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Event 8 at Pembrey on 02/06/2024
Martin Pickles reports:

Sunday dawned with yet more bright sunshine and haze. It was going to be another warm day! There was a slight difference to the day in that due to such a high attrition rate on Saturday, qualification for the run off-would be automatic, providing you managed to complete the lap and a half. The track layout also differed from Saturday’s national layout and was now using the Clubman Circuit.

Practice and the first timed runs appeared in quick succession due to overall entry numbers depleted in much the same way as the British Sprint paddock. The layout had now switched to the Clubman's circuit which incorporates the recent loop in-field after the Dibeni corner, featuring a high speed approach tight left-hander leading to re-joining the main track at the entry to Senna.

In the Challenge Cup, Froggett and Buckingham were closely matched in their shared Ralt, with Buckingham edging his co-driver each time for the win.

Back in the BSC, Brown in the Audi TT was granted a rerun, but in the warm conditions this offered no advantage a point he promptly proved by producing a slower time. The irony was that he now qualified for the run-off.
Tonge had switched from his Michelin tyres to the Pirelli and described the difference as 'night and day'. Houston, Torkington and Harden posted competitive times but were full of smiles and praise for such a fantastic venue/weather combination. Porrett reported some ignition issues whilst Blackwell and Goulding provided swift progress in readiness for the run-off. After the excitement of Saturday, Broughton's only concerns were the finer details of set up for the 'new' car with springs being too soft and perhaps more importantly, the brake set up. Miles produced a PB without any apparent difficulty while  Jones mimicked the achievement in slightly grander style by setting a new class record.

In the first of the day's run-off, Buckingham once again pipped Froggett by 0.1secs in the Challenge Cup.
New to the run-off process, Brown had a trouble-free run and entered the Championship score board. Houston however found two oil patches and each time recovered from a spin, to just head Porrett who despite going seconds quicker, only secured 10th. Harden and Torkington were comfortably ahead of the chasing pack and each other for 7th and 8th.

Goulding was now struggling for rear-end grip and slipped to 5th just ahead of the improving Tonge. Miles’s gentle approach under braking provided no improvement and slotted into 4th. Blackwell found the same oil that Houston encountered, but recovered a sideways moment to move ahead of Miles by 0.5sec. That left the 1.4DJ Firehawk of Broughton once again to provide continuous improvement to bag 2nd just 0.25secs ahead. Sunday was turning out to be Groundhog Day for Jones as he once again topped the time sheets 0.5secs ahead of Broughton. The Jones grin reappeared in the paddock and with this continuing form, poses a real threat to the larger capacity cars for the overall Championship.

Top 12 Run-off: Pembrey Club Rd 15
1. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 104.08 (+0.00)
2. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 105.49 (+1.41)
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 105.72 (+1.64)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 106.48 (+2.40)
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 106.88 (+2.80)
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 106.97 (+2.89)
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 113.79 (+9.71)
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 116.87 (+12.79)
9. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 120.75 (+16.67)
10. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 120.87 (+16.79)
11. Anthony Brown (1.8 Audi TT) 145.63 (+41.55)

Qualification for the final run-off of the weekend produced no real issues for the drivers other than the heat, and without Saturday’s light breeze, the track was providing very little grip for the overheating tyres. The one point of note was that Broughton produced a time to qualify in 1st. Miles conversely produced the slowest qualifying time some 40secs adrift after the engine shut down shortly after launch. Numerous restarts were required to complete the circuit and qualify for the run-off. An errant throttle pot sensor was swiftly diagnosed by Chris Price from MBE, was replaced and engine performance was restored. Broughton's driveshaft let go on the start line, requiring a push back to the paddock and a hasty team effort to replace the shaft and return in time to rejoin the queue.
To help with the conversation on the return journey back to the Cornwall, the Froggett and Buckingham pairing posted identical times and points for the Challenge Cup.

Brown had qualified for the run-off, but his time had slumped in line with his turbo which was now only producing 9psi compared to the normal 20psi. Houston had an incident-free run to 10th, Torkington improved but remained 9th. Porrett arrived at the start line after a verbal self-flagellation (which is unrepeatable for this publication) and promptly knocked 4secs off his Q time to shift up to the order to 8th. Harden continued with a beaming smile despite a slower time on hot tyres to complete a weekend without mechanical issue. Miles was too enthusiastic into the Hatchetts Hairpin and locked up, making full use of the extended track to recover to 6th. The benefactor of this error was Tonge who was one of few to demonstrate an improvement over their Q time to secure 5th. Blackwell was another suffering with grip issues and slipped back to 4th whilst Goulding moved into third after resolving his Wi-Fi gear change issue by unplugging and reconnecting every connector. Jones and Broughton then battled for the top spot with an initial target set by Jones of 104.90 on 'squidgy' tyres, a new class record. Broughton however managed to eclipse this time by 0.6secs to secure his first run-off win of 2024 in the 1.4 DJ Firehawk. Steve was naturally pleased and excited to have won after overcoming the trials and tribulations of the weekend, a truly outstanding performance in the garage and on the track.

Top 12 Run-off: Pembrey Club Rd 16
1. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 104.32* (+0.00)
2. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 104.90 (+0.58)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 105.58 (+1.26)
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 106.55 (+2.23)
5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 107.05 (+2.73)
6. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 108.15 (+3.83)
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 115.72 (+11.40)
8. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 116.24 (+11.92)
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 117.30 (+12.98)
10. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 119.70 (+15.38)
11. Anthony Brown (1.8 Audi TT) 146.15 (+41.83)

As the Championship approaches its half way point (best 33 scores from 44 potential rounds) Graham Blackwell moved back into the lead.

Championship top-12 after round 16
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 371 points
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 359 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 354 points
4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 290 points
4=. John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 290 points
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 270 points
7. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 241 points
8. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 231 points
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 213 points
10. Anthony Brown (1.8 Audi TT) 209 points
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 197 points
12. John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 145 points
 

Blackwell still tops tha tables after Pembrey weekend (Tim Morris)


Steve Broughton topped run-off two (Kim Broughton)


Itís Jonesís day at Pembrey


Event 7 at Pembrey on 01/06/2024
Martin Pickles reports:

The forecast for south Wales was warm and sunny for the entire June weekend of sprinting, quite a novelty for anywhere in the UK in 2024. The garages and surrounding paddock area were packed for a weekend of twists and turns of which there were to be plenty.

A bumper turnout for the Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship meant that qualification was going to be pressurised for those at the limit or who were experiencing difficulties.

The drivers’ briefing commenced with a moment to remember Clive Wooster, the effervescent and likeable character whose presence in the paddock will be truly missed.

Practice followed around 1½ laps of the National layout, which provides a challenge of fast and high G force bends, long straights into heavy braking zones, left/right sequence of bends — it’s everything a driver could wish for and a definite personal favourite.

What was a blissfully quiet setting was soon transformed with Chris Jones in the 1.0 Force TA who on old tyres, set the pace with an unofficial class record. John Loudon in the same class and chassis was experiencing high oil temperatures and with air temperature set to soar in the next few hours, this was not encouraging. In contrast, front-runner Graham Blackwell in the 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost had repositioned the air intake for the turbo into the side-pod and immediately found improved air intake temperatures.  Meanwhile, Pete Goulding in the similar 1.6t Mygale FF 200 was finding the faded painted apexes difficult to locate in the early morning haze.

The Mygale trio was completed by Graham Porrett in the sister car to Goulding’s who was running a new set of Pirelli SuperSoft, although ‘unused’ might be a more accurate description as they were five years old, but were still performing better than anything else currently available.

Ant Brown gave a frustrated response for the reason behind his slow run as engine temperatures had soared when held on the start line and on launch, the 1.8 Audi TT immediately adopted limp mode. There was a smile though to confirm he was able to take every corner flat, including the two hairpins.

At the sharp end of the current points table, Steve Miles had opted for a radical set up change and opted for toe-out at the front on the 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm. Although this provided a more responsive car, there was recurring power oversteer that now needed to be overcome and very sensitive steering.

SBD consultant, Steve Broughton, was sporting a new engine, suspension, chassis and brakes on the 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004, with only the pilot remaining constant. A minor exhaust issue developed in practice but was swiftly resolved. Similarly, although it interrupted his practice, the failed front wing on Simon Wallis’s 1.1 OMS 3000M was quickly restored.

Timed Run 1, the qualifying run for run-off one arrived swiftly due to the reduced overall entry to the event and thanks to the smooth and seamless organisation from BARC Wales in the paddock and at the start line.
Chris Jones serenely took every corner from one hairpin to the next at full throttle and in doing so reset the 1,100cc record. John Loudon was literally in hot pursuit with the Force struggling with climbing oil temperatures, but still qualified 3rd.

Carole Torkington in the 1.5 OMS CF08 improved on her practice time to qualify, as did Lloyd Bettinson in the 1.0 STM Phoenix. At the other end of the spectrum however was Brown, whose bonnet blew open, covering the screen shortly after the start line launch. Exhibiting determination, Ant negotiated the hairpin before conceding that his run was over. I won't mention that the bonnet pins had not been engaged! In the same vein of unwanted mechanical failure was Simon Wallis, whose repaired front wing shed the second elements — both of them! Sufficient downforce remained, however, for him to qualify 7th. Graham Porrett moved the evolving Mygale ahead of Lloyd despite a roll bar disconnecting mid-run. Joining in the party and not to be outdone, Steve Broughton managed a spectacular 'rapid unscheduled disassembly', commencing with the brake disc exploding under heavy braking, a section of which punctured the wheel rim with inevitable tyre deflation, spin and grassy termination. At least the new 6-pot callipers worked!

Some competitors were experiencing drama-free qualification, the relaxed Nick Houston in the diminutive 1.0 OMS Hornet, Grahame Harden enjoying life and eschewing positivity for his hard-worked Avons, taking a very credible 7th in the 1.6 Radical PR6. 

Rob Tonge, although in learn mode for Pembrey, ensured sufficient progress from practice to qualify the 1.4 Force TA 6th. Towards the pointy end of the grid was Steve Miles, now in 5th place despite an exuberant entry to Honda (a fabulous corner to test driving talent) and subsequent save on the brakes. 2023 Championship rivals Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell were still rivals in 2024 but were unequally matched in this instance when Goulding suffered a rear puncture early in the run.

Competing in the Challenge Cup of the BSC were Mike Froggett and Gary Buckingham in the Reynard Formula Vauxhall. Having travelled ten hours to get to the circuit, they provided themselves with some subject matter for the return journey by producing comparable times in the shared Ralt.

Qualification: Pembrey Nat Rd 13
1. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 93.29s (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 96.04s (+2.75)
3. John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 96.59s (+3.30)
4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 96.62s (+3.33)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 99.03s (+5.74)
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 101.64s (+8.35)
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 103.68s (+10.39)
8. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 107.36s (+14.07)
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 107.46s (+14.17)
10. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 109.80s (+16.51)
11. Lloyd Bettinson (1.0 STM Phoenix) 111.13s (+17.84)
12. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 111.80s (+18.51)

Those repairing and tweaking were under some pressure in the rising heat (23°C at 11:30) to meet the start line schedule for the run-off.

Wallis however created an increased 'jobs to do' list when he exited the Tarmac before the Brooklands hairpin, destroying the floor and bending the left front suspension to terminate his weekend’s participation.

To set the standard, Torkington extracted three seconds from her qualifying time to set a new PB and a contented 9th place finish. Bettinson's time went in the other direction, losing two seconds  to a scruffy lap and ultimately 11th. Porrett had failed to cure the self-detaching roll bar link and also went slower than his Q time. Harden was given a re-run which prevented any meaningful improvement on hot tyres and swapped places with Houston who set a timely PB. Tonge continued his improvement to land 6th and Miles improved his time, despite using the generous Tarmac beyond the Brooklands Hairpin for 5th. Loudon marginally improved his time in an issue-free run and narrowly missed out on 3rd to the Mygale of Goulding, now suffering from understeer but equally close to the second place Mygale of Blackwell, having taken two seconds off his Q time through a tyre swap from Avon to Pirelli, also setting a new 1600T class record. Jones remained peerless and stayed over a second ahead of Blackwell to grab the run-off. A beaming grin in the paddock was testament to his dynamic performance.

Top 12 Run-off: Pembrey Nat Rd 13
1. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 93.02* (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 94.17* (+1.15)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 94.34 (+1.32)
4. John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 96.42 (+3.40)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 97.12 (+4.10)
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 101.28 (+8.26)
7. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 106.44 (+13.42)
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 107.94 (+14.92)
9. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 109.64 (+16.62)
10. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 110.07 (+17.05)
11. Lloyd Bettinson (1.0 STM Phoenix) 113.82 (+20.80)

Due to attrition, the number of competitors eligible for the run-off  was now reduced to 13. John Loudon unfortunately joined that group when an oil pipe blew off the oil cooler and swiftly emptied the engine. Although the engine would restart after a top up, the precautionary decision to withdraw and inspect the engine was understandable.
The track now had a light trail of oil which took nearly an hour to address. However, with qualification now guaranteed, many of the remaining BSC runners took a cautious approach to qualification.

Miles had ditched his previous trial set up and had now returned the car to toe-in at the front. Despite the alternator detaching mid run, a similar time to Q1 was achieved for 4th. Broughton had replaced the brake disc and wheel that had caused his early spin and promptly took P3, headed by Goulding and Jones. Blackwell had resumed to the tyre-saving policy of Avon qualifying/Pirelli run-off and consequently was further down the order with Harden, also on Avons.

Now the important second run-off for points. Local Bettinson recorded a PB following damper adjustments, 0.24secs ahead of Porrett who continued with his Mygale familiarisation. Bettinson however had returned to the paddock with an unsatisfactory engine note and decided to withdraw from the Sunday event. Houston was clearly frustrated with his run which he declared had been strewn with minor errors. Torkington was similarly discontent despite having improved by two seconds, in contrast to Harden who remained cheery with an overall enjoyable, trouble-free day. Tonge continued to improve and netted 5th place. Miles slowed by a tenth from qualifying as the afternoon track temperatures climbed, the cars now starting to crab through corners. Goulding had commenced the run-off but a drive shaft on the Mygale let go during the launch from the line and he failed to post a time. Broughton maintained his third spot with a marginal improvement, whilst Blackwell snatched second by a couple of tenths.  Although slower than his morning time, Jones was nearly two seconds ahead of Blackwell, that grin in the paddock just got a bit wider.

Top 12 Run-off: Pembrey Nat Rd 14
1. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 94.36 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 96.06 (+1.70)
3. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 96.29 (+1.93)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 97.79 (+3.43)
5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 101.38 (+7.02)
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 103.96 (+9.60)
7. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 108.30 (+13.94)
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 110.13 (+15.77)
9. Lloyd Bettinson (1.0 STM Phoenix) 110.60 (+16.24)
10. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 110.84 (+16.48)
 

Jones put in a peerless performance aboard the 1.0 Force TA (Tim Morris)


Despite best efforts, Brown's run was to be aborted! (Tim Morris)


Loudon qualified thirtd but withdrew after encountering oil system problems (Tim Morris)


Goulding boosts ahead


Event 6 at Blyton Park on 19/05/2024
John Loudon reports

Sunday’s event of the two-day Longton and District Motor Club run event at Blyton Park had competitors taking to the Outer Circuit.

Having enjoyed glorious weather the previous day, Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship competitors were again to enjoy similar optimal conditions around the Lincolnshire Ginetta test track.

The Saturday night track walk was interesting to say the least, as the land-owning farmer had decided to host an impromptu shooting party on the infield of the circuit, which kept the track walkers on their toes, some with their hands in the air! Firing into the bank at Bishops was mostly halted as walkers went through, but others had live rounds whistling overhead!

Pete Goulding and Steve Brown were the only two casualties from the previous day, both now with fixes applied overnight that the hoped would sustain them through the day. Steve Brown had suffered from random engine cut outs on Saturday and had implemented an improved temporary wiring solution with the help of Audi TT driver Ant Brown, whilst Pete Goulding took advantage of a visiting friend and fellow Westfield Sports Car Club member Dave Cleaver, to make him a new turbo blow off valve piston overnight on his lathe to replace the one which was now presumably trying to grow in one of the circuit’s surrounding fields. The task was made rather more difficult by the lack of access to any accurate measuring equipment. Ant Brown was feeling determined; having lost his 64ft time ice cream challenge to Graham Blackwell the previous day, he was hoping to get one back.

The old adage of ‘practice is for practice’ is all that I could muster from my interviewees after practice. The only points to note were that with full boost restored, Pete Goulding exclaimed that his car felt like a different animal from the previous day and that Steve Brown was rather excitable after having made a full lap of the circuit without the issues from the previous day. John Graham was also pleased to be getting more seat time in his Gould GR55b after having had a few years off since his Championship win. Lloyd Bettinson was enjoying the new challenge of a circuit he had not been to before, after making the seven-and-a-half hour journey from deepest Wales to join the fun. Quote of the day came from OMS driver Nick Houston who asked ‘Have they moved that chicane?’ having nearly turned in on the wrong entry for the Wiggler. Nick Scott had a loose fuel pump union and therefore no fuel pressure and rather less fuel than he would have liked. A speedy remedy by Carole Torkington’s husband Colin soon had him back in action. Simon Wallis was lacking functioning shift lights from the previous day but now had fully tightened suspension bolts.

Timed Run one saw Goulding taking full advantage of his restored boost to post a time just 0.5 seconds outside of his class record. Graham Blackwell improved by three seconds, having swapped from his practice tyres. Miles also sorted his cooling issues with a system that was correctly purged of air. Others were also making steady progress, saving their talent for when it mattered in the run-off. Simon Bainbridge was still in one piece and saving himself, and more importantly the car, for his forthcoming trip to the St Goueno Hillclimb in France in just two weeks. Steve Brown’s overnight fix had sadly not cured his cutting out issues and he took no further part in the day. Graham Porrett had a turbo boost pipe blow off, resulting in a loss of power. Lloyd Bettinson was improving as he learned the track. Chris Jones had a good ‘steady’ run on old tyres, but still lowered the 1,100cc racing car class record with ease, as did John Loudon in his similar Force TA but by a smaller margin. Robert Tonge had an exciting braking lock up on the entry to the Wiggler. Ant Brown was happy to be leading his informal 64ft duel with Graham Blackwell.
Run-off one, round 11 of the Championship, saw Pete Goulding break his class record to top the tables. The quote from the supportive Mrs Goulding was ‘Hallelujah!’, such was the relief that Pete’s repairs were holding up. Graham Blackwell set a new PB and was in the same 55 second bracket as Pete, but dropped one too many gears for the Wiggler chicane. Chris Jones had had a superb drive and placed himself between the aforementioned pair of EcoBoost drivers for second place and a new 1,100cc class record, and again relegating Graham Blackwell to third. In fourth and benefiting from some fresh SBD traction and launch software upgrades emailed overnight was Steve Miles who admitted that he was too comfortable in a few places, but just managed to fend off 1,100cc driver John Loudon by 0.12, with Loudon also breaking the 1100 class record but having to give way to Chris Jones. In 6th came John Graham who had had a rerun, along with a few others, but admitted that it had done him no favours as the red mist had intervened. Robert Tonge came 7th despite the distraction of a momentary fuel pressure warning light. In 8th was Grahame Harden who was a little slower than his qualifying time due to paying respect to the intimidating Wiggler chicane. Simon Wallis took some brave pills and came in 9th on a 61 second run which had him perplexed as to how he ever did a 59 second run a few years ago. Nick Scott secured 10th despite braking way too soon for the Bishops left-hander but held off Carole Torkington who said her OMS was washing out at the fastest part of the circuit and found it somewhat challenging. Simon Bainbridge out-braked himself into the Wiggler chicane, despite the fitment of ABS over the winter, and had to bail out and he notched a failed run as a result.

Run-off 1 (round 11) results
1 Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 55.16
2 Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 55.76
3 Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 55.93
4 Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 56.54
5 John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 56.66
6 John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 58.61
7 Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 59.04
8 Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 61.07
9 Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 61.24
10 Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 62.96
11 Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 64.33
12 Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBD Chrono) NTR

Timed Run three had some drama as Pete Goulding suffered a clutch switch issue as he was about to set off from his paddock position. Some frantic investigations as he was about to strap in had him having to start the engine in first gear. It didn’t phase him though, and he still qualified fastest. The only other drama from interviewed competitors was the trauma of a half-eaten pastie as the timed run had come around too quickly for full consumption by Tonge, who had had a rerun for the previous run-off and hence shortened time between outings. Ant Brown was still winning his 64ft bet with Graham Blackwell; Lloyd Bettinson was improving each run and was only 0.5 seconds away from qualifying his STM Phoenix. Chris Jones and John Loudon had again gone inside the old 1,100cc racing car class record with Chris getting the coming out ahead.

The second run-off again had Pete Goulding breaking his class record and taking overall honours and now leads the championship, with Chris Jones separating the EcoBoost pairing of Goulding and Blackwell in his 1.0 Force TA to take 2nd with yet another class record. Loudon turned the tables on Miles to move ahead this time around into 4th, on a time that was also inside the old 1,100cc racing car class record, relegating the moleracing machine to 5th. Bainbridge obeyed instructions and brought his SBR Chrono home in one piece ahead of his French foray. Harden had used his tyre strategy well and finished 7th to edge Tonge and John Graham in 8th and 9th. Wallis, Scott and Torkington rounding off the field in 10th, 11th and 12th. Brown left disappointed as Blackwell pulled one out of the bag to pip him in their private 64ft challenge and robbed him of an ice cream.

Run-off 2 (round 12) results
1 Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 55.09*
2 Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 55.63*
3 Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 55.82
4 John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 56.44
5 Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 56.83
6 Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 58.81
7 Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 59.50
8 Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 59.87
9 John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 59.92
10 Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 61.19
11 Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 64.03
12 Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 65.12
FTD went to Pete Goulding on a 55.09 seconds.

Pete Goulding now leads the Championship ahead of Graham Blackwell with Steve Miles in hot pursuit. 33 rounds to count from 44 possible.

Championship positions after round 12
1 Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 279 points
2 Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 277 points
3 Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 269 points
4 John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 255 points
5 Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 200 points
6 Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 195 points
7 Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 189 points
8 Anthony Brown (1.8 Audi TT) 166 points
9 Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 165 points
10 Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 159 points
11 John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 145 points
12 Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 126 points

The next round of the Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship is at Pembrey on June 1st and 2nd 2024
 

Peter Goulding leads the Championship table after 12 rounds (Graham Stamper)


Lloyd Bettinson improved each run in the STM Phoenix (Graham Stamper)


Ant Brown was engaged in an informal 64ft competition with Graham Blackwell (Graham Stamper)


Blackwell tops the tables at Blyton Eastern


Event 5 at Blyton Park on 18/05/2024
Steve Miles reports

A full five weeks since the Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship circus departed the storm-lashed Anglesey weekend and they arrived again in the sunny Lincolnshire circuit of Blyton Park. Longton and District MC organised both days’ meetings which were fully booked as their reputation precedes them!

17 runners were vying for the top twelve scoring places for the all-important run-off, taking place within Timed Runs 2 and 4, with Timed Runs 1 and 3 being the qualifying rounds.

Qualifying for run-off 1 saw the OMS of Carole Torkington taking the final 12th spot with the usual runners and riders above her. The wrong side of the cut was Steve Brown who after a late Thursday night engine installation with help from the builders RLM, unfortunately had some electrical gremlins which meant he failed to qualify, along with Nick Scott who took out the timing beam with an ‘enthusiastic’ final corner. The slick-shod Sports Libre cars of Ant Brown and Lloyd Bettinson also didn’t make the cut in the dry conditions.

Come the points scoring runs, Torkington stayed in the same position, while Graham Porrett in his EcoBoost – now with updated SBD traction control and with the air temperature sensors in the correct place meaning he could use full engine RPM for the first time — could only manage 11th on his five-year-old Pirellis.

2019 British Champion John Graham in his 2.8l V8 Gould has also had very little seat time over the last few years and despite relatively new Avons tyres came 9th, but declared himself happy to be getting back into competition. Grahame Harden had a trouble-free day for 9th. After a series of recent high speed spins, Simon Wallis in his 1100 OMS was benefiting from a full geometry set up on Friday offered by Steve Miles. With his best tyres on and a stable chassis giving the driver confidence, he went two seconds faster than qualifying to take 8th.

The Middlesborough farmer, Simon Bainbridge was having his first event of the year after being delayed by heat treatment on new transmission parts and having installed a new ABS system for this season. Low boost on the 4.2l Audi was the order of the day to keep the car intact ready for St Goueno in a few weeks’ time and he took 7th. Michelin-shod Robert Tonge in the Force hadn’t been to this layout for a few years and was pleased to get close to a PB in 6th. Steve Miles had practiced this layout only six days previously on a Javelin Sprint, and was disappointed not to capitalise on this and took 5th place; two wheels in the gravel at Wiggler after Curva Grande probably knocked off the time that could have made the difference…

Then at the sharp end, only 0.53secs covered the top four cars, two one litre Forces and two 1.6 turbo EcoBoosts. Chris Jones was in 4th on exactly the same time that he qualified one; two tenths faster was John Loudon in his methanol-fuelled Laser Tools sponsored Force and he also broke the class record for a bonus point.
Two tenths up the road — that must be a fraction of a car length — was reigning champion Pete Goulding who had some clutch switch problems and a slight boost issue, but he still placed second. And taking the win and FTD by just 0.13 seconds was Graham Blackwell in his EcoBoost. He had made some errors in a map used for qualifying which resulted in lower boost and horsepower, but this was corrected for the important run and he had full beans when it counted!

