter and Aircraft operations at London Luton, London Stansted, Norwich and Cambridge. Team Parker Racing principal Stuart Parker said: “Having Seb and Rick back in the car for the 2017 season is fantastic news for all at Team Parker. The whole team is motivated to get better than in 2016, having continuity is paramount in what is going to be the hardest fought British GT Championship for years. The relationship with M-Sport and Bentley has blossomed and we look forward to representing them again this year.”

Joining Seb on the Britsh GT package is Ben Hingley from Abergele who will contest The BRDC F3 Championship with Fortec, the top F3 team run by Richard Dutton who has a long & happy history of success with Welsh drivers, including Seb Morris himself!

Matt wants some more Silverware

One of Sebs contemporaries Matthew Parry from Cardiff is also moving into GT racing and will take part in the 2017 Blacpain GT3 championship with Bob Nevilles  RJN Motul Nissan Nismo GTR GT3 car! havng agreed a deal to pilot RJN Motorsport’s #22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and will partner Jersey’s Struan Moore and Australia’s Matt Simmons in all five Blancpain endurance rounds this season. (RJN is run by our friend Bob Neville)   Matt makes the switch from single-seaters having reached the heights of GP3, standing atop the podium in 2016 and posting top ten championship finishes in each of his campaigns. Parry’s open-wheel career also includes titles in both Formula BMW and Formula Renault, leading to his achievements being recognised with the 25th McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, where he got his first taste of GT machinery during the assessment process. Despite having focused on single-seaters since graduating from an ultra-successful karting career, Parry insists that he will have no trouble adapting to the very different sportscar arena.

After racing in GP3 for two years, we evaluated our options over the winter and, while there were opportunities to continue in single-seaters, the chance to link up with a team like RJN and run in a championship-winning car like the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was too good to pass up,” Parry explained, “I already had a taste for GTs following the McLaren Autosport BRDC assessment, and getting the chance to test different cars in the last few months convinced me that it was the right time to make the step over to sportscars – and endurance racing in particular. That was a big attraction of this deal as endurance racing is one of the few things missing from my CV, and I’m really looking forward to testing myself in the cauldron of Blancpain competition.” http://www.mattparryracing.co.uk/LatestNews.aspx?ArticleId=176 (RJN  also ran fellow Cardiff racer Jann Mardenborough in 2010 so Matt is in good company.)

Andy Meyrick 2016

Andy Meyrick gets to drive in 2017!

Backing up Matt & Seb is Andy Meyrick, and in addition to his MSA duties, Andy will actually be racing himself in 2017! He will be driving a McLaren 570S with Bullitt Racing in the GT4 European Series Northern Cup in 2017, with his new teammate Stephen Pattrick.

Andy said: “I’ve been keeping a very close eye on GT4 for the last couple of years now, I really admire the racing and the close competition.The team is well organised and I’m sure will be competitive very quickly, this was a key part of my decision to take the role. ed by David Price, the team has a great opportunity to challenge at the front of the pack this year. I’m excited to be a part of GT4”.

Team principal David Price said: “We were looking for an experienced GT racer to lead our team and take the fight to straight to the front, Andy is perfect for the role. We are delighted to have him onboard”.  http://gt4series.com/  NORTHERN CUP CALENDAR 2017, 2 April Misano, Italy, 7 May Brands Hatch, 11 June Red Bull Ring, Austria, 16 July,  Slovakia Ring, 20 August Zandvoort, Holland, 17 September  Nürburgring, Germany

Plus Andy annouced that he’ll be racing in the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup with Motorsport 98, driving the dramatic looking Ligier JS P3!  alongside accomplished Belgian driver and Motorsport 98 team owner, Eric De Doncker.

 

Andys Batmobile!

Andy said: “I’m really excited about working with Motorsport 98, who are a really well established race team, and it’s great to get behind the wheel of the Ligier JS P3 in the LM P3 series.  Alongside my current drive in the GT4 series, I’m looking forward to varied challenges within the 2017 race calendar. The Michelin Le Mans Cup is the perfect stepping stone towards the European Le Mans and World Endurance Championships for the team, and having previously finished 4th place overall in 2010 Le Mans, it will be fantastic to be racing there once again.” The  Michelin Le Mans Cup action kicks off on 13th May at Monza, by which time its hoped that Andys  cowl and cape will arrive for his first drive in the Liger ‘Batmobile’!

 

Also Rory Collimgbourne, from Newport, Gwent, has signed a deal to contest the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia with top team Leipert Motorsport.

The 19-year-old, from Newport in Wales, has competed in the Renault UK Clio Cup for the past two seasons but is now setting out on a path into the world of GT endurance racing in the prestigious one-make Lamborghini category as team-mate to Australia’s Ben Gersekowski.

“Very exciting times are ahead”, said an elated Collingbourne, “This year is going to be a big challenge, but one I am more than willing to take on! Turning professional at 19-years-old isn’t what a lot of people my age achieve, especially racing on the opposite side of the world.

“Driving for Leipert Motorsport has definitely given me the best chance to compete at the sharp end in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia, it’s a world class team with proven results. This is just the start for what we have planned for the future and Veloce Sports (who are run by Rupert Sevensden-Cook) have been a massive help – it’s a world class management team and I can’t wait to represent them as a driver.” Rory will do well to match the success of Jake Rattenbury, who became the Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Champion in 1985

Over the edge with Andy! Race Ace Andy Meyrick, originally from Swansea but now living in Cheshire, is set to do a 240ft abseil, after he joined Team Humphrey as the newest Patron of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. Andy comments: “I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work the hospital does and how the Charity works hard to support the hospital which is why I’m really excited and honoured to become an official patron. I know how much the hospital means to so many families across the North West who have needed to use its services, and for that reason I couldn’t think of a better local charity to support. I’m excited to be able to give something back to my local community who have always been so very supportive of me”

Andy has already signed up for his first challenge, a 240ft abseil over the edge of Liberty Heights in Manchester City Centre to help raise funds in support of the Children’s Hospital.

Andy adds: “Although I’m used to extreme sports I’ve never taking part in an abseil before and let’s put it this way, it won’t be the easiest of challenges for me! I’m sure my stomach will be turning when I’m at the very top but knowing it is raising money for such a good cause, and to help poorly children and the hospital will spur me on!

Sarah Naismith, Head of Charities at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity commented: “. I’m delighted that Andy has pledged his support and we look forward to working with him more in the future.”

Sponsor Andy’s abseil by visiting his Justgiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andy-Meyrick

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Race Entry Form and the Payment forms on-line now!

Hi, the Race Entry Form and the Payment form for the 2017 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship is on http://wrda.co.uk/?p=2197. Please download, complete and send them to Alan by return.  DON’T FORGET – IF WE DON’T HAVE 18 CARS PAID IN FULL BY THE CLOSE OF ENTRY ON APRIL 8th, WE CANNOT GO AHEAD WITH THE MEETING AS WE WILL NOT HAVE FUNDS TO PAY FOR THE GRID!

At the same time, as the 20/21May Pembrey meeting  (Approx 9 weeks to go) is followed quickly by the Mallory Park date on June 4th (Appox 12 weeks to go )  you might like to considering making early & regular payments I,e  £150 every 2 weeks  from now to 23rd May.  As always, if something happens and you are not able to race, your money will be carried forward to the next meeting or we can refund the fees for the race(s) you could not enter.

Alternatively, submit one form for more than 1 meeting with the appropriate fee which includes an admittedly tiny discount (but it will help us all and guarantees your entry!)  2 meetings £595, 3 meetings £885 or 4 meetings £1180.

2017 RACE ENTRY FORM

2017 Race Entry Fee Payment Form

Pembrey RACE MAY 20/21 SR

2017 race entry fees and rebates + Rhodri steps back.

wsscc_logoHi all,  You may already understand that the cost of buying time for us to race has been increasing slowly since we made the changes to the WSSCC in 2012. However Rhodri has worked out the following rebates for 2017, based on retaining the entry cost of £300. Having taken into account 2017 track time costs at all venues (it’s a very good deal again this year) (plus a budget to cover race weekend running expenses)

19 cars £5

20 – £20

21 – £25

22 – £35

23 – £45

24 – £55

25 – £65

26 – £75

27 – £85

28 – £95

29 – £100

30plus – £105

These rebates should still make the WSSCC attractive to competitors. We mustn’t forget that the Championship will always be in danger with less than an 18 car turnout. Regards Robert

Hi just to say thank you to Rhodri for his work on the 2017 WSSCC Rebate scheme, but he has let us know that he is stepping back a little. I’ll let him speak for himself.

‘As you know, I’m VERY involved right now at Pembrey, particularly with the new developments, as both a director of Pembrey Circuit and UK Council member of the BARC. Moving forward, I want to be absolutely sure that there can be no possible thought of any conflict of interest. Also, I have a rather tricky operation on my elbow, upcoming which will sideline me for a while, and will probably result in me not racing this year.

I’m pleased to leave the WSSCC in a far, far better state now than it was a few years ago, and with a great 2017 season in prospect. I’m not going anywhere, so will see you all around this season anyway! Good luck to all WSSCC Competitors and anyone associated with the Championship!

Best Regards Rhodri

Seb Morris’ stunning move grabs the lead at Daytona!

Seb leads

Seb leads the Daytona 24hr race after blitzing US race legend, Robbie Gordon!

WRDA member & 24 Hour enduro rookie Seb Morris left an indelible impression on the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona International Raceway in Florida, with a truly memorable performance behind the wheel of the No.31 Cadillac DPi-VR prototype.

Competing as part of the crack Action Express Racing squad alongside Eric Curran, Dane Cameron and Mike Conway, having been awarded the drive as his prize for winning last year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge, the 21-year-old Welshman more than played his part during the demanding encounter.  Making marked progress during the build-up to the event, with the help of his vastly experienced team-mates and the crew at Action Express Racing, Seb turned heads during his maiden race Stateside by leading the action during the early going. Qualifying second fastest for the 55th Rolex 24, the No.31 Cadillac was started by Cameron and he moved into the lead towards the end of the opening hour before staying behind the wheel after the first round of stops.

Seb in the wet

Seb in the wet! Mega pace as befits a Welshman in the rain!

Seb then climbed aboard for the start of a lengthy triple stint, the quality of which certainly belied his status as a Rolex 24 rookie. Holding second place when a Full Course Yellow cautionary period was called following an incident, as the action resumed at the re-start of the third hour, Seb jumped the race leader Jeff Gordon, multiple NASCAR Champion, at the first turn!  Having watched Seb sweep past him into the lead of the race, a clearly flustered Gordon was then involved in a tangle with a car emerging from pit-lane!  Seb immediately pulled away and built up a lead of well over 20 seconds which he maintained throughout his first stint!  During his second run later in the evening the heavens had opened and he revelled in the wet conditions, circulating at up to four seconds per lap quicker than his challengers!

Sadly, hopes of a potential podium result faded as a result of a series of issues which struck the No.31 car. First, contact from a backmarker when team-mate Curran was at the wheel,  led to an enforced pit-stop and triggered the beginning of a run of misfortune.

More dramas arose as the race unfolded, including a lengthy delay in the pits to facilitate repairs for problems which were a legacy of the initial incident. Into the second half of the race, more laps were lost when the Cadillac developed shifter problems but the pace and potential of the Action Express car was undeniable. In the end, the car took the finish sixth in class and in 14th position overall.

Seb ready to sign! at autograph!

Seb ready to sign! an autograph! Maybe soon on some more exciting drives!

“I think it’s been the most hectic week of my life in terms of the preparation, the intensity of everything and just what you have to do while you’re in the car”, said Seb, “It’s so different to anything I’ve done, you’re constantly talking to the team, in open dialogue with the spotters around the track, and there is so much to concentrate and focus on. It’s incredibly demanding mentally. As I learnt during practice, by the time I got to the race I’d ironed out any little mistakes. There has been so much to learn, and so much still to learn, but everything went as well as I could have hoped and the team did an amazing job, they’re so professional.” He added: “I think the team could see I was going to play the team game from the outset, they only needed to offer me two hours in the car in practice but I got double that. I can’t thank all of the guys enough, everyone at Action Express and Whelen, Anders [Hildebrand] at Sunoco, Dan Chapman and Andy Meyrick for the guidance and support – a massive thank you to all of the people involved.”

Sebs next planned race is in the British GT Championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday April 17th. However he may find himself in great demand as a result of his Daytona performance.

 

http://www.sebmorris.com/     Twitter @SebMorris31

Seb Morris Management/Commercial Contact:
Barry Mears Tel: +44 (0)7595 956145 Email: barry@fullcontactlaw.co.uk  
Seb Morris Media Contact:
Marc Orme Tel: +44 (0)7920 886985 Email: marc@marc-orme.co.uk / marcorme1@aol.com

WSSCC 2107 DATES

wsscc_logoWSSCC 2107 DATES

Date                                        Venue               Organisers

Sunday APRIL  23rd           PEMBREY             BARC HQ

Sat & Sun MAY   20 / 21st  PEMBREY         BARC PEMBREY  Pembrey MAY 20/21 SRs

(N. B 2 day meeting and should be the first ever use of the new track options)

Sunday JUNE 4TH              MALLORY PARK

Sunday JULY  23rd             PEMBREY              BARC HQ

* Sat SEPTEMBER  9th      OULTON PARK    BRSCC  (N.b Oulton Park days are all Saturdays, as they cannot race on Sunday)

Sunday OCTOBER  15th    PEMBREY                BARC HQ

2017 Competitor Registration form        2017 Car Registration Form

New Exciting Pembrey layout in progress!

PEMBREY CIRCUIT BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE WITH EXCITING NEW TRACK DEVELOPMENTS
Full official video here https://youtu.be/hfpuRFEzkus

Official Press Release

Pembrey Circuit will write another chapter in its illustrious history this year with the introduction of new track layout options, designed to add yet more challenges to competitors who test and race, and further spectacle for those in attendance.

Entering what will be its 27th year of operation in conjunction with the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) in 2017, Pembrey has become synonymous down the years as one of the pivotal proving grounds for teams and drivers with the likes of Formula 1 stars Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen having all cut their teeth around the Welsh circuit.

Whilst testing has become one of the big draws for teams such as Double R Racing and Carlin, race meetings have also seen a diverse range of championships grace the BARC-run venue with the likes of British Touring Cars, British Trucks and British Rallycross all being staged there over the years.

Since the final chequered flag of 2016 fell, work at Pembrey has been ongoing and recently tarmac has started being laid as track developments begin. The latest changes to the circuit will allow for two different layouts to be used over a single weekend.

