Morale-boosting fifth for Chedburgh driver

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The Toyo Tyres Racing Saloon Series got underway at Snetterton last weekend, with Chedburgh’s Stephen Pearson looking for a good opening to his season, once again at the wheel of his BMW M3-E36, writes Arthur Debenham.

However, testing on Saturday was halted by clutch failure, leaving the team to work into the late evening fitting a replacement.

Qualifying went reasonably well, and P5 was obtained for race one. By the second lap, this had improved to third position, only to be wiped out by another competitor, ending his race.

The outcome was, that race two would see him line up at the rear of the field. This time better things were in store and a good drive through saw him take the chequered flag as he held down a fifth-place finish.

So, a somewhat morale-boosting end to a weekend that could have produced more.

SHORT CIRCUIT

Following a disappointing end to his previous meeting at Wimbledon, Jason Cooper was back on top of the winner’s podium at Great Yarmouth last weekend, as the Norfolk venue hosted the Superstox East Anglian Championships, and round two of the Land Rover Safari Series.

Both Cooper and Matt Carberry had made their way through the preceding heats, with Carberry unable to achieve any decent results due to major problems with his brakes.

As Carberry’s problems continued into the final, so Cooper made good progress, but left it late before taking the lead on the very last lap.

At Swaffham, young Toby Partridge had an excellent result in the Ninja Kart. Having taken a third and fourth-place finish in his two heats, he went away to take victory in the all-important final.

RALLYCROSS

With no chance to test their car following a winter rebuild, James Harrold’s team took their VW Beetle to Lydden Hill last weekend, hoping that all would be well. During the qualifying heats in the Retro Rallycross Championship, a number of small problems came to light, these included a misfire and gear selection.

However, with yet another small entry, the car made it through to the final where Harrold ran third throughout, although the loss of two gears on his las lap nearly lost him that position.

I would like to mention that the meeting was also a round of the Belgian Championship. In light of that, I find it disgusting that, with to the recent situation in their home country, the organisers failed to honour those who died with a minute’s silence.

AMSC NEWS

The Anglia Motor Sport Club’s autosolo and autotest challenge for 2016, gets underway on Sunday, as Sporting Car Club of Norfolk swing into action with their event at Scottow Enterprise Park, better known as RAF Coltishall.

The entry list contains 38 competitors, with 17 of these from West Suffolk MC. Cars running in the autosolo category must be taxed and MoT’d and driven to the event. Autotest cars can go on a trailer. The Production Car Autotest is for newcomers who must carry a passenger. All cars run over the same course.

As the autosolo gets underway, so the AMSC Trials Challenge has only one more round to go. It is still very close at the top of the points chart, but the main change is that class four driver, Barry Redmayne now has a four-point advantage over Andy Mount, who leads class two, just one point ahead of Robin Howard.

Dick Lines looks comfortable as he has a 33-point lead over Marcus Keeble in class one, with Richard Leggett only seven points clear in class three.

Redmayne’s overall lead puts Peter and Tim Hanman joint leaders of class four, just three points ahead of Geoff Hodge.

DIARY DATES

Motor Racing. Snetterton, BRSCC, Saturday and Sunday. F Jedi; Toyo Tyres Porsche; Mazda MX5; Ford Fiesta; Alfa Romeo.

Brands Hatch, BARC, Saturday and Sunday. Opening round, British Touring Car Championship.

Oulton Park, 750MC, Saturday. Opening round, RGB Championship.

Autosolo. Scottow Enterprise Park - former RAF Coltishall, SCCON, Sunday. Round one, AMSC Challenge.

Short Circuit. Mildenhall Raceway, Saturday, 6.30pm. Saloon Stock Cars; Ministox; Bangers.

Gt Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30pm. Lightning Rods - East Anglian Championship; Rookie Rods; Bangers.