MALLORY PARK April 18th 2010
This year Mallory Park was the venue for the WSSCC Away Rounds and scheduled for Sunday 18th April. The week end brought fantastic sunny weather so most competitors chose to go early on the Saturday and stay overnight enjoying barbeques on the shores of Mallorys Lakes. Vince and I travelled up early morning and out first stop was the cafe where Anthony Allitt, Mike Woods and crew were tucking in to the famous Mallory breakfast having survived a frosty night under canvass.
13 cars came out for qualifying, 9 championship contenders and 4 guests. Two of whom were the 2 Nisan Academy guys Jordan Tresson and Luca lorenzini who raced with us at Pembrey and it is good to see these guys with us again, a big thank you to Liz and Bob Neville of RJN Motorsport who run the cars, for the support of our championship. (Liz did say they may bring their GT4 Nissan out later in the season with us). Hope so. Local man Robert Spencer in his very rapid Stuart Taylor Locoski and Anthony Allitt (hardly a guest) were the other two.
Qualifying went without much drama Dave Krayem (Ginetta G50) being piped to pole by our guest Robert while returnee ex Champion Keith Butcher in his newly acquired Ginetta G50 was a bit off Daves Pace but it was his first race in the car.
Geraint Rees (Westfield) was a lonely runner in Class C but Neil Watts (Westfield) was fastest of the 5 class B cars. Neil is really getting to know this car now and goes faster each race. How long before he joins Geraint in Class C?
Nick Jones again had another solid qualifying and really does peddle that Clio rather well. Russ Haggerty (Raw Striker) now in Class B after extensive mods to the car over the winter was a bit off the pace due to some gremlins.
Anthony and Mike Woods (Hondas) were a bit slower probably due to the Mallory Breakfast
In Class Kareem Elsorafy (Rover 216) was delighted to be quicker than Class A stalwart and often pace setter Adrian Chapman (Raw Striker). Adrian was mystified by his slow time and complained that the handbrake must have stuck.
Neil Watts Class B Award
At the start Rob Spencer shot into the lead but the car was to develop a fault on the first lap allowing Dave in the glorious Ginetta to take the lead which he held to the flag. Poor Robert was to retire on lap 2. Keith was third at the start, taking second on the demise of the Locosaki, a position he held till the end. Try as he did he could not make an impression on Dave due to some consistent fast lapping by Dave, the margin being 14 seconds at the flag.
Nick got the jump on Neil at the start and they had a fantastic scrap for the first 9 laps before Neil finally got past the Clio and was able to pull out a gap to the flag.
Russ Haggerty was another retirement on lap 1 and the other 2 class B runners Anthony and Mike were being slowed down by the Mallory Breakfast.
In Class C Geraint was on his own well ahead of the 2 Nissans who had a fantastic race long tussle lapping consistently within tenths of a second of each other. Jordan managing to beat Luca by 0.9 second.
In Class A Kareem got ahead of Adrian only to spin giving the Class win to Adrian. Adrians pace was much better in the race due to some stern advice from wife Pauline and son Colin, on hand to give support.
The Driver of the Race award, which was judged by the Commentator Jonny Palmer and his able assistant Dave Vass, went to Dave Krayem for his series of fast consistent laps.
The grid for race 2 being on the results of race 1 so Dave was on pole with Keith alongside. Unfortunately we had 3 non starters Robert with his Locosaki who had been a retirement in the first race and in his own Championship race the NW sports saloons so not a good weekend for Robert. The two Nissans were also non starters as there was a problem with one car so in the interests of equality between the two drivers Bob Neville withdrew both cars with much apology. However Russ had got his car going so was on the back of the grid.
Another superb rolling start (well done every one) saw Keith take the lead going into Gerards from Dave, a lead he held for the whole race. Dave fought hard to get the lead but Keith responded all the time, the gap between then less than a second for the whole race. Guys well done a very thrilling race.
If that wasnt enough excitement the Class B boys gave it hammer and tongs as well. Russ made his usual demon start and was fourth into Gerards behind the 2 Ginettas and Geraint. Only to be passed by Neil and Nick on the exit. Neil managing to get the Class B lead but Nick and Russ started having a very good clean scrap for second place in class. Not to be out done and the effects of the Mallory breakfast wearing off Anthony picked up his pace and joined in. For several laps the 3 had a good scrap but eventually Nick and Russ pulled clear of Anthony. They then continued their own dice till lap 12 when Russ was able to pull away, he then set about catching Neil who had by this time built up a nice 6 second lead. Over the next few laps Russ was reeling in Neil and caught him with 3 laps to go a fierce dice continued with Russ crossing the line 0.3 seconds ahead of Neil.
Adrian again won class A after Kareem developed a deflating tyre so he continued at a slower pace to record a finish. Again the commentating duo came up with the Driver of the Race, which went to Russ Haggerty for his great drive.
Geraint had a lonely run to third and class C honours probably just as well as the car were stuck in 4th for most of the race.
So despite a small grid the WSSCC again served up some great racing. Well done to every one and thanks to all for the support of the Championship so roll on Pembrey and lets do it all again with more cars I hope.
Anthony Allit tells us how his weekend went
Hi All ,
Just wanted tell my side of the story in Mallory , firstly it was nice to be back after a seasons absence. Qualifying went ok for me, lacking in grip, so my times were probably a second and a bit from where they should be,but no complaints really .
In Race 1 had a reasonable start, Russ came flying past and finished pretty much on my own in same position , towards the end of the race I had absolutely no grip to the front. On inspection in the paddock after the race both my front slicks had wire coming through quite badly and I think I was probably one lap away from not finishing! The slicks I was using were the same slicks I finished the season with in 2008 and they were £20 second hand then !!
For Race 2 I put on my control tyres from Silverstone tyres and what a difference! From lap one as Alan commented, the car was on the pace, however in the holding bay my sidekick ( Nick my son who is in charge of these things ) noticed we only had a quarter of a tank of fuel ( so Ive docked his pocket money. My car uses just under a half a tank to complete a 20 minute race ! So I think it would have been more interesting from about 5/6 laps in, had I not kept running out of fuel on the exit of Gerards , it was only for 2/3 seconds on the exit but it stopped my charge and had to back off to make sure I finished the race . Just wanted to say thanks to all , I had a good weekend , unfortunately due to the costs of entries and tyres I wont be back this season. It is interesting to note though that my control tyres are equal in speed to the slick shod cars , they are less expensive and more durable than slicks and dont need any major set up changes. Cars of more than 500bhp have been using them so there is no reason why all cars in the Welsh Championship couldnt use them and Im sure Silverstone tyres are happy to service the championship on race weekends , just a thought anyhow as the recession is biting us all hard
Best to you all
Sweet Dreams Beds, Skewen,