Crossing the start/finish line, cars and bikes will proceed through Hatchets Hairpin, Spitfires and Dibeni before approaching the new configuration. Heading over the circuit crossing, competitors will now have a circuit option to continue straight on instead of traditionally turning left, filing into a tight left hander before rejoining the existing layout and building up both speed and momentum.

This introduction of a heavy braking section followed by consecutive high speed right handers will test both the performance of the car/bike and the skill set of the competitor.

In conjunction with this latest track development currently taking place, plans are also being formulated for further work to be undertaken on the back straight. Once plans are finalised in early 2017, an alternative corner sequence will be introduced down the back straight heading into the infamous Honda Curve.

Rallycross will also welcome a new layout for 2017 too following the introduction of running events in both directions last year. Competitors will once again begin on the existing rallycross layout with the first change coming on the approach to the loose section.

Whereas previously drivers would head over the circuit crossing and onto the loose, they will now bear left and continue on the original circuit thus giving spectators another vantage point.

Tackling the new section in reverse via a chicane, competitors will rejoin the existing rallycross track and move further round the lap to tackle the newly improved joker section – all targeted towards providing even more challenging, entertaining racing and also offering the option to be run in the opposite direction too.

Learn more about the history of the circuit as well as an in-depth look into the changes that are being made with this mini documentary provided by Overdrive and Driven International, watch here.

Phil Davies, Pembrey Circuit Manager, said: “These plans have been discussed for quite a while now so it is great to finally be able to start moving forward with them. Motor racing is a difficult business with constant changes, and we are determined to stay ahead of the game and offer test teams and competitors what they need to succeed. With these new developments as part of an ongoing upgrade program, the future looks bright.

“The reason we looked into this idea originally was regarding the younger drivers that are making their way through the ranks. When they come down and test with these big teams there are always going to be differing stages of driver experience as talent develops, so these changes are aimed at making it a little bit easier to develop core skills. We’ve worked alongside a lot of highly experienced motorsport people and taken their ideas on board to come up with the best package for everyone.”

Drew Furlong, BARC Chief Operating Officer, said: “As a club we are always looking to move forward and that goes for our venues too. Pembrey has continued to grow over the past few years and these developments are the next stage in moving forward. With the likes of the British Rallycross Championship and other series all consistently visiting the circuit, these changes are set to not only attract them back, but also to entice new championships to visit.”

Rhodri Jenkins, BARC Council Member, said: “Pembrey is the home of Welsh motorsport and a jewel in the crown of British motorsport; these changes are the start of further underlining why Pembrey is a great circuit to come to test and race at. When you look back through the history books you see how many of the very top drivers around the world have honed their craft at Pembrey, and the aim is to ensure that this trend continues for many years to come.”

To view the full 2017 event calendar for Pembrey Circuit, click here. 

2016 awards night report

The 2016 Awards Night was held at the Village Hotel in Swansea, in a late change of venue, and there was a good crowd of 62. (nb Photos of the Award is on the WRDA Facebook page)

Robert reminded everyone that is was actually 35 years since we had the first meeting to set up the club.

To start off proceeds WRDA Chairman Roger Dowden handed the 2nd in Class AS award to Richard Francis (Citroen Saxo)

Class AS   1st   Robert made the Class winners award to Roger Dowden – Davrian  Mk6. It was his 2nd Class AS win (Roger was BS winner in 2013 so this was his Third Class win in 3 years)

Class AT  1st   Alan Smith  Ford KA =  Alan has come a long way from Yorkshire to compete with us

Class BS    1st Susanne Jones Lotus Elise – Susanne did really well after moving class, and now needs to take the pins out of the Andy Long doll she has at home!

Class BT was a big class

4th was  Andrew ‘Caldicot’ Williams MG Z

3rd     Daryl Radford  Honda Civic  — fought hard

2nd     Colin Dunn   Renault Clio – who has moved up 1 place from 3rd place in 2015 (next year only 1 more place to go!) Colin has done well since his debut in 2014.

1st  Tyronne Lufferelli  Peugeot 106  – Apart from  one or two glitches Tyronne was dominant and was a  well deserved winner!

 

Class CS   – another big Class – 4th  Andy Williams Ford Sierra Cosworth – Andy  quite a few incidents but scored well, when he finished!

3rd   –  Ken James – Loco Hornet – despite a slow start Ken had a good run in the wet races!

2nd  – Bradley John  Mitsubishi Evo – 2016 saw a fantastic debut for Bradley with consistent finishes as Brad & the car improved through the season.

1st  Class CS  – Jason Davies Ford Sierra Cosworth t – Apart from one or two early season glitches – Jason was dominant in the last 4 wet races – a well deserved winner!

 

Class CT  1st  Dave Scaramanga    VW – Dave had a scary start-line accident in the 2nd race, but when he switched to the Scirocco  it was a wind in his sails that took him to the class win!

                                               

Class D  3rd Fabio Lufferelli Mini/VW Corrado Suzuki – Fabio is a one man chain-gang

2nd     Chris Everill  Ginetta G50

Class D winner –     Keith White  BMW Z4 – Keith & Chris were neck & neck until the final race, and Keith has now won Class D 5 times in a row, and he was only 1 point behind Colin Dunn for 3rd place overall.

 

Novice. The winner of the Novice award is Bradley John who in his debut (Rookie) season finished 2 in Class CS.

Newcomer (As there were a lot of newcomers in 2016 we decided to give 3 awards)

3rd  was Colin Lewis (Renault Clio)  2nd was Gareth Haycock  VW Golf-

Newcomer of the Year was Richard Francis (Citroen Saxo) – Richard has become a father as well as finding his feet in cars, having raced Karts for several seasons.

 

Chwarae Teg  award was given to Endaf Owens as   he has introduced several new drivers to the Championship.

Presidents’ Awards.     Robert gave a special awards to  –

Paul Flinders – Paul was the Class BT winner in 2014, and although he has paid the same race-entry fees as everyone else he has hardly did 10 laps all year, and then not all in the same race!

Nick Rocke for all the work he did to support the club.

Steve Williams for allowing us to use all his wonderful photographs

Janice & Sonia Williams & Sue Davies  for all the work they have done in years past  on the raffle  etc.

Young Driver of the Year Award Our Celtic cousin from Cornwall, Tyrone Lufferelli was awarded the 2016 Young Driver of the Year Award. WRDA  Chairman Roger Dowden who presented the award said ‘Tyrone , driving a Peugeot 106 , is only 20 and won his Class with fine performances at Castle Combe & Pembrey and kept Jason honest and was 2nd in the overall standings! He has been one of the most consistent drivers , and so is a worthy winner of this award’

Former winners . Robert then gave a breakdown on the exploits of former winners of the Young Driver of the Year Award. Hywel Lloyd, who was the first Young Driver of the Year has moved to team management and his team CF Racing, won the MSV F3 Cup and his driver, George Line, won the Drivers Championship. Andy Meyrick has become a very experienced Endurance Racer, and is part of the MSA team helping young drivers. Matt Parry won his first GP3 race and is currently 7th in the championship, with the final races happening at the same time as the awards night! Seb Morris won the Young Driver of the Year Award in 2011 but he has since moved into the British GT Championship, and this has brought up the question how to recognise drivers who are now doing well.

The Neil Cunningham Memorial Award. After some thought a new award , ‘The Neil Cunningham Memorial Award’ was inaugurated by the Welsh Racing Drivers Association. WRDA President Robert Allender said about the award, ‘There are lots of links between New Zealand, where Neil was born, and Wales where he came to live with his wife Rachael. Neil was just reaching out to clubs in Wales and he became known to myself and other members of the WRDA, but before we could build on the relationship, he was struck down by this horrible disease Motor Neurone Disease! Neil set up a charity giving page ‘Racing4MND’ to raise funds for the Heaton Ellis Trust which funds research in to a cure for MND. We know Neil had a good career in Single Seaters, Saloons and especially in GT Racing and we have several young drivers who are making names for themselves, so after Neil passed on we reached out to Rachael and she was happy to allow us to honour Neil in this way. She was especially pleased that our first choice was Seb Morris for his efforts in British GT racing, (where he set multiple poles, fastest laps & podium places) especially his efforts at Oulton Park where he broke the circuit lap record, during his drive which secured the first race win for Seb and his team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr, as it was at Oulton Park she first meet Neil. ‘Neil was interested in helping young drivers, so this was something he would approve of’ Seb said ‘I’m delighted to have been awarded the Neil Cunningham memorial award. May I thank the Welsh Racing Drivers Association, all guests and especially Rachael Cunningham. I am very honoured to be the first recipient of Neils’ award and I will cherish it’ Seb has his own personal award while Rachael will look after the actual trophy until such time as another winner makes him/her presence known!

Later in the awards night there was a raffle and an auction and a substantial donation has been made to Neils’ charity Racing4MND which supports the Heaton-Ellis Trust which tries to find a cure for this cruel disease! There were also a donation to the Welsh Air Ambulance, and to Jennie Morris chosen charity.

Having won the 2016 WRDA Young Driver of the Year, Tyrone Lufferelli, later picked up the inaugural ‘Colin Gundersen Fastest Lap trophy’

As Colin wasn’t able to join us for the Awards Night, in the circumstance Blake Edwards (the first ever WSSCC Champion, stepped in and did the honours.

The ‘Colin Gundersen Fastest Lap at Pembrey’  award was calculated by taking the Class fastest lap divided by the fastest lap in the race x 100 = points. It was very tight – Roger Dowden was leading for a long time, but Peter Hills took the class AS fastest lap in the last race which threw it all up in the air. It was then very tight with Roger dropping to 4th; Dave Scaramanga moving into 3rd but with Jason Davies 2nd, only 2.482 points behind the winner Tyrone Lufferelli.

Blake Edwards Race Winners Trophy. As well as taking the newly re-dedicated ‘Blake Edwards Race Winners Trophy’ having won 6 of the 10 races won, Jason Davies picked up the 2016 Welsh Championship winners trophy.

Welsh Championship winner. C0lin Dunn was 3rd and Tyrone Lufferelli was 2nd but Jason, who drove a 2WD Ford Sierra Cosworth turbo, dominated the later stages of the championship after one or two early season glitches and he was a well deserved winner! After the first ever Welsh champion Blake Edwards had presented him with his award, Jason, whose father Martin had won the same Championship, commented ‘It was something special to win, this championship is not easy, there are a lot of very good and very quick drivers in it, and it was really special to win it 20 years after my dad won it too!’

Jason Davies storms to the 2016 title – Race 1 & 2 reports

Jason Davies storms to the 2016 title – by Nick Rocke (Race 1 report at the bottom of the page)

Race 2 – Pembrey- 15 minutes + 1 lap – rolling start.

So after several torrential down pours of rain since the 1st race, everyone emerged from there hiding spots and swept the water from their work space, and started preparing their car for our second race of the day and the last race of our season. With a lot riding on this last race some were keener than others to get it done, but due to the terrible weather conditions some decided to throw in the towel and pack up.

We had a total of 26 cars entering out of the 31 that were out in qualifying. Mark Harris had decided not to race but he wasn’t racing for points, Del-boy Delaronde had the same idea as well. Andy ‘Risca’ Williams decided not to repair his Sierra Cosworth after race 1 and loaded it onto the trailer to fight another day. Richard Francis also could not enter the final race due to his car intermittently cutting out. The weather had got so bad that they even cancelled one of the super karts races as they deemed it too dangerous for them to race.

But a bit of rain wasn’t going to phase our WSSCC drivers, as most of us are used to the Welsh rain by now. Championship contender Jason Davies in the turbo powered Sierra Cosworth was at an advantage in the wet and also strangely likes racing in the wet weather, he would need to finish this race high up in his class to keep Tyrone Lufferelli ( class BT ) from stealing the Championship crown. There only the odd one or two points between the top 4 drivers in the championship, so if one was to falter in this race someone else would be waiting to take their spot in the top 3 overall.

So race 2 got under way it wasn’t raining at the start but there was lots of surface water, Jason had the inside line again coming into hatchets and gained substantial ground in the first few corners. Krayem and Everill were next around surprisingly followed by Fabio’s Corrado silhouette who had gained two positions off Keith White and Reuben in the Peugeot 206cc, then followed by the Mini turbo of Jim Lyons who had BT star Tyrone behind him!  Tyrone had got past 3 class CS cars at the start and was now almost chasing his dad in the Corrado. Chris Morris was passing the Clio of Colin Lewis going into the crossing on their first lap.

Jason’s lead had grown again by lap 2 almost looked like a repeat of  race 1 , Fabio was still running in 4th in front of Keith in the Z4 , Tyrone had stayed with Jims MNini and was trying to get past at every opportunity. Back further in the pack Roger Dowden was running in front of Daryl Radford’s Honda civic with Peter Hills behind him. Peter still appeared to be slower than usual, my guess is the weather and poor grip were to blame.

By lap 3 Jason’s lead had grown yet again and was now 10 seconds in front of 2nd place Dave Krayem, Keith White in 5th had caught up to Fabio’s Corrado and was now looking to make a move. Jims mini had pulled away and had a bit of space between him and Tyrone now. Colin Lewis was still running in 2nd in class BT and had the Evo of Bradley John sandwiched between him and Colin Dunn. Colin was pushing hard to try get past the Evo but the BHP figures were against him I think.  Daryl was still chasing Roger Dowden’s Davrian. As Jason Davies came through the crossing on lap 4 he had a more than comfortable lead over Dave Krayem who was still pushing hard to keep 2nd place away from Chris Everill’s Ginetta G50. By now Keith White was running in 4th and 3rd in Class D, which suited him well as with his Joker in play, he only had to keep Chris in sight to win Class D for the 5th year running.

Tyrone was all alone running in 1st in BT. Colin Lewis had pulled away from Colin Dunn a bit but we had seemed to of lost Bradley john, Chris Morris had now put the little yellow Iggy  between Lewis and Dunn.

On lap 5 Jason looked to have this one all wrapped up his lead continued to grow and all he needed now was to bring it home to become the 2016 WSSCC Champion. Most of the pack were evenly spaced out and no close racing on this lap although Colin Dunn had managed to get passed Chris Morris and now was trying to play catch up to gain on Colin Lewis. Jason, Krayem and Everill made their way through the traffic on lap 6, Peter Hills had picked up the pace a little and appeared to be pushing a bit harder eventually catching and passing Roger Dowden, and in the process taking the fastest lap in the AS class. This will have an impact on the new ‘Colin Gundersen’ Fastest Lap Trophy, as Roger, Jason and Tyrone have all now only scored 7 out of the 8 rounds at Pembrey! This will take some working out!

