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WRDA Archives

Containing archive material plus Race Results and Programmes from the early years up to the current time.

 The Early Years 1981 to 1990 

 1981 to 1983 – The Welsh Racing Drivers Assocation – Its formation & the quest to bring back motor racing to Wales

 Pembrey Phase 2 1983 to 1989 – Llanelli Borough Council apply apshalt to the surface making the circuit at Pembrey a reality!

Pembrey Phase 3 1989 onwards – Pembrey as a MSA licensed race circuit becomes a reality!

The years prior to 1990

Press cuttings showing the activites of the founder members prior to the start of the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship!

Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship Race Results 1991 to 2001   2002 to 2008   2009 to present

2008 Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship + International News

2009 Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship + International News

2010 Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship + In’national News

2011 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship+ International News
2012 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car + International News
2013 Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship + International News
2014 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship + International News

2015 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship + International News

2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship + International Ne

2016 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship + International News

2017 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship + International News

   Welsh Sports & Saloon Car record of race winning drivers – covers the years from 1991

Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Champions Gallery

WRDA Welsh Young Driver Roll of Honour

The WRDA Young Welsh  Driver of the Year Award is dedicated to the drivers who carried the Welsh Dragon into F1. Tom Pryce & Jack Lewis

Tom Pryce  Resource Centre & Results Archives

Single Seater & other drivers

Julian Westwood Still racing in the Blancpain  Barry Reece – Career & Press Cuttings Welsh racers at Catle Combe

Phil Kempe – Star of Tommorrow winner Tim Davies – Carrier Highlights & Press Cuttings

Other Drivers Karl Jones,  Viv ‘Buster’ Wallace, Martin Williams & Gareth Rees

Richard Singleton in  2006 Barc win & National Formula Renault series in 2007

Hywel Lloyd wins 2007 Barc Formula Renault Championship

. 2009 Andy Meyrick – multiple race winner in British F3 National Class + 4th place Overall in Le Mans 24hr race.

  . 2011 Seb Morris – Youngest winner of a major Championship – Ginetta Juniors & 2010 Ginetta Winter Series   . 2013 Matt Parry – Winner Formula Renault North European Cup

Hope you like it! I cant say it’s 100% complete and the section from 2005 to 2007 does have some gaps, but it’s still pretty extensive

N.B Where there are gaps, if anyone has any old programmes or results sheets covering those gaps then please let us know, #

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WRDA Archive

The WRDA Young Welsh  Driver of the Year Award is dedicated to the drivers who carried the Welsh Dragon into F1. Tom Pryce & Jack Lewis

http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr260.html BRITISH GP, 1975 Tom Pryce leads at Silverstone. Magical!

Tom Pryce Resources + F3 & F2 Results & Press Cuttings

Dedicated to Tom Pryce the Welsh driver who inspired many with his exploits in F1 racing, but sadly died in the 1977 South African Grand Prix.

Tom had a meteoric rise through the lower ranks and after a stellar drive in the F3 race at Monaco, secured a drive with the Shadow team. He was highly regarded and if he had lived would almost certainly been a F1 Champion. Even so he remains the only Welshman so far to win a FI race; The 1975 Brands Hatch Race of Champions, a non-championship Formula One race. The only Welshman so far to qualify in Pole Position for a Grand Prix, and the only Welshman so far to lead a Grand Prix, the 1975 British Grand Prix at Silverstone! He also scored two podium finishes and many other points during his short, but illustrious career!  The memory of Tom Pryce & his example inspired the creation of the WRDA Young Welsh  Driver of the Year Award

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pryce Excellent Biography of Toms career

Recomended Reading

The Lost Generation ISBN 1 84425 205 1

The Forgotten Races ISBN 0 954535 20 0 (includes Toms 1975 F1 race win at Brands Hatch)

Results

Championship Tables

1972 Shell Super Oil British F3 Championship – 9th place

1972 B.R.S.C.C. Lombard North Central British F3 Championship – 14th Place

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB4.htm  Brands Hatch Pole Position + Fastest Lap Winner! D.J. Bond Engineering Royale RP11 – Ford/Vegantune  

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB5.htm  Snetterton  –  5th place.

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB6.htm  Oulton Park DNF 19 laps Accident

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB8.htm Mallory Park  DNF 9 laps Accident

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB10.htm Silverstone DNF 5 laps Crash Damage

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB10.htm Zandvoort  9th Overall  +  Fastest Lap  (Heat 1)

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB14.htm  May 13, rain – Monaco – accident (Broken Leg)!

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB21.htm  Brands Hatch Pole Position  + 4th place

http://www.formula2.net/F372_GB41.htm  11th October  6th place

1973 British Formula Atlantic Results

http://www.oldracingcars.com/atlantic/uk/1973/

In 1973 Yellow Pages were the sponsors of a six-race “International” championship, in addition to which BP sponsored an 18-race national championship. Colin Vandervell and John Nicholson contested the two series, with Vandervell taking the more lucrative Yellow Pages title. Tom Pryce contested both championships and won three consecutive rounds in the BP series early in the season (20 Apr 1973 > Snetterton (BP round 3) 23 Apr 1973 > Brands Hatch (BP round 4) & 06 May 1973 > Mallory Park (BP round 5)  in the Royale RP12A but took the chance of a promotion to the Rondel F2 team and was in F1 by the following season.

