Jenkins racks up the points -- Peter Williams stars!
Reigning Champion Rhordi Jenkins took another step towards retaining his championship after taking two wins in the Saloon car classes whilst Peter Williams from Bronllys boosted his chances after a winning display at the Super Racing weekend at Pembrey.
Round 6 Pembrey 12th June
The sun and the Sports car shine . Rhodri racks up the points!
Entry & Practice
It was another early summer super weekend full of bright sunshine, hot weather, and deja vu, with BRSCC South Western centre running the meeting. However as they used 99% of the same key personnel used in normal meetings there were plenty of familiar faces. Key ingredients this time were the Clerk of the Course paring of WRDA members Alan Jenkins and Mike Skelton who were the men in charge this time, and a fine job they did. Alan & Mike have done a lot to foster good relations between all parties and the experience of running our race meetings has stood them in good stead.
In paddock 2 there was also lot of deja vu with some new cars, some new faces, some familiar cars, some familiar faces, but also some familiar faces in unfamiliar cars! New face making his series debut was Christopher Davies who joined up with Matthew Perkins & Anthony Allitt making it three 216 Gtis on the 19 car entry list.
Also on the entry list it was to see Keith Butcher again and his Nissan Primera. It was also nice to see Nigel Bowen and his Sierra Sapphire and also Ken Rattenbury. However Nigel was driving the Nissan, having bought the car from Keith, and Ken was driving the Sapphire having bought it from Nigel! When the musical cars or chairs stopped it was Keith who had a new seat having bought himself a Radical Prosport!
All of them were taking time to learn the cars, and there were a few teething problems for Nigel and Ken, whilst Keith was just needing time to adjust to the Radically new style of driving.
The grid started to take a more familiar shape after practice with the Radical runners headed by Terry Brown who was back on pole with a time of 57.165 secs with Peter Williams alongside with a time of 58.923 secs. Only Terry and Peter got under the 60 barrier but there was precious little to separate Richard Rhozon (61.281) from Huw Williams (61.493) and Keith Butcher on (61.543) and that seemed to promise a tight battle in the race. In 6th place and first saloon was Nigel Bowen who managed to get 65.543 out of the Nissan on first acquaintance to deny Rhodri Jenkins the saloon car pole. Rhodri was 7th (66.345) but his chief sparring partner Rhys Lloyd right alongside with 66.942. On the 5th row Christian Evans (67.409) also has his chief rival Andrew Williams alongside but only a couple of hundredths behind with 67.574. Paul Trowbrdge would have headed a 3 car train all in the 70 sec bracket but he unfortunately retired after a broken rear upright put paid to his weekend. This left Ken Rattenbury (70.306) with a gap alongside ready for Anthony Allitt (70.727) to fill. In 13th new member Stephen Pearcys Honda Accord (71.273) had another new member Matthew Perkins alongside (71.729). Lee David had all sorts of cooling problems and was just ahead of Paul Steddy with Adrian Chapman 18th and Christopher Davies making his series debut in another Rover 216 filling the last spot on the grid.
Ever mindful that the Welsh Championship is made up of newcomers as well experienced drivers Alan Jenkins gave a Clerk of the Course briefing and Nigel Hughes ran through the principles of a rolling start during the lunch break.
The Race 15 minutes plus 1 lap .. Rolling start
As the red lights went out it was all systems go. Everyone seemed to get around Hatchets ok with Terry disputing the lead from Peter Williams. However Terry wasnt destined to go much further as he pulled into the paddock with a completely dead engine, leaving Peter Williams with the lead from Richard Rhozon, Huw Williams, Keith Butcher and the rest headed by Nigel Bowen. By the 3rd lap Huw had got past Richard and although he ran Peter close early on, Peter made a break when lapping traffic and drew away to win by 19 seconds. Richard stayed close to Huw but they were both 30 seconds ahead of Keith who was 4th.
In the Saloons it seemed like a quiet race early on with Nigel Bowen in the lead and equal gaps between Rhodri Jenkins, Rhys Lloyd, Andrew Williams, Christian Evans, Lee David, Anthony Allitt, Paul Steddy, Matthew Perkins, Stephen Pearcy, Christopher Davies and Adrian Chapman. (Ken Rattenbury had gone missing on the first lap as well as Terry) However later in race the action started to warm up and Matthew Perkins over took Paul Steady and his Toyota and Christian Evans closed on Andrew Williams as Paul Steady began to drop back to the Honda Accord of Stephen Pearcy and then on to Christopher Davies before departing, joining Lee David who had already retired. As the race neared its end Nigels Primera was beginning to sound rough and Rhodri began to close in. Christian Evans and Andrew Williams ran side by side before Andrew drew away to pose a long distance threat to Rhys Lloyd who began to loose touch with Rhodri who was pressing Nigel hard before easing off to finish just over a second down.
After the race Peter was pleased to take his first win of the season at Pembrey but obviously disappointed that Terry dropped out so soon. Rhodri was pleased to pick up the class points having decided making a lunge at Nigel was too risky, and Andrew Williams was pleased to pick some big points too. With plenty of day light left there was plenty to do to for some to get ready for Sundays practice.
Practice times and race result by MST timing