Top 12 Run-off: Blyton Eastern Circuit Rd 9
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 60.15 (+0.00)
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 60.28 (+0.13)
3. John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 60.45* (+0.30)
4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 60.68 (+0.53)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.79 (+1.64)
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 62.58 (+2.43)
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 64.32 (+4.17)
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 64.56 (+4.41)
9. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 64.94 (+4.79)
10. John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 65.14 (+4.99)
11. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 68.31 (+8.16)
12. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 71.94 (+11.79)

The day continued to hot up as tyres were swapped back and forth. Brown managed a run without the electrics cutting out and qualified for the second run-off, but that was as far as his luck went as his car cut out shortly after launching and he was unable to finish. Scott continued improving throughout the day, putting his early accident behind him for 11th, just a fraction off his PB. Harden reported a few sideways moments, but finished happy with time and position. Wallis was suffering from front wing delamination and a mismatch in tyres, but sneaked ahead of Harden’s Radical. John Graham reported no problems, just that he “needed more seat time to shake the dust off”. Bainbridge was having a drama-free day and getting used to the feel of the ABS and with new Avons on the rear and old fronts, he had plenty of traction and was only two-tenths off the record, which bodes well as he was still on low boost.

Tonge benefited from a rerun as Porrett went off going into Curva Grande and posted a PB for 6th.  Miles, still with some cooling issues, finished 5th. The Goulding pit was in frantic but well-managed ‘repair and bodge’ mode, after the turbo dump valve came apart on track during qualifying. Various attempts were tried to effect a repair including fabricating plates/pistons from aluminium sheet, a penny washer and a M5 nut. Something was jammed in and Goulding managed his run just nine-tenths off the winning pace for 4th.

The two 1,000cc lightweight specials were having a great day and Loudon came out on top of Jones by just over a tenth, both drivers demonstrating exceptional performance. And emerging victorious at a track he enjoys was Graham Blackwell, taking his 6th FTD here. The only mechanical issue he fixed all day was a broken bulb on the trailer!

Top 12 Run-off: Blyton Eastern Circuit Rd 10
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 60.76 (+0.00)
2. John Loudon (1.0 Force TA) 61.06 (+0.30)
3. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 61.19 (+0.43)
4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 61.64 (+0.88)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.83 (+1.07)
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 62.12 (+1.36)
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 62.52 (+1.76)
8. John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55b) 64.14 (+3.38)
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 65.13 (+4.37)
10. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 65.66 (+4.90)
11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 67.14 (+6.38)
 

Blackwell took his 6th FTD at a circuit he clearly enjoys (Graham Stamper)


Loudon oushed hard in the 1.0 Force TA (Graham Stamper)


Simon Bainbridge was having his first event of the year in the SBR Crono (Graham Stamper)


Miles tops the tables at a sodden Anglesey


Event 4 at Anglesey on 07/04/2024
Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship Rounds 7 and 8 -  John Loudon reports:

Rounds 7 and 8 of the @ Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship around the Anglesey International course saw Storm Kathleen continue to lash the circuit overnight with horrendous winds and torrential bursts of rain. Whist the gale force winds continued during the whole day, the rain subsided for at least for the start of play on Sunday morning. All runners from the previous day were present and ready for battle around the International Circuit layout, aside from the unfortunate Steve Brown who was forced to retire his supercharged Hayabusa-powered Empire due to an engine issue that had materialised early on Saturday. Newcomer Lloyd Bettinson also joined the proceedings in his Yamaha R1-engined STM Phoenix kit car and looked to enjoy himself with some fine drives.
Despite running perfectly the day before, Steve Miles’s Van Diemen RF96mm inexplicably had a throttle body linkage bolt work loose but this was quickly fixed after some early attention. Simon Wallis had also adjusted ride heights in an attempt to find better handling. Other competitors were undecided on whether the track was dry enough for slicks or if it was still too damp and needed wets with several making a choice for each. When asked for a comment, Radical PR6 driver Grahame Harden reported that he saw ducks on his track walk. Others saw a large section on the back straight that was covered in sea foam being blown across the track from the waves that were crashing nearby.
Practice underway, the only casualty was Chris Jones, who found no braking cohesion at the entry to the banked hairpin, which resulted in a visit to the scenery. A following competitor under red flag reported that he was ‘well into the grass area’. Plenty of buckets of water and a sponge removed most of the evidence. Other competitors reported the cold damp track to be like a skating rink and had no confidence to give the usual amounts of right foot. John Loudon’s Force TA was inexplicably off his usual pace which continued to get steadily worse during the day. The cause of this issue — a problem with the throttle cable’s attachment to the throttle pedal, which was not allowing full throttle, was alas the only discovered when packing up for the weekend.
Qualifying run one was a steady affair with the only casualties being Simon Wallis in his OMS3000M who was driving on the side of caution due to locking rear brakes and Ant Brown in his Audi TT who was being outgunned on a track he was not particularly familiar with. Later investigations to Simon’s OMS found some brake calliper bolts which had worked loose and the problem was easily remedied. Steve Miles suffered a bird strike and had to remove the gruesome remains from his side pod on the Van Diemen; it didn’t seem to phase him however as he qualified fastest. Chris Jones was braking earlier everywhere to just to make sure no further trips to the scenery were experienced. Robert Tonge mentioned strange aero behaviour due to the high winds.
A lengthy time to complete the first timed runs saw lunch being called earlier than normal and the subsequent run-off one was to be immediately after lunch. The first three cars unknowingly had no time recorded. With the fourth car sat on the line, there was a delay which the issue was rectified. When proceedings resumed, the fourth car off the line was the only car to get a time before it started to rain, which soon became torrential causing some pantomime in the subsequent proceedings as the remaining cars had queued up on unsuitable tyres and the first three cars were due a re-run. Due to these circumstances, over lunch the Championship coordinator and the Longton DMC team agreed to give the BSC class an ‘even conditions’ run-off 1 again before T3. This was relayed to the drivers as they queued for what they thought was qualifying run two!
The subsequent run-off saw the 2021 Champion Steve Miles take the honours in his 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm ahead of 2023 Champion Pete Goulding in his 1.6T Mygale EcoBoost. Chris Jones in his 1.0 Force TA who rounded off the top-three positions. Lloyd Bettinson (1.0 STM Phoenix) scored his first BSC points by finishing a credible 8th place. Graham Blackwell (1.6T Mygale EcoBoost), Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6), Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) and John Graham (2.8 Gould GR55B) all had an incredibly close battle to come 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th respectively with times in the 99 second bracket. Carole Torkington (1.6 OMS CF08) outperformed John Loudon in his stricken 1.0 Force TA, with Graham Porrett (1.6T Mygale EcoBoost) and Nick Scott (1.6 Force TA) rounding off the top 12 placings.
Run off 1 results
1st Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 91.11 (+0.00)
2nd Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 93.95 (+2.84)
3rd Chris Jones (I 1.0 Force TA) 95.62 (+4.51)
4th Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 99.00 (+7.89)
5th Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 99.26 (+8.15)
6th Robert Tonge (J 1.4 Force TA) 99.32 (+8.21)
7th John Graham (L 2.8 Gould GR55b) 99.96 (+8.85)
8th Lloyd Bettinson (D 1.0 STM Phoenix) 103.92 (+12.81)
9th Carole Torkington (J 1.5 OMS CF08) 107.48 (+16.37)
10th John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 112.43 (+21.32)
11th Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 113.55 (+22.44)
12th Nicholas Scott (J 1.6 Force TA) 158.29 (+67.18)


As a result of the earlier torrential rain, several competitors from the rest of the entry list had given up on the day, meaning that subsequent runs came thick and fast, with consequences of rushed paddock duties for those wishing to change wheels, make appropriate adjustments and for engines to cool sufficiently. This and the still marginal conditions saw several competitors remaining on wets for qualifying run two. Ant Brown again didn’t make the run off in his Audi TT mod prod, but gained more experience of the track for future visits, and still occupies 6th place overall in the Championship.
The quickly turned-around final run-off again saw everyone on wets apart from Miles and Porrett. Goulding went away first, and his eagerness to get on to the power onto the final Peel Straight had him briefly onto the grass causing red flags, so no time for him. As he continued out to get out of harm’s way, the red flags remained out which Miles caught a glimpse of, and duly acknowledged by slowing.  This earned him a re-run and ultimately the run-off win. By just over a second, Jones was runner up, followed by Tonge some four seconds behind. Blackwell, on now rather worn wets, unusually missing out on a podium place, came 4th. Harden also scored well again in 5th place in his Radical, just ahead of former champion Graham who was gradually getting back into the swing of things on his now five-year-old tyre shod Gould GR55 in 6th place. Bettinson again impressing with an improved 7th place this time around. And Torkington just getting on with things and securing 8th, ahead of Wallis in whilst throttle limited Loudon came 10th just ahead of Porrett still sorting issues after the engine cut out when on half revs in 11th and Scott rounding off the placings with an overly cautious run.



Run off 2 results
1st Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 81.06 (+0.00)
2nd Chris Jones (I 1.0 Force TA) 82.25 (+1.19)
3rd Robert Tonge (J 1.4 Force TA) 86.35 (+5.29)
4th Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 87.27 (+6.21)
5th Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 89.89 (+8.83)
6th John Graham (L 2.8 Gould GR55b) 91.68 (+10.62)
7th Lloyd Bettinson (D 1.0 STM Phoenix) 92.17 (+11.11)

8th Carole Torkington (J 1.5 OMS CF08) 92.91 (+11.85)

9th Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 93.61 (+12.55)

10th John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 96.21 (+15.15)
11th Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 96.40 (+15.34)
12th Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 103.24 (+22.18)
FTD went to Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) on a time of 81.06 seconds.
As a result of two fine run-off wins for the day, Steve Miles elevated himself to lead the Championship as we departed Anglesey. Many competitors were glad to have survived the weather experience and return home safely.
Championship standings post Anglesey rounds 7 and 8
1st Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 184 points
2nd Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 182 points
3rd Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 181 points
4th John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 164 points
5th Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 132 points
6th Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 126 points
7th Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 125 points
8th Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 113 points
9th Chris Jones (I 1.0 Force TA) 95 points
10th Robert Tonge (J 1.4 Force TA) 82 points
11th John Graham (L 2.8 Gould GR55b) 74 points
12th Steven Brown (K 1.3s Empire Evo2) 73 points

The next rounds of the championship are at Blyton Park on May 18th and 19th.
 

Steve Miles took both run-off wins (Neil Lambert)


The smile says it all!


Competitors battle Storm Kathleen at Anglesey


Event 3 at Anglesey on 06/04/2024
@ Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship Rounds 7 and 8 - Steve Miles reports:

A mere two weeks after the ‘full on’ opening weekend of Cadwell Park and Mallory Park, 16 drivers joined the Longton and District-run event at Anglesey, where the national layout is run on the Saturday and the longer International on the Sunday. Whilst the drivers may have fancied a weekend of steady conditions, Storm Kathleen thought it would be a good idea to liven things up a bit! Storm force gusts, recorded at 56mph only three miles away, certainly gave many drivers some interesting handling issues.
Practice saw a mix of tyres being deployed, from slicks to inters to wets, from Avon to Pirelli and Michelin. The only notable incident was Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS) who somehow arrived backwards into Rocket, swiping the 200 board on the grass. He was pleased to discover the large polystyrene content of the marker board as he made contact! Unfortunately, Steve Brown in the awesome RLM Empire EVO2 had to retire due to some engine issues.
For the T1 run, in which the top 12 to qualify for points is set, Nick Scott in the 1.6 Force TA didn’t make it and also spun at Rocket.  This would have big personal consequences later for the run-off, as he then set a time that could have made the top 3. Competing in the British Challenge Cup was Justin Andrews, who, had he been in the main British Sprint Championship, would have qualified 10th fastest in a saloon in the dry. Another new driver to the British Challenge Cup was Lloyd Bettinson who was driving a Phoenix and putting in some very quick times. He registered overnight so that he can score points in the main Championship for the Blyton event!
Chris Jones — also in a Force TA and with only a 1-litre engine — qualified fastest on his comeback event after not driving for many months and was understandably in a buoyant mood!
In the Timed run 2 where the top 12 points were scored, the class was called to the holding paddock in number order, with current British Sprint Champion Pete Goulding (1.6 EcoBoost) first away, hedging his bets on the weather by running  intermediate tyres. Everyone else lined up on slicks and thought Pete had pulled a blinder as a short shower doused the front runners. Steve Miles in the SBD 2-litre Duratec emerged fastest of the early runners though and was looking good for the win, however, the strong winds, warm temperature and timing/rerun delays meant that at the final reckoning he only ended 5th, with Graham Blackwell’s 1.6 EcoBoost in 6th ahead of Goulding and Robert Tonge whop was making his comeback event in the 1.4 Force . Tonge described his run as “overly cautious”. Ant Brown in the slick-shod 1.8 Audi TT put in a cracking 9th place ahead of 2019 British Sprint Champion John Graham who was making a local event and did admit to being “a little rusty” in his big 2.8 Gould and still struggling with a recently-reattached severed thumb. Wallis took 11th while Graham Porrett suffered a spin and stall in the 1.6 Mygale to finish 12th. So, back to the sharp end and who could make the most of the conditions? John Loudon, in the Laser Tools backed Force was ‘sort of happy’ with 4th, to match his 2023 BSC finishing position, but felt the increase in wing was having a detrimental effect.
Less than a tenth ahead was an overjoyed Carole Torkington (1.5 SBD OMS) taking a best ever 3rd place. Graham Harden was also ecstatic with his best finish of 2nd in his heavy 1.6 Radical PR6. This just left Chris Jones, who deserved this top spot after qualifying fastest in the dry and improving the time further when it counted. Considering Chris hadn’t driven for almost a year, it was a very impressive performance.
Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Nat Rd 5
1. Chris Jones (I 1.0 Force TA) 49.40 (+0.00)
2. Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 53.23 (+3.83)
3. Carole Torkington (J 1.5 OMS CF08) 57.06 (+7.66)
4. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 57.13 (+7.73)
5. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 57.24 (+7.84)
6. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 59.02 (+9.62)
7. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 59.54 (+10.14)
8. Robert Tonge (J 1.4 Force TA) 62.21 (+12.81)
9. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 64.35 (+14.95)
10. John Graham (L 2.8 Gould GR55b) 65.69 (+16.29)
11. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 66.48 (+17.08)
12. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 83.86 (+34.46)

The day stayed very windy but dry for the next qualification and run-off. For qualifying, Miles stated his intentions and moved to current FTD and fastest spot ahead of Goulding and Jones. But when it counted, many positions changed. In 12th was Brown in the Audi, just behind Porrett who was having full throttle issues due to wheel speed sensors telling the ECU strange things. Wallis had an ‘almost PB’ run to 11th but was pipped by Torkington with a PB run a few tenths faster in 10th despite a heavy clattering of the exit kerbs at the finish — or was it a PB run because of that commitment?
Nick Scott set a PB and was very pleased to have cured some battery and launch issues to be two seconds up the road and take 9th. Harden was another three seconds faster, and then easing into the 2024 season was Graham in 7th. Loudon had his best run of the day but was disappointed with 6th. A very pleased Robert Tonge (1.4 Force) was happy with 5th, but despite his best time of day and 140mph into the final hairpin, Blackwell was a little disappointed with 4th. Jones found six-tenths over his run-off win time earlier for 3rd and just two tenths faster, Miles was pleased to take his best finish of the year so far for 2nd. This left current BSC champion Pete Goulding to top off the time sheets, six tenths up the road and with FTD
There followed much fettling and sorting as everyone packed away in the garage and got ready for whatever the weather could throw at them tomorrow!
Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Nat Rd 6
1. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 48.02 (+0.00)
2. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 48.64 (+0.62)
3. Chris Jones (I 1.0 Force TA) 48.81 (+0.79)
4. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 49.01 (+0.99)
5. Robert Tonge (J 1.4 Force TA) 50.69 (+2.67)
6. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 51.22 (+3.20)
7. John Graham (L 2.8 Gould GR55b) 51.78 (+3.76)
8. Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 51.95 (+3.93)
9. Nicholas Scott (J 1.6 Force TA) 54.72 (+6.70)
10. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 55.05 (+7.03)
11. Carole Torkington (J 1.5 OMS CF08) 56.43 (+8.41)
12. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 58.99 (+10.97)
 

Despite not having driven for a year, Chris Jones took a well-deserved run-off win (Neil Lambert)


Pete Goulding took the second run-off aboard the 1.6t Mygale (Neil Lambert)


A new venue for the new season at Mallory


Event 2 at Mallory Park on 24/03/2024
Steve Miles reports from the Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship at Mallory Park on 24th March 2024

Overnight rain cleared to a bright, promising day of competition at this Leicestershire venue which had not used for sprinting for well over a decade. Sheffield and Hallamshire Motor Club ran a friendly, efficient meeting and fitted a practice and three timed runs on 1.5 laps of the course, which included the Edwina’s Chicane at the end of the back straight. It was a fast and challenging course (with reported speeds up to 155mph) that was well received and left everyone looking forward to returning to the track in June, when Sheffield and Hallamshire organise another meeting.

Practice went smoothly, with the two EcoBoost-powered cars of Peter Goulding and Graham Blackwell significantly ahead of the other BSC runners. Steve Brown in his RLM Empire Evo had a faulty ignition switch that kept shutting the engine down and Steve Miles in the 28-year-old, heavily-modified Formula Ford would have been quicker had he not decided to do a chicane that wasn’t part of the designated track!

Qualifying runs saw the same pattern — Goulding and Blackwell leading within a tenth of each other in the 65s, then three drivers all in the 72 second bracket, covered by just four-hundredths — these were Steve Miles (now driving the correct course and having sorted some low-speed running issues with the help of SBD dial in support), Laser Tools sponsored John Loudon — 1.0 Force TA and Steve Brown in his new for ‘24 1.3T RLM Empire Evo2. Making the long journey from Cornwall and share driving a 2 litre Vauxhall Reynard were Mike Froggett and Gary Buckingham. This dynamic duo were also in the 72s, but competing in the new British Sprint Challenge Cup, so not scoring in the run-offs but just on selected events; it was going to be close. Then, a few seconds back, a tight trio of bike engine cars of Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS), Nick Scott (1.6 Force TA) and Marcus Lindsay (1 litre Jedi mk4) who was competing in the BSC for the first time and back driving after a nine-month break. Having his rear wing drop 90° wasn’t an ideal start, but it was repaired and ran OK for the rest of the day. Graham Porrett in the new EcoBoost was getting his eye in a bit further back and wrestling with a strange car issue: whenever he turned left, the car upchanged two gears. This was traced to a crimp on the wiring loom and the steering column! Last qualifier was another newcomer to the ‘fold’, Ant Brown in the Pirelli slick-shod 1.8 Audi TT.

For the all-important first opportunity to score BSC points from Timed Run 2, Goulding was first away on his best Pirelli slicks and chopped well over a second off his qualifying time. In a very close chase, Blackwell had found a better balance by removing the front wing second element gurney flaps, but stopped the clocks 0.06secs slower than Goulding for 2nd place. Miles was running in the paddock after a fashion, but on track the engine was fine and came in four seconds further back for 3rd. The tight battle between Loudon and Brown was settled after the Ricardo director overshot the chicane with excessive entry speed, leaving Loudon to come in 4th place a further second or so behind Miles. This allowed Scott to take a good finish of 6th on his first run-off of the year.

Just over 1.5 secs behind was Lindsay, pleased to score his first BSC points and take 7th. A DNF was Wallis, who also ‘did a Brown’ and drove passed the chicane, as he got his post-finish route mixed up and applied it on lap one! Porrett must have been having a few issues still as the laptop was out, but he managed 8th in the EcoBoost.  Last scorer was Ant Brown who had a no drama run, four secs slower than Porrett, but impressive considering he was in a saloon!

Top 12 Run-off: Mallory Park Rd 3
 
  1. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200)                          63.95 (+0.00)
  2. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)                64.01 (+0.06)
  3. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)                 68.08 (+4.13)
  4. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA)                                                69.30 (+5.35)
  5. Nicholas Scott (J 1.6 Force TA)                                          74.56 (+10.61)
  6. Marcus Lindsay (I 1.0 Jedi Mk4)                                        76.50 (+12.55)
  7. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200)                        86.71 (+22.76)
  8. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT)                                        90.91 (+26.96)

The 89 runners in the field were taking about 2.5 hours to clear and there were four hours available after the lunch curfew and the 6pm finish, so it was clear that the next run was going to be the scoring run as there was not enough time to fit in two runs.

The Audi of Brown managed a steady run for 8th again, but Porrett — despite charging and using another battery to get to the line — couldn’t start when it counted and had to be pushed back. Scott posted his fastest time of the day for 7th and one-and-a-bit seconds faster was Wallis who got the course correct, had no issues and was pleased with a 6th. Squeezing him out by 13 hundredths was Lindsay, thoroughly enjoying his day at BSC level throwing the 295kg Jedi around. A close battle between Loudon and Miles saw Miles on top by just 8 hundredths, leaving car no 4 John in 4th and car number 3 Miles taking another 3rd.

This left the big power cars at the front. Pete Goulding’s additional oomph from extra injectors and Newman race cams is clearly working, but this time he was relegated to 2nd place by 0.26secs by Graham Blackwell, despite Blackwell locking up at Edwina’s and down-changing two gears into Gerrards on the second lap.

Top 12 Run-off: Mallory Park Rd 4
 
  1. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 64.77 (+0.00)
  2. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 65.03 (+0.26)
  3. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 68.28 (+3.51)
  4. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 68.36 (+3.59)
  5. Marcus Lindsay (I 1.0 Jedi Mk4) 72.62 (+7.85)
  6. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 72.75 (+7.98)
  7. Nicholas Scott (J 1.6 Force TA) 74.06 (+9.29)
  8. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 93.77 (+29.00)

All in all, a brave gamble to put on a meeting at Mallory from Sheffield and Hallamshire Motor Club that paid off and everyone went home happy. There is good video on YouTube if you search for Pescara Productions. Lots of checking and tweaks before Anglesey on the 6th  and 7th April.

Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship top-12 after round 4
 
  1. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 99 points
  2. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 95 points
  3. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 89 points
  4. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 88 points
  5. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 71 points
  6. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 70 points
  7. Steven Brown (K 1.3s Empire Evo2) 60 points
  8. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 55 points
  9. Marcus Lindsay (I 1.0 Jedi Mk4) 41 points
  10. Nicholas Scott (J 1.6 Force TA) 40 points
10. Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 40 points





 

Pete Goulding continued his great start to the season with a run-off win (Brian Tyler)


Blackwell relegated Goulding to second by 0.26s in the second bout (Brian Tyler)


Mike froggett (2 litre Vauxhall Reynard) was competing in the new British Sprint Challenge Cup (Brian Tyler)


Goulding leads the pack at Cadwell


Event 1 at Cadwell Park on 23/03/2024
Goulding leads the pack at Cadwell

Steve Miles reports from the opening rounds of the Woodford Trailers British Sprint Championship at Cadwell Park on 23 March 2024

All the WhatsApp chat of the long off-season was coming to an end as competitors gathered for the first sprint of the season and first round of the British Sprint Championship, supported by new sponsors Woodford Trailers.

The paddock gossip included: could Pete Goulding defend his title, would the EcoBoost of Graham Blackwell or Graham Porrett be any match for the upgraded Goulding EcoBoost engine? Did Steve Miles have more power from the new SBD 2-litre? Had John Loudon’s new Daytuner L7 1,000cc, or the new RLM 1.3 turbo engine in Steve Brown’s Empire have enough to overtake them all?  There were many other tweaks and upgrades throughout the field and a lot of excitement also.

BARC Midlands organised another good event that was well run and everyone got a practice and four timed runs. There were only nine runners after Simon Bainbridge had been inable to get parts for the drivetrain in time and had to withdraw. First car away at 09:00 was ‘unofficial circuit grouse cleaner’ Steve Miles. He had been running in a new engine earlier in the week and all had gone well for over 50 laps, but when returning to the paddock after this practice run, he found some low-speed drivability issues that were worked on all day by remote SBD support. No issues were reported in practice apart from Simon Wallis in the newly-shod Avon 1.1 OMS, who had a full on-the-grass ‘off’ at Gooseneck, but what was particularly impressive was Pete Goulding’s straight out of the box run, some three seconds faster than anyone, despite having a chest infection and an oil leak — not related!

