Round 1 -
Pembrey Saturday April 12th. Entry and practice
The weather for the
opening day of the season was exceptional, with blue skies and lots of sunshine, and there
was a pleasing 17 car entry, with a sprinkling of new faces and new cars, in amongst the
more familiar faces. What hadnt changed was the name at the top of the practice
times sheet, with Terry Brown taking his umpteenth consecutive pole position at Pembrey
out of umpteen races with a time of 55.71 seconds.
Terry Brown - 2 poles + 2 wins =
Terry seems to have moved
to making light of his continuing dominance and described his latest pole "A bit of a
fluke" In 2nd place was newcomer Mark Thomas who had his Class C leading Radical
Prosport well wound up and was less than 8/10ths slower than Terry, but a good 2.5 secs
faster than Peter Williams. Peter had an equal distance between him and the second
newcomer of the day Dave Krayem, who showed some stealth by running his unique and lovely
sounding Royale Sportscar which has a 5 litre Chevy V8 fitted! Dave was the only
non-Radical in the top 6. In 5th was another newcomer Jamie Lovell, who did
well to pedal his Radical Clubsport (thats the 1100 cc version) so fast.
Jamie Lovell - loving it!
Completing the top 6 was
Huw Williams, who is also Radical mounted this year. 7th and first saloon was
Rhodri Jenkins and he was chased by another quick newcomer Rhys Lloyd. It was Rhys first
car race but he has had a lot of Kart experience and he put to good effect and he was only
a couple of 10ths slower than Rhodri! Rhys headed a gaggle of newcomers with Richard
Rhozons Radical Clubsport only a few 100ths quicker than Paul Trowbrige and his
Ginetta G20. Next and going quickly was Peter Salter (Peter had customized his windscreen
with his bonnet, after leaving the holding paddock with his bonnet clips undone, leaving
some nice freehand cracks!) , heading a bunch of familiar faces with Mike Edgell 12th
and Cindy Pearce 13th . Following them in 14th were 3 newcomers Mike
Bevington, Ken Smith (both Honda mounted) and Lee David with a Golf Gti that looked as if
it had just stepped off the street and was complete with number plate and tax disc!
Finally the last unfamiliar face was Clive Hayes. Ok so Clive is obviously well known, but
last was an unfamiliar place for him to be "It was the electrics, the car just
died!" Clive said as he checked out the fuses. However 17th was going to give him a
good chance to get to known a lot of the new faces early on.
report Round 1 - 14 laps - Pembrey Saturday 12/4/03. Sunny and dry
With only a whisker
separating the practice times of the Class A Radical of defending champion Terry Brown,
and the horde of hungry Class C cars headed by Mark Thomas, the opening round looked like
being a cracker. However when the lights changed both Terry and Mark got bogged down as
the tension equated into wheel-spin. Peter Williams found himself launched into a rocket
start but with nowhere to go, but then Terry found some grip and headed the charge down to
Hatchets emerging with a lead he was never to loose. Behind him there was a big sort out
at Hatchets which ended with Peter in 2nd place, but under great pressure from
Mark Thomas, who pressed too hard later in the lap and spun at Honda. In the meantime
Clive Hayes had risen to be up to 3rd place in only 3 laps, but he was soon
under pressure from Mark who had recovered quickly from his spin. Dave Krayem and Peter
Salter where also spinners, Dave at Hatchets and Peter at Honda on the slippery surface in
the early laps. Rhodri Jenkins described some corners as needing "a big intake of
However Terry, having set
his fastest lap on lap 2, was sitting pretty and began to draw away from Peter Williams,
(who was content with racking up the points in a fully subscribed Class C), to win by 9
Clive Hayes slices through the
traffic, chased by Mark Thomas.
it was hammer and tongs action between Clive and Mark as Mark turned up the pressure and
set his fastest lap on lap 6. Clive responded but then fell back into Marks clutches
following a moment at Dibeni lapping Rhodri who seemed to be concentrating on his own
lappery. On the line there was only 6/10ths of a second separating the dueling pair! Jamie
Lovell excelled himself to finish 5th in his Clubsport Radical ahead of Captain
Krayem who was the last unlapped runner in 6th.
Dave Krayem - Royale progress
Huw Williams, Richard
Rozhon and Rhodri Jenkins had their own races to finish 7th, 8th 9th,
1 lap down. Rhys Lloyd who recovered after being balked at Hatchets, headed the runners
who were 2 laps down, followed by Cindy Pearce who struggled with a deflating front tyre
to finish just about a second clear from Paul Trowbridges Ginetta, with Mike Edgell
rounding out the 12 lappers in 13th place
Peter Salter, Mike
Bevington, Ken Smith and Lee David rounded out the finishers, Ken was particularly pleased
"I finished my first race, and I wasnt last!"
Lovely sunshine - good racing! Lee
and Ken battle it out.
Pembrey Sunday April 13th . Entry and practice
In contrast to Saturday,
Sunday was cold, windy, dull and overcast with a threat of rain. The rain did not appear,
but the name appearing on the top of the practice sheets once again was Terry Brown with a
55.981 second lap. 2nd this time and the leading Class C runner was Peter
Williams with a time of 57.447 secs which was about 3/10ths quicker than Mark Thomas.