Back in the race, Jim Lyons was making up ground in the turbo’d mini and was catching the 206cc of Reuben Taylor, Colin Dunn had pulled away from Morris and had made some ground up on Lewis. Jason Davies came past on the start of his lap 7 still running and running well he had a 22 second lead over Dave Krayems Ginetta, Krayem and Everill were still a few car lengths apart they had been like this since the start of the race, Keith White had caught back up and was only a second behind Everill, Daryl in the Civic type R had closed the gap to Dowden and was waiting for Roger to make a mistake. Somewhere in the spray Bradley John visited the pits on lap 3 and had re-appeared in the middle of the pack, having lost almost 5 minutes! The official time keepers only had him down as doing 10 laps which was not enough to be classified as a finisher!  Whether it was Brads lack of real wet tyres, and he only did do 10 laps, it shows the value of keeping your own lap chart, so you can challenge the result if you need to! Back in the race, Jason was now starting lap 8 and carried plenty of speed through the crossing kicking up a massive tail wave in the standing water! It is hard to express how wet it was on circuit but it didn’t phase Jason! The gap between the ‘Colins’ was still the same but both drivers were pushing hard, Chris Morris was now catching Gareth Haycock’s VW Golf and were only a few car lengths apart.

Keith had caught up with  Chris Everill and was looking for a way past, Fabio lufferelli was still out there didn’t appear to being pushing, this was not surprising considering how ill he felt before the race, but he was out there supporting the Championship and hopefully having a bit of fun in those wet conditions! Daryl had made the move on Dowden and had gained a bit of ground, I know how hard it can be to get past Roger. He is really good on the brakes, so it’s hard to out brake him into corners, and that little Davrian really shifts out of the corners as well, so Daryl would have to work hard to outwit the gentleman. Tyrone was still 1st in class BT and as long as he didn’t make any mistakes, there was no threat close by. Jason started his lap 9 and didn’t appear to be as flat out as previous laps he was probably thinking to conserve the car as he must have known by looking in his rear-view mirror on the straights, he’d done enough to secure his position.

Glynne in the M3 was now having a bit of a battle with Bradley’s Evo, Peter Hills appeared to be getting into his stride as he made up some ground to Radford. In a dry race he would normally be running in the top 10 positions but this wet weather didn’t agree with his little Mini, which was one of a few Mini’s that were out with us at this meeting, shame it wasn’t dry as they can get very competitive due to their power to weight ratio, matching some of the much larger engine class cars.  And as if at a blink of an eye Jason was coming passed again on his lap 10 and was carrying a 26 second lead to comfort him on his way, must have made his most important race of the season a bit less daunting knowing that he just had to keep his lines clean and get it home. Reuben’s Peugeot 206cc was still running well but with no one around him to race with. Jason was now on lap 11 only a few more to go I did wonder what was going through his head at this point in time, (Check out the post-race interview). Jasons dad Martin Davies who won 3 WSSCC championships in a 2wd car (Martins 4th win in 2012 was with the 4wd car) was waiting nervously in the pits, counting down the laps, and almost 20 years to the day that he won the last of his triple wins in 94,95 & 96, so this was a very important race for both him and his son Jason!

Meanwhile, Colin Dunn had closed the gap right up to Colin Lewis and was now within a second of him.

Jason Davies had now started lap 12 of his race, Daryl Radford slipped down the inside of the backmarker Craig Edmunds in the 205 gti, Craig has been out with us for the last 4 races and is new to racing and is gaining his signatures to move on to bigger and brighter things in the near future, we wish him all the best but maybe he will come back out with us next season for a few races. Dave Krayem and Chris Everill were stilling fighting hard for that second place, within half a second of each other. they were pretty evenly match just down to who wants it more I guess but good racing to watch though.

Colin Dunn was still within a second of Colin Lewis but was a backmarker to the Corrado of Fabio so lost a bit of time coming through old paddock but maybe this will play to his advantage when Fabio passes Lewis going down to Brooklands. Jason now on lap 13 with a 34 second lead over Dave Krayem he had time to back off a little and not kill the car off in the last few laps. The ‘Colins’ were now either side of Bradley’s hamstrung Evo again. Jim Lyons had pulled off just after Debeni corner on lap 12, as he felt his gearbox go tight after a heavy trip over the kerbs. Damian Logotano had pulled off early on leaving Ken James to take 3rd in Class CS and 3rd in the Final Class CS points. Bradley John was 2nd in the Final Class CS points having already scored enough points, so his NQ and Zero Joker score in this race did not really matter! It was a seriously good debut season!

Back in the race the Class D trio of Krayem, Everill and White were still running in the same positions and fighting all the way to the end. 4th was Fabio Luffarelli, ahead of Reuben Taylor Peugeot 206cc 2000  (5th) with Tyrones’ BT  Pug 106 Gti 1600 in a fantastic  6th  place overall!

Reuben won the Driver of the Race for his debut performance amongst the ranks of those with such recent Pembrey history, and promised to come back to do the Championship in 2017. Actually Keith White, Fabio and Reuben all have hot-rod heritage! (Looks like a Michael Caine fact by Robert)

Somehow in the last lap Colin Dunn managed to get passed Colin Lewis to steal second in class BT, Lewis still finished in a respectable 3rd in class BT. Behind them in 17th was Antony Weeks. 18th Roger Dowden. 19th Andrew Williams. 20th Huw Turner. 21st Alan Smith. 22nd Craig Edmunds. Alfie Brown was 23rd  and last!

So the flag dropped, as Jason Davies sailed across the line to win by over 30 seconds and become our 2016 WSSCC Champion, Class CS winner and win the Outright Wins trophy too! It was bloody well-earned as he hasn’t been handed it this year by any means, he’s had to fight and push himself and that Cosworth turbo to the limit. Well done Jason you are a credit to your family and the WSSCC and most importantly yourself. An amazing achievement and I liked the little celebratory burnout, I was expecting a bit of doughnuting but you can save that for your next championship win!

End of Race 2 Commentary

Race 2 winners interveiw

Results http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2016/164121wss.pdf

Jasons’ Champions interview

Prologue – So Jason Davies stormed home to win the final races of the season at a rain soaked Pembrey on Sunday to clinch the 2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Championship! It was an emotional time for the Haverfordwest family team, as it was virtually 20 years to the day that his dad Martin Davies won the last of his 3 Welsh titles! Any thoughts Jason might have had of stroking home to the title went out of the window , as torrential rain showers swept the track! Jason revealed later ‘We decided early on that the best place to be was in lead’ and he set out his stall in Qualifying when he set  a time almost 2 seconds faster than everybody else to take pole position! He then simply drove away from the field to win by almost 30 seconds in Race 1 and by over 30 seconds in the Final race of the season!  Afterwards he admitted ‘I was really pushing it, this championship is not easy, there are a lot of very good and very quick drivers in it and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t involved in any battles today!’ Looking back  he said ‘We had some problems early on in the season but we worked on them and the cars is now quick and reliable’ It is just as well, as Jason’s main points rival, Tyrone Lufferelli  from Cornwall, was ready to pick up the pieces if Jason or his car had faltered! Such was the tension that Jason admitted he was overcome with emotion as he crossed the line and took the Chequered Flag!  Martin himself commented, ‘I’m glad it’s over, it was really tense!  I’d rather be driving than in the pits as part of the crew!’  Jason confirmed that he will be back in 2017 to defend the title. ‘We plan to upgrade the car, and I may do other things as well but I will certainly be back to wear the winners number on my car, like my dad did!’

Jason will pick up the Overall Trophy  at the Awards Night at the end of November and will also pick up the award for most race wins, having won 6 of the 10 races run this year!

Other Class winners apart from Jason (Class CS) and  Tyrone Lufferelli  (Class BT) are Alan Smith (Class AT) , Susanne Jones (Class BS,) Dave Scaramanga (Class CT) and Keith White who won Class D by 4 points from Chris Everill!

Race 1 report by Nick Rocke

Jason Davies stormed home to win the final races of the season at a rain soaked Pembrey on Sunday to clinch the 2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Championship. After the wet races at Pembrey in August, the weather has been mainly dry and sunny! Actually Friday was dry, but on Saturday afternoon the heavens opened and from then on Pembrey was racked by monsoon like rain showers!

Entry & Qualiyfing On route to Pembrey on the Sunday morning the weather looked horrendous, the skys were full of nothing but rain but fortunately the weather was kind to us for qualifying and stayed reasonably dry, There were a few hiccups in the morning as Andrew Williams from Cardiff had left his complete induction kit at home and was having to run without an air filter. Fabio Lufferelli was feeling rather poorly as was Roger Dowden but both pushed on and battled through it. Pembrey was looking a bit sorry for its self in the morning with puddles everywhere and was getting difficult to move cars around in the saturated grass areas. Antony Week’s gazebo over his Mazda RX8 sadly didn’t make it through the night and had collapse onto the car. If it had rained any more overnight you would of needed a rudder and outboard motor the cross some of the puddles but that’s welsh weather for you and surprisingly some of the competitors prefer it wet. Thankfully the Legends had been out before us and dried the lines up a bit.

Colin Dunn led the pack out in qualifying on the damp circuit in his Renault Clio sport and went strong achieving his first pole position of the season (BT class) beating Tyrone Lufferelli by 4 10ths of a second, speaking with Colin after he said the car seems to prefer the wet condition. Tyrone had braking issues and retired back to the pits after 7 laps. Jason Davies took overall pole position with a very respectable 1.03.9 and came in early as he had done enough after 6 laps!  Behind him where the Class C Ginettas of Dave Krayem and Chris Everill followed by Keith White in the BMW z4.

Dave Scaramanga qualified first in class ct and was 12 on the grid going into the first race. Roger Dowden qualified 1st in class AS in his little Davrian. Andy Williams’ Sierra was out but only managing a 1.11.8 putting him into 5th in CS and 10th on the grid going into the first race.  Andy retired the car to the pits early after a spin at Senna Esses. Peter Hills after an eventful season with constant engine issues, was now back out, but now lacking rear end grip due to a set of worn out wet tyres! Speaking to him after qualifying he said that the engine problems are all now sorted and its running perfectly, but was now struggling with the handling and was planning to source another set of wets from another competitor and go from there. Peter was starting from 25th on the grid so had his work cut out to fight his way up through the pack.

The entry was a massive 31 cars, but unfortunately Verity Banks in the MG ZR was yet again plagued by engine troubles after only one lap!  Cruelly the head gasket failed and clouds of white smoke billowed out from its exhaust as she crept back to the paddock! My heart goes out to this girl, she has had nothing but bad luck all season but I suppose that’s the nature of motorsport. So only 30 cars would start race one! (say that again – Ed) 30 Cars! (BTW who is Ed?) Actually 33 cars had entered (which is one more that the maximum allowed by the MSA track licence) but sadly we lost Andy Long with a back problem, then  Wileem Verhaak as he could not repair his damaged car in time, and then finally Paul Flinders withdrew too! However their misfortune was good news for one of our old pals Del Delaronde as he was able to make a late entry! (Del, our favorite Canadian accountant now living in Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend says he is looking to return full time net year in something tasty but was just keeping his hand in with a hired MG ZR) Actually with Andy Long missing, Susanne Jones not entering and Verity out it meant that Anthony Weeks and his Maxda RX8 was the only guy in Class BS! If he finished both races he could pick up 3rd in Class in end of season points total!  (BTW if you want to know what Robert was doing, he wasn’t just keeping out of the rain, he was writing out the ‘End of Season’ Race Fee Rebates which he was able to pass around in the lunch break)

The forecast looked right, with heavy rain showers forecast and I suspect that the local Halfords was out of Rainex & Fogex, as  the weather was a going to be a bit hit and miss. After qualifying we had a few heavy down pours and everyone was waiting in suspense to see if they were going to risk going out on drys or stick with the wets. The wait for that decision did last long, as it poured down.

Race 1 – 15 minutes plus 1 lap – Rolling Start.

So starting the first race we had 30 drivers (consisting of 7x Class CS cars, 2x Class CT cars, 4x Class D cars, 6x Class BT cars, 2x Class AT cars, 3x Class AS cars, 5x invitation class cars).

Jason Davies and Dave Krayem were on the front row and as the lights went out, Jason had the inside line going into Hatchets with Dave Krayem in the Ginetta and Keith White in the BMW Z4 to his left, but by Old Paddock Jason had stormed ahead almost by 6 car lengths! Trailing him were the 5 Class D cars which shows how quick that Sierra Cosworth is and how much skill Jason Davies has to keep that beast under control!  The next car was Glynne Jones in his new tail happy BMW M3 and he was being chased by the crazy looking big winged 1300 turbo Mini of Jimbo Jim Lyons. Further back Tyrone had jumped up in to 1st in Class after starting behind BT pole man Colin Dunn. Lufferelli Jnr was actually dicing with the VW Sirocco of Dave Scaramanga into Paddock Bend on the first lap, which was very brave on cold tyres in the wet, but he pulled it off and took the position. Newcomer this year, Colin Lewis from Llandissilo, was going strong in the Clio 172, Peter Hills was still struggling with grip from his wet tyres and was a lot further back than we are used to seeing him.

As Jason’s Cosworth came around on the start on lap two his lead had gone from 6 car lengths to 6 seconds and he was now out on his own racing himself probably trying his hardest not to push too hard and keep his lines perfect as the championship lead was at stake. Tyrone’s lead had lengthened slightly but the rest of the pack had not really changed positions but had spaced out a little. As the last car of Del-boy de la Ronde passed by Old Paddock on lap 2 I could see Jason Davies breaking into Hatchets on his lap 3! It was obvious the wet conditions were not phasing Jason, as he was only a few seconds off his best dry time, in the wet! As Jason disappeared into the distance, and with Dave firmly established in 2nd place, the action at the front centred on the Class D duel between Keith (Z4 Silhouette) and Chris (Ginetta G50). At the start of the race Keith had a 2 point lead over Chris at the top of the Class D standings. Keith had decided to wait to use his Joker in the last race of the day, but needed to stop Chris from maximising his own joker!

Reuben Taylor in the Peugeot 206cc Silhouette had lost a few seconds to the pack of class D cars but Fabio Lufferelli’s Corrado Silhouette Suzuki was hot at his heels , behind him was the Mini turbo of Jim followed by Andy Williams’ non turbo powered Sierra Cosworth and Tyrone’s BT Class Pug was now fending off Damian Longotano’s Class CS Westfield.

