Category: Race Reports

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.

Croft Race Report 2016

January 21st, 2017 by alisonpepler.

 

Croft 10th and 11th September 2016

(Rounds 9 + 10 of the 4two cup)

After our last trip to Anglesey in Wales, it was time to head North this time to Croft in Yorkshire. This weekends racing unfortunately clashed with Goodwood Revival where a few of our drivers had tickets and therefore couldn’t be with us and whilst the majority of the UK was subjected to torrential rain, Croft was blessed with glorious sunshine.

Another long 250 mile drive but we were looking forward to checking out another circuit where none of our drivers had raced before

Entrants:

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

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

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

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

Qualfying

A different layout this weekend with qualifying being the last track action of the day on Saturday and both races on the Sunday.

With Alan Palmer being only 1 smartie point ahead in the series title, the weekend was set to be an exciting one. Nash took the lead and held onto it to qualify in pole position with James and Alan battling it out for second, Alan managed to hold James off and went on to take 2nd position, Last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy seemed to have a problem as he qualified  just over 5 seconds slower than the others.

Pole: David Nash – Class 1

2nd Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: James Palmer – Class 1

Race 1.

Another fun night with all the drivers, family and friends enjoying a BBQ and a few drinks together, celebrating Martyn and Helens anniversary and an unusually late start at Croft due to local noise restrictions meant track action didn’t get underway until midday. With race time approaching, drivers were suited up and headed to the assembly area, once released, they made their way around the track to take up their grid slots.With the marshals cleared from the grid, all focus was on the lights with drivers looking to make a great start. Nash took the lead closely followed by Alan who then lost out to James who squeezed up the inside of him on the run down to the first corner, both Palmers challenged Nash into the sunny complex but Alan locked up under braking and lost some ground, Alan chased hard despite a worsening vibration under braking to fight back onto the tail of James. Unfortunately as suspected after qualifying Martyn had a problem and was forced to retire after lap 3. Alan managed to get past James and set about chasing Nash but unfortunately his race ended prematurely when he realised the reason for the vibration was a puncture, Nash held onto his lead and went onto win the race.

1st: David Nash – Class 1

2nd: James Palmer – Class 1

 

Fastest lap: Alan Palmer 1.53.295 in Class 1

Race 2.

A few hours of hanging around until race 2 gave James a chance to see if Martyns car could be sorted but unfortunately it couldn’t so it was time for poor Martyn to hang up his boots for the weekend (and for the season as he can’t be with us at the next race) and relax with a beer. James took the lead with Nash on his tail chasing, James went a little too deep into Sunny on lap 3 allowing Nash and Alan to pass but James managed to get back past Alan who missed a gear exiting the final hairpin. All 3 drivers battled hard for the rest of the race and it was almost neck and neck going into the final stages. With 3 laps to go Alan got a great run out of the chicane to pass James on the straight down to Tower bend and on the last lap unfortunately for Nash, his exit out of the chicane was compromised by a lapping Honda ( who we share the grid with) allowing Alan to get alongside him on the straight and pass him around the outside of tower bend to steal the lead and take the checkered flag.

1st: Alan Palmer – Class 1

2nd: David Nash – Class 1

3rd: James Palmer – Class 1

Fastest lap: Alan Palmer 1.52.654 in Class 1

The results of the weekend mean 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

Huge thanks as always to all our sponsors including JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers, pure d-zign, ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon Packaging.

See you all at the next race where it looks like we will have an almost full grid :-)

Anglesey Race report 2016

August 15th, 2016 by alisonpepler.

Anglesey 6th and 7th August 2016

(Rounds 7 + 8 of the 4two cup)

After a short break from the last race at Snetterton we were off racing again, this time to Anglesey, unfortunately none of the 450’s could make this weekend nor last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy who was jetting off on holiday, however the 5 drivers that could make it, having never been at this circuit before, were all really looking forward to it.

After a 300 mile drive, we arrived tired on the Thursday evening, dropped off the vehicles at the circuit and went in search of our B & B.

Friday was a test day which all drivers except Alan Palmer took part in, there was also a 20 minute test session on Saturday morning which all the drivers entered.

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

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

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

Qualfying

The weekends racing was to be on the coastal circuit, a last minute change from the originally advertised International circuit unfortunately due to a lack of marshalls.

Lots of bends and gradients on this circuit was sure to make for an interesting weekends racing, it was a beautiful view for the spectators on the hill with the sea in the background and almost all the track visible, they did however have to suffer the burning rubber smell with cars locking up their brakes on the corkscrew but it was worth it.

