The 2016 series finale was always going to be a nail biter as all the Championships bubbled up to set up a final weekend shootout. Battles through every class for final Championship positions were there to see and none of the Championship contenders failed to deliver. A great event for all the drivers and spectators alike bring to a close a fantastic season for all involved.
The return to the familiar venue of Bawtry was great for both drivers and track team and we were guaranteed no surprises from this site that everyone knows so well. More importantly it offers no home track advantage to anyone involved setting up a fantastic days racing.
Once again the Turbos took to the track first and delivered no surprises. Josh Barrett again drawing a line in the sand that nobody could cross or even get close to. Mark McCann/ Jayne Ind followed in a full 5secs off the fastest lap of Barrett but you could argue they had other things on their mind with the 1000 class being as close as it was. Alfie Hyde and Jas Rowland’s scrapped it out for 3rd and 4th with Alfie knicking it by just three tenths leaving Jas to close off the grid.
Moto one was a direct reflection of Qualifying as Josh Barrett burst from the front and never looked back. Eventually finishing the race with a full 24sec lead from 2nd place Mark McCann/Jayne Ind. Further down the field Alfie Hyde and Jas Rowlands race their own race switching position on several occasions as Hyde struggled with a minor buggy problem. In the end Jas Rowland took third place after some fantastic racing and the battle for 3rd place in the championship got a little more interesting. Alfie Hyde closed of the grid for race one setting up another scrap with the young Rowlands in race 2.
Race 2 seen things mixed up, unless you’re the front-runner Barrett. Once again Josh broke from the front and quickly built a gap that he was able to maintain throughout. This strong first place reflects Josh’s dominance in the class this year. Alfie Hyde drove well from the back and was able to grab 2nd place through hard work and perseverance. Jas Rowlands remained determined to have his say in the final Championship standing pushing on to grab 3rd place and valuable points followed home by the limping McCann and his co-pilot Jayne in 4th place.
Again things were busy on track for everyone but the dominant Barrett again breaking for the front and never looking back. Mark McCann/Jayne Ind took advantage of some mistakes and some good fortune from buggy problems to move through the field and grab 2nd spot. Jason Rowlands again scoring third spot and moving one-step closer to that Championship 3rd spot he so desperately wanted. Alfie Hyde was unable to stop him closing off the grid in the Moto even after some of the best racing that the class has seen all year between the pair. A great race, which lead us to hope that the pair, can put their buggy problems behind them and roll the dice again for next year.
The first session on track for the 900s seen the familiar face of Colin Hadley lighting up the timing screens. He managed to shake off his challengers to take the final pole of the season. In 2nd place Claire Avis was on it and achieved one of her best qualifying sessions of the year but the dreaded misfire was creeping in towards the end of the session. Robert/Sam Lloyd seemed a little off their normal pace in 3rd with the returning Andy Dare grabbing 4th spot. Harry McDonald was 5th but terminal buggy damaged seen him out for the day and looked to have sealed his championship hopes as a long day of watching loomed for the young Scot. Glyn Newell in his first outing in short circuit racing closed off the grid in 6th spot as he familiarised himself with the track and the format. Welcome along Glyn.
Race 1 seen Colin Hadley break clean and begin to gap the field, however Claire Avis in 2nd place seemed determined to go with him as she drove out of her skin to keep the gap small to the championship leader. An earlier joker lane from the Lloyd shuffled the pack and seen the battle for the win spread out across the track. Colin Hadley late on developed a drive shaft problem, which threw Claire Avis into the lead with just a few laps to go. It was unclear whether or not Claire could win the Moto as the gap between her and the Lloyds seemed to small for her to clinch any better than 2nd. The last lapboard was shown to Claire as the race leader and everyone watched on to see if she could exit the joker lane with the Moto lead. However in her focus on the Moto win she drove past the Joker lane entrance to the shock of all onlookers resulting in a DQ for no completion of the Joker Lane and the loss of critical championship points. Unlucky Claire it was always going to happen to someone just a shame it had to be you. Robert/Sam Lloyd burst through to take the Moto win followed in by Andy Dare 2nd and the steady Glyn Newell grabbed 3rd spot. Colin Hadley limped over in 4th place and this would be his last action of the season as he retired his damaged machine.
