2022 WSSCC Races 1 & 2 Pembrey Sunday 8th May
The weather & entry for the first races in the 2022 season, looked good, but more of that later.
Entry & Qualifying. For this event we used the Classic ‘National’ circuit.
In the event, the front row was a Class CS Champions lock- out! Damian Longotano , (2019 champion) with the Westie now sprouting a nice looking wing, who took Pole with a time of 1:00.071! 2nd fastest saw the return of Rhys Lloyd ( 2008 Champion) who set a time of in a 1:00.21 in his nice looking Opel Astra!
The 2nd row was an all Ginetta V8 affair with Chris Everill 3rd in his familiar red 169 car and Dave Krayem in 888 with a 7 litre engine!
On the 3rd row was Mike Manning and his Ford Sierra RS500 & on the Class BS pole Wayne Spiller Mazda RX8
On the 4th was current Champion Gareth John (Ginetta G40) and Todd Garner’s 1600 cc Renault Clio
On the5th row (and on BT pole ) was Andrew Williams who borrowed a Honda Civic Type R as his Clio wasn’t quite ready . In Andew’s old MG ZR car and making his race debut was Ralph Budd!
On the 6th row were the all BT shod new guys Rob Gaffney in a Ford Fiesta and Tyrone Dowsell on a Renault Clio!
On the 7th row was our favourite Yorkshireman Alan Smith Ford KA and a hobbling Deri Davies Darrian T90. (Vince Longotano ran his magic fingers over the car and cured the T90s misfire, by making sure the HT lead was securely in contact with the coil.
On the Final row was Verity Banks (Ford Focus) and Mark WILLIAMS Peugeot 205. Mark was unable to set a time!
So it was a nice number of 16 cars that did practice, however before the race we lost Rob Gaffney with the dreaded Head Gasket Failure (aka HGF). However we had already lost 6 cars in the days before the event so we could have had a really good entry. One of the guys missing was Mike Cook (BMW 330)who broke his leg as he was getting his car ready for the event. Hopefully we’ll see him back racing with us before too long!
Race 1 WSSCC Round 1 – Rolling Start – 15 minutes
So Blake Edwards brought the cars around to the start, and Rhys Lloyd made a good start, but was followed closely by Chris Everill and Damian. Mike Manning was 4th ahead from Dave Krayem. Gareth John was 6th with Wayne Spiller for company! Deri Davies was making his way up from the back and was 9th. Andrew Williams was 10th. With Tyrone Dowsell in 11th place. Alan Smith had Verity Banks for company! There was no sign of Mark Williams or Ralph Budd. But all of a sudden a Safety Car (driven by Bake Edwards) made an appearance! Regulations regarding the use of a Safety Car had only just been written into the Championship regulations, but I didn’t think it would be used at such an early stage! The Safety Car was needed so that the marshals could recover Ralph Budds car which came to rest, facing the wrong way, after an incident with the Mark Williams who had got on the grass as he was making his way up from the last row! Mark regained the track right in front of Ralph Budd, who couldn’t avoid T-boning the Peugeot! Whereas the Peugeot was at least mobile he had a massive dent in his door! Ralphs car was recovered, but had suffered too much front-end damage and may need re-shelling! After 2 laps, the safety car was withdrawn and there was still time for a further 10 laps!
Rhys Lloyd re-established his lead but behind him there was a tremendous battle between Chris Everill and Damian Longotano that went on for several laps, until Damian got ahead and then went after Rhys. Damian briefly took the lead on lap 10, but then began a slow descent down the order to finish in 8th place with the front mudguard rubbing on the tyre.
So Rhys Lloyd won with Chris Everill 2nd In 3rd place was Mike Manning, with Deri Davies right on his tail! ‘Mikes car had just too much straight line speedI’
In 5th place was Dave Krayem and his pretty Ginetta G55 ‘I’ll have to get used it’
In 6th was Wayne Spiller who was the Class BS winner in his Mazda RX8 after a race long duel with Gareth John ! Gareth (Ginetta G40) lead the class until Wayne slipped by in the closing laps! Gareth had the consolation of taking the point for the Class fastest lap!
Damian Longotano (Westfield SE ) slipped to 8th but also had the consolation of taking the point for the Class CS fastest lap!
In 9th place was Class BT winner Andrew Williams with his borrowed Honda Civic Type who took the point for the Class BT fastest lap!
10th was Tyrone Dowsell making his debut in his Renault
11th was Todd GARNER (Class BS Renault Clio)
12th and the final finisher was Verity Banks and her Ford Focus.
Alan Smith posted a DNF after the Coil on the Ford Ka went down. Lucky he had a spare.
There was a lot of fettling in between races to get Damians front mudguard race ready, which featured a lot of black tank tape!
