Baldwin & Short set the early pace

Reigate's Simon Baldwin is the early leader. Photo: Jon Elsey

The 2015 season got off to a very promising start on the Silverstone National circuit over Easter Weekend with fifty-eight Mk1s reporting for duty at the free practice sessions on Saturday morning.

Experienced campaigner Ben Short was the last man to put an entry in and that decision proved to be a good one as the BS Motorsport boss had a successful weekend.

The early pace was shown by Darron Lewis who just edged out Short to claim the first pole of the season. The Birmingham based driver had an excellent debut season in the championship last year finishing an impressive sixth in the final points table and is definitely one of the drivers to watch this year.

The first twenty-eight cars in qualifying made up the grid for race 1A and at the end of the seventeen laps it was Ben Short who drew first blood, beating Simon Baldwin to the line by just .262 seconds. However, courtesy of recording the fastest lap in the race, Baldwin scored the same amount of points as Short so they were tied on a hundred points each. Another of the pre-season favourites, Brian Chandler, rounded out the first podium of the new season.

In the 1B race for the remaining drivers, William Stephenson, from North Yorkshire took the race win ahead of Paul Bateman and Danny Green, who got the fastest lap. This trio thus earned promotion to the A group as did fourth and fifth place finishers David Birrell and John Cockburn-Evans. Matt Tasker, Drew Forster, Kevin Brent, Graham Colby and Richard Collins were the A race drivers who were relegated.

In the second A race, Darron Lewis made up for missing out on a podium finish in the first encounter by claiming second spot just behind Simon Baldwin, who again recorded the fastest lap. Ben Short added to his points tally with third place, leaving him four points adrift of Baldwin at the top of the early points table.

Sutton’s Simon Woods was the victor in the 2B race, holding off a strong challenge from the resurgent Kevin Brent. Graham Colby wasn’t too far behind in third. The fastest lap in the race was set by championship debutant Courtney Milnes who unfortunately had to retire two laps later after an excursion into the tyre wall at Copse.

Danny Green won the 'Driver of the Weekend' trophy for a marked improvement on last season's perfomance. Danny then had the honour of making the prize draw for a driver to win a 50% reduction on the next race entry fee and duly picked out his own name!

The full results and all the lap analysis can be found at SILVERSTONE RESULTS

Jon Elsey in-depth report with the usual array of stunning photographs will be available shortly.



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