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.


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


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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