Clive Hayes got his car pointing towards the front end of the grid and was the last driver
under the 1 minute barrier with 58.63. Dave Krayem was fifth and again the only
non-Radical at the sharp end, with Jamie Lovell completing the top 6. Huw Williams was 7th
with Richard Rohzon extending the Radical sweep down to 8th place. Fastest
saloon this time was Rhys Lloyd, who hasnt taken long to get used to this car racing
lark, at least the practising! Rhyss time of 66.47 secs was 2.5/10 ths
faster than Rhodri Jenkins who is obviously considerably more experienced. However
practice is one thing, racing is another. Cindy was 11th and also likely to
feature in any midfield dicing. Peter Salter was 12th with Mike Edgell and Mike Bevington
following. This time Lee David and Ken Smith swapped places but with only ½ sec between
report Round 2 14 laps - Pembrey Sunday 13/4/03. Dull, overcast and dry
The weather was a
complete contrast to Saturday, but the rain which was forecast never arrived. However with
a short programme in prospect the Welsh race followed the morning practice session, right
after Truck practice!! However it did not seem as bad as it might have been with only Dave
Kraymen and Cindy Pearce spinning, but both cases not truck related. Daves Royale
Chevyy is obviously a handful but Cindy had her front tyre deflate again, which ruined the
best overtake off the day, as she spun on the exit to Hatchets after making a really bold
attempt to pass Rhodri on the brakes. Cindy had to give it best shortly after, with some
new tyres first on the shopping list for the next round.
At the front of the grid,
once again it was Terry with the better start and his second lights to flag victory of the
weekend. Only this time he was made to work for it, initially by Peter Williams who
settled quickly into 2nd place, followed by Mark Thomas, Clive Hayes and Dave
Krayem. In 6th place Jamie Lovell was being harried by Huw Williams, with
Richard Rohzon close behind. Rhodri Jenkins Honda Civic R headed the saloons, but with
Cindys Global Light sandwiched between him and the Honda Civic V-tec of Rhys Lloyd.
Peter Salter headed Mike Edgell by a narrow margin followed by Mike Bevington, Lee David
and Ken Smith.
On lap 2 Peter Williams
was keeping Terry on his toes, and Mark Thomas slipped by Clive for 3rd place.
Jamie Lovell was finding the tenacious Huw Williams right on his tail and Rhodri Jenkins
was being harried by Cindys Global Light with Rhys in close behind. Peter Edgell
found a way past Peter Salter and the battle continued for most of the race.
Mike Edgell - always a gent to
race against, according to Peter Salter
There was definitely
plenty to watch in this race and by lap 4 Terry was leading his pursuers through the back
markers. On lap 5 Terry began to draw away from Peter and Mark made a big effort to close
in. Peter Salter regained his place from Mike Edgell, by Mike was sticking to him like
glue. Cindy was starting to put some real pressure on Rhodri with a couple of good goes at
Hatchets and Dibeni "I was determined to have a go at Rhodri for as long as I
could" The battles between Jamie Lovell and Huw and Peter and Mike were also worth
watching, and on lap 6 it was all action. Cindy dived past Rhodri on the
brakes at Hatchets, and made it through, only to raise the dust with a big spin on the
exit. "I could see Cindy flying past and I thought shes going too fast,
shell never make it" Rhodri said after. Cindy replied "I have made it all
the way through it it wasnt for that front tyre" Still it looked tremendous fun
and livened up a chilly day. At the same time Huw made it past Jamie and Mark Thomas was
closing on Peter Williams, trying to make a big pass at Spitfires. However a lap later it
was all over for Peter as his car ground to a halt just before the pits "It was the
fuse again. It blew in testing, but its been alright ever since. I was looking
forward to battling with Mark" With Peter gone, gaps started to appear between the
cars, especially after a big spin on the exit of Hatchets by Dave Krayem held up Jamie
Lovell and allowed Huw Williams to escape, but Jamie had already done enough to take his
class and the extra point for fastest lap. But that was not to say the pace was
slackening, and Mark made a big effort in the closing laps to catch Terry, setting his
fastest lap on lap 12, and closing to within 2.7 secs at the line. Mike Edgell also put on
a spurt and was right on Peters bumper again as the chequered flag came out.
Mike Bevington was
another to get in the swing late on, setting his fastest lap on lap 8, finishing ahead of
Lee David with Ken Smith the last finisher.
So Terry has started 2003
as he finished 2002 with a further 2 pole positions and 2 dominant wins in dry conditions,
but there are some signs that the opposition is getting closer. Modest as ever Terry said
"Its a good start but well have to see how it goes" Big winner,
points wise, over the weekend was Rhodri Jenkins with 2 class wins and 2 fastest laps from
the well supported G class for Saloon cars, but there are signs that he will have plenty
to keep him busy once Rhys Lloyd gets some more racing miles under his belt! Jamie Lovell
also scored big points on the weekend and it will be interesting to see how the points pan
out as the season progresses.
Rhodri - small saloon - big points!
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