BRITISH SPRINT REPORTS
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End of an era and a winning finale for Holmes
Event 16 at Anglesey on 07/10/2018
The Sunday event on Anglesey's International circuit marked an end of an era as it was to be Paul Parker's last event as British Sprint Championship co-ordinator - a post he has held since 1999 and there was a feeling of sadness around the paddock as a result.
But what a contrast Sunday represented to the previous day, with the wind blowing a gale, and
creating a significant headwind for everyone
along the back straight of the International circuit, to the detriment
of the times. The wind also caused damage to the MOLE Racing car transporter/hotel room/spares emporium!
Before the event Grahame Harden felt that the clutch would be unable to cope with his new turbocharged engine, suggesting if he made it io the first corner on his first practice run on Saturday that would be an achievement. Despite suggestions that the engine was dropping into "get you home" mode on Saturday here we were on Sunday, the car was getting quicker and quicker and easily enough to make the Top 12 Run Off.
Poor Mark Anson managed, on both his Sunday timed runs, to appear as if he had stopped for a sandwich - spinning at the final hairpin on T1. This was tragic really as the times in either of his two practice runs would have both qualified him for the Top 12 Run Off and earned him enough points to double his season score, a sad way to conclude his season.
Records were thin on the ground.
Pete Goulding capturing the 1600 forced induction Racing Cars one,
meaning the pair of Mygales finished with one each over the weekend! Chris Jones was again more than one and a half seconds under the the Class record in the times runs but, fellow Pirelli runners Broughton and Hillam were hampered by disappearing brakes.
Top 12 Run Off
It appeared that Chris Jones has an arrangement by which the wind changes direction when he takes a run. That's the only conclusion I am able to reach as he took fifth place in the Run Off, his weekend performances sufficient to secure a permanent number for 2019.
Grahame Harden and Chris Bennett both qualified within half a second of each other and only a tenth apart after their first run. Surprisngly both drivers found more than three seconds on their second runs with Grahame feeling more confident about his gearbox standing up to the strain (and excited about prospects for 2019 if he continues) and Chris enjoying a run on warm tyres for the first time over the week-end.
There some smiling faces among the 2 litre runners Broughton, Hillam and Algar having satisfied themselves that Pirelli rubber is what is required for them in 2019, this despite the SBD pair limiting themselves to a singular Top 12 Run Off each after encountering further problems although Steve Broughton's triple pumping technique allowed a good flow of speed into the corners. Terry Holmes' performance was majestic as both his top 12 Run Off times put him top of the tree but John Graham's runner up performance was enough to take the final podium place in the Championship ahead of Terry.
Mention should be made of the slick running of the event by Longton & District MC. Despite a few delays (wind blowing the timing equipment around!) the Top 12 Run Offs had been completed by 3:00 pm leaving plenty of time for further runs for those that wanted them.
PP & CB
Anglesey International Circuit October 7th
Longton & District MC
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 76.52secs
2. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 77.02secs
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 78.70secs
4. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 78.81secs
5. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 79.91ecs
6. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 81.15secs
7. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 82.04secs
8. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 82.22secs
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 82.58secs
10. Grahame Harden (0.7 Jedi Mk 6) 86.30secs
11. Chris Bennett (1.0 Force TA) 86.53secs
12. Carole Torkington (1.6 SBD OMS CF08) 90.01secs
Final 2018 British Sprint Championship Positions
1. Heather Calder, 109pts
2. Colin Calder, 105pts
3. John Graham, 90pts
4. Terry Holmes, 87pts
5. Steve Broughton, 82pts
6. Matt Hillam, 80pts
7. Nick Algar, 79pts
8. Stewart Robb, 75pts
9 Graham Blackwell, 62pts
10. Steve Miles, 59pts
11. Pete Goulding, 59pts
12. Chris Jones, 54pts
The final win of the year went to Terry Holmes (Kim Broughton)
Grahame Harden managed tenth in his nicely engineered Jedi (Kim Broughton)
Fifth and a number for 2019 for Chris Jones (Neil Lambert)
Carole Torkington made the Run Off (Neil Lambert)
Graham wins as Heather Calder takes Championship
Event 15 at Anglesey on 06/10/2018
With the non appearance of the Calders (Colin and Heather) at Trac Mon, Anglesey for the final two rounds of the 2018 SBD MSA British Sprint Championship Heather Calder was confirmed as the repeat Champion following her success in 2017.
We had been threatened with varying degrees of rain in the week leading up to this event. As it turned out none materialised but a variety of levels of wind were certainly present. Saturday was largely sunny and quite warm for October. The weekend was also without the other Scot, Stewart Robb, who had entered but failed to appear. What was going to be interesting was what performance might materialise from the new Pirelli speed event tyres which were making their first public appearance on the Broughton/Hilam, Jones/Bennett and Algar cars. During the season the usual Avon A15s had been in general use, supplemented by Michelins and some development Avons, although their performance left little to write home about. So now, as the season drew to its close, was Sprinting's tyre choice for the future about to be debated? Graham Harden was making an outing but this time powered by a 749cc turbocharged Kawasaki, which has been under construction for quite a while (and when fitted to a motorcycle managed to produce a 217mph speed at Elvington!).Compared to some turbo installations this one looked exteremely neat and tidy - a credit to the builder. Also in the 1100class it was good to see the return of Mark Anson as he approaches retirement from the police force. Carole Torkington was sadly unaccompanied by her usual cockpit partner, news about Bill Gouldthorpe was far from promising sadly.
The Saturday event was run on the short, single lap National course with some serious performances being displayed. Records were being broken widely as bonus points were being captured to supplement scores as the season drew to a close.
Top 12 Run Off
There was no existing record for the forced induction 1600 Racing Car class, so a battle was on to see who would leave with that one. Graham Blackwell managed to capture that on his first Top 12 Run Off run. Sadly on his second attempt the car decided to turn left shortly after launch as the software controlled the change into second gear, which managed to destroy both wishbones, steering arm and pushrod on the left hand side and front wing, which concluded his weekend. Steve Brown concluded his engine's life after Saturday. He had already decided to upgrade the engine over the winter but a missed shift on Saturday lead to advice from his engine builder to leave well alone and withdraw from Sunday. Chris Jones was producing some startling runs in the Top 12 Run Off, taking well over a second and a half from the existing record on both runs with the Pirellis. It was pretty clear who had the misfortune of wearing Michelin rubber. Steve Miles times were slower than Chris Jones' despite an engine twice the size but had been experimenting with intentionally carrying corner entry speed and spun 3 times - all without causing a red flag as he got going quickly.
Well ahead and battling over the midfield final Championship placings were the two litre runners Steve Broughton, Matt Hillam and Nick Algar all of whom were battling manfully and all well under the existing 2 litre record on both of their runs confiming the performance available from the Pirellis. With the look on Nick Algar's face as he left Blyton Park, there couldn't be more of a contrast to his performance on Saturday when he murdered the outright record on both his runs (and that despite having every reason to feel a poorly bunny with his one hand taped up after an injury).
PP & CB
Anglesey National Circuit October 6th
Longton & District MC
1. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 45.78secs
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 46.14secs
3. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 46.73secs
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 46.86secs
5. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 47.56secs
6. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA )48.46ecs
7. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 49.21secs
8. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 49.43secs
9. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 49.80secs
10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 50.78secs
11. Mark Anson (1.0 Jedi Mk 1) 51.88secs
12. Steve Brown(1.5 JKS JR0152.00secs
John Graham won on the National Circuit (Kim Broughton)
Pirelli shod Steve Broughton was a close second (Kim Broughton)
Graham Blackwell won the Mygale battle before his 'off' (Neil Lambert)
Mark Anson has a good view on his way to 11th (Neil Lambert)
A Game of Two Halves Pt2
Event 14 at Blyton Park on 09/09/2018
The Bennett/Jones Force TA partnership continued their
run limitations partaking ofjust one practice and one timed run each. Steve
Brown was the only member of our runners to indulge in a third timed run. However
he was juggling the needs of his British Sprint participation with participation
in another championship and its very different scoring system. Nick Algar
performed one of those occasional feats and qualified fastest overall which I
suspect surprised the whole field? It certainly surprised the driver!
The SBD partnership were hanging on grimly with stellar performances. Steve Miles was bottom of the 2 litre pile some way distant. Stewart Robb qualified top of the unlimited fraternity but then surprisingly withdrew before he was able to participate in theTop 12 Run Off. Both Calders were very clearly after record bonus points to enhance their respective scores but suffered a split fuel tank in the morning which needed repair and the car put back together before the Run Off . There then came a whole bunch, all qualifying in the 59 second bracket, including Terry Holmes who together with Graham Porrett had a gearbox to rebuild after a tooth made a bid for freedom.
Top 12 Run Off
Just to demonstrate how our sport can produce contrasts from one day to the next Graham Blackwell, having achieved an FTD the day before, on his opening launch managed to break a driveshaft off the line, shearing all of the bolts so no finish and no points. Steve Brown admitted to the Top 12 upon Stewart Robb's withdrawal, secured his 3rd capture of points this season for 11th but only managed a single run after getting stuck in sixth. John Graham concluded his dire weekend with a 10th place finish well below his capabilities, perhaps wondering how he might use the Gould on the farm? Pete Goulding only managed to complete one run and despite completing two runs Steve Miles won't have been pleased with his weekend.
Chris Jones at least managed to complete his weekend on a positive note with a new 1100 Racing Car record for the Outer Circuit, with his midfield finish - not bad having only taken one practice and one timed run. Only a few tenths better was Steve Broughton but his ever improving times over the day this had to have been considered a positive. Terry Holmes and I indulged in a meaningful discussion on the interpretation of "finish line" in S.9.5.3 (a) as he spun removing one element of the timing equipment. Nevertheless his points for the day placed him in 3rd place in the British Sprint Championship. Nick Algar was unable quite to match his qualifying time in achieving 4th spot but Matt Hillam put in a stormer to break the 2 litre record by a second and a half! Then the family feud......Colin Calder on his second run managed to get within 2 hundredths of the existing outright record, a fact Heather just wished to confirm before her run, then she went out and took half a second off the outright record....and the bonus point she was after!
Blyton Outer Circuit September 9th
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 53.49secs
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 54.02secs
3. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 55.66secs
4. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 56.46secs
5. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 57.69secs
6. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 57.83secs
7. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 58.24ecs
8. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 59.15secs
9. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 59.28secs
10. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 61.49secs
11. Steve Brown (1.5 JKS JR01) 64.37secs
Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) DNF
Positions after Round 14
1. Heather Calder, 109pts
2. Colin Calder, 105pts
3. Terry Holmes, 80pts
4. John Graham, 77pts
5. Stewart Robb, 75pts
6. Steve Broughton, 71pts
7. Matt Hillam, 66pts
8. Nick Algar, 64pts
9 Graham Blackwell, 59pts
10. Steve Miles, 58pts
11. Pete Goulding, 56pts
12. Simon Bainbridge, 38pts
Nick Algar found a lot of time in the DJ (Kim Broughton)
A busy week-end in the paddock (Steve Miles)
A Game of Two Halves Pt 1
Event 13 at Blyton Park on 08/09/2019
The Nottingham Sports Car Club organised Blyton Sprint week-end produced two very disparate results. The Saturday event was notable for something which for some reason we suffer fairly little in the British Sprint Championship...rain. Added to this was that the Eastern Circuit was in use which contain two very tight corners which seemed to affect some cars far more than others. The conditions were such that spins were taking place quite widely. During the day Stewart Robb discovering the advantages of Sprint courses, spinning off both sides of the main "straight" after accidentally switching traction control off, fortunately without touching anything. Perhaps a contrast to what might have taken place if his tentative plans to enter the forthcoming Doune hillclimb close to home come close to reality. In fact it was something of a "Pilbeam" day, visits being made by constructor Mike Pilbeam and also fellow large engined Pilbeam Sprint car owner Mike Musson, Blyton Park being possibly the closest venue to home for both. Work on the latter's car is progressing well and we look forward to seeing the Pilbean back on the tracks in 2019.
