2017 Race Review

November 2nd, 2017 by alisonpepler.

This was the 7th year of the 4two cup, running this year as a Championship with BARC and CTCRC. Throughout the year, we shared the grid with various championships from the CTCRC all of whom we loved racing with.

The points system was different this year for both the 451’s and the 450’s see below

Four or more starters: 1st – 12, 2nd – 9, 3rd – 6, 4th – 4, 5th – 3, 6th – 2, 7th – 1

Three or less starters: 1st – 6, 2nd – 3, 3rd – 1

Fastest lap also scored a bonus point and a point was awarded to each driver for starting the race.

 

Last years winner Alan Palmer got off to a great start taking both wins at Rockingham with David Nash hot on his tail taking both second positions. Simon Coverdale had an incident in Race 1 which smashed his windscreen (amongst other things) which meant in order to get out for Race 2, we had to remove his windscreen and rear window so he had plenty of airflow going into Race 2 in which he managed to secure a 3rd place podium, he was also awarded Driver of the weekend for his determination. In the 450’s (Class B) Both drivers, Mark Bloomfield and Steven Needham won a race each.

On to Cadwell Park where Simon Horrobin, Daniel Turner were chasing down Alan to stop him getting too far ahead in the championship which they succeeded in doing making it more of an even playing field. Daniel Turner had a few outstanding spins narrowly missing (unbelievably) the rest of the field who were coming up right behind him. Although Simon Horrobin won Race 1, he had a wishbone problem which saw him get a DNF in the second race but his times and his driving skills were fantastic which won him Driver of the Weekend.

Series owner James Palmer pulled it out of the bag at the next race at Silverstone GP taking both wins of the weekend taking him to within 2 points of Alan. Due to a problem with Martyn Clatworthy’s car and him not finishing, Alistair Woodhead gained on him in the points running. We had a guest driver over from India, Kasha Sai who we met at Autosport, he took no time in finding his feet in the Smart and although no podium, he thoroughly enjoyed himself. In the 450’s it was only Steven Needham who was out but he had fun chasing down the back of the field.

Next was Brands Hatch, our home circuit where we put on a fantastic Hog Roast for the drivers, family and friends and our new friends from CTCRC, the paddock smelt amazing all day on Saturday…..but back to the racing. Daniel Turner was clearly on the energy drinks this weekend,  qualifying 1st, then getting a 2nd and a 3rd place, still spinning several times but always managed to entertain us with a spectacular return to the circuit hence him being awarded Driver of the Weekend.

Thruxton was a new circuit for all our drivers so they were all looking forward to it. Daniel Turner and Simon Horrobin both secured a 1st place allowing them to overtake James Palmer in the Championship although this still only left 1 point between all 3 of them with Alan Palmer still leading comfortably even though he had a terrible start in Race 1, he still went onto win a 3rd place Podium and therefore he was awarded Driver of the Weekend for his determination. Steven Needham in the class B 450 took both wins.

Back to Silverstone but the International circuit this time for the final race of the Championship with all to play for. All 3 of the class B 450’s were out to play this weekend which was good with Ian Weir securing a 1st place in Race 1 and Steven Needham in Race 2. The battle was on for the championship title though between 4 drivers, Both Palmers, Simon Horrobin and Daniel Turner who qualified 1st and won the first race therefore leaving it all down to the last race. Alistair Woodhead and Simon Coverdale had some great racing between them all weekend after both having had some instruction on Friday testing, Alistair took driver of the weekend for his greatly improved times. The last race was very exciting in the assembly area with the top 4 drivers knowing what needed to be done, all the mathematics had been worked out as to who needed to do what and the atmosphere was brilliant, it was Alan who went onto get the well deserved Race win and therefore the championship title for the second year running.

Huge Congratulations to Alan and a big thank you to all our drivers, family friends and series sponsor JC Motorhomes who are extremely generous in giving us a beautiful Motorhome to live in on race weekends. Looking forward to a nice break now and getting cars ready for next year.

 

Please see below the link to the final scores for the year, the Drop 2 rule is each driver must drop 2 of their lowest scores from any of the 4two cup 12 races over the year, the drivers who have no drop scores have therefore missed at least 2 of the 12 races.

https://barc.blob.core.windows.net/barcnet/2017-final-05–4two-p-ch24u.pdf

 

 

Driver of the Weekend Trophy Awards

November 2nd, 2017 by alisonpepler.

