Silverstone report, results, pics n points
Williams wins as Welsh stars shine at Silverstone
Peter Williams - big winner at Silverstone
[pic by Derek Binstead(c) email derek for these and other shots firstname.lastname@example.org]
Qualifying was a strange affair with the weather doing what it had done all day changing! Just before going on circuit, another shower started but it wasnt too bad. Terry Brown took pole position again but this time Peter Williams was less than half a second behind him. Once again the Welsh Competitors were well served with nice warm and dry pits. Missing from the race having practiced earlier were Graham Cole, Kenny Rattenbury and Andrew Williams, who all had various woes after taking in some of the earlier races whilst unfortunately Christian Evans did not turn a wheel in practice for the Welsh race.
Round 1 15 laps Silverstone - Saturday 3rd April
Bronllys Peter Williams driving a Radical sportscar won the opening round of the 2004 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship at Silverstone on Saturday after a pulsating race in which the leading places changed several times. Arch rival Terry Brown took the lead from pole position but with Williams, Alvin Powell, and Jeff Davies also in close attendance. Brown began to build a lead following a blistering start, but behind him Williams, Powell and Davies began to swap places and as the pace quickened they began to reduce the gap to Brown. Entering the final stages of the race Peter Williams had the leader under great pressure and swept into the lead, setting the fastest lap on lap 12 in the process, as Terry Brown retired to the pits with broken suspension. Jeff Davies was 2nd with Alvin Powell 3rd but late in race Powell, having got used to his new Tiga put on a spurt and took the fastest lap of the race at speed of 100.23 mph! Behind the first 3, at a respectful distance was a mixture of Caterhams and Mallocks with Adrian Lester, Robert Pritchard and Marcus Bicknell making up the runners to complete the full 15 laps. In 7th place, Richard Rhozon headed a gaggle of Catherhams which stretched down to 11th place.
12th and heading the remaining salon cars was Rhodri Jenkins. In the Saloon Car Classes there were several drivers giving their new cars a run and in practice,Lee David went very well first time out in his 16v turbo Lancia Integrale, as did the Rover Tomcat of Tony Allitt. The Rover 216s of Peter Salter and Matthew Perkins were close too. Up front in the Battel of the Hondas, Rhodri was pipped by Rhys Lloyd, with the 3rd of the Civic trio, Rick Rowles just behind.
In the race Lee David got a great start and went flying past Rhodri and Rhys, with Rhodri tucking on behind going into Copse. Lee held the lead until next time round at Copse when Rhodri passed on the inside. Rhys managed to get by a few laps later, and unfortunately Lees car then gave up the ghost. The Rovers 216s had a good scrap too, but Peter Salter ended up in the gravel trap after he lost his brakes when the servo pipe came off. In the end, Rhodri Jenkins won the class G saloons battle, but only just. It looks like he and Rhys Lloyd will be close this year. However in Class H a nice run from Anthony Allitt saw him fend off Matthew Perkins and profit from Lee Davids misfortune, to lead the championship at this early stage!
Terry Brown was given the driver of the day award, having raced in 4 races in total over the course of the day. Peter Salter took some time to remove the gravel from his car before leaving for home, apparently as he did not want to give his wife ideas about laying gravel on the drive! Tony and Gill Allen were there, Tony did the commentary for the Welsh race (an experience he enjoyed greatly), and they were both overwhelmed at the flowers and cards given to cheer up Gill, who has just had a successful operation on her elbow to relieve the pain and discomfort she has been suffering recently. The progress is now so good that she is going to have the other elbow done soon.
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