Thursday, January 24, 2013
Before the start of the 2012 RGB season local racers Paul Rogers and Derek Jones held ambitions of being crowned champion – but neither had counted on Tim Gray.
Rogers, from Attleborough, was the defending champion and retained his title, winning Contour, while Mulbarton’s Jones, a former double champion, had armed himself with a new AB Sabre. But neither could do anything about Gray and the Spire GT3.
The season started at Silverstone with Rogers taking a solid second place before posting a retirement in the second encounter.
Meanwhile, Jones narrowly missed out a podium position in both races with a pair of fourth places for his first start in the Suffolk built racer.
The next pair of races was at Brands Hatch with Jones edging his local rival by a single point with a third place in the opening race and a fourth in the second.
Rogers was fifth in the first before making the podium in the second event.
The tight and twisty Cadwell Park followed with Rogers matching his Brands results, fifth and third, while Jones was sixth in both races.
Donington followed with Jones taking a mid season break to get married leaving Rogers to uphold local honour which he did with a double podium, third in race one followed by second place in race two.
The series then visited Anglesey Circuit in Wales with Rogers showing he was a worth champion with a fourth place in the opening race followed up with third place in the second event.
Donington was revisited for a second time with a refreshed Jones taking a pair of third places while Rogers posted a retirement in the first followed by a sixth place in the second.
The season finished at Mallory Park and Rogers was keen to finish in third place in the championship and held a slight advantage over Garry Goodyear in a similar Contour.
However, both Contour racers, and several others, fell foul of technical inspection after the first race and found themselves excluded for a ride height infringement leaving Goodyear and Rogers the final race to settle third place in the series.
However, Rogers disappointing day continued as all he could do was watch from the sidelines as Goodyear stole third place in the series with fourth place to take the position by just three points as the local racer had been unable to take to the grid for the restarted race.
Meanwhile, Jones finished both events in third place, just as he had done at Donington to secure fifth place in the series just six points shy of his local rival Rogers.
However it was Gray who dominated the series taking 14 race victories from the 14 events adding 14 fastest laps as well for a perfect score on his way to being crowned champion while setting a new lap record for the category at each of the circuits visited.