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2CV Racing Newsletter April 2018

Championship Rounds 1, 2 & 3 at Cadwell Park, April 14/15

Peter Scherer reports on the first three rounds of the Championship, two sprints and a two-jour enduro at Cadwell. Read here. Championship table after three rounds:
1 Pete Sparrow 291
2 Lien Davies 265
3 Tom Perry 265
4 Sandro Proietti 263
5 Luca Proietti 260
6 Nick Crispin 225
7 Alec Graham 220
8 Matthew Hollis 190
9 Simon Clarke 190
10   Ainslie Bousfield    185

Full results of all three races at - look under BARC

Next Championship Rounds: 4 & 5 Brands Hatch, May 12/13 

You can still enter for the two rounds at Brands, just for that meeting if you can. Do it right now, but entries can be accepted right up to Wednesday, May 9. Contact Chris Yates, And, yes, come along and enjoy the BBQ on Saturday evening.

Liqui Moly 2CV 24 Hour Race  Snetterton August 17, 18 & 19
The Club has assembled a very strong grid already and the target now is 40+ cars. Dor those that have already paid £100 deposit then a further £400 should be paid by May 1.

If you have yet to send in your entry then you’ll save by doing so by May 1, when the entry fee goes up a bit more.
Cadwell Paddock Notes:
Jon Davis Trophy - The new trophy given by the club in memory of Jon, was on show for the first time. It is formed from a worn cylinder barrel with a burnt-out piston mounted on a chunky wooden base.

Jon used to race as Two Smoking Barrels so the burnt-out piston brings a wry smile to all those who remember him. It was won for the first time by Lien Davies and Tom Perry when they finished first in the two-hour enduro and it will be presented at the dinner dance in November.
Two new or refreshed teams were at Cadwell, both planning to run the full series:
Kris Tovey & Richard Gardiner - running the beautiful car built with enormous care by Kris two years ago. Bit of a bump temporarily took the shine off it, but they hope to have it straight by Brands.

Savage Motorsport - Grant Savage and his son Brent. Grant has lots of experience in all forms of motorsport, including FF2000 and F1 Stock Cars. His son is on the technical side of engine fuelling. They now have two 2CV race cars and are enjoying starting on a new learning curve. They easily won the prize for the biggest motorhome and trailer, which was not too handy in the mud!
Air cleaners – Every car had to have a new non-foam air filter, and there were some interesting ideas revealed. This is what Ron Mears, a fastidious engineer, has come up with.

Pete Sparrow had made up something akin to a baby’s car seat in aly. Baby gets a great view, not so good for the driver.
Composite front skirts and panels – Wayne Cowling of Gadgit has been working over the winter with a composites specialist. First result is a front spoiler which tests show to be much tougher than the current one made of vacuum moulded sheet, and not too pricey at around £55. It flexes under load, rather than cracks.
Coming soon are composite rear wings, front wings and bonnet. One of the Gadgit cars tested a rear wing to near destruction in race 2, but the team soon repaired it very effectively with alu plates and rivets. Contact Wayne at:

‘Snails Pace’ – the Club magazine edited by racer Matt Hollis. It’s the complete record of every race at every meeting, the official archive of all our races and all the drivers. With some great pictures. All the back copies are available on the website. Take a look - here is a link to what was going on 10 years ago. Take a few minutes to browse the 24 Hour race at Snetterton in 2008. See who was racing then and who is still racing now. 

Broadland Ducks – The local 2CVGB Norfolk group are organising the 2018 2CVGB National meet over the same weekend as our 24 Hour at Snetterton. It will be in North Walsham, about 25 miles away. We are working with them to help make it easy for a group from the National to visit the 24 Hour.

The Club’s commercial partners - The Classic 2CV Racing Club greatly values its commercial partners. Their contributions help fund the 24 Hour Race Radio, which webcasts the race commentary with live video. We plan that this year’s coverage will use a new digital video system being pioneered by Lester Forbes, Director of Motorsport Media. – the UK’s leading specialist supplier of parts for all models of the Citroen 2CV 
Liqui Moly – huge range of vehicle lubricants and service supplies
Stevenage Sheet Metal - high quality laser cutting and general fabrication 
Duff Morgan – the leading Citroen dealers in East Anglia, with branches in Norwich and Kings Lynn
Lion – suppliers of everything required by professionals involved in framing and hanging pictures
BRT Bearings Group – Twenty branches around the UK stocking power transmission and pneumatic systems
Mintex Classic – the very best pads and linings for classic cars. Used by many 2CV racers.

To discuss how your company might become a commercial partner and join this list at a very reasonable cost, please contact Martin Harrold:

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Pete Sparrow proved unbeatable in both 2CV Sprint races at Cadwell Park, but it was master tacticians Gadget Racing to the fore in the two-hour Enduro, with Lien Davies and Tom Perry victorious.

Only 0.212 secs split Sparrow and Sandro Proietti after qualifying, but it was Proietti that nosed ahead onto the Mountain for the first time, with defending Champion Lien Davies in third, from Nick Crispin, Alec Graham and Matthew Hollis.

