AVERY WINS IN REVERSE DECIDER
Avery (#6) was the man to finally break Rick Styrin's all-conquering win streak – Photo: Rachel Bourne
The BRSCC’s North Western Centre organised the first of two meetings in the space of a week when they crossed the border into Wales to lay on two days of action in Anglesey on the Coastal Circuit before they provide more entertainment at Oulton Park next Saturday.
Just to things spice up, the third and final Toyo Tyres Porsche Championship encounter featured reversed grids for the Boxster and 924 Classes which ran concurrently. In the former category, the two Richards – Styrin and Avery – had battled hard in their two previous outings when they took a victory apiece. In the decider, Styrin was the early leader until he suddenly dropped down to fourth thus Avery took the honours despite getting punted up the rear on the entry to Rocket at one point. This contact was so severe that his rear bumper came loose before coming off all together.
Like Styrin, Adam Croft was another two-time victor in the 924s. He lost out when Stephen Potts made some demon passes in the second event.
The biggest entry of the weekend was for the Post '89 Class of the Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship in which 26 cars qualified for a double header. Fastest of these was the Van Diemen RF01 driven by Kevin O’Hara who was making his debut in this year’s series after his plans for 2016 were set back by injuries sustained in a mountain biking accident. Alas he encountered more bad luck in Race 1 when two separate problems with his suspension and brakes cost him speed. As Niall Murray blasted his Van Diemen RF99 off into the lead from the outside of the front row, O’Hara delayed the rest of the pack in his ill-handling car thus Murray motored away to take the victory. O’Hara had to retire when contact with another car punctured a tyre.
In the Pre '90 Formula Ford 1600s, the Reynard 88FF of Jaap Blijleven was the early leader but the 4 year older model of Jamie Jardine was always in his mirrors until Jardine made his move at Rocket on lap 11 when he made a race winning pass. Blijleven won as he pleased in race 2 when a loose fuel pipe forced Jardine’s retirement.
The cars from the Dunlop TVR Challenge were fabulous to watch around Anglesey with the variety of shapes and sounds giving each machine a character of its own. Tim Davies took a brace of victories in his Tuscan but seemed to lose pace in the third and final encounter of the weekend enabling his closest challenger, Dean Cook (Sagaris), to stand on the top step of the podium.
There was excitement all over the track when the Toyo Tyres Honda VTEC Challenge and 4 Two Cup came together to run their double headers concurrently. Robert Burkinshaw’s Integra took a pair of wins in the former series although he had the red CRXs of Peter Dixon and Jeff Cooper swarming over his back bumper like a pair of angry wasps. Their battle in the second encounter was especially feisty and allowed firstly the impressive novice Adam Jones to reel in the leaders in his Civic before he understeered wide at Peel and then the similar car of Neil Wrenn was able to push Cooper down to fourth.
This was the first time that the Smart 4 Twos had visited Anglesey. The tall sided vehicles seemed to defy gravity with their cornering speeds and were great fun to watch. A couple of guys call Mr Palmer went home with the laurels – Alan at the first time of asking and James at the second.
The Global Lights came over from Ireland to run as guests of the BRSCC. As usual they provided a great deal of entertainment in their trio of thrashes. A four-way dice for the lead in the opener was broken up when James Thompson and Nicole Drought had a coming together at the Corkscrew. This allowed Peter Drennan to take the honours from Conor Farrell, the latter went on to take a pair of wins on Sunday.
Another guest category was the Cockshoot Cup – the ever-popular series run by the North West Centre of the MG Car Club joined us for a double header. Gary Wetton won on Saturday from Ross Makar – both were driving ZR190s. On Sunday Makar made the best start from the grippier outside of the front row and, try as he did, Wetton was unable to get ahead during the 20 minute contest.
The BRSCC would like to extend their thanks to the marshals who were outstanding in the inclement weather conditions of the Anglesey micro-climate.
You can view the full results at ANGLESEY RESULTS