Rockingham 08/09 April – Simon Coverdale

Cadwell Park 13/14 May  – Simon Horrobin

Silverstone GP 24/25 June – James Palmer

Brands Hatch 29/30 July – Daniel Turner

Thruxton 2/3/ September – Alan Palmer

Silverstone Int. 7/8 October – Alistair Woodhead

Silverstone International 7/8 October 2017 Race Results

November 2nd, 2017 by alisonpepler.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Daniel Turner  –  1.30.850
  2. Alan Palmer  –  1.31.582
  3. Simon Horrobin  –  1.31.762
  4. Simon Coverdale  –  1.34.890
  5. James Palmer   –  1.35.639
  6. Alistair Woodhead  –  1.37.796

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham  –  1.43.176
  2. Ian Weir  –  1.43.302
  3. Mark Bloomfield  –  1.50.173

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Daniel Turner
  2. James Palmer
  3. Alan Palmer
  4. Alistair Woodhead
  5. Simon Coverdale

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Ian Weir
  2. Steven Needham
  3. Mark Bloomfield

FASTEST LAP – Alan Palmer (CLASS A)  –  1.31.508     Ian Weir (CLASS B)  –  1.41.799

DNF Simon Horrobin

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer
  2. Simon Horrobin
  3. James Palmer
  4. Simon Coverdale
  5. Alistair Woodhead

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham
  2. Ian Weir
  3. Mark Bloomfield

FASTEST LAP – Daniel Turner (CLASS A)  –  1.30.427      Steven Needham (CLASS B)  –  1.40.606

DNF Daniel Turner

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                110 Drop 2 100
  2. Daniel Turner             89
  3. James Palmer             89 Drop 2 85
  4. Simon Horrobin         84
  5. David Nash                  53
  6. Simon Coverdale        43
  7. Alistair Woodhead     28
  8. Martyn Clatworthy    20
  9. Kasha Sai                      7

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         52
  2. Ian Weir                        16
  3. Mark Bloomfield         13

The Drop 2 rule is each driver must drop 2 of their lowest scores from any of the 4two cup 12 races over the year, the drivers who have no drop scores have therefore missed at least 2 of the 12 races.

 

HUGE Congratulations to Alan Palmer for wining the 4two cup Championship overall for the second year in a row.

 

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Thruxton 2/3 September 2017 Race Results

October 5th, 2017 by alisonpepler.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Sunny/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer  –   1.43.186
  2. Daniel Turner  –  1.43.190
  3. David Nash  –  1.43.875
  4. Simon Horrobin  –  1.46.314
  5. Simon Coverdale  –  1.46.711
  6. James Palmer   –  1.50.295
  7. Alistair Woodhead  –  2.01.563

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham  –  1.56.198
  2. Ian Weir  –  1.59.467

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Sunny/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Daniel Turner
  2. Simon Horrobin
  3. Alan Palmer
  4. David Nash
  5. James Palmer
  6. Simon Coverdale
  7. Alistair Woodhead

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Ian Weir
  2. Steven Needham

FASTEST LAP – Simon Horrobin (CLASS A)  –  1.41.575      Steven Needham (CLASS B)  –  1.54.834

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Simon Horrobin
  2. Daniel Turner
  3. David Nash
  4. Alan Palmer
  5. Simon Coverdale
  6. James Palmer
  7. Alistair Woodhead

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Ian Weir
  2. Steven Needham

FASTEST LAP – Simon Coverdale (CLASS A)  –  1.42.036      Ian Weir (CLASS B)  –  2.02.435

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                89
  2. Daniel Turner             74
  3. Simon Horrobin         73
  4. James Palmer             72
  5. David Nash                  53
  6. Simon Coverdale        34
  7. Martyn Clatworthy     20
  8. Alistair Woodhead     19
  9. Kasha Sai                      7

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         40
  2. Mark Bloomfield          9
  3. Ian Weir                         9

Brands Hatch 29/30 July 2017

October 4th, 2017 by alisonpepler.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer  –   1.02.265
  2. Daniel Turner  –  1.02.304
  3. Simon Horrobin  –  1.02.854
  4. Martyn Clatworthy  –  1.03.276
  5. James Palmer  –  1.03.298
  6. Simon Coverdale  –  1.04.518
  7. Alistair Woodhead  –  1.11.897

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Daniel Turner
  2. Simon Horrobin
  3. James Palmer
  4. Alan Palmer
  5. Martyn Clatworthy
  6. Simon Coverdale
  7. Alistair Woodhead