By lap 4 Jason had started lapping the backmarkers, and Keith White in the Z4 had managed to steal 2nd place off Dave Krayem. We seemed to have lost Andy Williams his Cosworth (we didn’t know until after the race he had spun at Esses corner and hit the tyre wall resulting in the end of his weekend). Tyrone in the white/green Peugeot 106 was still pushing that little 1600cc engine hard staying behind the Westfield of Longotano. Richard Francis was having some difficulties with his car and pulled off to the side at old paddock, but he got it started again and got on his way joining the end of the pack, unfortunately his car would not last the race and shortly after this it cut out again and was retired to the outfield somewhere around circuit, speaking to Richard afterward he said it kept cutting out intermittently and suspects a fault with the ECU, but he would be out in race 2 later in the day, if he could fix it.

Bradley john was running on road going tyres as he didn’t have any wets, due to changing wheel size in the near future, and was struggling to keep all of the 650 Japanese horses at bay, as he followed Tyrone through the crossing. Colin Dunn was going strong in 2nd in Class BT but was closely tailed by the other BT class driver Colin Lewis, strangely also in a Clio too, 2 Colin’s both in Clio’s what are the chances! Chris Morris, one of our few AT class drivers was on his own with a few seconds either side of him to the nearest competitor. Daryl Radford also appeared to be struggling in these wet conditions.

The weather then took a turn for the worst as it started to rain yet again. On lap 5 Jason’s lead had grown to 15 seconds to the 2nd place Keith white who was still keeping Dave Krayem at bay. Tyrone’s lead over the two Colins’ was now around 7 seconds but the Clios of Dunn and Lewis were still very much head to head. On lap 6 Keith White must have made a mistake as Dave had got back passed and claimed some ground but Keith then settled on driving well enough to keep Chris Everill behind him!  Jim Lyons had lost a position back to Fabio’s Corrado. Fabios’ son Tyrone had dropped back from Longotano’s Westfield now and still had a good lead over the rest of the BT class. As Colin Dunn and Colin Lewis came through Debeni into old paddock Lewis made a dive down the inside of Dunn’s Clio and made the move stick, good clean racing and a textbook move. On lap 7 Jason’s lead had moved to 17 seconds over 2nd  placed Dave K.  Keith was still holding off Chris for 3rd.  Tyrone still leading class BT but was about to get lapped by the shockingly fast Sierra Cosworth of Jason, as Davies starting his lap 8!  Colin Lewis still had the 2nd in class BT and had put a bit of ground between him and Colin Dunn. On lap 9 Jason lapped the two kit cars of Longotano and Ken James which had now switched places.

Lap 10 Jason was still flying, not to exaggerate if you were to look away and look back again he would have already passed your view on his next lap. In all it was a tour de force that gained him the Driver of Race award!  He had a gigantic lead over the 2nd and 3rd place cars and had lapped everybody up to Fabio in 6th place and most other competitors at least once! Fabio had a great dice with Reuben Taylor. Reuben nicked by Fabio at the end but he had Fabio on his tail all the way to the chequered flag!  Damian’s Westfield had left Ken James and had a few seconds lead on the Loco Hornet. Tyrone had got back past the VW Sirocco of Dave S again.

On lap 11 Jason’s lead over D K had grown to 25 seconds, and Chris Everill was now pushing Keith White looking for a chance to make his move. Colin Dunn had a few flamboyant moments coming through the crossing, and I’m sure he will remember one very sideways moment for a long while, but it was well recovered and it looked great!

On lap 12 Jason worked his way back through the traffic for the second time, Tyrone Lufferelli was now having a pop at passing CS class Ken James in the Loco Hornet kit car, Colin Lewis was safely in 2nd in class BT and with no challenger in site. Chris Morris in the Ignis and Roger Dowden were both going strong in the middle of the pack but both had lots of breathing space.

On the last but one lap , lap 13 Jason had a more than comfortable lead and was just sailing that beautiful Cossie home. A cheeky Tyrone was again trying to get past Ken’s Loco Hornet  by  trying to slip down the inside line into old paddock! Keith in the Z4 had lengthened the gap between him and Chris Everill. Colin Lewis in the Clio 172 cup car was making good of his Grass Track skills was now gaining ground on the Evo of Bradley John.

Jason then came around on the final lap after 14 laps; he knew from the start that he would have to finish and win both races to ensure he had maximum points to take the championship crown.  So he just had to bring her home and he did bring it home, one in the bag and only one more race away from becoming the new WSSCC champion!  In 4th place Chris Everill rued his failure to maximise his joker, but conceded ‘Keith knows how to put his car in just the right place. He drove well!’ In between races Chris moved to the top of Class D, but Keith had his joker to place in the crucial final round. Well Done to all amazing racing !!

Hear the Race 1 post- race interviews!

http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2016/164121wss.pdf

Positions at the end of race 1 were as follows

1st Jason Davies.  2nd Dave Krayem. 3rd Keith White. 4th Chris Everill. 5th Reuben Taylor.

6th Fabio Lufferelli. 7th Jim Lyons. 8th Glynne Jones. 9th Damian Longotano. 10th Ken James.

11th Tyrone Lufferelli. 12th Dave Scaramanga. 13th Bradley John. 14th Colin Lewis. 15th Colin Dunn.

16th Chris Morris. 17th Roger Dowden. 18th Alfie Brown. 19th Gareth Haycock. 20th Daryl Radford.

21st Mark Harris. 22nd Peter Hills. 23rd Antony Weeks. 24th Huw Turner. 25th Andrew Williams.

26th  Alan Smith. 27th Glen De La Ronde-Wilton.

Running but not classified Craig Edmunds, DNF’s  Andy Williams, Richard Francis

Results http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2016/164121wss.pdf

Prologue – So Jason Davies stormed home to win the final races of the season at a rain soaked Pembrey on Sunday to clinch the 2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Championship! It was an emotional time for the Haverfordwest family team, as it was virtually 20 years to the day that his dad Martin Davies won the last of his 3 Welsh titles! Any thoughts Jason might have had of stroking home to the title went out of the window , as torrential rain showers swept the track! Jason revealed later ‘We decided early on that the best place to be was in lead’ and he set out his stall in Qualifying when he set  a time almost 2 seconds faster than everybody else to take pole position! He then simply drove away from the field to win by almost 30 seconds in Race 1 and by over 30 seconds in the Final race of the season!  Afterwards he admitted ‘I was really pushing it, this championship is not easy, there are a lot of very good and very quick drivers in it and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t involved in any battles today!’ Looking back  he said ‘We had some problems early on in the season but we worked on them and the cars is now quick and reliable’ It is just as well, as Jason’s main points rival, Tyrone Lufferelli  from Cornwall, was ready to pick up the pieces if Jason or his car had faltered! Such was the tension that Jason admitted he was overcome with emotion as he crossed the line and took the Chequered Flag!  Martin himself commented, ‘I’m glad it’s over, it was really tense!  I’d rather be driving than in the pits as part of the crew!’  Jason confirmed that he will be back in 2017 to defend the title. ‘We plan to upgrade the car, and I may do other things as well but I will certainly be back to wear the winners number on my car, like my dad did!’

Jason will pick up the Overall Trophy  at the Awards Night at the end of November and will also pick up the award for most race wins, having won 6 of the 10 races run this year!

Other Class winners apart from Jason (Class CS) and  Tyrone Lufferelli  (Class BT) are Alan Smith (Class AT) , Susanne Jones (Class BS,) Dave Scaramanga (Class CT) and Keith White who won Class D by 4 points from Chris Everill!

 

Final 2016 Overall Points!

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FINAL 2016  OVERALL POINTS
Red = Joker played. X = did not enter
Name Car Class RD  1  Pemb RD  2 Pemb RD  3   Pemb RD  4  Pemb RD  5  CC RD  6 CC RD 7  Pemb RD 8  Pemb RD 9  Pemb Rd 10  Pemb Total
1 Jason Davies Ford Sierra Co t CS 21 20 21 38 17 17 21 21 21 21 218
2 Tyronne Lufferelli Peugeot 206 BT 1 21 21 21 18 20 40 21 21 21 205
3 Colin Dunn Renault Clio BT 18 16 16 16 12 16 18 36 16 18 182
4 Keith White BMW Z4 D 19 0 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 34 181
5 Chris Everill Ginetta G50 D 16 17 16 16 14 16 16 16 32 18 177
6 Daryl Radford Honda Civic BT 20 18 18 18 21 1 17 16 28 14 171
7 Dave Scaramanga VW CT 14 0 17 17 17 17 15 17 17 34 165
8 Roger Dowden Davrian  Mk6 AS 34 17 17 17 x x 19 19 19 14 156
9 Fabio Lufferelli Mini / VW D 14 14 14 14 12 14 12 12 14 28 148
10 David Krayem Ginetta G50 D x x x x 21 21 21 21 42 20 146
11 Andrew Williams MG ZR BT 14 14 14 14 10 12 14 14 24 12 142
12 Alan Smith Ford KA AT 17 34 x x 14 14 16 14 14 14 137
13 Bradley John Mitsubishi Evo CS 16 16 14 14 18 20 12 12 10 0 132
14 Chris Morris Suzuki Ignis AT x x x x 17 17 15 17 17 34 117
15 Ken James Loco Hornet CS 0 0 18 40 x x 14 14 12 16 114
16 Gareth Haycock VW Golf CT x x 14 14 14 0 16 14 14 28 114
17 Richard Francis Citroen Saxo AS 14 14 14 14 x x 32 16 0 dns 104
18 Andy Wiliams Ford Sierra Cosworth CS x x 16 16 20 0 18 18 0 0 88
19 Susanne Jones Lotus Elise BS x x x x 17 14 34 17 x x 82
20 Colin Lewis Renault Clio BT 12 12 x x x x x x 18 32 74
21 Andy Long Renault Clio BS x x 14 0 14 17 14 14 x x 73
22 Damian Longotano Westfield CS 0 19 0 0 0 0 16 10 14 0 59
23 Graham Welch Rover 200 BT 10 10 12 24 x x x x x x 56
24 Glynne Jones BMW E30 CS x x x x x x x x 16 36 52
25 Mike Moss Westfield CS x x x x 14 18 10 8 x x 50
26 Peter Hills Mini Saloon AS 0 0 0 0 x x 0 0 16 34 50
27 Keith Butcher Ginetta G50 D x x x x 16 0 14 14 x x 44
28 Anthony Weeks Mazda RX8 BS x x x x x x x x 14 28 42
29 Willem Verhaak Mazda MX5 BT x x x x 16 18 x x x x 34
30 Jim Lyons Mini Turbo CS 0 0 x x x x 0 16 18 0 34
31 Holly Welch Vauxhall Nova AT 14 14 0 0 x x x x x x 28
32 Anthony Weeks Mazda RX8 BT x x x x 14 14 0 0 x x 28
33 Verity Banks MG ZR BS x x 10 0 0 10 0 0 0 dns 20
34 Neil Watts Westfield CS 18 0 x x x x x x x x 18
35 Susanne Jones Lotus Elise BT 16 0 x x x x x x x x 16
36 Paul Flinders Toyota MR2 t CS 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 x x 12
37 Rhodri Jenkins Honda Civic t CS 0 0 0 0 x x x x x x 0

Rounds 1 to 8 Race Reports

wsscc_logo2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship   Rounds 7 & 8 – Pembrey Sunday 21st August with the Vintage Sports Car Club.  

Qualifying and Practice – Race 1 – Race 2 -all below

Although it was still August, the weather was anything but summery! The Saturday forecast was for Rain and Gale force winds, although the rainy phase was mercifully short-lived,  so the wind as having a drying effect. Sunday dawned sunny and cloudy and the winds were lighter.

Jason Davies blitz wet Pembrey August races! Yes it was this bad! photo by Steve Williams

Jason Davies blitzs both wet Pembrey August races! photo by Steve Williams

Qualifying and Practice. There were usual mix of championship regulars, plus some new faces & returnees, including yours truly, but thanks to Susanne and Nick for standing in whilst I was away.  Back to the racing! Dave Krayem set pole position in his big, black Class D Ginetta G50, with a time of 60.00.28 seconds! Keith White was 2nd fastest making it a Class D lock out ! Jason Davies, the current points leader, was 3rd fastest in his Class CS Ford Sierra Cossie, with Chris Everill with his nice looking G50 4th.   Andy ‘Risca’ Williams was 5th in his Ford Sapphire. The VSCC timers made several errors but the best one had Ken James as 6th fastest,  driving Damian Longotan!  Actual he was driving his usual Loco Hornet!   Jim Lyons seemed to be getting his Turbo Mini moving in the right direction, and had Fabio Luffarelli for company on row 4. Fabio was giving his VW Corrado a run out at Pembrey for the first time in 10 years! (but also had the Moto Mini as back up). Damian Longotano himself was on row 5 with his Westfield and was joined by Keith Butcher and his G50. Dave Scaramanga was on row 5 giving his VW Scirocco it’s debut at Pembrey, and he was joined by Bradley John and his Mitsubishi Evo.  Peter Hills was on row 7 taking the Class AS pole with his nice blue Mini, with Mike Moss who was making his Pembrey debut in his Westfield. Tyrone Luffarelli was on row 8 with his Class BT pole sitting Peugeot 106 and had Roger Dowden and his AS Davrian for company. On Row 9 Susanne Jones had moved up to Class AS for this race. She had Gareth Haycock for company in his VW Golf. Row 10 saw Chris Morris making a welcome re-appearance with his Suzuki Ignis, and he had Daryl Radford and his colourful Honda Civic. Row 11 saw Andy Long and his Honda Civic and the improving Dad to be, Richard Francis and his colourful Saxo! (Richard and his wife Rebecca are expecting an addition to their family real soon.) Row 11 saw Colin Dunn and Anthony Weeks and his Mazda RX8. Tony was another driver making his Pembrey debut, but sadly oil pressure problems made him miss the race. However it was too much oil pressure that was causing the problem, so it was sadly back to the workshop! Paul Flinders also missed the race with overheating in his turbo Toyota MR2!  Andrew Williams was on row 13 along with Alan Smith.  Craig Edmunds was 14th in Phil Bendalls old Ford Fiesta and Verity Banks was the last starter. Craig’s practice did not last long before the engine suffered a big blow up with a few rod through the block, this distributed a fair amount of oil on the far part of the circuit! The team raced back to pick up a spare car so Craig could get a few more signatures on his licence.

