Round 2 Race Report

David Bailey, Jeff Barnes and Paul Stanbrook with the trophies.
Round 2 podium at Wakefield Park Raceway.

Paul Stanbrook shares his thoughts on Round 2 of the LA Racing E36 Race Series.

The 2nd round of the E36 Race Series was held over 2 days at Wakefield Raceway on the 10th and 11th of April 2021. This was our first stand alone event and was to make up part of the massive weekend of racing which featured the Super Trucks. Day one and the weather was fine and after qualifying, the current series leader Rob Boaden, topped the times with a 1:12.92, I had missed the setup and could only manage 4th quickest.

Race 1 saw Rob Boaden lead home David Bailey and Jeff Barnes, I had to start from 6th on the grid due to penalty for being over the pit lane speed and fought my way back to 4th after a long battle with Marcus Rummler. Rob Boaden also lowered the lap record to 1:12.95.

Race 2 I started out of 4th and after a bobble at the start line, was immediately given a 10 second penalty and by now the top three of Boaden, Bailey and Barnes had broken away. With a new setup after a slow race 1, I was able to peg back leaders and take the chequered flag first and also lower the lap record to 1:12.65, after taking 10 seconds off for my start line bobble I went down the field to 5th, leaving Barnes, Bailey and Boaden the top 3 finishers.

Adam Hughes gave the event a big thumbs up.

Race 3 on Sunday was probably my most satisfying race of the day, I started 5th, fell off track early and went back to last. After some great battles coming through the field with rookie Aaron Lloyd, Adam Hughes etc and the ever improving Marcus Rummler who held down third for much of the race, I ended up 3rd once again equalling my previously lap record. Hard luck story goes to Rob Boaden who had clutch gremlins and finished last.

Race 4 was another 20 lap affair, I started out of 3rd and was battling with the lead pack all the way and as high as 2nd. Unfortunately Rob Boaden's car came to a sudden stop out of turn 8 causing me to contact his car and ricochet of the fast finishing David Bailey, leaving me to watch the lead 2 of Jeff Barnes and David Bailey battling it out right to the end with some extremely close racing. I followed close by waiting for a mistake that didn't come, therefore ending up 3rd again.

E36 Race Series cars outside their garages.
Lots of interest in our series from spectators.

So after 2 great days of very close racing where everyone was doing PBs, the final results for both the trophy race and club championship were Jeff Barnes finally breaking through for his maiden round win with David Bailey 2nd and I took 3rd.

Everyone had a smile on their face for 2 days of awesome racing and an extremely well put together event. Thank you Wakefield Park and congratulations to all the drivers and crew.

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