The qualifying Timed run 1 was OK for all, and Blackwell found four seconds by swapping to old Pirelli from used Avons. The meeting progressed between light showers and strong winds and the first scoring run of the season came around quickly. Pete Goulding laid down the 2024 gauntlet and posted the fastest time of the meeting so far, and won the run-off. He came back though with oil over the engine block, the source of which couldn’t be found, as well as a leaking EGR pipe. Three seconds further back was Graham Blackwell, fresh from a Mallory Park test a few days earlier. Just four-tenths behind was the potent RLM Empire Evo2 of Steve Brown, putting out over 300bhp and yet only weighing 350kg. He was running a Pirelli rear, Avon front mix for 3rd. Six-tenths in arrears was Laser Tools sponsored John Loudon who was not sure where to find time as he said he was nearly flat everywhere, but declared himself happy with a 4th.

Miles was somewhat off the pace during the day in 5th, sorting out drivability issues perhaps, but Graham Harden in the Radical was pleased with his first visit to his local venue, despite trying to avoid the splitter-damaging pothole and tapping the bodywork on the tight gate entrance to the circuit. Simon Wallis kept it on the track and his new Avons minimised the ‘tank slapper’ through Hall Bends! Graham Porret in the 3rd EcoBoost was experimenting with boost levels and didn’t think he had it quite right but took 8th place. New to the BSC this year is Ant Brown driving a Mod Prod class Audi TT and took the final position.

Top 12 Run-off: Cadwell Park Rd 1
 
  1. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 79.46 (+0.00)
  2. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 82.55 (+3.09)
  3. Steven Brown (K 1.3s Empire Evo2) 82.92 (+3.46)
  4. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 83.59 (+4.13)
  5. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 86.12 (+6.66)
  6. Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 87.30 (+7.84)
  7. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 94.42 (+14.96)
  8. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 99.54 (+20.08)
  9. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 111.09 (+31.63)

Again, no drama in Timed Run 3 and everyone qualified. The weather remained windy and the odd shower passed quickly over, but not enough to think about a change to wets at any time.

The final run of the day and the next points opportunity went very similar with a few changes. Ant Brown notched up 9th with a slight improvement in time. Porrett went slightly slower and Wallis, despite some issues with his new helmet lifting, found four seconds for a strong 7th. An almost identical time for Harden kept 6th place, as did Miles in 5th. The 4th place was the big change as Blackwell slipped, some two seconds slower than his first run-off. This allowed Loudon to claim  3rd, but the impressive performance was Steve Brown who jumped to second place and found over two seconds on his final run, but out in front was the smiling (but still coughing) Pete Goulding who took the win again for a good start to his 2024 campaign.

Top 12 Run-off: Cadwell Park Rd 2
 
  1. Peter Goulding (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 80.06 (+0.00)
  2. Steven Brown (K 1.3s Empire Evo2) 80.84 (+0.78)
  3. John Loudon (I 1 Force TA) 83.28 (+3.22)
  4. Graham Blackwell (L1 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 84.38 (+4.32)
  5. Stephen Miles (K 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 87.40 (+7.34)
  6. Grahame Harden (F1 1.6 Radical PR6) 87.52 (+7.46)
  7. Simon Wallis (I 1.1 OMS 3000M) 91.58 (+11.52)
  8. Graham Porrett (L1 1.6t Mygale FF 200) 102.72 (+22.66)
  9. Anthony Brown (C 1.8 Audi TT) 110.00 (+294)

After the awards, the convoy formed and departed to Mallory Park for the next day's competition.  Well, all apart from Miles who was replacing throttle pots into the twilight hours!

Pete Goulding opened his 2024 account with two run-off wins (JCB Photography)


Steve Brown found an impressive two seconds to take second place in the run-off (JCB Photography)


John Loudon took a third and a fourth aboard the newly-engined Force TA (JCB Photography)


Down to the Wire at Castle Combe


Event 21 at Castle Combe on 14/10/2023
Steve Miles reports from the final British Sprint Championship round

At the end of four consecutive weekends of competition, the championship still wasn’t decided as the field travelled to Castle Combe, the fastest and longest circuit on the calendar. Bristol Motor Club were live streaming the event on YouTube and anticipation of a good day ahead was high.

Pete Goulding on 444 points had a single-point lead over Graham Blackwell after 40 rounds, both driving 1.6 turbo EcoBoosts. 3 points were on the table with two wins and a class record as both drivers were dropping second place scores. A tie would mean Goulding would win on countback rules.

Before track action had commenced, the blue SBD DJ Firehawk disappeared in a spectacular cloud of steam when a hose burst after it got too hot warming up, but luckily no damage was done. Practice saw no incidents other than that Steve Broughton learned that the fuel tank was not large enough for a double drive with Zoe Kingham, and this curtailed his practice run early!

Timed run 1 at the meeting served as qualification for the 13 drivers for the 12 scoring places, and this nearly caught out the latter runners, as a heavy shower came down and added significantly to the times as everyone played safe and tried not to spin in the wet whilst shod on slicks. This led to a strange qualification order with the bike-engined cars dominating the top half for a change, and Zoe was elated to be just two seconds slower than Steve who went last. In the end, Robert Tonge — a late entry as he enjoyed the Anglesey event so much — snapped a chain link on the start line, repaired it but then snapped the spare and so didn’t qualify. Simon Bainbridge in the ‘Green Monster’ as the paddock marshal renamed his Crono 4.2 V8, was concerned about a propshaft vibration and hoping it would last the day. Simon Wallis in his Force was pleased with his PB and that was before he put his best tyres on! Another driver with a PB was OMS driver Carole Torkington, perhaps relaxed as her best Championship finish of 9th overall was already secure and in the bag!

Crunch time…. Timed run 2 became the penultimate scoring round of the 2023 championship and would decide the winner. This time it was dry for everyone.

Nick Houston didn’t manage a top 12 placing in the Championship and so won’t get a hallowed permanent number for next season, but enjoyed his day immensely and will be back for more. Returnee to the fold Graham Porrett, now driving a Mygale EcoBoost is improving with each outing, but did suffer this run as a blanking plug was lost — as was all his boost pressure! Kingham, sharing the DJ Firestorm grew in confidence and chipped off another 7 seconds over qualifying to come 10th.

Torkington slipped a little over her qualifying time and came an apt 9th. Four-tenths ahead was Simon Wallis, who also went slightly slower despite putting better tyres on. Grahame Harden in the Radical was very pleased to be within ½ second of the newly-named ‘Green Monster’ of Bainbridge, and reported himself chuffed with coming 7th overall this year. Simon’s propshaft lasted the day and he had no other ‘mechanicals’ to record his highest ever finishing place in the Championship of 5th.

Steve Miles pushed the 27-year-old Van Diemen hard, but suffered from bump-steer related handling, which was troublesome enough to cause him to back off and was some eight seconds off his PB. He retired the car playing safe after that run, satisfied to be finishing 3rd overall in the Championship, a position secured a few events back.

Leading onto the top four scorers, John Loudon was positively ecstatic with a PB, 4th place in the run-off and 4th in the Championship aboard his Laser Tools sponsored 1,100cc Force after a close battle with Bainbridge for this spot.

Graham Blackwell, now with fully automatic upchanges to 5th gear, posted a strong run for Championship points, but was 0.18 secs slower than Pete Goulding’s time, this despite Goulding not putting in sufficient fuel for a complete run and doing some coasting towards the finish!

However, the Championship was not in the bag yet as Steve Broughton, a Combe specialist, was last to run due to the shared drive and all eyes were on the timing apps as he flashed past the pit wall and disappeared up over Avon Rise, flat and committed into Quarry. Despite breaking the class record he recorded an excellent 3rd, leaving Blackwell 2nd and his highest Championship finish an excellent 2nd overall. But this meant that Pete Goulding had won a run-off when it counted most and more importantly, the 2023 SBD British Sprint Championship to many congratulations in the paddock.

Top 12 Run-off: Castle Combe Rd 41
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 116.93 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 117.11 (+0.18)
3. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 121.41* (+4.48)
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 124.20 (+7.27)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 124.41 (+7.48)
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 124.46 (+7.53)
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 124.95 (+8.02)
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 129.36 (+12.43)
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 129.75 (+12.82)
10. Zoe Kingham (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 136.72 (+19.79)
11. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 138.05 (+21.12)
12. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 141.02 (+24.09)

The final run of the day saw just ten runners heading to the holding area; Tonge had retired after his chain incidents, Blackwell had decided to play it safe and withdrew as had Miles who was suffering with handling issues. Drivers were held for a while a circuit timing issue got addressed, during which time a short but heavy shower had soaked the track. First away, Kingham repeated her Pembrey spin, but full marks as she learnt from it and held the clutch down as she went backwards and saved the starter motor from damage. The next spinner was Bainbridge, who after trying to touch the throttle and apply the 650bhp, spun at only 45mph. At this point, with all Championship positions decided, a steady withdrawal from the holding area started and one by one, most returned to the paddock to call it a day.  This left four slick-shod runners brave and bold enough to give it a go!

Torkington kept it on the track and secured her highest ever run off finish of 4th. 20 or so seconds quicker was Nick Houston and a further 20 secs faster was Wallis, pleased with bagging 24 points. The onlookers were stunned however when Steve Broughton went around over a minute faster and was flat past the pitwall and into Avon rise in 6th, sending rooster tails high into the Wiltshire countryside to take the win!

Top 12 Run-off: Castle Combe Rd 42
1. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 160.98 (+0.00)
2. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 224.99 (+64.01)
3. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 244.48 (+83.50)
4. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 286.37 (+125.39)

Back in the paddock, to a background of party music from the moleracing trailer sound system, Pete and wife Debbie were handing out bottles of Stella and Krispy Kreme doughnuts to all to make a convivial and enjoyable end to a fantastic, close and friendly British Sprint season.


Final BSC Positions 2023
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 445 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 443 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 432 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 414 points
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 404 points
6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 398 points
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 371 points
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 365 points
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 339 points
10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 328 points
11. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
12. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points



 

Run-off 42 winner Steve Broughton (Steve Miles)


2023 British Sprint Champion Pete Goulding (Steve Miles)


The Champion winning Run-off 41 (Jake Osborne www.osbornephoto.co.uk)


Graham Porrett's Mygale Ecoboost (Jake Osborne www.osbornephoto.co.uk)


Bainbridge and Robb come out top in tricky Knockhill conditions


Event 20 at Knockhill on 08/10/2023
Steve Miles writes

With the BBC national news reporting on the of a month’s worth of rainfall in the previous day and reports of locals being rescued by helicopter after flooding, the assembled drivers were dubious about getting any running at all around the Dunfermline circuit — due to be running clockwise for the day.  It was also 9°C, and colleagues in the south of the UK delighted in pointing out that it was at least 24°C where they were!

The meeting was shared with several Scottish championship races and practice/qualifying/racing slots had been allocated to all the series including BSC. The early practice session for BSC was cancelled however, as conditions were deemed too dangerous for single-seaters after many tin tops were aquaplaning off the circuit, one even barrel rolled. The photos show what they were dealing with, and an industrial pump was brought in to clear a small lake at the bottom of Chicane! By 11:00, we were allowed out for a back-to-back practice run followed by Timed run one to set qualifying for Timed run two that would be the points-scoring morning run-off.

Championship wise, Pete Goulding in his Mygale EcoBoost is one point ahead of Graham Blackwell in his similar engined car. They are both dropping 2nd place positions. Blackwell needs two points to win the Championship; if they tie, Goulding wins on countback. No records were likely in the wet in Scotland, but that still left two points to be had, and three more at Castle Combe the following Saturday.

The first casualty of T1 was Stewart Robb, with his mighty 800bhp Pilbeam Judd V10.  He hadn’t driven the car since last year, and it refused to start when hot following practice. This meant he didn’t post a T1 time and so was not eligible for scoring points in the run-off 1.  Blackwell pulled off a miraculous turnaround after the previous Sunday in Anglesey, managing to take the engine out, have it fully rebuilt by Area 6 in 48 hours, then reinstalled before driving the seven hours to Scotland. The car ran faultlessly after some minor bolts on the coil packs were found to be loose after T1. Simon Bainbridge gently pushed the big 4.2 Audi Crono around the 1.75 laps, hoping not to break the output flange like the previous weekend and turned the boost right down to ‘just’ give around 600bhp. He’d also purchased three more diffs in the intervening week! Goulding reported some power-on oversteer moments at McIntyre and the exit of the Chicane and was grateful for Miles’s special ‘glasses antifog’ treatment after loosing visibility mid run! John Loudon said he felt intimidated by the wet, especially as he hadn’t driven here more that twice and that was two years ago, but otherwise had no issues. Steve Miles nearly didn’t start when the engine refused to fire up, but that was easily explained when earlier, a battery had come off the onboard camera and nestled in the throttle bodies, thus preventing the SBD safety system from reporting a safe sweep on start up. When the offending battery was found and removed after the rapid removal of the bodywork, all was good and apart from the usual sideways power oversteer moments, a safe run was had. Graham Porrett had the longest journey of all — a 980 mile round trip. His evening was spent fixing a puncture in his 10-year-old circuit racing wets, and a terrible vibration due to the sealant he’d pumped in was the result in practice. A loan of Goulding’s spare ‘trailer transit wheel’ sorted him out!

For the run-off, everyone was still on full wets as the track was still soaked, but the rain had eased and the mist had descended.

Porrett in the third Mygale EcoBoost was getting used to the car, but inappropriate tyres would stop anything more than 6th place. John Loudon went some 15 seconds faster than his qualifying pace and had all gear upshifts working OK and ‘came home’ in 5th. Telsonic and Roundworks IT sponsored Miles has secured 3rd overall in the ’23 championship and cannot make 2nd place, so was more in ‘don’t bin it’ mode than all out for the win and placed 4th. Demon Tweaks backed Goulding however was needing to push to defend his lead and improved by 11 seconds over qualifying, but still couldn’t get on top of Blackwell’s time by a few tenths and had to settle for 3rd. Blackwell was running a low boost mode, but still getting 140mph on the main straight and went 7 secs faster for 2nd place — unfortunately another dropped score. But topping the time sheet was Simon — with all diffs intact, who made a committed run with the back stepping on at Chicane; rapid steering wheel action from the Stokesley farmer kept it all on the track and he secured his 5th win of the season.

2023 SBD British Sprint Championship
Top 12 Run-off: Knockhill Clock Rd 39
1. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 107.47 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 109.33 (+1.86)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 109.93 (+2.46)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 110.72 (+3.25)
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 115.49 (+8.02)
6. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 127.53 (+20.06)

Over the lunch break there were five previous British Sprint Champions in the garage at one point — Stewart Robb snr, Heather Calder, Colin Calder (racing a Ginetta very successfully all day), Nick Algar and Steve Miles, along with the current British Hillclimb Champion Wallace Menzies!

The SMRC organising club made way for two more runs in the program by reducing the number of laps in the afternoon races. This would have meant a T3 run for qualifying and a T4 run off. But five minutes before the end of the final race, the heavens opened again with monsoon like conditions, and forced the last race to be stopped short and the meeting to be declared unsafe to continue. This meant that the afternoon’s T3 stood for points.

In 7th place, Porrett found 4 seconds over his time in the morning run. For 6th place,  Loudon — in the Laser Racing sponsored Force — also went some 3 seconds faster. Miles recorded a time just 6th hundredths slower than the first run-off and would have liked to have a 4th run as SBD had been fine-tuning the traction control settings during the day and the last set up didn’t get to be tried. In 4th place was Blackwell, with boost turned up to the max for the first time he recorded an identical time to the morning run. Rainmeister Bainbridge had now moved ahead of Steve Broughton in the Championship battle, and perhaps with keeping an eye on the drive chain was a couple of seconds faster to take 3rd place. Benefitting from a timing error, Goulding was given a rerun and went quickly back to the line after a refuel, this helped a 4 second improvement over the first run off to put him in 2nd place, but this would be a dropped score. Finally, Stewart Robb snr showed he hadn’t lost his magic touch and car control skills and put all ten of his Judd cylinders to good use to set FTD and take a run-off win.

Top 12 Run-off: Knockhill Clock Rd 40
1. Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88-1 GV5) 103.21 (+0.00)
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 105.15 (+1.94)
3. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 105.33 (+2.12)
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 109.33 (+6.12)
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 110.78 (+7.57)
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 112.52 (+9.31)
7. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 123.32 (+20.11)

So just like 2022, the British Sprint Championship goes down to the wire at the last event of the season at Castle Combe, organised by Bristol Motor Club on Saturday 14th October. three points available for the top two drivers to chase. Graham Blackwell currently one point behind Pete Goulding and only a clear win will do.

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Bainbridge deployed his rainmeister skills to take the first run-off win (John Stewart)


Having overcome his engine problems, Stewart Robb took run-off two in the mighty Pilbeam Judd V10 (John Stewart)


The circuit team had a battle to clear the flooding at Chicane (John Stewart)


Summers reigns again


Event 19 at Anglesey on 01/10/2023
Day two of the Longton and District Motor Club sprint weekend at Anglesey encountered continued overnight rain from the previous day now accompanied by high winds, which left a track which was wet for practice despite the precipitation having stopped just before the day’s competition began.

Practice didn’t start well for Championship leader Pete Goulding whose car inexplicably cut out at the first corner. Lengthy investigation and plenty of activity in the garage eventually found a broken wire to the fuel pump which was repaired in time for the next run. Steve Miles was still pushing the limit of his traction control setting and span yet again. All others trundled round and stayed out of trouble, confident that their various mobile phone weather apps would later reward them with a dry track.
Qualifying saw moderate improvements for most as the Tarmac was indeed starting to dry out, with Alex Summers yet again showing the rest of the field how it is done by heading the timing charts. Two casualties of note were Championship second placed man Graham Blackwell who came back to the paddock losing coolant. Lengthy further investigation revealed a leaking core plug on his Mygale EcoBoost’s cylinder head. Aided by a willing volunteer in the form of Ian Metcalfe, temporary repairs were attempted involving a coin and epoxy resin. Unfortunately for Graham, the lengthy repair resulted in him missing the first run-off of the day. The other casualty was Simon Bainbridge whose SBR Crono had had another tantrum, this time breaking an normally considered unbreakable differential output flange, possibly related to the previous day’s episode of diff failure.
With the track almost dry before the first run-off was due to begin, competitors were changing their tyres for slicks. The weather then played mind games with them by introducing a fine wet mizzle to the air which caused uncertainty and saw most swapping back to wets in fear of the worst. As it turned out, those on wets were regretting not having persisted with slicks as it was just about dry enough for them. With the side-lined Blackwell still making repairs, the run-off commenced and completed, also minus Simon Bainbridge who didn’t qualify. Alex Summers was still leading the field home in first, with Robert Tonge having his best result of the weekend, coming home in second, followed by Steve Miles in third who was one of the brave who remained on slicks. Pete Goulding came home in fourth, which was not enough to widen his Championship lead, with Graham Blackwell unable to take part. John Loudon came home in 5th just behind Pete Goulding. Grahame Harden was in sixth, complaining of understeer and Graham Porrett came home in seventh admitting that he ‘must try harder’.  Nick Scott came home in eight, still with the distraction of a low battery warning light on his dash.
  1. Alex Summers (2.5 AFS P4t) 82.51
  2. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 86.26
  3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 86.45
  4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 87.69
  5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 87.95
  6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 89.31
  7. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 100.77
  8. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 104.72
Graham Blackwell now had his car running again and joined the end of the second timed runs to prove his car repair. Alas, it was now misfiring and further investigations revealed that the spark plug wells were full of water, which were dried for the next run. Simon Bainbridge’s SBR Crono had also had repairs made, but with a part that the SBR Racing team had no confidence in being able to withstand the traumas that the 4.2 twin turbo V8 Audi power plant could throw at it, so a cautious run was the instruction from the team chief mechanic John Hansell. Steve Miles had lowered his rear ride height in order to try to get more rear end stability which seemed to work. All competitors were now on slicks and setting their fastest times of the day, and acclimatising themselves to conditions for the last run-off of the day which was to come. Unfortunately, this was not to be as there were too many incidents during the day which resulted in the event finishing before another run could take place, meaning that qualifying times were to be used for the finishing run-off results. Alex Summers had dominated the weekend by winning every run that he took part in. He admitted several times over the weekend that he had loved the BSC experience, had been made to feel welcome and would be back for more. Steve Miles eventually avoided spinning and bagged himself second, with Pete Goulding coming home in third. John Loudon came home in fourth, leading home the three Force TAs involved in the weekend, just ahead of Robert Tonge in his. Graham Blackwell limped home in sixth, still misfiring with lots of investigation and work to do before committing to travel to Knockhill the following weekend. Graham Porrett came home in seventh, complete with a snagging list to take home for his new Mygale EcoBoost steed from the weekend. Nick Scott found an eight second improvement to come eighth and Grahame Harden brought his Radical home in ninth, whilst preserving tyres for the run-off which didn’t materialise. Simon Bainbridge nursed the SBR Crono home in tenth as instructed by his team.
  1. Alex Summers (2.5 AFS P4t) 76.42s
  2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 79.83s
  3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 80.37s
  4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 81.10s
  5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 82.80s
  6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 94.49s
  7. Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 95.57s
  8. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 96.29s
  9. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 97.02s
  10. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 97.93s

FTD went to Alex Summers with a time of 76.42 seconds.

Championship positions at the end of the weekend leave it all still to play for in the remaining rounds at Knockhill and Castle Combe.
  1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 444 points
  2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 443 points
  3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 432 points
  4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 413 points
5=  Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 386 points
5=  Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 386 points
      7.   Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 371 points
      8.   Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 360 points
  1. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 333 points
  2. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 328 points

On a drying track, Robert Tonge finished second to Summers in the first run-off (Neil Lambert)


Grahame Harden brought his Radical home in ninth, preserving tyres for a run-off which didnít materialise (Neil Lambert)


Nick Scott found an eight second improvement over the day (Neil Lambert)


A wet Summersí British Sprint debut


Event 18 at Anglesey on 30/09/2023
The British Sprint Championship visited Anglesey circuit for a double-header sprint weekend organised by slick event operators Longton and District Motor Club.

Entering the weekend’s rounds, just two points separate the leading contenders Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell as they battle for the title. A welcome guest appearance from hillclimbing superstar Alex Summers driving his impressive self built and designed AJS P4T race car added additional excitement to the mix. Also joining the party for the first time this year was BSC regular Graham Porrett in his evolving Mygale EcoBoost which is still mid development and as yet undriven, accompanied by his familiar accomplice Terry Holmes as helping hand for the weekend. Non-competing Mark Anson also made a spectator visit for the second weekend running.
Practice was dry, but as it turned out, it was to be the only dry run of the day as the weather changed for the worse, delivering varying degrees of wetness throughout the day. Being the first cars out, most thought the start line was slippery; little did they know that it was only going to get worse when the rain came. Steve Miles sheepishly confessed to having forgotten to put fuel in and had to pootle round, but declared that the previous evening’s attentions to his brakes and clutch had paid dividends. Robert Tongue was bedding in new brakes and Graham Porret was wishing he was back in his V8 Lola. Not unsurprisingly, Alex Summers was fastest which set the tone of the day. The best snippet received from initial interviews of the day came from a competitor who had recently washed his race suit only to put it on at the start of the day and find a pair of frilly lady’s knickers attached to the velcro!

The first qualifying round of the day was in wet conditions. Robert Tonge was the only contender on Michelin wets — the rest were on a scattering of either Avons and Pirellis. Pete Goulding was resorting to a ‘granny’ start without too much success. Simon Bainbridge surprisingly managed to find enough grip in the wet to break the diff and propshaft flange on his SBR Crono, which is usually renowned for loving wet conditions, on the approach to the final hairpin and limped over the line. Frantic work from Team SBR commenced to fit a replacement for later in the day.
Run-off 1 saw Alex Summers confessing to being nervous of crossing the ‘river’ which had slowly been forming across the track on the exit of School on the approach to Rocket, as were plenty of others, yet still came home fastest securing his first ever run-off win and BSC points for his AJS P4T racing car. John Loudon came home second in his Force TA having found some grip in areas of the track not normally encountered. Graham Backwell set a new PB for a wet Anglesey and came home in third, which unfortunately for him did not gain any additional points to aid his quest to catch Championship leader Pete Goulding. The later repaired SBR Crono brought Simon Bainbridge home in 4th. Pete Goulding and Steve Miles both span at Rocket, but remained on track and able to trail home.  Graham Porrett was regretting the absence of working wheel speed sensors to enable traction control. The weekend was to produce a snagging list for the car as it was the first time it had been used by Graham since he purchased it. Robert Tonge’s car had developed a cracked exhaust header which caused initial alarm, but he managed to remedy the issue with help from fellow garage buddy Terry Holmes which seemed to hold for the rest of the weekend. Grahame Harden and Nick Scott had no drama to report, only than that Grahame was looking forward to a cup of coffee having brought his Radical home in 5th.

