Penultimate CNC Heads Race Meeting on Anglesey this weekend 14 Sep 23

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CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship – ANGLESEY - Rounds 10, 11 & 12

All four winners in this years CNC Heads Sports Saloons will be on the grid this weekend, for 10, 11 and 12 of this years Championship.

Both Andrew Southcott’s MG Midget Lenham and Paul Rose’s Saker have three wins each, but Southcott will be hoping for better fortunes than his visit to Anglesey earlier this year, when a driveshaft put him put on the test day. Rose currently heads Class A in the Championship, but is only fifth overall, with overall leader Ian Bamber’s Ginetta G20 19 points clear of Bod Buckby’s Caterham.

Bamber has won Class E in every round, with Steven Parker his nearest rival in his BMW Compact. It’s been a good year for Parker too, as he lies fourth overall in the Championship.

Steve Harris’ Saker and Arron Armiger’s Vauxhall Tigra are the only other overall winners, with wins at Donington and Anglesey respectively. Armiger is second in class B behind Roddie Paterson’s Caterham. Paterson hasn’t managed an overall win yet, but has been second four times and is third in the Championship. Harris holds second in Class A behind Rose, with Duncan Aukland’s Proton Putra and Southcott next up. Garry Wardle’s TCR is fifth in the Class but missing this weekend, so the Class is completed by Simon Allaway’s Lotus Esprit V8, Julian Wood’s Kia Optima and Chris Petch’s Ginetta G50.

Joining Paterson and Armiger this weekend in Class B are former Champion Jamie Cryer’s Ginetta G20, Rob Wakelin’s Peugeot 205, Dave Green’s Honda Civic and Tim Foxlow’s Escort RSR. Class C struggles for numbers again with only Connor Harvey joining Buckby’s similar car, but on previous Anglesey visits they have been well matched.

Consistency has been the key in Class D where Riccy Walker Mini JCW tops the Class. He has won on two occasions and is sixth overall in the Championship and has a four-point lead over David Jones’ Ford Focus. Oliver Thomas’ Subaru Impreza has had a troublesome season, but still managed two wins on the earlier visit to Anglesey and he is joined by Paul Goodlad’s Scirocco. Clive Dix’s will hopefully have his Mazda RX7 sorted after gear problems and Ralph Underwood will be delighted to just get to start the race in his TR7 V8.

While Bamber and Parker have dominated Class E, Rob Phillips’ Honda Civic could be a challenger too. Matt Jones is getting used to his Ford Focus now and there are Renault Clio’s for both Cavan Taylor and Angus Eddowes. Tony Harman’s Ginetta G20 and Peter Koukoulas’ Toyota MR2 complete the Class line up.

In Class F it’s a straight family duel again between Helen and Brian Allen. Helen’s Fiesta currently heads Brian’s Puma by four points.

Completing the line-up is reigning Champion Jon Woolfitt, hoping to make his first start this season, after braking problems with his Spire in qualifying at Donington.

Qualifying on Saturday is for 20 minutes at 11.15, with race one at 15.45. Races two and three on Sunday start at 9.50 and 15.25 and are all 20 minutes duration.

The title is still to fight for with Bamber, Paterson, Parker and Rose in contention.

Published by Peter Scherer for BARC North West, September 14th 2023