A few "issues" were being encountered. Chris Jones and Chris Bennett encountered clutch issues throughout the weekend and segregated their running to save that element of the car. Some competitors (mentioning no names) discovered "a means of carrying much speed through the final corner" on this course. One of our newer contenders, Graham Blackwell running new Michelin race wets, managed to secure his first ever FTD (based upon timed runs) and was understandably chuffed to bits and so had to perform his first ever FTD speech! Graham took full advantage of this, as things were different the following day
Top 12 Run Off
John Graham finished bottom of the pile during the course of a
weekend he would probably wish to forget, so many issues
that he was encountering. Stewart Robb managed to find the other side of
the "straight" on his first run and so was understandably
cautious on his second run. Chris Jones managed two runs and
demonstrated what can often happen in adverse weather conditions
in our sport overcoming 2 unlimited capacity cars and comfortably
so. He was still a little disappointed though, having qualified fourth on Inters but found these less suitable for the much wetter Run Off when full wets were the order of the day.
Next was Nick Algar who had to rely upon only his opening Run Off run, pursued by Steve Miles the wet weather enabling him once again to trial tyres from another manufacturer. Tyres from Avon, Michelin and Hankook seeing the light of day in the British Sprint paddock this year and I gather there is yet another manufacturer's products still to officially appear. Then came a very closely matched group all on the 81 second category. Matt Hillam (less at home with the tight technical nature of the first half of the Eastern track), Pete Goulding, Heather Calder and Graham Blackwell all more closely matched than normal dry conditions would warrant. There then came the top 3, starting with Steve Broughton having perhaps his strongest weekend for some time, the development of the SBD car, particularly the electronics, showing dividends. At the top were among the two most experienced runners Colin Calder becoming beaten by Terry Holmes, on his first win of the season.
Blyton Eastern Circuit September 8th
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 78.00secs
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 78.31secs
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 79.27secs
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 81.09secs
5. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 81.14secs
6. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 81.61secs
7. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 81.69secs
8. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 82.98secs
9. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 83.60secs
10. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 84.55ecs
11. Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) 85.33secs
12. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 90.54secs
Terry Holmes was the master of the wet conditions (Kim Broughton)
One ofthe more tragic losses?
Event 12 at Rockingham on 19/08/2018
In the week leading up to this event news emerged that the Rockingham venue had been sold, having been up for sale for some time. However, it was hoped that one of the circuit operators might have found a home for it. Sadly that appears not to be the case. So we won't get to return. Pretty well throughout the paddock, through the range of cars that a Sprint event represents, there was joy at the venue and sadness at its loss. There have been other Sprints at the facility but only one using the format we enjoyed in this event - the inner National circuit. Since that was with the VSCC it was unlikely any competitor in the event would have had the advantage of an earlier view.
A further sadness was the loss of the Chris Jones/Bennett Force TA during the timed runs. Chris Jones was on a flyer (a likely top three time) on his first run when the drive chain broke going into the final corner and he had to coast to the finish. But his 55s run was still good enought to easily win the 1100cc class and qualify for the Run Off which unfortunately wasn't to be as there was too much damage to repair.
For such a short lap, the second shortest of the 2018 season, qualifying times generally were quite closely matched. Conscious of the "bonus points" system, and how it is calculated at a venue such as this where no previous records exist, many were not pressing to the maximum during qualifying. One newcomer to the British Sprint Championship ranks was Piers Thynne. he sadly managed to spin on his first qualifier but produced a time on his second run to ensure he made the Top 12 Run Off. Colin Calder was unaccompanied in the cockpit at this event, Heather's absence explained by her attendance at a wedding. Nick Algar's aid came in the form of a friend with FOM associations. John Graham's gearbox had been repaired. Steve Brown was accompanied by his car's manufacturer JKS Cars' John Kirby. With the loss of the two Chris' everyone qualified for the Top 12 Run Off.
Top 12 Run Off
Piers Thynne's alternator broke on his first timed run, so his time was disappointing and he was unable to undertake a second run. He realised some attention is required to his rear anti roll bar before his next outing the existing one being at the basis for the spins he undertook. But he left the venue with his first British Sprint Championship points. Steve Brown steadily improved his times as the day progressed and made his second points collection of his career. Graham Porrett's Run Off performance was rather disappointing, both times being rather less than his second qualifier.
Steve Miles was troubled by a rear right wheel coming loose, despite his check list system it was torqued up, but on a misaligned spacer that then came loose. This gouged the inside of a rear rim and the tyre deflated. Discovered at 120mph after braking for the chicane!. This of course left him under pressure to produce a time on second run in order to gain any points. This he did albeit in the form of a "banker" and somewhat less than of which he was capable.John Graham's performance seemed curious, his opening Run Off run being rather less than both his qualifiers and even his second run although a notable improvement seemed to this observer to be disappointing. Interestingly the performances of both Steve Broughton and Nick Algar were comparable, hundredths apart on their openers and only a few tenths separated them on their second runs. Splitting them however was Pete Goulding, only a hundredth adrift of Algar, before he and wife Diane flew off on their holidays.
Terry Holmes steadily improved throughout the day through both qualifiers and Run Off runs. What he was unable to do was match Graham Blackwell's best time which must be considered the performance of his season so far overcoming Holmes by a tenth, a remarkable performance indeed. Matt Hillam's too was an outstanding performance, being only a second shy of the outright winner, and considering who that was he had every reason to be pleased. Finally and unexpectantly Colin Calder decided, even if it was only a one day event, the opportunity of potential bonus points was too good to turn down. So he undertook the 12 hour trip and gained the bonus point in addition to his 12 winner's points, he was pleased at least and moved to within a point of Championship leader Heather Calder.
PP & correspondents
All photos courtesy of Kim Broughton
Rockingham National August 19th
1. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 50.65secs
2. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 51.93secs
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 52.74secs
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 52.86secs
5. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 53.45secs
6. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 53.46secs
7. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 53.83secs
8. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 54.51secs
9. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 54.91secs
10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 57.00secs
11. Steve Brown (1.5 JKS JR01) 58.21secs
12. Piers Thynne\(2.7 Radical SR8) 74.03secs
1. Heather Calder, 106pts
2. Colin Calder, 105pts
3. John Graham, 77pts
4. Stewart Robb, 73pts
5. Terry Holmes, 70pts
6. Steve Miles, 57pts
7. Steve Broughton, 54pts
8. Graham Blackwell, 50pts
9=. Nick Algar, 49pts
Matt Hillam, 49 pts
11. Pete Goulding, 48pts
12. Simon Bainbridge, 38pts
The Rockingham win means Colin Calder is a point off the Championship lead
Graham Blackwell scored a best ever result in the Mygale
A fine second for Matt Hillam in the SBD Dallara
Run Off debutant, Piers Thynne in the Radical
Carlder's Irish Double
Event 11 at Kirkistown on 05/08/2018
For the seond day of the Sprint week-end at Kirkistown competitor problems continued. Terry Holmes & Graham Porrett encountered a transmission issue (gear stripped and its dog lost all its teeth) so the repair meant they relied upon just the single run to qualify. Simon Bainbridge's car developed an oil leak, which halted his day in the car but happily accepted an offer from Michael Sullivan (Louise Calder's partner) to share the BMW 330D! Not of course the first time he has driven a road car at a Northern Ireland BSC event to secure points.
Top 12 Run Off
Simon Bainbridge conducted just a single qualifier and a single run Off run, and operated on the assumption that he would finish 8th but........Steve Miles on his opening run stopped at Fishermans. On his second run he managed about 100 yards before stopping again but did restart and finished this time, to enable himself to secure himself points, albeit in a time where pride would not have entered the summary. Steve was suffering from sensor failures with the throttle position one being the most serious.
Graham Porrett concluded a trying weekend with a solid time and good points with some fast driving. Nick Algar left Northern Ireland pleased with the points he was able to capture. Everyone was puzzled why, despite some areas having been resurfaced, times were not better. Terry Holmes too managed a good solid finish to the NI foray to pickup 4th spot. The Calders finished one two with Colin taking his second victory of the week-end and leaving Heather puzzled as to where she was losing time - although she retained her Championship lead. Stewart Robb was on his 2nd run and seeking an improvement when he encountered an unusual discovery on the course - dogs on track at Colonial - from a neighbouring house, but he turned down the offer of a rerun.
Kirkistown August 5th
1. Colin Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME102.82secs
2. Heather Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME105.29secs
3. Stewart Robb(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV)106.72secs
4. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)108.27secs
5. Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)112.21secs
6. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)114.15ecs
7. Simon Bainbridge(BMW 330D)150.13secs
8. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)258.20secs
Positions after Round 11
1. Heather Calder, 106pts
2. Colin Calder, 102pts
3. Stewart Robb, 73pts
4. John Graham, 72pts
5. Terry Holmes, 61pts
6. Steve Miles, 56pts
7. Steve Broughton, 48pts
8. Nick Algar, 41pts
9. Pete Goulding, 40pts
10. Graham Blackwell, 39pts
11. Simon Bainbridge, 38pts
12. Matt Hillam, 37pts
Heather Calder took 2nd and retained the Championship lead (Tom Maxwell)
Nick Algar's rebuilt DJ had a good week-end (Tom Maxwell)
Adrian Pollock's Dallara swelled the single seater ranks (Tom Maxwell)
Colin Calder wins at Kirkistown
Event 10 at Kirkistown on 04/08/2018
Pretty well everyone had one problem or another this weekend with many people restricting their runs due to overheating brake fluid. Very fortunately the organising club has now settled upon the use of the long course throughout the weekend for the whole of our visit. Staying dry all weekend, Saturday at least had one of Kirkistown's largest Sprint entries, which was pleasing as British Sprint Championship numbers were at their customary disappointing level.
Throughout qualification all seemed to go smoothly, apart from reigning Champion, Heather Calder's second timed run. She was faced with a mass of dash lights she didn't immediately recognise which rather confused the down change process as she finished with a box of neutrals. On closer inspection it proved to be nothing of consequence. Most unfortunately John Graham's gearbox jammed solid and despite frantic telephone calls to his engineering support a solution could not be found. It meant he was able to catch the Sunday, rather than the Monday, morning ferry. The usual local candidates presented worthy opposition. Robert Morgan and son John, now armed with a 2.7 Millington in the rear of their Pilbeam MP82, finished 8th & 4th respectively in the course of the qualification runs. 6th overall was the car which secured the "noisiest car of the weekend" award comfortably. Gerard O'Connell's 2.7 Radical SR8 was unsilenced but was seriously quick (breaking the Sports Libre record).
Top 12 Run Off
Simon Bainbridge seemed to be running well off the pace. It was only after Saturday's event was it discovered he was running only 0.8 bar boost when a pipe was twisted. Nick Algar having rebuilt his car's rear end with the assistance of John Loudon, enjoying a few days holiday, on Friday evening, was taking it gently during qualification. However, he jumped from the bottom of the pile after qualification to conclude in 4th spot (with lots of lovely points!). Next to run was Simon Bainbridge and, whilst not far away on time, still finished the day with good points in 7th. Graham Porrett's run included a tour along the scenic route at Colonial, only later discovering that an element of his front wing had become displaced such that it was closer to flat than upright, which left him 5th.
Steve Miles would have produced better times had he realised rather earlier (the spins were a clue!) that his front anti roll bar rose joint was broken. This was repaired with help from the Calders and the car ran well after that. Steve finished 6th and was pleased with his new aero tweaks which went largely unspotted.
Stewart Robb looked to be on a mission on the wide open spaces of Kirkistown (e.g 170 mph through Debtors!) but slightly overdid it exiting Fishermans and bent his nearside push rod. As is customary practice in Northern Ireland he was accompanied to an adjacent engineering facility where it was welded up with a sleeve and painted all ready for the Sunday.
Terry Holmes suffered from the same front wing issue as his co-driver so it was only his first run which counted albeit enough for 3rd spot. The Calder family finished 1-2 about a second apart, but conscious they needed points from both days called it a day after first runs.
