Dave Scaramanga has won the 2017 Colin Gundersen Award!

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

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

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

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

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

WSSCC Class Lap Records at Pembrey

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

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

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

Pembrey 15th October – Race 1 & 2 Action and plenty of it!

Chris Everill takes a win double – Tyrone is 2017 champion!

2017 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship – Pembrey – 15th October – Truck Fest

A massive 32 car grid assembled for the final 2 races in the 2017 Championship. In contrast to the torrential rain showers that plagued our visit to Oulton Park, the weekend was overcast but dry & warm, if a little windy. Although there are many stories to tell (which I will update later in the week) I hope you will understand if I start with the front runners, as there is a dramatic end to the 2017, but rather than build up the suspense, like Agatha Christine,  I’ll get to the main point asap.

Martin Davis poses with his car just before race 1! It looks nice there! (Photo by Rob Allender)

Anyway due to other races dropping out, the day started with a Practice session, and then Qualifying, after the Clerk of the Course briefing and a brief feedback meeting.  Topping the Qualifying was one of the Class I entries, Reuben Taylor and his Peugeot 206 cc silhouette (Reuben was with us at Oulton Park)just ahead of Damian Longotano, who was having his best starting position in a long time. Chris Everill and Keith White were on row 2 with Martin Davies 5th and Nick Crompton 6th. On row 4 was Ken James and Andy Williams. On row 5 was Glynne Jones and Mark Williams who was an excellent 10th in his new Honda Civic 1600! Fabio Luffarelli was at the back of the grid, after an electric fault with his ‘Flat Shifter’ cut his engine, before he set a time. Fortunately it was easily fixed!( I will do the rest of the grid later).

However in the Truck race, just before the lunch break, a Truck turned left at full speed, and tried to enter the main paddock instead of paddock 2! It was a hard hit, and after extracting the truck from the barrier, the marshals worked hard to repair the barriers to allow racing to re-start! However it took a long while to do the repairs, and that had a knock-on effect on the programme, with both our races cut from 15 minutes plus 1 lap, to 12 minutes and a lap.

Race one – 12 minutes and a lap  – rolling start!

The grid set off on the green flag lap, with Tyrone keeping his dad company! At the start Reuben Taylor went into  the lead, with Chris Everill and all, pushing him hard!   The pack exited Debini in a bunch, but Nick Crompton seemed to be taking the wide line, al la Alvin Powell! Like Alvin before him, Nick found out the wide line doesn’t work, and he got onto the grass. However luckily Nick was able to slow the Evo and nudged the tyre wall side on. After a moment he was able drive away with only some minor body damage, but another grassy moment half way through, tore his turbo pipe off, making Nick the only non-finisher. Back at the front the battle for the lead had boiled down to Chris Everill, who was now in front,  defending his lead from Reuben Taylor with Martin Davies attacking Reuben for 2nd place! Although on one lap Reuben had a real ‘tank slapper’ out of Dibeni, Martin was unable to take advantage. However it was close at the end, with only 0.8 seconds covering all 3 cars at the end! This was the closest battle for the lead I have ever seen at Pembrey!

Race two – 12 minutes and a lap  – rolling start! Damian got a rocket start and lead into Hatchets, however he seemed to go wide, which let the charging pack to get past! At the end of lap 1 it was a 4 way fight for the lead with Chris Everill holding a narrow lead from Keith White,  Reuben Taylor and Martin Davies all in a tight bunch, followed by Ken James, Fabio and Damian! The battle for the lead intensified, with Reuben passing Keith to run 2nd behind Chris. Martin was not to be left out and on lap 7 he passed Keith or 3rd place, and then started to chase Rueben! On lap 9 Martin passed Reuben for 2nd place, and was maybe fancying a run at Chris, when it all went wrong! Coming up to Honda curve at the end of lap 9, Martin found himself a passenger,  as one of his cars’ wheel & hub broke away and bounced high in the air! It was a heavy impact, with the commentator confirming the car had ‘Barrel rolled’. The red flag went out immediately! Now although Honda, the fastest corner on the circuit, is probably the worst place to have an accident, it also maybe the best, as the Pembrey rescue machine swung into action! Marshals were on the scene straight away, quickly followed by the Rescue truck, the Medical team and an Ambulance, all of  whom  where close at hand in their normal places in the pit lane! All the family & friends who had been watching  at the Dibeni end, quickly moved to the Honda curve end.  Sue and Mikaela, Martins wife and Daughter, supported each other, as we all waited to see if Martin was alright! After what seemed an age, but was probably only a minute or so, in which there was time to consider that this was the reason behind the MSA rules on Roll-cage strength, time limits on the life of Seat and Belts, and helmet  & hans regulations, and what a good job the MSA are doing to try and protect the life of our friends and loved ones, Martin emerged and was able to walk un-aided to the waiting ambulance! This was a massive relief to everyone! Jason himself was watching from the pits, so was fully aware of the situation, and as they took Martin to hospital for checks and scans, just to be on the safe side, he was able to find the missing wheel and hub deep in the bushes on the outside of the circuit to confirm it was a failure of the drive flange which caused the wheel to detach!  Later with an ok from the doctors, Martin was allowed home! Jason confirmed his special thank you to everybody that helped us pack away all the pit gear, and ‘especially Damian Longotano for driving the Van and trailer home for us’

Full results http://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BARC/2017/174121wss.pdf  

2017 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship – Pembrey – 15th October – Truck Fest – The Midfield – Entry & practice.

