ROUND 2, APRIL 6th
April the 6th, 8am and weather reports around the country are reporting snow & we are wondering how many racers are going to be intrepid enough to turn up for the race.
By 8.30, the club is full with 25 racers ready to race (even two, Richard Wallace and son Murray from the Highlands, having travelled over 384 miles to make the race!)
For a good few of the racers this is a first time experience of the Pontefract track, a superbly built 4 laner with a “curved “ straight and some tricky corners at both end of the track.
Practice ran from 8 until 10am.
Racing as usual was segmental, win from any race, with the start positions defined by racers results in the last round or in the case of new racers to the series, graded into heats on known ability. With 25 racers and just 4 lanes, this is really the only practical way to get through all 3 classes and finish at a reasonable time (around abut 6 o’clock).
Many thanks go to Paul Bucknell who organised race control in his usual efficient, cool manner and the meeting progressed through the various heats with some very close racing at all levels as can be seen by the results.
Above;- Winning standard class 1/32 car from Chris Thomas.
JK 1503.32 chassis, 11/38 gear ratio.
Above;- Winning Pro 1/32 car from Charlie Gooding. Mack chassis, 12/42, 72 pitch gears and W.O.W. tyres
Above ; Winning Falcon pro F1 from Charlie Gooding, Mack chassis, 10/30 gears and W.O.W. Tyres.
Above;- Winning 1/24 Falcon Pro from Charlie Gooding, JK Cheetah 11 chassis, 11/35 gears and W.O.W. Tyres.
Left;- Paul Harwoods Concours winning f1 car. Red Fox Body.
It has to be said, race wise it was definItely Charlie Goodings day with 3 straight wins and a truly superb performance. Chris Thomas featured strongly in the 1/32 classes, coming 3rd overall in 1/32 with a standard class car and second in 1/32 F1. George Kimber also had strong finishes, 2nd in 1/32 sports, 3rd in 1/32 F1 and 3rd in 1/24 Pro. Paul Harwood managed two 4th places in 1/32 Sports and 1/24 Pro, but suffered from a moving gear in F1 bringing him a 6th spot. John Gooding was the fastest under 14 junior racer of the day. It’s also great to see a good selection of drivers dipping into the top 10 places at these events and only goes to show how close and competitive the racing is.
Many thanks go to the Pontefract Club, Paul Bucknell, Chas Keeling & other members for making this another great days racing.
NEXT RACE IS NORTH LONDON June 22nd FOR YET ANOHER GREAT DAYS RACING! C U THERE! ALL RACERS ARE WELCOME!