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 :-)

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