Run-off one results.
1.            Alex Summers (2.5 AFS P4t) 55.54
2.            John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 57.19
3.            Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 57.58
4.            Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 59.89
5.            Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 60.53
6.            Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 65.50
7.            . Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 68.77
8.            Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 72.46
9.            Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 73.39
10.         Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 77.54

Qualifying for run-off 2 saw little drama but the damp had affected a few competitors’ judgements, with one reporting having seen ducks! Pete Goulding nearly outbraked himself into the final hairpin and had to pump the pedal ABS style. Steve Miles had Championship sponsor SBD remotely connected to his car trying to improve his traction settings, given his new-found talent for pirouetting on track. Nick Scott was complaining that he could not see, but somehow managed to spot a low battery warning on his dash.

Run-off 2 again saw Alex Summers fastest despite being nervous of the rivers running across the track on the approach Rocket and braking too soon. Graham Blackwell’s launch and traction settings were proving to be good and he came home in second, closing the gap to Championship leader Pete Goulding to now just one point. Simon Bainbridge’s repaired SBR Crono was holding out and gradually regaining its prowess in the wet to come home third. Robert Tonge came home in fourth and Pete Goulding made an improvement after discovering that his traction control settings were set for slicks instead of wets to come home in 5th. John Loudon was unable to find the areas of track where he previously found grip on the first run off again and came home in 6th. Grahame Harden described the run as wet and horrible despite a 7th place and went into detail about how Radicals let water into the cockpit to soak the driver’s feet and seating area. Steve Miles was pushing his newly input traction settings courtesy of SBD to the limit and spun again at Rocket but again managed to stay on track and make it home in 8th. Nick Scott just looked relieved to have survived the day in 9th. Graham Porrett was still learning his new car and came home in 10th.

1.            Alex Summers (2.5 AFS P4t) 54.41
2.            Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 57.62
3.            Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 58.18
4.            Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 59.47
5.            Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 59.68
6.            John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 60.15
7.            Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 63.78
8.            Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 66.61
9.            Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 74.29
10.         Graham Porrett (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 83.47

FTD went to Alex Summers with a time of 54.41 seconds.

Championship positions at the end of the day
1.            Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 444 points
2.            Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 443 points
3.            Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 431 points
4.            John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 411 points
5.            Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 386 points
6.            Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 383 points
7.            Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 370 points
8.            Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 360 points
9.            Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 333 points
10.         Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 324 points



 

Alex Summers made a real splash to top the run-off tables (Neil Lambert)


Team SBR did well to get Bainbridge back on track after a break the diff and propshaft flange failure (Neil Lambert)


Steve Miles suffered a number of spins in the wet conditions (Neil Lambert)





It's tight at the top after Blackwell's run-off wins


Event 17 at Blyton Park on 24/09/2023
Steve Miles reports

Overnight rain had left the track damp and very slippery and many runners chose to practice on wet tyres. It was interesting to note that the three runners on slicks all used series sponsor SBD’s traction control system and had faith in it!

By the time came for timed run 1, everyone was on slicks — again varying makes and sizes of wheels as everyone put the worst tyre combinations on to post a qualifying time and not over use the better ones. There were no incidents, despite the track being damp in places and everyone got through.

Nick Scott had a steady run, perhaps cautious of yesterday’s chain incident for 8th position. Carole Torkington was remonstrating with herself afterwards about ‘not enough throttle’ going in to the ‘Wiggler’ after being so close to Simon Wallis ahead in 6th. Wallis’s time, despite a few mistakes and nearly entering the field at ‘Bishops’ after taking the wrong line and selecting a few wrong gears. Steve Miles had a return of the clutch creep issues which slightly affected the start to take 4th.

John Loudon improved over his Q time but lacked confidence in the grip available going into ‘Wiggler’ and ‘Jochen’. Pete Goulding also reported “More grip there than I thought” and understeered over the finish bend.

The driver who had the right philosophy was the winner, Graham Blackwell. He said “I assumed the grip was there and went for it like a hot dry track”. An impressive win in tricky conditions.

Top 12 Run-off: Blyton Outer Rd 33
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 57.28 (+0.00)
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 58.76 (+1.48)
3. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 60.40 (+3.12)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.15 (+3.87)
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 62.94 (+5.66)
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 66.36 (+9.08)
7. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 67.03 (+9.75)
8. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 70.91 (+13.63)

For Timed run 3 for qualifying the big drama was the championship leader Goulding, now under pressure from the charging Blackwell, he pushed too hard and didn’t make the finish after spinning on the final corner, this meant he wasn’t in the mix for points scoring in Timed run 4.

Scott in the Force TA had a stronger run to 7th after taking some rear wing off the car and was happy with his final run of the day. Torkington was pushing hard enough to have an oversteer moment in Lancaster. Wallis was very pleased after some technical points on the gear linkage were highlighted by the withdrawn Martin Pickles and a sterling effort driving the OMS resulted in a time 4 secs faster than the morning.

Equally happy was Harden, who went sub 60 for the first time and his highest finishing place in a run-off. Loudon was 3rd despite a nearly 2 second improvement compared to earlier in the day. Just ahead was Miles, his time initially being disallowed due to observer reporting ‘wheels off over the finishing line’, but after a frame-by-frame video review by Clerk of Course and Judge of Fact, this was overturned as the evidence was clear.

This just left Blackwell using all 400bhp of maximum boost and describing the car as “planted” for another run-off win, his 3rd of a successful weekend, leaving him only 2 points behind in the title race.

Top 12 Run-off: Blyton Outer Rd 34
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 56.48 (+0.00)
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 58.01 (+1.53)
3. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.63 (+2.15)
4. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 59.78 (+3.30)
5. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 61.60 (+5.12)
6. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 66.75 (+10.27)
7. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 68.04 (+11.56)

BSC Positions after Blyton Outer Rd 34 24-Sep
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 444 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 442 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 431 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 407 points
5. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 386 points
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 368 points
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 364 points
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 360 points
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 333 points
10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 321 points
11. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
12. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points

Graham Blackwell topped Sunday's run-offs to close the Championship gap to 2 points





Run-off success for Loudon at a busy Blyton


Event 16 at Blyton Park on 23/09/2023
Steve Miles reports

The Nottingham Sports Car Club Roger Carrington Memorial Sprint weekend always draws a regular full entry and a diverse mix of cars and championships. The ten BSC entries became nine as Martin Pickles had to withdraw his Jedi at last minute due to gear change issues the previous weekend. This left a small field, but still with intense competition from top to bottom as no championship positions are decided yet with the best 18 scores from 41 rounds to count and still 12 rounds remaining.

The start was dry, if chilly and this gradually warmed during the day with everyone staying on slicks. Qualifying in timed run 1 saw the usual suspects at the top, with the interloper of the 1,100cc John Loudon, his times putting him ahead of the 2 litres and the EcoBoosts in the classes above. A sad sight was the demise of Steve Brown, when the newly rebuilt engine that delivered FTD at a shakedown event the week earlier said ‘enough’ and Steve took an early bath. Whenever the car hangs together, Brown can set run-off winning times.

The usual swap of tyres for each driver’s dwindling stocks of Pirelli or fresher Avon rubber took place and then the all important Timed run 2 for points for the Championship.

Although Nick Scott pipped Carole Torkington in qualifying, Carole found a few tenths to secure 7th, leaving local Nick in 8th. Simon Wallis was pleased to find two seconds over his qualifying time for 6th and had no issues just under a second behind another local, Grahame Harden in his Radical in 5th and pleased with a PB time. Steve Miles was hoping for a higher finishing position despite improving his time over qualifying due to choosing this weekend to deploy new Pirelli rear tyres purchased in the spring. When changing to the run-off rubber, it was noticed that a brake pad had delaminated and half the friction material was missing. This necessitated a quick swap of pads from front to rear, and all was (temporarily) well. Current championship leader, Pete Goulding had smoke coming from the dash as he crossed the line which turned out to be a burnt fuel sensor but no damage was done. John Loudon had a great run, especially after leaving Pembrey two weeks earlier with a blown up engine to fit a spare in time and this effort was rewarded with a fine 2nd place, and a bonus record breaking point, just 12 hundredths behind winner Graham Blackwell who closed the Championship gap to the leader by a point.

Top 12 Morning Run-off: Blyton E Rd 31
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 61.12 (+0.00)
2. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 61.24* (+0.12)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 61.56 (+0.44)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 62.81 (+1.69)
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 64.79 (+3.67)
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 65.61 (+4.49)
7. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 69.34 (+8.22)
8. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 69.62 (+8.50)

The only non qualifier (Timed run 3) for the run off was Nick Scott whose chain let go as he left the line and didn’t post a time. Thanks to sterling work from Colin Torkington, Loudon and a non competing visitor Mark Anson, he was out for a run to check all was well for tomorrow.

It was a surprise last place for the electrician Goulding as the car stopped after leaving the line, then started again to complete the lap. This turned out to be air pressure issues that were rectified from the cockpit to give the Essex driver gears again. Pete is now dropping 2nd place finishes, so only run-off wins will improve his score which is currently 5 points ahead of title challenger Blackwell. SBD employee Carole again tripped the circuit noise meters but posted a good time after leaving her braking what she initially thought was too late at the first corner and had a ‘moment’. The Cambridge-based software compiler Wallis was pushing hard despite a leaking head gasket and secured a solid 5th place just a few tenths behind Harden who locked up into Bishops — the fast corner at the end of the back straight. Miles posted his best time of the day on this run off but only good enough for 3rd with Blackwell 12 hundredths ‘up the road’. Blackwell also tripped the noise meter and had some technical issues that were not prepared to be declared to the event report writer when pushed further!

As John Loudon returned to the paddock, he was surprised to see everyone around his car in celebration mode as he wasn’t sure what he done especially after excessive down-changing in Curva Grande, but this was his first ever run-off win and was celebrated with a paddock photo.

Top 12 afternoon Run-off: Blyton E Rd 32
1. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 61.89 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 62.04 (+0.15)
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 62.16 (+0.27)
4. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 66.64 (+4.75)
5. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 66.98 (+5.09)
6. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 72.36 (+10.47)
7. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 76.18 (+14.29)

The well-run meeting had a 5th timed run for the field and finished by 4pm and cars were fettled in preparation for the following day’s run on the conventional outer circuit.




 

Loudon scored a maiden run-off win in the 1.1 Force TA


Paddock celebration


Bainbridge revels in the conditions at a wet Pembrey


Event 15 at Pembrey on 10/09/2023
Martin Pickles reports:

In contrast to the sun of the previous 24hrs, Sunday was enveloped in grey cloud with glimpses of the blue sky of Saturday and the threat of rain to all quarters. BARC Wales swiftly progressed through the early practice ready for qualifying but the warm moisture however was not from the inside of the helmets but now a slow drizzle from the unavoidable grey. The choice between slicks and wets was marginal, the rain stopping to allow the warm track and breeze to disperse the majority of the damp before further rain dampened the surface. The circuit had now been switched to the new Clubman layout for Pembrey which dissects the Esses and instead introduces a short straight, left/right complex.

Of the early runners, Kingham misjudged the grip and spun out at Hatchets Hairpin, taking with her the starter motor. As a shared drive, this instantly removed Saturday's star, Broughton.

Due to attrition, the first run-off was depleted to just eight runners headed by Goulding who had opted for slicks but adapted to the conditions by turning the power down to 300hp(!) and increasing the traction control. In contrast, Blackwell had opted for wets to test the conditions and brought the Mygale home for an incident-free outing. Conditions now were heading into Bainbridge and Miles territory, both of whom excel in the wet.

Qualifying
1. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  122.80
2. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:         126.11
3. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Crono:                   126.12
4. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         139.02
5. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                      141.79
6. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:                         142.97
7. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                                  143.36
8. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                              150.95
    Zoe Kingham – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:             DNF
    Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:        DNF

The run-off got underway with damp conditions remaining, but probably favouring slicks. Headcount was again to suffer as Bainbridge changed down into the new section past through the Esses for the differential to create a 3D jigsaw of a drive flange. Scott meanwhile gained enough confidence to carve a huge chunk from his qualifying time, only for the trio above him to do likewise. Wallis was still dealing with an intermittent dashboard and mental counting for gear position, but improved significantly on his qualifying time to return his highest place finish for the season. Of the leading trio in the Championship, Blackwell was the only runner to use wets, and although he reported good grip throughout the lap, he was perhaps losing some adhesion compared with the slick-shod cars. Goulding took an opposing view to rubber and opted for his primary Avon slicks to improve his time significantly and  nudge ahead of Blackwell. Neither however could catch the storming Miles who revelled in the variable grip on slicks to take top spot.

British Sprint Championship Round 29 - Pembrey, Wales.

1. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         116.07
2. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  116.88
3. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:         117.59
4. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:                         122.82
5. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                                  127.67
6. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                      129.03
7. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                              135.72
    Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Chrono:                 DNF

The ever creative and resourceful Broughton had been busy and contacted a number of SBD suppliers in the area to source a starter motor. Simon Rogers from Raceshocks UK was the saviour and drove the 1hr to the circuit to pass the motor over the perimeter fence to a marshal, who in turn relayed it across the track during a slight pause to hand to the waiting Broughton — installed and operational inside 10mins. Also busy before the next qualification run were the Bainbridge camp, principally John Hansell who removed the differential, sifted through the bucket of spares and rebuilt and installed the unit ready for Bainbridge to qualify.
There were no further breakages, misdemeanours or catastrophes to report during qualifying although Blackwell was on a mission to put right earlier tyre misjudgement and promptly set the FTD for the meeting. It was also the last chance for a quick time as the rain became more persistent to the point of damp patches and rooster tails on the track.
Torkington half-spun at Hatchets Hairpin which had been the frustration of many throughout the weekend and in trying to recover the time lost. Scott completed a secure run to ensure the Force TA was put back in one piece and Pickles now the only competitor on slicks added to his jeopardy with a jammed throttle to add to the cockpit intensity. Kingham neatly redressed the balance from the morning excursion whilst Blackwell slipped to a lowly 6th, unable to repeat his dry weather form. Although cautious, Wallis’ run was good enough for 5th and the returning Broughton — just off the leading pack through being over-cautious and restricted by a 128mph top speed, netted 4th to close the gap on the Championship table to Loudon. Further SBD development is in the pipeline, which is a worry for the rest of the paddock!
As each competitor finished, the time to beat was gnawed away to tempt the brave that followed. Miles, with confidence-inspiring traction control was able to set the target to beat, despite overshooting the left after the Esses but ultimately was only good enough for 3rd. A points-laden weekend which closes the gap to Blackwell in 2nd. Goulding responded after a poor start and despite a scruffy second lap, was neat enough to open a sizeable gap to Miles and increase his Championship lead over Blackwell. Bainbridge had been returned to the start line for a re-run, so the smart money was now on the Crono. Followed home by the ubiquitous rooster tail of the rumbling V8, Bainbridge duly delivered a faultless performance to take the win by over 1.4secs.
Competitors may nod appreciation when mention of marshals is offered at events, but on behalf of the paddock we would like to submit a standing ovation for their steadfastness and a professionalism in the steaming heat and streaming rain; thank you.
British Sprint Championship Round 30 - Pembrey, Wales.

1. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Crono:                   115.96
2. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  117.41
3. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         118.84
4. Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:        119.19
5. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:                         125.50
6. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:         127.34
7. Zoe Kingham – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:              135.93
8. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                                  147.42
9. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                              151.36
10. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                    153.78

BSC Positions after Pembrey

1. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  443
2. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoNoost:         435           
3. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         429
4. John Loudon – 1.1 Force TA:                     390
5. Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:        386
6. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Crono           364
7. Grahame Harden – 1.6 Radical PR6                     355
8. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M                          352
9. Carole Torkington – 1.5 OMS CF08                      319
10. Nicholas Scott – 1.6 Force TA                            296

 

Despite smashing his diff earlier, Simon Bainbridge qualified and won the run off





Broughton leads the pack at Pembrey


Event 14 at Pembrey on 09/09/2023
Martin Pickles reports:

Formerly an RAF Supermarine Spitfire base, the 2.33km circuit of Pembrey has evolved from the runway layout to today's combination of sweeping bends and fast straights, favouring the BHP laden cars over the agility of smaller engines. The greats have all visited this south Welsh circuit including Senna who set the unofficial lap record in testing of 44.43secs. 
Saturday was met with a glorious dawn, the rolling Welsh hills surrounding the circuit cloaked in mist and the sun rising to produce a sticky 20°C for breakfast. Noticeable absentees from the event were current champion Matt Hillam and recent round winner Chris Jones, creating the opportunity for those at the top and lower down the rankings to bag a few points.
Practice was duly completed, the only notable incident being that of a continuing oil leak for John Loudon  in the Force TA. The chain had also snapped the side plates of a link, but close enough to the finish to be able to coast home. The situation became terminal during the qualifying run however, when the engine punched two holes through the block, resulting in a DNF for the weekend. Stephen Miles in the 2.0l Van Diemen RF96mm was suffering from the clutch issues that have been a badge for the season but the problem this time was quickly traced to the master cylinder contents in the cockpit and the cap in the side-pod. At least the wheels were all in the correct place!
Championship challenger Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) led the qualifying times, shod with Avon rubber that was providing confidence-inspiring handling. A further second back and managing brake fade was SBD boss Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk). The car was also shared by Zoe Kingham who normally pedals the SBD Westfield, but as Steve had broken that car’s differential at the Brighton Speed Trials the week before, was offered the opportunity. She posted a tidy introductory time without drama to round out the top ten. Current Championship leader Peter Goulding in the sister Mygale FF200 to Blackwell was third qualifier, believing that lack of practice accounted for the two secend gap to Blackwell. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) had a steady run to 4th with an operational clutch but a complaint voiced by many was of particular concern for Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) who reported suffering a persistent lack of rear end grip despite having made adjustments. Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) led home the remaining 1,100cc drivers, followed by a rusty Martin Pickles (Jedi Mk1) who was returning to the BSC after a three year break and who needed to resolve engine issues. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) had a 'safe and steady' run joined by Nicholas Scott (Force TA 1.6), rebuilding confidence after his unnerving Cadwell Park incident into the barriers.
Qualifying
  1. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:    96.37
  2. Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:   97.38
  3. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:             98.07
  4. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:   101.21
  5. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Chrono:           103.77
  6. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:          106.03
  7. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                   107.82
  8. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                111.39
  9. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                        116.00
  10. Zoe Kingham – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004 117.02
  11. John Loudon – 1.1 Force TA:                         DNF

The first points-scoring run-off of the day produced an adjustment to the qualifying order with a few surprises!
Kingham, building confidence in the SBD creation improved by a significant chunk, but not enough to catch Scott who had closed the gap to Torkington. In the 1,100cc battle, Wallis locked up into the hairpin and in his excitement missed a lower gear, bogging the exit and allowing Pickles to sneak ahead for his highest ever BSC finish. Bainbridge managed the rear end grip to thunder his way around, the ground and air reverberating to the rumble of that glorious V8 for 4th. Goulding gained a little more practice with a re-run, but slowed during the run due to a concerning engine knock, then decided to ignore it and continue to claim 3rd.  His closest rival Blackwell spun at Hatchets Hairpin and took a trip across the grass. Play was stopped during the recovery process allowing those in the start line queue to poach a little further. Miles — now revelling in a working clutch claimed 2nd whilst the top spot was left to Broughton who was now 'flat through the complex' which comprises of all the bends from Hatchets Hairpin to Brooklands Hairpin, whilst still managing progressively deteriorating brake fade. It was a dramatic finish to round one of the day and thoroughly deserved, from the now broadly-grinning SBD guru.

British Sprint Championship Round 27 - Pembrey, Wales.

1. Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:         97.62
2. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         98.07
3. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  99.01
4. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Crono:                   103.96
5. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                                  105.13
6. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:                         105.81
7. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                      109.03
8. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                              111.59
9. Zoe Kingham – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:              112.71
    John Loudon – 1.1 Force TA:                               DNF
    Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:         DNF

With the field reduced to only points scoring positions, the second round of qualifying was dispatched without further competitor loss, individuals using the opportunity to practice their lines and braking points.
The run-off focused attention, but Scott was unable to match his morning’s times with the increasing track temperature. Pickles, Torkington and Kingham all improved their times but finished in that order above Scott. Wallis, aided by a functioning dashboard and gear indicator (removing the need to count gears on fingers!) completed a clean lap, the real gain being on clean tyres through the latter stages of the complex from Dibeni to Brooklands. Bainbridge also improved with the rear now sticking a little better in the demanding bends. Goulding expressed 'disappointment' which was perhaps an understatement for his time, frustrated by the sweat dripping onto his steamed up glasses that made for a foggy view at 140mph. Miles improved his morning time but was nudged by 2 hundredths from 2nd by a recovering Blackwell; having adjusted his traction control settings, he was now able to push through the see-saw bends of the complex without traction loss. Top of the pile with an improvement of over 1.4secs over his morning time was Broughton. A change of brake pads had restored the stopping potential of the Firehawk and widened the grin of the already jubilant SBD boss.

British Sprint Championship Round 28 - Pembrey, Wales.
1. Steve Broughton – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:         96.23
2. Graham Blackwell – 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost:         97.82
3. Stephen Miles – 2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm:         97.84
4. Peter Goulding – 1.6t Mygale FF200:                  98.24
5. Simon Bainbridge – 4.2t SBR Crono:                   102.13
6. Simon Wallis – 1.1 OMS 3000M:                         103.15
7. Martin Pickles – Jedi Mk1:                                  104.38
8. Carole Torkington: 1.5 OMS CF08:                      107.94
9. Zoe Kingham – 1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004:              111.89
10. Nicholas Scott: Force TA 1.6:                            113.36



 

Broughton sends up sparks (Jane Loudon)


Steve Miles came out top dog in the morning run-off (BSC)


Zoe Kingham was dual-driving the DJ Firehawk (Jane Loudon)


Goulding regains form


Event 13 at Snetterton on 27/08/2023
With no casualties from the previous day, the same runners and riders were to do battle again on Sunday, albeit a little blurry due to the lack of sleep from a swarm of Citroen 2CVs racing through the night in a 24 hour race. The weather was a little unusually chilly and misty for an August bank holiday early on but soon cleared as the sun started to come out later on.

Practice saw no dramas except for Steve Miles who was still suffering from clutch issues despite several attempts to resolve it overnight and John Loudon was frustratingly again suffering from oil breathing issues which were marginally improved from the day before. More attention during the period between practice and timed run discovered the root cause of his season long issue thanks to Pete Goulding’s future son-in-law who happened to spot the elusive leak whilst the engine was revved.
Qualifying went better for Simon Wallis had taken to a sprocket change between runs to increase gearing which reduced his times by a margin but at least he wasn’t bouncing off the rev limiter for the length of the straight. Carole Torkington was gradually regaining confidence after the previous days spin and reducing her times with each run. Graham Blackwell was now taking Hamiltons in 5th gear and pulling a reported 96mph. Simon Bainbridge promoted himself above the clutchless stricken Miles and was edging closer towards his class record. John Loudon was now smoke free for the first time all weekend with a freshly sealed timing chain tensioner which was the cause of his long standing oil loss issue to the congratulations of the frequently visiting scrutineer to his paddock spot. Graham Blackwell was still leading the field and faster overall qualifier.
Run off one saw Pete Goulding (16.t Mygale EcoBoost) finally regain his form to record his fastest time of the weekend and win the opening runoff and in the process break his class record to also score a bonus point. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA), now with the weight off his mind of his persistent oil issue, was flying and ran to within 0.04 of Pete Goulding for second place and break the 1100 racing car class record in the process to score a bonus point. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) despite posting his best time of the weekend came in 3rd and despite also beating his class record, unfortunately for him losing out on taking a bonus point to the victorious Goulding. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) managed to wrestle round for 4th, just ahead of the still improving Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) who was progressing ever closer to his class record. Grahame Harden was out to enjoy himself as usual and brought his Radical PR6 home in 6th. Simon Wallis (1.1OMS 3000M) took advantage of his newly improved finish line speed to finish 7th and Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) was still improving as she regained confidence from the previous days spin to come home in 8th. Nick Scott (1.6 Force TA) was overjoyed to dip below 90 seconds for the first time over the weekend in 9th whilst Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) had a major ‘moment’ at Palmers to come home in 10th.
  1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 78.88* (+0.00)
  2. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 78.92* (+0.04)
  3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 79.10 (+0.22
  4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 81.04 (+2.16
  5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 82.65 (+3.77)
  6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 84.98 (+10)
  7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 802 (+8.14)
  8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 89.45 (+10.57)
  9. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 874 (+10.86)
  10. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 94.29 (+15.41)

The third and final run of the day was to be both the qualifying and run off in one. However, the weather put paid to that as the storm clouds arrived five minutes before the start and gave everyone a soaking. A quick change to wets for those that had them, saw the contenders line up at the start in pouring rain. Graham Blackwell went first but found the conditions too tricky and left the circuit at Hamiltons and failed to finish. Steve Miles was next and did exactly the same thing, then went on to spin for a second time after Oggies. Thankfully no damage to either. Pete Goulding also failed to complete the full course but got to within spitting distance of the finish line before doing a full 360 degree spin as he attempted a power squirt towards the finish line. Despite remaining on track, unfortunately for him the car stalled and his battery refused to restart his engine, not to the joy of the marshals who had to venture into the now monsoon like conditions to rescue him. In the intervening delay, the clerk of the course decided to abandon the proceedings which were now considered too dangerous due to the track conditions, much to the relief of most but to the disappointment of Simon Bainbridge who rather enjoys the wet in his mighty SBR Crono which works rather well in such conditions. As a result, no scores were recorded for the second runoff.
As a result of the abandonment, the number of scoring rounds for the overall championship has been reduced from to 18 from 41 possible rounds instead of 20 from 42.
FTD went to Pete Goulding in his 1.6t Mygale EcoBoost with his run off 1 winning time of 78.88.


