Driver Of The Month 2019

October - Tim Probert

Congratulations to Tim Probert for winning October's driver of the month. Tim has been racing in the Formula Vee championship for many years but at Donington everything fell into place. After qualifying in a strong third place, the first race was held in the late summer sunshine. The first part of race one was red flagged, but upon the restart Probert was in the leading pack. A coming together between the top two left Probert to sneak through for his first victory in his 17 years in the championship. Probert rounded off a solid weekend by finishing strongly in the second outing, finishing third just one second behind the race leader. 

Congratulations to Scott Mittell for winning Septembers driver of the month. Scott has been competing in the Bikesports Championship in his self built Mittell MC41-R. Competing with the big manufactures of Spire and Radical, Scott has been developing the car throughout the season. Running in class C he has 1100cc compared to the class A rivals who have 1500cc. The balance between the weight of the car and the power certainly showed itself at Silverstone. Scott went into the triple header at Silverstone with more development time under his belt after competing in the OSS championship at Brands. In qualifying he qualified second just 0.07second behind championship contender Josh Smith. Race one started with a damp track after a brief shower. Josh Smith encountered problems and retired, but Scott was already ahead and led from lights to flag to claim his first overall victory. Race two and it started in very similar fashion this time on a dry track, Scott proved the cars development by taking another commanding victory. Sunday saw the third and final race of the weekend which again took place on a dry track. Scott led the way once more to claim a treble victory at Silverstone. A fantastic effort against some tough machinery and drivers, showing what the Mittell 41-R is capable of. Bikesports will finish their season at Snetterton a few weeks time. 

September - Scott Mittell

August - Martin Ward

Congratulations to Martin Ward for winning driver of the month. Having had problems with the car at the beginning of the season costing him a win at Brands and at Castle Combe, Martin was looking to Cadwell to kick start the season. Qualifying didn't go to plan with the throttle cable breaking resulting in Martin having to start 20th overall and 9th in class. Race one saw Martin get a brilliant start and jump up 10 places in the first lap alone. Once Martin was second in class he set about taking the lead from Scott Sharp. The battled lasted a few laps until Martin passed Scott to win Class B and set fastest lap along the way. Race two and starting from 1st in class Martin carried on where he left off in race one. The race was red flagged which meant a four lap sprint. On lap 2 of the restart Martin had a scary moment which resulted in him going off backwards down the gooseneck, doing a three point turn before rejoining down in fourth. Martin picked off Shaun Green and was chasing down Callum, when Class B leader Phil Wright retired, Callum then also had an off, allowing Martin to gain back position and take victory once again.

Congratulations to Danny Andrew, after two and a half years of being in RGB after leaving the Locost championship he claimed his first victory, with a tight win over Chippy. Danny came close at Brands with a closely fought battle for victory, the battle at Snetterton was just as close with Danny edging in front of Chippy with a winning margin of just 0.27second! The second race was held in very soggy conditions proving treacherous. Chippy spun out of contention into the gravel as he was battling with Danny, this left Danny with a 30 second advantage after two laps! He brought it home for the double victory with an astonishing 55 second gap to second!

July - Danny Andrew & James Gahagan

Congratulations to James Gahagan for his first podium finish at Anglesey in June. It was also JG racings first double podium finish with Scott finishing in 2nd. James has been pushing forward in the Clio 182 championship getting stronger as the season has gone on. After a difficult Brands which saw him being collected in a first race incident, his season restarted at Anglesey with a great performance in qualifying which was added to by his first silverware. Also congratulations must go out as the JG family has been extended by the arrival of baby Harry.

Congratulations to Tom Gadd for winning driver of the month. Tom went into the Croft weekend having never won a Locost race, but all that was about to change! Having qualified on pole for the first race, Tom fell to second place, but by lap 3 he regained the lead and broke the tow from Louis Wall behind to win his first Locost race. Sunday saw a further two races for them, the first of which Tom headed the field once again with a close fight with Louis Wall, until he received the black and orange flag due to his bonnet lifting up. Tom went on to take a comfortable victory in Locost racing wining again. Race 3 Tom started from pole and never looked back beating Martin West by 3.33 seconds. Not only did Tom take his first win in Locost but he completed the triple! Well done once again Tom. Locost race again at Anglesey this weekend for another triple header.

June - Tom Gadd

Sam McKee and Adam Mealand, Congratulations to the driver pairing of Sam and Adam for winning May’s driver(s) of the month. They started off their maiden Club Enduro campaign with a fine 3rd place in class with Sam qualifying in 1st for their first two hour outing of the season. Having raced at the last Enduro of the season at Snetterton last year, this year will see a full campaign for the pair with the improvements made to the car over the winter proving there worth with quick pace straight away. The race wasn’t without drama, with Adam taking the start he pushed on with quick laps holding 2nd in class. The safety came out a bit to early for them to make their stop so Adam carried on until 55 minutes in Sam took over. During the final stint Sam started to experience fuel starvation which affected the car in certain corners. It still didn’t stop Sam from passing Ivor Mairs for the final step of the podium. The pair go again at Croft in a couple of weeks time.

May - Sam McKee/Adam Mealand & Stewart Place

Stewart Place, Congratulations to Stewart for winning this month as well. Stewart has had a cracking start to the season with strong pace at Brands Hatch finishing 4th and 5th in both races. The Classic Stock Hatch headed to Mallory where Stewart drove superbly to qualify in 2nd place just 0.03 seconds behind reigning champion Lee Scott. The first didn’t quite go to plan falling to the back of the grid on the first lap, however he clawed his way up the field lap after lap to finish 9th and set fastest lap. Race two was completely different, Stewart had a fantastic battle with the top four trading places, Matt Rozier and Lee Scott led for parts of the race with Stewart battling with Edward Cooper. The battle was close and on lap 12 Stewart made his move to second and battled with Lee Scott finishing only 0.67 seconds behind and again setting the fastest lap. Stewart races again at Cadwell in July.

Congratulations to Matthew Booth for winning the first driver of the month for 2019. Matthew enjoyed a superb debut weekend in the F1000 championship, having raced in Sports Specials in recent years and becoming champion in 2016 the speed of these cars didn't faze him. Qualifying couldn't of been any more challenging with the sun coming out after a sudden hail/rain shower the track was soaked. Towards the end of the session the track began to show signs of drying with Matthew setting his fastest time on his 20th lap putting him 3rd on the grid. Race one and Matthew stayed with the pack, picking up pace, a late safety helped with the pack close together Matthew was able to stay with Colin Brown and only finish 0.06 seconds behind him! Race two saw the partial reverse grid seeing Matthew finish 8th. In race three another strong performance saw Matthew finish 2nd once again to Colin Brown. A strong points haul put Booth in 2nd overall after the first one, they race again at Silverstone National 4th May.

April - Matthew Booth

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