Rockingham 5-6 April Class A
Whittaker wins again
The latest 2 rounds of the 2014 BMW Kumho tyres championship took place at Rockingham near Corby on the international circuit that utilises not only the infamous banking but also the twisty infield sections. Rockingham is the only circuit in the country to have a banked circuit.
This time there would be qualifying on the Saturday followed by 2 races the next day both of 20 minutes duration.
A total of 11 cars took to the track for the 20 minute qualifying session and the track was dry and even though it was cloudy there looked little chance of any rain falling.
The session ended and it was Garrie Whittaker (E36 M3) once again leading the way ahead of Darren Fielding ( E36 ME EVO) with Colin Wells (M3 CSL) and Richard Bacon (E46 M3) making up the next row of the grid.Whittakers time of 1:28.942 was 0.98 seconds faster than Fielding and represented an average speed of 78.52 MPH on the 1.94 mile circuit. Whittaker only covered 5 laps in the session and spent a lot of time in the pits watching and waiting to see if his time would be bettered. Slowest man on the track was Des Thresh (E36 M3) with his car having suffered a big crash at Donington Park this was the 1st time the car had been back on track and wasn’t handling as it should.
Sunday morning saw the car take to the track for there 1st race of 2 during the day. Rain had fallen overnight but the track was now dry and any standing water had gone. The cars took there places on the grid and waited for the start of the race. The lights went out to signal the start of the race and it was Tom Wrigley (E36 M3) who made the best start with Fielding & Wells right behind him. Pole sitter Whittaker made a poor start and was in 4th place as they headed into the 1st corner off of the banking when Whittaker went through the middle of both Fielding & Wells and was right next to Wrigley who he then took before the next corner and was leading the race. The race settled down as all of the cars made it safely around the 1st lap of the circuit. Fielding was ahead of Wells but eventually Wells made his move and started to put distance between themselves. The race lasted for 14 laps and by the time Whittaker took the chequered flag he was just over 11 seconds ahead of Wells with Fielding in 3rd.Whittaker had the fastest lap in the race a time of 1:29.56.All 11 cars that started the race made it full race distance.
Race 2 took place later in the afternoon and this time Whittaker made a good clean start and was neck and neck with Wells going into the 1st corner with Wells right next to the famous Rockingham walling and they both made it safely around the corner and eventually Whittaker nosed his car in front going into he next corner and was once again leading the race. Again all the cars made it around the 1st lap of the race and Whittaker was looking good as he was starting to pull away from Wells. Fielding and Wrigley were having a good battle for 3rd spot. Thresh and Michael Timberlake (E46 M3) were also having a good dice at the back of the race order.Kal Ezzat (E36 M3) retired after 3 laps and was the only car not to complete the whole race distance all weekend. Another 14 lap race and Whittaker made it a double win with Wells and Fielding coming home 2nd & 3rd.Fastest race lap went to Whittaker with a time of 1:29.28.
After 4 races in the 2014 championship it is Whittaker leading the way with 60 points ahead of Fielding with 53 points and Wrigley on 51.With 4 races gone in the 2014 championship there have been 13 different drivers already scoring championship points with only 14 different drivers scoring points in the whole of the 2013 season and there is also more cars that will be coming out to race making this a very fast and popular championship to compete in.
Whittaker wins race 1
Race 2 win for Whittaker