BSC Positions after Snetterton Rd 25 27-Aug
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 441 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 434 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 422 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 390 points
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 355 points
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 339 points
7. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 331 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 293 points
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 283 points
10. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 226 points
12. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points
 

Carole Torkington's OMS CF08 on the start line (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Grahame Harden - Radical PR6 (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Nick Houston chilling out between runs (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Pete Goulding pushing hard (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Blackwell bags a double to keep title hopes alive


Event 12 at Snetterton on 26/08/2023

August bank holiday weekend saw the British Sprint Championship travel east for two days’ sprinting at Snetterton, organised by BARC Midlands. There were a few unexpected absentees due to other interests on a bank holiday weekend and an unfortunate illness.
The paddock was extremely busy with the main circuit being used for a Citroen 2CV 24-hour race BARC Club Car Championship race events. Paddock space was at a premium, but British Sprint contenders found a suitable berth amongst the interlopers.
During practice, Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) found himself with an engine that didn’t run, but after switching traction control off it settled down and TC was later reintroduced successfully with support from Steve Broughton of title sponsor SBD. However, his clutch slave bearing wouldn’t deploy sufficiently all weekend, making starts somewhat problematic. Championship leader Pete Goulding (1.6T Mygale EcoBoost) reported suffering from understeer. Graham Blackwell (1.6T Mygale EcoBoost) was using brand new Avon tyres and found grip levels less than ideal on the green as yet, un rubbered up track. Several others also reported the same conclusion. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)  was again suffering from an oil leak which has plagued him for much of the season, despite having made several plumbing modifications in an attempt to find a remedy.
Run off one saw Graham Blackwell take the win from Pete Goulding (both 1.6t Mygale EcoBoosts). Blackwell’s new tyres played dividends for him whilst the rest of the field had to make do with the best of what they could muster. Both Blackwell and Goulding were inside the 1600T racing car class record but the runoff winner took the bonus point. John Loudon came in 3rd  and in the process also set a new 1100cc racing car class record in his Force TA to score a bonus point to cheer him up for still not having found the solution to his oil loss issues. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) was still suffering with launch issues but now complicated further by having a malfunctioning clutch despite having spent much of the previous week replacing his slave cylinder. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) and Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) came in 5th and 6th and both victims of not having the best of rubber but still both enjoying themselves. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) came in 8th and complaining of having made the wrong choice of gearing as he was spending much of the finish straight on the rev limiter. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) finished 8th and not far behind and improving with each run. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) came home in 9th, narrowly ahead of Nick Scott (1.6 Force TA) who was on his first visit to the venue.
  1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 79.50
  2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 79.83 (+0.33)
  3. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 80.90* (+1.40)
  4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 81.30 (+1.80)
  5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 84.82 (+5.32)
  6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 85.04 (+5.54)
  7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 830 (+7.80)
  8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 805 (+8.55)
  9. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 92.49 (+12.99)
  10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 92.62 (+13.12)
Run off two again saw Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) take the win with a class record breaking time, but this time a little short of his previous runoff winning time. Pete Goulding (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) again came in second and admitting to having pinpointed the reason for his ‘poor’ performance by not having set his turbo boost level back to a dry setting from the previous event at Kirkistown which was wet. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) again came in 3rd, again with the 1100cc racing car class record but a touch slower than his previous attempt. His oil issue was now causing the unwanted attentions of the scrutineers as smoke was reported by marshals and a resolution had to be found by the morning. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) was again in 4th still struggling with clutch and launch issues. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) was steadily lowering his times as he attempted to make inroads on his class record but was still some way off and also having to fend off Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) who was keeping with close range of him. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) came home in 7th and Nick Scott (1.6 Force TA) promoting himself to 8th ahead of Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) in 9th and the unfortunate Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) who pushed too hard, span and failed to score.
  1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 79.66
  2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 80.25s (+0.59)
  3. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 81.18s (+1.52)
  4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 82.02s (+2.36)
  5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 83.94s (+4.28)
  6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 85.22s (+5.56)
  7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 88.52s (+8.86)
  8. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 90.97s (+11.31)
  9. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 92.08s (+12.42)

Pete Goulding’s lead at the top of the championship was now down to 5 points ahead of the closing Graham Blackwell.  FTD for the day was taken by Graham Blackwell in his 1.6T Mygale EcoBoost with at time of 79.19 seconds.



 

John Loudon on the start line (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Nick Scott's Force TA exits the hairpin (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Simon Bainbridge's SBR Crono entering Palmers (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Graham Blackwell with the FTD trophy (Peter Scherer - Scherer Race & Rally News)


Challenging conditions and a party atmosphere on day 2 of the Kirkistown weekend


Event 11 at Kirkistown on 06/08/2023
Steve Miles reports:

After the full entry and dry meeting on the Saturday, a much smaller field started the Sunday event at midday, to observe the noise requirements of this County Down circuit. This fast turnaround meant that engines were often still at 80°C when called for the next run. The paddock was alive with leaf blowers!

A dry practice was without major incident for most; John Loudon chose not to run to avoid risking any incidents but Simon Bainbridge saw a wastegate signal failure which meant the boost jumped from 1.3 to 2 bar on one side of the engine, instantly delivering well over 1,000 bhp. “I’ve never felt such ridiculous acceleration” said Simon excitedly describing the incident, and now wondering if this could be something he could call on in the future if needed, as nothing in the transmission blew up!

Slicks were still the order of the day for qualifying and no issues for anyone after Loudon found a way to eliminate the hub bearing movement issues with fabricated spacer washers over the drive pegs, courtesy of the ‘Two Petes Repair Service’ – Goulding and Championship coordinator Howgate!

A huge deluge just before the run-off forced a quick change to wets, then the blazing sun came out, heating the Tarmac and rapidly burning the puddles off. The paddock was transformed into an ethereal mist as the cars went to the line.

Graham Blackwell was first away on Avon wets. A steady run, the only reported difficulty was seeing the apexes amongst the rising steam off the track posting a time good enough to finish 3rd.

The EcoBoost of Pete Goulding was running wets, but on dry settings in the launch and traction menu as well as mechanical. This didn’t seem to slow him down as he posted the fastest time to take maximum points in the run-off! In a ‘do or die’ effort, Steve Miles carried too much speed into the chicane after Fishermans and with all four wheels off, didn’t get a time.

The 4.2l Audi Crono, now restricted to 750bhp had a trouble free run. The weight of the car and the Avon wets helped Simon to a 2nd place, just 2.33 secs behind Goulding.

Grahame Harden in the radical had his best ever run-off finishing position with 4th and reported a well balanced car!
The first time visitor to Kirkistown, Nick Scott also scored a best run off position of 5th despite running on slicks and spinning at the last chicane, but vowed to be back. The final placing was taken by Loudon, who with a few mechanical, gear changing and niggling oil issues had to take it easy to get round.

Run-off 21 Sunday Kirkistown 2023
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 126.43 (+0.00)
2. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 128.76 (+2.33)
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 133.60 (+7.17)
4. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 150.31 (+23.88)
5. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 158.46 (+32.03)
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 162.47 (+36.04)

Ten minutes later, the field were out again putting steady qualifying runs in in, still on wets. Nick Scott decided to call it a day after some electrical issues caused signal and misfire concerns.

Loudon’s issues continued, now with flat shifter not working and revs severely restricted, finished 6th. Harden had no issues and was pleased with the Radical’s performance for 5th place. Miles took 4th , perhaps cautious after the previous run off DNF.

The 2nd and 3rd spots were occupied by the two EcoBoost drivers. In 3rd by less than a tenth of a second was Goulding who had turned the boost down to 300bhp and now ran with damp settings. “In hindsight, leaving it 330 would have been better”. Blackwell posted 2nd fastest, despite a cloth gradually emerging from under the dash, then moving to the steering wheel, and before it potentially covered the visor, Blackwell grabbed and tucked it away as he entered the famous Debtors!

But six seconds ahead of these two, Simon Bainbridge took his 3rd win of the season. No lock ups were reported and smooth application of power in the bends. Maximum power however on the straights could be deployed and the sight of the magnificent Crono at 138 mph, throwing up plumes of water was a sight to see.

A leisurely pack up due to finishing at 15:30 meant the party atmosphere continued on the 19:30 ferry out of Belfast. Most elected to stop over a short drive from Cairnryan, but winner Bainbridge drove though the night — ready to take delivery of 1,000 piglets at 08:00 Monday morning at his farm.

Run-off 22 Sunday Kirkistown 2023
1. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 123.14 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 129.78 (+6.64)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 129.84 (+6.70)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 133.49 (+10.35)
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 157.32 (+34.18)
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 164.23 (+41.09)

2023 British Sprint Championship Positions after Rnd 22
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 477 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 469 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 455 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 407 points
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 379 points
6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 331 points
7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 326 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 257 points
9. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
10. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 220 points
11. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 175 points

Simon Bainbridge's SBR Crono kicks up the spray (Jimmy Graham)


With a run-off win and a third place, Goulding retained his position at the head of the points table (Jimmy Graham)


Sophie Mullins took FTD in her Gould GR55b (Jimmy Graham)


Ben O'Brien in the wet with the Gould GR37 (Jimmy Graham)


Blackwell draws level


Event 10 at Kirkistown on 05/08/2023
Graham Blackwell reports:
Nick Scott made his first ever trip overseas with the Force, and he was hoping, after a quick holiday, to have a reset and restart his attack on the Championship. Blackwell and Bainbridge had both mistakenly booked the Belfast to Cairnryan crossing on Friday, Bainbridge realising his mistake the night before, so making the trip to catch the earlier and less busy 07:30 crossing to get over. However, Blackwell didn’t know until he presented his ticket at Cairnryan for the 11:30 crossing and had a very anxious wait while the Stena staff tried find him a place on the fully-booked crossing. It was his lucky day however — they squeezed him on at the very back of the ferry, so he was able to join the convoy to the circuit with the other competitors.
Saturday
Overall, it would turn out to be a surprisingly trouble free day for most of the seven drivers who crossed the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland for the weekend.
However, with the Met Office’s forecast that Storm Antoni would cause disruption, there was heavy overnight rain and yet more heavy rain forecast for Saturday, so some drivers initially opted for a full wet setup for first practice while others braved it on slicks.
On to the first practice, and the organisers had delayed the start of the meeting by 45 minutes to allow the track to continue to dry.  With the surface still wet with lots of deep puddles — typically on the apexes and kerbs — the organisers had asked the first batch of saloons to try to disperse the water as best they could. Some drivers misheard the request and dispersed oil instead, which led to many long delays later in the afternoon, with several big offs, depleting the circuit owners’ stocks of bags of cement quite considerately.
On a damp track, some drivers opted for slicks whilst others went for wets. Afterwards, Goulding had no time as there were two cars carrying the number 5 as local Allan Cassells was sharing the same permanent number; this would be resolved during the day. And Blackwell’s run on full wets was red flagged with no reruns given, so he only managed one full lap.
On to the first qualifier of the day, and by now the circuit was dry, the sun was out, and everyone had changed to slicks; Stephen Miles said he was surprised how bumpy it was, and that his clutch was dragging again; meanwhile, Goulding had battery problems all day, and needed the auxiliary battery to start his engine.  The power had gone off in his garage overnight, so nothing was charged.
Qualification: Kirkistown Rd 19
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 113.89s (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 116.00s (+2.11)
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 118.41s (+4.52)
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 120.84s (+6.95)
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 121.43s (+7.54)
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 130.53s (+16.64)
7. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 139.11s (+25.22)

Further delays for oil spills meant that the first run-off of the weekend, which was the third timed run, eventually took place at 13:45. In 7th place, Nicholas Scott said he was enjoying himself on his first ever visit. In 6th, Graham Harden has no issues and was pleased not to finish in last place. In 5th was John Loudon, a few seconds away from his PB. In 4th was Simon Bainbridge, with Pete Goulding in 3rd, finding a time penalty had been added because he’d hit a cone on one of the two chicanes. Stephen Miles was in 2nd, saying the car was very twitchy under power. And in first place, over two seconds ahead, was Graham Blackwell with a new PB of 112.22s, his win moving him in to equal first place in the Championship with Goulding. The time was set on Graham’s only set of Pirelli Ultrasofts, which were celebrating their first birthday this weekend.
Top 12 Run-off: Kirkistown Rd 19
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 112.22 (+0.00)
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 114.36 (+2.14)
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 115.33 (+3.11)
4. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 116.45 (+4.23)
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 117.49 (+5.27)
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 122.29 (+10.07)
7. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 133.83 (+21.61)

BSC Positions after Rd 19
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 435 points
1=. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 435 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 423 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 345 points
5. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 331 points
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 326 points
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 315 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 257 points
9. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
10. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points
11. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 152 points
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 134 points

The second qualifier
With the sun still out, and further delays from the oil spills and offs, the track was really warming up nicely, and drivers improved where they could; it was an adventure discovering where the latest fresh trails of cement were, the final chicane receiving what looked like several bags, following a very big crash by one of the local single seater drivers, who thankfully was unharmed. For this run, Goulding bolted on a stickered up set of brand new Avon HC3s, and set a reasonable pace ready for the next and final run off.
Qualification: Kirkistown Rd 20
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 112.38s (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 113.91s (+1.53)
3. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 116.42s (+4.04)
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 117.19s (+4.81)
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 118.84s (+6.46)
6. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 130.63s (+18.25)
7. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 132.95s (+20.57)

Before the final run of the day, held at 17:45 and with a strong wind blowing across the track, arriving drivers discovered that the tyre warming area and start line were almost completely obliterated by cement dust, following a Ford Escort losing its oil filter and the contents of its sump before the run-off. Picking a line to avoid driving over the dust was quite tricky, and launching the cars also proved difficult on the oil-covered track.
On the run-off, finishing in an uncharacteristic 7th place was Simon Bainbridge, his car suffering a mysterious lack of power which when he returned to the garage, was traced to a loose boost pipe from one of his two turbos. In 6th was Nick Scott, 5th was Graham Harden, 4th was John Loudon, mysteriously getting slower on every run. The top three comprised again of Stephen Miles in third, in second place was the main title challenger Graham Blackwell with another strong 112.79 second run, and just seven tenths ahead were run off winner Pete Goulding exploiting the extra grip from his new tyres, with a time of 112.06s, which was just under a second slower than his 2022 class record of 111.08s.
Top 12 Run-off: Kirkistown Rd 20
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 112.06 (+0.00)
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 112.79 (+0.73)
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 115.35 (+3.29)
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 119.30 (+7.24)
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 122.94 (+10.88)
6. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 135.00 (+22.94)
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 169.84 (+57.78)

BSC positions after round 20
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 460 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 459 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 446 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 367 points
5. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6) 336 points
6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 331 points
7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 326 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 257 points
9. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
10. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 195 points
11. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 171 points
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 154 points
 

Graham Blackwell took the first run-off win to draw level in the Championship table (Jimmy Graham)


Pete Goulding had a successful weekend and leads the BSC table after 20 rounds


Rob Dwane took FTD in the OMS25 (Jimmy Graham)


Alan Cassells was in fine form with the ex Will Hall Force (Jimmy Graham)


Blackwell and Jones top the tables at a blustery Lydden


Event 9 at Lydden Hill on 15/07/2023
Blackwell and Jones top the tables at a blustery Lydden

British Sprint Championship – 15/7/23 Lydden Hill, Kent
Steve Miles reports:

Despite the Goodwood Festival of Speed just a few miles down the road being cancelled for the day due to high winds, Borough 19 Motor Club didn’t let the conditions phase them and a great day was had at this undulating Kent circuit.

John Loudon managed to arrive with three out of four wheels working on his trailer and a freshly rebuilt race engine and proceeded set a storming fastest time in a damp practice. Qualifying for the British runners was never going to be difficult as there were only ten in the class. Nick Houston had an accident driving to the circuit, there were some last-minute withdrawals and subsequent places that then became available the day before were too short notice for Simon Bainbridge and team to travel from north Yorkshire.

Graham Blackwell deployed all 375bhp from his 1.6 EcoBoost and qualified fastest on an Avon front/Pirelli 12” rear mix, before swapping to conventional 10” and 8” Pirellis for the run-off. Since Pembrey six weeks ago, he had repaired a damaged section of loom that caused the variable valve timing error and run-off shutdown, as well as hoped for improvements to launch control. This obviously worked as he won the first run-off with an impressive 66.85s that was to become the FTD time as well.

Chris Jones, in the 998cc Force, nearly didn’t make the run-off after a spin, but stayed on the track and did record a time. Not wanting to repeat this perhaps held him back a fraction come the run-off, but he posted a superb mid 67s time to come second.

The Laser Tools sponsored Loudon team had some significant oil clearing up after qualifying, but a re-plumbed system worked better and John was flying to take the last podium spot ahead of Steve Miles. The moleracing garage had seen another engine out strip down to replace a head gasket and leaking radiator after Pembrey. The car ran well all day this time, but Miles was strangely struggling to find the pace he had two months earlier at this event all day.

Carole Torkington in the SBD OMS had her best result in the BSC with a 5th place, despite turning in early for Paddock Bend and almost exploring the gravel trap! 0.9 seconds down the road was the ‘for sale’ Radical of Grahame Harden who was pleased with his PB run.

Fresh from a recent FTD at Abingdon, there was early concern in the Wallis paddock when the car wouldn’t start at first, but Simon came in 0.8secs behind Harden for 7th. In an uncustomary position of 8th was Essex electrician and current leader Pete Goulding. Since the last outing, he had repaired and replaced the throttle pot and re-set the tracking so thought all was good, but a reoccurrence of the electrical issue that shut the car down at Pembrey meant that he was well off the pace. This wiring issue was detected with some remote diagnostics from Northampton Motorsport and a bypass wire was rigged which worked for the rest of the day.

Championship sponsor Steve Broughton had taken the calendar gap to rebuild the engine and repair the oil sump, but couldn’t enter the DJ Firestorm as the radiator was not back from the repairers in time, so arrived in the SBD Westfield, shared with daughter-in-law Zoe Kingham. A full 360° spin in qualifying added to the excitement, perhaps due to the additional 150bhp Broughton had given the EcoBoost since its last outing at this venue. He took 9th with Zoe the final placing.


Morning run-off      
Pos       Driver                                                              Time
1          Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)     66.85
2          Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                               67.54 (+0.69)
3          John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                            68.28 (+1.43)
4          Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)    68.93 (+2.08)
5          Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                 70.84 (+3.99)
6          Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6)                71.71 (+4.86)
7          Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                      72.46 (+5.61)
8          Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)              3.54 (+6.69)
9          Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)     78.53 (+11.68)
10        Zoe Kingham (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)           84.94 (+18.09)

 
Any showers had long since gone and the only issues facing everyone were the gale force gusts that most drivers felt made the cars nervous, at times in an unpredictable way.

Qualification for the afternoon run-off was a relaxed affair and all got through apart from Torkington, who spectacularly lost a chain on the launch and the second chain at Devil’s Elbow. There didn’t appear to be any major damage done apart from a clutch actuator spindle, but it was a promising points-scoring opportunity lost.

Kingham wrestled the powerful Westfield around to record a PB, chopping three seconds off the previous run off time and Broughton also improved on the final run of the day into the 71s, after adding a new anti-lag upgrade.

Harden dropped a few 10ths — as did most of the drivers compared to the morning — blaming a few opposite lock moments at North Bend at the top of Hairy Hill. Wallis was very pleased with his 6th place and newly-purchased Avon front tyres — one of the last available HC1 soft compound, and this was his best time of the day.

Despite improving the handling by softening the rear antiroll bar to counteract oversteer, Miles knew exactly where he was losing time according to the datalogger and overlays but couldn’t overcome the ½ second loss at both Pilgrims and Devil’s Elbow. As these are repeated, that accounts for the two seconds he was down and took 5th place.

The 1,098cc methanol-powered Force driven by Loudon stormed to 4th place, 3/10th ahead of Miles, and as a bonus, his three-wheeled trailer made it all the way home as well!

The EcoBoost battle continued with Goulding’s 330bhp outperforming Blackwell’s more highly tuned version and just 0.08 separated them in the end. Blackwell thought this time loss was due to a big gust at Chesson’s Drift upsetting the rear end.

Star performance of the day was the winning run and new class record from Chris Jones in the Force TA. When quizzed, he modestly put it down to the best tyres delivering the grip he was looking for.



Afternoon run-off      
Pos       Driver                                                                          Time
1          Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                           67.05*
2          Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                          67.56 (+0.51)
3          Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)                 67.64 (+0.59)
4          John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                        68.49 (+1.44)
5          Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)                68.85 (+1.80)
6          Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                                  71.09 (+4.04)
7          Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6)                            71.97 (+4.92)
8          Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)                 77.32 (+10.27)
9          Zoe Kingham (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)                       81.31 (+14.26)

Still everything to play for in the BSC as there are now 18 rounds completed, with the best 20 scores to count from 42 rounds in total.


BSC Positions after Lydden Hill Rd 18 15 July 2023
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                      412 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)             410 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)             399 points
4. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)             331 points
5. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                              326 points
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                    324 points
7. Grahame Harden (1.6 Radical PR6)                        295 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                         257 points
9. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)             227 points
10. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                     195 points
11. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono)                      130 points
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA)                                115 points
 

Graham Blackwell took the morning's run-off win (Chris Bennett)


Chris Jones secured the afternoon run-off win in the Force TA (Chris Bennett)


John Loudon chases down Steve Miles (Chris Bennett)


Zoe Kingham and Steve Broughton shared the SBD Westfield (Chris Bennett)


Jones takes FTD and a Run Off at Pembrey


Event 8 at Pembrey on 04/06/2023
Day two of BARC Wales Pembrey Sprint week-end was held on the venue's Clubman layout which adds a tight and tricky left right after Dibeni.

Like the day before the weather was glorious and warm under a cloudless sky and the well organised BARC Wales team completed a practice run, followed by four timed runs by mid afternoon.

Practice was largely uneventful with the exception of John Loudon (Force TA) who coasted in after hearing some worrying noises coming from his engine. He was out for the day.

Chris Jones in the 998cc Force TA led the way early on and in qualifying for the first Run Off set a time of 105.24s, over a second ahead of Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost). This time was to remain unbeaten all day for the FTD.

In the first Run Off both Mygales of Blackwell and Pete Goulding were well up on the splits until Goulding somehow managed to knock the master switch off for a Fail. Blackwell completed his run with a 105.85s but was just pipped by Jones who had a strong second lap to to post a 105.71s. Broughton took third, still working on the handling of the Firehawk, ahead of Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF86) with the top four covered by 9 tenths. Then there was a gap to Grahame Harden, making the Radical PR6 work on the AVONs a few hundredths ahead of Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M). This left Carole Torkington (OMS FC08) and Nick Houston (OMS Hornet) to round out the finishing order with Houston trying to overcome the wrong gearing and old tyres!

Qualifying for Run Off two saw Jones ahead of Goulding, Blackwell (after a small problem getting the motor started), Miles and Broughton but times were slower as competitors were saving their tyres.

In the final Run Off of the week-end Miles put in a quick first lap and held on to take the win - the traction control upgrade and new clutch worked well and apart from some overheating issues had a largely trouble free week-end. Goulding took second from Jones (also managing overheating issues all day), Blackwell and Broughton. Again the top four were covered by less than a second. Wallis took sixth with a PB to complete a trouble free week-end.

Results:

Pembrey, Clubman Circuit June 4th 2023

BARC Wales

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 16 & 17

Run Off 1 (Round 16)
1. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 105.71s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 105.84s
3. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 106.02*s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 106.61s
5. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 113.27s
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 113.32s
7. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 115.25s
8. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 122.75s
9. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) FAIL

Run Off 2 (Round 17)
1. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 106.13s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 106.31s
3. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 106.41s
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 107.07s
5. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 108.50s
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 111.49s
7. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 112.70s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 113.99s
9. Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet) 122.66s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 17:
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 370 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 362 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 356 points
4. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 296 points
5. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 287 points
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 279 points
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 256 points
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 236 points
9. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 227 points
10. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 145 points
11. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 130 points
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 115 points
etc.

FTD and a Run Off win for Jones in the Force TA (Kim Broughton)


A Run Off win took Steve Miles to 3rd in the championship (Kim Broughton)


Grahame Harden took a fifth in the Radical (Kim Broughton)


Graham Blackwell, 2nd in the championship (Kim Broughton)


Goulding and Jones share the spoils at Pembrey


Event 7 at Pembrey on 03/06/2023
Goulding and Jones share the spoils at Pembrey.  Graham Blackwell reports

For most, the journey across Wales on Friday was one to forget, the M4 throwing up many challenges. Aside, that is, from Stephen Miles, who having avoided the M4, followed his way along the A40, finding himself at one point surrounded by villagers celebrating an eisteddfod.

