With amazing clear blue skies and a temperature in access of 24‘C most people were heading to the beach, however, 34 drivers returned to BAE systems in Northwood for round 5 and the 3rd sealed surface event of the season.
The high temperatures were playing havoc with many cars and possibly effecting many of the drivers with an incredible 79 wrong tests being performed on the day. However, those that chose tarmac and rubber over sea and sand were rewarded with a great day of grass roots motorsport.
Initially Ryan Munt topped the leader board followed by David Goodwin in his classic mini, however, Ryan’s car had a resurgence of its carburettor issue that saw his car catch fire and confined to the pits for the rest of the day.
Once competitors got to grips with the course, the class 5 cars took the lead and by the day’s close all top 6 places were either Locosts or single seater specials. Previous championship winner Dan Morgan was looking to take the win in his Sub Zero but was pipped by 2015 ‘Up and Coming’ award winner Ricky Sheppard as he shaved 3 tenths of a second of Dan’s time.
Ricky has been showing good form and his first ever event win was met by plenty of cheer and congratulations from his fellow peers as he sprayed the champagne from the top step of the podium.
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