race 1 (round 7)- 15 minutes + 1 lap
Lucky 7 - Dom heads for his 7th win in a
row as Dave & Neil head down to Hatchets
Starting from the back for Sundays
first race, were the repaired cars of Neil Trainer & Jann Mardenborough and they both
carved through the pack fairly quickly. Dom had already disappeared, but behind him a fast
starting Russell was 2nd, with Dave Krayem 3rd, Neil Watts 4th and Neil Trainer 5th.
Russell held 2nd place, until lap 7 when he slowed and pulled into the pits with clutch
problems, leaving Dave Krayem in 2nd place from Neil Watts in 3rd,
and Neil Trainer 4th, after one of his best performances to date.
Mike Woods was also forced into the pits with a rough sounding engine. However it turned
it to be fixable, as a screw had come loose in the distributor. This has happened
before and I was thinking I need to put some Locitite on it Mike confirmed. Once the
distributor was fixed, and the timing belt adjusted, the engine sang like a bird.
Back in the race Bryan & Jann
were providing the highlights, as Jann caught up very quickly but dutifully stayed behind
his team-mate, even if it was by only inches at times! Perhaps mindful that team boss Bob
Neville had to read the riot act last year after some risky overtaking, and that the main
purpose was to finish to get signatures on his license, there was no Lewis & Jenson
moment for the Academy boys. So Bryan took 5th with Jann 6th but
Jann had the consolation of setting the fastest lap, and earned himself Driver of
the Race for his efforts. After the race Vince Brown revealed that, as per
championship regulations, Neil Watts & Russell Haggerty had both exceeded the Class C
limits again in race 2 in their dice for 2nd place and they had been
reclassified into Class D. At the back John OShea got the Mazda in front of Paul
Townsend at the start but Paul got past early
on and was never headed, despite a mystery loss of fuel pressure in some corners.
Prize giving - Evan tells dad Neil - I can see
Blackpool Tower from here Dad!
At the prize-giving Bryan & Jann
were resplendent in their racing overalls (in a rather warm looking black) with their guru
in the background making sure the sponsors logos got full exposure. With most of the rest
of the competitors relaxing in shorts & t-shirts, it showed the difference between us
amateurs (i.e from the French root L'amour i.e we do it for the love of the sport) and
Bryan & Jann, who are being groomed for a possible professional career. Both drivers
have moved to Northampton for the next few months to commit to the Nissan Playstation Academy
course. We all sincerely we hope they make it.
I spoke to both Academy stars
Bryan & Jann in the Lunch break and Bryan confirmed I wanted to win,
whilst Jann confirmed I only started doing it as a laugh, I didnt plan
it Jann is noted as a student from Cardiff, but he revealed My dad was a
footballer so we moved to whatever he was playing. His dad Steve
Mardenborough had an extensive career and apart from clubs like Wolves, he played for
all 3 Welsh clubs in the South, Swansea City, Newport County & Cardiff City, in the
mid-1980s, and Jann lived in Wales for 12 years, so that gives Jann a right to claim
himself as a naturalised Welshman if hed wanted to. Wed certainly welcome
Report & photos Rob Allender
Points after 8 rounds
Times from http://www.tsl-timing.com/