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 2015  NKRA ‘O’ PLATE  for Junior BLUE & Formula BLUE
Including the S & B Automotive Academy BLUE Challenge at Forest Edge of May 3rd

A  who’s who list of present and past ‘0’ Plate winners congregated on the Forest Edge Circuit in Hampshire for the 2015  ‘0’ Plate Championship for Junior Blue and Formula Blue.  These included Stuart Gray from Scotland, Jake Calvert  and Nigel Pritchard from the North of England,  Duncan McLeod,  Chris Derrick, Anthony Cleal and Ron Shone, from the south. One notable absentee was the current Formula Blue ‘0’ plate Champion Martin Wheele. The academic constraints of field trips in Scotland ( during his 1st year at University) prevented him from attending,  much to his disdain !

Saturday practice was dry and sunny with Derrick and Gray setting the pace in the Seniors. The Junior result looked most likely to come from Calvert or Thomas Massarella.  In the evening the social side of the championship became evident, with many a racing story being swapped over the varying barbeques around the pits.  In the early hours of Sunday a weather front passed over dropping a serious amount of rain causing a few to contemplate changes to chassis set up.  The forecast however, advised clear skies by 10am.  Sure enough the rain stopped and the track turned dry.  Too late however for the deluded father and son pair, Mark & Toby Cook, who ‘upped sticks’ and went home because it wet !!  The  irony of the situation became evident when, at drivers briefing, Toby won one of the free tyre sets, provided by S & B Automotive Academy ( the series sponsor).  The subsequent redraw was won by Thomas Masserrella.   The other free tyre sets in the draw were won by Nigel Pritchard and Duncan McLeod.

JUNIOR BLUE

Massarella won the first heat in a dominant manner with Calvert 5 seconds adrift in 2nd.  The tables were reversed in heat 2, with Calvert finishing 4 seconds ahead of Massarella.  The all important  3rd heat (for pole position) was taken by Calvert,  from Masserrella.  This gave the reigning ‘0’ plate champion Pole Position for the Final with Massarella alongside. The second row was filled by Luke Lattimer and Lee Chamberlain.
After 2 rolling laps, the lights changed, Calvert got the edge on Massarella to take the lead.  In the process, Lattimer followed Calvert through the pit complex forcing Massarella back to 3rd spot.   These two would battle it out for a few laps. Whilst in the lead,  Calvert was putting in a flawless performance to open a safety cushion.  Behind this leading trio Chamberlain was harassing Taylor Waldron, eventually finding a way past then setting off in pursuit.
By Half distance, Massarella had finally accounted for Lattimer and focussed his attention on reducing the distance to Calvert.  Lattimer in turn was being dragged along in the pursuit. Calvert, however, was having none of it and continued with his impressive performance at the front.  Due to the increased pace, Chamberlain found it difficult to close in on the racers at the front.   He did  move away from Waldron in 5th spot, who was now coming under the attention of  Mitchell McLeod.
The latter part of the race unfolded without any drama.  Calvert continued on to the win, thereby claiming his second ‘0’ plate title !  Massarella and Lattimer closed the gap slightly on him but insufficient to make any difference. Chamberlain came home in a respectable 4th place.  Behind him there was a last bend drama as McLeod made a final unsuccessful effort to pass Waldron.

RESULTS
1ST          Jake Calvert                        0 + 0 = 0
2nd          Thomas Massarella          2 + 2 = 4
3rd           Luke Lattimer                   3 + 3 = 6