1973Formula 2 Results

 Rondell Racing Motul M1 – Ford FVD/Smith
http://www.formula2.net/F273_14.htm dnf Hockenheim
http://www.formula2.net/F273_13.htm 11th Nivelles
http://www.formula2.net/F273_15.htm DNF Rouen-les-Essarts
http://www.formula2.net/F273_20.htm 5th Mantrop Park
http://www.formula2.net/F273_25.htm 2nd overall Norisring

N.B Rondel Racing was a British racing team that competed in the Formula Two series between 1971 and 1973. The team was founded by two ex-Brabham mechanics Ron Dennis and Neil Trundle. Rondel won five European Championship races before being forced to close down in 1973 due to lack of funding following the withdrawal of sponsor Motul. For the 1973 season, Rondel hired Ray Jessop to design their own car. The result was the Motul M1 which was named for the team’s sponsor. Rondel’s final victory came at the Norisring where Tim Schenken won the race, with team-mates Tom Pryce and Henri Pescarolo in second and third position. The 1973 season saw a complicated points structure used, where races were divided into basic and complementary races with only a driver’s first result from complementary races held in the same country eligible for points. This meant Tom Pryce was not awarded points for his second place finish at the Norisring, having competed in a previous complementary race in Germany at the Hockenheimring.

At end of 1973 season, Motul withdrew their sponsorship due to financial difficulties caused by the 1973 oil crisis forcing Rondel to wind up operations.

1974 F2

http://www.formula2.net/F274_8.htm  Hockenheim – 4th Overall – Team Baty Chevron B27 – Ford BDA

http://www.formula2.net/F274_10.htm Mugello – Florence Italy – 3rd Overall – Team Baty  – Chevron B27 – BMW M12/Schnitzer

http://www.formula2.net/F274_14.htm  Enna, Sicily.  Team Baty/ Harper DNF.  Heat 1 – 10 laps Electrics. DNF Heat 2 – 5 laps – accident

http://www.formula2.net/F274_19.htm Hockenheim 14th  –  Tom Pryce,  Team Harper Chevron B27 – BMW M12/Lec

http://www.formula2.net/F274_21.htm  Autodromo di Vallelunga, nr Rome Italy -5th Overall- Chevron Racing Team Chevron B27 – BMW M12/Lec

 FI with Shadow  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Pryce

Top mechanic Neil Trundle describes his part in Toms 1974 Monaco F3 win that catapulted him to the Arrows F1 team

In 1990 Toms dad Jack came to Pembrey and handed the Tom Pryce Memorial Trophy to the Eurocar V8 Race Winner

Tom Pryce 2005 Western Mail article

Tom Pryce Memorial unveiled in Ruthin  Tom Pyrce Memorial visited

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/wales/entries/9a0c1cec-ed01-33d2-bb03-c4540de21ecf James McLaren of BBC Wales New Media developed a history site on Tom Pryce http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northeast/guides/halloffame/sport/tom_pryce.shtml
Excellent Tom Pryce tribute site!

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Thomas Maldwyn Pryce – Taking the dragon sideways to victory.

The WRDA Young Welsh  Driver of the Year Award is dedicated to the drivers who carried the Welsh Dragon into F1.

Tom Pryce or Mal/Maldwyn as he was known by his family,  carried his dragon on the back of his helmet. His early career is peppered with championships but it was how he drove, rather than what he won, that marked him out. Quite a few people saw Tom race. 16/3/1975 is the anniversary of his win in the 1975 Race of Championship Brands Hatch, also taking pole & fastest lap. That was when it was a proper F1 race.

WRDA Secretary Robert Allender recalls “Tom was the only driver I ever saw who could make slick tyres squeal! Eddie Jordan later said the same of Michael Schumacher, so Toms’ driving was streets ahead of his time” Tracks at that time had become safer but some, like the Nurburing, the original Osterreichring in Austria, Silverstone, & Brands Hatch, were still major challenge to a driver. Also there were no pits stops for fuel or tyres. So the drivers needed to pace themselves as a grand prix could last up to 2 hours.

Later in 1975 Tom took Pole Position for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and had 2 laps in the lead in the rain on slick tyres, until he crashed after a heavy rain shower. Just to put that into context 15 other drivers crashed – 12 on one lap – only 4 cars were still running when they red flagged the race.

He then finished 3rd in Austria held on the original   daunting Osterreichring, in another rain hit race after starting 15th ! He was closing on James Hunt, who later admitted he was going to pit on the next lap for fresh tyres, and Vittorio Brambilla, who was leading, when they ended the race at half distance. Brambilla crashed as soon as he passed the Flag! So that was definitely a race he could have won. However in the dry he was 3rd in Brazilian in 1976 behind Niki Lauda and Patrick Depailler, just to prove that wet weather racing wasnt all he could do. Later that same year in the classic Japanese Grand Prix that saw James Hunt crowned as World Champion after Niki Lauda pulled out, Tom was again closing on James just as Hunt was going to pit for fresh tyres, when the engine in Toms Shadow blew up, with the race at his mercy!

Just to give a picture of Toms’ impact here are some quotes,

Enzo Ferrari to Nikki Lauda after 1st practice for the 1975 Monaco Grand Prix. “Tom Pryce is in Pole Position! What are you going to do about it?”

Nikki Lauda after taking Pole in final practice “It was difficult. I had to drive harder and take more risks than I wanted to”

Alan Henry –journalist “Tom was certainly quick enough to go all the way in the sport. It would just have been a matter of calming himself down and getting the right equipment”

Gerald Donaldson –journalist “Pryce burst onto the scene with a stunning blend of speed and car control that would later be associated with Aryton Senna and Michael Schumacher”

Tom himself. “All I’m doing is driving a Formula 1 car”

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Principal Results

Winner1970Daily Express Crusader Formula Ford Championship
Winner1971Formula F100 Championship
Winner1972Formula Super Vee Championship
Winner1973Grovewood Award
Winner1974Monaco F3 race
Winner1975F1 Race of Champions Brands Hatch 16/3/1975
Pole Position1975British Grand Prix Silverstone
3rd Place1975Austrian Grand Prix
3rd Place1976Brazilian Grand Prix

Jack Lewis