In the lunch break I asked Jason what his plan was. ‘I’m planning to have 2 quiet races!’ There were the usual few people wandering around the paddock in the lunchtime. Giles Beck, Phil Bendall, and Richard Rhozon, to name a few. Richard is planning to enter a Peugeot silhouette to match Keith White & Fabio in 2017, should be good! As the sky clouded over, and it began to drizzle there was a lot of discussion as to the choice of slick or wets in the slick tyre classes!

The race 1 – 15 minutes plus 1 lap. Rolling Start

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Midfield action, Mid-afternoon at Pembrey! Photo by Steve Williams

However although Qualifying was held on a dry track, but the time the grid had moved from the pit-lane towards the assembly area, the rain-clouds had gathered and the rain was getting heavier. There was a delay dealing with an incident in one of the vintage races. The Assembly Area was full of cars for the next Vintage race, the WSSCC cars were strung along the Paddock. Jason Davies was one of the last to leave and he made a dash back to the pits to change on to full wets, which then became a landslide as car after car followed suit, after the organiser had given 10 minutes grace to change tyres if needed!

So the grid went out on their green flag lap, which in time honoured fashion, was for 2 laps as the conditions had changed between practice and the race. As the pace car pulled off, and the lights went green, Dave Krayem pulled away into the lead, with Jason Davies first to show from out of the spray! Jasons idea of a quiet race, lasted all of 3 laps, and once he was in the lead he pulled away and the lead extended out and back again, depending on the state of the track and lapping the backmarkers. Dave did his best to stay in touch and after early pressure from Keith White, he pulled away as Keith White now had Chris Everill for very close company!  Fabio, who finished 6th  was getting his VW Corrado up to speed, and had a tussell with Keith Butcher who finished  5th  &  Andy Williams who finished 7th and was the last un-lapped runner.

Peter Hills unfortunately only did 2 slow laps, before retiring to the pits with ignition trigger problems. Verity Banks joined him and Jim Lyons joined them, after showing well early on!  Jimbo had found the car handling oddly in practice, and decide a change of half shaft and CV joints was needed, and his pit crew, including Endaf set about changing it. It only took a few laps for him to conclude that it was other shaft that was causing the problem!   Still they had plenty of time change it before race 2. Peter, Verity & Jim were the only retirements.

Back on the track there was plenty of mid-field action, broken up as the leaders came up to lap  them,  to resume after they had passed.  There was a huge scrap between Damian Longtano and Ken James with only 2/100th separating them at the end! Similarly Bradley John, Dave Scaramanga and Gareth Haycock were having a set to, but Gareth got by and pulled away to finished 10th , and was the last runner on 14 laps! Bradley (11th) and Dave (12th) had a race long duel. Visibility was the key for several drivers, with at least Dave, Roger Dowden and Chris Morris suffering badly! Indeed Chris had to do a pit stop to get help to clear the inside of his screen, whilst Roger’s slow speed wipers were unable to keep pace with the rain & spray and dropped back to finish 16th!  In Class BT, Tyrone Lufferelli  (13th) seemed to have no such problems,  but he had his work cut out to keep ahead of Colin Dunn (14th) who was really flying and putting Tyrone under  all sorts of pressure! Daryl Radford (15th)had been a little way back fighting with Susanne Jones, but once past he made a big effort late on close the gap and set the Class BT fastest lap! Susanne (16th) was running in Class BS but found her tyres going off late on, and came under pressure from Pembrey debutant Mike Moss whose Westy was only 2/10ths behind at the finish! Andy Long was 19th in his Honda Civic and was the last runner on 13 laps.  Andy ‘Caldicot’ Williams was an impressive 20th having had a pre-event race to fit a new engine! Alan Smith was 21st after some heavy application of the ‘engineers screwdriver’ (a hammer, if you were wondering) Craig Edmonds was 22nd After his pit-stop Chris Morris was 23rd, with Richard Francis last in 24th. Richard had a torrid time with a couple of visits to the scenery, and a brush with the barriers. The car looked fairly pristine. but Mike Skelton the Clerk of the Course, sent him to the Doctor for a check, just in case! Actually Mike could have asked told him to see his dad, who was the circuit doctor in the very early years. Peter has on hand to look after Richard, who was sponsored by ‘The Bank of Mum & Dad’ lol!

So Jason ran out as the worthy winner, ‘I was happy to take the lead as there is less pressure on the engine and transmission in the wet. I wouldn’t mind if it rained all the time!’

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Jason has gone, but the rest struggle through, and it was as bad as that! Photo by Steve Williams

Race 2 The race 1 – 15 minutes plus 1 lap. Rolling Start. It is a long time since we had 2 wet races and in the interval between our first & second races of the day, there was a lot of head-scratching as to what was the best method of keep the windscreen free of mist! Thankfully the days have now past, when one of the supposed methods was to rub a raw potato across the screen! I kid you not, this was a supposed ‘best method’!  I never had to try it, thanks be to god! Actually I usually prefer  my potato cut into thin strips, and then fried!

Anyway there was no pondering on whether slicks might be worth a gamble! It was wet, very wet.  So the grid went out on their first of two green flag laps, and then when the lights changed, Jason Davies went into a lead he was never to loose! Dave Krayem was 2nd throughout and Keith White, who was 3rd, was the BMW silhouette, sandwiched between two G50s as he had Chris Everill on his tail throughout, sometimes only inches behind! At the end Mr White only had a few 10ths to spare from Chris. Keith Butcher was 5th in his G50 but he had Fabio and the VW Corrado silhouette on his tail, to keep him on his toes. This race was a slower one than race 1 and Fabio in 6th was the last driver on the lead lap. Andy Williams was 7th and he was well clear of the 8th place man, Jim Lyons!

Yes read that again, Jim Lyons finished in 8th place! Actually it was a mega drive from Jimbo, who had started from row 13, along with Peter Hills, and Chris Morris! However whilst Jim climbed to 8th and Chris Morris climbed to 16th place, (and won Class AT), sadly Peter only lasted 7 laps! Peter had seemed to pick up speed but much to his dismay he couldn’t make it to the finish. Sadly also Verity Banks as pulled off on the 7th lap, but Peter &Verity were the only 2 retirements.

Back in the race, Gareth Haycock and Colin Dunn got off to flyers! Initially Damian Longtano was 8th, with Gareth 9th and Ken James was 10th, Colin was 11th ahead of Bradley John (12th) with Tyrone Lufferelli (13th). Dave Scarmanga was 14th, but thanks to some ‘Fog-ex’  he now had a clear screen. Chris Morris likewise had a clear screen, and with some new rain tyres and a wet set up, was going great guns. ‘I don’t normally like driving in the wet, but this time it was good!’  Actually with the top 7 places mostly settled, it was the midfield that was providing all the excitement.  Damian Longtano dramatically dropped down the order along with Gareth  & Colin! Ken James came around on his own, whilst Tyrone, Bradley & Dave Scaramanga followed the flying Jim Lyons up the order! Jim passed Ken later to finish in 8th place with Ken in 9th, and was 3rd in class CS, leaving an interesting thought at what he might be able to do from a better starting position!  Tyrone made the most of  the situation and was 10th and the first Class BT car. He was some way clear of Bradley John (11th) who had Dave S on his tail throughout! Dave who finished in 12th place was the last driver to complete 13 laps and he reversed the Class CT win that Gareth Haycock had taken over him in Race 1. Gareth was 13th and he, Colin Dunn, Damian Longtano and Chris Morris had a monumental dice and there was only the odd 10th separating Gareth & Colin (13th & 14th ) and Damian & Chris (15th & 16th) at the end! Likewise only 2/10ths separated Susanne Jones in 17th (winner Class BS) and Daryl Radford in 18th. Roger Dowden was 19th with Mike Moss in 20th. Mike was very happy with his first experiences of the Welsh Championship and said ‘I have very much enjoyed racing with you this year. It’s a great race club, with clean racing and a friendly paddock atmosphere. The organisation is first class and I compliment you, Mike and Alan for doing such a great job. Shame you can’t do anything about the weather! I very much intend to come back next year!’

Andrew Williams (MG ZR150) & Andy Long (Honda Civic) were 21st &22nd . Alan Smith (Ford Ka) who finished 23rd was the last driver on 12 laps. Richard Francis & Craig Edmunds were 24th & 25th and the last finishers.

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Jason Davies – Singing in the rain! (Photo by Rob Allender)

So the race ended with Jason winning by almost 16 seconds, and showing the kind of Rain-meister form that his dad showed in his 2wd days, as his race fastest lap was only 2 seconds slower than his dry practice time! After the VSCC showed they were on his wave length, by providing the Race winners with a large bottle of Red wine. Now all he needs is some Sangria, some Citrus Peel, Umbrellas etc and he can create a new Cocktail! More ‘Happiness in the Rain’ than ‘Sex on the Beach’! Our friends the Marshals choose the Driver of race in Race 1 as Tyrone Lufferelli and in Race 2 Susanne Jones!

The points show Jason is still leading but Tyrone looks like he’s ready to pounce if there are any slip-ups in last 2 races in the 2016 championship on October 16th! Also there are only a few points separating several other positions in the Top 10 and the Classes are just as tight so there is still a lot at stake.

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Results via —– http://www.vscc.co.uk/    http://www.vscc.co.uk/vsccMedia/18603.pdf

 

WSSCC Rounds 5 & 6 Sunday Castle Combe 17th July 2016.  Qualifying and Race 1 report, by nicholas rocke Race 2 report at the foot of the page
Jason leads at Combe

Jason Davies hits the front! and then hits trouble! (photo by Steve Williams)

The Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship away-day rounds at Castle Combe went down a storm, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. There was beautiful sunshine and only a spot of drizzle that lasted all of 30 seconds. Plenty of Pembrey’s finest turned out in force with a 32 car grid for qualifying!

We were joined by some new faces in the invitation class with Adam Higgins in a Ginetta G50, and some of the Castle Combe saloons championship greats including Gary Prebble in one of the 2 Pug 205 gti’s which was flying!  Gary qualified 7th on the grid behind mainly Class D Supercar/GT class car;  and behind the very quick Jason Davies, who qualified 2nd behind David Krayem’s Ginetta G50 with only 0.367 of a second between them! And it was Jason’s first ever time behind the wheel at Castle Combe circuit.

Fabio Luffarelli resurrected his old space-framed VW Corrado. It’s been in hibernation for 10 years and although it has less power than his bike powered mini it was still 1.5 seconds quicker in qualifying! He hasn’t even raced it in 10 years, but I know which race car he will be bringing to Pembrey for rounds 7/8!

Andy Williams from Risca was going well, even with running out of revs before Avon rise and still getting to know his new gearbox/diff setup. He qualified 8th and 2nd in CS class. Although Andy is no spring chicken he showed this weekend that there’s plenty of life in the old dog yet, with some fantastic performances from Andy all weekend. 9th was Mike Tovey, who was making his debut in the series, in a BMW E36 M3. Mike is the son of Roy Tovey who raced with us a long time ago, in a Modified Mk 1 Ford Escort about the last time Fabio last raced his Corrado with us! Chris Everill, Damian Longatano, Dave Scaramanga, and visitor Mike Harris were next.  Bradley John’ was 14th fastest in his Evo  which has gone through some drastic changes going from looking relatively standard at Pembrey in May, to a fully fledged racer complete with aero package and big carbon fibre wing and a heap more power!

Although Bradley is a novice and new to racing this year has come on leaps and bounds, he’s getting quicker & quicker and will definitely be one to watch later in the season.

Paul Flinders’s MR2 was giving him issues again but once he’s worked out all the kinks it’s going to be animal.

The BT class guys/gals were out in force 6 BT cars on the grid, Susanne had gone into BS class to use up some semi slicks she had left over.

Daryl Radford qualified first in class and Tyrone Luffarelli 2nd . Willem Verhaak was having is first run of the year, and qualified 3rd . His MX has got quicker, with only 4 tenths of a second between him and Tyrone. Colin Dunn went steady qualifying 4th in class, he also found why his tyres were going off too quickly, as his tyre pressure gauge was reading 6psi out, causing him to over pressurise his tyres, losing vital seconds! Fortunately he has rectified this now.

Andrew Williams from Cardiff,  broke his MG ZR  earlier in the day by going out to play with the Castle Combe saloons, his variable cam timing solenoid packed in resulting in him running the car drastically down on power all weekend and leaving 29th on the grid.

The MG ZR of Verity Banks was plagued by a intermittent misfire all weekend, Tony the mechanic tried using all at his disposal to try fixing it, but to no avail!

Race 1 – Our first race was cut down to 13 mins due to a big off in races earlier in the day.

Green Flag lap

On the Green Flag Lap Jasons’ real steel Cossie is flanked by a bevy of GRP GTs! (photo by Steve Williams)

As they all came round on the green flag lap, I was spectating from Tower Corner. You get a excellent view of the cars coming through Hammerdown, through Tower and around Bobbies.  It was fabulous seeing such a strong turn out from the WSSCC with lot of different cars and different classes, everything from your average road going saloons to kit cars and even a handful of GT cars, great for the spectators to watch as well! There are not many championships with so much variety on the track at the same time.

The order of the front 10 cars was Ginetta, Ford saloon, Ginetta, BMW spaceframed silhouette, VW spaceframed silhouette, (Keith Butcher) Ginetta, Peugeot hatchback, Ford saloon, BMW Saloon, and with Chris Everils’ Ginetta in 10th! Now can you think of anywhere else you see that other than the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship!

On the first lap, David Krayem lead the pack round in a neat uniformed line, with no real position changes from the sector of circuit I was viewing from. Verity’s MG sounded ill from lap one, struggling round with the distinct sound of a misfire, as if it was running on only 2 of the 4 cylinders. On Lap 2  David K, Jason M & Adam H had broken away from the pack slightly, with Keiths BMW a few car lengths back in 4th, Andy’s Sierra Cosworth in 5th sounded meaty, as he plowed through Tower, being trailed by Fabio in the Corrado. The pair of Pugs (Peugeots) were grouped together having their own battle. Daryl had pulled away from Tyrone and was leading the BT class. On Lap 3, the front 3 had opened up a 2sec gap from Keith’s BMW and after a massive gap was 5th place Andy Williams with Chris Everill’s Ginetta hot on his tail.

Bradley John made up a few positions and was sandwiched between the 2 Pug 205s. Daryl had opened up the gap in BT but I think Tyrone as being held up fighting with the Golf of Gareth Haycock. Chris Morris, whose car hadn’t even been started since December until this meeting, came round Tower glued to the back of the 106 of Mike Good.

