I am an artist, the track is my canvas, my car is my brush
The summer heatwave is still continuing, seemingly more so during the week then at Race weekends. Cadwell Park was the next which saw a variety of conditions from damp, to sun to heavy rain.. A full gallery and reports are below..
Cadwell Race Report
37 Locosts raced twice, split across three races. Jack Coveney returned to winning ways in opener, narrowly beating championship contender Ben Powney, with Chris Pyke taking his first podium finish of the season in third. In the second race Mark Burton was victorious. The final race of the day took place in the pouring rain, and it was series debutee Dominik Jackson that mastered the conditions to win by nine seconds.
Ben Rushworth won for the fourth time in Hot Hatch, setting a lap time three seconds quicker than last year. In the second race Steve Sawley won as Rushworth hit car trouble. Class B saw Phil Wright claim double victory, also with two victories was Class C competitor Michael Winkworth.
Ben Hancy won twice in the MX5 Cup, while championship leader Paul Maguire won once. Rafal Drzascz and Ian Tomlinson finished on the podium.
The 750 Formula opener was a dramatic affair when championship rival Bill Cowley and Ed Pither collided at Hall Bends. When the race was restarted at the end of the day in the wet – Cowley beat Mark Glover by 6 seconds, with Andrew Kemp in third. Glover took his first win in the category on Sunday, with Cowley and Kemp behind.
Pip Hammond and Pete Morgan shared honours in the Classic Stock Hatch Championship.
Billy Albone won twice in RGB Sports 1000, taking his tally to six.
Wayne Rothwell’s Vauxhall VX220 won Roadsports, which was dominated by class B competitors. Imran Khan and Darren Ball – both in BMWs concluded the podium after early front runners – in Civics - Neal Martin and Robert Harrison / Jordan Fox had to retire.
Mark Balmer mastered Sunday’s wet conditions to win in the Clio 182 Championship, but was chased all the way by Andrew Tibbs, with Patrick Fletcher in third. Fletcher won in race two.
MR2 Championship were split into groups with 38 entries. Championship leader Ben Rowe won for the fourth time in the opener. Shaun Traynor dominated the other two races
An impressive 24-car entry looked splendid in Sports Specials. Wet conditions didn’t harm Darren Berris’ V8 power as he won twice.
22 cars started in Historic 750 Formula. Christian Pederson’s supercharged and methanol-fuelled Austin 7 won twice.
Many Thanks to Joshua Barrett for the write ups.. For a full race report click the button below..
Driver Of The Month - Mark Balmer
Congratulations to Mark Balmer - Clio 182 Driver, for winning driver of the month! Mark has had a consistent few month with victories at Rockingham, Pembrey and now Cadwell. At Cadwell the conditions were challenging, with the rain coming down from the off. The qualifying session saw the first challenge as it was red flagged early on due to a cow getting rather close to the circuit! Mark qualified in 2nd behind Andrew Tibbs by just 0.06sec.. In the first race Mark got ahead of Tibbs and withstood race long pressure in treacherous conditions to hold on for a well deserved victory. In the 2nd race in slightly drier conditions Mark led from the off with a commanding lead he looked set for another victory. However a stranded car at Barn led to a red flag. Upon the restart Patrick Fletcher made the better start and moved into first. Mark still finished 2nd just 0.19secs behind. It was a good solid points hall for Mark. Well done Mark! The Clio races next up at Donington at the beginning of September.
Meet The Driver - Tim Penstone - Smith
1. When did you start racing and where?
Started age 11 at Hatfield school with Natska,in an aerial 50.
2. Would you consider racing in another formula?
I'd love to try an RGB, and did a day in a Formula Renault years ago, obviously I have Victor Vee which I hope to get a go in if Lewis allows.
3. Do you have any pre race superstitions?
Ha well I had new Star Wars socks at Silverstone so tend to wear them.
4. Sum up the Locost championship in three words
5. What are the goals for the 2018 season?
2018 finish in top 5 championship,and be the oldest guy up front in homebuilt car on the smallest budget.
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This month a special mention must go to Sam McKee and Adam Mealand. They race in Sams BMW E36 which has done 189,000 miles! They race in the mini endurance 45 minute roadsports race. They achieved a fantastic podium position which in their words felt like 'a victory' Its an excellent achievement with it being Adams first podium as well, they qualified a superb 9th overall. Whats even more amazing is Sam drives the car to and from the meetings as well! Just proves motorsport doesn't have to be expensive.
MACAW News -
The MACAW motorsport team, saw their best results yet at Cadwell. Rob Fagg finished 2nd in class in both races and Paul Kaynes finished 3rd in class in race 2. A brilliant double podium finish! The meeting before at Pembrey say Paul finish 3rd in race 1 taking MACAW motorsports first silverware of the year.
To read more about their season so far check out the full report on the SJN website..