The BTRDA championship also reached its conclusion at Pembrey. Some of the class title had been settled in the penultimate round at Blyton but the overall title was very much open in the final round, and SuperModified racers Shelley Wakeling and Neil Wade were the leading contestants for the crown.
Wakeling set fastest times in the second and third heats to take pole position for the A final in her Honda Civic Type R, Jonny Bean and Dave Ewin joining her on the front row of the grid. Wade shared the second row with Nick McAdden but would have an incident packed A final.
Wakeling led the pack into the first gravel section where Ewin’s challenge for the race win suddenly came to an end when the bonnet of his Fiesta flew open. As Ewin tried to stop his car he inadvertently blocked Wade who had to take to the infield in order to avoid a collision. The incident cost Wade time and as he tried to regain the lost ground and get back into the race, he suffered a spin that left his Mini Cooper seventh in the final.
At the front, Wakeling continued on her way without any problems, McAdden emerging as the only real rival and running close to the lead Honda, although never quite able to make a challenge. Bean was third, local racer Darren Mansell fourth in a rare outing with his Vauxhall Tigra.
The race win confirmed Wakeling as the overall champion, the first female driver ever to win a BTRDA ‘gold star’ championship in the 72 history of the organisation.
SuperModified 1 Shelley Wakeling (Honda Civic Type R); 2 Nick McAdden (Vauxhall Corsa); 3 Jonny Bean (BMW 235); 4 Darren Mansell (Vauxhall Tigra); 5 Richard Moore (Ford Fiesta rwd); 6 Brian Jukes (Seat Ibiza).
The Stock Hatch class title was open entering the event and competition was stiffer than ever, a good entry of championship protagonists joined by eight Irish championship drivers for who this event was the first round of their winter-based 2010-2011 championship.
To provide the fairest championship position for each, the two groups were split into separate finals and the BTRDA group produced a close battle between Adam Clark and Dave Martin. Clark led the first two laps before Martin went ahead, the two remaining close thereafter with Darren Clark running third but unable to make any impression on his unrelated rival in second place.
Second place was enough for Clark to secure the class championship in his first full year of Rallycross, while Martin took second place in the series ahead of David Pearson after gaining his first event win of the year.
Pearson finished fourth in the A final, clear of Darren Swales but frustrating too far off the lead group. Bob Hardie and Paul Smith took the next two places, Rallycross returnee Rob Blake finishing eighth in his Citroën C2 rally car with Nick Potter and John Rook the last two cars home after Chris Harper retired his Peugeot in the last lap of the race.
The Irish championship racers were led by Gordon Lynch who held the lead for two laps before Michael Duke swept through to lead and take the race win. Aaron Dalton also managed to find his way past Lynch to finish second.
Stock Hatch 1 Dave Martin (Peugeot 205 GTi); 2 Adam Clark (Citroën Saxo VTR); 3 Darren Clark (Citroën Saxo VTS); 4 David Pearson (Peugeot 205 GTi); 5 Darren Swales (Peugeot 205 GTi); 6 Bob Hardie (Peugeot 205 GTi).
Irish Rallycross Championship Stock Hatch 1 Michael Duke (Peugeot 106 XSi); 2 Aaron Dalton (Peugeot 106 XSi); 3 Gordon Lynch (Peugeot 106 XSi); 4 Noel Quinn (Citroën Saxo VTR); 5 Eddie Peterson (Peugeot 205 GTi); 6 Fergus Lynch (Peugeot 106 XSi).
Oli Mellors set fastest time in all three Junior heats and started the A final from pole, Todd Crooks alongsisde and champion-elect Paige Bellerby completing the front row of the grid. Irish driver Tom Holton qualified fourth in his new Nissan Micra, fifth place being held by Ken Sumanadasa.
Bellerby made the best start to the final and led the first three laps before Mellors found his way past to took up the lead. Once ahead, Mellors proved to be the faster driver and stretched out his lead to take a clear win while Bellerby contained Crooks’ challenge to finish second, Holton and Sumanadasa completing the order.
Junior (all Mini) 1 Oli Mellors (Mini); 2 Paige Bellerby (Mini); 3 Todd Crooks (Mini); 4 Tom Holton (Nissan Micra); 5 Ken Sumanadasa (Mini).
Kris Hudson emerged on top of a close qualifying battle after setting fastest times in the first and third heats to secure pole position. George Edwardes was fastest in the second heat and second fastest in the first and started alongside his title rival.
Hudson took the lead at the start of the race and appeared to be the fastest driver. However, his race was ruined by a gear selection problem that slowed his Mini in the second lap and allowed Edwardes to move easily through to the lead. Richard Wakeling also passed Hudson who continued in third place until he shot off the track in the last lap and lost further places. Edwardes held off Wakeling’s challenge to win the race and the championship, ben Clark placing third in the final, ahead of Tom Edwardes, Keifer Hudson and Kris Hudson. Samantha O’Flannagan lost out on a better finish when she went off in the first lap and rejoined at the tail of the field, Mark Bright the last finisher.
Result 1 George Edwardes; 2 Richard Wakeling; 3 Ben Clark; 4 Tom Edwardes; 5 Keifer Hudson; 6 Kris Hudson.