Mid-field dice!

Huge WSSCC mid-field dice! (photo by Steve Williams)

On Lap 4, the top 5 stayed the same but Fabio lost a position to Keith Butcher in the Ginetta, which Keith had bought to replace his Primera and Fabio was now in 7th Place. Bradley John moved up to 10th. Susanne was tailing Willem’s MX5, trying to make a move to get passed , and Chris Morris had got passed Mike Good’s 106! On Lap 5, Jason Davies in his turbo Ford Cosworth managed to get passed Dave Krayem and was leading the race going into Tower. Back markers held Keith White up going into Tower in a solid 4th with no one in sight to challenge him for the position. Alan Smith, with a bit of 4 wheels on the grass, passed Andrew William’s MG on the inside at Tower, taking full advantage of big Keith passing!

Andy ‘Risca’ Williams non-turbo Sierra Cosworth lost a position to Chris Everill and was now in 6th with Keith Butcher also having a pop at Andy going into Bobbies. Damien Longatano was now up into 11th in his Westfield, after passing both of the 205s.

There was a huge gap between 1st, 2nd, 3rd in class BT. Susanne managed to make a move on Willem and is now in front!

On Lap 6 it all changed at the front as the Seirra of Jason Davies developed a fault, as the cockpit filled with a cloud of smoke! Jason immediately stopped racing and went into limp home mode to try to make it to the end of the race and score as many points as he could!  Later it was found that the oil return pipe from the turbo had broken and with the car leaving a trail of smoke behind him, Jason had dropped back to eventually finish in 9th place overall, and 3rd in class. Jason confirmed after the race ‘At the end there was just enough oil left to prevent the engine from being damaged!’

Andy in the Sierra Cosworth had regained the position back from Chris Everills’ Ginetta. As Tyrone came through Tower he was right on the limit, and it was clear he’d been pushing hard and playing catch up, as the gap between him and Daryl was closing up! Paul Flinders had drastically slowed up as the car continued giving him problems. W v S

Wileem v Susanne! Dice of the Day? (photo by Steve Williams)

Willem had traded places with Susanne again! These 2 seater rear wheel drive sporty road cars seemed to be in a race of their own, not being more than a cars length apart every lap from the start!

By Lap 7 Jason had significantly dropped back, and now Keith White’s BMW  was looking to get passed him. Colin Dunn and Roger Good were battling away in the middle of the pack.

Andy’s Cosworth was still going strong and holding off the Ginetta G50 pair of Chris+ Keith.

Lap 8 and Krayem & Higgins came through Tower chasing one another in 1st/2nd.

Susanne and Willem had yet again changed places, and now Susanne had used them semi slicks to her advantage pulling a few car lengths away. Although the two of them were  in different classes,  it was still good fun watching them fighting it out!

Damiens Westfield came passed very slowly, and appeared to have issues and was limping back to the pits. Jason had now dropped back to fourth as he was nursing around trying his best to salvage some championship points and mainly make sure he gets his turbocharged Cosworth home. But Andy had other ideas, and he had him in his sights and was gaining ground on Jason’s poorly Cosworth. Bradley John in his Evo was closing the gap to Mike Tovey’s BMW E36 M3, both cars going very well.

Lap 9 and both Ginettas were still in the lead, with Higgins trying to find a way passed Krayem.

Daryl’s Civic locked up into Bobbies, having to use the escape lane, giving Tyrone precious time to gain ground on him and close the gap! Keith Butcher’s Ginetta was passed Andy’s Cosworth and was making easy pickings of Jason’s damaged Cossie. Although Jason’s car wasn’t in the best of health, it was still racing and more importantly still 1st in class Cs.

On Lap 10, David Krayem had pulled away massively from Higgins, as Adam appeared to be having issues and no longer at full race speed. Daryl and Tyrone were only a few car lengths apart going into Tower but had the Haycock Golf between them. By this lap Andy Williams,  Chris Everall and Bradley John had managed to get passed Jason’s Cosworth, but although he was now in 3rd in Class CS he had to keep going to try keep his points lead in the championship. It appeared Roger Goods VW Lupo and Verity’s MG had both retired.

On the Lap 11, the last lap, David Krayem had a good 5 second lead on Adam Higgins and was looking to walk the rest of this race with no one to challenge him for 1st overall.

As they crossed the line the final positions were;  Overall win David Krayam (class D winner). 2nd Adam Higgins, 3rd Keith white (2nd class D). 4th Keith butcher (3rd class D).5th Andy Williams (well deserved 1st in Class CS). 6th Chris everall (4th class D) 7th Fabio luffarelli ( 5th class D) . 8th Bradley John (2nd class CS). Excellent driving from the novice, quicker every lap and learning very fast. Well done! 9th was Jason Davies (3rd in Class CS) Jason did very well to hang on to 3rd in class, but scored an extra point for the fastest lap in his class! It was very unfortunate the car failed him, as he drove excellently and could have potentially won. He was Driver of the Race, in my eyes, keeping the GT cars at bay with no previous track experience either! Whatever this Cosworth throws at him, he deals with it and makes it work. Well done Jason and remember every point counts!

10th Mike Tovey, 11th Michael Harris, 12th Gary Prebble, 13th Dave Scaramanga (1st in CT) 14th Mike Moss (4th in class CS). 15th Daryl Radford (1st in class). Well done! On the edge excellent driving, to keep Tyrone behind him. 16th Gareth Haycock (2nd class CT). 17th Tyrone luffarelli (2nd class BT) 18th Paul flinders (5th in CS Class). 19th Susanne Jones (1st in BS) well done! 20th Willem Verhaak (3rd in BT). 21st Antony Weeks (4th in BT) 22nd Chris Morris (1st in AT). 23rd Mike Good, 24th William Hornsey, 25th Colin Dunn (5th in BT). 26th Andy long (2nd in BS) 27th Alan Smith (2nd in AT).28th Andrew Williams ).

Well done to all, wish I could have been out there with you all. http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BRSCC/2016/162831wss.pdf

Race 2 report From: nicholas rocke

After race 1 there was mixed emotions in the WSSCC paddock, Most were fettling with their race cars and preparing for race 2 and having a spot of lunch and soaking up the lovely weather we had been blessed with.Unfortunately this was not the case for everyone! The Davies camp were hard at work getting Jason Davies Cossie cleaned up and ready to race in race 2. Andy ‘Risca’ Williams had been pushing so hard in race one he had worn his NSR rear brake pad down to the metal, so was rushing to replace these ready for his next outing.

Paul Flinders had to unfortunately retire his MR2 for the rest of the day and began to pack up, as did Damian Longotano, others to retire after race 1 were Roger Good in the VW Lupo and Kieren Simmons in the Ford Fiesta. Verity’s mechanic Tony was scratching his head a bit, as the misfire that Verity had in race 1, had fixed itself, leaving him baffled and suspecting it was either coil pack or bad wiring connection on the harness! He replaced plugs, leads, coil packs and wiring loom just to be on the safe side.

During the break between WSSCC races there were other incidents that meant that the WSSCC last race would be shortened to 13 minutes, but due to strict regulations about no noise at castle combe circuit after 6:30 pm, it was going to be more like 8 minutes if we were lucky!

Fabio Luffarelli started from the back of the grid, due to transmission issues in the Corrado, and he would be out in his bike powered Mini silhouette. The grid of 26 cars waited patiently in the pits eager to get out there and race, I bet it was rather warm in those cars with the drivers in full race suits, as even at 6pm it was still very hot.

So they set off straight into the rolling start lap, and as they came through Camp Corner for the first time waiting for the lights to go out, David Krayem and Higgins were side by side with Keith White, Andy Williams and Chris Everill all in a little group at the front, with close to 2000bhp between them and all eager to plant their right foot!

Jason, Bradley and Mike Tovey were a few car lengths, behind in another tight group of cars, Gary Prebble was also nearby, but the rest of the pack were a few seconds behind! The gap seemed huge, not sure what happened there. So they were all off safely and racing. Daryl had a good lead on Tyrone and Susanne and Willem were side by side again, as they came through Camp Corner. Fabio in the bike engine Mini came storming through from the back, making up 3 places before he’d even reached the pit wall! As they approached Camp Corner at the end of lap 1 Krayem had a good 2 second lead on rival Higgins, Keith managed to slip his BMW down the inside of Higgins going into Camp putting him into 2nd.

Jason’s car had sprung into life and had jumped up, passing Andy’s Cosworth to move into 5th place. The next victim to fall to Jason’s Cosworth was Mike Tovey’s BMW, Andy was in 6th with Bradley John following close behind in 7th. Brad was then being chased by Prebble’s 205. Dave Scaramanga was in 9th and was battling with Mike Harris in the other Pug 205 gti.

Daryl Radford was 1st in Class BT,  but had either lost a bit of pace or had issues, or was it that Tyrone’s screaming 106 was gunning for him as the gap was down to a only a few car lengths now. Willem came around in 14th and 3rd in class but Susanne’s Lotus Elise was nowhere to be seen, the Mazda RX8 of Anthony Week’s was about to be passed by Fabio who had made up several place in just one lap, MY GOD that mini really does shift! Chris Morris followed by Colin Dunn came around in 17th & 18th follow by the Susanne’s Lotus which was not well at all (later found out she had been suffering with an electrical fault).

Lap 2 and Krayem had a gigantic lead, and as long as he played his cards right it looked as if he had this one in the bag! Keith White had given the position back to Adam Higgins in the Ginetta. Higgins had a few seconds lead over the 3rd place driver Chris Everill who had also taken a place off Keith White’s BMW. Jason Davies was still going strong, being only a few car lengths behind Keith. Andy Williams was chasing Mike Tovey in his M3 who had managed to steal 5th from him, not far behind was the big winged Evo of Bradley John.

It appeared we had lost Mike Harris’ 205 somewhere around the circuit as the only 205 gti left was Gary Prebble’s who came through Camp on lap 2. Keith Butcher’s Ginetta retired back to the pits to join Mike & Gareth Haycock as early retirments!. The action between Tyrone and Daryl was heating up. They were less than a cars length apart coming through camp and up the pit straight. Fabio was catching up with his son Tyrone, and would undoubtedly be passed him by the time they reach Quarry Corner. Willem was in a solid 3rd in class position whilst Susanne was still trying her best to keep the Elise going.

Lap 3 and Jason had moved up to 4th position and Andy had spun over the other side of the circuit, and then brought his Sapphire Cosworth in to retire (In the paddock I spoke to him later on and he explained that he had lost a feed to the water temperature gauge, and preferred to fight another day than rebuild a very expensive race engine). Bradley John had got past Mike (Son of Roy Tovey), but Tovey was not going to let him keep it that easily as they came through Camp Corner bumper to bumper. Gary Prebble was still motoring on but there was no one to challenge him insight. Tyrone was now 1st in class as Daryl was unfortunately having issues and retired the Civic Type R to complete list of retired cars!

Lap 4 and Higgins had made up some ground on Krayem, but was still safe for now and had a 2 second lead at this moment in time. Keith White was in 3rd but too far behind to play catch up now. Jason’s car was obviously having issues again, (this time it was electrical) as he had dropped back into 7th position behind Bradley and Mike Tovey, and Gary Prebble was now hot on Jason’s heels. Verity’s car was still out there, but still not perfect and was running in dead last place, fingers crossed they sort that issue out before the next outing at Pembrey.

Fabio was now up to 9th position and his Mini sounded absolutely beautiful as he came around Camp for the 4th time, using every last rev that bike engine has to offer! Tyrone was now running in his Dad’s exhaust fumes, but was happy, sat in 1st in BT class and 11th overall and had plenty of breathing space to bring her home.

Willem was about 4 seconds behind Tyrone and had his work cut out if he was to challenge for 1st in class BT. Chris Morris came through in 12th followed by the RX8 of Anthony Weeks who ran out of talent on this lap, and spun 360 degrees going into Camp! (That’s harsh Nick. Those RX8s are known as rotaries! lol – Ed) Luckily he saved it and got on his way quickly only losing one place to Colin Dunn’s Clio.

Lap 5 and Dave Krayem and Adam Higgins had bunched up and Krayem now had to keep him at bay. Keith White still in a solid 3rd, Chris Everill was chasing Keith for 4th position, and Bradley John’s Evo was motoring around in 5th. It looks as though he has got used to that Evo of his, this weekend.

Jason limped around in 10th position. He hasn’t had the best of weekends, but still leads the championship on points, having taken 2 extra points, for the fastest lap in both races! Although the championship is still up for grabs and I think it will go down to the last race in October, EXCITING STUFF!

Lap 6 – Last Lap Fabio was now chasing down Jason, Fabio started in 26th position on the grid and 6 laps later he is in 11th position, that is a lot of overtaking! The front runners Krayem and Higgins were still fighting for 1st, as were Keith and Chris also fighting over the last podium spot. As they all crossed the line 21 cars finished 5 DNFs with the final positions as follows:-

1st David Krayem (1st class D) textbook racing well done

2nd Adam Higgins (excellent racing) 3rd Keith White (2nd class D) 4th Chris Everall (3rd class D)

5th Bradley John (1st in class CS) well deserved, good racing, 6th Mike Tovey, 7th Gary Prebble

8th Dave Scaramanga (1st in class CT) well done, 9th Fabio Luffarelli (4th in class D) epic racing, up 17 places from the back, not bad for a mini, 10th Mike Moss (2nd in class CS), 11th Tyrone Luffarelli (1st in class BT) excellent well driven, 12th Jason Davies (3rd in class CS)

13th Willem Verhaak (2nd in class BT) glad you are back out racing, pleasure to watch, 14th Chris Morris (1st in class AT) glad you blew the cobwebs off iggy, 15th Colin Dunn (3rd in class BT), 16th Anthony Weeks (4th in class BT), 17th Andy Long (1st in class BS) well done, 18th Susanne Jones (2nd in class BS) glad you made it round somehow with no electrics?, 19th Alan Smith (2nd in class AT), 20th Andrew Williams (5th in class BT)

21st Verity Banks (6th in class BT)  Fabulous weekend with its mix of ups and downs, but I must say it is the most fun I have had at a race circuit without being behind the wheel, in a long time.

Great racing from all our racers with plenty of competitive driving, and lots of thrills and most importantly not many spills at least from our championship. Shame the both of our races were cut short, but I am sure the WSSCC will be in talks with Castle Combe Circuit to make sure we get our monies worth at our next meeting there in the 2017 season.