In the evening, current Championship leader, Pete Goulding made tracking and camber adjustments to the Mygale, realising he had overlooked the car’s geometry since an accident at Blyton the year before. Grahame Harden was running fresh 195 Avon HC3s, which were smaller than the 210s that the PR6 was setup for, so his concern was the lack front ride height and the potential impact on handling. Chris Jones had relocated the oil catch tank on the Force TA, moving it away from the oil cooler, so allowing better airflow and cooling.

Saturday morning greeted everyone with blue skies and bright sunshine; the forecast was the same for both days, with temperatures reaching 22°C. The event was using the National circuit layout, one which last year was run on the Sunday due to a mix-up in track permits. The organisation this year was noticeably better however, and many drivers commented on the smooth running of the event. They even allowed use of the new garages, with electric hook-ups, which were most welcome.

The ten British Sprint drivers were lined up at 9am, for the first practice, which passed with no dramas. Barely 70 minutes later, the drivers were called again to the line, for the first timed runs, where we’d have the chance to see the pecking order for the weekend. Fastest was Chris Jones, with Graham Blackwell in second, 3/10ths under the 1600T class record. After the run, Steve Miles was happy to report that the replacement clutch setup was working properly, following an incorrect installation over the winter. Pete Goulding complained that the car was too stiff, so had work to do to address that. Chris Jones was very pleased with his pace, pushing very hard, and reported that his hands were shaking after the run. Nick Houston said his gearing was too low, and he could do with a second engine to give him some more power.

Steve Broughton said his run was a bit hairy, the DJ was still smoking on tick over, keeping the local midge population at bay. Regular Matt Hillam was due to fly overseas for work on Friday, so had skipped the weekend. Unfortunately, the flight was postponed to the following Monday, so Matt was watching from home, probably wishing he could be at the venue.

Morning qualification
Pos         Driver                                                                                    Time
1             Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                   95.33s (+0.00)
2             Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)           96.06s (+0.73)
3             Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)           96.24s (+0.91)
4             John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                  96.77s (+1.44)
5             Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)            97.83s (+2.50)
6             Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                     98.37s (+3.04)
7             Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                             104.79s (+9.46)
8             Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                        106.15s (+10.82)
9             Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6)                       106.44s (+11.11)
10           Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet)                              117.79s (+22.46)


For the first run-off, Goulding put in a strong run on his freshest rubber, finishing first with a 94.25s run. In second place, Chris Jones was just four tenths behind, followed by Broughton. The top three all setting new class records in the process. Closely followed by Loudon and Blackwell, the top five covered by less than a second. Blackwell said he was happy with knocking 4.2 seconds off his PB. Smiles said his confidence was growing, though he was still someway off his PB. Back in the paddock, a burning smell was traced to Carole’s OMS, and after rapidly removing the seat, the battery was found to have moved, the terminals shorting against the carbon bodywork. The problem was soon rectified for the third timed run.

Morning run-off
Pos         Driver                                                                                    Time
1             Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                        94.25*s
2             Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                        94.64*s
3             Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)               94.73*s
4             John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                       94.96s
5             Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)                95.11s
6             Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)                95.41s
7             Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6)                          104.18s
8             Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                                 105.37s
9             Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                            108.83s

During the lunch break, the announcement was made that there would be at least two more runs in the afternoon, and around 2pm, it was time for the third timed run. Blackwell launched his Mygale off the line, to find the ECU had gone into ‘limp mode’ at the start of the second lap, and despite power cycling the ECU, this occurred a second time, leading to a very slow qualification time. Simon Wallis improved by over a second, as he gradually approached a new PB. Chris Jones said his run felt slower, and Goulding was complaining about understeer in the hot conditions. Stephen Miles, having been baulked by Blackwell, was allowed a rerun, and he took the opportunity to make changes to the rear anti-roll bar, which he said proved beneficial, although the overheating jelly tyres didn’t help.

Afternoon qualification
Pos         Driver                                                                                    Time
1             Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                             96.49s (+0.00)
2             John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                           96.91s (+0.42)
3             Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                             98.24s (+1.75)
4             Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)                    98.38s (+1.89)
5             Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)                    98.95s (+2.46)
6             Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                                     104.15s (+7.66)
7             Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                                107.65s (+11.16)
8             Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet)                                     118.91s (+22.42)
9             Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6)                               127.29s (+30.80)
10           Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)                     145.45s (+48.96)

On to the second run-off, Blackwell — having made what he thought would be repairs to prevent a further limp mode — led the pack off the line. This time, his engine went into limp mode immediately as he launched the car, leading to the slowest lap of the day, and last place in the run-off. He clearly had work to do to ensure the car was fit for the following day’s competition. Next up was Nick Houston, who had been struggling with an under-geared car all day. Eighth place went to Torkington, with a new PB, reaching 137mph in the process. Simon Walls was in seventh, again with a new PB. Graham Harden put in his best run of the day, and another new PB. Pete Goulding was fifth, nearly three seconds slower than his first run-off, complaining about understeer having over-driven the car. Steve Broughton was in fourth. Inside the top three was John Loudon in the Force TA, well under the class record, however suffering from gear shift problems for most of the day. Stephen Miles in second was 4/10ths behind the winner, Chris Jones, who set an exemplary run of the National layout, showing the others how it should be done, with another new class record in his Force TA. Chris was ecstatic after the run, which is understood to be only the second time in BSC history that a 1,100cc has won a British Sprint run-off (the only other occasion being John Chacksfield at Three Sisters in 2004)


Afternoon run-off
Pos         Driver                                                                              Time
1             Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA)                                             94.99s
2             Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm)                    95.42s
3             John Loudon (1.1 Force TA)                                           95.70s
4             Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004)                    96.54s
5             Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200)                              97.04s
6             Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6)                               102.81s
7             Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M)                                      103.00s
8             Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08)                                 104.62s
9             Nick Houston (1.0 OMS Hornet)                                      117.34s
10           Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost)                     160.03s
 

Chris Jones celebrates his run-off success (Steve Miles)


Another win for Championship leader, Pete Goulding (Kim Broughton)


Nick Houston made a welcome re-appearance in the OMS (Kim Broughton)


Simon Wallis in his OMS 3000M (Kim Broughton)


Blackwell and Miles trade the top spots at Lydden


Event 6 at Lydden Hill on 20/05/2023
The British Sprint Championship contenders trekked to the south east corner of Kent for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2023 Championship at the tight and twisty undulating Lydden Hill circuit on Saturday 20th May. Some notable faces were missing from the field having been casualties from the Blyton Park rounds only one week prior, notably Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) and Steve Brown (Empire Evo). Other regular competitors from previous years were also not yet out of the starting blocks for this year’s campaign but it was a welcome return for Chris Jones, driving a Force TA, having had a difficult few years curing reliability and development issues with the car’s new engine installation, and for Zoe Kingham, driving the immaculate highly-developed and powerful SBD works EcoBoost Westfield which was making a reappearance after a full two-year rebuild following an off-script scenery visit two years ago at Pembrey.
With such a short time between the previous event, competitors’ modifications were limited to minor adjustments which included a change of gearing, the replacement of a burnt out regulator pack and the procurement of additional wheel nuts for those who had lost some at Blyton.
A track walk on Friday evening revealed that the course was extremely dusty and the Lydden Hill ground staff were sweeping and jet washing areas of the track. Optimism for good grip from the off was diminished as a result. Practice on Saturday morning confirmed this, with no real dramas aside from Steve Miles who seemed to have inexplicably lost several litres of coolant and developed clutch issues.
Track conditions gradually improved and by the time that the morning run-off had materialised, there was enough grip for several notable performances, particularly Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) who won the runoff with a new class record time, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96mm) who had overcome his car issues from practice to finish 2nd and Chris Jones (Force TA) who managed 3rd place, also successfully breaking his class record and making up the podium positions. Championship leader Pete Goulding (Mygale EcoBoost) claimed 4th despite a slipped rear anti-roll bar giving him understeer issues and Steve Broughton came home in 5th in the ever-evolving and changing DJ Firehawk just ahead of John Loudon (Force TA) and co-driver and current champion Matt Hillam in 6th and 7th respectively. Simon Wallis brought his OMS 3000 home in 8th place despite being unable to see his shift light in the bright sun, followed by Grahame Harden in 9th (Radical PR6) who was taking sizable bites from his times with each run and enjoying himself once more. Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) was happy enough in 10th having improved with each run and gaining more confidence with each outing, as was Nick Scott (Force TA) in 11th on his first visit to the venue. Zoe Kingham (Westfield SEiW EcoBoost) in her first outing for three years came home 12th, getting faster with each run.
  1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 66.13s
  2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 66.68s
  3. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 67.13*s
  4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 67.39s
  5. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 68.16s
  6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 68.54s
  7. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 68.56s
  8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 70.73s
  9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 72.10s
  10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 72.63s
  11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 81.89s
  12. Zoe Kingham (1.6T Westfield EcoBoost) 83.41s
After lunch, the qualification runs for the last run-off the day saw little drama but several competitors were using older tyres to preserve their diminishing best ones for the run-off itself which resulted in marginally slower times for most.
Now back on their favoured sets of tyres for the last run-off of the day, the majority of the field saw little or no improvement over their first run-off times. A shuffling of the finishing order saw Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) down to 2nd with 2021 champion Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96mm)  promoting himself to 1st for the run-off win with Matt Hillam (DJ Firehawk) gaining some time to promote himself to 3rd to round off the podium positions. Chris Jones (Force TA) slipped to 4th with a self-confessed ‘scrappy’ run ahead of Championship leader Pete Goulding (Mygale EcoBoost) in 5th who was ruing his fluffing of the hairpin at the top of Hairy Hill. Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) again managed to stay a place ahead of John Loudon (Force TA), the pair finishing 6th and 7th respectively. In 8th, Simon Wallis (OMS 3000) was celebrating his best time of the day followed by Grahame Harden (Radical PR6) whose smile had widened given that he had bettered his PB in coming home 9th. Not to be outdone, Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) had also bettered her PB and was rather happy too. Nick Scott (Force TA) has gone slightly slower than the first run off but managed to hold onto 11th place ahead of Zoe Kingham (Westfield EcoBoost) who was getting back into the swing of things and had made notable improvements in time with each run.
 
  1. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 67.09s
  2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 67.24s
  3. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 67.44s
  4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 67.51s
  5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 68.05s
  6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 68.48s
  7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 68.80s
  8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 70.70s
  9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 72.27s
  10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 72.80s
  11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 82.03s
  12. Zoe Kingham (1.6T Westfield EcoBoost) 82.36
Graham Blackwell’s (Mygale EcoBoost) run-off one  time of 66.13s was enough to earn him FTD.

 

Graham Blackwell took the first run-off with a new class record time (Kim Broughton)


Steve Miles secured the second run-off win aboard the Van Diemen RF96mm (Kim Broughton)


Chris Jones made a welcome return to the Championship, netting a 3rd place in the 998cc Force TA (Kim Broughton)


Zoe Kingham had her first outing for three years in the Westfield SEiW EcoBoost (Kim Broughton)


Hillam and Goulding share the honours on the second day of Blyton weekend


Event 5 at Blyton Park on 14/05/2023
Sunday 14th May saw the British Sprint rounds 9 and 10 on the longer outer circuit layout of the Lincolnshire Blyton Park organised by the ever-efficient Longton and District Motor Club. The day’s field was a little reduced due to casualties from the previous day’s proceedings which included Simon Bainbridge in his mighty SBR Chrono (bodywork damage), Steve Brown in his supercharged Empire (engine failure) and Nick Houston in his OMS (electrical issues).

Several competitors had made overnight tweaks including team SBD who had made some spring changes to their DJ Firehawk in an attempt to find a better balance, Steve Miles who had adjusted his ride height to suit the smoother outer circuit and John Loudon, who was the busiest, by changing gearing and his engine oil system breather layout on top of his previous days exploits with gear position sensor replacements.

Most of the competitors were trying to preserve their tyres given the current lack of supply of suitable slicks and many of those on display looked to have seen better days. With the season having barely begun, the remainder of the season could be quite challenging as a result.

The first of the day’s run-offs saw reigning British Sprint champion Matt Hillam in his shared DJ Firehawk bag himself an early run-off win by just holding off current Championship leader Pete Goulding (Mygale EcoBoost) in 2nd followed by Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) to complete the podium positions. Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) managed to hold off John Loudon (Force TA) for 4th. The remaining places fell to Grahame Harden (Radical PR6), Simon Wallis (OMS 3000), Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) and Nick Scott (Force TA) all of whom were making steady improvements to their times.  The only non-finisher was former champion Steve Miles who saw one of his front wheels disappear into the distance whilst he ground to a halt awaiting rescue. Returning former Championship runner John Munroe was sadly unable to take to the start line whilst side-lined with drive chain and starter motor issues on his OMS.

Morning run-off results
1. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 55.85*s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 56.00s
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 56.96s
4. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 58.13s
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.58s
6. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 62.38s
7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 63.66s
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 64.70s
9. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 68.65s
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) FAIL

With all four wheels now attached, Steve Miles was able to re-join the game for the next qualifying run and make the final run-off of the day, unlike the unfortunate John Munro who was still side-lined and unable to qualify.
Pete Goulding (Mygale EcoBoost) took the run-off win to make it a first and second placing for the day and improving his Championship lead. Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) made up for his earlier misadventure to bag himself a fine second place whilst Graham Blackwell (Mygale EcoBoost) again rounded of the podium placings in third. Matt Hillam (DJ Firehawk slipped to 4th after experiencing a mini spin on the one of the fastest bends of the circuit but still managing to hold it together. Steve Broughton (DJ Firehawk) again managed to stave off John Loudon (Force TA) by a small margin for 5th and 6th respectively. Grahame Harden (Radical PR6) was pleased with 7th and admitted to enjoying himself throughout the day, Simon Wallis (OMS 3000) managed to again stay ahead of the improving Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) for 8th despite Carole beating her previous PB by nearly a second. Nick Scott (Force TA) made up the final placing having inexplicably gone slower than his previous runs.

Afternoon run-off results
Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 55.91s
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 56.31s
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 56.48s
4. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 56.79s
5. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 58.24s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.55s
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 60.77s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 62.48s
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 63.26s
10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 70.77s

The day was rounded off with a torrential downpour to give everyone a soaking whilst the remainder of the entry list were taking their final runs and others were packing away which seemed to be limited to within a five mile radius of the circuit.


 

John Munro was aiming to make a BSC comeback in his OMS but was sidelined with drive chain and starter motor issues (Anthony Mitchell)


Steve Miles - with all wheels attached! (Anthony Mitchell)


Matt Hillam was Sunday's run-off 1 winner (Anthony Mitchell)


Pete Goulding - Sunday's run-off 2 winner (Anthony Mitchell)


Blackwell and Goulding take the top spots as Bainbridge toils


Event 4 at Blyton Park on 13/05/2023
Blyton Park Eastern Circuit – British Sprint Championship report by Steve Miles
Saturday 13 May 2023

Excitement was clearly visible in the paddock on the Friday evening after a six-week gap since the last round. The ever-flexible Longton & District MC juggled the parking allocation to allow us to keep off the boggy grass and all worked well with no one left behind after the weekend!

14 drivers started the Saturday, the first retirement being Nick Houston who couldn’t manage any track time due to electrical issues. Another welcome return was John Munroe, back in the BSC after eight years following a spell of circuit racing. The OMS had a few shakedown events and was declared ‘good to go’! Nick Scott had his car back in one piece after the Cadwell crash while someone else having an expensive few weeks of preparation was Steve Brown with a complete new throttle body system and dyno time on his Empire EVO.

Qualifying saw the demise of Steve’s Empire, not sounding good and possibly running a bearing, and he was out for the weekend. Next not to make the cut was Simon Bainbridge, who blew a CV driveshaft joint. He did have a spare, but unfortunately forgot to load it into the bus. Championship coordinator Pete Howgate kindly loaned him his car to go back to the farm to fetch it!

Despite suffering from ‘ManFlu’ the run off was won by Graham Blackwell in his REIS-sponsored Mygale EcoBoost, who had designed and fitted a 3rd spring and was very pleased with the new found compliance in the car. Just 8-hundredths behind was the similar car of Pete Goulding, fresh from FTD at Goodwood, who put this time loss down to a lock up at the first corner. 3rd was Steve Miles in his 27-year-old heavily-modified Formula Ford.

The SBD DJ Firehawk had new developments of a rear antiroll bar now fitted — which was taking some fine tuning to find a sweet spot, but Steve Broughton managed 4th and Matt Hillam 6th. Splitting the pair was Munro in the OMS, which apart from high coolant temps was running well. Simon Wallis also locked up first corner but was a no drama run and the same applied for the rest of the placings further down, with Graham Harden, Nick Scott and Carole Torkington all running well and ‘dialling themselves in’. In uncharacteristic last place was Laser Tools sponsored John Loudon with gear related trouble again. “No Comment” was the reply when pushed further!

Top 12 Run-off: Blyton Park E Rd 7
1.         Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 62.55s
2.         Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 62.63s
3.         Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 63.39s
4.         Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 64.17s
5.         John Munro (1.4 OMS CF07) 64.72s
6.         Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 65.42s
7.         Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 69.73s
8.         Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 70.01s
9.         Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 73.82s
10.       Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 74.48s
11.       John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 82.11s

With the cloud cover starting to ease, the strong wind kept the temperatures down and everyone readied themselves for the final points scoring opportunity of the day.

Matt Hillam jumped up the field with a spring change and was just 3 hundredths behind Miles in top qualifying spot, joined for the afternoon by his sponsors from Roundworks IT. Blackwell qualified 3rd, a few seconds slower as he qualifies on Avons and then swaps to Pirellis for the run off, generally finding a second or two as a result.

Electrician Goulding dominated the run-off however with a 60.55 to take 25 points, and this despite nearly not qualifying after a turbo pipe came loose and also not starting and having to solder the throttle pot loom connection minutes before heading out!

Miles improved to second this time with Blackwell just 3 hundredths behind and then Hillam — still with no electrical charging on the DJ and running a total loss system — another 3 hundredths behind, but with a class record to add the bonus point.

The remaining up to 1600 racing car class saw 0.13 separating Broughton from Munroe after some dampener softening. Loudon was struggling with oil leaks and missing gears for a  midfield placing.

Grahame Harden got the heavy circuit Radical around for 8th and Torkington was happy with improvements all day and finishing 10th.

The big drama was Bainbridge’s 850bhp 4.2 litre Crono. After the impressive rebuild and repair of the CV joint in rapid time, it made the start line and qualified 5th, but come the run off the team believe a rear engine cover fixing failed and it ripped off on the start straight —this in turn affecting the rear aerodynamics and at the highest speed point on the circuit the rear end broke loose and the Stokesley farmer went ploughing, causing extensive damage and withdrawal from St Gueno and other upcoming events.

Top 12 run-off Blyton Park Eastern Rd 8
1.         Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 60.55s
2.         Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.66s
3.         Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 61.69s
4.         Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 61.82s
5.         Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 62.98s
6.         John Munro (1.4 OMS CF07) 63.11s
7.         John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 63.44s
8.         Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 66.93s
9.         Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 68.01s
10.       Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 71.85s
11.       Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 75.01s
12.       Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) FAIL
 

Graham Blackwell topped the first run-off of the Blyton weekend (Anthony Mitchell)


Steve Broughton in the DJ Firehawk secured fourth spot in run-off one (Anthony Mitchell)


Steve Miles send up sparks (Anthony Mitchell)


4 British Sprint Champions - Roger Kilty, John Graham, Steve Miles and Matt Hillam (Martin Pickles)


Goulding asserts his position after the second Anglesey round


Event 3 at Anglesey on 02/04/2023
British Sprint Championship, Anglesey International Circuit 2 April 2023.  Steve Miles reports:

The weather improved further overnight and by the end of the day, there were many faces sporting an Anglesey tan!

The big retirement was Steve Brown in his Empire Evo. Repairs to the plenum chamber had worked, but some pressure issues caused the butterfly valves to bend and some serious sorting was required before it would run again.  Early departure meant he was the only driver not to feature in the group photo.

Qualification with eleven runners took the pressure off, but everyone was pushing, with Steve Miles leading the way despite some clutch issues that were worked around before the run-off.

In timed run 2, which is when the scores for the run off are set, Pete Goulding improved by a few tenths on his best tyre set, despite two stalls on the line and a warning that ‘one more and you’re out’. The improvement he put down to using all the rumble strips on the exit of the first left hander and a ‘do or die’ attitude to late braking at both big stops. Sparks from the undertray certainly were flying.  Next up was John Loudon in the methanol-powered 1100 Force, a rerun due to a timing error helped offset the delayed upchange and leaking coolant issues he had to post his best ever finish in a BSC run off with an over three second improvement. Miles went slower by a second after running deep at the tricky 1st left-hander for 3rd place and just three-hundredths behind was current Champion Matt Hillam — a crash test dummy engineer during the week, despite some downshift issues, that he felt could be almost overcome with a change of driving style. Graham Blackwell, also a software engineer, let loose his 375bhp of the Mygale to come 5th, a few tenths further back and clocking 147mph compared to 145.3 mph of the similar EcoBoost of the winner.

Robert Tonge, in his Force TA also got a rerun due to timing and found his brand new Michelins were working well for 6th. The used Pirellis on Steve Broughton’s similar engined DJ Firehawk, plus down change issues that didn’t suit his ‘brake first, downchange rapidly after’ style meant he was 0.15secs back in equal 7th with Dr Harden in his circuit car Radical matching times and posting a PB. Last place of the remaining runners was Simon Bainbridge hustling the nearly 1 tonne of Crono around. He did confess to a small moment when he put a wheel fully in the grass at 150mph coming into rocket!

Carole Torkington also had a scary moment at 130 braking into rocket but PB’d with an 85.07 for 10th. Leaving Simon Wallis with a freshly repaired puncture – thanks to Pete Goulding, but overall progress slowed with a return of the engine intermittently cutting out again as it did last at Cadwell.


Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Int Rd 5
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 79.15s
2. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 80.07s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 80.55s
4. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 80.58s
5. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 80.90s
6. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 81.85s
7. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 82.00s
7=. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 82.00s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 82.37s
10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 85.07s
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 88.99s
The last run of the weekend saw improvements for most, apart from Miles who went backwards, but at least was getting multiple reminders all day to put fuel in the tank after yesterday! The big improver was FTD man Pete Goulding who took yet another run off win to make 3 from 4 from the weekend to lead the championship. A leaking tyre valve just before the start caused some paddock stress however!

The next 3 places were very tight. Blackwell led the way in second place although he had a scare going to the line when the engine refused to start 4 times! Matt Hillam was just 4 hundredths down the road, setting another record for a bonus point and Miles another 4 hundredths back. Loudon said his run felt OK, but yet it was his worst time of the day for 5th.

7 hundredths behind was the SBD boss Steve who is now planning on more work to fabricate a rear antiroll bar before Blyton on the new car. 1/3 second in arrears was the SBD powered 1.4  identical engine in Tonges Force, who couldn’t figure out why he was a second off his PB, but this was quite a common discussion point amongst the drivers. On a positive though everyone was pleased how just over 2 seconds covered the middle 6 drivers so everything is close and all to play for as they move into the season.

Harden had some sideways launch issues as his traction control (right foot and associated leg muscles) played up he declared! Torkington stayed ahead of Wallis again with a new PB despite Wallis putting his best time of the day.

No time recorded for Simon Bainbridge after he attempted to take Church flat in the big Crono and put in a double 360 degree spin on the outfield mud and grass. No points but great style marks from the judges. This incident damaged one side of the radiator and cooling intakes and will need some repairs over the coming break.

Another good Longton & DMC run event and the BSC and club will be reunited in 6 weeks time when they put on their Blyton Park sprint.

Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Int Rd 6
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 78.00s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 79.46s
3. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 79.50*s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 79.54s
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 81.16s
6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 81.23s
7. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 81.59s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 83.29s
9. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 84.38s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 85.91s
BSC Positions after Anglesey Int Rd 6
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 145 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 135 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 132 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 120 points
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 117 points
6. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 100 points
7. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 94 points
8. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 81 points
9. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 78 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 70 points
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 64 points
12. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 61 points
 

Pete Goulding left Anglesey leading the Championship (Kim Broughton)


John Loudon finished 2nd in the round 5 run-off


Paddock shot (Neil Lambert)


Goulding and Miles share the spoils on April Fool's Day


Event 2 at Anglesey on 01/04/2023
British Sprint Anglesey National Circuit 1 April 2023. Steve Miles reports:

After the soggy Cadwell the previous weekend, the threatened deluge that had been forecast to last all day gradually diminished during the week, and everyone was changing their wets first thing Saturday on the cold but dry day that greeted the twelve runners at the wonderful Welsh circuit on April Fool’s day.
First practice was a good awakener for several drivers, including Robert Tonge, Carole Torkington and current British Sprint Champion Matt Hillam who had all not driven a racing car since last season. Steve Miles laid down his intentions with a fastest time in practice, but everyone was very close. Come qualifying, Steve Brown posted his reply with an impressive 48.26s to lead the field, and the first four were covered by a mere 0.8 secs.
Steve Broughton and Hillam were debuting their new car, a 1,440cc engine, normally-aspirated DJ Firehawk and both were getting to grips and dialling the chassis in following midweek testing for Steve. The Championship sponsor was, how shall we say it, “tired” after the testing, sorting multiple rally cars out as well as significant mods to his own car following the test and driving up from Surbiton.
When the points were handed out in the run-off run, Miles’ early intentions were to come to nothing after he admitted to forgetting to put fuel in the car and coasted round to save the engine after a low pressure alert to post 12th. Next up was Simon Wallis, who had his first clean run of the year without the engine cutting out on track (it did after the finish but that doesn’t count!) six-tenths quicker was Torkington who despite feeling rusty was pleased with the time. Graham Harden, the scientist from Lincolnshire wrestled the heavy 1.3 Radical around Anglesey’s National circuit bends for 9th position. The gear selection upshift issue John Loudon experienced at Cadwell was solved after an intermediate mounting bracket for the potentiometer was changed. Now he could work on improving the speed.
With times for the last seven cars now under 50 seconds, Broughton was pleased to finish and keep the development going, but the gearbox ratios were all wrong after 3rd and will need changing. Simon Bainbridge came to the event on a borrowed tow car and trailer after the bus engine went into terminal demise on the Cadwell journey home, and he was pleased with his 950kg car being a couple of tenths ahead of the Broughton/Hillam 350kg DJ Firehawk. Tonge was pleased with a clean run to leave him 5th, until he came across the mud on track after the finish line left by Steve Brown who managed a full double 360° spin, after posting a 48.68 to secure 4th.
A debut run for Hillam saw the 3rd spot on the podium taken by 12 hundredths ahead of Brown and he was pleased with the car saying it had potential. The 1.6l turbo power for Graham Blackwell set a new PB to take runner up spot, after a traction control tweak, leaving the winner Pete Goulding driving a similar Ecoboost taking his first win of the season by less by than 4 tenths.

Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Nat Rd 3
1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 47.81s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 48.20s
3. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 48.56s
4. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 48.68s
5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 49.10s
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 49.16s
7. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 49.34s
8. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 50.25s
9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 50.46s
10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 52.52s
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 53.14s
12. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 76.95

No incidents in the timed run 3, which meant everyone qualified for the run off scoring point in T4. The meeting was extremely well run by Longton and District MC and eventually gave nine timed runs!
Miles, enjoying his new retirement status made up for his errors in the first run off and with a new PB took the 25 points and FTD with a 46.53 even if the exit kerb after the finish gave the floor of the car a good beating! Matt Hillam demonstrated the ongoing potential being just 0.04 secs for second place and a new record with a bonus point. Goulding took the EcoBoost battle over Blackwell again, just 0.6secs in it. Tonge split the DJ drivers of Hillam and Broughton in the Up to 1,600cc class with a new PB on his Pirelli tyres, and was putting a new set of Michelin rubber on for Sunday, watch this space!

Behind Broughton in 7th was the Laser Tools sponsored John Loudon who was making good progress now he could select gears. After setting an interim FTD at one point Brown was disappointed with 8th but a cracked plenum chamber was diagnosed which resulted in loss of boost pressure. Overnight repairs with epoxy were made.
Bainbridge went 3 tenths slower than first run off for 9th and Harden was pleased to break the 50 second barrier posting 10th. Torkington kept her nose ahead of Wallis again with a 51.66 in 11th, leaving the software engineer from Cambridge in 12th, perhaps hindered by a rear puncture in qualifying and having to run on four front tyres as he had no spare rears available.

Top 12 Run-off: Anglesey Nat Rd 4
1. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 46.53s
2. Matthew Hillam (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 46.57s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 47.20s
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 47.83s
5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 48.47s
6. Steve Broughton (1.4 DJ Firehawk CT004) 48.54s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 48.61s
8. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 49.32s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 49.57s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 49.88s
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 51.66s
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 54.37

Steve Miles secured a close win in the Round 4 run-off (Neil Lambert)


Simon Bainbridge had a successful Saturday but his weekend was cut short by a spin on the Sunday (Neil Lambert)


Bainbridge masters the conditions to dominate the opening weekend


Event 1 at Cadwell Park on 25/03/2023
Steve Miles Reports from a wet first day in the British Sprint Championship

Cadwell Park 25.3.23 Rounds 1 & 2

The cackling crows in the trees above Cadwell Park, were rudely awakened with the full 750bhp of Simon Bainbridge’s 4.2 litre Crono, as he stormed to two run-off wins to lead the British Championship after the first two rounds.

BARC Midlands organised the opening sprint of the season and were tested and responded excellently with multiple driver ‘offs’ and even a paddock medical emergency.  This inevitably caused track delays, but they managed to get a practice and three timed runs in despite the ‘inclement’ conditions.

Competitors were greeted with heavy showers before the practice run, and all the BSC field were on either Pirelli or Avon wets, and these stayed on all day. After the withdrawal of Grahame Harden in the Radical, which was surprising after he had run well in testing at Blyton Park the week earlier, there were only eight runners, so as long as everyone posted a qualifying time, there were points to be had. The current British Champion Matt Hillam was still putting a new bike-engined car together with Championship sponsor Steve Broughton of SBD and they hope to be out for Anglesey next weekend

The tight opening section through Hall bends, The Hairpin and Barn were all extremely slippery in the rain and being under the trees, were slow to dry. The Force TA of Nick Scott was to fall victim to this on the final run-off; the rear end broke loose and he went off backwards at some speed into the Recticel barriers. Luckily, all was OK after a medical check over, but the car will need some attention and he is unlikely to be out in six days’ time for Anglesey.

Practice saw partial runs due to red flags for Steve Brown, who declared pre-event that the newly-loomed Empire Evo2 had too much power for the conditions! Both EcoBoosts of Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell also got caught up in this red flag and due to delays all round, were not given reruns. Despite having successfully completed testing, Steve Miles encountered problems with the new clutch that had been fitted for 2023; it had ‘settled’ meaning that he found on the start line that it didn’t work and the car crawled forward. Advice from the SBD support line back in the paddock saw this adjusted out for the rest of the day to run OK.

When it came to qualification, Bainbridge showed his intent for the day posting a 94sec run, with the Mygale of Goulding 2.6 seconds back. Due to the conditions, Pete had detuned the engine to just 300bhp. Miles was a further two-tenths behind in his 27-year-old space-framed chassis that was once a 1996 Formula Ford, but after 20 years of development, only a few original elements remain. Graham Blackwell, also in an EcoBoost, hadn’t been to the track for twelve years and the new traction control system was working well. He kept a clean sheet all day and got progressively faster. Steve Brown headed the bike-engine racing cars twelve seconds behind Bainbridge, after which there was an even bigger gap to John Loudon who was having gearchange issues. Next up was local Lincoln property developer Nick Scott in his relatively new Force TA, followed by Simon Wallis who nearly didn’t make it as the 1,100cc engine in his OMS kept cutting our and needed restarting or bump-starting on track several times. The source could not be found all day, but high on the suspect list were some winter modifications to the intake.

More rain bursts, and then came the Timed run 2 from which the Championship scores are counted. Whilst most of the field went slower by several seconds, amazingly, the North Yorkshire pig farmer in the SBR Crono went four seconds faster to take the full 25 points. There is some great YouTube coverage of the top 4 cars doing circa 140mph in the wet if you search for “CF Photos, British Sprint Championship Round 1 Cadwell Park

Miles seemed chuffed to come 2nd, albeit ten seconds behind, having now got the clutch working and able to hold position on the start line. Goulding was a further 2.3 seconds back, although lucky to have an undamaged car after he went off after the finish and took to the grass, luckily without contacting anything solid! Blackwell, 2.2 behind Goulding was happy with 4th and no drama, was clearly pleased with his traction control modifications made over the winter.

The last four places were taken by the bike-engined cars. The excessive power and no traction control — yet, watch this space we are told! — was a handful for Steven Brown who finished 1.4 seconds back. Then came Nicholas Scott, also running an RLM engine but 1.6l as opposed to Brown’s 1.4l supercharged, who finished some eight seconds further back. Simon Wallis was still having engine cut-out issues and came in 7th another eight seconds down. And finally came John Loudon in his 1.1 Force Tam propelled by a new engine after last season’s seizure.  He was still suffering gear change issues and therefore wasn’t able to rely on any gear above 3rd, but that was the least of his worries as he made a full 360 degree spin to post a time of 234 seconds — might this go down in BSC history as the longest ever point-scoring run?

With many other offs, time was short but BARC managed to squeeze in another timed run, which for BSC purposes was declared beforehand the points-scoring run, with no qualification needed. In case proceedings needed livening up, the heavens promptly opened with another heavy downpour, although the strong winds partially dried the Lincolnshire Wolds undulations and times were quicker.

Working from the tail end upwards, we had two non finishers. Nick Scott’s accident has already been mentioned; the car was manhandled back into the trailer at the end of the day but I am pleased to report that the driver is fine. Next was Steve Brown “I braked 2m too late for Mansfield (the final downhill left hander) and decided to go up the escape road rather than risk the grass”. Wallis found 13 seconds, despite the engine still cutting out, and took the class win.

Blackwell and Goulding got red flagged in the aforementioned Brown incident and got given reruns this time, making up for practice, Blackwell took 4th but going 0.7 secs faster was Goulding who was pleased to secure 3rd.

Some 1.4 secs up the road, the moleracing Van Diemen of Miles had another tidy run for 2nd, but the almighty SBR Crono, designed, run and built by John Hansell and driven by Simon Bainbridge stormed to a win six seconds ahead. If only Simon’s famous big green double decker bus hadn’t blown a hole in its 40-year-old engine on the way home, it would have been a perfect weekend for him!

Results:

Cadwell Park Sprint March 23rd 2023
BARC Midlands
SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 1 & 2

Run-off 1 (Round 1)
            
1. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 90.45s
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 100.47s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 102.79s         
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 104.97s
5. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 106.39s 
6. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 114.36s                    
7. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 122.77s    
8. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 234.61s


Run-off 2 (Round 2)

           
1. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 87.38s            
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 93.41s              
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 94.84s           
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale EcoBoost) 95.61s
5. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 109.44s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 115.90s












 




The Crono mastered Cadwell's wet conditions (Anthony Mitchell amm-photography.co.uk)


Hillam champion after exciting finale at Combe


Event 17 at Castle Combe on 08/10/2022
Arriving at an unseasonally warm and sunny Combe the outcome of the 2022 British Sprint Championship remained in the balance. Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) held a ten point lead over Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) but, while Holmes could be dropping high scores Hillam would be dropping lower ones, so both drivers needed to go for wins. Making matters harder for Holmes was a sick engine that was only performing on seven cylinders but the team had taken steps to manage the problem including running only a single driver at the event.

Qualifying for the first Run Off saw Hillam well ahead, with what turned out to be FTD, of the two Mygale Ecoboosts of Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell, the latter looking to hold on to his third place in the Championship. With only 11 British Sprint competitors present, qualifying was not going to be in doubt so Holmes took it easy to save his equipment.

Run Off one was a dramatic affair. Holmes, using all his experience hauled the smoky Lola around to set an impressive and winning time of 114.15s. The SBD Dallara team weren't employing any team tactics and Steve Broughton was desperate to take his first Run Off win of the season having got close a number of times. Running first, Broughton swept through Camp corner, only for the car to be unsettled by the bump at the apex which threw the Dallara into a lurid slide towards the Armco on the exit of the corner. Just missing the barrier, the car regained the track and continued down the start/finish straight backwards for a few hundred metres before being returned to the paddock. Fortunately there wasn't any damage to the car althought the team's single set of tyres had been compromised a little. Nevertheless, Hillam took to the track for his run and, despite being a second slower than Holmes with a 115.31s, it was enough for second place and a new class record. So, 25 points each but Holmes' lead reduced to three points.

Further back, Goulding took third, despite a loose front wing, with Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) and Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) next up. Blackwell's hopes received a setback when a rear pushrod bent out of shape through the first chicane and his spare was found to have been fitted with the wrong thread!

With the double lap format and a couple of incidents the organisers decided not to go for a fourth timed run so the third was to be the last run of the day and a shoot out between the two main protagonists. Holmes again nursed the big Lola around to take the win while Hillam did what was necessary with a fast, but controlled, run to take second place and the Championship by just two points in an exciting end to the season. Goulding again took third with Broughton, Bainbridge and Miles next up.

Blackwell was able to hold on to third place in the Championship ahead of Broughton and Goulding who overtook an under the weather Miles, for fifth. Grahame Harden (Radical PR06) had another good day, beating the other Radicals present, and finishing tenth in the Championship while Simon Wallis (OMS3000) set a couple of PBs and earned himself 11th place in the Championship.

Results:

Castle Combe, Great Western Sprint October 8th 2022

Bristol MC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 29 & 30

Run Off 1 (Round 29)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 114.15s
2. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 115.31s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 117.17s
4. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 118.22s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 119.96s
6. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 121.26s
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 124.64s
8. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 129.29s
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 130.80s
10. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) FAIL

Run Off 2 (Round 30)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 113.53s
2. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 114.49s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 115.78s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 116.29s
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 116.88s
6. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 118.39s
7. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 119.34s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 123.91s
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 128.47s
10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 131.16s

Final British Sprint Championship 2022 positions:
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 442 points
2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 440 points
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 420 points
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 416 points
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 414 points
6. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 411 points
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 367 points
7=. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 367 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 319 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 314 points
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 299 points
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 295 points
etc.
 

Matt Hillam, 2022 British Sprint champion (Chris Bennett)


Terry Holmes put up a tremendous fight (Chris Bennett)


Simon Wallis, 11th in the Championship (Chris Bennett)


Steve Miles hands Matt Hillam his number for 2023


Hillam closes in


Event 16 at Anglesey on 02/10/2022
Day two of Longton & District Motor Club's Anglesey Autumn Sprint was held over the 3.1Km International circuit and remained dry, if a little cool. Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) scored another pair of Run Off wins to sweep the week-end and close the gap to Championship leader, Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) to just 10 points leaving it all to play for at the season finale at Castle Combe.

The day didn't start well for Holmes as an oil seal blew out, along with the oil, during practice. Repairs were made, shared driver Graham Porrett decided to sit out the event and fingers were crossed.

Morning qualifying for the first Run Off saw Hillam ahead of outgoing Champion, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) who was having one of his most competitive week-ends of the season. Next up were Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara), Holmes and Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost). Following a good day on the Saturday, Grahame Harden (Radical PR06) missed the cut leaving Carole Torkington (OMS CF08 ) and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) as the final two qualifiers.

Hillam took the first Run Off but Holmes wasn't giving up easily and took second from Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) with Miles, Goulding and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) who was suffering from electronic throttle servo problems all week-end, filling the next positions.

Qualifying the for second Run Off was led by Hillam and Broughton (using all the track and taking Church without a lift) in the SBD Dallara following some more weight change adjustments over lunch with Miles, Blackwell and Goulding next up. Holmes, as he often does, took it easy in qualifying to look after his equipment and was sixth. Harden found some speed to qualify tenth at the expense of Wallis who just missed the cut.

In Run Off two Hillam completed his week-end sweep with another masterful run but Holmes found time to take second ahead of Broughton and keep his Championship hopes alive. Miles, Blackwell and Goulding rounded out the top six while John Loudon was still adjusting the the different characteristics of a 1.6t car engine compared with an 1100cc bike engine but pleased to be respectably close to the other two Mygale drivers. He was seventh despite a minor front wing problem. Further back Harden, Mark Anson (Jedi MK6), having his last event of the year and hoping to hang on to a number for 2023, and Torkington (a PB by a couple of seconds) were happy to add to their overall points totals.

On to Castle Combe for the 2022 SBD British Sprint Championship showdown.

Results:

Anglesey, International Circuit October 2nd 2022

Longton & District MC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 27 & 28

Run Off 1 (Round 27)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 75.99s
2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 77.04s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 77.33s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 77.70s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 77.82s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 79.56s
7. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 79.88s
8. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 81.98s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 82.22s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 86.15s
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 86.30s
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 86.75s

Run Off 2 (Round 28)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 75.79s
2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 77.06s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 77.60s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 77.82s
5. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 78.55s
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 80.16s
7. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 80.24s
8. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 80.71s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 81.60s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 83.35s
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 86.32s
12. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 86.65s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 28:
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 435 points
2. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 425 points
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 420 points
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 416 points
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 411 points
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 408 points
7. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 366 points
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 357 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 319 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 307 points
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 295 points
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 292 points
etc.

Terry Holmes fought on at Anglesey (Neil Lambert)


A good week-end for Grahame Harden (Neil Lambert)


John Loudon 'guesting' in the Mygale (Jane Loudon)


Steve Broughton wqas on the pace all week-end (Neil Lambert)


Hillam forges on at Anglesey


Event 15 at Anglesey on 01/10/2022
The first day of Longton & District Motor Club's Anglesey Autumn Sprint was held over 1 lap of  the 1.66Km National circuit and competitors were welcomed with a day of cool and blustery conditions but a 'green' track following torrential rain the day before.

Going in to the week-end, Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) held a small lead over Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) and reigning Champion, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96). A considerable distance further back was Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) but who was, significantly, yet to drop scores so a strong showing could catapult him into Championship contention.

Qualifying for the first Run Off confirmed that the battle for the Championship was definitely on with Hillam leading the way from Holmes and Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost). Further back, without an engine in his Force TA, John Loudon was sharing the Goulding Mygale, qualifying a strong 6th while Rob Tonge was making a Championship re-appearance in his Force TA, qualifying 8th. Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2) had to withdraw with electrical problems.

Run Off one saw Hillam assert his position from qualifying, taking the win by half a second from Steve Broughton, sharing the SBD Dallara, with Miles just a hundredth behind in third. As evidence of the close fight for the Championship Holmes was fourth just 0.06s adrift of Miles.

Qualification for the second Run Off again saw the SBD Dallara to the fore with Hillam leading Broughton, both drivers happy with the handling apart from a touch of oversteer, and the rest of the field largely holding position.

Most competitors found significant time improvements in Run Off two but it was Hillam, who completed the double to halve the deficit to Holmes from 89 to 42 points and establish himself as a credible contender for the Championship, although with four rounds still to go it would be close. Miles took second ahead of Holmes with PB and the three Mygales of Goulding, Blackwell and Loudon. Broughton, keen to score his first Run Off win of the season, was on a flyer with good sector times but a half spin at Church dropped him to the back of the field.

Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) came away with an eighth and tenth finish trying to conserve the last diff in the spares box.

Results:

Anglesey, National Circuit October 1st 2022

Longton & District MC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 25 & 26

Run Off 1 (Round 25)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 47.00s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 47.48s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 47.49s
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 47.55s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 47.99s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 48.30s
7. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 49.32s
8. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 49.59s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 50.77s
10. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 51.03s
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 51.32s
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 51.68s

Run Off 1 (Round 26)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 45.81s
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 46.68s
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 46.91s
4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 48.15s
5. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 48.22s
6. John Loudon (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 49.05s
7. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 49.12s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 49.97s
9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 50.25s
10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 51.31s
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 51.74s
12. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 53.51s

Matt Hillam was on fime form at Anglesey (Neil Lambert)


Rob Tonge was back in the Force TA (Neil Lambert)


Electrical problems for Steve Brown (Neil Lambert)


Steve Miles had a competitive week-end (Jane Loudon)


Hillam makes his bid at Blyton


Event 14 at Blyton Park on 25/09/2022
On Day 2 of Nottingham Sports Car Club's Blyton sprint, held on the Outer Circuit, Matt Hillam got his 2022 title bid back on track with a pair of Run Off wins. Although some way back in the table Matt and the SBD Dallara have yet to drop scores so a brace of wins moved him up the leader board and kept his title hopes alive.

The day thankfully turned out dry even if the morning was a little cool. Qualifying for the first Run Off saw Hillam decisively ahead of Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) and new Championship leader, Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra). Steve Brown's Empire EVO 2 was back running again and qualifed well in seventh and Nick Scott (Force TA) was happy to make the cut in twelth.

Run Off one saw the three top qulaifiers maintain their positions with Hillam taking a comfortable win and Goulding taking an extra point for a new class record. Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) was fourth ahead of Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost), Brown and Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) who was dropping fourth place scores and adopting a 'win or bust' approach. John Loudon (Force TA) was the leading 1100cc car while, winner from the previous day, Simon Bainbridge, posted a fail with a broken diff and was out for the day.

Afternoon qualifying for the second Run Off was an all Dallara affair with Hillam ahead of Broughton but not by much, from the two Mygales of Blackwell and Goulding. Loudon had his oil filter work loose leading to a loss of oil, possible engine damage and his premature withdrawal from the event.

In the second Run Off Hillam maintained his position to take his second win of the day with Blackwell next up from Holmes, putting in a typically competitive run when it all mattered. In the absence of Loudon, Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) was the fastest 1100cc car in ninth, demonstrating his preference for the Outer circuit, ahead of Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M).

Results:

Blyton Park Outer September 25th 2022

NSCC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 23 & 24

Run Off 1 (Round 23)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 54.49s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 55.36s
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 55.78s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 55.82s
5. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 56.20s
6. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 57.67s
7. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 57.84s
8. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.75s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 60.17s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 62.78s
11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 63.80s
12. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) FAIL

Run Off 2(Round 24)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 54.31s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 55.62s
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 55.92s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 55.96s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 56.52s
6. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 56.87s
7. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 59.98s
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 61.02s
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 63.06s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 63.11s
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 63.45s
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 64.47s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 24:
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 426 points
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 419 points
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 404 points
4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 400 points
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 360 points
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 350 points
7. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 346 points
8. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 337 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 312 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 304 points
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 291 points
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 290 points
etc.

Hillam's day at Blyton (Kim Broughton)


A pair of Run Off apearances for Nick Scott (Kim Broughton)


Blackwell fights for the lead and Bainbridge takes a win


Event 13 at Blyton Park on 24/09/2022
Coming in to Round 21 of the 2022 British Sprint Championship at Blyton Park, Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) held a slender 5 point lead over his rivals, some of whom had yet to drop scores so his only strategy had to be go for wins. A win in the first Run Off was a good start but a poor run in the second, which saw Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) take his maiden win, allowed Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) take a six point lead in the Championship.

The Saturday rounds of the Nottingham Sports Car Club organised event were held on Blyton's Eastern circuit and the morning runs were held in cool and dry conditions. Qualifying for the first Run Off saw the SBD Dallara in the hands of Matt Hillam and Steve Broughton leading the way (and benefitting from new tyres) from Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) and Blackwell. Although Hillam was lying well down in the Championship table he hadn't taken in many rounds and was a dark horse for the overall honours at the end of the season. John Loudon (Force TA) qualified seventh with the two other 1100cc cars of Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) to qualify well in ninth and tenth.

The first Run Off was held in the dry with Blackwell just nicking the win from Hillam by three hundredths and, crucially, both bagging an extra point for a new class record. Next up were Holmes, Broughton and reigning Champion, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) with John Loudon (Force TA) sixth and a new class record. Bainbridge was eighth with a new class record while Grahame Harden (Radical PR06) found over two seconds from his qualifying time to take a good ninth.

As the afternoon arrive, so did the rain and both qualifying and Run Off runs were held in the wet. Holmes qualified at the front just ahead of Bainbridge whose SBR Crono always goes well in the wet, aided no doubt, by its aero advantages as well as its AVON wets. Miles was too cautious and almost missed the cut in tenth. DNFs were posted by Anson, who ended up with a very muddy car after a spin at the exist to Wiggler, and the perennially unlucky Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2).

The final Run Off of the day saw Bainbridge use his advantage to take hois first Run Off win of the season by two and a half seconds from Holmes, Broughton, Miles and Hillam - the temperature had dropped and the Pirelli runners were struggling to get heat into their tyres. Both Mygales had dropped back and it was left to Nick Scott (Force TA) and Graham Porrett (Lola Tegra) to take the final points.

Results:

Blyton Park Eastern September 24th 2022

NSCC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 21 & 22

Run Off 1 (Round 21)
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 59.85s
2. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 59.88s
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 61.24s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 61.25s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.34s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 61.76s
7. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 61.92s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 63.44s
9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 66.20s
10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 67.08s
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 67.66s
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 68.56s

Run Off 2 (Round 22)
1. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 69.35s
2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 72.83s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 73.26s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 73.65s
5. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 76.00s
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 77.81s
7. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 77.94s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 79.72s
9. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 79.92s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 81.33s
11. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 81.86s
12. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 82.02s

Simon Bainbridge was master of the wet at Blyton (Kim Broughton)


A win helped Graham Blackwell prolong his championship lead (Kim Broughton)


Robb's return at Knockhill


Event 12 at Knockhill on 04/09/2022
On a day of very mixed conditions, 2011 and 2012 British Sprint champion, Stewart Robb made a return at Knockhill in his Pilbeam MP88 to take a win in the second Run Off of the day after Terry Homes (Lola Tegra) took the first Run Off.

