Brad embarked on a trip to see more of the world in October 2019 after the drag racing season ended, he toured Japan and then moved onto Australia, from Australia he moved on to New Zealand and then the pandemic curtailed any further travel.
Brad is in New Zealand due to the restrictions of still being unable to travel, in the summer he was working in a jet ski centre and at present is using his VW group qualifications and working for an Audi group in Queenstown.
Brad’s sister is getting married next month ( October 2020 ) and sadly is unable to travel back to th UK due to the pandemic, his travel visa is being extended and he will probably stay until spring next year before returning to the UK.
Wayne & Alison are hoping to travel to New Zealand to see him as soon as we are able to travel.
|We headed to Santa Pod for the final meeting of the year, Brad had a healthy lead of 410 points but the championship realistically was between Brad and the team Time is Money car driven by Tom and John Atkinson.
Tom had a great meeting at the European finals taking the win after Brad’s throttle cable body broke on the line thus putting their team in contention for the title, they needed to out qualify Brad and hope that Brad went out in the first round and if they took the event win they would overtake Brad and win the National title, Tom’s father John is the driver for this weekend.
|We decided to test the car on the Friday just to make sure that everything was working correctly with the car after the new cable had been fitted, Brad completed a test run with a promising 0.027 reaction time and eased to a 171 mph safe quarter mile, with Brad’s first reaction time of the day being a good one we knew Brad was ready for the weekend.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and the weather looked set for the day, qualifying could be crucial because the weather forecast for the UK on raceday was torrential rain due the latter end of the hurricane Dorian coming from the USA and the Bahamas.
Q1 Brad had a 0.088 reaction time and ran 7.72 on a 7.66 dial in, the track was still a little bit cool but 6 hundredths of a second over dial in was good enough for 3rd at the end of the session with John qualifying 5th.
Q2 3 hours later the sun had heated the track and the Pro Mods had laid some rubber on the track we knew the car would be in good shape for this run, Wayne chose a dial in of 7.67, Brad pulled a 0.023 reaction time and ran 7.6794, 9 thousandths of a second over dial in put Brad into 2nd place with John keeping the pressure on by moving up to 4th.
Q3, the final qualifying session of the day, Wayne thought the car would run slightly quicker and dialled 7.66, the car was amazingly consistent and ran another 7.6792, 2 – 10 thousandths of a second quicker than the previous run.
|Sunday Eliminations Day
We woke on Sunday morning to find it had been raining through the night, the Santa Pod track crew dried the track and we went to the first round of eliminations. John was in front of Brad and John faced Dave Russell, Dave had a better reaction time than John and took the win, so that was it,
Brad was the UK National Super Pro Champion for the second consecutive year!
The whole team are ecstatic, in the 6 years Brad has raced in Super Pro he has finished, 5th, 3rd , 2nd twice and won the championship twice, a fantastic record in the fastest and most competitive bracket class in Europe!
Brad and Wayne would like to thank all the crew, Nick Good, Cristiaan Carlo, Dave Catton, Ian Baker and Neil Baker whose help and dedication to support Brad helped greatly in Brad achieving this result!
Brad and Wayne would also like to thank all our loyal sponsors, without their support we could not continue to compete with this front running professional team, many thanks to, Lucas Oil UK, The Plytek Group, The Taxi Shop, Martin Williams (Hull) Ltd, D&S signs, and Racewearonline.com
Brad has now resigned from his daytime job and is taking some time out to explore the World, he sets off to Japan next month, with further flights booked for Australia and New Zealand, it is unlikely Brad will be in the UK to collect his Champion’s trophy at the Santa Pod Racers club presentation on the 1st February 2020, but Wayne and all the team will be there, providing we raise the funds for the 2020 season Brad should be back for the 1st meeting , The Festival of Power at Easter.
Many thanks to all our supporters, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we will hopefully be on the start line at Easter 2020 !
Summer Nationals 22nd – 23rd June 2019
We arrived at Santa Pod late on Friday night so missed scrutineering so had to be up early Saturday morning to get the car scrutineered before the event started, we woke up to a beautiful day and Brad was looking forward to this race weekend.
With only 3 qualifying runs on Saturday it was imperative to qualify well, qualifying one we dialled a safe 7.67 and ran 7.72, 5 hundredths of a second over dial in left Brad in 9th from 23.
Q2, we dialled 7.68 and ran a 7.677, we broke out by just under 3 thousandths of a second (0.0021) and Brad dropped to 14th place.
Q3 we dialled a 7.64, this was a strategic dial just to improve on the 500th’s position, the plans all went wrong when Brad had a massive slide at half track and scrubbed too much speed off collecting the car, this left Brad in 16th place from 25 drivers, Brad’s worst qualifying position for a very long time, however Brad was confident that once we got into eliminations we would recover this position.
Sunday morning brought cooler temperatures and a dull cloudy sky but the weather did improve throughout the day.
Eliminations 1 Brad faced Peter Walters, Pete has had a torrid time with minor gremlins in his car but he was running well at this meeting, Pete had a slight edge on Brad off the line but Brad was closer to the dial in and Brad took the win by 0.019 of a second.
Eliminations 2 Brad faces Laura Turburville Brad’s friend from the Junior Dragster days, infact Brad and Laura both ran their very first runs together 10 years ago
Brad pulled a 0.01 reaction time to Laura’s 0.06 and had the edge but Laura went too fast and broke out by 0.015, Brad ran 7.69 0n his 7.67 dial and took the win.
Eliminations 3 Brad was racing against Dave Evans, Dave‘s reaction time of 0.111 was too slow to an in form Brad whose 0.02 reaction time gave him the edge and Brad took the quarter final win.
In the semi Final Brad faced Bob Doyle, Bob was better of the line with a 0.022 reaction to Brad’s 0.038 reaction but Brad was much closer to his dial in, 7.67 dial and ran 7.70 and Brad took the win and was now in the final !
In the final Brad was racing against Dave Fulton, Dave was having a good day and was 2nd to Brad in the points championship, if Dave took the win Dave would be just 200 points behind Brad in the championship, if Brad took the win Brad would have a substantial lead of 510 points in the championship which would help Brad in his quest to retain his title again this year!
They both left the line with almost the same reaction time, Dave had the edge with a 0.052 to Brad’s 0.056, Dave ran too quick with a breakout 8.93 on a 8.99 dial, however Brad would have been hard to beat with Brad having a 7.68 time on a 7.67 dial, so Brad took the Summer Nationals win!
Brad is having a great year, his lowest position this year has been the quarter finals so Brad has a healthy points lead in the championship, the points have to be ratified yet but Wayne makes them to be;-
Brad would like to thank Nick and Cristiann for delivering a great race car yet again, Dave Catton for his tow car driving skills and crew help
We now have a summer break until the European Finals meeting at Santa Pod in early September, we cannot wait!
Brad wouldn’t be in this position, without the continued Support of all our sponsors , to whom we are very grateful