Club Championship Round 1
Round 1 of the Championship was greeted by 15 keen racers all looking to start off their title challenges with a bang. A fast track was laid out that seemed to encourage drivers into finding a good rhythm and there were some excellent 5 minute runs by several drivers.
Qualifying saw most people finish roughly where expected within their ability groups but with a lower turnout of F1 drivers than normal there was a spot in the A Final up for grabs and Tony Spooner took his chance to sneak onto the back of an A final grid that was as usual headed by Dan Wooster. Elsewhere Jaco van der Sterren took pole position for the B Final and Nick Clements took pole for the C Final.
The C Final was away first and Nick was well into his stride by the time the finals started and he managed to convert his pole position into 2 wins, a strong start to his first championship since joining the club and to top off a good night he takes an early lead in the F3 championship. John Shelswell picked up second place and Mat Dawson.
Jaco was able to emulate Nick in the B Final by coverting his pole position into 2 wins and getting his championship off to a solid start. Stu Marshman followed in second place showing a continuation of his recent good form with Rob Oliver finishing third.
The A Final was lead away by Dan Wooster but he shared the wins with Steve Swan with each driver taking a win and a second place, this in the end gave the overall win and maximum points to Dan. The surprise of the night was third place finisher Tony Spooner. By qualifying in the A Final he had already guarenteed himself maximum points in F2 and it seems that freedom to just 'have a go' allowed him to put together 2 great finals. In leg 1 he benefitted from mistakes from other drivers to slot into third place but then drove cleanly and quickly to keep the position. In leg 2 it was a different story though, once again there were some mistakes from others but Tony had found some unbelievable pace and on the way to claiming another third place finish he also recorded the fastest lap of the race (only narrowly missing out on fastest lap of the night!). Top driving that is no only a worry early on for his fellow F2 drivers but a genuine concern to some of the F1's too!
That's all for this week, round 2 of the championship takes place next Friday and we hope to see lot's of you along to race.
24th September 2016
It's that time of year again, the count down to the Autumn/Winter Club Championship is on! After a good year of racing for our club members both home and away, it's just about time to see out 2016 with what is traditionally our main championship.
We get under way on Friday 21st October and will have 8 weeks of championship racing finishing on Friday 9th December, with the Friday 16th December pencilled in for the trophy presentation. We will run our standard format of 2 heats and 2 finals for everyone with points being awarded for each driver's overall result at the end of each round, each driver's best 5 results from the possible 8 will count towards their final points tally. We will use our normal driver grading system of F1, F2 & F3 with trophies up for grabs for the top drivers in each group. That covers the basics, if anyone has any questions about the championship format then please feel free to post on the KetteringMCC Facebook group, click the Facebook button on the right to be directed straight to the group page.
We are now left with just 3 more weeks of normal club racing/practice before we get under way so we hope to see lots of you along racing with us in preparation. See you all on Friday!