Loss of power proves so costly for Pearson, writes Arthur Debenham
With two rounds of the Toyo Tyres Racing Saloons Series included in the programme, Chedburgh-based Stephen Pearson spent the weekend at Rockingham for the MSVR-organised meeting.
Qualifying went well and the BMW M3 E36 was placed on P2 for both events.
Having retained second place during the opening laps of race one, he fell back to third, and as the race reached its conclusion, Pearson had to contend himself with fourth.
It seemed that compared with their closest rivals, the car was somewhat down on power and the Rockingham layout was demonstrating this.
Race two, however, was to see better fortunes. Despite a good start, Pearson soon found himself third. Then, the two lead cars tangled, making first place available.
From that point on, a close race saw the lead lost, then won back only to be lost again as the chequered flag appeared, leaving Pearson second.
So, a podium ended an enjoyable weekend. The team will now look for more power before the next outing at Oulton Park.
The twists and turns of the undulating Cadwell Park circuit played host to the Wolds Trophy meeting organised by the Historic Sports CC. This attracted three local competitors to the Lincolnshire venue. The Historic Road Sports races saw the Austin Healy Sprites of Tony Davis and Peter Chappell involved.
Despite one or two minor excursions, David brought his Sebring version home to two third positions in class, while the MKI frog-eyed car of Chappell saw the Long Thurlow driver secure two fourths in class.
The first of two races for Historic Formula Ford 2000 provided plenty of excitement for Stephen Glasswell in his Reynard.
Lap one saw him holding seventh position behind a tightly-packed group fighting for the lead.
As they did so, Glasswell suffered a 360-degree spin that ended in the tyre wall. Having managed to free himself, he fought back — with a car now handling strangely — to finish ninth.
With the problem of a deranged bodywork sorted out, race two brought better fortunes. From ninth on the grid, he finished fifth following several attempts to secure fourth.
Our nine-year-old star of the future, Toby Partridge, took in the Ninja Karts East Anglian Championship at Swaffham last Sunday, a race that saw him line up in second position.
As the race went into the first bend, Toby was boxed out, this dropping him down the order.
Fighting back over the remaining laps, he eventually finished fifth.
Three other races saw him secure a 10th to 8th and 11th-place finish, these counting towards the Swaffham oval’s own championship, in which he holds second position.
Following his recent success, his grading has been raised and this means that in most events he has to start from the lower reaches of the grid.
Round six of the Historic Rally Car Register Clubman’s Championship saw Chelmsford MC promote their East Anglain Classic Rally last weekend.
Running alongside the main entry is a section referred to as the Run.
This allows non-championship contenders to enjoy the route without having the need of a competition licence.
This attracted the attention of father and daughter Duncan and Laura Christmas, in their Austin Mini, who brought the car home in fourth position.
Joshua and Neil Hosland-Round were also entered under West Suffolk MC, and they finished eighth in a 1970 Volvo Amazon 122.
Motor Racing. Snetterton, 750 MC, Saturday and Sunday.
Races for 11 different 750 MC Championships.
Sprint. Depden, Essex, Wickford AC/Green Belt MC.
Essex Extreme/AEMC Championship, Sunday.
Rallying. Flying Fortress Stages, Dukeries MC, Sunday.
Jelf Motorsport.com/AEMC Championship.
Local entries include John/Laura Cooledge.
Short Circuit. Great Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30m.
Junior Rods, Rookie Rods, Bangers.