South Wales premier professional motor racing team SVG Racing started their 2015 season with a bang at Silverstone. The newly expanded team of three cars was taking part in the first round of this year’s UK Sports 2000 Championship.
Last year’s Champion Swansea resident Tim Matthews, is being joined for the season by 20 year old Cameron Davies from Llandovery, an ex British Champion rally driver and a young man determined to make a mark on the circuit racing scene. He is also being joined by International driver Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani an 18 year old student from Swansea University with ambitions to become a professional driver here in the UK.
All three drivers arrived at Silverstone with high hopes for the weekend race but early season mechanical problems halted pre event testing for all three drivers. Matthews suffered gearbox problems, Davies some minor brake issues and Sheikh Abdullah’s action was curtailed by an early spin.
Qualifying was fraught as only Cameron managed to get out in time posting an impressive tenth in only his first ever start in a motor race. Matthews continued to suffer gear selection problems and despite a mad dash to return to Swansea for an exam and then to return to Silverstone by taxi, the teams third driver Sheikh Abdullah was unable to get back in time to qualify.
Race day dawned wet and cloudy and after persuading the Clerk of the Course to allow him two laps behind the safety car Matthews was allowed to start the first race of the season at the back of the field. Under the watchful eye of Sheikh Abdullah Davies got off to a good start steering clear of trouble as the pack charged into Copse off the start. At the back of the field Matthews got off the line well only to discover his car was jammed in top gear. Despite that and an off caused by a spinning car the Swansea driver, using only one gear, gradually picked off drivers on his charge through the pack. On the last lap he managed to force his way past American Pat Egan to take third in class, a solid start to the season.
Upfront Cameron was on a charge of his own working his way through the field to a superb fourth place at the flag in only his first ever race. This also put him third in class to give SVG Racing an unbelievable start to the season.
Despite his fine fourth place Davies was still a little disappointed, “I did feel I could have done a little better and I know with the few tweeks we can do to the car I can push harder next time. It was the first time I’d been on track with a lot of other cars and I was probably over cautious initially but I know how it all works now so can push much harder for a better result.”
Team leader and veteran driver Tim Matthews was more bullish, “What Cameron achieved this weekend was outstanding. We had a few issues in testing but Cameron kept his head in the right place and despite a high quality of driver in the race he still managed a great result. It’s clear he has masses of potential and I can see no reason why he can’t be challenging for wins during the season. It was a tough race for me with only one gear but to come home with third in class was a bonus and a great start for the team. It was unfortunate that Sheikh Abdullah couldn’t get back in time despite his long taxi dash but there are plenty more races this season.”