2011 WRDA News
2011 Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship
Bryan Heitkotter - fastest lap
Race 2 - Sunday 11th September 15 mins plus 1 lap
Sunday was a windy but sunny day, which was something of a bonus, bearing in mind the awful summer we have had, and the weather we were being threatened with for the Monday. With Neil Trainer & Alvin missing, Anthony Allitt was a welcome addition, with his Honda Civic on treaded Federal tyres. Anthony was using Sundays races as practice for the Nippon Challenge race in October, but as the championship is due to expand to include classes for treaded tyres, it was going to be a useful exercise for the 2012 Championship too. In the race Dom converted his pole into the lead, and look set for another lights to flag victory. However behind him there was plenty of action, with the dueling Nissans. Initially Jan Mardenborough 2 nd was but had Bryan Heitkotter right on his bumper. Lofty Everil was 4th. Dave Krayem had passed Neil Watts and Keith Butcher with Anthony Allitt not too far behind, bearing in mind his treaded tyres. Indeed it took Dom ¾ of the race to catch and pass him and he was only lapped once! So you can still have fun, and not be completely outclassed on the new breed of treaded tyres, which look a little like a slick with a minimal tread pattern. Lets hope there will be plenty of takers in the new 2012 classes.
the race, Bryan, whose car was handling really well after the Bob Neville spanner men had
made some adjustments & fitted some new tyres; and he lined Jan up at Brooklands and
got past, to give Dom a chasing. Jan said,
Jan finished 3rd, well clear of Lofty Everill who had Dave Krayem for company. Neil Watts, Keith Butcher & Anthony Allitt had some distance between them for the other places.
Race 3 Sunday 11th September 15 mins plus 1 lap
The final race of the weekend started without Chris Everills car, after the diff on the G20 was found to be leaking oil. Dom Evans once again lead from start to finish, and raised the question if anyone had won the Welsh Championship by winning all the races. Behind him it looked like a real race for 2nd,3rd & 4th was in prospect as a fast starting Neil Watts split the Nissans and with Jan behind him, he looked like taking the fight to Bryan Heitkotter. Then on lap 2 exiting Dibeni, Neil slowed and it looked like his race was already over. However, just went it looked like he was pulling off to retire, the car began to pick up speed and he was soon running at a normal pace, albeit well out of touch with anybody. Afterwards Neil cursed his bad luck. My hand hit the kill switch and the engine died. When I flicked it back on it, I was able to get going again. I am so disappointed. I thought I was in for a good race
Butcher pulled off early on as his car just
wasnt performing. So
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Report & photos Rob Allender
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