Round 3 Anglesey National Circuit and Round 4 Anglesey International Circuit
Despite the majority of England and Wales enjoying the warmest recorded May bank holiday, the weather on the west coast of Anglesey where the Ty Croes circuit is situated was not so glorious. Although dry on the ground, the temperature never really warmed up until late morning on Sunday. As so often at Anglesey, a stiff breeze coming off the Irish Sea kept the temperature relatively low and blew in a chilly sea mist that often limited visibility on track and kept the track surface cool.
Sixteen drivers in three classes competed over two days and included three competitors making their competitive debuts in the Speed Championship.
Class P3 saw four competitors running an eclectic mix of Porsches at Anglesey and included Martin Leach in an early 911, originally owned and driven by Championship stalwart Dave Chivers. Also competing was Simon Parkin in a 2.5 ltr Boxster who picked up third place in 129.04 for his final run. Just over a tenth of a second separated first and second at Anglesey on Saturday, with Stephen Jory (944) taking second in 127.69 while Wayne Eason, also in a 2.5 ltr Boxster bettered Stephen’s time by just 0.12 seconds for first place in 127.57.
Class P2 also fielded four competitors with Geraint Evans (911 Carrera 3) characteristically making his first timed run his quickest and gaining himself third place in 127.69. Andy Fagan saved his best for last and took his Boxster S into second place in a final run of 125.94. It all came together for Graham Rose on his second timed run of the day. After deleting the supercharger that previously placed him in Class P1, Graham’s experience and skill with his 968-engined 924S put him in first place with an impressive margin of 3.32 seconds over Andy’s time. Graham’s time was 122.62 and set the class record for P2 at Anglesey on the National Circuit.
Seven drivers entered Class P1 with championship newcomer Peter Taylor making an impressive debut at Anglesey in a 718 S Boxster. Peter’s times neatly decreased on each successive run until he took third place in 123.77. Long-time competitor Karl Lupton proved his experience and skills at Anglesey with a fantastic first timed run that saw him taking his supercharged 968-engined 944 S2 to second place in 120.63. On any other day at Anglesey, Karl’s efforts would have claimed the class record, but he was up against current Speed Champion David Dyson in a 991 Turbo S. David’s impressive car control saw him consistently create class winning times with a fastest run of 119.25 that also claimed the long-standing P1 class record on the National Circuit.
Although the 2.1-mile International GP Circuit on day two at Anglesey was still shrouded by sea fog, it did begin to warm up, eventually burning off the mist in the afternoon.
In P1, mechanical gremlins forced Karl Lupton out of a final run, but he had done enough on his first timed run to achieve third place in 98.84. Peter Taylor continued where he left off on the previous day with another series of improving runs and finished with an impressive 98.03 for second place. By the time he’d completed his second practice time, David Dyson had already smashed the previous record for P1 at Anglesey and finished the day with a very impressive 95.14 for FTD and class record.
In Class P2 Tom Fisher’s orange Boxster cut through the sea mist as he systematically sliced his times down over the day to finish in third place with 102.16. Bettering Tom’s time by just under three-quarters of a second, Andy Fagan took second place again at Anglesey with his first and quickest timed run of 101.42. Graham Rose earned his second class win of the weekend with a time of 99.19 just beating Andy’s previous P2 class record of 99.36.
Not to be outdone, Class P3 also saw some very quick times and class records being taken at Anglesey. Taking third place with a time of 104.68 was Simon Parkin while Stephen Jory created his best time in his first timed run, taking second place in 102.74. Before an extravagant spin coming flat out of ‘Church’, Wayne Eason had already achieved a class record for Class P3 after beating his own record of 101.96 to get the class win in 101.44.
Thank you to the drivers for a great weekend of competition that not even the chilly sea fret of Anglesey could dampen too much. We return to hills and another double header for our next two rounds at Loton Park on 9-10 June and I look forward to seeing you there.