Anwar Beroual-Smith – Getting Used to a Winning Season

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Welcome to Lydd, the most remote of all the venues we visit. But what a great circuit. Fast and flowing, made for racers. A warm dry day too but with a stiff breeze blowing off the nearby Channel. Here’s how the day unfolded.  

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The Road to the Finals 

Joe Holmes got his day off to the perfect start by winning the opening heat. Starting from grid twelve he was up to sixth by the end of lap one and then picked off places lap by lap to hit the front with four to go. Matt Horgan claimed second. He started alongside Holmes and effectively followed him up the order to take a comfortable second over five seconds clear of Stephen Jennings. Jacob Harris and Andrew Cherry completed the top five. 

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Heat Two went to Mikey Nichols. Starting from the second row he led after the first tour and then led home Steve Bosley, who had started alongside him on the second row, by over three seconds. Adam Wright was next over the line but a six place penalty after spinning out Josh Pettitt dropped him down the order. Not the start to the day he wanted. Richard Allen was promoted to third from Alex Pritchard and Callan Sigafoos. 

Championship leader Anwar Beroual-Smith was a comfortable winner of the third heat coming home almost eight seconds clear of Steve Lindley. Beroual-Smith also set a quicker lap time than Joe Holmes in Heat one to give himself a slight advantage over Holmes in the race for pole.  Tim Hill was next over the line but both he and Lindley received a cone penalty which promoted Bill Taylor to second. Adrian Wray was fifth. 

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Joe Holmes claimed his second victory of the day winning the fourth heat from pole. But he was unable to set a quicker time than Beroual-Smith’s fastest in his heat. Chris Alcock trailed him home just over a second adrift but well clear of third placed Dave Pethers. Andrew Cherry and Alex Pritchard took fourth and fifth.  

Heat Five went to Anwar Beroual-Smith to maintain his slight edge over Joe Holmes in the race for pole. He was made to work for it though by Richard Allen who led for over half distance before Beroual-Smith slipped by. Kevin Coombes was third ahead of Lee Henderson and Adrian Wray. 

Mikey Nichols took the sixth heat and kept alive his chances of claiming pole for the A final. He started from the third row and worked his way to the front just before half distance. Stephen Jennings kept him honest but had to settle for second with Tim Hill third from Vijay Patel and Tim Williams. 

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Heat Seven saw Alex Pritchard take a comfortable win over five seconds clear of pole sitter Steve Lindley.  Pritchard started on the third row but was into the lead after a couple of laps and never threatened. Adrian Wray was third from Joe Bailey and Josh Pettitt. 

Joe Holmes made it three from three in the penultimate heat. He worked his way up from grid seven and into the lead four from home. But it was far from straightforward with Adam Wright and Richard Allen keeping him under pressure. Allen claimed second from Wright on the penultimate tour with Stephen Jennings fourth from Samuel Bensley. Mikey Nichols was down in seventh ending his hopes of pole but good enough to put him on the second row. 

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Anwar Beroual-Smith started the final heat from grid thirteen. He had to win to secure pole. He made up four places on the first lap but thereafter his progress stalled and he could only manage fourth handing pole to Holmes but good enough to put himself on the front row. Chris Alcock took the win holding off a very determined Tim Williams. Tim Hill took fourth with Steve Bosley fifth. 

The Finals 

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B Final 

(All drivers in C3 unless otherwise noted.) 

C2 Lawrence Cheah on pole from Nickolas Walker followed by four C2’s on the second and third rows, Jacob Harris,  Simon Kavanagh, Richard Newton and Daren Townsley. Row four had C1 Adam Wright alongside  Tom Angier. Wright was having a torrid day. He’d made a late decision to come to the circuit the night before and slept in his tent. Not the most comfortable way to spend the night but he avoided a very early start. He had a hard time in the heats picking up a few penalties and was desperate for a good showing to get his C1 Championship challenge back on track. SHW Lennie Wood shared the fifth row with C2 Josh Pettitt. Row six saw  James Radovic alongside C2 Mike Bodnar followed by Antonio Gizzonio and Richard Neale on row seven. SHW Stuart Kirk was on row eight alongside Tom Stalker with Andrew Hicks and C2 Daniel Jenkins on row nine. C2 Thomas Doig shared the tenth row with SHW Lee Barrow with SHW Damian Smith alongside Rudy Murphy on row eleven. Scott Parker and Richard Pain occupied the penultimate row followed by Steven Salway, Tom Jobson and Ben Wooten. Top two to qualify for the back of the A final and a trophy for the winner.  