As they crossed the line to start lap two, Davies got a monumental run down the inside into Coppice, surging passed both Proietti and Sparrow, who then went into Park side by side. “I couldn’t believe how quickly I came upon the leaders,” Davies admitted.

Sparrow stuck to his guns and was into second at Mansfield and quickly began to harass for the lead, as Proietti lost ground to come under pressure from Crispin. “It was exciting, I was on the back of Sparrow and thought we would get away until Lien got that tow. I worked well with Nick though until Pete and Lien worked together and got away again,” Proietti added.

As the lead duo started to escape, Crispin was third into Park on lap four, but Proietti stayed close as Sparrow retook Davies into Park for the lead a lap later.

There were further duels behind the lead quartet as Graham diced with Hollis and Ainslie Bousefield with Mick Storey.

As Sparrow started to build a lead, Davies, Crispin and Proietti ran in formation for second, with Proietti back into third on lap six. “We worked together to catch the leaders, but I was down on power and lost out through Hall Bends after breaking a shocker, maybe on the kerbs,” said Crispin.

On lap eight however the safety car was out as Ronald Mears’ car had expired on the crest of the Mountain and he was out of the car.

The safety car took the race to the chequered flag, leaving Sparrow, Davies and Proietti on the podium as Crispin just missed out. “It was all well managed but I didn’t really want to lead onto the last lap. I had a good start and it went to plan,” said Sparrow.

Graham and Hollis completed to the top six, with Bousefield retaining seventh over Storey. “It went noisy part way through the race, didn’t lose any power though,” said Graham. “Awesome start then I lost out in a pincer movement between Crispin and Graham, got sandwiched but managed to stay with Alec,” Hollis explained.

“I was in a perfect position to watch a great race until the safety car but I thought Mick would pass me as he caught me very quickly,” Bousefield added. “I could get close but not enough, the others were just too quick,” Storey replied.

Steve Walford and Nick Roads rounded off the top 10 after an entertaining duel. “I was a bit down on power, lost the tow and they got away,” said Walford. 

Sparrow was on pole again for race two, but this time it was Tom Perry alongside, taking over the Davies Team Gadget car.

It was Luca Proietti however that went into Coppice locked in combat with Sparrow, but he soon lost out as Graham and Crispin got by exiting Charlies, before Proietti reclaimed third on the Mountain approach.
Sparrow briefly got away on lap two, the next four paired off, before it became a nine car lead train a lap later.

Graham put Sparrow under pressure through Coppice as Proietti waited in the wings, but Crispin had fallen back in fourth and had Perry closing in, after he had lost out at the start.

Perry was into fourth by lap four and latched onto the Graham and Proietti duel for second, which had given brief respite for Sparrow.

Proietti had second into Gooseneck a lap later, but Graham took it back exiting Charlies, continuing side by side into Park, but Perry had got passed them both.

Six cars as one and Proietti had shot back into contention to challenge for the lead, but it was now Perry in front and Sparrow had dropped to third.

A lap from home it all changed again, Sparrow led out from Proietti with Perry under pressure from Graham for third, after he ran very wide at Hall Bends and peeled part of his bodywork back. Sparrow held on for win number two, from Proietti, while Graham snatched third on the last lap from Perry. Crispin managed to hold onto fifth, while Matthew Hollis just held off Simon Clarke for sixth, after he demoted Kris Tovey on the last lap.

Brian Heerey and Martin Riman completed the top 10 after escaping from a three-way fight between Mick Storey, Marc Grasby and Roy Eastwood, but Katy Storey lost a front wing with last lap contact.
The varying tactics in the 2 Hour Enduro left victory uncertain until the very end.

With Graham saving all three of his compulsory stops until the end, he was the hare at the head of the field. He pitted on laps 38, 39 and 40, so the hardwork done in the early stages by Davies paid dividends and left Gadget team mate Perry with comfortable lead. “Lien did such a fantastic job it was just left to me to bring it home really,” said Perry after the duo took the win by a healthy 25.808 secs.

The winners may have become clear cut but it certainly wasn’t behind. Sparrow had shared with returning ex Champion Gary Adnitt and Luca Proietti had taken over from Dad Sandro, while the solo running Crispin made it a triple battle.

On the last lap it was side by side with Sparrow and Proietti, but Luca got through at the Gooseneck and allowed Crispin to challenge for third.

“I had a moment at Park, a bit heart stopping but didn’t have Sparrow’s pace either,” said Proietti, who still managed to hold onto second.

For third it was 0.013 secs but Crispin got it, despite the timing screen initially showing Sparrow. “I had got ahead of Luca and Pete, but went wide at Park, then went off at Barn and Pete had to take to the grass to avoid me,” Crispin explained. “I thought he had beaten me on the line too,” he added.

Graham finally finished in fifth ahead of Bousefield/Clarke, with Matthew Hollis seventh and Yates/Ash Carter eighth. “If holding your position was a plan, then it worked,” Yates admitted, Grasby/Walford were ninth while Heerey/Roads came in tenth, a lap down.

Published by Peter Scherer for the 2CV Racing Club, April 16th 2018.

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