Kirkistown August 4th
1. Colin Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME104.23secs
2. Heather Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME105.33secs
3. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)107.61secs
4. Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)113.26secs
5. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)113.28ecs
6. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)114.52secs
7. Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Chrono V8)114.79secs
Stewart Robb(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) DNF
Colin Calder lifts a wheel on his winning way (Tom Maxwell)
Gerard O'Connell's unsilenced (!) Radical SR8 (Tom Maxwell)
John Morgan was quick in the Pilbeam MP82 (Tom Maxwell)
Heather Calder's record double at Knockhill
Event 9 at Knockhill on 22/07/2018
And so on to Sunday and the clockwise format, this time accompanied by not only the usual Super Lap Scotland (which included a Subaru with bhp that included lots of noughts and a rear wing the size of most people's dream dining table) and Scottish Legends racing but also the Chase race which the Scots have introduced.
Simon Bainbridge had put his Saturday drive train problems behind him to qualify fifth and Stewart Robb had also improved on his previous day's performance by qualifying at the top of the lists. Steve Miles managed to frighten 2 litre compatriot Nick Algar to death by spinning in front of him - the first of the season or so he claimed but a thoroughly antisocial activity in any case. Unfortunately Nick Algar's (newly rebuilt) transmission lunched itself precluding participation in the Run Off.
The Holmes/Porrett Lola only managed a single qualifying run after a spin (Holmes) and gearbox problems necessitating a quick rebuild before the Run Off. The Calder Gould also needed work on its radiators.
Top 12 Run Off
Pete Goulding was some way adrift of Graham Blackwell's mark, both Goulding & Porrett only 100ths apart. At last Simon Bainbridge managed to get on the pace on Sunday and 94s were flowing in. Graham Blackwell continued to murder his 2017 times to conclude a thoroughly satisfactory weekend. Terry Holmes too concluded his weekend by all but matching times with John Graham. For some reason Stewart Robb was unable to match his qualifying time but still did enough to split the Calders. Both Colin and John Graham required assistance to return to the assembly area both unable to complete the first of their two runs - a story was going around that Coplin had come across a seagull on his run!
Was Colin perhaps overdriving his second Run Off with his time not matching even either of his qualifiers? This after having been told about the new course record which he felt was a time that was accessible. Heather showed that it was just that by posting two times, less than a tenth apart, each of them under the old record by roughly a second and a quarter (and of course benefiting from two record breaking bonus points) to complete a thouroughly dominat Champion's week-end.
PP & SM Images courtesy of John Stewart of Flat out Motorsport Photography.
Knockill July 22
Knockhill Motor Sports Club
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 82.35secs
2. Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) 85.84secs
3. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 86.82secs
4. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 90.02secs
5. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 90.88secs
6. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 93.36secs
7. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 93.46secs
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Chrono V8) 94.34secs
9. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 96.14secs
10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 96.31ecs
Positions after Round 9
1. Heather Calder, 84pts
2. Colin Calder, 78pts
3. John Graham, 72pts
4. Stewart Robb, 63pts
5. Steve Broughton, 48pts
6. Steve Miles, 44pts
7. Terry Holmes, 42pts
8. Pete Goulding, 40pts
9. Graham Blackwell, 39pts
10. Matt Hillam, 37pts
11. Simon Bainbridge, 26pts
12. Chris Jones, 25pts
Stewart Robb took the Pilbeam to second (John Stewart)
Pete Goulding has a look at Knockhill's kerbs (John Stewart)
Terry Holmes took fifth after gearbox problems (John Stewart)
A Scots lass' record breaking weekend at Knockhill
Event 8 at Knockhill on 21/07/2018
During what has been the warmest period in the UK for many a long year, it was almost enjoyable for the SBD British Sprint Championship to venture north for the weekend to experience some cooler conditions. It stayed dry throughout but we did not have to suffer the intense heat and sun. On home territory for the Scottish members of our community, Stewart Robb jnr made an appearance helping his dad over the weekend, and their proximity to home was indicated by Stewart jnr riding his pushbike to and from the circuit. The Calder family too did not have to undergo their usual extraordinary mileage. We were joined this year by one or two "virgins" to the venue. Pete Goulding having to undergo a round trip from the South East and Steve Brown the somewhat less lengthy trip from the East Midlands.
It was a busy event and even busier paddock with to the very popular (43 competitors) Super Lap Scotland brigade and the appearance of the Scottish Legends Championship. This meant the British Sprint performed in front of a crowd of thousands for once.
Stewart Robb at one point was all for packing up ands going home on Saturday morning but matters improved thereafter. Pete Goulding had a moment of panic when his front wing let go approaching the hairpin, with a very tyre smoking approach to the remaining yards. Simon Bainbridge was having transmission problems and managed to qualify on T2 but this was to be his only run of the day. A broken propshaft joint and a failed fix were a poor return for the long journey. The Chichester duo too had one small hiccup in their transmission which appeared fairly easy to solve.
Top 12 Run Off
Steve Brown was performing rather better than he had anticipated and edging ever closer to his class record, which he thought was within reach. Sadly his chain let go and damaged his clutch. Simon Bainbridge was unable to complete a run and he was off to Dunfermline to get some bits and pieces to effect a repair for Sunday. Graham Porrett was unable to be ready for his first run, because of the transmission issue but managed his second run to secure himself some points. The two Mygales were next up, Graham Blackwell (with the benefit of his outing in 2017 behind him) managed to finish just three quarters of a second ahead of his compatriot. Both Blackwell and Pete Goulding set times which were seconds ahead of Blackwell's 2017 record.
Next up was Steve Miles continuing his indulgence with Michelin tyres leaving him a couple of seconds or so from the 2 litre record. John Graham slipped up on his first run and only managed a "banker" on his second to ensure he secured points. Nick Algar concluded his day just over a second away from his class record. Terry Holmes, benefiting from a week's holiday, put in a significant time on his only effort. Stewart Robb spun at the hairpin on his first run and so was perhaps disappointed with his second run time (and also not enjoying the delightful tone of his V10 that the rest of us can enjoy!) It was Heather Calder who was the first family member to run and she popped in a time a little better than half a second better than her best of the day to that point. Then father Colin tried unsuccessfully to better that. So Heather tried again and this time a new outright circuit record for the anticlockwise course arrived, which Colin was unable to match.
PP & SM. Images courtesy of John Stewart of Flat out Motorsport Photography.
Knockill July 21
Knockhill Motor Sports Club
1.Heather Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 80.55secs
2.Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 81.89secs
3 Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) 85.43secs
4.Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 87.13secs
5.Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 89.01secs
6.John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 89.47secs
7.Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 90.64secs
8.Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 91.91secs
9. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 92.67secs
10.Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 94.96ecs
Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Chrono V8) DNF
Heather Calder lifts a wheel on her way to a new record (John Stewart)
Graham Blackwell had a good week-end in the Mygale (John Stewart)
Steve Miles tests the limit of his Michelins (John Stewart)
An SBD one two at Lydden
Event 7 at Lydden Hill on 14/07/2017
This was the beginning of two back to back weekends at opposite ends of the country. Unsurprisingly this attracted largely those from the South of England & the Midlands. Those from the North of England & Scotland were saving themselves for the following weekend at the two opposite directional versions of Knockhill. My generalisation however does not take into account the significant journey undertaken by John Graham from the Lake District recognising the quality of the Sprint course which Lydden Hill represents.
John Graham set his stall out in the 2nd timed run finding 5 seconds over his first run time and qualified top by a country mile (quite appropriate for a farmer). Matt Hillam was on the case of the two litre fraternity and qualified closest to the record for any of our groups and was a second clear of the two Steves, Miles & Broughton. As is customary Pete Goulding (who had visited the venue last year) and Graham Blackwell were back to back in their similar Mygales. Graham had no launch control as it had accidentaly been disabled in the recent additional power upgrade.
Also qualifying together were Steve Brown (for his inaugural qualification and running on inters all day as these were the best slicks!) and Graham Porrett (driving alone for once) who was going well in practice until gear selection issues meant he had a neutral at the bottom of the devils elbow and crawled up the hill to the finish. Then finally the shared car of Bill Gouldthorpe and Carole Torkington.
Top 12 Run Off
Sadly the Bill Gouldthorpe car let him down on his second run when something inside the cockpit becoming detached. The Championship Co-Ordinator indulged in some coaching of Mrs Torkington between runs, after which she returned clearly chuffed to bits having discovered nearly three seconds and an improved finishing position and points! Graham Porrett finished with his best time of the day, but was bettered by Steve Brown by a couple of tenths on his best time of the day and his first British Sprint Championship points.
New slicks were deployed by the top 6 running cars so no one had an advantage although lots of wet towels were seen cooling down the tyres! A few tenths separated Graham Blackwell and Pete Goulding with the orange Mygale coming out ahead on this occasion. A couple of seconds further ahead was Steve Miles continuing his Michelin tyres experiment but Stephen Miles had brakes seizing on in the final run off to the extent that two people could hardly push the car after the finish. Then came a disappointed John Graham who spun at North Bend on his first run and although he set a time on his second run I'd guess he kicked himself all the way home as he lost a couple of seconds which were there for the begging? The SBD pairing battled for the top 2 places Steve Broughton bettering John Graham by 3/10ths but finishing top of the tree for his first British Sprint Championship event win was a delighted Matt Hillam.
PP & SM
Lydden Hill July 14
1. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 66.06secs
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 66.69secs
3. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME 66.93secs
4. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 67.59secs
5. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale) 69.53secs
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 70.25secs
7. Steve Brown (1.5 JKS JR01) 70.32secs
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 70.51secs
9. Carole Torkington (1.6 OMS Hayabusa SBD) 78.25secs
10. Bill Gouldthorpe (1.6 OMS Hayabusa SBD) 79.11secs
Positions after Round 7
1= Heather Calder, 57pts
Colin Calder, 57pts
3. John Graham, 56pts
4. Steve Broughton, 48pts
5. Stewart Robb, 42pts
6. Matt Hillam, 37pts
7. Steve Miles, 31pts
8. Pete Goulding, 28pts
9= Terry Holmes, 25 pts
Chris Jones, 25pts
11. Graham Blackwell, 24pts
12. Simon Bainbridge, 19pts
12. Graham Blackwell, 17 pts
A fine win for Matt Hillam in the SBD Dallara (K Broughton)
Steve Brown scored his first points in the JKS (K Broughton)
Carole Torkington was a delighted ninth (K Broughton)
Graham Blackwell, 6th in the Mygale (K Broughton)
Colin Calder overcomes tyre problems to take the win
Event 6 at Snetterton on 24/06/2018
Day 2 of the Borough 19 Snetterton sprint turned out to be even hotter than the first and many drivers struggled to maintain let alone improve their times. Steve Miles and Chris Jones were both complaining that their cars were uncharacteristically moving around a lot more than they liked.
The Calders were scratching around for the last of their usable tyres, and limited themselves to a single qualifying run each, albeit far ahead of the opposition and only half a second apart. Nick Algar replaced his broken driveshaft and then broke the whole transmission......Also limiting themselves to a single qualifying run were Terry Holmes and Steve Broughton (who was driving alone on Sunday due to coolant leakage). Carole Torkington enjoyed an altogether better day.
Nick Algar's week-end got worse when he broke a drive shaft in practice which brought an end to his event. Graham Porrett accidentally switched his traction control off and immediately went quicker! The team switched off launch control too but Terry Holmes had a spin. Graham Blackwell was finding Sunday better for him and qualified for the Run Off and was much closer to Pete Goulding's similar car.
As a general point the high track temperatures were steadily leading, during the timed runs, to a diminution of times
Top 12 Run Off
Graham Porrett managed his first run off of the season. Things were not at all going to plan in the Bainbridge camp both his run off times being worse than the day's timed runs. Chris Jones seemed to be suffering the same fate, was it just the tyres had had enough? Graham Blackwell's times were altogether an improvement on Sunday. Nonetheless he was still unable to match counterpart Pete Goulding. Terry Holmes' first run was close to that of Steve Broughton's sole run, but then fell off on his second attempt. However between this pair was Steve Miles and there was just bits and pieces separating the three of them.
