Unfortunately there were not any novice drivers present so we did not run the Production class.
The grip was very high from the off and people were struggling to keep their cars in the slot around the sweeping corners. Best of the heats was James, but Gavin and Ian were very close.
The finals were 3 minutes on each lane in the traditional European lane rotation. After 18 minutes of racing, Gavin was the clear winner from Ian and a recovering James (had a very bad first section) who were very close.
After 3 heats each, Gavin was top followed by James. These two were nearly a lap clear of Paul H in third.
In the Semis, Gavin stepped up a gear and qualified top, ahead of James, Greg, Ian, David F and Paul Harwood (Gear trouble).
The final saw Gavin disappear into the distance and James have a steady drive for second, just staying ahead of Greg. David F put in a good performance on Yellow to finish fourth ahead of Ian and Paul H.
Two wins out of two for Gavin!
1 minute qualifying saw James go under the single lap record from last year with a 3.620. Last on was Gavin who proved he can drive the fast cars as well as the slower ones by lowering the lap record to 3.577. The next best was Richard Mack with a 3.902.
The finals were 18 minutes again; 3 minutes on each lane. It looked like being close between James and Gavin. After the first segment, James and Gavin were last! The difference in the lanes was now showing. As these two moved to the faster lanes they started to catch up. With 2 lanes to go, James had caught Paul H and Gavin was still 3 laps down. With just one lane left, James was now 6 laps ahead of Gavin and Gavin was 3 laps on Paul! Paul later realised that he had broken his chassis and struggled round on the last lane to 6th place overall. James drove a steady last segment and Gavin drove a mega last segment to move within 4 laps of James. Ian had moved up to 3rd, but was 14 laps down on the leader.
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That meant that Gavin would not quite get all 3 wins, but was very close! This leaves James at the top of each class but his “home tracks” have now been raced on. How will he fair at Ipswich and North London?
James Cleave (BSCRA Chairman)