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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