FORMULA BLUE
Sam Dible was the clear winner of heat  one from Ian Branfield and Chris  Derrick.  Branfield set the tone for the rest of the day, having moved forwards from a grid start of 18th.  It was Branfield who  took  heat  two from Derrick and Stuart  Gray.  The charger in this heat was Anthony Cleal, finishing  5th from 12th.   The last heat was won by  Gray with Kaite  Crowther in his slipstream.  A short distance  behind,   Dible took 3rd place.  In 4th place was this Heat’s charger in the form of Duncan McLeod, having started in 18th place.
The shape of the grid for the Final could now be confirmed with Branfield on pole and Derrick alongside.  The second row was filled by Gray and Dible whilst behind them sat McLeod and Matthew Parr.
From the off,  Branfield, with the task already completed, shot into the lead with a real sense of determination, McLeod made the most of the first bend jostling using his experience to the full,  slotting into 2nd place, displacing Derrick in the process.  Gray and Dible emerged in 4th and   5th respectively.  Further back Kevin Ford and Cleal passed Rob Mortimore, while still further back Rich Wilkes passed Ron Shone and Ryan Griffiths.Into lap two and Dible gets the better of  Gray for 4th spot.  Robin Stoddart-Stones, who appears to be on a roll at the moment,  passed Matthew Parr to take up 6th place.   Cleal making up from a poor grid position – the result of a heat DNF, was on a charge passing  both Crowther and Ford to move up to 8th.  Next lap and although the race at the front stabilises for a lap, the race for 8th place continues with Ford retaking Cleal.  David Waldron, still on nocice places was adapting to the pace, passing both Pritchard and Goode.
-At one third distance Branfield had opened up a small lead over McLeod, with Derrick a few metres further back.  Parr and Stoddart-Stones continued their battle as Parr outbraked him to re-establish 6th position.  Not far behind this battle the Cleal / Ford ding- dong, carried on with Cleal making the move that stuck and stayed in 8th spot.  Back in 13th place, Pritchard slid a little wide into ‘wingers dip’ , David Goode sniffed a half chance and drive inside  The resulting contact forcing Pritchard off the circuit into retirement with a thrown chain.
By the halfway mark it was now Branfield’s to lose as he stamped his authority on the lead gradually easing away from McLeod.  Dible made a successful pass on Derrick and was up into  third.
Next lap and Gray passed both Derrick and Dible after Derrick received a warning for contact driving.  Cleal, starting to find his form of some 15 year ago, passed Stoddart-Stones to sit in 7th place.  Rob Mortimore moved past Kaite Crowther for 10th.
With 4 laps to go, Cleal gradually come to a halt with a misfire from a frayed coil wire.  Near the back the racing was equally hard fought and Ryan Griffiths out manoeuvred Rich Wilkes.   3 laps from the flag and  Branfield was several seconds clear of McLeod and  Gray had put distance  between the Dibble / Derrick battle. Barring a serious incident, the winner was going to come from these front five.   A little way back, Crowther had found a second wind, passing Mortimore and homing in on Ford for 8th place.
By the penultimate lap, the front group had a safety gap between each other, except for the Dibble and Derrick battle.  Dible, no doubt, putting in extra concentration to ensure that a repeat of the previous Clay Pigeon meeting didn’t happen.  Waldron in 12th place, began to suffer fuel surge as his petrol tank had gradually emptied, thereby allowing ,  first Goode and then Shone to pass him.
Last lap and Branfield, already having gained the Pole position start, could smell victory and the accompanying  ‘0’ Plate title.   Crowther had caught Ford and made the move.  Unfortunately, in getting alongside, she put a wheel off the track and threw her chain.  So to the flag, with a jubilant Ian Branfield  crossing the line with a 5 seconds gap over McLeod.   He in turn had  one  second over Gray.  A short  distance back,  Dible drove a flawless last lap to beat Derrick by the narrowest of margins.   Once the race had ended,  Goode was excluded for contact driving as a result of his error of judgement with the incident with Pritchard.
The  competitors now focus on the next Challenge rounds at Summerlee for the Scots, 3 sisters for the Northern racers and Whilton Mill for the Southern drivers.

O PLATE RESULTS & POINTS

JUNIOR BLUE
1st           Jake  Calvert                      0 + 0 = 0
2nd          Thomas Massarella          2 + 2 = 4

FORMULA BLUE
1st           Ian Branfield                      0 + 0 = 0
2nd          Stuart Gray                         3 + 3 = 6

BLUE MASTER
1st           Stuart Gray                         3 + 3 = 6
2nd          Duncan McLeod               5 + 2 = 7

BLUE VETERAN
1st           Stuart Gray                         3 + 3 = 6
2nd          Duncan McLeod               5 + 2 = 7

