Due to severe bouts of man flu and winners cramp the usual authors have left it to the last man standing to pen this fortnights write-up. Luckily I’m no man, so I’ll surmise yet another great night of racing.
With less in attendance than expected the Sideways group 5 category got off to a rocketing start. As always the track provided some unpredictability and yellow lane proved to be difficult. Nevertheless the heats pushed on to the mains, competing for the lead in the C main was Ron Layton, Claire Davie, Mark Miller and Mike Fuller. Race 1 saw some early carnage until a rhythm was found however Ron led by example and proved that a smooth consistent race is better than a fast inconsistent one. Following Ron’s step up to the B main meant he joined Tony Mallinson, Peter Worth and Peter Hagarty. Tony showed some fantastic driving through out the main despite getting tangled up in an early collision. A quick recovery resulted in a master class of step-up’s to the A main! Unfortunately the unfamiliarity and shock of being in the A main ended Tony’s run, well done on a great drive. The rest of the line up for the win consisted of Syd Miller, Nick Cochrane and Chris Kendal. Syd gave a cracking effort to pull out a 6.406 second lap. Despite their best effort Nick and Chris just couldn’t match Syd who went on to win the class for the night. Congratulations on a great drive.
Given that no reverse round has been drawn for the Sideways class, we revert to second option of drawing all classes together. Chris Kendal took the honours and drew out round number 1 to reverse. Catering at half time was sorted by Mark Miller, thanks for feeding everyone and providing a variety of condiments to go with the snacks. An extra mention to Peter Worth for providing some nice honeycomb chocolates, they disappeared faster than the pies!
On to the NSR GT saw the track voltage changed in anticipation of the forthcoming speed. The heats gave everyone a chance to get used to the change of pace and the C main consisted of Claire Davie, Mark Miller, Ron Layton and Mike Fuller. A quick pit stop saw Mike find some pace but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the speed of Mark’s Mosler when he set a lap time of 6.643 seconds, Mark’s fastest time of the night. Ron and Mike still gave Claire and Mark a good fight but a few crashes saw Claire take the step up to the B main. The rest of the line up in the B main consisted of Peter Worth, Peter Hagerty and Tony Mallinson. This race was all about the Peter’s leaving Claire and Tony to take the final placings. Up the front Peter and Peter put on a fantastic show with Peter Worth proving that he is a contender for the championship win later in the year. Taking the step up into the A main Peter Worth joined Nick Cochrane, Chris Kendall and Syd Miller. The final race was excitement enough for all and we witnessed the times drop even further until Peter Worth pulled out a race winning time of 6.277 seconds.
Next fortnight we are racing historic Nascars and MJK v8’s, hopefully we will see a decent turn out for the next round. As for now like the man says, that’s all folks!