May - Ben Powney
Ben Powney - Congratulations to Ben Powney for winning driver of the month for May.
Ben came into the weekend looking for wins, after finishing 2nd and 13th in the opening rounds of the season at Castle Combe. Qualifying 6th in the first race and 5th in the second Ben was right in the mix.
Race one and Ben moved up to 4th, the slipstreaming around Brands providing some excellent racing. By lap 7 he was up to 3rd behind Mark Burton and Jack Coveney. Lap 11 he was 2nd and then on the penultimate lap made the move for top spot, Ben hung on to take victory by 0.6sec from Coveney.
In race 2 turned into a dominant display from Ben, moving up from 4th on the first lap he was in the lead by lap 5 and never looked back! Winning this time by nearly 6 seconds which is amazing in a Locost field so competitive. Well done again Ben! Next stop will be Croft at the end of May for a triple header.
Mark Burton - Congratulations to Mark Burton - Locost Championship. Mark has only recently started racing with the Locost championship having contested two rounds last year. Mark arrived at Combe in his SRB4 with hopes of a dry weekend having contested the last two rounds in the wet, however this wasn't to be!
This didn't put Mark off, a fantastic qualifying saw him claim his first pole position and 2nd place for race 2, in what were some of the trickiest conditions and juggling a track with 40 other Locost drivers on isn't an easy feat. Race 1 the start didn't quite go to plan causing Mark to bog down and end up down the pack. Mark never gave up, he carried on lap after lap climbing back up to a creditable 6th place.
Race 2 the weather had eased, Combe was no longer resembling a lake. A better start this time Mark was in the front pack, Louis Wall and Mark traded places but he regained 1st place on lap 7 and never look back until the last lap when back markers caused a scare and the gap closed by 7 tenths! Mark was glad to see the checkered flag. Not bad for a driver who still has the novice cross on the back and only in his 5th Race! Well done again Mark..
April - Mark Burton
2017 saw the start of the SJN Photography Driver Of The Month award. This was awarded to the driver that stood out to me across a race weekend in the month. Below are the winners of the 2017 awards, the feature is coming back for 2018
April Winner - Rob Armitage
Rob Armitage - Congratulations to Rob Armitage of JLR racing, for winning driver of the month! Rob competed in the 750mc road sports race at Donington, up against tough competition he finished 7th overall and 2nd in class finishing above the more powerful BMWs, Hondas and Lotus.
May Winner - Tim Penstone - Smith
Tim Penstone - Smith - A superb drive from Tim at Silverstone in the Locost championship saw him finish on the podium for the first time in his locost career. A fine 2nd place and 5th place has put Tim in 6th place in the championship.. Well done Tim!
June Winner - Oliver Batten
Oliver Batten - Well done to driver of the month Oliver Batten, racing in his no. 11 locost he qualified in 6th place.. Race 1 - Oliver was in a battle for the lead and eventually finished in 2nd his best finish in locost, Race 2 - again Oliver was in a battle for the lead and finished 2nd again. Unfortunately mechanical issues led to a non start in race 3.. lets hope theres more trophies to come!
July Winners - Ben Rushworth & Marcus Ward
Marcus Ward & Ben Rushworth - Well I couldn't choose just one driver this time! Congratulations to Marcus Ward - Classic Stock Hatch and Ben Rushworth - Hot Hatch..Marcus had difficult competition in the form of ex BTCC legend Anthony Reid, Marcus was leading in race 1 until the red flag, upon the restart Anthony Reid managed to claim victory... Race 2 saw a dominant display from Marcus to claim the race win and hold of Reid beating him by over 5 seconds..Ben in his Honda Integra grabbed pole position from the dominant fiestas, race 1 was a hard fought contest in the heat and Ben finished a fine 2nd, Race 2 was were Ben took control and took a well deserved victory, the first driver to beat the fiestas this season.
August Winner - James Harridge
James Harridge - Congratulations to James Harridge who is this months, driver of the month.. After terrible luck throughout the first part of this season, James had a trouble free weekend and won the 50th Anniversary races in some style.. Completely dominating qualifying and both races.. Lets hope this is the start many more victories.. Well done James!
September Winner - Jason Ballantyne
Jason Ballantyne - Jason had a strong weekend at Silverstone qualifying 3rd for the first time, for the two races on Saturday afternoon.. Race 1 was a hard fought battle with Mark Grice, Jason just missed out on victory but still finished a fine 2nd place. With the reserve grid for race 2, Jason started P9 but worked his way up to take the win and his first victory in the Civic Cup.. oh and also managed to break the lap record as well! Congratulations Jason!
October Winner - Steve Hewson
Steve Hewson - Congratulations Steve Hewson, who dominated the Roadsports race, starting in P3 for the race, Steve would of been hoping to hang onto a podium with some class A cars behind. Then the rain came causing the safety car to be released, as rivers began to form on track. Pit stops took place once the window was open and Steve went for the lead on lap 14, never looking back he drove away in the wet conditions to win by 22 seconds.. beating the more powerful class A cars, winning the race outright and class B. Well done Steve!
November Winner - Ben Miloudi
Ben Miloudi - Congratulations to Formula Vee champion Ben Miloudi, who is this months driver of the month! After a tense battle at Donington, Ben came out on top, with 3rd and 5th place finishes in his Sheane which began to sound very sick towards the end of the 2nd race creating some nervy moments! Adam Macaulay tried all he could to overhaul the points deficit. Bens consistency through the season meant the troubles of the Anglesey meeting didn't scupper his chances of becoming the Formula Vee champion in the championships 50th year.
December Winner - Stefano Leaney
Credit to Joshua Barrett Photography