Moto 2 seen the Lloyds demonstrate why they are team champions, they lead from pole and never looked back, securing their2nd Moto win of the day. Claire Avis mounted and early charge to go from 4th to 2ndnd and remained there for the duration making the Moto 1 result even more tragic. Her form for the day was definitely strong but the Jokers laugh rung loud. Glyn Newell remained consistent and took advantage of Andy dares mechanical DNF to score a strong third place and valuable points for the day.
Moto 3 seen the least amount of racing. The Lloyd brothers broke away clean and again gapped there nearest rival to score the Moto win. Claire Avis was able to convert her 2nd place grid slot into a second place race result with the returning Andy dare taking third off the start line and remaining there throughout. Glynn Newell closed of the grid in 4th spot after a fantastic first outing in the short circuit world.
This really was the class to watch this weekend as battled brewed throughout the grid, non-more important than the one at the front. Joe Bennett/Courtney Hope flew to the front of the session but an on track incident seen them pick up a grid penalty that seen them start from 6th on the grid. Mark McCann/ Jayne Ind took pole from the 2nd place slot after the penalty had been applied and seemed like advantage McCann in the battle for the title. Paul Severn out qualified his nearest rival Richard Avis for 3rd spot with Richard settling for 4th as the King Of battle raged on. Shaun/Erin Jenkinson took 5th spot but appeared a bit off form having had a great spell mid season. Paul Rowlands was a mile off his normal pace as he struggled with buggy problem to 6th place. Tom Fletcher again somewhat off his normal pace took 7th followed in by Adrian/Callum Loveridge 8th spot. A big crash seen Charlie Simpsons day end but thankfully everyone was ok.
Moto 1 seen Mark McCann/ Jayne Ind break from the front and stay out to joker late and take a well-controlled Moto win. Richard Avis seen his championship rival Paul Severn DNF from 2nd place and took the opportunity to bag second with another well paced drive. Paul Rowlands came through from 6th to 3rd but was unable to catch the lead pair. Shaun/Erin Jenkinson bagged a good haul of points for 4th while Adrian/Callum Loveridge crossed the line in 5th place marking the last of the finishers. The remainder seen their luck fade as buggy issues took them out of the running. Advantage McCann and Avis it seemed. But still no-one heard the fat lady sing. The day was far from over.
Moto 2 again was focused at the front as Mark McCann/Jayne Ind took advantage of the first place grid slot. Again controlling the pace from the front and slowly building a gap that they were able to defend to secure the Moto 2 win from the charging Rowlands. Paul Rowlands was aggressive in his pursuit of the 64 machine in the early laps as he jumped to 2nd place his eventual finish spot, he was just able to close the gap McCann had so carefully managed. Joe Bennet/ Courtney Hope turned their qualifying pace in to a race result landing 3rd spot and strong drive from the 900 Champion. Paul Severn seen the tide of luck swing his way as his Championship rival Richard Avis suffered a breakdown that would end his day. Paul secured 4th place and the vital points after a poor race 1 result. Shaun/Erin Jenkinson finished in 5th place with Adrian/Callum Loveridge crossing the line 6th and the last of the finishers.
Moto 3 was a tense affair as everyone tried to workout who had to finish where to win the Championship. Mark McCann almost looked to concede places as he concentrated on staying g out of trouble and managing the final 15mins of the race season. Paul Rowlands took the win and waited to see if McCann would reach the line to seal the Championship. Paul Severn took advantage of his opportunity and finished 2nd a great result for his title hopes sending the King Of title right to the wire in a potential winner takes all shootout. Mark McCann then crossed the line in 3rd place to the applause of the crowd in a very well managed final Moto which seen him clinch the title he so badly wanted. Joe Bennett/Courtney Hope finished in a solid 4th with Shaun Jenkinson/Erin Jenkinson in 5th place. Tom Fletcher was last across the line in 6th place.
So that was that. The end of the 2016 Short Circuit season and the start of 2017 planning. A massive well done to all the drivers for a great season of racing and to all the event staff that make it all happen. The story doesn’t end there. We still have our final enduro of the year, which again promises to serve some fantastic racing as the King Of title for the 1000s goes right to the wire.
1st (45) Joshua Barrett
2nd (64) Mark McCann/Jayne Ind
3rd (165) Jason Rowlands
1st (41) Robert/Sam Lloyd
2nd (13) Glyn Newell
3rd (71) Claire Avis
1st (64) Mark McCann/ Jayne Ind
2nd (60) Paul Rowlands
3rd (7) Paul Severn