At the 12th September round of the CNC Heads Championship the main award competed for was the Dave Simpson Trophy.
The trophy was presented to the Centre by Margaret Simpson in honour of her husband Dave. Back in the early days of the series, as it was then, Dave was instrumental with Ken Mitchell and John Leck in setting up the championship. With grids of perhaps 10/12 cars back then it did not look too good for the success of the Championship. However with Dave’s encouragement and enthusiasm the Championship grew from strength to strength and within a few years we saw grids of over 30 regularly. Unfortunately Dave has not seen how strong the Championship has become in recent years. There cannot be many Championships this strong after 36 years.
The Trophy was decided by the driver who wins his or her class and has the greatest speed differential to the driver coming second. This basically translates to the driver who is most dominant in their class. The only proviso is that there must be at least three starters (and of course at least two finishers!).
This year as the race progressed there were three drivers in contention, interestingly all in the modified classes, Garry Wardle, Jamie Cryer and Dave Green. As the race neared completion it looked like the award would go to Garry Wardle, however on his last lap he brushed the barriers at Brittains and pulled off directly into the Paddock thus becoming a non finisher. It was very close between Cryer and Green with only 0.15mph separating them.
After checking the results carefully it was determined that Dave Green was the recipient and he can be seen receiving the lovely (heavy) trophy from Margaret Simpson in the photo above.