The 4two cup race review 2016

January 21st, 2017 by alisonpepler.

2016 saw the 4two cup enter into its 6th year of racing again running under the administration of the BRSCC and racing alongside the Honda Vtec Challenge.

A late start to the season with the first race not being until the 8th May gave us plenty of time to carry out the new modifications to the suspension to lower the cars and rewrap some of the cars with new sponsor logo’s, Arc building group, Midland Karting and Roydon packaging. Alistair Woodhead who was in the no.2 Smarts4youRacing 451 car (class 1) had decided to purchase his own car this year a Smart 450 (class 2) no.8 and was all set for the season ahead. Last years series winner Martyn Clatworthy took the 1st win with Alan Palmer taking the 2nd race win. A huge effort by novice Simon Coverdale saw him take his first podium position of 3rd in race 2. Both fastest laps were set by Martyn.

Onto Rockingham in Northamptonshire for rounds 3 & 4 where Greg Owens had a fantastic weekend taking pole position in qualifying, 2nd in race 1 and 3rd in race 2. Alistair Woodhead took pole position in his new class 2 car ahead of Mark Bloomfield a.k.a. Fudge, however he didn’t manage a victory this weekend with Fudge taking both wins. Martyn took the 1st win but had to retire in the 2nd race due to a puncture which allowed Alan to take his 2nd win of the season. Fastest laps were set by Martyn and Alan.

Rounds 5 & 6 saw the 4two cup head to Snetterton, a new circuit for some of the drivers as this wasn’t on last years calendar but a favourite of series owner James Palmer who almost had a full house of pole position, both wins but only 1 fastest lap as Martyn managed to take it on race 1.

Ian Weir a.k.a. Sparky qualified ahead of Alistair and went on to take both wins in class 2. With temperatures soaring to 25 degrees, it was tough for the drivers who I’m sure were relieved to get back to the paddock for a well deserved cold drink.

A short break and we were off to Anglesey on the North west coast of Wales, a 300 mile drive to get there but the scenery along the way was stunning. Due to drivers holiday’s we only had a small grid but the few that we did have, having never been here before were all looking forward to it. It was a beautiful view for the spectators on the hill with the sea in the background and almost all the track visible. All drivers qualified within 0.5 seconds of each other with Nash in pole position for race 1 but it was Alan who went onto take the 1st win and James the 2nd win of the day, with both Palmers also setting a fastest lap time. Once again Simon Coverdale, now no longer a novice took a podium position (3rd) in the 1st race. After the racing had finished Nash was keen for a swim in the sea which was freezing by the way, dressed in his swim shorts, he headed down to the sea but was stopped by too many rocks in the way, luckily for him :-)

Rounds 9 & 10 and we were again off on a long journey up to Croft in North Yorkshire, an unfortunate clash with Goodwood revival weekend saw a smaller than normal grid again this weekend. Whilst the majority of the UK was subjected to torrential rain, Croft was blessed with glorious sunshine. Nash took pole position again this weekend and went on to win the 1st race, with Martyn and Alan both retiring in race 1, they needed to get a good start in Race 2, unfortunately Martyn didn’t manage to get back out and therefore hung his boots up for the season as next race he is on holiday (again) Still it meant he could now have a beer :-) Alan did just that, get a good start that is, not have a beer, and won the 2nd race and also set fastest lap in both races. The results of the weekend meant 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

So the grand finale… Donington Park. The weather wasn’t being kind with qualifying in the pouring rain, Alan took pole position followed by Simon and Nash. The rain stopped in time for race 1 but the track was still wet which caused havoc for many of the drivers. Alan got away at the start whilst separate spins for the 3 cars behind gave him a big advantage allowing him to take the win 20 seconds ahead of 2nd place James. With pole, a win and fastest lap, Alan only needed to finish at least 3rd or ahead of James in race 2 to secure the series title which he did by going on to take his 2nd win of the day in dry sunny conditions with James just behind him in second. Nash took two 3rd place podiums this weekend to secure him 3rd place in the series and Alistair Woodhead was the only 450 out and therefore took 2 trophies home this weekend making him series winner of class 2.

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