FASTEST LAP – Daniel Turner  (CLASS A)  –  1.02.533

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer
  2. Daniel Turner
  3. Simon Horrobin
  4. Martyn Clatworthy
  5. Simon Coverdale
  6. Alistair Woodhead

FASTEST LAP – Daniel Turner  (CLASS A)  –  1.02.195

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                77
  2. James Palmer             65
  3. Daniel Turner             51
  4. Simon Horrobin         49
  5. David Nash                  41
  6. Simon Coverdale         27
  7. Martyn Clatworthy     20
  8. Alistair Woodhead     16
  9. Kasha Sai                        7

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         26
  2. Mark Bloomfield          9

Silverstone GP 24/25 June 2017 Race Results

October 4th, 2017 by alisonpepler.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. James Palmer  –   2.56.835
  2. Alan Palmer  –  2.58.772
  3. Simon Horrobin  –  2.59.016
  4. Daniel Turner  –  2.59.800
  5. David Nash  –  3.00.845
  6. Martyn Clatworthy  –  3.05.964
  7. Alistair Woodhead  –  3.18.293
  8. Kasha Sai  –  3.38.58

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham  –  3.22.175

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. James Palmer
  2. Simon Horrobin
  3. Alan Palmer
  4. David Nash
  5. Kasha Sai
  6. Alistair Woodhead

Both Martyn Clatworthy and Daniel Turner had to retire due to engine problems

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham

FASTEST LAP – James Palmer  (CLASS A)  –  2.56.612      Steven Needham (CLASS B)  –  3.21.301

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. James Palmer
  2. Alan Palmer
  3. David Nash
  4. Simon Horrobin
  5. Alistair Woodhead
  6. Kasha Sai

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham

FASTEST LAP – Simon Horrobin  (CLASS A)  –  2.55.882      Steve Needham (CLASS B)  –  3.20.142

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                59
  2. James Palmer             57
  3. David Nash                 41
  4. Simon Horrobin        32
  5. Daniel Turner            26
  6. Simon Coverdale       20
  7. Martyn Clatworthy    11
  8. Alistair Woodhead     11
  9. Kasha Sai                      7

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         26
  2. Mark Bloomfield          9

Cadwell Park 13/14 May 2017 Race Results

October 4th, 2017 by alisonpepler.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Simon Horrobin  –   1.56.486
  2. James Palmer  –  1.56.535
  3. Alan Palmer –  1.58.685
  4. Simon Coverdale  –  2.00.568
  5. Martyn Clatworthy  –  2.01.670
  6. Daniel Turner  –  2.02.167
  7. David Nash  –

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Cloudy/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Simon Horrobin
  2. James Palmer
  3. Alan Palmer
  4. David Nash
  5. Daniel Turner
  6. Simon Coverdale

DNF  –  Martyn Clatworthy

FASTEST LAP – Simon Horrobin  (CLASS A)  –  1.55.012

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Daniel Turner
  2. James Palmer
  3. Alan Palmer
  4. Simon Coverdale
  5. David Nash
  6. Martyn Clatworthy

DNF  –  Simon Horrobin

FASTEST LAP – Simon Horrobin  (CLASS A)  –  1.53.814

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                42
  2. James Palmer             30
  3. David Nash                  29
  4. Daniel Turner             26
  5. Simon Coverdale        20
  6. Simon Horrobin         16
  7. Martyn Clatworthy     11
  8. Alistair Woodhead     4

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         12
  2. Mark Bloomfield          9

Rockingham 8/9 April 2017 Race results

October 3rd, 2017 by alisonpepler.

Here we go again, this year (2017) we are racing with the Classic Touring Car Race Club under BARC, throughout the year we will be racing alongside various championships, still under our name the 4two cup.

QUALIFYING

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer  –   1.50.769
  2. David Nash  –  1.51.026
  3. Daniel Turner  –  1.51.778
  4. Martyn Clatworthy  –  1.52.124
  5. Simon Coverdale  –  1.52.246
  6. Alistair Woodhead  –  1.59.519

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham  –  2.00.670
  2. Mark Bloomfield  –  2.06.085

RACE 1

Weather/Track : Bright/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer
  2. David Nash
  3. James Palmer
  4. Simon Coverdale
  5. Daniel Turner
  6. Martyn Clatworthy
  7. Alistair Woodhead

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham

DNF – Mark Bloomfield

FASTEST LAP – Alan Palmer  (CLASS A)  –  1.50.348      Steven Needham (CLASS B)  –  2.02.389

