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.

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