BLUE LEGEND
1st           Robin Stoddart -Stones    7   + 7 = 14
2nd          Ron  Shone                         15 + 11 = 26

BLUE TOP WEIGHT
1st           Ian Branfield                      0 + 0 = 0
2nd          Duncan McLeod                5 + 2 = 7

 

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Junior & Formula Blue ‘0’ Plate Competition 2014
Held at the Clay Pigeon Raceway, on 13th April

CALVERT, WHEELER, GRAY, McLEOD & SHONE WIN `0` PLATES

Following on from the past two years where the ‘0’ Plate Championship was rained off at Mansell and snow affected at Three Sisters, it came as a welcome surprise when the 2014 meeting at the Clay Pigeon Raceway, was held in the best of conditions. Sunny and 18 degrees ! All the previous winners were present with the exception of Martyn Morris (not defending his title) and Steve Barlow ( on a North Sea Oil Rig !) Ross Adamson, last year’s Junior Blue Champion, had since moved up into Senior and was attempting to win the two titles back to back.

 

JUNIOR BLUE

Jake Calvert, new boy to Junior Blue, laid down his intent from the word go winning heat 1. Chasing him home were Luke Lattimer and Nathan Wells. A repeat performance in heat 2, with a clear wins for Calvert from Lattimer, though this time with Taylor Waldron

taking 3rd spot. the 3rd heat was a photocopy of the 2nd, Calvert clear in front from Lattimer and Waldron.

The grid for the Final had Calvert, by virtue of his 3 heat wins, on pole and Lattimer alongside. The second row was taken up by Waldron and Wells. From the green light Calvert shot off into the lead followed by Lattimer and Waldron. Calvert continued throughout the 21 lap Final to extend his lead to the flag, taking a convincing win and the ‘0’ Plate title! Behind, Lattimer suffered a bent axle whilst trying to negotiate another driver who had spun in front and was forced to retire. This opened the door for Waldron and Thomas Massarella to race for the runner-up spot. It was Waldron who clinched it. The consolation for Massarella was in being awarded the best Novice trophy.

 

JUNIOR BLUE RESULTS

1st       Jake Calvert                   0 + 0 = 0

2nd       Taylor Waldron           3 + 2 = 5

3rd       Luke Lattimer               2 + 5 = 7

 

 

FORMULA BLUE

The Large number of participating racers would require an extra heat and a ‘B’ Final. As such it would, throughout the day, be important not to squander points, for what ever reason, lest involvement in the ‘B’ Final became necessary.Heat 1 and Martin Wheeler showed his intent by winning from the front row and setting the fastest lap in the process. 2nd was Stuart Gray having started from the second row with Duncan McLeod in 3rd. The chargers in this opening heat were Douglas Simpson reaching 4th from a 19th start place. Ian Bran field having started in 23rd made it forward to 14th.   Chris Derrick made up 8 places from 15th to 7th. James Rees incurred a 5 place penalty for a start line infringement and Grahame Dudley was excluded for a driving misdemeanour.

Heat 2 was a clear win for Ross Adamson from the front row, with Rees and Keith Wilson chasing him home, albeit a couple of seconds adrift.   Drivers making their presence felt, despite starting further back were, Wheeler moving up from 23rd to finish 7th and Sam Dible climbing up to 11th from 21st.

Heat 3 saw another heat win from Wheeler once again setting fastest lap in the process. This time it was Rees and Derrick taking up 2nd and 3rd finish places. Top charger was Adamson, starting in 19th spot and reaching 6th place. Behind, Duncan McLeod moved up to 8th from 16th and Gray up to 10th from 18th.

Heat 4 had Simpson showing his racing skills winning from a grid 11 start place. Equally dominant was McLeod who finished 2nd having started in 12th spot. Not wanting to be outdone, Chris Derrick charged forward from 20th place to finish 6th.