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Cheah led the field up to line and it was a good clean start with everyone getting through the first turns unscathed. Over the line at the end of the lap and Cheah led from Walker. Kavanagh had swapped places with Harris as had Townsley and Newton with Wright biding his time in seventh. Three laps run and Cheah remained at the front with Walker right on his rear bumper. Kavanagh remained third but half a second back with Harris a further second back and coming under pressure from Wright who was picking up places lap by lap but still with a lot of work to do. A lap later and he was up to fourth and homing in on Kavanagh for third. He was quickest on the track and closing the gap to the leaders but he needed to clear Kavanagh quickly and did so coming down the back straight. Still quickest on the track he was homing in on Walker for second.  

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Half distance and Cheah still led with Walker still right on his rear bumper. A glance behind and he realised that Wright was closing in. Kavanagh remained fourth and well in touch should anything go wrong at the front. Newton was a second back and still well placed running over two seconds clear of the pack now headed by Townsley. Walker slipped by Cheah for the lead the latter now coming under serious pressure from Wright. Newton nipped by Kavanagh for fourth. Eighth time around and Wright slipped by Cheah for second round the final turn. Cheah wasn’t about to give the place up easily and as they went into the first chicane he tried to wrestle the place back. There was no gap. Wright turned into the second apex and was instantly spun round by Cheah. A following Newton tried to go round the outside to avoid the hapless Wright but ran out of road and thumped the tyres. He would return to the fray a lap down whilst Wright got going and returned to the pits to prepare for the long drive home.  

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All this drama allowed Walker to pull out a gap at the front from Cheah who would no longer be a factor in the race as he was subject to the inevitable penalty. Kavanagh avoided the spinners but had dropped off the pace whilst Townsley was up to fourth and now in with a chance. But it was not to be. Walker reeled off the remaining laps to take a comfortable win followed by Cheah who received a six place deduction. One of those cases where six places didn’t seem quite enough after his actions led to  two drivers having their day ruined. But it’s racing and it happens.  

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Kavanagh crossed the line third but moved up to second and only just holding off Townsley who sensed blood over the closing laps but couldn’t quite get on terms. Angier was classified fourth and took the C3 honours for the day with Neale fifth and second in C3. Harris was sixth with Radovic seventh and third in C3 followed by the penalised Cheah with Gizzonio and Stalker completing the top ten.  

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B Final Winner – Nicholas Walker

Walker was the fastest of the SHW runners with Townsley quickest in C2 and Neale quickest in C3. His lap also established a class record whilst Wright was the quickest of everyone. A small consolation. 

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Class 3 Podium – Winner Tom Angier, flanked by Richard Neale and James Radovi?

A Final  

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(There were just five C1 drivers on the grid for the A Final, Joe Holmes, Anwar Beroual-Smith, Richard Allen, Alex Pritchard and Chris Alcock. All the rest were in C2 unless noted as SHW’s.)  

Reigning Champion Joe Holmes on pole from current Championship leader Anwar Beroual-Smith.  Richard Allen and Mikey Nichols shared row two from Stephen Jennings and Alex Pritchard on row three. The evergreen Tim Hill was on the fourth row alongside Chris Alcock followed by Steve Lindley and Tim Williams. SHW Adrian Wray was on row six with Steve Bosley from Kevin Coombes and Callan Sigafoos on row seven. Next up, Andrew Cherry and Dave Pethers followed by SHW Championship leader Bill Taylor and Matt Horgan. SHW Lee Henderson and Samuel Bensley shared row ten followed by Vijay Patel and Jason Bear. Paul Williams and Joe Bailey occupied the penultimate row followed by the two qualifiers from the B Final, SHW Walker and Kavanagh. 