  WSSCC away rounds 5/6 castle combe circuit 17th July 2016 From: nicholas rocke

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Dave Krayem heads Adam Higgins on their way to a Ginetta 1-2! (Photo by Steve Williams)

Race 2 report  After race 1 there was mixed emotions in the WSSCC paddock, Most were fettling with their race cars and preparing for race 2 and having a spot of lunch and soaking up the lovely weather we had been blessed with.Unfortunately this was not the case for everyone! The Davies camp were hard at work getting Jason Davies Cossie cleaned up and ready to race in race 2.Andy ‘Risca’ Williams had been pushing so hard in race one he had worn his NSR rear brake pad down to the metal, so was rushing to replace these ready for his next outing.

Paul Flinders had to unfortunately retire his MR2 for the rest of the day and began to pack up, as did Damian Longotano, others to retire after race 1 were Roger Good in the VW Lupo and Kieren Simmons in the Ford Fiesta. Verity’s mechanic Tony was scratching his head a bit, as the misfire that Verity had in race 1, had fixed itself, leaving him baffled and suspecting it was either coil pack or bad wiring connection on the harness! He replaced plugs, leads, coil packs and wiring loom just to be on the safe side.

During the break between WSSCC races there were other incidents that meant that the WSSCC last race would be shortened to 13 minutes, but due to strict regulations about no noise at castle combe circuit after 6:30 pm, it was going to be more like 8 minutes if we were lucky!

Fabio Luffarelli started from the back of the grid, due to transmission issues in the Corrado, and he would be out in his bike powered Mini silhouette. The grid of 26 cars waited patiently in the pits eager to get out there and race, I bet it was rather warm in those cars with the drivers in full race suits, as even at 6pm it was still very hot.

So they set off straight into the rolling start lap, and as they came through Camp Corner for the first time waiting for the lights to go out, David Krayem and Higgins were side by side with Keith White, Andy Williams and Chris Everill all in a little group at the front, with close to 2000bhp between them and all eager to plant their right foot!

Bradley

Bradley John first time win! (Photo by Steve Williams)

Jason, Bradley and Mike Tovey were a few car lengths, behind in another tight group of cars, Gary Prebble was also nearby, but the rest of the pack were a few seconds behind! The gap seemed huge, not sure what happened there. So they were all off safely and racing. Daryl had a good lead on Tyrone and Susanne and Willem were side by side again, as they came through Camp Corner. Fabio in the bike engine Mini came storming through from the back, making up 3 places before he’d even reached the pit wall! As they approached Camp Corner at the end of lap 1 Krayem had a good 2 second lead on rival Higgins, Keith managed to slip his BMW down the inside of Higgins going into Camp putting him into 2nd.

Jason’s car had sprung into life and had jumped up, passing Andy’s Cosworth to move into 5th place. The next victim to fall to Jason’s Cosworth was Mike Tovey’s BMW, Andy was in 6th with Bradley John following close behind in 7th. Brad was then being chased by Prebble’s 205. Dave Scaramanga was in 9th and was battling with Mike Harris in the other Pug 205 gti.

Daryl Radford was 1st in Class BT,  but had either lost a bit of pace or had issues, or was it that Tyrone’s screaming 106 was gunning for him as the gap was down to a only a few car lengths now. Willem came around in 14th and 3rd in class but Susanne’s Lotus Elise was nowhere to be seen, the Mazda RX8 of Anthony Week’s was about to be passed by Fabio who had made up several place in just one lap, MY GOD that mini really does shift! Chris Morris followed by Colin Dunn came around in 17th & 18th follow by the Susanne’s Lotus which was not well at all (later found out she had been suffering with an electrical fault).

Lap 2 and Krayem had a gigantic lead, and as long as he played his cards right it looked as if he had this one in the bag! Keith White had given the position back to Adam Higgins in the Ginetta. Higgins had a few seconds lead over the 3rd place driver Chris Everill who had also taken a place off Keith White’s BMW. Jason Davies was still going strong, being only a few car lengths behind Keith. Andy Williams was chasing Mike Tovey in his M3 who had managed to steal 5th from him, not far behind was the big winged Evo of Bradley John.

It appeared we had lost Mike Harris’ 205 somewhere around the circuit as the only 205 gti left was Gary Prebble’s who came through Camp on lap 2. Keith Butcher’s Ginetta retired back to the pits to join Mike & Gareth Haycock as early retirments!. The action between Tyrone and Daryl was heating up. They were less than a cars length apart coming through camp and up the pit straight. Fabio was catching up with his son Tyrone, and would undoubtedly be passed him by the time they reach Quarry Corner. Willem was in a solid 3rd in class position whilst Susanne was still trying her best to keep the Elise going.

Lap 3 and Jason had moved up to 4th position and Andy had spun over the other side of the circuit, and then brought his Sapphire Cosworth in to retire ( I spoke to him later on in the paddock, and he explained that he had lost a feed to the water temperature gauge, and preferred to fight another day than rebuild a very expensive race engine). Bradley John had got past Mike Tovey (Son of Roy Tovey who raced with us a long time ago), but Mike was not going to let him keep it that easily, as they came through Camp Corner bumper to bumper. Gary Prebble was still motoring on but there was no one to challenge him insight. Tyrone was now 1st in class as Daryl was unfortunately having issues and retired the Civic Type R to complete list of retired cars!

Lap 4 and Higgins had made up some ground on Krayem, but was still safe for now and had a 2 second lead at this moment in time. Keith White was in 3rd but too far behind to play catch up now. Jason’s car was obviously having issues again, as he had dropped back into 7th position behind Bradley and Mike Tovey, and Gary Prebble was now hot on Jason’s heels. Verity’s car was still out there, but still not perfect and was running in dead last place, fingers crossed they sort that issue out before the next outing at Pembrey.

Tyrone

Tyrone profited from Daryl Radcliffes demise (Photo by Steve Williams)

Fabio was now up to 9th position and his Mini sounded absolutely beautiful as he came around Camp for the 4th time, using every last rev that bike engine has to offer! Tyrone was now running in his Dad’s exhaust fumes, but was happy sat in 1st in BT class and 11th overall and had plenty of breathing space to bring her home.

Willem was about 4 seconds behind Tyrone and had his work cut out if he was to challenge for 1st in class BT.

Chris Morris came through in 12th followed by the RX8 of Anthony Weeks, who ran out of talent on this lap, and spun 360 degrees going into Camp! (That’s harsh Nick. Those RX8s are known as rotaries! lol – Ed) Luckily he saved it and got on his way quickly, only losing one place to Colin Dunn’s Clio.

Lap 5 and Dave Krayem and Adam Higgins had bunched up and Krayem now had to keep him at bay. Keith White still in a solid 3rd, Chris Everill was chasing Keith for 4th position, and Bradley John’s Evo was motoring around in 5th. It looks as though he has got used to that Evo of his, this weekend.

Jason limped around in 10th position. He hasn’t had the best of weekends, but still leads the championship on points. Although the championship is still up for grabs and I think it will go down to the last race in October, EXCITING STUFF!

Lap 6 – Last Lap Fabio was now chasing down Jason, Fabio started in 26th position on the grid and 6 laps later he is in 11th position, that is a lot of overtaking! The front runners Krayem and Higgins were still fighting for 1st, as were Keith and Chris also fighting over the last podium spot. As they all crossed the line 21 cars finished 5 DNFs with the final positions as follows:-

1st David Krayem (1st class D) textbook racing well done

2nd Adam Higgins (excellent racing), 3rd Keith White (2nd class D), 4th Chris Everall (3rd class D)

5th Bradley John (1st in class CS) well deserved, good racing

6th Mike Tovey, 7th Gary Prebble, 8th Dave Scaramanga (1st in class CT) well done

9th Fabio Luffarelli (4th in class D) epic racing, up 17 places from the back, not bad for a mini

10th Mike Moss (2nd in class CS), 11th Tyrone Luffarelli (1st in class BT) excellent well driven

12th Jason Davies (3rd in class CS), 13th Willem Verhaak (2nd in class BT) glad you are back out racing, pleasure to watch 14th Chris Morris (1st in class AT) glad you blew the cobwebs off iggy

15th Colin Dunn (3rd in class BT), 16th Anthony Weeks (4th in class BT), 17th Andy Long (1st in class BS) well done  18th Susanne Jones (2nd in class BS) glad you made it round somehow with no electrics?

19th Alan Smith (2nd in class AT), 20th Andrew Williams (5th in class BT), 21st Verity Banks (6th in class BT)

Fabulous weekend with its mix of ups and downs, but I must say it is the most fun I have had at a race circuit without being behind the wheel in a long time.

Great racing from all our racers with plenty of competitive driving, and lots of thrills and most importantly not many spills at least from our championship. Shame the both of our races were cut short, but I am sure the WSSCC will be in talks with Castle Combe Circuit to make sure we get our monies worth at our next meeting there in the 2017 season.

I look forward to seeing you all at Pembrey in a few weeks, so lock yourselves in your garages and get preparing as this is no one-horse race and with only four races left, it is anyone’s championship and it is going to get interesting. Don’t forget to play your joker card, the WSSCC is heating up and getting lots of support, I wonder how big the 2017 season grids will be?

All I know, is that I am itching to get my race car finished so I can get back out there and enjoy it with you all.

Regards Nick Rocke.  (Thanks Nick for such excellent reports – Ed)

Full results http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BRSCC/2016/162831wss.pdf

 

15/5/16 Rounds 3 & 4

Jason and Keith battling with Chris hot on their heels

Jason and Keith battling with Chris hot on their heels

 

Qualifying

At the 3rd race of the championship it was as tight as ever at the front with Keith White taking pole for class D with only 4 one hundredths of a second in front of a chasing Jason Davies in the Ford Sierra Cosworth leading CS.
A similar gap to the Ginetta of Chris Everill means it looked like a close battle was likely in the race.

Tyrone Luffarelli led class BT with an impressive 1.08 and Peter Hills led class AS in the Mini.
Dave Scaramanga was getting to grips with a new car to him, an orange VW Polo.
Meanwhile class CT was to be led by newcomer Gareth Haycock and class AT by Holly Welch.
Daryl Radford had to drop out early with a failing wheel leaving him at the back with the Evo of John Bradley who didn’t make it out for qualifying.

Round 3 – Race 15 minutes plus 1 lap

We had two non starters for the race, the minis of Ian Fraser and Peter Hills who found water in the cylinders after qualifying.

As Race 1 got under way Keith and Jason led a very controlled start only accelerating as they crossed the start line with Jason edging ahead of Keith as they approached hatchets. At the end of lap one it was Jason, Keith and Chris fighting hard for the lead.

Lap 2 saw Andy Williams in his Sapphire 2500 battling with Fabio with Andy eventually getting past into hatchets. It was short lived as he went too deep with Fabio regaining the place and then able to gradually pull away.
Hopes were high for Rhodri and his civic turbo which was running well until it appeared to let go with an explosion of smoke covering the track from Honda down to the start line. Richard Francis had a clear view and made the decision to avoid what he couldn’t see as well as Dave Scaramanga and spun the car off to the side of the track. Richard has posted a great video of the incident.

Lap 3 continued the excitement with Gareth Haycock who was in his first ever race finding the limits of grip at spitfires and spinning his VW Golf.
Meanwhile Paul Flinders unfortunately had to pull off into the pits.
Class BT didn’t disappoint with some exciting mid race battles. Daryl Radford eventually got by Colin Dunn for 2nd in class.
Andy Long in the second EP3 was continuing to battle with Gareth Haycock and then with Richard Francis.
At mid race the front runners finding themselves only 3 seconds apart with Jason still leading.
Another retirement on lap 8 as Holly found herself having to park on the outside of Spitifres with a possible head gasket failure.
Class BT problems were not over yet with Verity Banks having a solid race but lacking power from the rover engine. Great to see Verity, a long time supporter of the championship back after a years out of racing.
As the race approached the final few laps Jason maintained his lead with Keith deciding to ease off allowing the gap to increase to 9.4 seconds.
It was there Jason remained taking the chequered flag and winning round 3 with Keith 2nd (leading class D) and Chris Everill’s G50 in 3rd.
Tyrone maintained his excellent pace to take class BT with another fastest lap, narrowly ahead of Dave Scaramanga who took a class CT win. Roger Dowden was the class AS winner with Andy Long making the last of the class winners for BS.

Post race Jason revealed that he was able to run the engine at full power for the first time and was clearly enjoying the Sierra. Jason said he was able to put in some fast laps at the end despite the tyres going off.
Newcomer Gareth Haycock told us he is planning on staying with the WSSCC for the whole season and is hoping for more after he resolves an overheating brakes problem.
Colin Dunn celebrated his birthday with a 3rd in class BT

Driver of the race for Race 1 went to Bradley John in the Evo who despite starting last battled through to a great 7th place.

Race 2

Race 2

 

Race 2

Ahead of race 2 the WRDA and WSSCC cars paid a fitting tribute to Pembrey Marshall, Russ Morgan who sadly passed away earlier that week. All cars lined up on the grid and with engines turned off joined the marshals and spectators in a minutes silence to remember Russ.
Liam, Russ’s son, also a member of the Pembrey marshal family was on the grid and everyone’s thoughts were with him and his family.

Before race 2 got underway it was clear Race 1 had had taken its toll with Holly Welch (HGF), Paul Flinders (oil leak), Rhodri (water in the cylinders), Damian Longtano (HGF) and Andy Long all non-starters.

Round 4 – Race 2 15 minutes plus 1 lap.

Lap 1 started in much the same fashion as the earlier race although with Keith going around the outside into Hatchets, Jason held him off until Brooklands where Keith took the inside line, momentarily taking the lead until the Cosworth engine managed to out drag him taking the lead back before Honda. The next few laps held some exciting moments for both drivers and crowd as both cars on the limit battled hard.
If proof were needed on lap 4 Jason clearly driving on the edge lost some traction taking the Sierra sideways out of Honda allowing Keith his opportunity to get alongside and pass into Hatchets.
The MG of Andy Williams (yes we have two Andy Williams) and Richard Francis in his Saxo had a couple of close laps with Richard diving up the inside of Andy into Hatchets only to lock up his brakes and somehow avoiding contact, with Andy coming out ahead.
Keith White maintained the lead through the backmarkers and a string of blue flags displayed by the hardworking marshals. This time it was Keith who maintained his lead with Jason slowing considerably by lap 10 and retiring with wheel bearing issues on the last lap.
So Keith takes the win with Chris Everill second and Fabio Luffarelli third in the Mini.
Ken James was pleased to take the class CS win ahead of Jason and having played his joker which could prove to be a valuable judgment later in the season. Fabio’s son Tyrone again took the class BT win having another great race keeping Bradley John on his toes in the Evo, ending up just 0.5 seconds behind him across the line.
Dave Scaramanga was first in class CT and a second class AS win for Roger Dowden in the familiar yellow Davrian.

