SPRINT LEADERS REPORTS

Andrews the 'winner' at Lydden


Event 10 at Lydden Hill on 13/07/2019
Justin Andrews (Subaru Impreza) was the 'winner' at the Lydden round of the 2019 Sprint Leaders championship with a pair of maximum scores and also won Class A3 on the day.

With all the single seater competitors running in a single class it was those with the faster cars that scored well including Matt Hilam and Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) and Graham Blackwell (Mygale M13).

Graham Blackwell on the start straight at Lydden (Mike Curtin)


Loudon extends lead at Aintree


Event 9 at Aintree on 29/06/2019
John Loudon (Force HC) extended his lead in the 2019 Sprint Leaders Championship at Aintree on June 29th with a maximum points score by winning the 1100cc Racing Car class on both timed runs.

Dave and Nick West both went well in their shared, Race Van Conversions backed Peugeot 106GTi with Dave looking set for a maximum score until he lost time on T2. Simon Bainbridge (SBR Chrono) and Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) both scored well to keep their championship hopes alive.

Despite not scoring as well as they had hoped both Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) and Pete Goulding (Mygale M13) retained their second and third places in the Championship.

John Loudon extended his Championship lead at Aintree (K Broughton)


Dave West scored well in the Peugeot (Brian Taylor)


Steve Broughton took one win to stay 4th in the Championship (K Broughton)


Nick West in the RVC sponsored Peugeot (Brian Taylor)


Loudon heads Sprint Leaders table at Pembrey


Event 8 at Pembrey on 02/06/2019
With another maximum points score from the two rounds held at Pembrey on June 2nd, John Loudon (Force HC) moved to the top of the Sprint Leaders points table. The wet (T1) and drying (T2) conditions provided a challenge for all competitors.

Simon Bainbridge (SBR Chrono) was out with suspension damage and the Steve Broughton/Matt Hillam Dallara had on/off drive shaft problems but despite this Matt gathered sufficient points to maintain his second place in the table

John Loudon, took the championship lead in the Force HC (C Bennett)


A good day for Brown & Loudon at Pembrey


Event 7 at Pembrey on 01/06/2019
At a dry and sunny Pembrey on June 1st both Steve Brown (JKS) and John Loudon (Force HC) took maximum points from the two rounds. Simon Bainbridge (SBR Chrono) and Steve Broughton & Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) were close behind to move them up the overall championship table.

 

Steve Brown took maximum points in the JKS (C Bennett)


Andrews closes in at Blyton


Event 6 at Blyton Park on 19/05/2019
Two maximum points scores moved Justin Andrews to within three points of Championship leader, Pete Goulding at Blyton on May 19.

Following problems with his MX5 Anthony Brown hitched a ride in a Westfield while Alistair Clarke was up against some very quick Elises and Exiges which kept his scores depressed (but not the driver!).
 

Alistair Clark was up against strong opposition (A Mitchell)


Anthony Brown in the MX5 before problems intervened (A Mitchell)


Andrews & Loudon in the points at Blyton


Event 5 at Blyton Park on 18/05/2019
Justin Andrews in his newly rebuilt Impreza and John Loudon in his recently acquired Force PT scored well in the two Sprint leaders rounds at Blyton on May 18th.

They kept up the pressure on series leader, Pete Goulding in his Mygale who also picked up a haul of points.

John Loudon, Force PT scored well (A Mitchell)


Justin Andrews in the Impreza (A Mitchell)


Goulding and Andrews at Goodwood


Event 3 at Goodwood on 20/04/2019
Just Pete Goulding (Mygale) and Justin Andrews (Impreza) represented the Sprint Leaders championship at Goodwood and both netted a pair of good scores to put them first and second in the standings.

Justin Andrews attacks the Goodwood chicane (Mick Briggs)


Fast and Furious on the Anglesey International Circuit


Event 2 at Anglesey on 07/04/2019

Day two at Anglesey saw all the same SLC competitors from the previous day tackling rounds 3 and 4, but this time on the longer and faster International circuit. Given that it was early April, conditions were very good, with a dry track, sunshine all day, and only a light breeze.  Again, only one practice run was offered, and then the first two timed runs counted for rounds three and four.

Racing cars, SLC Class F

Again 8 single seater racing cars took part, split evenly in pairs across 4 event classes. Peter Goulding was first and Graham Blackwell second in both rounds in the up to 1600cc forced induction class.  In the 1600 to 2000cc class, Matt Hillam won round 3 while Steve Broughton was fourth. However, their positions were reversed in round 4 with Steve coming second ahead of Matt in third. Steve Brown and Carole Torkington again scored first and second places in both rounds in the 1100 to 1600cc class, while John Loudon and Mark Anson repeated their respective first and second places in the up to 1100cc class.

Roadgoing Series Production Cars, SLC Class A

Alistair Clark was again the only SLC runner in his Elise/Exige subclass, ending up with two fifth places. Justin Andrews (Subaru Impreza)  scored two second places in the over 2000cc division. Nick West had a first place in round 3 in the Peugeot 106 GTI , ahead of father Dave West who was second. However, family honour was restored in round 4 when Dave took the class win but Nick slipped to third. Finally Anthony Brown (MX5) placed fifth slot in both rounds in the class for two and four seater sports cars up to 2000cc.



Alistair Clarke presses on in the Elise (K Broughton)


Nick West took an early lead in the Sprint Leaders (N Lambert)


A Good Start to the Revived Sprint Leaders Championship


Event 1 at Anglesey on 06/04/2019

Almost all of the competitors who had registered for the Sprint Leaders Championship took part in the first two rounds on the  Anglesey National circuit. Conditions were good, with a dry track and some sunny intervals, but there was a cold wind blowing throughout the day. The event format was somewhat controversial in that only one practice run was offered, and then the first two timed runs counted for rounds one and two.  Subsequent runs mattered not for championship points.

Racing cars, SLC Class F

8 single seater racing cars took part, split evenly in pairs across 4 event classes. Graham Blackwell and Peter Goulding traded first and second places in their Mygales, with a win and second places each in the up to 1600cc forced induction class.  In the 1600 to 2000cc class, Matt Hillam came out top in both rounds ahead of  series sponsor Steve Broughton in second place on both runs. Steve Brown and Carole Torkington scored first and second places in both rounds in the 1100 to 1600cc class, while John Loudon and Mark Anson did the same respectively in the up to 1100cc class.

Roadgoing Series Production Cars, SLC Class A

Alistair Clark was the only SLC runner in his Elise/Exige subclass, ending up with two fourth places. Justin Andrews was running his newly reshelled Impreza – now with all the best running gear from his earlier car installed following his Gurston Down mishap last season. He scored a third and a first place in the over 2000cc division. Nick West scored two first places in the family Peugeot 106 GTI in the well supported 1400 to 2000cc class, while Dave West came third in both rounds. Finally Anthony Brown (MX5) took a third and a fifth slot in the class for two and four seater sports cars up to 2000cc.



Dave West scored well in the Peugeot 106 (K Broughton)


Carole Torkington's OMS CF08 is a Leaders runner (K Broughton)


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