BARC enjoys fun in the sun at Pembrey and Convoy Cymru

Pembrey Circuit provided the backdrop for a blockbuster two days of track action this past weekend (May 20/21) as a number of British Automobile Racing Club championships took centre stage at Convoy Cymru.

On what proved to be a weekend to remember, a bumper crowd flocked to the South Wales venue for a festival of all things trucking – which included an eye-catching Show Truck display, live music, freestyle motocross stunt show, truck drifting and much more.

Whilst there was plenty to see and do off-track, high-octane thrills and spills played out on it as a number of categories continued their 2023 campaigns in style.

Topping the bill were five colossal contests from the British Truck Racing Championship, where there was action aplenty across both Division 1 and Division 2.

As was the case at Brands Hatch last month, reigning seven-time champion Ryan Smith emerged as the driver to beat on the Saturday as he snared pole position and then converted it into a pair of commanding victories. 

Smith also triumphed in the reverse grid third race – charging from eighth – however that was to be as good as it got as damage and mechanical issues scuppered his chances of a clean sweep. Instead, Jock Borthwick and Michael Oliver came to the fore to tally their first wins of the season.

In Division 2, Adam Bint and John Powell strengthened their title charges by chalking up more wins however the weekend arguably belonged to NAPA Racing UK’s Paul Rivett. After finishing second in the first three races, the former Renault UK Clio Cup champion put on a clinical display in races four and five to triumph in style.

Oskar Dix maintained his strong start to the season in the Junior Saloon Car Championship as he extended his lead in the points with a victory in race three. Daire Flock – who remains second overall – had been the driver to beat with two wins to his name before a non-finish in the third halted his charge.

One of the closest finishes over the course of the weekend came 2CV/Mini Endurance bout. After 67 laps of the picturesque Welsh track, just over half a second separated winners Sandro and Luca Proietti from the duo of Pete Sparrow and Nick Crispin.

Despite losing out in the endurance race, Crispin did stand on the top step of the podium as he triumphed in one of two Classic 2CV Racing Club races. After blasting to pole position, last year’s runner-up charged to victory in race before Kris Tovey came to the fore to win in race two.

Elsewhere, the Track Attack Race Club saw a variety of cars duke it out but it was Lee Currie and Adam Croft that claimed bragging rights as they left Wales with a victory apiece. 

Rounding out the weekend’s track action were a pair of races from the Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship on Sunday, both of which were won by Wayne Spiller and Damien Longotano.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Pembrey, CLICK HERE.

You can also re-watch all of the action from Saturday and Sunday by heading to the British Automobile Racing Club YouTube channel HERE.

How To Watch BARC LIVE: Pembrey – May 20/21

The British Automobile Racing Club makes its first visit of the 2023 season to Pembrey Circuit this weekend (May 20/21) for the hugely popular Convoy Cymru event – and it’s not to be missed.

Billed as what is set to be a festival of all things truck at the Welsh venue, those in attendance will be able to see some of the best trucks in the country on display as well as soak up the atmosphere from the funfair, all-action arena and much more.

Whilst there will be plenty to see and do off-track, the same can be said on it as the British Truck Racing Championship headlines the live coverage with five blockbuster races scheduled to play out across both days.

In addition to the heavyweight behemoths, viewers will also be able to watch action from the Junior Saloon Car Championship, Track Attack Race Club, Classic 2CV Racing Club and Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship over the course of the weekend.

Make sure you don’t miss any of the on-track entertainment by using the key timings and links below:

Saturday Race Show – Starting from 12:30 – Facebook | YouTube

Sunday Race Show – Starting from 09:30 – Facebook | YouTube

To find out more information on this weekend’s race meeting at Pembrey, including the official entry lists and timetable, CLICK HERE.

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BARC delivers Cadwell Park cracker of a weekend

The British Automobile Racing Club enjoyed a bumper two days of wheel-to-wheel entertainment at Cadwell Park this past weekend (April 15/16) as a further seven championships lifted the curtain on their 2023 campaigns. 

On what was the first of two visits to the popular Lincolnshire venue this year – the second coming in late July – the Club staged no less than 23 races across Saturday and Sunday, with each of them putting fans on the edge of their seats.

Renowned for producing its fair share of full-throttle thrills, one of the weekend’s headline acts came in the shape of the 5/8 scale pocket rockets that make up the Legends Cars Championship with MRF Tyres.

Serving up six breathtaking races, last year’s series runner-up Will Gibson kicked off proceedings with victory in the opener before Andy Bird and Marcus Pett chalked up two wins apiece. Matthew Isherwood then concluded the action with a win in the finale.

The Junior Saloon Car Championship blasted into life for another season with a 26-car grid of 14 to 17-year-old racers all eager to kick-start their burgeoning motorsport careers.

Boasting an entry list of both second-year drivers and rookies, the one-make category delivered a pair of blockbuster encounters, with the spoils being shared between Oskar Dix and Daire Flock.

In the North West Centre’s CNC Heads Sports/Saloon Car Championship, Andrew Southcott enjoyed a winning start to the new season by comfortabley romping to a brace of victories.

At the wheel of his MG Midget Lenham, Southcott topped the times in qualifying and then didn’t look back when the lights went out; leading home the duo of Roddie Paterson and reigning champion Jamie Cryer by sizeable margins in both races.

Kris Tovey made a flying start to the Championship as he opened his account for the year with two superlative wins. Despite missing out on pole position in qualifying, Tovey made no mistake in the races as he powered clear of the opposition.

Behind him, defending champion David O’Keeffe, Nick Crispin and Lucas Proietti all scored podiums – setting up an exciting remainder of the season.

Novice racers beginning their journey’s in the sport put on a show across two Adrian Flux Insurance Caterham Academy races. Adam Kene narrowly pipped Matt Kirland in the White race before Callum McIntyre triumphed in the Green bout.

Cadwell Park also marked the dawn of a new era for the Track Attack Race Club as they ran under the BARC banner for the first time in its illustrious history. Encompassing all saloons, coupes and sports cars, the budget-conscious category kicked off the year with Andrew Neal guiding his Peugeot 106 to back-to-back race wins.

Another new championship to debut over the course of the weekend was the MINI CHALLENGE Clubsport with Airtec Motorsport; a one-make series designed to provide a first step on the racing ladder for entry level club racers.

Stephen Berry, Zac Blackwell and Freddy Hewitt proved to be the cream of the crop across the weekend’s three contests however despite their best efforts, Blackwell and Hewitt couldn’t stop Berry from taking a clean sweep of victories. 

miniRounding out the weekend’s bumper programme were four frenetic contests from the British Superkart Racing Club, all of which were won by the dominant Matt Robinson.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Cadwell Park, CLICK HERE.