Rounds 2 and 3
Pembrey, Saturday and Sunday May 10th/11th, both 14 Laps
Lindley and Webb score Welsh wins
James Lindley and Barry Webb made it three different winners from three races in the MG XPOWER Clubmans Cup during a double-header weekend at Pembrey (May 10/11). Throughout a capacity field, there was tremendous battling all the way down the order in the series that enjoys support from Powertrain Ltd and Ricardo Plc.
Saturday's opening race was a stormer as both Lindley and Matthew Slinn battled ahead of pole-sitter Howard Payne. With the wrong diff in his Mallock Mk20B, Payne was powerless to keep them back as he hit the rev limiter on the main straight.
Over the second half of the race, Lindley and Slinn enacted a mighty battle with Slinn diving briefly ahead on lap 13. But Lindley knew that his first championship race win was within reach and tigered back ahead to score a famous victory.
"That's a long-awaited win," said a jubilant Lindley, who has worked hard for five years to reach the top step of the podium. "I was a bit quicker through the twisty bits," he reckoned, having lost out to Slinn in the faster sections of the Welsh track. Throughout, it was a truly sporting contest and the two drivers were quick to congratulate each other after the race.
"It looked great from where I was," reckoned third-placed Barry Webb who had led the chase of the two leaders, while Payne held on for fourth from the charging John Kelly.
In the second race, it was Slinn and Webb at the head of the action, but a moment for Slinn at Brooklands allowed Swedish racer Stefan Mumm through to second. Mumm then hounded Webb to the flag, while Peter Richings overcame a retirement in Saturday's race to complete the podium party. For Webb, it was a first win since returning to racing after a four-year break. Slinn salvaged fourth as Mike Luck took fifth in his Dart having been sidelined by a broken throttle cable on Saturday.