Racing summary – Shelmore Park (21/7/20)
In an inspired decision, it was agreed that the final two rounds of the Clubman series would be held at Phils this week with one round to be held on each track. This not only allowed the completion of the series without putting any pressure on Bruce to have his venue up & running, but also put most of us out of our misery and allows us to now put this class of car back on the shelf for another 2 years. Hopefully 2 years down the track all the painful memories from the last 7 rounds will have started to heal.
In the results, the 6th round held on the hillclimb circuit saw Phil well clear in first, from Callan (Bruce) and John Batich filling the top 3. Rhys & Chris Priest were separated only by 0.4 sec in 4th & 5th followed by Bruce & Adrian (6th & 7th). A looong gap then to myself in 8th, Rob in 9th & Dave Bantoft filling the top 10. Tom Males & Dave Gray came in 11th & 12th for this round.
The 7th Round held on the rally circuit highlighted some familiar names again at the top of the leaderboard. Phil dominated once again, but in a much closer result this time round, Callan/Bruce (2nd) & Chris P in 3rd pushed up very close to the top spot with very good drives. Bruce’s own car seemed to dislike staying in the slot as much as Callans on this track & this left him sitting in 4th by a margin of 2 tenths from Mal in 5th. The rest of the field were much more tightly bunched in this round and JB in 6th was followed closely by Adrian, Rhys, Rob G and DB in the top 10. The 11th & 12th results from round 6 were reversed in this round & Dave Gray came out ahead of Tom this time round.
Results - Stage 6 (Hillclimb)
Top 3 - 1st - Phil, 2nd - Callan, 3rd - John Batich
Results - Stage 7 (Rally)
Top 3 - 1st - Phil, 2nd - Callan, 3rd - Chris Priest