Roche re-affirms his Authority

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Roche in front at Anglesey Photo www.ajbphotographic.co.uk

It was first blood to James Blake Baldwin in Race 1, but the drive of the season from 16th on the grid saw Tom Roche take victory in Race 2. Roche made it 2-1 with victory again in Race 3

A grid bursting 32 competitors made the long trip to Anglesey to begin the second half of the championship calendar. With the points table finely balanced between Tom Roche and James Blake-Baldwin, the latter on a run of 3 consecutive wins, the results from the triple header event would give us a further indication as to the identity of the likely champion.

Having completed practice and qualifying on Saturday morning, the first race on Saturday saw the two protagonists on the front row of the grid. Although Roche led briefly from the start, Blake-Baldwin found a way through and was never headed leading the field home by nearly 7 seconds.  With Blake-Baldwin now making it 4 victories in a row, Roche had a race to forget. He was firstly penalised by 5 seconds for track limits which was then upgraded to a drive through penalty. Not having time to take his drive through penalty, 30 seconds was added to his race time which saw him relegated to 16th place. This would also mean he would start from the 8th row for the first race on Sunday. 

The second race of the weekend on Sunday morning saw Roche gain eight positions on the first lap put all that was in vain as the race was red flagged. This was for a huge accident that saw Callum Edwards get onto the grass at over 100mph on the left on the approach into Rocket. With the grass wet from earlier rain, Edwards vault back across the circuit at Rocket and whilst airborne collected Dan O’Connor. Both drivers were OK but both cars retired from the race. On the re-start it was deja vu for Roche who again made 8 places on the opening lap. Remarkably Roche continued his race to the front and on the last lap he lay in third place behind Blake-Baldwin in the lead and Brian Chandler in second.  With some of the cars suffering fuel surge issues due to the restarted race, unbelievably Roche took the lead in Peel and was followed home on the line by Ed Gay with James Blake-Baldwin in third. So round one to Blake-Baldwin but an epic drive by Roche sees him pack on the top step of the podium.

The final race was again red flagged this time by Ed Gay spinning on the start/finish straight. In the ensuing melee the cars of Ed Gay, Simon Baldwin, Alex Preston and Alastair Topley were all too badly damaged to take the restart. The restarted race which was held in almost torrential rain saw Roche lead throughout but he was kept honest by Brian Chandler following Roche nose to tail across the line. Some drivers excelled in the slippery conditions in particular Dan Rogers, Rhys Jenkins and Paul Yeomans who went from 30th on the grid to 13th place. However, it was James Blake-Baldwin who could only manage 8th place and not being able to drop any scores in the championship, saw his gap to Roche leading the championship go from a pre race 16 points extend out to 36 points.

Complete results for the weekend can be viewed at http://www.tsl-timing.com/brscc/2013/133131xch.pdf.  The next race is scheduled for 31st August/1st September at Brands Hatch where we will yet again see some fantastic racing from the premier Mazda MX5 championship in the UK. 

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Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Will Blackwell-Chambers 2218 2044
2 Oliver Allwood 2130 2000
3 Joshua Jackson 2168 1976