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Holmes brought the pack up to line very, very slowly before getting the hammer down. Allen anticipated well, Beroual-Smith not quite as well. Through the first chicane Holmes led from Allen with Beroual-Smith third. Most thought it would be game over but Beroual-Smith was quick to get by Allen to run second by the end of the lap half a second back from Holmes. Allen was a tenth back and already the front three were opening up a gap back to the pack. Nichols led that pack from Jennings, Pritchard, Alcock, Tim Williams, Bosley and Lindley. 

Quarter distance and Holmes still remained at the front.  Beroual-Smith had been was chipping away at the gap  but Holmes set his best lap thus far to stretch the gap. But only by a few feet. Allen was still in touch whilst Nichols still led the remaining runners albeit over two seconds adrift of third placed Allen. A lap later and Pritchard took over in fourth.  

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By half distance Alcock too had gone by Nichols who was coming under increasing pressure from Bosley. Sixth time around and Holmes left an opening into the Horseshoe. Beroual-Smith went up the inside. Holmes left him just enough room and the Championship leader was through. Holmes was quickly back onto the leaders’ bumper crossing the line just 0.094 back. Game On! Allen edged closer as Holmes pulled out all the stops to get back to the front. But Beroual-Smith defended stoutly and Holmes lost time and momentum allowing Allen to nip by into second. But could he hold on? Sadly for him, no. Holmes gathered himself up and quickly got by into second. But Beroual-Smith was now almost a second up the road. Over the next few laps Holmes would set a succession of personal bests as he hunted down the leader. But Beroual-Smith was only a few hundredths slower. Allen had been dropped and with two to go he was over two seconds back but over four seconds clear of fourth place still occupied by Pritchard.  Alcock remained fifth, battling hard to find a way past the resolute Pritchard. Bosley was having a good run in sixth but under pressure from an on form Sigafoos. 

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Penultimate lap and Holmes again went quicker than the leader but he was still over three tenths back and Beroual-Smith has got used to winning this season. Holmes reeled him in over the remaining corners but had to give best as Beroual-Smith crossed the line just over a tenth clear to register his fifth A Final win of the season. These two are the class of the field at the moment. Two hard chargers charging hard. Allen crossed the line third over three seconds back but over four seconds clear of fourth. Another superb drive from the ever popular Allen. Alcock slipped by Pritchard on the final lap for fourth with Jennings sixth from Bosley after a great battle. Lindley and Sigafoos played their part in the battle for sixth with Lindley claiming eighth a couple of tenths back from Bosley and only just holding off Sigafoos on the line. Horgan completed the top ten.  

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Super Heavyweight Podium – Winner Bill Taylor, flanked by Lee Henderson and Adrian Wray

C2 honours went to Jennings from Bosley and Lindley whilst Bill Taylor again won the SHW’s from Lee Henderson and Adrian Wray. 

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Class 2 Podium – Winner Stephen Jennings, flanbked by Steve Bosley and Steve Lindley

The Championship Round Up 

Anwar Beroual-Smith remains top of the order from Joe Holmes. Despite finishing second Holmes actually cut the deficit to the Championship leader by a point. Richard Allen is still in the hunt in third as is Adam Wright in fourth despite his bad day at Lydd. Chris Alcock is fifth. C2 is still headed Curt Holmes from Mikey Nichols and Steve Lindley whilst reigning SHW Champion is building a commanding lead in the SHW’s. Nickolas Walker and Lee Henderson are second and third.   

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A great days racing at Lydd. Great marshalling too and how lucky we are to have such a dedicated medical team. We don’t need them often but when we do they are always ready. Thankfully, the injuries to Yousuf Bin-Suhayl were slight but the medical team acted very rapidly and quickly got him treated. Take a bow, we don’t thank you enough. 

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I was a touch dismayed to see drivers failing to raise their arms and slow down when yellow flags were being waived. It might be you one day that gets stranded in a dangerous position. Every driver knows the rules on yellow flags. Lets adhere to them. 

I’ve noticed recently that more and more drivers appear to enjoy braking hard and locking up after the chequered flag? Why? It makes no sense. It puts extra wear on the tyres and can flat spot them. Would you want to drive a Kart with a rear axle vibration? Perhaps  drivers who do this at race end should collect a penalty? That should put a stop to it. 

Words: Steve Gray 

Photography: John Patterson