2011 Championship – Round 2 Surbiton

We like Surbiton. We headed there in March for the first time and went back on a lovely August day. Possible rain thankfully held off just for us with precipitation within a couple of miles. Track conditions were perfect and after we had calmed Cathy’s nerves we were ready to go. We went with a semi reverse grid again and therefore lined up like this:
1. Beth Little
2. Beverley Little
3. Ceri Almrott
4. Cathy Leopold
5. Trefor Little
6. Thomas McCorkell
7. Patrick Hill
8. Jonathan Little

The rolling start went better than it did in May. This time though we had the pack split in two with Beth, Bev and Ceri pulling away in the front. When the safety kart pulled in we all passed Cathy and Thomas fell back as well. By this time Beth started to get a lead as Beverley and Ceri learned the track. Then the front positions changed quickly with Beverley heading down the pack and an incident involving a backmarker sent Ceri slowly through the pitlane to avoid the accident. This allowed Jonathan past and into second but a previous spin stopped Patrick from following through. Jonathan set off after Beth, realising he was not in the lead yet. It took a good ten more laps to catch her, she was flying in the lead for the first time. The pass came after a couple more laps following an strong run onto the straight giving more speed that Beth’s line.

Eventually Ceri got close to Jonathan’s pace and that inevitably eventually gave him second with a pass on Beth. Jonathan meanwhile set the fastest lap having eventually worked out that the whole track can be taken completely flat and was happy going off into the distance.

laps off first fastest
1 Jonathan 59 25.987
2 Ceri 58 +26 secs 26.334
3 Beth 57 +1 lap 27.55
4 Patrick 57 +2 lap 27.482
5 Trefor 55 +4 lap 28.557
6 Beverley 55 +4 lap 28.383
7 Thomas 53 +6 lap 29.339
8 Cathy 51 +8 lap 29.23

Unfortunately I don’t know much about everyone else’s races, if something exciting happened to you then let me know.

I did take a video but surbiton does not seem conducive to my filming thanks to the high speed bumpy nature of the track it keeps getting bumped down my helmet. I figure its just best not to bother giving reader sea-sickness.