All drivers had a qood qualifying session finishing within 0.5 seconds of each other, Simon Coverdale went off coming out of turn 1 but managed to get it back well.

Pole: David Nash – Class 1

2nd James Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

Race 1.

James jumped ahead of David off the start, with the rest following closely behind. Alan overtook David just before rocket and also got past James going into rocket bend albeit somewhat precariously sending James into the grass. Greg was now up into 2nd and trying eagerly to catch up with Alan which he did but after a couple of laps, Owens collided with Alan after the banking causing himself to have a spin and James to swerve to avoid him, this allowed Simon Coverdale to get up into 3rd, Greg nicked it back off Simon but Greg was forced to resign from a black and orange flag due to his wing hanging off and getting worse after his bump with Alan. David had unfortunately span at Peel on lap 2 losing his position and again just after at turn 1 rejoining a fair distance back from the others.

1st: Alan Palmer – Class 1

2nd: James Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Simon Coverdale – Class 1

 

Fastest lap: James Palmer 1.29.796 in Class 1

Race 2.

After a lovely evening last night with all the drivers, family and friends enjoying a BBQ and a few drinks together, with David giving us all a thrill with his swim shorts, he headed down to the beach for a swim but unfortunately couldn’t get to it because of all the rocks in the way, there was also some friendly banter over the days racing, all the drivers were relaxed and ready for race 2 on the Sunday. James was determined to get his own back on Alan and it was one of the hardest fought races to hold onto 1st with Alan constantly keeping up the pressure the whole race. No more incidents today and all drivers finished with some great lap times

1st: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: David Nash – Class 1

Fastest lap: Alan Palmer 1.29.956 in Class 1

Another great fun weekend and all the drivers agreed that although it was a very long way to get there, they would definitely do Anglesey again as they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Huge thanks as always to all our sponsors including JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers, pure d-zign, ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon Packaging.

Looking forward to the next race at Croft on the 10th and 11th of September, unfortunately we will have a small grid again as some of the drivers are heading of to the Goodwood revival but we will still have fun.

 

 

 

 

Snetterton Race report 2016

August 11th, 2016 by alisonpepler.

Snetterton 16th and 17th July 2016

(Rounds 5 + 6 of the 4two cup)

A slightly different set up this weekend in that all the drivers had a 30 minute test session on the Saturday Morning and both races were to be 20 minutes instead of the usual 15.

An early start with sign on and scrutineering from 7.30am, testing kicked off at 9am with the Smarts, Honda’s and TVR’s, all went well for the smarts, Simon Coverdale had a slight problem on the last lap but was as easy as changing a crank shaft sensor and they were all ready and eager for qualifying to start.

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

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

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

96 – Ian Weir – Smart 450 – Class 2 – IWEC

Qualifying

With temperatures reaching over 25 degrees, the drivers were heating up in the assembly area before the race had even started. James Palmer took the fastest lap straight away and held onto this for the duration of qualifying. 2nd place chopped and changed several times with almost all drivers in Class 1 being there at one point, David Nash managed to get his fastest lap in on his last lap to take 2nd place.Martyn Clatworthy unfortunately had a problem with his throttle sticking but this was resolved quickly well before the 1st race. Ian Weir qualified ahead of Alistair Woodhead in the 450’s (class 2) Mark Bloomfield in the other 450 in the series was unfortunately out due to a rib injury. With both races on the Sunday, it was time for fish and chips with the Caterham’s and “party in the paddock”

Pole: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd David Nash – Class 1

3rd: Greg Owens – Class 1

Pole: Ian Weir – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Race 1.

James Palmer held onto his lead at the start with Simon Coverdale closely behind who got a great start shooting from 6th up into 2nd. With longer lap times than usual, it made for an exciting close race. Alan Palmer managed to get past Simon and was chasing down James into bombhole where he managed to get past him and into the lead, James reeled him back again and got past him on the Bentley straight, not giving up, Alan fought back but unfortunately hit James on the rear causing him to lose a wing and slow him down. As with qualifying, positions chopped and changed every lap as there were a few impressive spins, meanwhile the 450’s had a great time with Alistair chasing down Ian (a.k.a sparky) but Ian held him off to take the win in Class 2.

1st: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Greg Owens – Class 1

1st: Ian Weir – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Fastest lap: Martyn Clatworthy 2.37.669 in Class 1 and Ian Weir 3.02.092 in class 2

Race 2.

The weather didn’t seem to be cooling down making it really tough on the drivers but great for the spectators :-) James had a great race and secured his second win of the day, (a first for James) Again a couple of spins this afternoon due to the high temperatures, unfortunately Alistair Woodhead had to retire with a small problem but everyone else finished and were I’m sure relieved to get back to the paddock for a cold drink and cool down.