RACE 2

Weather/Track : Sunny/Dry

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer
  2. David Nash
  3. Simon Coverdale
  4. Daniel Turner
  5. Martyn Clatworthy
  6. James Palmer
  7. Alistair Woodhead

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Mark Bloomfield
  2. Steven Needham

FASTEST LAP – Alan Palmer  (CLASS A)  –  1.50.969      Mark Bloomfield (CLASS B)  –  2.08.699

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS POSITION

CLASS A – SMART 451

  1. Alan Palmer                28
  2. David Nash                 20
  3. Simon Coverdale       12
  4. James Palmer             10
  5. Daniel Turner              9
  6. Martyn Clatworthy     7
  7. Alistair Woodhead     4

CLASS B – SMART 450

  1. Steven Needham         12
  2. Mark Bloomfield          9

 

 

 

The 4two cup race review 2016

January 21st, 2017 by alisonpepler.

2016 saw the 4two cup enter into its 6th year of racing again running under the administration of the BRSCC and racing alongside the Honda Vtec Challenge.

A late start to the season with the first race not being until the 8th May gave us plenty of time to carry out the new modifications to the suspension to lower the cars and rewrap some of the cars with new sponsor logo’s, Arc building group, Midland Karting and Roydon packaging. Alistair Woodhead who was in the no.2 Smarts4youRacing 451 car (class 1) had decided to purchase his own car this year a Smart 450 (class 2) no.8 and was all set for the season ahead. Last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy took the 1st win with Alan Palmer taking the 2nd race win. A huge effort by novice Simon Coverdale saw him take his first podium position of 3rd in race 2. Both fastest laps were set by Martyn.

Onto Rockingham in Northamptonshire for rounds 3 & 4 where Greg Owens had a fantastic weekend taking pole position in qualifying, 2nd in race 1 and 3rd in race 2. Alistair Woodhead took pole position in his new class 2 car ahead of Mark Bloomfield a.k.a. Fudge, however he didn’t manage a victory this weekend with Fudge taking both wins. Martyn took the 1st win but had to retire in the 2nd race due to a puncture which allowed Alan to take his 2nd win of the season. Fastest laps were set by Martyn and Alan.

Rounds 5 & 6 saw the 4two cup head to Snetterton, a new circuit for some of the drivers as this wasn’t on last years calendar but a favourite of series owner James Palmer who almost had a full house of pole position, both wins but only 1 fastest lap as Martyn managed to take it on race 1.

Ian Weir a.k.a. Sparky qualified ahead of Alistair and went on to take both wins in class 2. With temperatures soaring to 25 degrees, it was tough for the drivers who I’m sure were relieved to get back to the paddock for a well deserved cold drink.

A short break and we were off to Anglesey on the North west coast of Wales, a 300 mile drive to get there but the scenery along the way was stunning. Due to drivers holiday’s we only had a small grid but the few that we did have, having never been here before were all looking forward to it. It was a beautiful view for the spectators on the hill with the sea in the background and almost all the track visible. All drivers qualified within 0.5 seconds of each other with Nash in pole position for race 1 but it was Alan who went onto take the 1st win and James the 2nd win of the day, with both Palmers also setting a fastest lap time. Once again Simon Coverdale, now no longer a novice took a podium position (3rd) in the 1st race. After the racing had finished Nash was keen for a swim in the sea which was freezing by the way, dressed in his swim shorts, he headed down to the sea but was stopped by too many rocks in the way, luckily for him :-)

Rounds 9 & 10 and we were again off on a long journey up to Croft in North Yorkshire, an unfortunate clash with Goodwood revival weekend saw a smaller than normal grid again this weekend. Whilst the majority of the UK was subjected to torrential rain, Croft was blessed with glorious sunshine. Nash took pole position again this weekend and went on to win the 1st race, with Martyn and Alan both retiring in race 1, they needed to get a good start in Race 2, unfortunately Martyn didn’t manage to get back out and therefore hung his boots up for the season as next race he is on holiday (again) Still it meant he could now have a beer :-) Alan did just that, get a good start that is, not have a beer, and won the 2nd race and also set fastest lap in both races. The results of the weekend meant Alan and James go into the final two races at Donington Park on Sunday 16th October on equal smartie points, and as a result of Nash getting a 1st and 2nd looks like he will take 3rd place although Greg Owens and Simon Coverdale can catch him up setting up a great finale for the 4two cup

