THE ALFA SEASON SO FAR


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Bryan Shrubb in action at Snetterton in his Alfa 33. Photo: www.alfarcer.com

Silverstone, Easter Sunday, Round 1. First corner, a multi car accident. Not exactly the way in which we had hoped to start the 2012 BRSCC Alfashop Alfa Romeo Championship as competitor interest had looked up considerably since last year, particularly in Class E. However, by the end of the day spirits had been much improved by some excellent racing by the remainder of the field. Roger Evans had taken two dominant overall wins in his supercharged GTV with Graham Seager (GTV) and Anthony George (33) in the runner up spots while Neil Smith (147) had emerged as the winner in both Class E contests.

A five week gap before Snetterton (May 12) allowed some of the damaged cars to be repaired and it was a reasonably full grid that again followed Roger Evans home. Anthony George (156 turbo this time) and a returning Bryan Shrubb (33 16v) completed the podium with Ray Foley (GTV), Robin Eyre-Maunsell (75) and Neil Smith (147) as the other class winners.

And so to Rounds 4 & 5 at Cadwell Park with what looks as though it will be a capacity grid. Roger Evans will be absent but we should have the two class A1 156s of Neil Smith and Steve Dymoke to fight for the lead. There will be an intriguing contest in A2 between the locally based 33 16v's of Chris Snowdon and Bryan Shrubb while Robin Eyre-Maunsell will have his hands full with Anthony George's 33 (unless he surprises us again by bringing the 156 Turbo!). There are 10 Class E cars entered with 2011 Champion Emma Karwacki entered for the first time this year in her 147 and facing strong competition from the likes of Paul Plant (147), James Thomas (146) and Peter Tervet and James Ford with their 156s. Adding extra spice will be four Fiat Puntos from Ireland. By the end of the two races there could be some major changes in the championship points table.

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Michael Lindsay