1st: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Martyn Clatworthy – Class 1

1st: Ian Weir – Class 2

Fastest lap: James Palmer 2.36.289 in Class 1 and Ian Weir 3.03.225 in class 2

 

A great fun weekend was had by all with racing as well as socialising in the evenings, we’re a friendly bunch :-)

Huge thanks as always to all our sponsors including JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers, pure d-zign, ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon Packaging.

See you all at the next race in Anglesey on the 6th/7th August, a long way for most of us but I am sure it will be worth it.13754268_1149777291750933_997899576904551676_n13699980_1051405914896349_2577786490727930173_n13669026_1051405918229682_2740964802046114431_n13731620_1051405958229678_5090250542499914878_n-1IMG_2209

 

 

 

Rockingham Race report 2016

June 21st, 2016 by alisonpepler.

Rockingham 11th and 12th June 2016

(Rounds 3 + 4 of the 4two cup)

After a few DNF”s at the last event, all cars were fixed and ready to go, same cars as last time were entered plus another 450 belonging to Mark Bloomfield of “Fudgesmart” in the no.69 car. There were fewer Honda’s entered, who share the circuit with us, only 8 so we had the bigger grid.

There were 4 cars out for testing on the Friday, James Palmer in his no.3 JC Motorhomes sponsored car, Greg Owens in his no.9 Midland Karting car, who shared a half day with James, Martyn Clatworthy in his no.11 Ski St Martin car who did a full day alongside Simon Coverdale in the Smarts4youRacing no.2 car sponsored by Roydon Packaging.

All cars were running beautifully until the last session when Simon Coverdale encountered a problem with his car which lost a cylinder but the donor car of Simon Horrobin saved the day and was brought to the track the following morning in time for qualifying.

Change of cars meant James Palmer was now in the no.3 Specialized Motorsport car and Simon coverdale was in the no.2 JC Motorhomes car.

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

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

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

69 – Mark Bloomfield – Smart 450 – Class 2 – FudgeSmart

Qualifying

Weather was humid and dry after an almighty storm last night, thankfully that rain stayed away. Martyn Clatworthy started well and held onto the fastest lap for a few laps, Alan Palmer then took the fastest lap until the penultimate lap when Greg Owens put in a time of over half a second faster to take his 1st ever pole position. Mark Bloomfield in the 450 qualified below Alistair Woodhead suffering with a water pump problem which subsequently turned out just to be a loose pipe.

Pole: Greg Owens – Class 1

2nd Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Martyn Clatworthy – Class 1

Pole: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

2nd: Mark Bloomfield – Class 2

Race 1.

One of the closest races we have had in a long time which was great for drivers and spectators alike.

Alan Palmer got off to a great start going straight into the lead closely followed by Greg Owens who was determined to get a podium this weekend. David Nash also got off to a great start jumping from 5th into 3rd place however Martyn Clatworthy had an unfortunate slow start which seen him drop a couple of places, this did not deter Clatworthy who battled on to fight his way back. Greg Owens and Alan Palmer were almost touching handles for the first few laps determined not to give in to each other, Martyn Clatworthy and James Palmer took advantage of their concentrating on each other and overtook them on each side, Clatworthy managed to hold the lead at this point but James Palmer lost out his 2nd position to Alan and Greg who swiftly took back their positions ahead of James. Alan unfortunately slid into the tyre wall at Deene corner but managed to get back out again to finish the race in 5th. This allowed David Nash to get past and also overtake James Palmer to take 3rd place podium. Mark Bloomfield had a great race considering 5 minutes before making his way to the assembly area, his car was up in the air in bits.

1st: Martyn Clatworthy – Class 1

2nd: Greg Owens – Class 1

3rd: David Nash – Class 1

1st: Mark Bloomfield – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Fastest lap: Martyn Clatworthy 1.57.666

Race 2.

The rain held off and it was off to the assembly area for the 2nd race, slight problem with Alan Palmer’s car possibly due to the bump in the tyre wall in Race 1 caused it to play up b4 heading to the assembly area but a quick play on the computer got it up and running., this has since turned out to be a simple blown fuse in the brake light switch. Martyn Clatworthy unfortunately got a nudge during a scuffle with a few cars at one point giving him a puncture causing him to retire.Greg Owens was leading for a while and on track for his first 1st place position, however he missed a gear allowing Alan to get past him, Owens then went on to have a spin at Tarzan which again lost him a place, this time to David Nash, Owens tried fantastically to make up the places, which he almost did but a great finish by Nash saw him holding off Owens to take 2nd place. Alistair Woodhead and Mark Bloomfield but it was Bloomfield a.k.a. fudge who went on to take the win in Class 2.