John Graham managed to conclude his weekend
satisfactorily by opening his Top 12 run off with his best time
of the weekend. After first runs Stewart Robb lay at the top, and
Heather Calder concluding an unsatisfactory weekend for her
in 3rd. So what her Dad do? Left on his 2nd run off run, produced his
best time of the weekend for the win .......on
intermediate fronts!! And left him tied at the top of the table with Heather.
Snetterton June 24
1. Colin Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 74.92secs
2 Stewart Robb(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) 75.93secs
3. Heather Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 76.07secs
4. John Graham(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 78.42secs
5. Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 81.54secs
6. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 81.62secs
7. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 81.68secs
8. Pete Goulding(1.6t Mygale) 82.49secs
9. Graham Blackwell(1.6t Mygale VVTi) 83.63secs
10. Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA) 83.64secs
11. Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Chrono V8) 84.01secs
12. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 84.21secs
Positions after Round 6
1= Heather Calder, 57pts
Colin Calder, 57pts
3. John Graham, 46pts
4. Stewart Robb, 42pts
5. Steve Broughton, 37 pts
6= Matt Hillam, 25pts
Terry Holnmes, 25 pts
Chris Jones, 25pts
9. Steve Miles, 22pts
10. Pete Goulding, 20pts
11. Simon Bainbridge, 19pts
12. Graham Blackwell, 17 pts
Colin Calder pulled one out of the bag for the win (James Dobson)
Despite limited running Steve Broughton was the fastes 2L (James Dobson)
Robb's stunning return at Snetterton
Event 5 at Snetterton on 23/06/2018
The British Sprint Championship''s annual trip to East Anglia was treated to the most glorious weather throughout the weekend. However in our sporting discipline that sadly rarely arrives without taking its toll upon many of the competitors.
The weekend was greeted by the arrival of Jeff Wiltshire''''s GPR Zeus Challenger Evo 2 following a seemingly interminable exchange with both the MSA and MIRA concerning the quality of the car''''s ROPS and its relationship with the regulations. As the car was on its inaugural outing at an MSA event he was accompanied by Geoff Page.
Poor Carole Torkington had a day to forget on Saturday as if it could go wrong for her, it did! - including a spin on T1. Nick Houston made an outing in his new car having acquired an OMS Hornet replete with K8 Suzuki engine to replace his Jedi, which is now for sale. Unfortunately the car''''s engine treated itself to a blown head gasket, which finished him off for the weekend. Nick Algar''s week-end got off to a bad start after finding some suspension damage had occurred on the (long and tiresome) trip down from Newcastle. Fortunately some welders were found nearby to rectify the problem.
Steve Miles obviously treated himself to something special for lunch on Saturday as he produced a T2 time that he was unable to reproduce at any stage of the weekend during timed runs or Top 12 Run Off runs. This was after a bumpy ride over the kerbs in P1 having vowed not to go near them while walking the track in the morning! He was also finding the soft Michelins were giving good grip but were proving to be very ''high maintenance'' in the heat.
The Holmes/Porrett Lola had a throttle pot problem in the morning followed by gearbox problems eventually rectified over lunch. The Broughton/Hillam Dallara suffered a broken driveshaft but a spare was quickly fitted. The pair were using their quicker engine but a suspected gasket failure was causing overheating.
Chris Jones, on his forst visit to Snetterton, was, as usual, quickly on the pace and after the timed runs had easily re-set Brad Hobday''s 1100cc record. Pete Goulding put in a very rapid T1 time to easily qualify for the Run Off.
Many competitors were suffering with the customary "green" nature of the Saturday 100 Snetterton surface. Otherwise difficulties seemed to vary between tyres or overheating - or both if you were really unlucky.
Top 12 Run Off
Nick Algar's opening Top 12 run could be measured in feet and inches (mostly the latter) as he sadly broke a driveshaft as he tried to launch. Simon Bainbridge broke part of his rear suspension, warranting some welding to be undertaken overnight. Both Steve Broughton & Matt Hillam limited themselves to a single run each in an effort to protect their overheating engine. Another to conduct a single run was Steve Miles, as he spun on his second run at which point he aborted his efforts for the day. Chris Jones wasn''''t quite able to match his record breaking 2nd timed run but his first run off effort was only hundredths away, and the second just a tenths and a half adrift. Also record breaking in a fine display throughout the weekend on his first timed run was Pete Goulding. But he was unable to match that for the rest of the weekend.
Top of the tree (and his first win for about 5 years) was Stewart Robb on his first run off run, a time he was unable to repeat for the remainder of the weekend. A tenth and a half shy was Colin Calder and Heather Calder was over a second adrift, something it hasn''t been necessary to say for quite a while! Then came Terry Holmes employing successfully a particularly aggressive launch technique to good effect and John Graham was next, a third of a second back, pursued by only a quarter of a second by Steve Broughton. Almost a second further back was Steve Miles with Matt Hillam almost three quarters of a second further away. In his best run off performance yet Pete Goulding was next, closely matched by Chris Jones, and Simon Bainbridge at least able to complete a run to secure a couple of points.
Snettertony June 23
1 Stewart Robb(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV) 75.10secs
2. Colin Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 75.25secs
3. Heather Calder(3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 76.32secs
4. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd) 79.26secs
5. John Graham(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 79.60secs
6. Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 79.87secs
7. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 80.83secs
8. Matt Hillam(2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 81.53secs
9. Pete Goulding(1.6t Mygale) 82.47secs
10. Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA) 82.65secs
11. Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Chrono V8) 83.02secs
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk) DNS
Stewart Robb scored a notable win in the V10 Pilbeam (James Dobson)
A successful week-end for Pete Goulding and the Mygale (James Dobson)
Heather Calder extends her Championship lead with another win
Event 4 at Pembrey on 03/06/2018
As Sunday progressed it became apparent that an ever increasing track temperature was doing nothing for the times. Having undertaken a practice run, followed by a top 12 Run Off, some considered any more than a singular qualification run quite superfluous. These included the three Scots, both Nick Algar and Chris Jones (after a red flag incident) felt they had comfortably qualified each with a 97 & 98 second run respectively.
Steve Miles had a succession of problems which would require a book of their own to detail. In short this rather put the tin hat on Sunday resulting in his failure to be fit enough to run in the Top 12. Both Mygales were battling manfully each doing enough to qualify each finishing either side of the 100 second mark. Also in the vicinity was Simon Bainbridge, just finishing with a number beginning 99....Both the SBD runners qualified in the 95s, as did Stewart Robb who it was thought had overfilled his oil tank and was battling with a recalcitrant wheel bearing and John Graham pitched in with a 94, despite having the shearing of his sheep in the back of his mind. The Calders too had the oil tank overfill issue together with an air lock in their water system.
Top 12 Run Off
Pete Goulding put in two solid runs to secure his points for the day. Graham Blackwell had to be pleased securing a 98 second run on his final run (half a dozen seconds quicker than he had managed last year!) On his opener Simon Bainbridge managed his one and only 98 second run for the weekend so managing to take the Sports Libre record into new territory.
Chris Jones managed a few hundredths better than the earlier run off also placing the 1100 Racing Car record into new territory. Also in the 97s was Terry Holmes but ahead of him was the SBD duo, who during the course of the weekend were also involved in conducting the SBD Westfield's opening competitive outing (Matt Hillam sharing with Steve Broughton's step daughter Zoe Kingham who was armed with her own set of overalls for the first time - I didn't ask mum Kim for her thoughts on the issue!).
Nick Algar put in a 93 second run for his opener, but was unable to better that. On his first run Stewart Robb's efforts came to a diminished conclusion on the exit from Honda Curve when he discovered he'd run out of fuel! Nonetheless he still managed to conclude his weekend with a satisfactory 93 which completed one very pleasing debut for the car. John Graham mustered a 92 for his podium place. Heather Calder managed a very indifferent 90 second run for her opener which Colin overcame with a mid 89. Then Heather acquired an 88.30s from somewhere which Colin was unable to better with his mid 88 run.
With registered contenders as they were in 2017 there would seem little room for pleasure but where the difference lies is that in 2018 all but a handful are becoming regular runners everywhere. There also seem to be a lot more motorhomes too?
Pembrey June 3
1. Heather Calder 3.5 Gould GR55-NME 88.30secs
2. Colin Calder 3.5 Gould GR55-NME 88.63secs
3. John Graham 3.5 Gould GR55B-NME 92.78secs
4 Stewart Robb 5.0 Pilbeam MP88B 93.13secs
5. Nick Algar 1.3s DJ Firehawk 93.28secs
6. Matt Hillam 2.0 SBD Dallara 95.18secs
7. Steve Broughton 2.0 SBD Dallara 96.23secs
8. Terry Holmes 3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd 97.02secs
9. Chris Jones 1.0 Force TA 97.41secs
10. Graham Blackwell 1.6t Mygale 98.35secs
11. Simon Bainbridge 4.2t SBR Chrono V8 98.97secs
12. Pete Goulding 1.6t Mygale 101.18secs
Positions after Round 4
1. Heather Calder, 37pts
2.Colin Calder, 34pts
3.John Graham, 29pts
4.Steve Broughton, 22pts
5.Matt Hillam, 20 pts
6.Stewart Robb, 19pts
7= Chris Jones, 19pts
Nick Algar, 19pts
9. Simon Bainbridge, 15pts
10. Graham Blackwell, 11pts
11. Terry Holmes, 10pts
12. Steve Miles, 9 pts
John Graham took third in the big Gould (Kim Broughton)
Graham Blackwell continues to develop the Mygale (Kim Broughton)
Heather Calder by a whisker
Event 3 at Pembrey on 02/06/2018
The Pembrey week-end turned out to be warm and sunny all week-end and together with the length of the course it presented many of the drivers with a few challenges.
As we moved to "the land of my fathers" the Championship possessed an interesting addition. Stewart Robb had a decision to make. Did he change to something "historic" or, while he felt capable, did he enhance the machinery he had? He undertook the latter choice and wheeled the MP88 off to Lincolnshire to enable Mike Pilbeam to replace his Judd KV with a Judd GV. The difference being two cylinders more and perhaps another 100bhp. The first reaction was, as might be expected, what a beautiful tone! The second was that it was perhaps the quietest car in the paddock? When I was treated to a closer examination of the installation it was easy to see why it was so quiet, two not insubstantially sized cans!
It is clear that Stewart has some learning to undertake which he knows. For the moment he is being very modest with the rpm he is using and taking advantage of the significant additional torque on offer, but for a first competition outing (he'd only tested at Kames so far, with some sparkling results) there is no doubt, it's quick!
The SBD Dallara was again running some experimental Avons, softer than the ones used at Combe, but they were still having difficulties getting them to 'switch on' so they reverted to A15s for the Run Off. Steve Miles' Michelins looked really the worse for wear after practice with a lot of rubber migration across the tread but he was advised they would come good after a few runs and this proved to be the case.
A couple of drivers had to pay a visit to the CoC - one for missing a red flag when Simon Bainbridge spun the SBR Chrono and another for doing three laps...............
Simon was on the pace in timed runs however, breaking the BSC Libre record on both T1 and T2. Another new record was set by Chris Jones, the Force TA now running full bodywork, who beat Brad Hobday's 1100 record on P2 and lowered it by over 1.5 seconds on T1.
Misfortune hit Mark Anson (Jedi) who was out with a suspected dropped valve in practice while Steve Brown (JKS) was suffering electrical problems all day - eventually traced to a faulty switch and connection. Pembrey newcomers Paul Horrox (Juno) and Pete Goulding (Mygale) were busy learning the track. Having been absent from us for some years Paul is becoming closer to the pace. Also discovering a new level of performance are the two Mygales with 1600 forced induction engines. Both have benefited from "attention" over the winter and are now both on the cusp of qualification, upsetting a few applecarts in the process.
The Holmes/Porrett Lola had a sensor wire break and were busy adjusting ride height and other settings ahead of the Run Off.