Driver of Race 2 was Fabio who said his car was performing better in this race after a few changes with more to come from the car for the next race.

At the end of the day drivers awards were handed out by Pembrey marshal Liam Morgan including the newcomer award to Gareth Haycock in his first race and taking second in class CT.

A big thanks to Susanne Jones for taking notes in the absence of our usual intrepid reported Rob.

Good size grid & Good racing for the first rounds in the 2016 Welsh Championship!  Race 1 & Race 2 reports!

Pembrey – Sunday April  24th  – Spring Truck-Fest –  Entry & Qualifying  

On a day that was sunny but with a cold breeze, there was a mixture of regulars, returnees, and several newcomers having their first races.

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Lap 1 at Debini Bend – The action starts in the 2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship

The first few rows had a familiar look with Keith White and his BMW Z4 Silhouette on Pole with a time of 62.011. Jason Davies was only 7/10ths behind with his Class CS Ford Sierra Cossie. Jason was hoping to make a real charge for the 2016 title and his car had a few aero tweeks and a new stronger engine, but more of that later! The first of the  Class CS West Wales Fresh Air Brigade (WW Fab), was Damian Logotano in 3rd place in his Westfield on 63.542. Damian, a former grass-tracker, has come a long way since his race debut in 2014, which must be an inspiration to those drivers making their debuts now! Neil Watts was 4th with his Westfield. Ken James and his Locost was the 3rd member of the WW FAB in 5th place. In 6th place was Fabio Lufferelli and his Moto-Mini.

The first of the returnees in 7th place was Chris Everill in a Ginetta, but this was a new G50, and Chris was just getting used to it. Rhodri Jenkins and his turbo Civic joined Chris on row 4, with Jim Lyons next up. Jim, another returnee, had been burning the midnight oil getting his car ready, and his turbo Mini had a new nice paint job and a big rear wing! Roger Dowden joined Jim on row 5 and was the first of the Class AS runners. On Row 6 was Bradley John, our first newcomer with his nice black Mitsubishi Evo. Bradley had done some quad bike racing and was moving up from track days to actual racing. ‘On some track-days there isn’t anybody to play with’ 11th fastest on your debut is a promising start. Leading Class BT was Daryl Radford whose Honda Civic was looking nice in it new paint job.

On Row 7 Dave Scarmanga had changed tyres on his VW Vento and was now on his own in Class CT! Alongside was Paul Flinders who was running the turbo on his MR2 in low boost mode.  On row 8 Susanne Jones was trying to co-ordinate her ensemble with the colour of the Originia Lotus Elise. Susanne no longer needs to have a yellow and black cross on her car, and was 2nd in Class BT, just ahead of our 2nd newcomer Colin Lewis in his Class BT Clio who was also having his first race. Colin is a former Grass-tracker.

On row 9 was Endaf  Owens and his Mini Miglia alongside Colin Dunn and his Williams Clio.

Behind them on row 10 was our 3rd and final newcomer Richard Francis. Richard has a long history associated with Pembrey, and has done some karting, but this was his first time to race on the track. Richard was driving a Citroën Saxo and was obviously finding his feet, but there was a lot of sage advice on offer in the paddock. Alongside him was Andrew Williams and his MG ZR.  On Row 11 it was the walking wounded of Tyrone Lufferrlli and Peter Hills. Peter found his engine overheating, and having already changed the head gasket, he feared another more serious engine problem was brewing and so he elected to miss the race and went to help his fellow Vale resident Jim Lyons, but more of that later! On the final rows were Graham Welch (Rover 200) Alan Smith and his Ford KA who was ahead of Holly Welch who now had her own car, a Vauxhall Nova.

In the lunch break it was nice to catch up with a few friends, including Blake Edwards who was our guest and was catching up with some old friends. Blake was the original Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Champion (under MSA rules in 1991 + 1990 as a one race shoot-out).

It was also nice to see Nick Rocke and his family as well. Also at the circuit was Andy Williams, who was among the WRDA members who answered the call from the organisers, the BARC, for some safety car drivers. Andy’s car was not ready, so he was happy to help.

There was a lot of head scratching among the ranks of the turbo cars, with almost everyone suffering from some sort of woe or another. No-one was immune, with Jason finding a loss of Oil and some water, and thought that may have been due to the improved breathing rather than actual turbo boost. Rhodri, with Alvin on hand, was trying to figure out how and where his oil was going under pressure. Paul Flinders was trying to run with as little boost as possible but Jim Lyons, who was in an intense hard working post practice session, to try and fix his windscreen and other things, had found he had no boost due to software fault!

Over in the left field (or was that the West-Field), among the FAB brigade there were no such worries and Evan Watts was showing some football skills. Evan who is 11, is a goalkeeper in the Swansea City Academy, and is in the Welsh Squad for his age group. Not only that, but he is in the Welsh Junior Cricket team too! Dad Neil is very supportive and will do well to squeeze in some racing from time to time!

Richard Francis got some good advice from Alvin Powell on how to look at his first season. ‘Don’t worry about going quickly at first. Get to know your car, and learn the circuit. You can think about driving quickly later but take some time to gain experience’

 The race – 15 minutes plus 1 lap – Rolling Start

Following a pep talk from Mike Skelton, the grid approached the lights with Keith & Jason leading the way around Honda curve towards the lights. As the lights showing green everyone started racing, and Jason lead towards Hatchets. However Keith emerged in the lead, but with Jason on very close company!

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Don’t blink- you’ll miss them – Steve Williams captures Jim Lyons & Paul Flinders in the same shot!

As the leading duo traded lap times, Paul Flinders had already departed on lap 1 with a mystery misfire. Jim Lyons only lasted 2 laps until he went straight on at Hatchets, when the drivers-side trackrod arm snapped and the wheel departed! This left Jim with no brakes & skating along on the cars floor! This was unfortunate for Endaf Owens, who was just turning into the corner, when he was collected by Jims’ toboggan. Just as well they are mates! Although this ended both their races, Endaf’s car was easily fettled. Jims’ however needed a lot of work, and some help from Peter Hills, just to get it on the trailer and ready for home! (Roger Dowden had a Grandstand seat to all this drama! ‘I’m glad I decided not to take the inside line!’). Colin Lewis, the 3rd of the Endaf’s Paddock group, was also having an exciting 1st lap in his Class BT Clio, losing it on the entry to Honda Curve, throwing up some grass during his spin! Colin is a former Grass-tracker! Having dropped a few places. Colin linked up with fellow debutant Richard Frances and they pulled each up to 13th & 14th places by the end. Damian Longatono was another to exit early on, when his gear lever came off in his hands. There were a few laps when no-one retired, but then Rhodri exited on lap 6 when his turbo problems got worse. Tyrone Lufferreli dropped out 2 laps later, having been unable to feature in his usual fashion, after being hampered with problems with his new gearbox.

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Fabio and Chris Everill were this close in the closing laps!

Back at the front Keith was holding a slim lead from Jason, which he extended to almost 2 seconds whilst lapping traffic. However with a clear track, Jason zoomed in and began to harass Keith for the lead, swooping by in impressive fashion at the paddock turn! On the next lap Keith spun at Brooklands, which handed a 20 second lead to Jason, which he was able to manage to the end, winning by over 16 seconds! Later it emerged that Keith had lost his clutch, and thought this was caused by a snapped clutch cable! Neil Watts, and Ken James were 3rd & 4th initially, although Ken stopped on the 14th lap when almost in sight of the end ,with a complete loss of drive!  Fabio Lufferrli was 4th early on but Chris Everill was getting the feel of his new G50 and moved past Fabio at about the half way stage. Chris moved up into 3rd place to threaten Neil, with Fabio making his presence felt. All 3 of them put in their own fastest laps of the race late on, Neil just holding onto3rd with Chris & Fabio in very close attendance.  Afterwards Chris’ crew joked that Fabio should pay them some petrol money as they had towed him around for the last few laps!

In 6th place, and 1 Lap down was Roger Dowden, who after his grandstand view of Jim & Endafs accident, had a quiet race to win Class AS, but he had Dave Scaramanga in close attendance through-out. Daryl Radford was 8th and totally dominated Class BT in his nice looking repanelled Civic, after he had passed debutant Bradley John. Bradley had the satisfaction of a 9th place finish and being the last runner on 15 laps!

Susanne Jones got a good start and it took some time for Colin Dunn to get by into 10th place and 2nd in BT. Susanne Jones was 11th and 3rd in BT. It was BT all the way from 10th to 13th with Andrew Williams 12th (4th in BT) and Colin Lewis 13th (5th in BT). Richard Francis was 14th and 2nd in Class AS. Alan Smith was 15th and Graham & Holly Welch were the final runners.

In the post-race interview Jason confirmed ‘It was a cracking battle, you’ll always have a good battle with Keith. He’s a real hard charger and you will always have good clean battle with him. We’ve done a lot of aero-work to balance the car out so we can have more corner speed to keep with him. We had a problem in practice which means we can’t run on full boost so we’re about 80 bhp down on what we might have. It would have made my life easier, but no, I had to fight for that one!’ Keith confirmed his spin was down to his lack of clutch ‘I was trying to balance the revs, but I went down to quickly and it locked the back wheels. So around I went!

In the paddock, Ken James discovered that his lack of drive was down to a broken Crown Wheel & Pinion on his Locost, and Keith White found that his clutch problem was not simply down to a broken cable, and he would have to miss the 2nd race. Tyrone Lufferellis’ problems seemed to be down to his new gearbox, so Fabio and Tyrone were busy swapping it for the old one! Jason and his dad found that the rear engine oil seal was leaking, but they reckoned that by reducing the boost still further, there might be some good points to be gained, as of Jasons’ Class rivals, only Neil Watts was alongside, Bradley John was back a few rows and Damian Longotano was starting from the back.

  Race 2 15 minutes plus 1 lap – Rolling Start 

 So as the lights changed, Chris Everill shot into the lead with Fabio getting the drop on Jason, who was already in ‘limp home mode’. Behind the first few cars however it was mayhem! Neil Watts went for a gear and found he had no drive! (It later turned out that bolts on crown wheel had sheared! As Neil said- ‘What a time for them to let go, after all the practice starts done to heat the rear tyres up!’)  This left Neil in a quandary! He was unable to signal something was wrong in the time honoured fashion of waving an arm in the air, as under MSA rules, open cockpit drivers have to have their arms tethered so they are part of the seat belts! So

he could stay where he was, but he would then be a target for the rest of the pack, or try to drift towards the pit-wall! Drifting towards the pit-wall was the option that he chose, but that brought the Westfield right into the path of Dave Scarmangas Vento which was legitimately charging ahead at full throttle to get a good start. ‘I wanted get as close as I could to Fabio whilst staying ahead of Tyrone!’

The front wheel of Neils’ stricken car hit Daves Vento just by the passenger side door and submarined under, causing the Vento to tip-up by almost 90%, giving the pit crew and spectators an unexpected view of his roof! The Vento then crashed to the ground, the force ripping off  Daves’ passenger side front wheel, which went bouncing down the track, right into the windscreen of Susanne Jones Elise! The impact put a huge dent into the windscreen, indicating the kinetic energy of the wheel and this put Susannes car out of the race! Daves 3 wheeled car then slewed diagonally across the track, leaving a huge, thick and oily slick all across the track! The red flags came out straight away! All the drivers were all uninjured, but it now took a mighty effort from the Pembrey circuit staff to clean up the mess. This included hosing the track down and quite a few passes with the Track Sweeper!

An un-injured Neil Watts eventually made his way back to the paddock, where he was assaulted by his sons Evan & Harvey, who dived in for a group hug! All we need was some steam and it could have been a scene from the Railway Children!

Dave Scaramanga was also un-injured but it was clearly something we wasn’t anticipating ‘It wasn’t the sort of accident you’d want to have!’

Chris Everill also made his way to the paddock. I asked him if he was out too? ‘No I’m going for a smoke!’

 The re-start 10 minutes plus 1 lap

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On the rise- Endaf & Damian harass Roger Dowden as they climb the order

 So after half an hour delay whilst the track went through a wash and brush-up, the remaining 16 runners set off on a shortened race! (At least there was time in programme to allow this)  Chris Everill and his 3.5 litre V6 Ginetta set off in the lead but he was harassed all the way by Fabio Lufferelli and his 998cc Mini! Fabio commented ‘Chris has got a serious bit of kit there’ Chris said he was using 2 year old tyres, ‘This car isn’t as nimble as my old car but it’s very powerful’ Jason Davies was clearly cruising, at least until he saw Damian Longatono looming up behind him! Jason upped his pace but Damian was up for the chase and set his fastest lap on the last lap as he chased Jason to the line! Endaf Owen followed Damian through from the back to finish 5th. Tyrone was back on form and was on the rise too and finished 6th and first in Class BT! One lap down Roger Dowden was 7th, ahead of Bradley John who had Daryl Radford for close company! Colin Dunn was 10th ahead of the duelling Andrew Williams (MG ZR) and Richard Francis (Citroen Saxo). Colin Lewis was 13th in his Clio having been hampered by a set of unsuitable tyres. In 14th place. Alan Smith took Class AT ahead of Dad & Daughter Graham & Holly Welch who was 16th and last.

So Jason Davies achieved his goal and finished first in Class CS, but along with a few drivers there is a lot of work to do before the next 2 races in 3 weeks time, back at Pembrey.

 Richard Francis was well pleased with his first days racing ‘I’m living the dream! And his enthusiasm was catching with both his put crew looking to join him on the track soon!

Our guest Blake Edwards did the honours at the prize-giving and he was very impressed with the racing, so we can expect to see him again soon!

All in all it was an interesting weekends racing. Hopefully all the problems will be fixed for the next race, and we should see a few more drivers out with us. Nick Rocke says he is building new engine, but with a wedding soon, it may be more next year, than this. Willem Verhaak was moving house but the work he had done on his MX5 looked good.

With hardly anyone, except perhaps Alan Smith, scoring a maximum, the points and Gundersen Trophy points will take some working out!

Results are on www.tsl-timing.com

Report by Rob Allender- Action photos by Steve Williams