1st: Alan Palmer- Class 1

2nd: David Nash – Class 1

3rd: Greg Owens – Class 1

1st: Mark Bloomfield – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Fastest lap: Alan Palmer 1.57.936

Great weekend as always, thanks to everyone for coming along, 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 the next race at Snetterton on the 16th/17th July. See you all soon

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Silverstone May 2016 Race report

May 16th, 2016 by alisonpepler.

 

Silverstone National 8th May 2016

(Rounds 1 + 2 of the 4two cup)

A late start for the 2016 season this year after several modifications were carried out to lower the suspension on all the cars and rewrap some of the cars with new sponsor logo’s,  no.26 car of Alan Palmer now sponsored by Arc Building group, no. 9 car of Greg Owens sponsored by Midland Karting and the number 2 car of Simon Coverdale sponsored by his company Roydon Packaging. Alistair Woodhead who was in the no.2 Smarts4you Racing 451 car (class 1) last year has now bought his own 450 (class 2) car n0.8.

Testing got under way on the Friday in the glorious sunshine, with all cars performing well, a few problems were encountered along the way with the new engine of series owner James Palmer not performing as it should and a problem with the big end on Alan Palmers car. James unfortunately had to abandon his session in the JC Motorhomes car and continue with a donor car kindly donated by Simon Horrobin of Specialized Motorsport and as there was no racing on Saturday, work was carried out to rectify the problem to Alan Palmers car.

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

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

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

Unfortunately there were no Class 3 roadsters out this weekend and the other 2 Smart 450’s from last year also couldn’t be with us but are hoping to be out for our next race.

Qualifying:

Kicking off mid morning, the drivers arrived nice and early keen to make a good start, the air temperature was reaching 20 degrees which was proving tough for David Nash in the no.7 car who had a problem with his car overheating, after completing only a few laps, David decided to bring the car in for some remedial work prior to the 1st race, however he still managed to qualify 2nd, closely followed by novice Simon Coverdale, only 5000 ths of a second behind him. Last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy took the lead and went on to take pole position being over a second a lap faster than the others. Alan Palmer, who qualified 4th in the end, started well and was initially on target for 2nd position, however it was not to be. Owens who in hindsight said perhaps he should have tested on Friday to get the optimum set up of the car and its new modifications finished 6th, James Palmer in a different car from what he was used to finished 5th and finally Alistair in the Class 2 car finished 7th.

Pole: Martyn Clatworthy

2nd: David Nash

3rd: Simon Coverdale

 

Race 1:

The cars lined up on the grid to await the start of the 1st race, the all clear was given and the green flag formation lap got underway with the temperature ever rising.

Lights out after the 5 second board saw the battle commence, Alan Palmer took the lead and managed to hold on for a couple of laps before Martyn overtook him on the inside at Brooklands. Nash was in 3rd position until an unfortunate spin sent him back to 6th before again unfortunately retiring early due to a sticky thermostat causing his car to overheat. James managed to hold off Simon Coverdale to take 3rd place on the podium. Alistair Woodhead had a great time in his new car, just unfortunate there was no other 450’s out there to battle with and Owens who was on track for 3rd had a spin on lap 4 causing him to drop back and in the end finish 5th.

1st: Martyn Clatworthy

2nd: Alan Palmer

3rd: James Palmer

Fastest lap: Martyn Clatworthy 1.19.126

 

Race 2.

With all cars refuelled and adjustments made the drivers were called slightly earlier than scheduled, the slight reduction in temperature was much appreciated by all.

The grid was made up as per the race 1 finishing positions, Martyn on pole alongside Alan, row 2 was James and Simon, row 3 Greg and Alistair with Nashy bringing up the rear.

A good start was had by all, Martyn came off the track after a few laps, the problem being a front end mechanical failure, he therefore had to retire, poor Nash had the same overheating problem as the previous race and qualifying so also retired, with last years top 2 finishing drivers out of the way, the battle was on. Both Palmers, Alan and James (no relation) were battling it out for 1st, Alan Palmer had the lead, was overtaken by James but Alan managed to take the lead again to go on to take his first ever 1st place with James Palmer in 2nd and novice Simon Coverdale taking his first ever podium finish in 3rd.

1st Alan Palmer

2nd: James Palmer

3rd: Simon Coverdale

Fastest lap: Martyn Clatworthy 1.19.286

Summary:

Even though it doesn’t always go to plan for some, we always mange to have an enjoyable weekend, looking forward to seeing more drivers on the grid for Rockingham and with all car problems rectified, should make for another fantastic weekends racing on the 11th and 12th June.