Reigning champion, Heather Calder, was top qualifier after T1 but a small oil leak (probably a slight overfill) meant she missed out on T2 so father, Colin, took the top spot. Nick Algar had quietly improved his times to be the fastest 2 litre qualifier while Graham Blackwell overcame some early fuel surge problems to work his way into the Top 12.
Top 12 Run Off
Chris Jones (9th) is still learning the best way to approach the Run Off and really went for it on his first run. On target for a quick time he went into the Brooklands hairpin too hot and the resulting spin left him uncomfortably close to the Recticel barrier but with only a lightly damaged floor as a result. Steve Miles (10th) did the opposite with a banker on his first run and a spin on the second!
Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam were finding that the A15s were a bit soft in the afternoon heat and the SBD Dallara finished 6th and 7th just behind the DJ Firehawk of Nick Algar as the fastest 2 litre.
Both John Graham (Gould GR55) and Stewart Robb were closely matched with best times in the 91s. Of the Calder's Heather was quicker than she had been in the high 88s, but she knew she needed more, then father Colin put in a low 87 putting the pressure on. Most often better second run around Heather then improved to 6/100ths quicker than her father. Could he better that? I think the tyres by then had given of their best and Colin was only able to post an 89 second run.
Pembrey June 2
1. Heather CALDER Gould GR55 87.32s
2. Colin CALDER Gould GR55 87.38s
3. Stewart ROBB Pilbeam MP 88 91.2s9
4. John GRAHAM Gould GR55B 91.62s
5. Nick ALGAR DJ Firehawk 93.5s9
6. Steve BROUGHTON SBD Dallara F3 95.02s
7. Matt HILLAM SBD Dallara F3 95.36s
8. Terry HOLMES Lola Tegra Judd 97.40s
9. Chris JONES Force TA 97.48s
10. Stephen MILES Van Diemen RF96 98.43s
11. Graham BLACKWELL Mygale EcoBoost G18 99.29s
12. Simon BAINBRIDGE Chrono V8TT 100.27s
Another Win for Heather Calder at Pembrey (Kim Broughton)
Steart Robb returned to take third in the Pilbeam (Kim Broughton)
Croft Sprint abandoned due to bad weather
Event 2 at Croft on 02/04/2018
After most competitors had completed their two practice runs the event was abandoned owing to the weather.
Paul Horrox (Juno) put in a couple of quick practice runs (K Broughton)
Terry Holmes (Lola) proving it was wet (K Broughton)
Calders on top at Combe opener
Event 1 at Castle Combe on 24/03/2018
The opening round of the 2018 British Sprint Championship began with a damp track which fortunately dried later. Recent "issues" kept two members from the Sports Libre community off the entry list. Whilst conducting a shakedown the previous week, new addition, Piers Thynne, broke the driveline in his Radical SR8 although the solution to the problem has been discovered. A few days later when a test of his new car was planned, Jeff Wiltshire became a victim of the ice which followed the "beast from the east" and managed to break his fibula! So he is in plaster, and it is understood that an operation was imminent. A further member of the Sports Libre community unsuccessfully sought entry to the event, two days after it closed! By contrast Nick Houston had entered his Jedi but didn't appear for what is possibly his closest venue to home.
A number of cars/drivers (including the SBD Dallara) had been able to squeeze in some pre season testing while others (Miles, Pickles, Blackwell) had been to the 'Mugglestone Academy' at Blyton for some preparation. The Gouldthorpe/Torkington OMS only just made the event after its 'Busa rebuild was just completed the evening before.
Terry Holmes and Graham Porrett suffered a transmission failure with their Lola in practice. So the pair toddled home and, after stripping
it down the following day, they found that the diff output shaft had shattered, so they were hoping to be ready for Croft's Easter outing.
The two Mygale's were suffering their own issues. In the case of Pete Goulding the car on one run would appear to run on
fail-safe mode, but on the next run would be back to full beans, and that alternating annoyance seemed to happen a lot. Graham
Blackwell first of all suffered the (new) front wing flapping madly (which was overcome by installing the original mounting) but
appeared to be seeking to set a record for the amount of sparks it could produce from underneath! After practising on slicks ("it's going to be dry later") Glyn Sketchley had to
withdraw before the timed runs with a suspected turbo seal failure - not the first time he has had bad luck at Combe. The SBD Dallara of Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam appeared with a new, neat (and large) undertray and sidepods which apparently have significantly increased the downforce with little drag penalty so they could run with less wing at this quick track. They also tried some development AVON Sprint tyres but these need higher ambient temperatures than were available at Combe in March to work effectively. Simon Baindridge was red flagged in practice for 'debris' although nothing was found to be missing off the SBR Crono so it was more likely heavy spray or other bits off the track that caught the marshal's eye.
After the wet/damp practice, which saw plenty of spins (including Graham, Jones and both the SBD pair), and a green and cold track for T1 it was clear that the second timed runs would be those which would count for qualification. There was little to choose between the times of John Graham, Steve Broughton, Steve Miles, Matt Hillam, Simon Bainbridge & Chris Jones - four seconds covered the lot (at a venue where their run times were in the two minute vicinity). Heather Calder led after timed runs with a time just over a second outside the outright record, with father Colin another couple of seconds further back.
TOP 12 Run Off
Fortunately this year there were no issues which interfered with a full pair of Top 12 Run Off runs. Chris Bennett made his Top 12 Run Off debut, and undertook the sensible approach of a solid opener (but even that was an improvement on his best timed run) but after that banker he improved still further by another second and a half. Graham Blackwell seemed to continue to suffer problems and both his times failed to match his best timed run time. Grahame Harden (in possibly his last outing with the Jedi which is for sale) demonstrated his long standing habit of finding quite a few seconds on his second run for 10th spot despite running his 'cracked head' engine. Next best was Pete Goulding on his first run setting possibly his slowest time of the day (another run in what turned out to be the fail safe mode) but his second run was far more like it being his best of the day. Another second and a half ahead was Chris Jones (on his circuit debut) but almost three seconds shy of Bradley Hobday's existing record after suffering fuel feed problems on his first run. Bradley and his dad, Brian, were along as spectators .....and missing the participation!
One novelty present among the 2 litre racing cars were Michelin tyres, these being tried out as an alternative. Steve Miles was the bottom of that pile, with Matt Hillam a couple of seconds ahead and co-driver Steve Broughton better than a second further. Among this little lot was to be found Simon Bainbridge, the front of his car displaying some aerodynamic work and his times (almost 4 seconds under the existing record) demonstrating the success of John Hansell's work! Then there were the Calders. Colin first up...new record, then Heather.....another new record, then Colin.... but off the track around the second chicane breaking the diffuser, trying to reset that record leaving a disappointed Heather feeling there was perhaps another couple of seconds to come. However, a one two was not a disaster although the Calder family are now off on holiday so won't be seen again until Pembrey.
Castle Combe March 24 2018
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 1
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 110.85secs
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould GR55-NME) 111.94secs
3. John Graham (3.5 Gould GR55B-NME) 118.23secs
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 118.24secs
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Chrono V8) 119.03secs
6. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 119.36secs
7. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96) 121.68secs
8. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 124.90secs
9. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF200) 126.46secs
10 Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 129.05secs
11. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale VVTi) 131.52secs
12. Chris Bennett (1.0 Force TA) 134.62secs
Heather Calder continued her winning ways (S Kilvington)
Pete Goulding only had one clean run but made it count (A Mitchelmore)
John Graham took third by a hundredth! (A Mitchelmore)
What a finish at Anglesey as Holmes wins
Event 14 at Anglesey on 15/10/2017
For Day 2 of the Anglesey Sprint week-end it was on to the International Course for the conclusion to the 2017 SBD British Sprint Championship year. John Graham & Terry Holmes managed to finish the timed runs just 2/100ths apart! Smiles was intent on retaining his "Red 5" and got into the 80s and 3rd qualifier. Behind him was Simon Bainbridge, again making a mockery of the existing Sports Libre category record. Chris Jones followed his practice of the day before and qualified just outside the 1100 racing car record. Graham Porrett continued his pleasing season closer, this time pursued by Matt Carter. Then came Nick Algar going through a process of changing everything, plugs, injectors the whole shooting match in an ultimately vain attempt to rediscover 4 operational cylinders.
The Jarvis/Webb Dallara suffered a misfire during practice which prevented Tony from taking his second run.. A quick change of plugs did not improve it and over lunch they were almost going home as they struggled to find anything wrong. The fuel seemed to be the problem so a strip and clean of the fuel system and hey presto, magic. Engine running extremely well, another top 12 run off and Tony jumped from 12th to 10th in the championship. “A brilliant weekend of sprinting!”. Just behind was Grahame Harden and final qualifier again was Bill Gouldthorpe.
Top 12 Run Off
Bill Gouldthorpe made real progress in his final Run Off of the season. Nick Algar however did not and unfortunately finished his season on a very negative note. Martin Webb finished off with a time with which he started the timed runs, but given the problems the pair faced in between that was heartening. Grahame Harden decided all was well with his engine and managed to get down into the mid 84s, just a couple of seconds adrift of the 1100 racing car record, which considering what was powering him was a result. Matt Carter produced two times within a tenth of each other, both under the Sports Libre record.
Tony Jarvis was at least able to conclude his season with a smile having cured the issues he suffered earlier. Chris Jones managed to finish on another positive note with another new 1100 racing car record. Graham Porrett finished up with an 80 second run and a 5th place finish which was his second best points haul of the season. Just pipping him was Simon Bainbridge taking the Sports Libre record into a whole new orbit! Steve Miles managed 3rd spot with a 78 second run, a PB “which was a great way to finish the season as without third in the run off he would have been bumped to 6th by Nick Algar and his only issues were wind and camera damage related!”. The top 2 set three 77 second runs between them. But the time that mattered was Terry Holmes' 76 second effort to take the victory.
Anglesey International October 15
Longton & District MC
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 14
1. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8) 76.27s
2. John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 77.68s
3. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 78.56
4. Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8) 80.41s
5. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8) 80.61s
6. Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00) 81.95s
7. Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA) 81.61s
8. Matt Carter(1.3 Radical PR6) 82.30s
9. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk6) 84.52s
10. Martin Webb(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00) 84.68s
11. Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk) 87.47s
12. Bill Gouldthorpe(1.6 OMS-SBD Hayabusa CF08) 87.96s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Final standings after Round 14
1. Heather Calder 111pts
2. Colin Calder 105pts
3. John Graham 98pts
4. Terry Holmes 90pts
5. Steve Miles 81pts
6. Nick Algar 78pts
7. Simon Bainbridge 77pts
8. Graham Porrett 58pts
9. Matt Hillam 51pts
10. Tony Jarvis 38pts
11. Grahame Harden 34pts
12. Steve Broughton 29pts
Terry Holmes finished the 2017 season in fine style (P Williams)
Two new BSC 1100 records for Chris Jones (P Williams)
Martin Webb eventually had a successful week-end (Kim Broughton)
Graham wins at windy Anglesey
Event 13 at Anglesey on 14/10/2017
There were two common features throughout the weekend. The sky was grey constantly (although strangely enough, on leaving the island on Sunday afternoon, it was sunny all along the North Wales coast). The event organisation was first class with everyone having the opportunity of 4 timed runs both days, and the Top 12 Run Offs completed in about 25 minutes each day. Fortunately the track was only wet on Saturday morning, dry for the remainder of the weekend.
Welcome returnees consisted of Matt Carter (enjoying his final British Sprint Championship weekend before returning home to Australia), Tony Jarvis & Martin Webb, their gearbox issues now overcome, Bill Gouldthorpe and Carole Torkington made their return after missing the Scottish & Northern Irish weekends and were initially bothered by too much rear brake bias which caused Carole to spin. Championship sponsor, Steve Broughton, was around all weekend but his car was still away having a new floor developed and fitted while Mark Anson was back concluding his Junior Challenge rounds.
