COWLEY STARS TO WIN ANGLESEY TI­TLE

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The bat­tle to be crowned Star of Anglesey went down to the wire as Matthew Cowley nar­rowly pipped David Mcarthur to de­fend his ti­tle in the For­mula Ford 1600 races.

The 19-year-old, who was the Pre ’90 For­mula Ford cham­pion in 2015, se­cured his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Star of Anglesey trophy af­ter bag­ging a sec­ond-place fin­ish and a vic­tory in his Van Diemen JL13 dur­ing a pair of hotly con­tested races.

De­spite only qual­i­fy­ing on the third row at the end-of-sea­son BRSCC Win­ter Race Day at the Welsh cir­cuit, Cowley made the most of a DNF for pole­sit­ter Joshua Smith and a sub­se­quent safety car pe­riod to surge into sec­ond spot on the ros­trum, while Mcarthur took the race-one win.

Just 1.5s cov­ered the top three by the end of the sec­ond race, in which Cowley made a per­fect start to storm into the lead at Turn 1. Af­ter thwart­ing a se­ries of ad­vances from Mcarthur – who needed back-to­back vic­to­ries to claim the Post ’89 ac­co­lade – Cowley usurped his ri­val to win the trophy by five points.

With a num­ber of lead­ing run­ners ab­sent from the meet­ing, Ivor Mairs cap­i­talised to snatch the Pre ’90 Star of Anglesey hon­ours thanks to a brace of class wins.

A field of just eight cars served up three thrilling en­coun­ters in the Win­ter Global Lights. With win­ning mar­gins at less than 0.3s in each out­ing, the Ir­ish se­ries rounded out its an­nual trip to the UK in style.

The fre­netic 15-minute thrashes be­gan in dra­matic fash­ion when early fron­trun­ners Max Dren­nan, Conor Far­rell and James Thompson plum­meted to the back af­ter all three came to blows at the fast sweep­ing right-han­der of Church on lap two.

Fol­low­ing a sep­a­rate spin for erst­while leader Michael Con­way, his fa­ther, John Con­way, took con­trol of pro­ceed­ings and held off re­cov­er­ing pair Dren­nan and Far­rell by just 0.13s at the flag.

Af­ter mul­ti­ple lead ex­changes dur­ing a four-way scrap for the race two win, and hav­ing sur­vived late con­tact with James Thompson, Dren­nan staked his own claim on the top step by lead­ing home Far­rell and Michael Con­way.

A per­fectly ex­e­cuted fi­nal lap – partly aided by an ail­ing Thompson – al­lowed Dren­nan to nav­i­gate his way from third into the race lead in the fi­nale. Dren­nan de­nied a third dif­fer­ent vic­tor by pulling off a dar­ing over­take around the out­side of Far­rell at Rocket to seal a last-gasp win.

Doug Carter was un­touch­able in his Rad­i­cal PR6 through­out Sun­day as he romped to two com­mand­ing vic­to­ries in the Win­ter Sports Sa­loons and Cater­ham Se­ries.

Carter claimed pole po­si­tion by a whop­ping 5.8s, be­fore trans­lat­ing his dom­i­nance around the coastal cir­cuit by lap­ping the en­tire field at least once in both races. Even a 10-sec­ond time penalty for a jump start in the open­ing race failed to deny Carter from tak­ing a pair of imperious vic­to­ries.

Out of an eclec­tic mix of 16 ma­chines vary­ing from Ginetta G40s to an MG Mid­get, Ginetta Ju­nior grad­u­ate Char­lie Fagg proved to be Carter’s near­est com­pe­ti­tion as he led home Oliver Thomas and Danny Car­roll in his SEAT Leon Su­per­copa.

Fur­ther be­hind the supreme Carter, Andy Thompson im­pres­sively re­cov­ered from throt­tle prob­lems on­board his SEAT Toledo in race-one to record a top-five fin­ish from the back of the grid in the se­ries con­cluder.

Cowley picked up two podi­ums

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