As always huge thanks to our ever loyal sponsors JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers and pure d-zign as well as our new sponsors ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon packaging.

Thanks also to all the drivers, family and friends who come along too.

See you at Rockingham :-

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The 4two cup 2015 review

May 12th, 2016 by alisonpepler.

2015 saw the 4two Cup enter into its 5th year of racing and running solely under the administration of the BRSCC. After kicking off the season at the Autosport show in January, the year ahead would take in some of the best circuits the UK has to offer.
The opening rounds at Silverstone saw a welcome return for many of the series regulars as well as a new driver in the shape of Alistair Woodhead who has made the move from Formula Ford to join the series.

 

Overall race wins went the way of Martyn Clatworthy, following a monumental first race tussle with pole man David Nash and David Nash going a position better for race 2 to take the win. Martyn was also the one to set the fastest lap time in both races, including a new lap record for the series in race 1.
It was on to Rockingham in Northamptonshire for Rounds 3 & 4 where Martyn Clatworthy went on to claim a clean sweep, with pole position, two race wins and fastest lap in both races. 2nd and 3rd places were secured by David Nash and Alan Palmer in both races, however all positions were heavily fought over with last minute changes in order keeping everyone guessing as to who was going to take to the podium at the end of each race.

 

Rounds 5 & 6 saw the 4two cup head to the popular circuit of Castle Combe. The Wiltshire circuit was dominated by Nash who secured pole and both race wins in the action packed event. Taking the fastest lap in race 2 and finishing 2nd overall in both races was Clatworthy, who had to work hard to climb through the field on both occasions. Taking 3rd place in each event was Alan Palmer, who was beginning to show an ever improving form.
Brands Hatch was our home event for rounds 7 & 8 and our largest turn out of the season so far, with multiple new drivers. Returning to the series, Simon Horrobin set the pace with pole position and took a comfortable race 1 win, with Greg Owens and Clatworthy joining Horrobin on the podium in 2nd and 3rd respectively. A red flag incident saw Alan Palmer out of the second race and a truncated race distance for the remainder of the drivers. With a frantic sprint race to the chequered flag, it was to be Clatworthy taking the win ahead of Horrobin and series organiser James Palmer in 3rd.
Rounds 9 and 10 saw the series head to Mallory Park in Leicestershire. Although securing pole and leading at the start of race 1, it was to be James Palmers who would come through the pack to secure his maiden win of the season. Local driver Alan Palmer would go on to secure 2nd with Greg Owens in 3rd. With Owens and Dennis Grace in the Smart Roadster out due to a collision, there was a restart to the 2nd race, with only 4 minutes left on the clock. David Nash held onto the lead momentarily until Horrobin came up through the field to take the lead with a late overtake at “Gerards”. Alan Palmer went on to take 3rd.

 

The final races of the season saw the series at Donington Park for the BRSCC “Finals”.

 

Scything through the grid, Horrobin was up to first place from 5th before turn 1 and comfortably went on to win both races. Alan Palmer secured the second step on the podium for both races, whilst 3rd place was split between David Nash in race 1 and Greg Owens in race 2. Owens had driven a great second race following a DNF in race 1 after ending up in the gravel at the bottom of the “Craner Curves”.

Donington Park Race Report 2015

October 21st, 2015 by alisonpepler.

Donington Park: October 18th

(Rounds 11 & 12 of the 4two cup)

With the season seemingly over in a flash, the final rounds of the 2015 4two cup were now upon us.

Running on the “National” layout at the Leicestershire based circuit, the drivers would be treated to the fast long straights of “Starkeys” and “Wheatcroft”, the butt clenching downhill section of the “Craner Curves” and the blind double apex of “Coppice” to name but a few of the elements that go towards a lap of the circuit.

 Entrants:

 03 – James Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/JC Motorhomes

02 – Alistair Woodhead – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing

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

09 – Greg Owens – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/Pure D-Zign

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

12 – Simon Coverdale – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/Roydon Packaging Ltd

13 – Simon Horrobin – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Specialized Motorsport

26 – Alan Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/Trader Containers

 

Following his big accident last time out at Mallory Park, Alistair Woodhead was back out in the repaired #2 Smart. A fantastic job by the team at Smarts4youRacing to turn around the heavily damaged Smart. Aside from now being predominantly black, you would never know the car had been rolled.

After ending up in the tyres at the “Devil’s Elbow” in race 2 at Mallory, Greg Owens was also back on track, having been on the receiving end of some remedial repairs.

