Jones is crowned women's winter champion

THE first Guernsey Autocross Club meeting of the new year was round six of the winter championship, held on a cold but dry day.

Linda Jones claimed the women’s winter title with two meetings to go. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 1301627)
Linda Jones claimed the women’s winter title with two meetings to go. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin, 1301627)

THE first Guernsey Autocross Club meeting of the new year was round six of the winter championship, held on a cold but dry day.

A small crowd braved the bitter wind and 35 drivers entered the event.

The winner of the meeting was Callum Queripel, taking his well-presented 4x4 Ford to a dominant win.

Linda Jones wrapped up the women’s title and 2 Fast 2Serious continue to lead the team championship.

When Queripel left the start line in his heat race, the win appeared certain for the immaculate 4x4 and it duly took maximum points and progressed into the race of firsts.

He was joined from the heats by championship leader Ozzy Ozanne, who had beaten Kez Smale in heat three, Trevor Breton from heat two and Devil Driver Adam Langlois, who defeated Doug Le Fevre.

Queripel had Ozanne for close company until lap three then pulled away to claim maximum points from Ozanne, which narrows the gap to three points with a further 20 from the next two meetings available.

Langlois also finished in the points, putting him in third place overall.

Jones claimed the women’s winter title with two meetings to spare after a victory from Kerrin Leigh, who currently is second in the points from Nessie Brown.

The team title chase is led by 2 Fast 2 Serious by 40 points, but they were outscored today by Devil Drivers, who have 90 points and are comfortably ahead of SMS racing on 77.

This championship has six more events to count, so every team can be caught.

Leeroy Sebire took a double victory in the standard tyres races and edged his lead out to 15 points from driver of the day Nathan Pinchemain as the latter finished only the first race in the points.

Warren Boscher had been heading for a finish in the first race, but misjudged his approach to the pits corner and was punted on the stones by Shane Le Poidevin.

Boscher’s car survived and raced for the rest of the meeting.

He scored three points next time on standards but is only fifth in the overall points.

The lead in the small cars points changed as Peter Jory won the race and with Snake Lowe retiring early in the race, he lost his points lead. Jory is only two ahead and six more meetings to count.

The gap in the Grand Slam is now a single point following Queripel’s win from Sebire.

The former still leads but with a strong challenge expected next time.