Round Two PC1 and PC2 Preview
So just 27 days after the slightly shortened event at Wombwell, the British Pedal Car Championship moves on to the first endurance race of the year – six hours round the twists and turns of Bruntingthorpe.
The switch to earlier in the year, and the classic 6 hour race length, has provided us with a superb field of 25 cars taking to the 420m 6-turn circuit so getting through the traffic will be key to success for the faster cars.
Whilst circumstances no doubt combined to dent several team’s tactics playing out, the pair of two hour races at Wombwell did give us a chance to see who is likely to be in the running in 2015.
Looking at PC1 first…
At the front of the field, Apollo did nothing spectacular at all but the #1 car established a small but healthy gap on the field while their team mates in #4 came out on top in the day long battle for second. They will be looking for more of the same at Bruntingthorpe but it is a circuit that has never favoured the Apollo chassis.
Rolling back the years, and finishing in a strong third were Norton Greyhounds. The new bodywork has given the car great straight line speed but how it handles the corners is the next question. Either way, it is great to have them back at the front of the field where they belong.
Flying Penguins had an excellent first race in PC1, running strongly to finish 4th overall courtesy of a lightning first stint in race two. There is nothing that Youth and Enthusiasm can’t overcome it seems and they are wringing every last drop of performance out of the older Apollo chassis – they could well be this year’s big find. They know all the circuits now, and they have seen the worst that the Bruntingthorpe Wind can dish out so a strong run to a podium is far from out of the question from the Londoners. Hot on their tail were, of course Team Bike Bus – more of them when we look at PC2 though…
Wing Racers had a bit of a day to forget at Wombwell. An unfortunate collision in race one set them back but their quality and sheer pace showed through in race two where they finished with a strong third. Bruntingthorpe is a track that really suits their car’s handling and they can be expected to up the ante for this one. Last year they were only beaten by a very strong Rugby Velo outfit (and then not by much) so they could be very much the car to beat here.
Wrapping up PC1, lets not forget Doughty who’s new bodywork is definitely a big leap forwards, Simonstrong-Media Velo who have completely redesigned the car after a difficult first year and the ever present Team 105 who are always there in the mid-field waiting for anyone to slip-up.
It is hard to predict a winner here so let’s just enjoy the ride…
And onto PC2…
Team Bike Bus dominated the class at Wombwell, running with (or rather about 6 inches behind) the PC1 front runners for much of the time and proved, if proof were needed, what the difference is between a team of cyclists and a team of scouts. (See Yello Velo fifteen years ago for reference!). The car is good, the drivers are superb and it is a very well run team. On current form, there is little to suggest they will not dominate here as well.
Behind, Team 105 and the new-look Swebbelli Racing had a great battle for second. Who knows which way it would have gone had the third race been run but it would have been exciting. Team 105 ran out the winners in that battle and are back for more this time. They always bring an extra little something to races so it is great to see them here for the first time since 2011.
Swebbelli have two cars in PC2 this time around and will as always be looking for a steady, trouble free run to pick up the points as new drivers find their feet. No coupes this year which means the drivers could be as cold as everyone else if the wind gets up!