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Fairfield Merlin Stages 2023

Four members of Ludlow Castle Motor Club took on the Welsh wet weather at Pembrey Circuit over the weekend.

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Chris Simmonds/Frazer Moss - 1st Overall

With heavy storms around on the day they initially opted for tyres that would deal with the impending soaking, but the day turned out dry and sunny. First stage saw damp conditions and some dirty pieces of route where the Pembrey rallycross takes place. Phil Turner/Simon Anthony took an early lead in the Skoda R5 until he had problems dropping him down the field, resulting in a Darrian one/two swapping seconds between each other but unfortunately a rear puncture made the car twitchy with a mile to go but they made it to service.

New Pirelli tyres proved to be a mistake providing little grip but the current lack of Hankook supply has made it difficult to source any so the second hand scrubbed Hankooks used at Brawdy a few weeks ago were fitted and straight away the charging pair regained the lead from Nigel Gibbard/Bedwyr Harries in the other Darrian and continued on to take the win with fastest times over the remaining three stages.

Another great result for the team and a big feather in the cap to all the lads who give up their own time to make this happen.

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Neil Weaver/James Bailey – 4th overall, 3rd in Class

McWeave, our resident weatherman, reported the day as ‘started off wet, got drier and then the sun came out’! Good day with lots of laughs in the borrowed Ford Escort Mk 2. Unfortunately, the paddle change broke, a couple of half spins, loads of grins, a death defying two-wheel moment that pleased the watching spectators and unfortunately he bent it!

Lucy Wilding – 7th overall Junior 1000 Event

Sitting alongside Riley Chester again in his Nissan Micra on another round of the Junior F1000 Championship. First outing at Pembrey for Lucy who found it a surprisingly enjoyable venue for a circuit with plenty of technical sections to keep it interesting.

A great drive by Riley with further confidence gained and another finish under his belt, currently making his finish rate 5/5. Credit to Riley for his consistency over the day and to Daniel Chester for providing him with a reliable car.

The pair's overall finish time would have put them 41st overall in the main event which would have seen them beating a number of adult drivers in higher powered vehicles.


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