Damian fantastic race 1 win-Chris wins race 2- great races by all! -in progess

Damian fantastic race 1 win-Chris wins race 2- great races by all! -in progess

Race 1 and the clouds are clearing

After what seemed like a long winter and very cold and wintery  spring with some late spring snow it was some surprise to see the sun at the start of race week! The weeks was Schorio! But wouldn’t you know it, on race day the morning dawned overcast and rainy. Practice was rainy, but by the time of the first race it started to dry up and the sun began to shine again!

 

 

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

Seb blasts Blancpain Monza race! +Andy Meyrick +Brit Gt at the Rock!

International News!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROCKINGHAM TIMETABLE

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

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

13.10 – 15.10 Race

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

Pre-race smiles from Ryan Ratcliffe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

2018 WSSCC dates – Pembrey- Oulton Park & Donington Park

Hi here are the dates we have for the 2018 WSSSCC

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

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

P.s WSSCC Code of Practice Updated for 2018

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

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

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

 

2017 Final Overall Points

2017 Final ClassPoints

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

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

2017 Final ClassPoints a race by race basis

2017 Final Overall Points on a race by race basis

Dave Scaramanga has won the 2017 Colin Gundersen Award!

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

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

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

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

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

WSSCC Class Lap Records at Pembrey

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

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

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

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!

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Seb Morris & Rick Parfitt Jnr win the 2017 British Championship!

In the final round in the 2017 British GT Championship WRDA member, Seb Morris & his team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr came to Donington with a 10.5 points lead and were looking to qualify their Team Parker Racing run Bentley Continental GT3 as far up the grid as they could on a track that does not suit their car, as much as some other tracks!  With the grid positions decided by combining the qualifying times of each of the drivers, Rick Parfitt was able to hurl the mighty Bentley around fast enough to take 2nd place in the AM (Amateur) session.

Rick was part of an Aston Martin sandwich, as he was only 0.0118 secs! behind the pole winner Mark Framer, and ahead of Dereck Johnston and well ahead of their main rivals Alan Minshaw in the Barwell Racing run Lamborghini Hurrican, who was 5th. However Seb did not fair so well in the Pro session and was only 7th fastest! In the event the final outcome is that Rick & Seb combined times was only fast enough for 4th place on the grid, alongside their main rival for the championship, Minshaw and Keen (3rd)! The Aston Martins of Farmer & Barnes and Moore & Nicoll-Jones were 1st and 2nd !  The pace of the Aston Martins was of interest to Seb & Rick, for if Minshaw and Keen did not win, then Seb & Rick would have only to shadow them, to win the championship!

The other Team Parker Racing Bentley driven by Ian Loggie & Callum MacLeod would start in 7th place. The team manager of the Loggie & MacLeod car is Welsh legend Jools Westwood, and he gave realistic assessment of likely outcome of the early part of the race. ‘We know that Alan Minshaw struggles in the longer races, and Ian goes well on tracks he likes, so hopefully we can put some pressure on Minshaw as the races goes on, and help Seb & Rick that way!’

Apart from the important business of the British GT championship, Rick Parfitt Jnr is the front runner in Sunoco 240 Challenge, which Seb Morris won last year. The prize is a fully funded seat in GT4 race car in the 4 hour race supporting the Daytona 24hr race!

The 3 Amigos! Andy Meyrick, Tim Harvey & Seb! (photos by Rob Allender)

Just before the race started Seb received a boost with some celebrity endorsements.

When the race started it was win or bust for Minshaw & Keen, and so it proved,  as Minshaw got up to 2nd place at the start, but then spun his chances away, eventually restarting following a trip though the gravel, in 10th place! Meanwhile Rick Parfitt Jnr was in a solid championship winning 4th place, but as Minshaw recovered from his indiscretion, Rick moved into 3rd place!  However pulses began to race with the news that Rick & one of the other cars were to be investigated for a ‘Yellow Flag’ infringement! Within 5 minutes, relief replaced concern, with the news that ‘No further action was to be taken’ At the end of his stint Rick was exhausted and collapsed

Down but not out! Rick shows how much he gave to put the car in a winning position!

to his knees! A little later, the sight of a camera & microphone was enough to help revive him!   ‘It was the most difficult stint I have ever done. It was so hot in the car! We knew we didn’t need to overtake the Astons so I was trying to drive within myself and I had to fight through pin & needles in my legs! He also confirmed that he had used the ‘Yellow Flag incident to his advantage. ‘I was behind Liam Griffin in the other Barwell Lamborghini, when we went into the Yellow Flag zone, but I saw the Green Flag was coming up, so I closed up and jumped him as we passed the Green Flag!’

