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By karlbowdrey, May 18 2015 06:32PM

Taking to the track once again was Robert Sadler in recently built MK5 VW Golf, that is also used in various other championships. JabbaSport were also customer support for Julian Newman in his BMW M5.


With the sun glaring down the track temperatures were some of the highest this season. Qualifying was heavily dominated at the top of the times by BMW E36 M3’s but this didn’t concern Sadler, he posted a time of 56.340 and taking 9th splitting the E36 M3’s on the grid. Newman with the only BMW M5 on the grid came across the line in a respectable 57.657 starting him 12th for Race 1.


With less than a second separating the top 5 in qualifying Race 1 was shaping up to be a competitive one. Air temperatures were now peaking at just under 21oc resulting in perfect conditions for racing! Sadler had a fantastic battle throughout the race with Brian Jones all race, both drivers were racing to perfection, with clean overtakes and some brilliant blocking. Sadler managed to overtake Jones in the closing moments of the race to take 9th. Newman found himself battling with Willcocks throughout the race which resulted in him taking 12th.


Race 2 was a little more eventful for Sadler, pushing harder and harder Sadler found himself coming in to Paddock Hill Bend a little more sideways than he would have wished. Sadler said “Never have I been that sideways through paddock before, it was at 90 degrees! “I drove the doors of it to try to keep up with the M3’s but I thought I had broken something on the car so brought it straight in”.


Newman had a much stronger race and managed to gain places throughout the race to claim a brilliant 9th in his M5. Newman managed to complete 17 laps in the boiling hot sun with laps times hanging around the 57’s.


Overall another fantastic weekend racing for the team!


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By karlbowdrey, May 11 2015 07:42PM


JabbaRacing’s very own Luke Schlewitz was back in the race seat in the PGTi for the first time since the Nurburgring in 2012 where he last took a podium so he was looking forward to a weekend back in the driver’s seat. Jabba regular Martyn Walsh was back once again after a strong opening weekend performance at Snetterton a few weeks back.


For 2015 JabbaRacing welcome on board Simon Hill, who previously a privateer has now joined forces with Jabba in hope of competing for the title once again in his newly built MK5 Golf.


Qualifying


All the drivers had a busy grid to contend with due to the grid being shared with some MK2 Golf GTi’s slipping in some last minute testing. All 3 Jabba drivers took to the track with Walsh posting the most impressive time of 1.50:93 only 0.478 behind first place and current championship leader Jason Tingle. Walsh was also just over a second faster than his closest team mate Luke Schlewitz. Simon Hill finished with a time of 1.52:111, starting 5th on the grid for race 1 behind Schlewitz. Qualifying was without its drama’s, the track limits police were out in force claiming a lap from Walsh and several others during the session for exceeding track limits.


Race 1


The ever increasing MK5 grid took place on the start line with all the Jabba drivers in their respectful positions. Walsh had a fantastic start of the line and managed to challenge Tingle for the lead after just one corner. Fighting the opening couple of laps with Tingle and Fleming, Walsh just couldn’t close the gap. After lap 3 Tingle had pulled out a 1 second lead on Walsh giving him some breathing space.


Schlewitz had not only closed the gap on Fleming, but had taken 3rd and was making ground but the track limit police disallowed one of Schlewitzs laps after exceeding track limits resulting in a 5 second penalty. Schlewitz felt hard done by with this decision due to having to take evasive action to avoid a competitor and a potential racing incident. An appeal of this kind was rejected. Schlewitz was handed 4th position 2.699 seconds behind newly promoted Fleming.


Simon Hill, another driver who succumbed to a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits had a pretty solid opening race. Hill who is still getting to grips with his freshly prepared MK5 finished 5th after a relatively unchallenged race.


Race 2


Race 2 grid was formed based on the finishing positions from race 1 meaning with Tingle on pole Walsh was 2nd with Schlewitz and Hill in 4th and 5th respectively.


Once again Walsh was a determined man and wasn’t going to let Tingle take a race win without a fight. Walsh did his best but just couldn’t take 1st from Tingle, but did finish only 0.544 behind!


Schlewitz and Hill both had a relatively un-battled race. After having his podium snatched away from him the results from Race 1 reflected race 2. Schlewitz taking 4th and Hill taking 5th.


The next round is at Rockingham Motorspeed Way, Northants on the 13th June!


By karlbowdrey, Jan 17 2015 08:32PM


Donington Park – Race 1 report



Martyn Walsh, starting in 2nd had a fantastic start off the line with a superb lunge up the inside of Gusterson, after turn 1 Walsh was already in 1st and starting to pull a lead. As the pack turned in to the Old Hair Pin, Walsh had pulled a slight lead on Gusterson and Hill who had a slight coming together.



Gusterson got in to a slide causing Hill to take action; the pair had a slight coming together causing the rear bumper of Gusterson to be left like a sitting duck in the middle of the track. The pack was forced to bunch together as everyone was trying to avoid the bumper laying in the middle of the track, but as James Howlison came round there was nothing he could do, he collected the bumper causing it to explode across the track. This forced the race to be red flagged.



As the cars regrouped on the grid ready for a restart, they allowed the drivers to make modifications to the cars for safety reasons following the incidents that had just occurred.



Walsh took to the grid once again and held his nerve. He kept the MK2 golf solid on track, making 0 errors. He took a lights to flag victory. Pulling back in to the pit lane ran straight over to where his wife was, climbed the fence and gave her a massive kiss!



Martyn Walsh has now secured 2nd in the 2014 Production GTI Championship and will collect his trophy at the BRSCC Awards night later in the year.



Simon Tomlinson had a good race, possibly being the most consistent driver on the track with his lap times constantly in around the 1:26 mark. He kept pushing and pushing but just couldn’t break the front runners. He finished in 6th after starting in 9th.



James Howlison who started in 9th, kept his cool after collecting the stray bumper at the old hair pin, he was forced to pull aside to ensure no damage to his 16v MK2, once he was happy to re-joined the track and was gaining the places back. James came across the line in 9th.



Race is later this afternoon at around 16:30pm.