 

With the completion of the heats the grids for both ‘A’ & ‘B’ Finals soon became apparent. Missing out by only 1 point Robert Dudley and Russell O’Neill shared the front row of the ‘B’ Final. Behind these two Robin Stoddart-Stones and Andrew Greenway made up the 2nd row. The first four would qualify on to the rear of the ‘A’ Final so the race would eventually come down to finishing 4th or higher. From the green lights Dudley took the lead from O’Neill, by the end of lap 1 Rob Mortimore had moved past both Greenway and Stoddard-Stones to take up 3rd place. Lap 2 and Stoddart-Stones had retaken 3rd position. Further back, Elis Jackson who had suffered terrible heats, was making his move and was up to 5th.   Jackson continued his pressure first taking Mortimore and then Stoddart-Stones. On the half-distance mark Jackson passed O’Neill for 2nd spot whilst behind, the race for the all important s4th place was raging on. Rob Mortimore displaced Stoddart-Stones for this 4th position. Next lap, however, Stoddart Stones tried an optimistic move on Mortimore who, unfortunately threw a chain in the resulting contact, thus eliminating him from the rest of the race. On lap 9 Jackson took the lead which he held to the end. Behind, Stoddart-Stones accounted for both O’Neill and Dudley to finish 2nd . The qualifiers, therefore, were Jackson, Stoddart-Stones, Dudley and O’Neill, who all now refuelled and joined the back of the ‘A’ Final.

In the ‘A’ Final itself, Wheeler had qualified for Pole Position, with Simpson alongside. On the 2nd row sat McLeod and Gray with the 3rd row holding Adamson (last year’s Junior Blue ‘0’ Plate winner) and the current No.1, Derrick.

After several rolling laps, ensuring a correct formation start, the light changed. Wheeler had no intention of wasting his Pole position and took an immediate lead followed by Simpson, McLeod, Gray and Adamson. During the opening laps Wheeler established clear air between himself and the chasing pack. Behind him the racing was tight, Gray forced past McLeod with a ‘little’ contact which in turn allowed Adamson to follow through. Branfield out braked Foreman for 12th place and Jackson slid past David Goode for 20th spot. By lap 6 Wheeler was now clear at the front with Simpson leading the chasing group.   Adamson and Rees accounted for Gray and set their sights on Simpson. Branfield moved up to 11th, passing Dible.   Wilson out dragged both Ford and Foreman to sit on Branfield’s   ‘tail’.   Further back Stoddart-Stones, in a bold move slid inside Kaite Helps. On the half distance mark, Adamson, who had been pressurising Simpson, made his move and took 2nd place.   Wheeler, by now was some 3 seconds in the lead at the front. Further back Ford passed Foreman for 13th place and Jackson claimed 19th spot from Kaite Helps.   A tiring Ron Shone was passed by both his daughter Serita   and Matt Parr. On lap 11 Gray retook Rees for 4th. Once lap later and Derrick muscled past McLeod. Scott Keenan came to a halt, trackside, vacating 9th place and promoting the rest of the grid. Although the pace continued on furiously, the main players had, by now, achieved their positions in the race.   Wilson did however manage to account for Dible and take 10th place and Jackson, having qulified fromt he `B` Final, passed Parr for 15th spot. Into the last 3 laps of this 21 lap ‘A’ Final and Wheeler, some 6 seconds clear at the front, cruised home to an emphatic win. Adamson raced on to 2nd place, beating Rees by a second with Gray in 4th . A last lap move by Derrick saw him scrape past Simpson, the pair then finished 5th and 6th. McLeod, Brotherwood, Branfield and Wilson completed the ‘Top Ten’.   Little changed within the second group of the racers in this ‘A’ Final, with Serita Shone holding off the attentions of Elis Jackson and Stoddart-Stones maintaining position from Ron Shone.

 

The action didn’t end there ! Simpson was docked 5 places for a start line infringement dropping his position down to 10th place and Rees was excluded for a non-compliant carburettor. The Final outcome gave a clear, decisive win and the National ‘0’ plate title to Martin Wheeler. 2nd overall was Ross Adamson who, having won the Junior ‘0’ plate title last year, came close to a back to back title win. Stuart Gray came 3rd taking the Master and Veteran titles at the same time. Further back in 16th place Ron Shone claimed the Legend title, whilst Duncan McLeod in 4th place won the Top Weight section.

