BUKC Report 2014

Rounds 5 & 6, Glan-Y-Gors, 19th March 2014

The Evo Triangle has legendary status, Glan-Y-Gors is located just off one side of the triangle.

It remained a dry but extremely windy day. Coventry got off to a perfect start with a win for Luke Russell in Race 1 and Race 2 followed a similar pattern which saw Hertfordshire B’s Jono Davis snatch victory from Huddersfield right at the wire. Huddersfield’s form continued into Race 3 as they battled with Leicester’s Sam Snell for victory which he took on the last lap. Race 4 was won by UWE, who have impressed consistently in their first season in the BUKC with a string of victories and high-placed finishes. The fifth sprint saw Durham’s on-form Will Van Es dominate, lapping all the way up to 11th place. UWE’s star driver Sebastian Hutchinson won the final sprint by 14s, with Swansea A and Imperial A following. Title contenders Coventry A had a disastrous race, finishing in 32nd, but the BUKC format worked well as the round was dropped to propel them to their third round win of the year. Southampton A took the second step with a great set of results and UWTSD Swansea A rounded out the podium for Round 5.

In the three one-hour endurance races, Durham A again dominated with their team of Will Van Es and Andrew Dawson lapping the field up to the podium, 2nd placed were Hertfordshire A, finishing 20s ahead of Cardiff A. Race 2 turned into an intense battle for the overall victory as UWE took the chequered flag first – but with a double penalty of 20s for two separate incidents during the race they had to finish at least 20s ahead of 2nd place in order to hold onto their victory. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite manage it, with the penalty dropping them off the podium to 5th to stop UWE securing a hat-trick of race wins. Leicester’s Team Sam took the victory with title-defending Hertfordshire A and Loughborough A taking the remaining two steps of the podium. The final race of the day saw Coventry run out clear victors after romping 28 places up the field in the first half of the race to drive away from the field. Their 12s lead was enough to secure them the win from an on-form UWTSD Swansea A and last year’s runners up Southampton A. Coventry’s win in the final race of the day ensured that they secured a vital 2nd place finish overall in Round 6, with Hertfordshire A taking the overall victory and UWTSD Swansea A placing 3rd. With Oxford Brookes finishing down in 5th this meant for the first time this year that Coventry A took the lead of the championship. With just a 5 point advantage this means the title will be decided at the final race of the year at Clay Pigeon.