A test day at the circuit on the Thursday before, saw a couple of the drivers get some extra practice in ahead of race day.

New to the series for the final rounds was driver Simon Coverdale. Having only recently passed his ARDS test, the move to racing from his previous karting experience was one that the company director relished. After testing at Donington on Thursday all was well with the #12 Car and Simon was looking forward to his first taste of racing.

Qualifying:

With sign on and scrutineering out of the way, there was little time left over until the drivers took to the circuit. Second out on track, the drivers would need to exercise caution until the tyres came up to their operating temperature.

Joining from the “Melbourne Loop”, all car’s arrived at the assembly area in anticipation of what lay ahead.

With an early start, both the air temperature and track temperature were still hovering in the single digits. Generating heat in the tyres would be a priority in order to extract the best lap times.

After a couple of laps to familiarise themselves with the track and to warm their cars up, everyone began to focus on setting their fastest lap times.

On the first lap, one of the Honda’s beached in the gravel at the exit of the “Craner Curves”, resulting in waved yellow’s to allow for its recovery. This impacted on lap times as drivers couldn’t push on until the circuit was clear.

With a safe track, everyone began to look at improving their lap times.

Palmer (A), Horrobin, Nash and Palmer (J) formed a four car train as they travelled the circuit, with barely any distance between them.

Problems struck Owens as he dived down “Craners” when the ECU in his Smart unexpectedly went into limp mode. The sudden power disparity caught Owens unaware and the car became unsettled, resulting in a hair raising spin. Thankfully he was able to re-join and made his way back to the paddock for assessment.

The series newest recruit (Coverdale) also had a moment as he entered onto the “Wheatcroft Straight”, resulting in a spin. Un-phased, he gathered himself back up and was able to get underway without causing any problems for his fellow competitors.

Following a successful session, it was the Smart of Martyn Clatworthy who had put in the quickest lap time of the morning and secured pole with Alan Palmer in second and David Nash in 3rd.

Pole: Martyn Clatworthy

2nd:    Alan Palmer

3rd:    David Nash

It was found that the Smart of Owens needed the ECU to be re-set and with that done, everyone was good to go.

Race 1:

From the paddock, it was just a short drive into the assembly area on the “Melbourne Loop”, where the drivers got into grid formation.

With the all clear given, everyone headed onto the track and straight into the green flag formation lap.

After everyone safely completed their warm up lap, the start line marshals directed everyone to their grid slot.

When everyone was in place, the countdown to race time could commence. With a 5 second board shown from the start line gantry, everyone locked eyes on the lights.

With the lights out the charge down to “Redgate” was on!

Everyone got clean away, with Horrobin scything his way through from 5th, taking the lead into turn 1, followed by Palmer (A) and Nash who were side by side as they entered “Hollywood”. All remaining drivers made the corner in one piece and proceeded to get down to the job in hand.

Having set the fastest lap in qualifying and starting on pole, Clatworthy lost out on the start line, but began to fight his way back, overtaking Palmer (J) to climb back up to 4th and focus on 3rd.

The Smart of Horrobin began to stretch out a comfortable lead over the chasing pack, with Palmer (A) and Nash fighting for 2nd.

Whilst Horrobin sat relatively clear out in front, any slip up in focus would open him up to an attack from those chasing hard to catch him. Palmer (A) and Nash fought hard to secure 2nd, with Nash emerging out in front early on.

Clatworthy began to hound Palmer (A) for 3rd place, whilst Owens battled with Palmer (J).

Whilst doing his utmost to close up on Palmer (J), Owen’s found himself a victim of his own success and visited the gravel trap at the old hairpin, ending his race prematurely.

Continuing their battle, saw Palmer (A) overhaul Nash for 2nd, nearly 2 seconds adrift from Horrobin at the time of the chequered flag.

With the memory of Mallory’s accident still fresh in his mind, Woodhead took things easy whilst getting back into the swing of things, whilst Coverdale got to grips with being on track in the midst of a full blown race for the first time.

1st      Simon Horrobin

2nd     Alan Palmer                    

3rd     David Nash

Fastest lap: Simon Horrobin 1.33.557 lap 3 of 10

With Owens recovered, thankfully the only damage was to his pride, however a few kilo’s of Donington gravel needed to be removed from the car before race 2.

Race 2:

With race 2 being the last race on the event calendar, the light was beginning to fade and the temperatures began to drop a degree or two more.

With the grid made up according to race 1 finishing positions, it was Horrobin on pole, with Palmer (A) directly alongside. Row two was Nash and Clatworthy, row 3 Palmer (J) and Coverdale, with row 4 being made up of Woodhead and Owens.

