It's not always possible to be the best, but it's always possible to improve on your own performance
The season is coming to a close with only a handful of rounds left! (Boo!) Below is a selection of photos from Silverstone.. A race report and photos from the latest round at Donington Park will feature in the October newsletter.. Scroll down for the latest news..
Silverstone hosted an action packed two days..
Silverstone circuit hosted 8 regular formulae with a guest appearance from the Porsche Club Championship.
In the Bikesports it was Joe Stables who done the treble with victory in all three races. There were a few close battles behind for the final podium positions in all 3 races, with Richard Stables finishing 3rd in all 3 races. The Formula Vee races produced some stunning close racing with the top 5 fighting out for victory in race 2. The top 5 were covered by just 3 seconds. It was Craig Pollard who was victorious in both races with race 1 being a more commanding victory. RGB saw Billy Albone hit trouble all weekend failing to make any racing laps having to retire from both near the start. It was Paul Smith who qualified on pole in sunny conditions. He went on to take victory and also a Mittell first with his team mates following behind with Wesemael and Larner completing the podium positions it was the first Mittell 1,2,3. The second longer race was held in damp conditions. Chippy Wesemael led from the start and built up a commanding lead to take his first ever race car victory winning by 34seconds. David Watson scored a fine podium on his RGB return with Daniel Larner finishing a solid weekend with another 3rd. Classic Stock Hatch saw Matt Rozier take double victory from reigning champion Lee Scott. Championship contender Marcus Ward finished 3rd in race one in a smoky Fiesta. The 4Ward boys had a late night completing an engine change to allow Ward to race on the Sunday where he finished in 4th to keep his championship hopes alive. In the M3 cup and 330 challenge, it was Paul Cook who completed the double with Tom Coller retaining the championship lead by finishing behind in both races. David Drinkwater did the double in the 330 challenge after Matt Maxted crashed out in the first race. The Hot HatchC provided some close racing across all classes. Ben Rushworth put the Integra on pole with Steve Sawley second. Race one was held in greasy/wet conditions, made worse by Rushworth's gearbox bung coming out and putting oil all on his back wheels and Sawleys car. Rushworth went on to victory with Sawley 2nd, Ben Leach worked his way up to finish 3rd. In Class B Christian Lyne beat Phil Wright while Rodren Vella suffered gearbox failure putting him out of the whole weekend. In Class C it was Michael Winkworth who was victorious from new MACAW motorsport member Ian Williamson with fellow team mate Rob Fagg rounding the podium. Race two Rushworth was leading until the driveshaft broke. Sawley won the race from Ben Leach claiming a double podium this weekend with Martin Ward rounding the class A podium. In Class B Phil Wright won beating Christian Lyne and Neil Stringfellow. In Class C it was a reversal of the top 2 with Williamson winning from Winkworth and Fagg. The MR2 Championship, celebrated its 10th anniversary, with a bumper 39 car grid. In the first race it was Shaun Traynor who took victory from Class Cs Stuart Nicholls with Darren Aldworth 3rd. Championship contender Ben Rowe lost ground and finished 11th. Class A went the way of Adam Lockwood who finished 16th overall. Race two saw both contenders at the front with Traynor again taking victory ahead of Ben Rowe and Jim Davies. Paul Cook tumbled down the order after an ambitious move from Davies caused Cook to spin. He fought back to 5th. Class C again went to Stuart Nicholls with Lockwood taking Class A honours. Club Enduro saw 46 cars take part for the two hours. It was Area motorsports Martin James who put the Honda on pole from the BMW of Andy Baylie. Before the race began there was drama for Matt Nossiter and Steve Hewson as their BMW had a power steering failure on the green flag lap. They managed to fix it and started half a lap behind. With the safety car, and a swift pit stop they still managed to win their class and retain their championship lead. James led the field until his splitter began causing an issue. He pitted early handing the lead over. Andy Baylie's BMW lost a wheel which caused a safety car and a rush of movement in the pit lane. As the race began to settle down Luke Sedzikowski led the field from Darren Ball. Martin James began to fight his way back through the field, with Class B's Matt Faizey comfortably ahead of his rivals. As the sky increasingly darkened in colour and a slight drizzle arrived towards the end, it was Luke who hung on for a solo victory from Ball and James managed to drag the car back to 3rd. Faizey finished 1st in Class B, with Steve Hewson and Matt Nossiter amazingly from being half a lap behind claimed victory from Josh Orr and Andrew Winchester.
Driver Of The Month - Daniel Larner
Congratulations to Dan Larner - RGB Driver, for winning Septembers Driver Of The Month. Dan has had an impressive run so far this year. Silverstone by far was the best round of the season. Consistency was the key, in qualifying he qualified in 4th place, a good place to start, to have a good weekend. In race one Dan made a great start to end up second behind his team mate Paul Smith. He put up a close fight to Paul while also keeping Chippy at bay. Chippy did get past on the penultimate lap, but it was still a great result and meant Mittell achieved its first ever 1-2-3 finish. Race two again Dan made a great start and moved up to second by lap 4. It was tricky weather conditions with a damp track in places. Lap 14 saw David Watson make his move into second but Dan held onto third. Brilliant double podium weekend, Dan will be looking to build on this form as the season draws to a close on the Snetterton 200 circuit in a few weeks time.
Meet The Commentator - Josh Barrett
Many of you have probably been interviewed by Josh at some point over a race weekend. Now we put some questions to Josh in this months feature...
How did you get started in commentary?
I always wanted to get involved in Motorsport in one way or another, driving not an option as I basically have no budget! At the beginning of the decade, I got talking to the voice of the 750 Motor Club, Ian Sowman – he showed me the ropes, let me have a go and it went on from there. Ian has always been a very good mentor to me.
Sum up the 2018 season so far in 5 words
Busy, exciting and very enjoyable!
What would be your dream commentary job?
- As I mentioned earlier, endurance racing is a big passion of mine – and there’s only one race that comes out on top and that’s the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Which track is your favourite to commentate on?
Brands Hatch. You can see the whole circuit, racing is generally very close and it’s a place I’ve spent lots of time at! Plus, it’s close to home.
For the full interview check out the website..
Many thanks to Josh, if you would like to be featured please drop us a message...
Ian Williamson joins the MACAW Team
Ian Williamson has joined the MACAW team from Silverstone, he's certainly joined in winning ways as he produced a great drive to take victory in race 2. Ian joins Rob, Paul and Chris.
Double Podium delight for the boys..
With Ian finishing on the podium twice with a 2nd and 1st he was joined by fellow MACAW team mate Rob Fagg who had two 3rd place finishes.. The boys will be aiming to finish the season on a high with the remaining races.