Testing conditions at Anglesey meeting
Sitting on the very edge of the island, the Anglesey Circuit can be a lovely location when the weather is kind, writes Arthur Debenham.
However, last Friday it was a wet testing session that faced competitors in the latest rounds of the 750 MC’s RGB Championship. Saturday’s qualifying saw an improvement, but still damp conditions.
For Troston’s John Cutmeor it was a session that proved difficult when it came to finding a clear lap. Nevertheless, he made it to P3 equal on time with Spire team-mate Billy Albone, both just 0.28 seconds away from pole-sitter, Scott Mittell, in his Mittell MC-53.
The battle for the rear-engined class is really all about these three, but overall the success in the front-engined category of the Arion S2 from the Buxahll AB Performance outfit continues, or does it? Matt Higginson could only make P10 for race one, and not the quickest car in class.
As the 30-strong field got under way for race one, Cutmore held a brief spell at the front of this three-way battle for the lead, but eventually he was passed by both Albone and Mittell, who took first and second respectively.
Meanwhile, Higginson had put his qualifying problems behind him, together with fellow Class F competitors, as he moved up to secured eighth overall, first in class.
Grid positions for race one came from the fastest qualifying lap, those for race two are decided by the second-best lap. This saw a slight reshuffle at the front. While Mittell was still on pole, Cutmore took second from Albone.
Both Albone and Cutmore made a good start, pulling Mittell into third. Albone continued to hold the top spot, and for Cutmore it was a question of keeping Mittell down in third. This he managed to do, but it lost him the chance to challenge for the race lead. Behind them, Higginson again progressed to secure another eighth overall, first in class to ensure his continued overall lead of the championship.
Meanwhile, Cutmore continues to hang on to the Class R Championship lead.
For the latest round of the Anglia Motor Sport Club Autosolo Championship, West Suffolk MC were rewarded by a strong entry of 59 competitors, who took in their event at Debden Airfield, near Saffron Walden, last Sunday.
In order to cut down on waiting time between tests, the club ran four tests at a time, allowing competitors five runs, a system that seemed to work well.
Once again it was the Peterson family who came away with top honours, Mark taking victory in the autosolo category, with father John again securing the autotest section.
However, Peterson junior did not have it easy, his Renault Clio being pushed hard by Class B winner, Leigh Gray’s Mazda MX5, with just 0.7 seconds separating them.
With Peterson taking the overall win, Anton Kuzenko’s Peugeot 206 GTi took Class A2 honours, with Neil Wackett second in his BMW Mini Cooper.
Class A was all about the Cruz and Christmas families. As Vini Cruz took the Peugeot 106 to class honours, Caroline secured fourth, the pair separated by Duncan Christmas (second) and daughter Laura third in their Austin Mini.
Behind Leigh Gray’s MX5, similar cars took the first seven places, with the Kevin Lockwood and Pete Shepherd versions second and third in Class B.
Class C saw three Westfields in action, here Rebecca Rowles finished ahead of Ian Rowles, with Nick Skuce third.
The autotest cars ran over the same course, but unlike the autosolos, they do not have to be driven to the meeting.
With John Peterson coming out as winner, it was Laurence Rose who took Class D in yet another MX5.
Finally, we come to the Production Car autotest. This is for young beginners, and they have to have a passenger. It was dominated by the Ford Ka of Ben Peckham/Colin Godfrey. Peckham took victory, and when they swapped seats, Godfrey finished second of an 11-strong entry.
Motor Racing. Snetterton, MSVR, Saturday. MSVT Team Trophy, Jaguars GTS Series, Aston Martins.
Oulton Park, MSVR, Saturday. Races include Tin Tops, Swinging Sixties, Magnificent Sevens.
Short Circuit. Mildenhall Stadium, Saturday 5pm, Sunday 1.30pm. Saloon Stock Cars, BriSCA F2, Bangers.
Great Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30pm. Lightning Rods, Bangers.
Great Yarmouth, Thursday, 7.30pm. Rookie Rods, Mini Super Twos, Bangers.