Stephen shows his consistency

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MOTOR RACING

HE WAS voted the most consistent driver in the 2010 Kumho Tyres BMW Championship and last weekend, at the Pembrey circuit in South Wales, Chedburgh driver Stephen Pearson gave ample proof that he still is, as he contested three rounds of the 2011 version.

Qualifying on Saturday took place in wet conditions, and the BMW M3 lined up fourth on what was now a dry circuit.

Taking full advantage of the improved conditions, Pearson improved with them to secure second at the chequered flag.

Race two saw him line up second, a position he held throughout, leading to another second position grid slot for race three.

The last two races were held on Sunday and, despite heavy overnight rain, race conditions were dry throughout.

Would this third race bring victory or another second? To be consistent, it needed to be another second and this was the end result.

These results have confirmed a second in class for the 2011 Championship and fifth overall, with one round remaining at Brands Hatch next week.

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There was just one round of the AB Performance RGB Championship staged at Oulton Park last Saturday, and once again it was dominated by cars and drivers from local teams.

Troston’s John Cutmore put his Spire on pole. Joining him on the front row was the Sabre of the Buxhall-based AB Performance team, with Tim Gray at the wheel.

Row two was an all-Contour affair, with Paul Rogers just ahead of Gary Goodyear.

As the race got underway, in dry conditions, it became a fight for the lead between Cutmore and Gray. Both took turns to lead the race, but this is not always the quickest way in terms of lap times.

Third placed Rogers was taking full advantage of this and, as the leaders tried to out manoeuvre each other, Rogers nipped past both of them and went on to victory.

Behind him, Gray held second when it mattered most, relegating Cutmore to third, with the second of Dave Dawson’s Contours fourth with Goodyear.

Cutmore had the satisfaction of fastest lap, which in turn established a new record.

Neither of our local competitors contested the Formula Vee event, but Matt Tiffin, having qualified seventh from a field of 20, brought his Bury built Storm to an eighth place finish.

DIARY DATES

Short Circuit. Mildenhall Raceway, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, 6.30pm, Reliant Robins; Bangers. Sunday, 1.30pm, Super Rods; Lightning Rods; Street Stocks; Bangers.

Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, Saturday, 6.45pm. 2.0 Stock Cars; Bangers.

Motor Racing. Snetterton, BRSCC, Saturday and Sunday. Chevron GR8; Saker GT; Open Sportscar; Porshe; Euro Saloons; Fun Cup; Golf GTi.

Rockingham, BARC, Saturday and Sunday. British Touring Car Championship.

Goodwood, BARC, Saturday and Sunday. Revival meeting.

Autocross. Green Belt MC, Wickford AC, Sunday. Old Park Farm, Much Hadham, Herts. Map ref 167/435196. Home Counties & East Anglian Championships.