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F2 Anglesey R2

Round two - anglesey

N.E.M.C.R.C. 

22nd - 23rd june

Supported by Pagid Brake Pads/Breitenbach Rennsport, Whitby Cottages, Hegarty Plant Hire, Freight Hub and Tingles of Warmfield

Words – Brian Ross (F.S.R.A. Press Officer) / Photographs – Simon Heath


Saturday 22nd june

Warm up


The conditions were good, the sun was out, and the temperature was high - albeit a little windy on the pit wall! All outfits went out putting in 8 laps to get some decent track time, setting them up for the day ahead.


Warm up


The sun was out for the session but the wind was still blowing very hard pushing the outfits up the start finish straight. Teams were battling up and down the grid swapping positions throughout the session allowing for more rubber to adhere to the track causing greater speeds. Most of the fastest laps were won at the end of the session apart from Crawford/Hardie 1:35.931 who did there’s on lap 4 but had to retire the session with an issue (although at the end of the session this was fast enough for 3rd in the supers), this left the door open for Founds/Walmsley who did a 1:32.408 to take pole and Ellis/Clement who did a 1:32.860 to take second.  Clarke/Johnson made a big impression taking pole in the cup 1:34.766 which also put them 3rd on the grid overall, whilst Dawson/Sims also put a great lap in of 1:35.600 which put them 2nd on the grid for the cup and 4th on the grid overall and Saunders/Stokoe took 3rd in class with a time of 1:38.968.



Qualifying


With all sidecar outfits on grid, they battled it out up and down for positions changing multiple times. The session came to a close with only 7 seconds between the front of the field and the rear. The top 3 outfits starting in pole position were Founds/Walmsley with 1:12.894, second place were Ramsden/Ramsden with 1:13.608 and third place went to Dawson/Sims with 1:15.203.


Race 1


As the race gets underway 4 outfits make great headway through the pack. All making up 3 positions each - Crawford/Hardie up to 2nd, Clarke/Johnson up to 4th, Moore/Gash up to 8thand Schofield/Smith up to 9th whilst Ilaria/Lace lost out massively dropping 6 places after an unfortunate spin-out. Founds/Walmsley pulled a gap to 1.7 seconds over second place which they held onto for several laps. Sadly, Baker/Dawkins retired by lap 3 whilst Lockey/Binns managed to get past Schofield/Smith bringing them up to 9th only to top it in lap 5 they were able to gain another grid place.

The top 3 saw them pull away from Clarke/Johnson at an average of 2 seconds a lap. Schofield/Smith passed Moore/Gash only for Ilaria/Lace to pass both outfits only to then have a moment and loose both places again.





Sunday 7th April

Warm up


The weather was again kind to us, the wind was down from the day before and the track temperature was warm. This meant the outfits could get out and put some steady laps in ready for race 2.


Race 2


As the race gets underway there were many outfits jostling for positions up and down the grid, with Dawson/Sims making the biggest gain of 7 places. Founds/Walmsley got off to a flying start pulling a 3 second gap on the pack and setting a new lap record at 1:12.165.  The pair went even faster the following lap pulling the gap to nearly 5 seconds and again beating the lap record to which they had just set the previous lap 1:12.033.

The grid settled down and everyone just kept putting the laps in. An unfortunate issue saw Dawson/Sims loose 6 places promoting everyone else around them. Schofield/Smith alongside Moore/Gash continuously battled it out lap after lap with no more than 0.5 seconds between them for 4 laps. On lap 10 Dawson/Sims got black flagged which put them out of the day’s racing. Saunders/Stokoe kept up the good work in 2nd place for the Cup as they pursued Clarke/Johnson. As the laps passed by, the teams held their positions and tried to chase each other down. Having not made it out for Race 1 the day before, Morphet/Ryder resolved their mechanical issues and ran a great race coming in 3rd place. At the end of the 16-lap race Founds/Walmsley finished 16 seconds ahead of Crawford/Hardie and 23 seconds ahead of the Ramsden duo.   


Current (and New) Lap Records for Anglesey are as follows:

Supers: Founds/Walmsley          23.06.2024               00:01:12:033

Cup: Atkinson/Knapton                08.05.11                   00:01:14:091


On behalf of the F.S.R.A., I would like to express thanks to our loyal series sponsors, who have continued to pledge their support, Hegarty Plant Ltd; Pagid Racing (Breitenbach Rennsport); Whitby cottages; Freight Hub and Tingles of Warmfield they continue their long partnerships with the F.S.R.A on board for the coming season, and thank them for investing in the championship.


Finally, the F.S.R.A. would like to thank Wirral 100 for hosting, and to all their dedicated officials, marshals, medics and all the other volunteers involved in running the event.















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