Terry Holmes topped the timed runs after fixing a loose gearbox shaft lock nut, pursued by Simon Bainbridge continuing his practice of re-arranging the nation’s Sports Libre category records. It was also good to see, like the previous two, Tony Jarvis in the 50s. Also in record breaking mode was Matt Carter under the existing Sports Libre record. Chris Jones was venturing toward the 1100 racing car category record despite it being his first visit to Anglesey and a spin in practice. Curiously back in 6th spot was John Graham. Next came two who were battling over the final British Sprint Championship number but Grahame Harden showed that the work he had carried out to the cylinder head of his antique Suzuki engine was having no derogatory effect.
Top 12 Run Off
It was so pleasing to see Bill Gouldthorpe (now in his 80s many/most will be surprised to learn) back in a Top 12 Run Off after the variety of negative issues that have impacted upon him. He achieved a time a second and a quarter better than his best timed run. Grahame Harden also found time (a second and three quarters) over his best timed run. Martin Webb managed to get into the 50s on his best run, seconds better than his timed run achievements. Then came Matt Carter having discovered a third of a second tucked away somewhere, then Tony Jarvis who was half a second quicker than he qualified.
Then Chris Jones also found more time to consign the 1100 racing car record to history. Graham Porrett enjoying his season closing weekend, but just failed to get out of the 50s. Steve Miles then got into the low 49s, but only barely in the 49s (meaning nearly the 48s) Simon Bainbridge produced another new Sports Libre record, sporting wool tufts in the process of testing his aerodynamics for much of the weekend. But four tenths adrift of the 2 litre racing car category record came Nick Algar. Terry Holmes was unable to better the 47s in either of his 2 Run Off runs, but down in the low 46s was John Graham and a new outright circuit record.
Anglesey National October 14
Longton & District MC
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 13
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 46.42s
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)47.49s
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)48.66s
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8) 49.02s
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 49.22s
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)50.19s
Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA) 50.32s
Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00) 50.33s
Matt Carter(1.3 Radical PR6) 50.70s
Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00) 50.98s
Grahame Harden(1.0 Jedi Mk6) 51.63s
Bill Gouldthorpe(1.6 OMS-SBD Hayabusa CF08) 52.73s
John Graham saved his best for the Run Offs and won (K Broughton)
Bill Gouldthorpe was back on form and made the Run Off (Philip Williams)
Colin Calder wins at Knockhill
Event 12 at Knockhill on 27/08/2017
Newly confirmed 2017 British Sprint Champion, Heather Calder, was on course to take the Round 12 win on the Clockwise Course with an intermediate time far ahead of her competition when a cable detached and denied her the win and another record within sight of the finish line.
Happily Sunday was dry throughout and Heather Calder continued her run of good form by completing the timed runs well clear of Father, Colin, in the Calder Engineering backed Gould GR 55, and John Graham’s similar car. Terry Holmes had fixed the problems from the day before and qualified fourth ahead of Steve Miles, the leading 2 litre runner, Nick Algar and Simon Bainbridge going well in the big SBR Crono.
Runner up that day was share driver Colin Calder (himself Champion 2013-2016) who managed to break a long-standing record to win on Sunday and final podium member both days was John Graham. Two litre runners Steve Miles and Nick Algar were surprisingly distant on Saturday, but Algar managed a new category record on Sunday and they were closely pursued by sports car driver Simon Bainbridge on Saturday but he was rather more distant on Sunday, after a moment on his first Run Off run upset his whole run Off performance (he was uncharacteristically quicker in the timed runs). Terry Holmes suffered gear issues on Saturday but was back on form on Sunday with a 4th.
Top 12 Run Off
Heather Calder’s first run of 84.22s was over a second faster her team mate and well ahead of John Graham. But a two second improvement from Colin saw him take the win with John Graham in the final podium place. Terry Holmes was fourth ahead of Nick Algar who managed to put some distance between himself and Steve Miles.
Simon Bainbridge was rather more distant, after a moment on his first Run Off run upset his whole Run Off performance leaving him uncharacteristically quicker in the timed runs.
Knockhill August 27
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 12
1.Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 83.70s
2.Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 84.22s
3.John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 90.78s
4.Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 91.59s
5.Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 92.56s
6.Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 93.29s
7.Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola T90/50) 95.34s
8.Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 97.82s
9.Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 99.64s
10. Graham Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 104.38s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 12:
1. Heather Calder 111pts
2. Colin Calder 105pts
3. John Graham 93pts
4. Terry Holmes 85pts
5. Steve Miles 77pts
6. Nick Algar 70pts
7. Simon Bainbridge 64pts
8. Graham Porrett 52pts
9. Matt Hillam 51pts
10. Grahame Harden 31pts
11. Steve Broughton 29pts
12. Tony Jarvis 27pts
Colin Calder at Knockhill's chicane (John Stewart)
A good week-end for Nick ALgar in the DJ (John Stewart)
Heather Calder wins at Knockhill and becomes 2017 Champion
Event 11 at Knockhill on 26/08/2017
August 26th was a significant day in the calendar of Scottish sport as it saw the crowning of the latest British Sprint Champion, Heather Calder, who achieved the accolade on the Knockhill Anti Clockwise course with her seventh win of the season (and 5 circuit records). She becomes the first lady to hold the title since the Championship’s inaugural Champion in 1970.
Saturday morning began with damp conditions which saw the retirement of local and former (2011/12) champion, Stuart Robb in his Pilbeam MP88, who found himself one gear higher than his traction control was prepared to co-operate with. By the time that timed runs came around in the afternoon the track had dried and Colin Calder let a trio of Gould GR55s with Heather second ahead of John Graham.
Top 12 Run Off
For the Run Off Heather Calder took the lead on her first run with a 84.30s run and extend this on Run 2 to leave the record at 81.85s. Runner up was shared driver Colin Calder (himself Champion 2013-2016) ahead of John Graham.
Two litre runners Steve Miles and Nick Algar were surprisingly distant and were pursued by sports car driver Simon Bainbridge, half a second behind Miles. The Holmes/Porrett Lola T90 was suffering gear selection problems and only Graham Porrett managed to complete a Run Off run finishing in 9th place.
Knockhill August 26
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 11
1.Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 81.85s
2.Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 82.98s
3.John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 85.86s
4.Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 92.21s
5.Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 93.01s
6.Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 93.59s
7.Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 98.13s
8.Graham Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 101.87s
9.Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola T90/50) 107.18s
10.Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola T90/50) DNS
2017 British Sprint Champion, Heather Calder (John Stewart)
Former champion, Stuart Robb, only got as far as practice (John Stewart)
A Gould GR55 1,2,3 at Kirkistown
Event 10 at Kirkistown on 06/08/2017
The weather for the second day of the Kirkistown week-end interfered a little on Sunday with a damp practice.
Heather Calder continued her successful run of wins on Sunday making it 8 scores this year, 6 wins with 4 of those including new course records! Her father Colin was runner up again and John Graham completed the Gould GR55 podium lock out although he was a little further back than on the Saturday.
Terry Holmes was fourth, closer to the podium and despite having to replace a broken driveshaft before both he and his co-driver, Graham Porrett, could qualify for the Run Off. Simon Bainbridge (despite his engine cover making a bid for freedom) and Nick Algar produced record times for their classes (as they had done the day before) and Graeme Harden managing to do so too.
Eamon Matheson provided some local interest with his MM2 and would have easily qualified for the Run Off had he been competing in the Championship.
With less than 20 points separating the top 4 in the Championship at this stage of the season, the Knockhill event results could be significant for a number of drivers.
Kirkistown August 6
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 10
1. Heather Calder 102.63s
2. Colin Calder 103.20s
3. John Graham 105.32s
4. Terry Holmes 107.02s
5. Nick Algar 112.08s
6. Simon Bainbridge 113.55s
7. Graham Porrett 116.55s
8. Grahame Harden 120.14s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 10:
1. Heather Calder 98pts
2. Colin Calder 91pts
3. Terry Holmes 84pts
4. John Graham 79pts
5. Steve Miles 69pts
6. Nick Algar 53pts
7. Matt Hillam 51pts
8. Simon Bainbridge 49pts
9. Graham Porrett 46pts
10. Steve Broughton 29pts
11. Tony Jarvis 27pts
12. Grahame Harden 23pts
John Graham completed the Gould GR55 podium lock out (Tom Maxwell)
Simon Bainbridge attacks the kerb with the Crono (Tom Maxwell)
Local man, Eamon Matheson, in the MM2 (Tom Maxwell)
Heather Calder sprints ahead at Kirkistown
Event 9 at Kirkistown on 05/08/2017
The British Sprint Championship made its annual visit to Northern Ireland and upon their arrival competitors learned that both days competition would be on the long course. Most of the ten runners who made the trip found it to be a fruitful excursion the exceptions being the unfortunate Tony Jarvis and Martin Webb. They suffered a broken selector during Saturday’s second timed runs which led to an early return trip home on Sunday morning.? The weather on Saturday was fine, only turning less clement after close of play.?
Heather Calder continued her successful run with wins breaking the outright circuit record on Saturday on her second run after trailing in third spot after the first run. Her father Colin was runner up, a couple of tenths ahead of John Graham who continued his progress to take the final step on the podium despite a fail on his second run.
Local drivers Peter & Robert Morgan (Pilbeam MP82), Michael Roche (OMS) and David & Andy Hawthorne (Reynard FVL) provided some variety and would have qualified for the Run Off had they been in the Championship.
Kirkistown August 5th
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 9
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 101.92s
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 103.64s
3. John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 103.83s
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Judd T90/50) 106.94s
5. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk Suzuki) 110.00s
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Cronos) 112.96s
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Judd T90/50) 115.53s
8. Graeme Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk6) 126.71s
Heather Calder extended her Championship lead at Kirkistown (Tom Maxwell)
Grahame Harden was the only 1100 to make the trip (Tom Maxwell)
Andy Hawthorne's Reynard FVL (Tom Maxwell)
Colin's turn at 'new' Blyton
Event 8 at Blyton Park on 09/07/2017
The Sunday part of the Blyton Sprint week-end was held on the Eastern Circuit and proved to be a newcomer to very many of the competitors and a challenging one at that!
Combined with a host of additional competitors this rather put the organisers under a degree of pressure. The new course was putting competitors under pressure too with more DNFs being posted that is normally the case. Fastest in the timed runs was Colin Calder followed Heather, Terry Holmes and Chris Jones who was finding the tighter parts of the course suited the smaller car quite well.
Top 12 Run Off
How long ago is it since I have been able to say this in July? Colin Calder comes out on top for only the second time this season. Heather, rather niggled with herself about her performance, was about three quarters of a second adrift. Terry Holmes managed to complete the podium this time just heading John Graham by half a second. Just another three quarters of a second away was Steve Miles (who found 1.4s on his second run) and Chris Jones only a further three quarters of a second distant after a fail on his second run triggered by a missed shift. The Eastern Circuit was demonstrating that engine capacity was a lesser important commodity than is often customary. Simon Bainbridge was only another quarter of a second adrift.Only a tenth divided the two Grahams, Porrett & Blackwell, then came Simon Boulter and Grahame Harden, seven tenths dividing the pair and this time bringing up the rear, after his own car was troubled (and his spares delivery service not providing all the necessary bit of kit for his own car) was Nick Algar, courtesy of a very generous share drive offer from Pete Goulding and his other Mygale Ecoboost who hopefully will join the British Sprint Championship in 2018.
Blyton Park July 9
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 8
1. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 59.17
2. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 59.90
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 61.75
4. John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 62.28
5. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen SBD RF96) 63.00
6. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 63.71
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 63.96
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 65.82
9. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 65.92
10. Simon Boulter (1.0 OMS 2000M) 66.75
11. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 67.42
12. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 67.98
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 8:
1. Heather Calder 73pts
2.= Steve Miles 69pts
Colin Calder 69pts
4. Terry Holmes 66pts
5. John Graham 59pts
6. Matt Hillam 51pts
7. Nick Algar 35pts
8. Graham Porrett 34pts
9. Simon Bainbridge 32pts
10. Steve Broughton 29pts
11. Tony Jarvis 27pts
12. Simon Boulter 21pts
Colin Calder took the first win on Blyton's Eastern track (D Partridge)
Terry Holmes blasts off the line (D Partridge)
Simon Boulter maintained his place in the Championship top 12 (D Partridge)
Heather takes BSC lead at Blyton
Event 7 at Blyton Park on 08/07/2017
A gloriously sunny weekend greeted the large number of competitors arranged for the weekend at Blyton Park, starting on Saturday with its familiar Outer Circuit configuration.
