Round three was the Bristol Pegasus promoted sprint at Llandow in sunny South Wales and just to prove the point that it never rains in Cardiff the sun came out to play all day.
The organisers boasted a full entry for this most popular of venues and even a few timing glitches and visits to the scenery by a couple of over enthusiastic single seaters did not stop a full programme being completed.
It was a day for the HRCR drivers to blow off the cobwebs being the first event of the season for all those entered.
Jones brothers, Roger & Paul dusting off the Mini were joined by the other Mini regular of Pete Barlow and both cars enjoying trouble free runs compared to last year’s Llandow Gremlins.
Two new cars joined the fray although three new drivers with local man Phyl Evans turning out in his MGB and Devon based father and daughter team of Ian & Vicky Hunt in their Mini.
First practice saw Pete Barlow throwing down the gauntlet with a 96.79 with the rest of the field no more than a handful of seconds behind. With the exception of Paul Jones who thought the Mini resembled a Flymo and put all four wheels onto the grass recording an NTR in the process!
New man Phyl Evans took a little while to get used to the B but eventually came in second in the class with a best time of 95.74 before his tyres “went off” and loaded the car to take a spectator’s role for the last run.
Roger & Paul Jones, whilst battling manfully weren’t able to keep up with the pace setters and even though they both shaved several seconds off their initial practice laps they handed the class win to the Barlow mini by the end of the day.
Roger, however, wasn’t to be out-done by brother Paul’s earlier heroics and tried an agricultural route on the approach to the Bus Stop although managing to keep the right side of the Stewards on this occasion!
New members Ian & Victoria Hunt had a ball in the Welsh sunshine taking points in both the HRCR and the DEWS championships in the car that was bought new by Ian’s mum in the 1970’s. They certainly both had smiles on their faces as they headed for the long trip south.
Three down, twelve to go as the circus heads north for another new venue at Scammonden Dam, the first hill climb of the HRCR Moran Motorhomes Speed Series on Sunday May 19th. and promoted by the MG Car Club NW. The events are coming thick and fast now as the Coventry Motor-Fest weekend is just around the corner on the weekend of June 1st & 2nd.
HRCR Moran Motorhomes Speed Series.