A multitude of weather conditions made this weekend’s BRSCC Race Meeting at Anglesey an interesting spectacle. In contrast to how the weekend ended, qualifying on Saturday under blistering temperatures ended with possibly the closest top three of the season. Just 0.079 seconds separated Jonathan Greensmith first and Richard Avery third. In second, an impressive performance on the track by Steven Brown rewarded him with second, just 0.064 seconds behind Greensmith.
Consistency was the key to the Anglesey track and Jonathan Greensmith continued his dominance of this season’s championship with first place finishes across all three races. He scored the fastest lap in the eighth in Saturday’s first race, with a 1.18.564 time, and held out for victory ahead of Richard Avery in second and Steve Brown in third – a reversal of positions from qualifying and Brown’s first podium of the season!
In the Production Boxsters, Michael Goodacre got away in the lead and was hounded by Mark Marshall for the majority of the race, with Marshall having to hold off Jayson Flegg in the meantime. Flegg finally managed to get by on the second from last lap but was unable to pass Goodacre. All three cars crossed the line nose to tail with less than a second covering 1st to 3rd. Goodacre therefore took his first win of the season ending Jaysons record of finishing first in all of the races that he had finished.
In the 924 Class, Karl Rossin continued his impressive form from Rockingham to take the win ahead of Simon Hawksley in second and John Broadley landing his first podium of the season with a third.
Rainfall overnight left the track wet for Sunday’s first race and blackening skies replaced the blue scenic view of Saturday. Despite this change in conditions, Jonathan Greensmith continued his fine form to take first spot. A stunning display from Ed Hayes, coming from the back of the Class A grid, rewarded him with second place after his absence from Saturday’s proceedings due to other commitments. Nonetheless, he made his return felt taking the fastest lap with a 1:22.694 on the fifteenth lap.
Michael Goodacre led the Class B Boxsters from the start with Mark Marshall making a good start and moving into 2nd. Marshall ran wide at the second corner allowing team mate Jayson Flegg to come up the inside.Flegg and Goodacre tussled for a number of laps with Flegg finally making a pass stick at the banked hairpin. Marshall fell behind, struggling with the damp conditions. Goodacre kept Flegg on his toes but was unable to pass leaving Flegg to take the class win.
In the 924’s, Simon Hawksley – who scored the fastest lap of the class in the fifteenth lap – started the grid in second and finished on top, replacing Karl Rossin who took second. David Jones took third, just 0.354 seconds ahead of John Broadley.
In the afternoon, high winds made things interesting for the third and final race of the weekend with cold, dark skies greeting competitors on the track. From a spectators point of view the third and final race of the weekend was the most exciting. Due to the reverse grid, Greensmith showed his true class – which underscored the reason he currently leads the championship – as he weaved and worked his way through the pack, battling closely with Ed Hayes and Richard Avery. Avery’s participation in the race, however, came to an end in the sixth when smoke came from the engine whilst going through the Corkscrew. Steven Brown therefore seized the opportunity and secured himself a second podium of the season, and the weekend, after an impressive and consistent track performance gave him third place. At the top, Greensmith made it a hat-trick of wins, with another fastest lap, this time in the eleventh lap, helping him to victory against Ed Hayes, who took second in fine form.
Mark Marshall led away from pole and held the lead for 7-8 laps, holding off several attempts from Jayson Flegg to pass on the run-up to Rocket. Flegg eventually making a pass stick. Goodacre and Marshall again battled for several more laps before Goodacre passed Marshall to take 2nd. Once again, good clean and close racing and fun had by all three drivers.
The third 924 race was a cracker and starred Alistair Kirkham, who had substituted the new car he ran in the first two races for the trusty steed that had led him to his two championship victories in 2012/13. Starting from the back Alistair made and impressive start and had charged his way through to the front by the end of lap one. Alistair was followed home by John Broadley, just ahead of a race-long three-way battle between Karl Rossin, Simon Hawksley and David Jones. These three swapped places several times with Jones finally coming through to take third from Rossin and Hawksley.
With the next event scheduled for three weeks’ time at Oulton Park, we can’t wait to see what the next round of the championship will bring. See you there!
Words: Chris Paul, James Boult, Mark Marshall and David Jones
Photos: Dan Walton dwmotorsportphotography.com