Judging by the times set earlier in the day, even approaching the circuit’s existing record on Saturday was appearing to be difficult. John Graham, Colin Calder and Heather Calder topped the qualifiers with all three Gould GR55s stuck in the 56s bracket. The cars were fine but the times just weren’t there.
Top 12 Run Off
However, finally during the Top 12 Run Off, when British Sprint Championship points are determined, competitors really turned it on and in many instances on their second runs. Heather Calder, because of where she qualified was never going to set a time in reaction to that set by the opposition. Was that a hindrance? Not at all, she really turned it on with a new record (three quarters of a second under the former mark) of 54.00secs and enough points to place her at the top of the table for the first time this year with her 4th victory out of her last 5 performances. John Graham was her runner up just over a tenth shy of her mark. With his early season problems now hopefully behind him more seat time at Aintree, this was perhaps his best performance of the series to date.
Heather’s father Colin completed the podium a little over a second back from her. Not too far distant, with the car on a consistent 8 cylinders throughout the weekend, was Terry Holmes who was little further away from Calder snr as Calder snr was from Calder jnr! Next was perhaps the British Sprint Championship’s quietest car, the SBR Crono V8, which on Saturday was absolutely flying and finished with a time almost 4 seconds under the Sports Libre record. Simon Bainbridge is really now coming to grips with his mount.
It’s not often that Smiles is overcome by a Sports Libre car but, for the want of a tenth and a half, he was this time! Then came Chris Jones, having upgraded from Junior Challenge to full status since Pembrey, he was just a full second back (and the final driver to get under 60s) from Steve Miles and that was some achievement given the differences between the two cars! After some initial teething issues with the new Force TA Chris felt he had found the right Sprint set up. Another three quarters of a second back was Graham Porrett who was half a second clear of Simon Boulter who was troubled by clutch issues for much of the weekend. Grahame Harden was a little over a second behind his class compatriot, albeit with his GX Suzuki out of the ark! These two 1100s split by the increasingly competitive Graham Blackwell with his Mygale Ecoboost. Finally was Matt Hillam with a change of mount for the weekend, appropriately enough for a Westfield Sports Car Club event he was mounted in a shared SEi model.
Blyton Park July 8
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 7
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 54.00
2. John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 54.11
3. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 55.05
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 56.32
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 58.53
6. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen SBD RF96) 58.69
7. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 59.70
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 60.49
9. Simon Boulter (1.0 OMS 2000M) 61.05
10. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 61.49
11. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 62.20
12. Matt Hillam (2.0 Westfield SEi) 67.67
Heather Calder won at Blyton and moved into the BSC lead (D Partridge)
The improving Crono V8 of Simon Bainbridge was 5th (D Partridge)
Chris Jones scored his first Run Off points in the Force TA (D Partridge)
Heather Calder takes third win of the season at Pembrey
Event 6 at Pembrey on 04/06/2017
There were two challenges facing competitors over the course of the weekend in Wales. One was the weather, with rain joining proceedings to make life challenging for everyone with a particularly heavy downpour during the morning. The other was the introduction of a new element to the track on Sunday which competitors needed to learn. This took the form of the track carrying straight on, at the exit of section where competitors join the inside of the course from the outside at the paddock entrance, rather than continue to curve left (on the now paved former section of the rallycross course) followed by a 90 left into a 90 right back on to the original course. There is a suggestion that something similar will be built at the exit of Brooklands. The modifications have been introduced to benefit those who test at the circuit 5 days a week, as F3 cars can take the whole section from Hatchets to Brooklands flat and also from Brooklands back to Hatchets again. So this adds a further braking section together with some further slower speed areas. That rather overlooks the arrival of some competitors battling against Champions League spectators arriving on Friday in the Cardiff area.
On the new track, Heather Calder got back to winning ways with a new circuit record. Her father, Colin, however had much to smile about with not only senior daughter Heather winning but news emerged of junior daughter Louise becoming the fastest racing car driver both days of the weekend in the Golspie Sprint, closer to home.
John Graham & Terry Holmes again took 3rd and a 4th but the 2 litre runners changed their order a little with Matt Hillam leading Steve Miles and Steve Broughton in 5th to 7th places. These results meant that Steve was able to stay a few points ahead of Matt at the top of the BSC leader board. Sunday was a total nightmare for the Midland pairing of Tony Jarvis & Martin Webb, so the former was unable to reproduce his 8th place Saturday finish. Their car’s behaviour in the wet develops a mind of its own, so practice times were totally unrepresentative (and didn’t help the learning process for the new layout) and the only meaningful run was the second timed run which was insufficient for either to produce a time to their customary standard.
Matt Carter during his first timed run on Sunday managed to break his chain, but repairs were conducted and all was well for the remainder of the day. Simon Bainbridge was kicking himself on Sunday, his best run showing a very promising time at the “split” ruined by a spin later in the run, denying him an opportunity to qualify for the Top 12 Run Off and no points for Sunday unlike his Saturday exploits. In the Top 12 Run Off Nick Algar’s transmission contents made a bid for freedom from its casing.
Losing both Tony Jarvis & Simon Bainbridge from the Top 12 qualifiers left space for the introduction of Graham Blackwell who improved throughout the weekend and Grahame Harden who picked up more points.
Pembrey June 4
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 6
1. Heather Calder 97.73s
2. Colin Calder 98.34s
3. John Graham 101.72s
4. Terry Holmes 103.54s
5. Matt Hillam 105.22s
6. Steve Miles 105.96s
7. Steve Broughton 107.32s
8. Graham Porrett 111.22s
9. Matt Carter 111.93s
10. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale) 113.88s
11. Nick Algar 114.61s
12. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 115.76s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 6:
1. Steve Miles 53pts
2. Matt Hillam 50pts
3. Heather Calder 49pts
4. Terry Holmes 47pts
5. Colin Calder 46pts
6. John Graham 38pts
7. Nick Algar 34pts
8. Steve Broughton 29pts
9. Tony Jarvis 27pts
10. Graham Porrett 24pts
11. Simon Bainbridge 16pts
12. Simon Boulter 14pts
Heather Calder took her third win of the year at Pembrey (Kim Broughton)
Grahame Harden and the Jedi were in the points again (Kim Broughton)
Time runs out at Pembrey
Event 5 at Pembrey on 03/06/2017
The first day of the BARC Wales was largely fine apart from a brief shower mid morning which led to a few difficulties.
One early casualty was Dave Cutcliffe who seems rather unable to complete a full weekend at Pembrey without some mechanical issue intervening, this time not managing anything beyond an incomplete Saturday practice. Rain intervened during second practice and as lunchtime approached unfortunately the wrong announcement was made leading to some competitors, who had avoided an earlier second run on wets, taking an outing on slicks as weather conditions improved. The afternoon presented a dilemma for many. Would there be a Top 12 Run Off? Might the Top 12 Run Off be delayed until the following morning (as has happened before) when the possibility of further rain existed? Would the Top 12 Run Off be delayed until Sunday afternoon, when weather would be better, but cars would be probably too hot with back to back Top 12 Run offs of 4 runs? Eventually the decision was taken to discard Saturday’s Top 12 Run off entirely.
Heather Calder was beaten for the first time this season. The circuit curfew prevented a Run Off, so results were determined on the basis of timed runs and she was beaten by 4/100ths of a second, by father Colin!
John Graham & Terry Holmes took 3rd and a 4th and the top 2 litre runners Steve Miles, Steve Broughton, Matt Hillam and Tony Jarvis took a share of 5th to 8th honours.
Simon Bainbridge had the SBR Crono V8 running well to take tenth ahead of Graham Porrett and Matt Carter.
Pembrey June 3
1. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 87.90s
2. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 87.94s
3. John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 93.87s
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 94.78s
5. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 95.94s
6. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 96.33s
7. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 97.66s
8. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara- F399/00) 98.53s
9. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 98.93s
10. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 100.46s
11. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 100.72s
12. Matt Carter (1.4 Radical PR6) 101.33s
Colin Calder overcame a wheel problem to take his first win of the year (Kim Broughton)
Simon Bainbridge scored points in the SBR Crono (Kim Broughton)
Heather Calder does the double at Snetterton
Event 4 at Snetterton on 14/05/2017
In contrast to the day before, Sunday just got warmer and warmer as the day progressed and as the heat warmed the track this was to help times no end.
John Graham's electrical fault on the fuel pump relay appeared to have been overcome on Saturday evening but on Sunday the pump moved in its mounting, the terminals touched the body and this resulted in a small fire on the insulation around the pump control relay melting the adjacent electric cabling. So that was end of play after Sunday's first timed run. To add insult to injury the event was one chosen by his son to visit, being closest to his Milton Keynes base (he works for Red Bull!)
Graham Porrett aborted one of his Top 12 runs on Sunday, and then set to with his "magic wand" to try to discover which of the 8 cylinders had gone missing. he found it, corrected it, and off Terry Holmes went with the car singing on 8 cylinders again. Nick Algar got the DJ Firehawk running well and took the final podium spot with his first run while a consistent Steve Miles again finished fourth to maintain his position at the top of the British Sprint championship leader board. Tony Jarvis improved by almost three seconds on his second run to take seventh just a hundredth ahead of Simon Bainbridge who was proving that the Crono V8is as fast as it looks.
So what was the highlight of the Snetterton weekend? The answer to that is easy. Following her Saturday win, Heather Calder only needed the one Top 12 Run Off run to secure her second outright victory of the weekend. That wasn't enough though for Heather, she took her second run and managed to secure a new outright circuit record. Even though he had been beaten by his daughter twice over the weekend, it was a joy to see the delight on Colin's face at his daughter's achievements. Now to maintain that for the remainder of the season.....
Borough 19 Motor Club
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 4
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 74.43s
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 76.26s
3. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 78.88s
4. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 80.12s
5. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra V8) 80.43s
6. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 80.63s
7. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 82.00s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 82.01s
9 . Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 82.88s
10. Matt Carter (1.3 Radical PR6) 83.27s
11. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra V8) 84.95s
12. Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 86.05s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 4:
1. Steve Miles 38pts
2. Matt Hillam 35pts
3. Terry Homes 29pts
4. Nick algar 28pts
5. Heather Calder 25pts
6= Tony Jarvis 22pts
Colin Calder 22pts
8. John Graham 18pts
9. Graham Porrett 17pts
10. Steve Broughton 16pts
11. Simon Boulter 14pts
12. Simon Bainbridge 13pts
Snetterton yielded a pair of second places for Champion, Colin Calder (Andy Leivers)
Tony Jarvis took seventh by a hundredth in the Dallara (Andy Leivers)
Matt Hillam is running second in the Championship after Snetterton(Andy Leivers)
The Calders return at Snetterton
Event 3 at Snetterton on 13/05/2017
An odd sort of weekend weather-wise. It had rained over Friday night and bits and pieces of drizzle seemed to be about for some parts of Saturday. That was less of an issue as the very nature of Snetterton meant that the course dried in no time. There was a suggestion from some that that the less frequent use of the 100 circuit (even though it forms part of the 300 circuit) meant that Saturday was not the best day for chasing record times.
It appeared that, over the course of the day, it was to be the Gould GR55s that would be the subject of any ill fortune over the course of the weekend. John Graham suffered with an annoying fuel pressure issue which was attributable to either the fuel pump or an electrical fault on the fuel pump relay.
