The weather was forecast to be ‘changeable’ and the Welsh version of that is torrential downpours, breezes and sunshine. Whilst we all got wet, we did also get sunshine and dry runs. It just depended whether luck was on your side.
We started the weekend on the original course and with BARC Wales changing the running order to accommodate the British Sprint Championship, I will stick to ‘programme order’ for this update.
And that means the Production classes, which kicked off with Emma Hunt in her VW Golf, Emma recording 142.72 seconds for third place.
Mike Edwards was next in the British Mini. He avoided a repeat of last year here, when his runs were completed on three cylinders with a destroyed piston and valves. This time Mike recorded 145.39 seconds with all cylinders and valves present for third place.
Wynn Morgan in the Renault Williams Clio put in a good time for third place on 131.36 seconds, but his choice of Indian Restaurant for the Saturday night was even better, with eighteen BARC SBD Speed eventers enjoying the beer and fare!
Brian Jones took the delectable and appreciating Porsche Cayman GT4 to third Place on 124.93 seconds.
‘Local Girl’ Elen Worthington took class honours in class 2E in her Lotus Elise on 125.39 seconds.
James Hunt in Mod Prod was second in his much modded BMW E30 with 129.17 seconds.
Clive Wooster’s Radical SR4 ran second in Sports Libre on a 110.22 seconds and final runner, Phil Williams in the Jedi Mk4, took fifth on a 118.28 seconds.
We arrived to a wet track, which then disappeared under a deluge for around forty minutes. Its fair to say only a small proportion of the field elected to take P1.
Conditions dried, then got wet again, so timed runs early on were a lottery. T2 was the one that counted for most. We were now running on the modified layout where we carried on through Dibini, took a one hundred and thirty degree left and arced back onto the track.
Emma Hunt took another good third place in the Golf for 150.77 seconds.
However, Mike Edwards went two places better in his class to win by a Country Mile on 147.67 seconds. Already well ahead, he extended his lead in T2.
Wynn Morgan also moved up a place to finish second in class on 141.94 seconds.
Brian Jones jumped two places to win Class 1C on a 137.89 seconds.
Elen Worthington completed a clean sweep with another win in Elise, this time on 139.04 seconds.
James Hunt completed his run for second place on 141.16 seconds, but entered the pit lane with smoke billowing from the BMW. A nasty fire had taken hold after a breather pipe came loose, which was efficiently dealt with by the BARC fire team. A bit of cleaning up to do, but hopefully we’ll see Jim again soon.
Clive Wooster took another second in Sports Libre on 123.36 seconds and Phil Williams another fifth on 130.51 seconds.
So, onto Abingdon CAR-nival next, during what looks like being a very hectic June!