Race Report Camberley 23rd July 2016
Scorchio! That was the one word to sum up the weather as the drivers from FP4 arrived at Camberley for Round 5 of the summer championship. The sun beat down on the track all day meaning there were many challenges in set up as the track temperature rose. At the top of the championship in World Formula the gaps between the leaders were very small further adding to the determination of drivers to get things just right.
At the beginning of the day in World Formula Mark Davies had a small points advantage over Angus Waddell – with lap times so short at the Blackbushe track gaps were going to be small and with overtaking quite a challenge we were due for some very exciting racing. In Heat 1 Davies worked his way through to the win from fifth place on the grid but Waddell showed his clear determination by coming in second, despite starting from 12th. Rob Teague and Peter Coakes, who were separated by only one point in the standings came in a close third and fourth. In heat two it was Coakes who battled through to take the win with the two championship contenders suffering DNFs through mechanical woes, Davies with a broken throttle cable and Waddell with steering column issues. Another storming drive from Heavyweight Keith Robertson brought him in to second from 6th on the grid and a welcome return to the three top spots for Dave Jarvis, who returned to racing after a long lay-off. In Heat three Davies took the top honours by some margin, with Alex Whiteley coming in second and Teague third. So the final was shaping up nicely with some barn storming performances right from the start. After his DNF in Heat two, Waddell had started from 8th place on the grid and he made his determination to hit the front very clear by passing many drivers in the first couple of laps; Davies however had started from 4th and made a lightning start and had the lead by the end of the first lap. Behind these two, Coakes and Teague battled it out for the bottom step of the podium. Once he had got past these two, Waddell set out reducing the gap to Davies and by the end had almost got to within striking distance, but not quite. So Mark Davies took the win with Waddell in second and Coakes just pipping Teague to the third place.
In Prokart a smaller grid meant the battling was confined to battling duels. Shayne Cuthbert had a relatively easy cruise to the win in all four races but particularly at the start Ian Fisher ensured that it was not all clear sailing for him. Behind there were some exciting battles between Jon Davies and Kev Mathers with the order changing over every lap. In Heats 1&2 it was Mathers in third, in Heat 3 and the final Davies just pipped him at the post – bearing in mind Davies is classed as a Heavyweight, these determined and consistent drives earned him the accolade of Driver of the Day – the second time this year he has won. We were very pleased to see Trevor Bull back on the grid and hope to see him again.
So it had been a long and hot day at Camberley – the meeting was organised in the usual friendly and efficient way and all the drivers are looking forward to returning to Camberley for the next meeting on the 27th August. Current championship points and positions can be found on the FP4 website and it promises to be very close with two rounds left. No-one can afford any slip ups! Entries for Camberley in August are now open.