 

RESULTS FORMULA BLUE

1st        Martin Wheeler                        0 + 0 = 0
2nd        Ross Adamson                        5 + 2 = 7

3rd        Stuart Gray                              4 + 3 = 7

4th        Duncan McLeod                      3 + 5 = 8
5th        Chris Derrick                          6 + 4 = 10
6th        Douglas Simpson                    2 + 10 = 12
7th        Robin Brotherwood                8 + 6 = 14
8th        Ian Branfield                          12 + 7 = 19

 

BLUE MASTER

1st        Stuart Gray                               4 + 3 = 7

2nd        Duncan McLeod                      3 + 5 = 8
3rd        Chris Derrick                          6 + 4 = 10

 

BLUE VETERAN

1st        Stuart Gray                               4 + 3 = 7

2nd        Kevin Ford                             10 + 12 = 22

 

BLUE LEGEND

1st       Ron Shone                               15 + 17 = 32

 

BLUE TOP WEIGHT
1st        Duncan McLeod                       3 + 5 = 8
2nd        Douglas Simpson                    2 + 10 = 12

3rd        Ian Branfield                           12 + 7 = 19

 

 

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FORMULA BLUE & JUNIOR BLUE  `O` PLATE  RACE 2013

AT  THREE SISTERS ON MARCH 24th

MORRIS, DERRICK, BARLOW, McLEOD & ADAMSON WIN ‘0’ PLATES
FORMULA BLUE, IN THE SNOW !

 

Racers preparing for the NKRA Junior blue & Formula Blue ‘0’plates could not have anticipated the change in the weather during the race weekend. Those who lived furthest away, had, for the most, left early on Thursday for the long journey. Drivers had entered from as far afield as the Isle of Mull, Cornwall & Kent !   Despite a strong cold wind, which dictated the position of vehicles and trailer which would be used as a wind break, pit location and awning erection seemed trouble free.

 

Next morning, however, people awoke to a different world. Most of the country from Scotland down to Bristol was covered in a white sheet. The snow fell unabated for most of Friday causing mayhem to those still travelling up, indeed some of those travelling from the furthest south west and south east addresses, decided withdrawal was their best option !   At Three Sisters, the snow continued to fall and 99% of the drivers, who were expecting the conditions to change for the racing ‘proper’ decided to remain in their awnings.

 

On Saturday, the host club, Manchester and Buxton, in an effort to make the track raceable, sent volunteers, in road cars, out on the circuit to disperse the snow. By 1pm, they had achieved a racing line – so practice started. Even so, not everyone chose to practice. Some were working on the premise that conditions would be different, and the track clear, for race day making the wet practice in the ultra cold conditions unnecessary. As it turned out, those who practiced would have a head start on race day as another substantial snow fall arrived during Saturday night. Fortunately it stopped snowing by the morning and the circuit was cleared using mechanical sweepers and a willing work force. By the scheduled time of race practice, the track was race ready, albeit surrounded by a thick white layer of snow either side of the circuit .
ROSS ADAMSON – JUNIOR BLUE `0` PLATE WINNER 2013

 

JUNIOR BLUE   –
Heat 1:

Daniel Ward held the lead into lap 1 followed by Aaron Smith and Liam Kennedy. Into lap 2 and Ross Adamson passed Jamie Thornburn for 5th spot. By lap 4 Smith was up into the lead whilst Liam Kennedy ground to a halt. Joseph Bleakly moved up to 2nd place followed by Adamson. Next lap and Adamson was past Bleakly. Adamson continued his charge and on lap 7 took the lead and eventual win where he was followed over the line by Bleakley and Smith.

Heat 2:

This, by virtue of the grid positions became processional. Adamson hit the front followed by Kennedy, Bleakley and Smith. Positions remained unchanged until the flag. The only position change occurred on the opening lap with Thornburn passing Ward for 5th spot.

Heat 3:

Smith took an immediate lead with bleakly passing Ward for 2nd place. Adamson was revelling in the conditions and was up to 3rd by lap 2. Ward, having had an off, was relegated the back of the pack. Things remained unchanged until lap 5 when Bleakley and Adamson slipped past Smith.   Then 3 laps later Adamson made his move and snatched the lead. Further back, a recovering Ward passed Thornburn for 5th spot. So it remained to the flag with no more action !

