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
The BTRDA series rolled into Welshpool at the weekend and local competitors and club members were out playing in the woods. Sara Williams had a new co-driver installed in her Subaru, Mark Glennester seen variously with many top club drivers. The pair seemed to click and their pace was decent throughout culminating in fourteenth overall only 8 seconds shy of eleventh place.
Dai 'Block' Jones and semi retired Pentrefelin businessman Glyn Price were upholding senior pride and put in a decent finish in the 150 car entry. Their BMW was as reliable as ever but their nemisis Andrew Fox in a similar car beat them by eleven seconds.
Yan Griffiths was out with Chris Wheeler in their usual Fiesta but reportedly left the road terminally. Not much more is known but we wish the pair a rapid recovery if any injuries were sustained.
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Two BMC members ventured out to the Isle of Man to compete at the weekend, Jason Pritchard started from number 1 as last years winner but hadn't driven the car since this time last year. A solid start put him in third place after the first very wet stages but by day 2 Melvyn Evans had retired due to mechanical problems which left Paul Bird in a commanding lead. Unfortunately Bird collected a puncture which spelt retirement and Jason controlled the event from the front for the remaining stages steering clear of trouble to take a second consecutive win.
Jon Hawkins had been due to compete with Kevin Tappin but with the car not ready another spin with Simon Mauger became available. The pair struggled a little but still managed a commendable seventh overall and more championship points. The Metro is still a new car so in the circumstances it was a good result.