Race 2 WSSCC Round 2 – Rolling Start – 15 minutes
With at least 3 non-starters it was a select bunch that formed up behind the Pace car, but somehow Dave Krayem had also withdrawn; so it was only 12 cars to bring the curtain down on the days racing! Even so the racing was excellent! Chris Everill got the drop on Rhys Lloyd and lead the early laps, until Rhys Lloyd took over for the next few laps! Damian Longotano was on the rise from the 4th row, and by lap 5 he had Rhys in his sights, and took the lead on lap 8 and held it to the end! Deri Davies got the drop on Mike Manning and went on to finish 4th with Mike in 5th place! Once again Wayne Spiller and Gareth John had a real ding-dong. However this time Wayne not only won Class BS but he also took the Class Fastest lap.
In 9th place Andrew Williams played his Joker and again won Class BT and set the fastest lap!
Tyrone Dowsell was 10th with Alan Smith 11th and Verity was 12th.
At the end of the day, the marshals on Post 5 nominated Damian Longotano as their ‘Driver of the Race’
On next to Mallory Park!
Pre-season action. Silverstone seemed to be the venue of choice for
those drivers who wanted to blow away the cobwebs with some pre-season action.
Amongst those who did, (but not all on the same day!)were Rhys Lloyd,
Andrew Barron, Gareth John. Mike Manning and Jason Davies (2014 Welsh
Young Driver of the Year) who blasted to two race wins
Re the 2022 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship. There is only 4 weeks to close of entries (29th April) to the rounds 1 & 2 at Pembrey on May 8th. Please note at all BARC events, although ‘Signing on’ will be electronic as per last year. However Barc events will see the reintroduction of physical safety scrutineering, which will take place at all BARC race meetings. It is of paramount importance that you check all relevant aspects of both your race car and race wear, in particular things such as fire extinguisher systems and belts / harnesses, to ensure that they comply with the latest regulations. In addition, items such as the pull cables, rain lights and tow hooks - as well as many more - should all be checked as they will be physically inspected before you are permitted to race this year. I suspect this will be the same at all other meetings we go to, as well. For Race entry forms go WRDA.co.uk and on the left ‘Membership’ and drop down to WSSCC
Re Mallory Park. 22nd May-WSSCC rounds 3 & 4- Please note the WSSCC have been allocated more places on the grid, but even so please get your entries in asap! The closing date is May 4th to encourage early entry, after that you get charged an extra £30, (up to May 18th ) subject to space. For Race entry forms go WRDA.co.uk and on the left ‘Membership’ and drop down to C&CMC
As in previous years in addition to the WSSCC Class & Overall Championship, there will be the Blake Edwards Award for race winners and the Colin Gundersen award for the Fastest Laps at Pembrey.
(Photo - 2021 champion Gareth John in action at Thruxton)
Young Welsh Drivers award winners are still in action. 2007 winner, Hwyel Lloyd has moved into team management with CF Racing and, amongst other wins, has won the Hardall F3 Cup 2021 Teams Championship. https://www.facebook.com/hywel.lloyd.39
2008 winner Rhys Lloyd is still racing saloon cars and will do the Pembrey rounds in 2022
2009 winner Andy Meyrick https://andymeyrick.com/ currently races with United Autosports in the Michelin Le Mans Cup ,https://www.lemanscup.com/en in LMP3 (aka Road to Le Mans series). Andy has been a factory driver for Aston Martin, Mazda and Bentley, along with a variety of privateer teams. Outside of his driving duties, Andy is also Director of the BRDC SuperStars programme where he is responsible for all aspects of managing and training some of the UK’s most promising young drivers, something he is extremely passionate about and he is a co-founder of Greenlight Sports Management.
The 2022 Porsche Championship GB has a distinct Welsh flavour! GT3 heroes Seb Morris and Ryan Ratcliffe will compete with Team Parker Racing, while Spa 24 winner, Jules Westwood has moved to manage the Toro Verde GT team. Morris was the 2011 Welsh Young Driver of the Year, and he & Ryan have also won the ‘Neil Cunningham Award’. The Porsche Championship is part of the BTCC package which is shown live on ITV! http://porscheracinggb.porsche.com
(Photo - Seb Morris in action with GT3 Bentley Continental)
2022 Racing Season Starts Soon!
The 2022 Racing Season starts soon! and those who need a boost to get their cars ready for the new season, there is only 2 weeks to go to get your entry to C&MCC for the Pre-season races at Silverstone on March 20th!
Re The 2022 Welsh Sports And Saloon Car Championship (i.e WSSCC) There is only 8 weeks to close of entries to the rounds 1 & 2 at Pembrey.
Please note at all BARC events, although 'Signing on, will be electronic as per last year; BARC events will see the reintroduction of physical safety scrutineering, which will take place at all BARC race meetings. It is of paramount importance that you check all relevant aspects of both your race car and race wear, in particular things such as fire extinguisher systems and belts / harnesses, to ensure that they comply with the latest regulations. In addition, items such as the pull cables, rain lights and tow hooks - as well as many more - should all be checked as they will be physically inspected before you are permitted to race this year.
I suspect this will be the same at all other meetings we go to as well.
Re Mallory Park. 22nd May - Please note the WSSCC have been allocated more places on the grid, but even so please get your entries in asap!
We are pleased to reveal our new-look website for 2022. Packed with new features, such as our race calendar, race results, and also all the forms you need are all now in one place. Please let us know what you think in the contact us section on the home page.