BDC 2010 Semi-Pro Rd.2 @ Llandow – Finals
May 2, 2010
It had been cloudy all morning but the skies turned for the worse in the afternoon, menacing clouds surrounded the track and it began to rain. The wind also picked up which made it incredibly cold. Welsh weather was now in full effect.
The Finals started from the Top 8, so quite a large cut-off, but I can see how it wouldn’t have gone on for ages and into darkness.
It took a few goes for the drivers to get adjusted.
The E30 couldn’t keep up with the R33 on the straight…
Both Matt House and Adam Blackwell span when leading in the two runs, Adam Blackwell hit the barriers on the last turn after over correcting, luckily the car was Ok for a one-more-time.
Matt in the RX-7 didn’t run quite as well as Adam who moved on.
This was the closest battle of the day, their performances were almost identical and it must have been a tough choice for the judges.
The annoying rain stopped and allowed the track to dry up in places fairly quickly, probably making grip fairly inconsistent.
A one-more-time was needed to separate the two, Adam may have had a better line which allowed him to move on to the final.
The second Semi-Final was between Ian Phillips and Phil Machlachlan:
Unfortunately Phil straightened out on entry and Ian moved to the final with 2 good runs.
The battle for 3rd was between Phil Machlachlan and Marcin Klawikowski.
Marcin spun in the tight chicane on the first run, Phil drifted conservatively into 3rd.
The Final was a Skyline R33 battle. Ian Phillips vs. Adam Blackwell.
Adam overshoot the entry, increasing the distance between them which he couldn’t reduce…
… in the course.
All Ian had to do was to drive as consistent as he had done all day, and the win would be his.
Very close tandem for such a tight course.
The run was more than enough for him to claim victory.
Stunning car, stunning driving.
In random order:
In the correct order:
1st: Ian Phillips
2nd: Adam Blackwell
3rd: Phil Machlachlan
4th: Marcin Klawikowski
Time for the prizes:
I was expecting people to drench them with traffic cones full of water in true Japanese fashion, I suppose Champagne is enough.
Some real characters.
Don’t worry there’s more coming…