Having already run through the top bunch, the rest of the 32 car grid, was broken into large lumps. 10th was guest driver Mark Harries and his Honda Civic. 11th and on the Class CT pole was Dave Scaramanga who pedalled his VW around in a time of 1.12.364, ahead of a 5 cars in the 1.14 secs bracket, Alex Kite, Tyrone, Peter Hills, new boy Andy Wilkins and Tyrones’ sister  Melissa Luffarelli, who was an excellent 16th!  17th and at the head of another 6 cars in the same bracket was Daryl Radford  and his Honda (1.15.079) ahead  of  Darren Hockely and his Honda, the Mazda of Simon Hutchings, the Saxo of  Richard Francis and the Mini of Peter Harries (tended by Endaf Owens) and Nick Rocke and his Ford Fiesta who was 22nd!

Heading the last batch of drivers in the 1.17120 to 1.9.549 bracket was Colin Dunn (1.17120), Ellis Wiggins, Gareth Haycock, Mat Harries, and Andrew Williams who was 27th and was the last driver to get under 1.20 secs.

From 28 to 32 we had Darren Osborn, Mark Williams, Alan Smith, Verity Banks and 32nd and last was Fabio Luffarelli, who failed to set a time after his flat shift problem!

Race one – 12 minutes and a lap  – rolling start!

The grid set off on the green flag lap, with Tyrone keeping his dad company! Remarkably all 32 cars made it, with none missing! Alex Kite got up to 9th on the first lap with a fast starting Richard Francis rising from 20th to 10th and having to take action to avoid a spinning Andy Williams, as the big purple Sapphire had a 360 spin on the rundown to Brooklands! Andy got going again in14th Place! Richard soon had Dave Scaramanga on his tail, and looking for his place back, after Richard had passed him going into Carter, (if that’s what the new left/right flick is called) Fabio was rising quickly to eventually finish 6th! So we now had Alex Kite  in 9th , followed  by Dave S & our old friend Peter Hills. There was a big bunch consisting of Andy Wilkins, Richard Francis, Daryl Radford, Andy Williams, and Tyrone Luffarelli! Melissa has next up followed by Nick Rocke and Colin Dunn who are locked in a Class BT battle!

There was then another bunch headed by Darren Hockley, Mat Harries, Mark Williams, Simon Hutchings, Peter Harries and Gareth Haycock.  The final bunch was headed by Andrew Williams, Ellis Wiggins, and Darren Osborn. Darren had brought his own fan club, complete with banner, to inspire him! It’s what the Championship is all about, the drivers have fun on the track, and their families should join in the fun too, and brighten up the paddock too! I thought it was great! Alan Smith & Verity Banks completed the grid.

Now I know there is some people who prefer the ‘Classic’ circuit, but it can’t be denied that the new corners add to the racing in the mid-field, with 10 cars on the leaders lap! The drivers from 10 to 28, where only lapped once, and only the last 3 finishers were lapped twice!

At the flag Mark Harries was 9th.  Dave S was 10th  and was the last car on the lead lap . In 11th was Alex Kite, Andy Wilkins, who had the Ford of Andy Williams right on his tail.  Tyrone Luffarelli and in 15th Melissa Luffarelli, narrowly ahead of Peter Hill!

17th was Daryl Radford, followed by Richard Francis, Colin Dunn and in 20th was Nick  Rocke with Darren Hockley, Simon Hutchings  and Peter Harries in a tight bunch! Mat Harries was 24th  with Ellis Wiggins only .073 behind! Mark Williams was 26th,  Gareth Haycock 27th and in 28th place Andrew Williams was the last runner to do 11 laps!

On Ten laps were  Darren Osborne, Alan Smith and Verity Banks! Remarkably there was a 100% reliability record, with only Nick Crompton missing with some fixable body damage.

Race Two – 12 minutes and a lap  – rolling start!

The full 32 cars started the 2nd race, which was itself an historic moment! Only Nick Crompton was out of place, as he had to start from the back of the grid, but soon pulled up to 7th place! Mark Harris was 8th in his Endaf Owens fettled Honda Civic! This is sure to be an awesome car, and let’s hope we see more of Mark in 2018! Andy Williams pulled up from a 14th place start, to 8th, after some entertaining side-ways driving! Glynne Jones had started from 7th but having with a lack of grip from his tyres, was unable to resist Nick, Mark & Andy! A fast starting Tyrone was initially 7th but he and Mark Harris soon swapped places. When things had settled down Tyrone, (the 2017 champion elect), was chased by Andy Wilkins, Dave Scaramanga, & Alex Kite!   Peter Hills & Melissa were in thier own Mini Libre race!  Daryl Radford, Richard Francis and Nick Rocke were in a tight bunch, ahead of the next gaggle, of Peter Harris, Simon Hutchings and Colin Dunn! Darren Hockley initialled headed a fast starting Gareth Haycock, Mat Harries, Ellis Wiggins and Mark Williams. Andrew Williams & Darren Osborn, and Alan Smith and Verity Bank completed the runners.

As the race neared the 10 minute mark (8 laps) the red flag came out as per the first section of the race report. This put an end to some excellent racing by the  huge grid. Tyrone finished 10th and  was chased by Andy Wilkins, Dave Scaramanga, & Alex Kite! Melissa passed Peter Hills to win their own Mini Libre race! (Melissa’s dad Fabio stopped on lap 5, so she won Class M)  Daryl Radford was 16th with Richard Francis and Nick Rocke in a tight bunch, ahead of the next gaggle, Simon Hutchings had got the better of  Peter Harris, and Darren Hockley had passed Colin Dunn! Mat Harries has worked his way up to 23rd ,  but had Ellis Wiggins and Gareth Haycock for close company, after Ellis had passed Gareth . Mark Williams, Andrew William, Darren Osborn, Alan Smith and Verity Bank completed the runners! Alan Smith was voted ‘Driver of the Race’ by the marshals. It would be great if we could get this kind of entry and racing all the time!