What a weekend! Heavy rain forecast for Saturday never really materialsed thank goodness and although it was wet it wasn't too bad at all. A thin entry on Day 1 didn't detract from a great days sport and everyone enjoyed themselves. Shaun Elwell took FTD in his Lotus 7 while Simon Rogers who was expected to do well sat it out with no wet weather tyres available. The marshals were hero's, we couldn't run without these people and their time is much appreciated.
Sunday dawned dry and bright and a much larger entry enjoyed ideal conditions. FTD went to Simon Rogers but he didn't manage to break his hill record but managed to equal it exactly! Thanks again to all the hill, paddock and start marshals, a sterling job done by all. The club had a couple of competitors out, James & Lisa Chappelle both had a go in their Mini on Sunday and James won the class. Lisa had taken the award on Saturday so hopefully there won't be any arguments in that household with an award each!
Events sponsors Brian & Tim Dennis were fully competitive and both won their classes on Saturday despite Brian failing to finish his second run with fuel pump failure. Tim won again on Sunday and Sam Davies aired Brian's Citroen C2 and narrowly missed out on a class win against much more powerful opposition. Part of the event sponsorship is provision of a breakdown truck and thanks must go to Viv Joy and his grandson for their time and enthusiasm.
Time to think about the classic tour now and then the big event, the Flatters before we get ready for classic show on August 2nd. Phew!
It's the Dennis Motorsport Epynt Hillclimbs this weekend, June 13th & 14th. We would really appreciate any help from members or non members. Contact Bob Long if you can or just turn up!
BMC will be travelling to the Hereford Raceway on Thursday evening August 6th for a night of racing. A number of deposits were taken at June's meeting and anyone who would like to come along should contact Wayne Palmer on 07967 722888 or Martin Leonard on 07766 991803. It promises to be an entertaining evening with the a visit from the mobile chip van as well!
Have a look at the venue here: Hereford Raceway
Brecon Motor Club was well represented on the Mini Epynt Stages even though the weather was more akin to a damp November day! The club marshalled service 'in' and 'out' for the day with Nigel Chappelle in charge of Chris Phillips, Pete Chappelle, Liam, Roger the Bike and Dave Mac. The in control doubled as a service point for James and Lisa Chappelle who were competing in their Mini. James & Lisa had a grand day out and finished without arguing! Jason Pritchard was seeded at #1 as a tarmac test ready for the Harry Flatters in the car he had used the day before on the Severn Valley Stages. He was rewarded with second overall for his efforts. Jonathon Davies from Cathedine made his full Epynt debut and had a learning day finishing in the twenties. Hereford Motor Club provided a good days competition for everyone and by the end of the day even the sun made an appearance, something quite rare at the moment.
There were mixed fortunes for BMC crews on this years Severn Valley Stages. Eight stages in Cefn Llwydlo, Crychan, Halfway and Gwebedog were a real challenge for everyone. In the National A historic event Jason Pritchard got off to a sluggish start but sped up in the afternoon and capitalised on the misfortune of others to grab a great 2nd overall in his Group 4 Ford Escort. The Class B3 battle didn't disappoint in the early stages with Bob and Dale Gibbons gaining the advantage on stage 1 in the Mk2 Cortina but Malcolm Rich and Jon Hawkins struck back on stages 2 & 3 in the Anglia to take a decent advantage. The battle fizzled after that when the engine in the Gibbons Cortina gave up the ghost. Rich then had the category as well as the class in his sights and turned up the wick for the final stages overhauling the Lotus Cortina of Paul Mankin in the diminutive Anglia. In the Nat B modern rally Sara Williams had a chirpy start but retired her Subaru at first service with unknown problems while Yan Griffiths was out again with Sean Bannister in the Citroen C2 and took a class win.
Photos: John Kendrick