So the grand finale… Donington Park. The weather wasn’t being kind with qualifying in the pouring rain, Alan took pole position followed by Simon and Nash. The rain stopped in time for race 1 but the track was still wet which caused havoc for many of the drivers. Alan got away at the start whilst separate spins for the 3 cars behind gave him a big advantage allowing him to take the win 20 seconds ahead of 2nd place James. With pole, a win and fastest lap, Alan only needed to finish at least 3rd or ahead of James in race 2 to secure the series title which he did by going on to take his 2nd win of the day in dry sunny conditions with James just behind him in second. Nash took two 3rd place podiums this weekend to secure him 3rd place in the series and Alistair Woodhead was the only 450 out and therefore took 2 trophies home this weekend making him series winner of class 2.

Donington Park Race Report 2016

January 21st, 2017 by alisonpepler.

Donington Sunday 16th October 2016

(Rounds 11 & 12 of the 4two cup)

For the final rounds of the 2016 4two cup, we headed to the well known and much loved Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire. Both races and qualifying were being held on the Sunday as it was a very full weekends racing. Only 1 of the 450’s class 2 entering this weekend due to illness and work commitments and last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy won’t be with us as he has headed of for some winter fun at his Ski Chalet in St. Martin (lucky for some)

Entrants:

02 – Simon Coverdale – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Roydon Packaging/Smarts4you Racing

03 – James Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – JC Motorhomes/Specialised Group

07 – David Nash – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smart 7 Racing

08 – Alistair Woodhead – Smart 450 – Class 2 – Smarts4you Racing

09 – Greg Owens – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Midland Karting/Smarts4you Racing

26 – Alan Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – ARC Building group/Smarts4you Racing

Qualifying

With a glorious sunrise over the garages, the day looked to be getting off to the perfect start, however heavy rain began to fall soon after sunrise, soaking the track. Being the first cars on track, there was no way to gauge what grip was available (if any) or where it was located. Conditions remained terrible as the cars were called to the assembly area, to wait for their allocated time slot. With rivers of water washing across the track, cars were spinning everywhere but they all managed to finish and get back to the paddock safely.

Pole: Alan Palmer – Class 1

2nd Simon Coverdale – Class 1

3rd: David Nash – Class 1

Race 1.

With race time upon us, drivers suited up and headed to the assembly area. Whilst the rain had now stopped and the wind was helping to dry the track, there was still no dry line and spray was clearly visible from the cars still out on track. With the usual remnants of Caterham’s cleared away from the previous race, the cars were released to head out onto the green flag lap.

Once all cars had completed the opening lap, all cars took up their grid slot in preparation for the race ahead. Alan Palmer got away cleanly in pole position while separate spins for all 3 cars behind gave Alan a big advantage and so he went on to take the 1st win of the day with James in 2nd still battling it out for the series and Nash in 3rd. Unfortunately a problem with the number 9 car of Greg Owens meant he didn’t manage to finish his race.

1st: Alan Palmer – Class 1

2nd: James Palmer – Class 1

3rd: David Nash – Class 1

Fastest lap: Alan Palmer 1.49.371

Race 2.

With only 5 Smartie points in it for the series win going into the last race of the day was very exciting for both the Palmers, Nash looked set to take an overall comfortable 3rd going into this last race and Greg and Simon were still on for battling into 4th. In dry sunny conditions for this 2nd race, James went all out to get in front which he managed to do going into the 1st corner, Nash was pressuring Alan hard and managed to squeeze through demoting Alan to 3rd but a spin for Nash in the Roberts Chicane handed 2nd place back to Alan. James continued to build his lead and was set to take the race win but a spin causing him to lose his back end at the old hairpin let Alan through to take the lead. Despite James closing up the gap between himself and Alan to within a second, he wasn’t quite close enough to challenge and Alan once again took the checkered flag and the overall honours. Simon held on for 4th position with Greg in 5th. Alistair Woodhead had a great race and although was the only 450 in class 2, he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

1st: Alan Palmer- Class 1

2nd: James Palmer – Class 1

3rd:  – David Nash – Class 1

Fastest lap: James Palmer 1.34.543

Thanks to everyone for coming along and supporting us all throughout the season, drivers and family, thanks to all our sponsors including JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers, pure d-zign, ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon Packaging. Thanks also to all you guys who help in the set up and the dismantle of the awning, your help is massively appreciated, looking forward to next season already as there are big plans for ECU mods over the winter which will see an improved performance for the pocket rockets next season. See you all next year if not before.