FINAL

From the lights, Adamson made the most of his pole position, taking up an immediate lead.   Behind, Bleakley as a result of   opening lap mayhem, slipped back being passed by Smith , Kennedy, Thornburn and Ward. Into lap 2 and Smith, feeling confident, passed Adamson to take the lead. So things remained, until lap 6 when Adamson took the lead back again. As the last 5 laps unfolded, the grid gradually spread itself out with Adamson taking the win and the ‘0’ plate title. Smith, in 2nd place, finished 5 seconds behind   having tried valiantly to take the title himself. Behind him Kennedy finished 3rd, Thorburn 4th and Ward 5th.

 

RESULT

1st        Ross Adamson              Gillard / Lynx
2nd        Aaron Smith                 Birrell / Lynx

3rd        Liam Kennedy                 ?       / Lynx

 

 


MARTYN MORRIS – FORMULA BLUE  `0` PLATE` WINNER 2013

 

 

 

FORMULA BLUE

Heat 1:

A full grid of ‘Blues’ were so eager to start the racing that an extra rolling start was needed to allow rolling lap ‘spinners’ back into position !   Stuart Gray jumped Martyn Morris at the start to take the lead. A fast starting Keith Platt moved up to 3rd. Behind these, opening lap incidents caused virtually the whole of the middle order to go spinning or off the track. Things had stabilised by lap 3 where Morris snatched the lead from Gray. Douglas Simpson was starting to show his pace and was up to 3rd. Steve Barlow and Sam Dible were also moving forward as was Chris Derrick ( current National Champion) Further back Ian Branfield passed Danny Rice to take up 12th spot. Mike Woodside, recovering from the opening lap mishaps was up to 16th place. Another of the recovering drivers, Brian Lees, was up to 19th.   Into lap 3 and Simpson moved into 3rd place, Barlow into 5th and Dible into 6th.   Derrick slid by McLeod but would loose out to him again in the next lap. Matty Helps was having a strong race and by half-distance was 7th.   Kevin Ford had made the most of the opening few laps and was up to 8th spot followed by team mate Duncan McLeod. Further back Woodside had taken 15th position. On the penultimate lap Simpson snatched the lead from Morris. McLeod’s contact with a non-registered driver sent him spinning back to 11th.   Brian Lees continued his charge finishing in 12th place, followed by Woodside. At the flag it was Simpson from Morris, Gray, Dible and Barlow.

Heat 2:

Drama from the start. One lap into the race Simpson, the previous heat winner, was off at Lunar bend, with a snapped chain. Chris Derrick took the lead followed by Lees, Dible, Rice and Ford. Incidents involving R. O’Neill, Keenan, K. O’Neill, R. Shone and S. Shone saw them all restarting at the rear of the field.   Into lap 2 and Dible was up to 2nd, Ford and Woodside up to 4th and 5th respectively, with Morris close behind. Barlow and Gray accounted for MacNiven but Scott Keenan rolled to a halt in the snow.   By half distance Morris was in 4th place and Wilson was enjoying his race and was up to 9th. Dible had been gradually closing down Derrick for the lead, which he eventually claimed on lap 7. Just behind Lees ground to a halt from 4th place, promoting the rest of the pack a spot each. So it remained to the flag with the only changes being Barlow taking 8th position from Mortimore and McLeod claiming 13th spot, passing MacNiven. The win went to Dible from Derrick, Morris, Ford and Woodside.

 

 

DUNCAN McLEOD, FORMULA BLUE `0` PLATE, TOP WEIGHT WINNER 2013

 

 

Heat 3:

From pole position McLeod showed why he was the reigning ‘0’ plate Champion. He steadily increased his lead and was unchallenged throughout the race. Behind him, Matty Helps held 2nd spot until lap 4 when Dible slid by. Not giving up , Helps chased Dible and was rewarded by retaking 2nd place on lap 9. Morris had moved forward from grid 14 to finish 3rd.     Dible finished by only inches in front of Branfield in 5th. Kevin Ford had a steady race, moving forward from 10th to 6th. Simpson trying to make up for his DNF in Heat 2 had a meteoric drive from grid 22 to 8th only to be given a post-race exclusion.   Brian Lees came to another halt on lap 4, thereby hurting his potential grid for the Final. Other non-finishes included R.Shone K. Helps, Keenan, Wilson and K. O’Neill.