After some sage words from his long-time mentor Andy Meyrick, (who is soon to be an MSA Level 4 Certified Coach) and after serving out the extra 20 seconds ‘win penalty’ Seb re-joined the race in 7th place but was soon up to speed and was up to 4th place, which, with only about 35 minutes to go, was exactly where he needed to win the title, as Phil Keen was only 3rd , with 2 Aston Martins looking the favourites to win! Indeed it was strange not to see Seb ‘Going for it’ , as  I sure he could have closed on Phil Keen, and maybe overtaken him, if he had needed to! But a cool head was needed, and so it happened that Seb brought the Bentley home, safe in 4th place to win the title! Seb and Rick attended a reception at the Team Parker Hospitality Tent to a rapturous cheers and applause!  Late in the day came the shock news that Seb & Rick had been elevated to 3rd place in the race, as Minshaw and Keen had not only been disqualified, but had also been excluded from the race, as John Minshaw had passed a car under Yellow Flags! Minshaw also had 4 points added to his licence! This elevated Seb & Rick to 200 points, to win the championship by 33 points! It will also do Ricks chances in the Sunoco 240 Challenge, no harm at all! Also Rick has now become the only driver to win both the British GT3 title i.e now in 2017 and British GT4 title in 2013!

Mon Amigo – Mate!

Seb confirmed ‘I’m happy that Rick and I get on so well! We must do something together in 2018 if we can! At the moment it feels unbelievable and very emotional. I’ve got to say a huge thank you to Team Parker and M Sport who have done an incredible job alongside Bentley this year, we’ve really put all the links in the chain together. Rick has done an amazing job, he hasn’t made a mistake all year, and I haven’t done a bad job myself! We all deserve this, everyone has worked so hard. It was an interesting race, that’s for sure, but in the end we did what we needed to do. I really want to say thank you to my family and all of my sponsors, Ast Transport Branding, Eddie Stobart, Saxon Air and, in particular, Sue Harris of Legat Owen who was my first ever sponsor and has supported me ever since. This title is for all of them.”  Rick had also given his sponsors a name check earlier! Seb is a BRDC ‘Rising Star’ whose Star has well and truly risen!

Ben Hingeley takes 3rd place in the 2017 F3 Championship!

Ben Hingley at Donington before Race 1 (photos by Rob Allender)

WRDA member Ben Hingeley, from Abergele,  finished the 2017 BRDC F3 championship in 3rd place after adding to the 3 wins he had already this season in his Fortec run car, on Saturday and picking up some vital points in the final 2 races on Sunday!

In race 1 of the weekends 3 races, Ben started from pole, with the 2017 Champion, Enaam Ahmed, in 2nd place. At the start Ahmed got a good start and challenged for the lead at Redgate, the first corner. Ben was un-phased and held his nerve to establish himself in the lead, and although he and Ahmed were never far apart, Ben was always just ‘out of reach’! After taking the chequered flag in 2nd place Ahmed was generous enough to stop by Bens parent and confirm, ‘Ben drove well, he deserved to win’

Apart from normal F3 Trophy, Ben was also presented with the Muriel Tomlinson Trophy by the Donington Park Racing Association Club.  (The Muriel Tomlinson Trophy commemorates her role as Chairman of the Donington Park Racing Association Club and marks her 25 years of involvement with the club) and he confirmed  “I felt really good through the first sector, I felt like I pulled away a little bit but in the middle sector he was always putting me under a lot of pressure. It basically yo-yoed throughout the lap each time and it was a lot of pressure throughout the whole race, well done to him. He was right with me and put me under a lot of pressure through the last sector and luckily the chequered flag was there and it was a great race. Thanks to the Fortec lads, it was a great job by them, qualifying was mega’ With 4 races wins, Ben has more wins than anyone else, except the Champion Enaam Ahmed!

Ben with his Mum & Dad after race 1!

However under championship rules, the grid from race 2 is the reverse order from the race 1 result. This meant that Ben would start race 2 in 8th place! He moved up to 7th and was elevated to 5th late on, when the long time leader was taken out! In some kind of justice, his assailant damaged his own car and was out as well!  In Race 3 he finished in 4th place and the points gained were enough to give Ben 3rd place in the Final Points standings! An excellent result for Ben who has done the difficult task of being a tough racer and yet staying a super person