The Calder family, in their first outing of the season, were not short of their woes. During Colin''s second Top 12 Run Off run the exhaust system came apart, an issue solved overnight. Matt Carter also suffered on Saturday (annoying too, because he was only half a second shy of Colin Calder''s time in the first timed runs). In his case spinning in the midst of a run which would have comfortably qualified him in the midfield of the Top 12. Simon Boulter must have had an issue with the timekeepers during his Top 12 participation as he had to take so many re-runs he eventually had to return to his paddock space to refuel - but he still managed to finish 11th, score points and be the fastest 1100.
Getting an inaugural outing, at long last, was the Simon Bainbridge SBR Crono V8. The issues faced in this instance with MIRA and MSA before the team sees its MSA Vehicle Passport must take them into their own league! Much of the weekend was spent making the existing Sports Libre record a matter of history. It was also good to see the return of Bill Gouldthorpe for a whole weekend.
It was a pleasing supplement to the weekend to see two of our past competitors within the Formula Ford Festival field in the shape of Keith Sollis and Iain Houston. Added to that too was the presence of one of our past British Sprint Champions in the form of Mark Harrison who was racing on the 200 circuit in the F3 Cup field.
Heather Calder only got the one Top 12 Run Off run on Saturday, but that was enough to take the outright win by three tenths from Father, Colin in the Calder Engineering backed car. Continuing their good starts to the 2017 season, Steve Miles took fourth thanks, in part, to improving by three seconds on his second run and Graham Blackwell who again got his Mygale into the Run Off.
Paul Parker (and Andy Leivers for the images)
Borough 19 Motor Club
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 3
1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 77.39s
2. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 77.68s
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra V8) 80.45s
4. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 80.70s
5. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 80.87s
6. Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 80.99s
7. John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 81.51s
8. Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 84.00s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono V8) 84.07s
10. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 85.25s
11. Simon Boulter (1.0 OMS 2000M) 88.78s
12. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 88.94s
Heather Calder lifts a wheel on her way to victory (ANdy Leivers)
Simon Bainbridge was another series returnee in the SBR Chrono (Andy Leivers)
A single run was enought to give Terry Holmes the final podium place (Andy Leivers)
Simon Boulter made the Run Off in the OMS (Andy Leivers)
Graham from Holmes at Croft
Event 2 at Croft on 17/04/2017
Despite weather forecasts suggesting the contrary the Easter Monday Croft was greeted by dry weather throughout the day, although not altogether warm. John Graham arrived replete with a brand new wing, much narrower than its predecessor recognising that the previous version was too large given the speeds it was being faced with now, compared with those for which it was designed originally. For much of the day it was apparent that both Terry Holmes and Graham Porrett were able to enjoy 8 cylinders again, Terry Holmes being fastest of all throughout the majority of the day. Steve Miles was troubled during the timed runs his car coming to a halt after only a few corners in his first timed run. He then spent much of his time, under instruction from the SBD fraternity, armed with various tools, correcting the shortcoming. Nick Algar too was troubled by a variety of ailments which eventually were overcome. Grahame Harden spent much of his day troubled by his clutch, having partly repaired the item between events, but still awaiting some new springs (which were apparently in the post!) for it.
Terry Holmes was a second and three quarters clear during the timed runs. John Graham following was another second clear of a bunch of five who included Steve Miles, Matt Hillam, Graham Porrett, Nick Algar and Steve Broughton who were all covered by little more than the interval that Terry Holmes was clear of the whole field. Another relatively packed bunch consisted of Simon Boulter, Tony Jarvis, Martin Webb and Graham Blackwell. The only isolated member of the family was Grahame Harden with his clutch slipping terribly, he was just left to bed in new tyres for Snetterton!
Top 12 Run Off
Sadly the electronic maladies of the Chichester Lola made a return. Graham Porrett stalled on the line and, although the rear wheel centres crossed the start line, he restarted and completed his run so if the worst came to the worst he would at least have a time set to determine points for himself. Terry Holmes, conscious of the difficulty experienced by his co-driver, was more aggressive in the revs he used on the start line. It produced what, for him, would best be considered an indifferent start but was nonetheless the 2nd fastest time of the day. Grahame Harden, his clutch behaving itself rather better than earlier in the day, managed to find more than three seconds on his second run.
Graham Blackwell, spending much of his day learning many of the bells and whistles his car had acquired, produced the best run of his day to manage a point. The times of both Martin Webb and Tony Jarvis were not far apart, Martin's best time being his final run, the pair separated by under a second while Tony’s two Run Off runs were only 6/100ths apart. Graham Porrett followed the example of his co-driver on the startline of his second run. It also was far from his best launch but got him away and ultimately produced a time not too different from that earlier in the day. Simon Boulter's target was to get close to the times of Tony Jarvis and Martin Webb. His best Run Off time managed to beat both of them. The best car engined two litre cars' times were fairly close together. A second covered Matt Hillam, Steve Miles and Steve Broughton who finished in that order. Somewhere or other, despite suffering various glitches over the day, Nick Algar found a best time which matched that of Terry Holmes' best, but his second best time was a handful of seconds away whereas Holmes second best was only a tad over a second away which succeeded in determining the tie break between the pair. Finally, finding almost a second and a half on his final run, victory went to John Graham although the track temperature impacting his ultimate time, compared with the year before.
Croft April 17
Darlington & District Motor Club
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Round 2
John Graham (3.5 Gould-NME GR55B) 70.84s
Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 71.45s
Nick Algar (1.3s DJ Firehawk) 71.45s
Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 72.54s
Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96) 72.67s
Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 73.55s
Simon Boulter (1.0 OMS 2000M) 76.21s
Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 76.72s
Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 77.16s
Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 78.04s
Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk6) 78.86s
Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 80.03s
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 2:
1.= Matt Hillam 20pts
Steve Miles 20pts
3. Graham Porrett 15pts
4. Tony Jarvis 13pts
5.= Simon Boulter 12pts
John Graham 12pts
7. Terry Holmes 11pts
8.= Martin Webb 10pts
Nick Algar 10pts
10. Scott Pillinger 8pts
11.= Steve Broughton 7pts
Grahame Harden 7pts
John Graham took the win at Croft (JCBPhotography.co.uk)
Smiles all around
Event 1 at Castle Combe on 25/03/2017
Season opening events, particularly this early in the year, can have a tendency to not going according to plan for some competitors. However, despite predictions over the winter concerning ROPS no competitors were faced with any difficulties, on that front, at Caslte Combe for the first round of the SBD British Sprint Championship. One competitor, who has battled with the subject for the past year, in a bid to have his passport released for a car that has been built totally from scratch, had decided to follow the route of certification involving MIRA and hoping thereby to be able to open his season, MUCH closer to home for him than at Croft over Easter. It would seem that the Scrutineers only became troubled with one issue and that was a car that possessed a banned steering wheel (look at Drawing 5.7 on page 155 of your Blue Book, the one with the big cross across it!) - an issue ultimately solved by the loan of his spare by a fellow competitor.
Fortunately it was a sunny day throughout, albeit with a biting wind. The whole SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship field were pleased to see the return of Bill Gouldthorpe. Unfortunately car problems in practice (coil/wiring related) led to a short day for him and co-driver Carole Torkington. Another returnee, also in the 1600cc Racing Car class was Scott Pillinger. However the car never performed properly throughout the day because of an electronic shortcoming. Matt Carter's Radical was making noises from its transmission it was never intended to, meaning that it managed practice and a timed run, but that was it. Also misbehaving at various stages through the day were the electronics of the Chichester pairing of Terry Holmes and Graham Porrett. They stuck with it, and indeed they were out the following day at Rockingham. Perhaps the most worrying incidents impacted upon John Graham. As he approached Avon Rise on his first timed run the upper elements of his rear wing made a bid for freedom. This lead to a big spin as he cross Avon Rise and approached Quarry. Very fortunately he conducted this exercise without touching anything solid. He attempted to undertake his second timed run armed with only the lower element of his rear wing. As he passed the pits at the end of his first lap the right hand half of that element was at an angle of 90 degrees to the left hand element, and for his safety, the organisers decided to switch on the red lights to halt any further progress.
A great deal of time was lost when Jeff Wiltshire's car attempted to perform the impression of a steam railway engine. It appeared that the engine let go approaching the finish line, and an oil slick was laid from Bobbies all the way into the pit lane supplemented by a great deal of smoke. The car continued its path under the Avon Bridge and then set fire to itself. The clean up operation rather put paid to the second Top 12 Run Off Run, although, of course, the damage to Jeff's car was of far greater concern.
When it came to the second timed runs the SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship contenders found themselves in something of a quandary. Would their points be based only upon the timed runs, because the amount of time lost during the day could mean no Top 12 Run Off? Would there maybe enough time left at the end to cater for maybe just a single Top 12 Run Off run? Because, as with many race circuits, Castle Combe has a fixed curfew matters really depended on how the remainder of the timed runs took place. Matt Carter managed his first timed run, sufficient to qualify comfortably, but not his second and sadly his day was done with a damaged diff. In the 1100s Grahame Harden, proudly displaying his "permanent number" for the first time battled with Simon Boulter, a newcomer to the British series. these two were joined by Martin Pickles who was displaying an "interesting" colour display having discovered the weight of many layers of paint in the car. Scott Pillinger's time was demonstrating all was not right, his best timed run some way distant from fellow Bristol MC member Simon Clemow's Force. Among the two litres the SBD pairing of Steve Broughton & Matt Hillam, their car demonstrating an interesting new colour for 2017, by means of a "wrap", led with times on a par from 2016. Steve Miles passed on his first timed run battling with a small problem, but managed an acceptable time on the second runs, which was his only run. Dave Cutcliffe seemed slightly off the pace, perhaps no more than "rust" having competed so infrequently. Tony Jarvis & Martin Webb started their season apparently untroubled. John Graham's issues have already been mentioned. Terry Holmes best timed run stood as FTD for the day with shared driver Graham Porrett a little distant.
Top 12 Run Off
Ultimately the organisers decided that sufficient timed remained for a single Top 12 Run Off. Matt Carter had qualified, but sadly was unable to run. Terry Holmes time was denied when all four wheels were reported to have departed the black stuff in favour of the green at Bobbies. Steve Broughton, uncharacteristically had an off at Quarry, although it was difficult to identify damage by eye when the car had returned to the paddock under its own steam. Dave Cutcliffe too was unable to post a time. Grahame Harden set a time with which he must have been disappointed, as it was many seconds shy of his best timed run, but at least his first 2017 points were posted. Simon Boulter posted a sensible time on his first ever British Sprint Championship Top 12 Run Off within a few hundredths of his best timed run. Likewise Martin Webb also followed suit with a time just hundredths away from his best timed run. Scott Pillinger improved his timed noticeably from the timed runs to the best 1600 single seater time of the day, but nonetheless the car was not right. Beating him by a few tenths and also improving his time from those of the timed runs was Tony Jarvis to just miss out on a podium place. Graham Porrett battled manfully with a car which had an engine operating on a questionable number of cylinders, albeit certainly not eight as intended, his time almost mirroring that of his best timed run. Also within a few tenths of his best timed run was runner up Matt Hillam concluding the day with an eleven points haul. Finally with his third ever event win was Steve Miles who was ever so slightly pleased with his day's outcome!
Casdtle Combe March 25
Bristol Motor Club
1. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96mm) 120.00s
2. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) 121.41s
3. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd T90/50) 126.69s
4. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 129.76s
5. Scott Pillinger (1.3 DSP-Hayabusa) 130.36s
6. Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 133.80s
7. Simon Boulter (1.0 OMS 2000M) 134.72s
8. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi Mk 6) 140.08s
Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd T90/50) Fail
Steve Broughton (2.0 SBD Dallara F3) Fail
Dave Cutcliffe (1.3t Van Diemen DC93M) Fail
Matt Carter (1.4 Radical PR6) DNS
SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship Points after Round 1:
1. Steve Miles 12pts
2. Matt Hillam 11pts
3. Graham Porrett 10pts
4. Tony Jarvis 9pts
5. Scott Pillinger 8pts
6. Martin Webb 7pts
7. Simon Boulter 6pts
8. Grahame Harden 5pts
Steve Miles took his third Run Off win at Combe (K Broughton)
An excellent runner up spot for Matt Hillam (K Broughton)
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