Here are some photos from the third and fourth Darley Moor meetings of 2016, taken by official Darley photographer Tony Else...
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Darley Moor championships delivered the perfect results for us - with pole position for every race, 8 wins from 8 races, as well as setting the fastest lap in each race. With our usual competitors absent from the meeting we did our best to secure some much-needed championship points.
But first, cast your mind back to our engine failure at the BEMSEE Silverstone meeting... Following investigation, it appears that the engine failure (which occurred whilst travelling at 122mph) was due to a dropped valve. The valve failure has meant that new pistons and new valves were required, along with some minor repairs to the cylinder head. The silver engine is almost fixed and will soon join us again to race another day! :-)
Darley Moor Round 3
With the Darley Moor double-header taking over an entire weekend in mid-June, we travelled down on the Friday evening after work. With Tim Poole arriving before us, he saved us a spot in the paddock. When we setup, we decided to join awning space to create a giant 12m x 3m covered space.
Once safety checked, signed on and noise tested on the Saturday morning, we headed out for the qualifying sessions. As usual there was a lot of traffic to navigate on track, but we managed to put in some lap times quick enough to capture pole position in each of our racing classes. All races on the Saturday were fairly uneventful, with consistent laps enabling us to gently pull a lead from our fellow competitors.
Despite the excitement of the racing on track, it was just too much for some of the spectators...
But at the end of the day we walked away with a couple of trophies and the valuable championship points. And when sleeping beauty awoke, she helped us pack away for the night! :-)
Darley Moor Round 4
After a good night sleep, a dry day greeted us on the Sunday. The weather forecast leading up to the weekend had always shown Saturday to be the better day of the weekend, but we still hoped for a fully dry day. In the end, we got some light rain for the final race, but all other track time was dry.
The Sunday qualifying sessions seemed less busy than the Saturday sessions and we were able to set quicker lap times to once again secure pole position for both racing classes.
Three of the races were similar to Saturday, with us managing to quickly set some decent lap times and slowly extend a lead - but Mini Sound of Thunder Race 2 provided an entertaining battle with Stephen Taylor and Rich Baker. If you have the time, I recommend you give it a watch below :-)
So, at the half-way point in the season we are currently leading the Two Daves Racing sponsored Formula Darley championship and leading the Mini Sound of Thunder championship. The current championship points tables are shown below.
Our next race meeting is Darley Moor Round 5 on Sunday 10th July.
David Carson Jnr,