Owens took up the last grid slot from where he would be looking to make amends for his untimely exit from race 1.

With all cars safely back from their green flag lap, they took up position on the grid for the final time this season.

With lights out, Simon got a great start and led the charge into “Redgate”, with a clear track ahead, he was to lead from lights to flag

Round for the start of lap two and it was still Horrobin from Palmer (A), Nash and Palmer (J).

Owens in the “Smarts4youRacing/Pure D-Zign” was already up 2 places into 6th and forming a plan of attack on Clatworthy and Palmer (J) for the next overtake.

However, Palmer (J) found his race come to an untimely end after 4 laps, with a sudden loss of power following suspected big end failure.

Palmer (A) continued to lead Nash and Clatworthy, under growing pressure as the laps counted down.

With only a few minutes left on the clock, Nash and Clatworthy both span coming onto the main straight, but thankfully both cars ended up at the edge of the track, leaving a clear path for Owens to come through and take 3rd place.

1st     Simon Horrobin

2nd     Alan Palmer

3rd     Greg Owens

Fastest lap: Simon Horrobin 1.32.521 on lap 4 of 11

Summary:

A fantastic day of racing has provided a fitting end to a great season.

A huge show of thanks goes out to every single person that has been involved this year, no matter how large or small their involvement has been.

From sponsors and drivers, to crew and spectators alike, each and every one of you has helped make this year a success.

Although the Smart 4two Cup has now finished for 2015, there is a team made up of 5 taking part in the Birkett Relay race at Silverstone on the 24th October.

James Palmer

David Nash

Mark Bloomfield

Ian Weir

Alistair Woodhead

Why not take a trip down to the home of British motorsport and cheer them on.

Stay tuned for news and updates of the 2016 season.

Words: Jonathan Fletcher

Pictures: Lindsey Fletcher & Jonathan Fletcher

 

Mallory Park Race Report 2015

October 2nd, 2015 by alisonpepler.

Mallory Park: September 26th

(Rounds 9 & 10 of the 4two cup)

Set around the twin lakes of Mallory Park in Leicestershire, the 1.35 mile circuit was the latest venue to host the 2015 4two Cup.

With a combination of fast straights, the punishing near third of a mile sweeping corner of “Gerrards” as well as one of the tightest hairpins of any UK circuit, the circuit at Mallory is known to throw up the odd surprise along the way.

Entrants:

03 – James Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/JC Motorhomes

02 – Alistair Woodhead – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing

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

09 – Greg Owens – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/Pure D-Zign

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

13 – Simon Horrobin – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Specialized Motorsport

26 – Alan Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smarts4youRacing/Trader Containers

44 – Dennis Grace – Smart Roadster – Class 3 – Smartcarspecialist/Gas Badger Garage

69 – Mark Bloomfield – Smart 450 – Class 2 – Fudgesmart

96 – Ian Weir – Smart 450 – Class 2 – Fudgesmart/IWEC

Following his accident at Brands, Alan Palmers “Trader Containers” sponsored Smart has spent time at the body shop being massaged back to shape and with Mallory being his local circuit (living only 3 miles away) he was hoping to put on a good performance in front of lots of local support.

With his gearbox repaired, Martyn Clatworthy was back in his regular “Ski St Martin” liveried Smart and looking to get back into his winning ways.

A new turbo had been fitted to David’s #7 Smart following its drop off in performance at Brands, bringing it back to rude health.

A test day at Mallory on the Thursday before saw a number of the members hone their track skills and iron out any last minute glitches before setting up camp at the circuit until race day.

Qualifying:

With glorious clear skies, the drivers all lined up in the assembly area ahead of their session on track. With some oil dropped on the circuit by the previous qualifying group, care would be needed in order not to get caught out at the Leicestershire based circuit.

After a couple of laps to get used to track conditions, everyone began to focus on setting their fastest lap times.

With both Dennis and Greg having a “moment” early on as they exited “Gerards”, they both rejoined to complete the session, but unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for Alistair Woodhead.

As the “Smarts4youRacing” Smart exited “Gerards”, the back end stepped out and with Alistair doing his utmost to regain control found himself heading towards the circuit infield.

Unfortunately, the car dug in and rolled several times before coming to a rest on its wheels. Alistair was soon out and walking, however the session was red flagged and the results were called after only a few laps.

Alistair was taken off to the medical centre for a check over and was released after they were happy with his condition, however the car wasn’t fortunate enough to get a similar clean bill of health and so Alistair wouldn’t be able to take part in any further track action.

