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

 

 

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