 

FINAL:

The grid for the Final found Morris and Dible sharing the front row. Behind were Ford, Derrick, Barlow and McLeod. At the start Morris showed a clean pair of heels to the pack as he raced into the lead. Dible, though showing a quicker lap time, could not produce the consistency of the eventual ‘0’ plate winner. By the end of lap 1 Derrick had displaced Ford whilst directly behind McLeod passed Barlow. Gray out braked Branfield to move into 8th place. Woodside and M.Helps had contact resulting in the elimination of Helps and Woodside loosing many places. By lap 4 the order at the front had become established with Morris gradually extending his lead from Dible, Derrick, Ford and McLeod. Further back Simpson was on the move passing Wilson. Lees overtook Rice for 11th spot and a late charging Woodside, recovering from an opening lap incident moved past R.O’Neill into 14th place.   Mortimore suffering from a 2nd lap incident slipped from 14th to 22nd before regaining the circuit. Next lap and Simpson passed Branfield, scoring fastest lap of the Final in the process. Keenan, having had to start on grid 23, after unfortunate set of heats, was on a real charge and was now up to 15th position. Lap 6 and McLeod passed Ford for 5th place, Simpson raced past Gray, Lees was now in 12th passing Wilson and Platt was up to 18th taking R. 0’Neill.

Next lap and McLeod is really on song, this time his victim being Derrick. Following on was Barlow who passed Ford. With 3 laps to go Gray also accounted for Ford but Lees’s charge came to end, trackside.   Keenan was still moving forward, this time past Wilson. Racing at the rear of the grid was equally important for the drivers involved and R. O’Neill retook 17th place from Platt.

 

 

 

Whilst all behind were having to fight it out, Morris and Dible maintained their pace, from each other and the rest of the grid. 2 Laps left and Barlow slid past Derrick, as did Simpson. Keenan, still charging, passed Branfield for 11th   spot. Just behind, Woodside accounted for Wilson and then Branfield. The race long duel between Platt and R.’0’Neill took another turn as Platt forced his way past, this time to remain ahead ! At the front Simpson in a supreme effort to make the podium slid off the track depositing snow and ice over the racing line.

STEVE BARLOW, `0` PLATE VETERAN & LEGEND` WINNER,
FOLLOWED BY CHRIS DERRICK `0` PLATE  MASTERS` WINNER

 

 

Next up was Barlow who suddenly lost all grip. Derrick,   a little behind, saw the situation and adjusted his racing line to pass both Barlow and the hapless Simpson, now buried in the snow. The remaining lap passed with the drivers all negotiating the new slippery section without a problem. At the flag it was a clear-cut win for Morris, having driven a faultless race. Dible, some 6 seconds adrift, took 2nd place with his own 2 second gap from McLeod. 4th was Derrick and 5th Barlow.

In the specific sub-groups, Chris Derrick won the Master Section, Steve Barlow claimed both Veteran and Legend groups and Duncan McLeod the Top Weight.

 

RESULTS

 

FORMULA BLUE:     1st           Martyn Morris              Gillard / Lynx

2nd        Sam Dible                    Alonso / Lynx

3rd        Chris Derrick                Tony / Lynx

4th        Duncan McLeod          F.K. / Maxi

5th        Steve Barlow                Birel / Maxi
BLUE MASTER          1st        Chris Derrick                Tony / Lynx

2nd        Duncan McLeod          F.K. / Maxi

3rd        Steve Barlow                Birel / Maxi

BLUE VETERAN        1st        Steve Barlow                Birel / Maxi

2nd        Kevin Ford                   F.K / Lynx

3rd        Stuart Grey                   Alonso / Lynx

BLUE TOP WIGHT    1st        Duncan McLeod          F.K. / Maxi

2nd        Steve Barlow                Birel / Maxi

3rd        Rob Mortimore            Mac ./ Maxi

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