It was the Smart of David Nash who put in the fastest lap of the session with James Palmer in the “JC Motorhomes” livered Smart placing second by a fraction of a second and taking third was Martyn Clatworthy.

Pole: David Nash

2nd:    James Palmer

3rd:    Martyn Clatworthy

Race 1:

With race 1 being the first one before lunch, there wasn’t much time to wait once the dust had settled following qualifying.

From the paddock, it was just a short drive into the assembly area where the drivers took up their respective grid positions.

When the time came everyone was released onto the track to make their way around to the grid to line up.

Once all of the cars were in place, the flag marshal at the rear of the grid waved the green flag to indicate all was ok and the green flag lap could take place. With only a short lap ahead, there would not be much time available to generate any heat into the tyres, but everyone would be in the same situation.

Back on the grid and with everyone correctly positioned, the racing could get underway.

With Nash on pole he was on the inside line for “Gerards”, but with strong opposition from James Palmer and Martyn Clatworthy it would be a sprint to turn one, with whoever entered it first having a strong command over the race.

Following the green flag lap, all of the drivers lined up to begin the first of the weekends races.

With the lights out the charge towards “Gerards” got underway with Nash using his pole position to great effect and leading the pack, with James and Alan racing each other for 2nd. Alan in the #26 Smart had made up a place on the run down to turn 1, passing Martyn for 3rd.

Horrobins, Owens, Grace in the roadster and the two Class 2 450’s of Weir and Bloomfield made up the rest of the places.

Action began to unfold with the Smarts of Nash and Clatworthy both spinning at the Esses, (on separate occasions) and dropping them down the running order. David’s spin allowed James to take the race lead, all the way to the chequered flag and his first race win of the 2015 season.

Further down the field, race positions changed at what seemed like every opportunity, with Horrobin and Owens climbing dramitcally through the field. Having dropped back, Alan Palmer pulled out a great recovery drive and made back up his lost places to finish in 2nd.

Dennis in the roadster drove his own race, whilst the 450’s of Weir and Bloomfield fought each other all the way to the flag.

1st      James Palmer

2nd     Alan Palmer  

3rd     Greg Owens

Fastest lap: Greg Owens 1.00.420 on lap 4 of 15

Race 2:

With both races taking place on Saturday, there was limited time to get the car’s turned around after race 1, but thankfully there was little to do to prepare them for the off.

With all cars lined up on the track, the green flag lap got underway, with James Palmer leading the pack around the short circuit at Mallory.

Back on the grid with the red lights showing, all eyes were fixed on the gantry and the 5 second board.

With lights out, James capitalised from his pole slot and led the field towards Gerards. However a wayward Honda from the second race series on track with the Smarts lost control around turn 1, which sent Smarts scattering in all directions to avoid contact.

Although everyone got safely through, James was unfortunate to loose the lead and dropped down the running.

Action followed thick and fast as drivers fought for position, with seemingly everyone taking a turn in P1!

It was Nash who settled in the lead the field, closely followed by Clatworthy and the Palmers Alan and James.

Clawing his way back to the front, Owens in the “Smarts4youRacing/Pure D-Zign” entry began to close up to James, whilst fending off Horrobin in the “Specialized Motorsport” Smart.

Coming up to lap the roadster of Grace, James went to the inside at the “Devils Elbow” leaving Owens to drop low to go around the outside. Unfortunately the roadster and Owen’s 451 Smart made contact and both cars left the circuit and into the safety barriers, causing the race to be red flagged.

Restart:

With the cars recovered, the remaining drivers lined back up on the grid for a 4 minute sprint race to the flag.

Nash retained the lead at the restart, but making the most of a second bite of the apple was Horrobin, who stormed through the field to sit in 2nd place. Alan Palmer was in 3rd with James in 4th and Martyn in the final remaining 451, whilst Weir and Bloomfield continued their battle.

With only a few minutes left on the clock, Horrobin pulled out a great late overtake on Nash into “Gerards” to take the lead and carry on to take the chequered flag of this all action round.

Alan Palmer retained his 3rd place despite a last minute charge from Clatworthy who had moved up to 4th after passing James Palmer who looked to be lacking some pace following the restart.

1st     Simon Horrobin

2nd     David Nash

3rd     Alan Palmer

Fastest lap: Simon Horrobin 1.00.325 on lap 4 of 4

Summary:

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who came to Mallory to show their support this weekend.

The final rounds of the 2015 season take place at Donington Park on the 17th/18th October and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Words: Jonathan Fletcher

Pictures: Lindsey Fletcher & Jonathan Fletcher