Fine dry weather continued to follow the Championship to Rockingham for the 2nd sprint event of the calendar.
During the drivers briefing, the 110 competitors were informed that our very own BARC Mids organiser Noreen Ward would not be present due to ill-health. All were glad to hear that she was home, and on the mend. A group photo was taken to send along with each and everyone’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Only one contender made their way to Rockingham having competed the day before at Castle Combe, namely Wynne Morgan in his well-presented Williams Clio. In a class of over 13 cars, Wynne put in a respectable time of 89.21, setting a target time for the championship.
So Round 1 and 2 now completed, it’s now off to the hill, with Wiscombe on the 22nd & 23rd April.
And so the season begins with a dry and sunny day at Castle Combe for seven contenders of the Championship. The morning started with all seven taking part in the practice, with six contenders being confirmed as full entries with Wynne Morgan listed on a long reserve list. After the morning practice run, following a number of withdrawals due to mechanical failures, Wynne was fortunately enough to be given an entry, so seven Championship contenders took to the track for their timed run after lunch.
For some it was their first time at the Castle Combe as well as their first event of the season.
The day started with the Roadgoing Series Production Cars up to 1400cc, and in amongst a class of five, Martin Davies proved to be a great contender in his Ford Fiesta, achieving 2nd in class at the end of the day.
In the Roadgoing Series Production Cars 1800cc up to 2600cc, we saw 3 championship contenders battle it out in amongst a large group of 10 cars, Wynne Morgan in his Renault Williams Clio and Efion Jones and his daughter Sioned, double driving their Audi S3 Quattro. At the end of the day Wynne finished with a 167.95, with Eifion achieving a 171.60 followed by Sioned with a 194.11. Sioned improved on each and every run, resulting in an improvement of just over 17seconds between her practice and last timed run.
In the Rally Car class we saw Alison Lock in her 1380cc BL Mini compete against a Seat Ibiza 2lt, unfortunately Alison experienced some mechanical issued but managed to get a timed run in (198.06)
Last but not least we saw a selection of Clio’s sprinting around the track with our very own 2016 Championship Winner Andrew Bisping, amongst the mix, in his Clio 200. Also in the class with Andrew, was a new championship contender Rob Thomson in his Renault Clio 172 Cup. Andrew achieved a time of 163.55 with Rob finishing second in class with a 161.38
Less than two weeks after collecting her Trident Engineering Sprint & Hillclimb Ladies Championship Trophy, at the WAMC Awards evening at the end of January, Charlotte Phelps collected another trophy on Saturday from the British Women Racing Drivers Club having accumulated her points whilst competing at championship events around the UK, resulting in great 2016 season.
Regulations for the 2017 Trident Engineering Welsh Sprint & Hillclimb Championship are now available here
The 2017 Championship promises to repeat the success of previous years with a mixture of Sprints and Hillclimb venues across the country, commencing in March and concluding in October.
Comprising of 24 rounds throughout the British Isles including iconic venues like Shelsley Walsh, Rockingham, Castle Combe and Pembrey to name but a few. There are a variety of classes, which cover cars of every type from your daily road car, with minimum alterations/additions, through to modified and specialist cars and also a rally car class, with all cars complying with the MSA rules in the ‘Yearbook’.
The championship is scored on the best 9 results so you can choose where and when to compete, according to your personal preference.
Trident Engineering’s continued financial support to the Championship along with its technical help and advice given by Mike and Gareth Griffiths, is greatly appreciated by the WAMC and Competitors alike and long may it continue.
This year we are delighted to confirm that we have an additional sponsor, namely Dryslwyn Haulage Ltd and trust that they will enjoy being part of 2017 Championship.
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