One observer descibed it as "a day of almost all 4 seasons, with biblical rain first thing, then damp by lunchtime and baking sun for the final run of the day! ". Running anti-clockwise on the demanding track, qualifying for the first Run Off was wet with Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) making full use of the car's downforce and its Avon wets to lead the field by a second from Holmes and John Loudon in his nimble 1100cc Force TA. The two championship front runners, Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) and Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF86) were next up followed by Robb, running a new floor at the event and playing himself in.

The first Run Off still needed wets and saw Holmes and Bainbridge reverse their qualifying positions while Miles found some form to take third, five hundredths ahead of Blackwell to reduce Blackwell's championship lead to just three points. Five seconds back were Robb, Loudon and Graham Porrett (Lola Tegra) all covered by half a second. Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M), Grahame Harden (Radical PR06) and Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying for the second Run Off was dry with slicks all round and Holmes maintained his position at the top of the timing sheets ahead of Blackwell and an improving Robb. The final Run Off of the day was held in bright sunshine with, at least, a chance of some new records although it was only Loudon in a good fourth who managed it. But it was left to Robb to complete a successful return and win the Run Off by less than a tenth from Holmes. By coming third with Miles fifth, Blackwell increased his championship lead to five points. Bainbridge was back in sixth, the SBR Crono rebuilt with a new floor after the Shelsley incident, but not as competitve in the dry on its Michelin/Pirelli slick mix.

There are still ten rounds to go and Holmes has now crept up to third, just nine points off the championship lead, but with two low scores to drop is definitely a championship contender along with a couple of other competitors who are further down the leader board but having completed significantly fewer rounds. It could be close at the end.

Note: Thanks to John Stewart of FlatOutPhotogarphy for his usual excellent images

Results:

Knockhill anti clockwise Sept 4 2022

Knockhill Motorsport Club

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 19 & 20

Run Off 1 (Round 19)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 98.53s
2. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 102.08s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 102.37s
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 102.42s
5. Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88-1 GV5) 107.20s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 107.21s
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 107.60s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 109.69s
9. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 110.70s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 116.22s

Run Off 2 (Round 20)
1. Stewart Robb (5.0 Pilbeam MP88-1 GV5) 89.54s
2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 89.63s
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 91.64s
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 93.06s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 93.17s
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 94.09s
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 94.93s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 98.55s
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 100.12s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 102.32s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 20:

1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 408 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 403 points
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 399 points
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 349 points
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 333 points
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 328 points
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 302 points
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 292 points
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 280 points
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 266 points
11. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 257 points
12. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 241 points
etc.


A successful outing for Robb's Pilbeam (John Stewart)


Bainbridge's Crono was quick in the wet (John Stewart)


Terry Holmes is a championship contender (John Stewart)


Graham Blackwell increases his championship lead (John Stewart)


Holmes bags a pair in N.Ireland


Event 10 at Kirkistown on 07/08/2022
For Day Two of the 500 MRCI organised sprint at Kirkistown, all ten British Sprint competitors who had made the trip were present for morning qualification after overnight repairs had been made to the Holmes/Porrett Lola and the Wallis OMS.

Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) led the qualifiers from championship contenders, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) with Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) back in seventh checking out his rebuilt suspension. It was clearly running fine as Holmes stormed to a first Run Off win ahead of Goulding, Miles and John Loudon (Force TA) the leading 1100cc runner. Blackwell was sixth after overshooting the chicane and bending a pushrod which was repaired for the following runs. Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) had his engine cover blow off and was red flagged.

Qualifying for the seond Run Off saw Goulding ahead of Blackwell with Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) finding time to take third.

The final Run Off of the week-end saw Holmes take a comfortable win ahead of Goulding, Bainbridge, Miles and Blackwell. The battle between Blackwell and Miles at the top of the leaderboard intensified with Miles leaving Kirkistown just four points adrift with six round left.

There were fewer quick locals present than on the day before but, nonetheless, Rob Dwane (1.3t OMS 25) took a stunning FTD with a 104.30s run.

Results:

Kirkistown August 7, 2022

500 MRCI

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 17 & 18

Run Off One (Round 17)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 109.34s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 111.08s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 112.70s
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 115.82s
5. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 117.33s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 117.86s
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 118.43s
8. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 121.86s
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 124.08s
10. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) FAIL

Run Off One (Round 18)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 110.15s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 111.92s
3. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 112.28s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 113.68s
5. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 113.94s
6. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 115.66s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 116.44s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 118.98s
9. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 122.35s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 123.34s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 18:

1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 383 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 379 points
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 350 points
4. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 328 points
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 319 points
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 302 points
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 269 points
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 264 points
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 259 points
10. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 257 points
11. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 241 points
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 231 points
etc.
 

Two second places for Pete Goulding (Jimmy Graham)


A fine podium for Simon Bainbridge (Jimmy Graham)


Rob Dwane was mighty fast in the OMS 25 (Jimmy Graham)


A good points haul for Graham Porrett (Jimmy Graham)


Holmes & Miles at Kirkistown day one


Event 9 at Kirkistown on 06/08/2022
Just ten British Sprint competitors made the long trip to Northern Ireland for the 500 Motor Racing Club of Irelan's traditional summer Kirkistown sprint week-end. As usual they were joined by a number of local 'hot shoes' keen to show the visitors that there were fast sprinters in these parts. They weren't wrong.

Using the one and a half mile 'traditional long circuit', qualifying for the first Run Off saw Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) comfortably ahead of the two Mygale Ecoboosts of Pete Goulding and Championship leader, Graham Blackwell with reigning Champion, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) next up.

The first Run Off was remarkable in that the first four maintained their qualifying positions with very similar times and gaps. John Loudon was the fastest 1100cc runner in fifth while Simon Baingbridge lost a lot of time to finish ninth and Simon Wallis posted a 'fail' due to a broken CV joint.

Qualifying for Run Off Two saw Goulding fractionally ahead of Miles with Blackwell, Porrett (Lola Tegra) and Bainbridge behind. Holmes was back in ninth after a lower shock absorber mounting bolt snapped. The Lola Tegra was out for the afternoon but enough parts were sourced to effect a repair for the following day.

The up and down day continued into Run Off Two when Miles (managing overheating issues) just outpaced Bainbridge by a couple of tenths to get his title defence back on track and a little closer to Blackwell who came home third. Loudon was fourth having sorted out some wheel bearing issues with the help of another competitor.

Goulding and Loudon both took an extra point for setting new class records.

And what of the locals? Rob Dwane in a 1.3t OMS 25 took FTD, with a 107.04 over three seconds ahead of Holmes while Tim Woodside (Pilbeam MP82) was only just pipped for third FTD by Goulding. Ryan McGimpsey also set some very competitive times in his enthusiastically driven 1.3 Jedi.

Results:

Kirkistown August 6, 2022

500 MRCI

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 15 & 16

Run Off One (Round 15)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 110.29s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 112.20s
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 113.56s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 114.63s
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 116.54s
6. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 117.95s
7. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 120.75s
8. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 132.28s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 164.32s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) fail

Run Off Two (Round 16)
1. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 113.03s
2. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 113.22s
3. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 114.27s
4. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 117.05s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 117.63s
6. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 119.35s
7. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 123.40s

Holmes was in command until his suspension failed (Jimmy Graham)


A welcome win for Steve Miles (Jimmy Graham)


Tim Woodside's Pilbeamwent well (Jimmy Graham)


Ryan McGimpsey's Jedi bounces off the kerbs (Jimmy Graham)


Holmes & Hillam share Lydden spoils


Event 8 at Lydden Hill on 16/07/2022
The Ray Heal memorial sprint, organised by five southern motor clubs, at Lydden Hill was held during one of the hottest spells in living memory but mercifully Saturday July 16th in East Kent was cooler than the preceding (and indeed following) days so competitors didn't have extreme temperatures to deal with. One thing they did have to deal with though was a very dusty track (despite the venue's best efforts to sweep and clean) - a legacy of both Rallycross activities and the continuing works to upgrade the track, paddock and facilities.

Practice was largely uneventful except for those visiting Lydden for the first time and trying to get their heads around the camber and elevation changes - and for Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2)  who had the throttle stick open going around Chessons Drift and while this was quickly fixed other electronic issues and misfires would appear from time to time.

Qualifying for the first Run Off saw Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) a couple of tenths ahead of Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) with Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) hot on their heels - benefitting from the Dallara's preference for warm conditions to get the tyres up to temperature. Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) was next up, fresh from a successful (with a PB) run out at Blyton the week before, with reigning British Sprint champion Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96), championship leader Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) and Simon Bainbridge, not so fresh from the 300+ mile journey down from the North East with the SBR Crono. Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) were pleased to qualify 11th and 12th.

Run Off 1 saw Holmes and Hillam still tied together with Holmes taking the top spot by just 5 hundredths with Broughton nearly a second back in third. Blackwell (overcoming some old tyres and a fractured steering wheel(!)) improved to take fourth ahead of Miles, Goulding and Brown. John Loudon (Force TA) was the fastest 1100, half a second ahead of Chris Jones in a similar car - both were later to break Gary Thomas' twelve year old class record.

Qualifying for the second Run Off saw Hillam repeat his earlier effort, 0.8s ahead of Broughton after Holmes had a big spin coming out of Chessons and needing to be towed back. Brown put in a cracking effort for third, the car running as it should, half a second behind Broughton with Miles, Blackwell and Goulding next up. Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) was pleased to make the cut in the final qualifying position.

In the second Run Off (a standalone affair this time as the curfew was rapidly approaching) Hillam maintained his form to take the win and a new class record from Broughton and Miles who made a big improvement to finish 3 hundredths adrift and with a PB having found the rear brake bias to be well off its normal settings. Torkington completed a successful day with a PB and a sub 70s time for tenth place.

In the championship, Blackwell retained his lead with Miles staying 9 points behind and with Holmes another 25 points back.

Results:

Lydden Hill, July 16 2022

Borough 19 Motor Club
Maidstone & Mid Kent Motor Club
Tunbridge Wells Motor Club
Sevenoaks & District Motor Club
Lydden Hill Motorsport Club

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 13 & 14

Run Off One (Round 13)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 65.88s
2. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 65.93s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 66.89s
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 67.35s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 67.81s
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 68.09s
7. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 68.43s
8. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 69.04s
9. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 69.61s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 70.88s
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 71.10s
12. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 97.03s

Run Off Two (Round 14)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 65.66s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 66.19s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 66.22s
4. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 67.29s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 67.54s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 67.55s
7. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 67.83s
8. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 68.28s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 69.20s
10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 69.79s
11. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 70.69s
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 71.22s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 14
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 296 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 287 points
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 262 points
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 257 points
5. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 241 points
6. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 233 points
6=. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 233 points
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 225 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 203 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 193 points
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 188 points
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 184 points
etc.


A win and a spin for Terry Holmes (Kim Broughton)


A first and a second for Matt Hillam (Kim Broughton)


A fine third place for Steve Brown (Kim Broughton)


John Loudon plunges down Hairy Hill for a good result (Jane Loudon)


Holmes sweeps wet Pembrey


Event 7 at Pembrey on 05/06/2022
Day two of BARC Wales Summer Sprint at Pembrey started out wet and finished wet with brief interludes of a drier track. Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) stayed on his wet AVONs all day and completed his sweep of the week-end with two more Run Off wins.

Qualifying for the first Run Off saw Holmes well ahead of the rest with Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96), the car now performing properly with its rake put back to more normal levels, Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono), Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost), Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara on wet settings) and Chris Jones (Force TA). Carole Torkington (OMS CF08) and Mark Anson were pleased to make the Run Off in 11th and 12th places while Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) and Nick Scott (Force TA) both posted 'fails'.

By the time the first Run Off came around it had stopped raining and most of the field elected for slicks - except for Holmes who found 4 seconds from his qualifying run and emerged the winner by a couple of tenths from Steve Broughton, happy with the Dallara's handling in the changing conditions. The Dallara's other driver, Matt Hillam doesn't enjoy changing conditions and was down in eleventh. In third and fourth were Miles and Jones, the latter redeeming himself after a spin on Saturday although the car ended the run smoking and had to be taken back to the paddock for investigation. Next up were the Mygale Ecoboosts of Goulding and Blackwell ahead of John Loudon (Force TA). while Anson and Torkington reversed their qualifyfing positions in ninth and tenth.

The final run of the day had to count as a Run Off and the rain had stated to fall again so it was onto wets for everyone. It eased a bit during the runs which menat that the early runners had the worst of the conditions but Holmes, who enjoys wet conditions, ran out an easy winner from Broughton and Goulding. Simon Bainbridge put in a strong run to get the big SBR Crono up to fourth ahead of Miles, Blackwell and Jones. Carole Torkington completed a successful week-end with an eleventh place result.

Results:

Pembrey, National Circuit, June 5th 2022

BARC Wales

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 11 & 12

Run Off One (Round 11)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 100.46s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 100.70s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 102.74s
4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 103.97s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 104.03s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 105.10s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 109.80s
8. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 114.98s
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 115.37s
10. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 116.44s
11. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 117.90s
12. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 122.97s

Run Off Two (Round 12)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 100.53s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 102.08s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 105.28s
4. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 105.91s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 106.42s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 107.76s
7. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 110.12s
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 110.23s
9. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 111.78s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 112.13s
11. Carole Torkington (1.5 OMS CF08) 112.62s
12. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 114.53s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 12
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 252 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 243 points
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 237 points
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 210 points
5. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 194 points
6. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 193 points
7. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 192 points
8. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 191 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 175 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 169 points
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 163 points
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 155 points
etc.


 

Two wins for Holmes in the wet (Kim Broughton)


Mark Anson, 9th in Run Off 1 (Kim Broughton)


A pair of seconds for Steve Broughton (Kim Broughton)


Two good scores for Grahame Harden's Radical (Kim Broughton)


Holmes wins at Pembrey


Event 6 at Pembrey on 04/06/2022
The 2022 BARC Wales Summer Sprint week-end began in dry and warm conditions but not without difficulties. Competitors had been expected to be running on the National circuit but with a few minutes before practice commenced it was confirmed that the Saturday event would be held on the Clubman track. The left right sequence between Paddock and Senna had another right turn on to the Rallycross track in the middle of the sequence which caught a lot of competitors out, spins, red flags and recoveries. Other drivers were struggling to find the pit lane entrance with the addition of several Rallycross exits off the back straight which led to further delays.

As a result of all this it was only possible to get in two timed runs and thus a single Top 12 Run Off.

Qualification for the first Run Off saw Terry Holmes, the Lola Tegra now running reliably and not giving its two drivers any problems, half a second ahead of Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara). Behind these two came Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara), Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost), Chris Jones (Force TA), Peter Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) and Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) all covered by a couple of seconds.

In the Run Off Holmes found a second to take a comfortable win from Blackwell, Hillam, Broughton, Goulding and Miles. Missing were Jones (a spin at Brooklands) and poor Steve Brown (Empire EVO2) who had a propshaft fail coming out of Honda, break a wishbone leaving him up against the pit wall by the start line. Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) just made the Run Off and had a spin but kept the car on track for tenth with the two fails.

Despite the limited running Blackwell, Hillam, Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) and Jones all manages to set new class records.

Reigning Champion, Steve Miles eventually found the reason for his sub par performance. Just before the event he removed the shock absorbers to repair a leak but got the settings wrong on re-installation leaving the front higher than the rear! Sorted for Sunday.

Results:

Pembrey, Clubmans Circuit, June 4th 2022

BARC Wales

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 9 & 10

Run Off One (Round 9)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 102.27s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 103.92s
3. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 104.22s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 105.11s
5. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 106.81s
6. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 107.01s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 107.10s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 108.13s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 110.06s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 123.27s
11. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) FAIL
12. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) FAIL

Run Off Two (Round 10) Cancelled


 

A second place and class record for Graham Blackwell (Kim Broughton)


Third for Matt Hillam'ss Dallara (Kim Broughton)


John Loudon's Force TA took seventh (Jane Loudon)


Steve Miles celebrates the Jubilee (Kim Broughton)


Hillam's Blyton double


Event 5 at Blyton Park on 15/05/2022
The second day of the Longton & District Blyton Spring sprint week-end was held on the venue's tricky Outer circuit and saw Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) take a pair of fine wins in the car that had been repaired and rebuilt overnight.

Qualifying for the first Run Off saw Hillam well in command from Championship leader, Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) and the improving Steve Brown (Empire Evo 2). They were followed, at some distance, by Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96), Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) and one of the Run Off winners from the previous day, Terry Holmes in the Lola Tegra.

In Run Off one, Blackwell pushed Hillam hard for the win and was only a couple of tenths adrift with Broughton taking third ahead of Brown (in his best result in the Empire), Miles and Holmes. Next up was Rob Tonge in the Force TA who also set a new Class record despite suffering from some gearbox potentiometer problems during the week-end..

Qualifying for the second Run Off saw Hillam maintain his position at the ehad of the bunch from Miles and Holmes.

Run Off two was a repeat of the first, at least for the top three runners with Hillam taking a more comfortable win by nearly a second from Blackwell and Broughton. The 1100cc runners, John Loudon (Force TA), Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) completed their successful week-ends in 6th, 9th and tenths all having scored well in each Run Off. Hillam, Blackwell and Loudon each gained a bonus point for a new Class record.

Results:

Blyton Part, Outer Circuit, May 15th 2022

L&DMC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 7 & 8


Run Off 1 (Round 7)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 55.69s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 55.88s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 56.38s
4. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 57.29s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 57.60s
6. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 57.68s
7. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 58.52s
8. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.91s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 59.12s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 60.06s
11. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 60.83s
12. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 61.51s

Run Off 2 (Round 8)
1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 54.65s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 55.59s
3. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 55.76s
4. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 56.06s
5. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 56.11s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 58.17s
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 58.71s
8. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 58.85s
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 59.79s
10. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 59.91s
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 60.85s
12. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) fail

British Sprint Championship positions after round 8
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 187 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 179 points
3. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 162 points
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 140 points
5. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 139 points
5=. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 139 points
7. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 138 points
8. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 127 points
8=. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 127 points
8=. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 127 points
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 123 points
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 120 points

Matt Hillam, unstoppable at Blyton (Kim Broughton)


Simon Bainbridge in the SBR Crono (Anthony Mitchell)


Steve Brown, committed in the Empire (Anthony Mitchell)


Steve Miles lies second in the Championship (Anthony Mitchell)


Blackwell moves ahead at Blyton


Event 4 at Blyton Park on 14/05/2022
The first day of the Longton & District Blyton Spring sprint week-end was held in fine conditions on the venue's Eastern circuit and saw Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost) take a win in the first Run Off and move into the lead of the 2022 British Sprint Championship.

The first drama of the day didn't take long to unfold for the SBD Dallara team as Matt Hillam completed his practice run with smoke appearing from the back of the car. Further investigation revealed a 'foreign body' trapped against an idler pulley with smoke coming from friction against the cam belt. New parts were needed so John Hughes offered to undertake the 8 hour round trip back to base while the rest of the team took the car apart and removed the engine in the Blyton 'hanger'. Amazingly by 8pm all was well and the team ready for the following day. It was going to be worth it.....

Qualifying for the first Run Off was an all Mygale affair with Pete Goulding (Mygale Ecoboost) leading the way from Blackwell by half a second from reigning champion Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96, running a new high downforce rear wing) and Rob Tonge, who put in a cracking run in his 1.4 Busa powered Force TA.

The first Run Off saw the leading Mygales swap places with Blackwell taking the win by the narrowest of margins (0.03s and a new record) from Goulding. Miles was third ahead of Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra). The big Lola was running a new exhaust and was set for a trouble free week-end for a change (not even 'taking the engine cover off' at the end of the day). Tonge maintained his strong pace to take fifth from the leading 1100cc runner, John Loudon (Force TA) and Steve Brown (Empire Evo 2). Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono) was running an unusual tyre choice - Pirellis at the back and Michelins on the front - but a Fail in the first Run Off cost him a good result.

Qaulifying for the second Run Off saw Goulding post a Fail after "kissing the apex tyre wall at Bishops" although with a front wheel bent back against the cockpit and brake lines ripped off it seemed a bit more of a 'full on snog' quipped another competitor! This left Holmes to qualify quickest ahead of Blackwell, Miles, Tonge and a recovering Bainbridge. Graham Porrett (Lola Tegra) made the cut after finding more that three and a half seconds over his earlier attempt.

Holmes continued to chip away at his times and, improving by a second from the first Run Off, saw him take the win in the second Run Off. Blackwell couldn't repeat his earlier time and took second place ahead of Miles, Tonge and Bainbridge. Next up were Brown, Loudon and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M). Such was the overall improvement in times that Bainbridge, Tonge and Loudon all set new Class records.

Results:

Blyton Part, Eastern Circuit, May 14th 2022

L&DMC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 5 & 6


Run Off 1 (Round 5)
1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 60.00s
2. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 60.03s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.14s
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 61.55s
5. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 62.25s
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 62.56s
7. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 63.18s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 64.01s
9. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 65.89s
10. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 65.97s
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 68.12s
12. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) FAIL

Run Off 2 (Round 6)
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 60.47s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 60.92s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 61.08s
4. Robert Tonge (1.4 Force TA) 62.22s
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 62.32s
6. Steven Brown (1.3s Empire Evo2) 62.77s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 63.07s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 65.05s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 65.12s
10. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 66.69s
11. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 67.53s
12. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) FAIL

British Sprint Championship positions after round 6

1. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 138 points
2. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 136 points
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 127 points
4. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 121 points
5. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 102 points
6. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 100 points
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 96 points
7=. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 96 points
9. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 94 points
9=. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 94 points
11. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 88 points
12. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 87 points

A win and the championship lead for Graham Blackwell (Anthony Mitchell)


A trouble free day and a win for Terry Holmes (Anthony Mitchell)


A pair of excellent results for Rob Tonge (Anthony Mitchell)


Fastest 1100 and a new record for John Loudon (Anthony Mitchell)


Hillam's double at Anglesey International


Event 3 at Anglesey on 03/04/2022
The second day of L&DMC's Spring Anglesey sprint dawned clear but very cold with overnight teperatures dropping well below freezing and competitors in tents were taking a while to warm up - themselves not the cars!

Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) led the qualifiers for the first Run Off by nearly a second from reigning Champion, Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96) followed by Graham Blackwell and Pete Goulding in the Mygale Ecoboosts. Next up was Steve Broughton (SBD Dallara) who was suffering from severe neck pain after a kerb incident testing at Llandow followed by the V8 powered pair of Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) and Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono). Chris Jones' Force was running without its engine cover to try and mitigate excessive inlet air temperatures but a spin at the first corner destroyed the starter motor and he had to be towed back - it was replaced and he would re-appear later. Steve Brown also completed a run without an engine cover but the difference was - he started with one! No serious gamage though.

The first Run Off was a Dallara/Mygale affair with Hillam taking the win by half a second from Blackwell (new class record), Goulding and Broughton. Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2) and Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) had their cars going well in seventh and eight places.

Qualifying for the second Run Off saw Broughton ahead of Miles, Hillam and Goulding. Then came Blackwell and Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) a couple of tenths apart. Jones was back in seventh, still in familiarisation mode, ahead of Wallis and Graham Porrett (Lola Tegra). Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) and Grahame Harden (Radical PR6) made the cut in 11th and 12th places.

Run Off 2 was a battle between the two Dallara drivers following some major changes over the lunch break. Broughton was on a great run and ahead of Hillam for much of the lap but lost vital time understeering in one corner and was edged out by Hillam by 6 hundredths. Broughton's consolation was a 4 point lead in the Championship however. Sharing third place were Chris Jones, who put in a storming run to lower the class record by a second and a half, and Blackwell who completed the week-end equal fourth in the Championship. Steve Miles admitted to trying too hard and getting first gear at the banked hairpin and dropping a second as a result leaving him a disappointed fifth.

Results:

Anglesey, International Circuit, April 3rd 2022

L&DMC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 3 & 4


Run Off 1 (Round 3)

1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 76.85s
2. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 77.35s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 77.80s
4. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 78.02s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 78.09s
6. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 79.58s
7. Steven Brown (1.3t Empire Evo2) 80.10s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 82.32s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 83.55s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 84.32s
11. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 84.56s
12. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 84.72s

Run Off 2 (Round 4)

1. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 76.72s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 76.78s
3= Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 78.42s
     Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 78.42s
5. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 78.65s
6. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 78.81s
7. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 79.03s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 82.80s
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 83.22s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 84.61s
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 85.45s
12. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 86.39s

British Sprint Championship positions after round 4

1. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 94 points
2= Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 90 points
    Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 90 points
4= Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 88 points
    Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 88 points
6. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 74 points
7= Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 67 points
    Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 67 points
9. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 66 points
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 64 points
11= John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 60 points
      Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 60 points

A pair of Run Off wins for Matt Hillam (Kim Broughton)


Chris Jones took an impressive third (=) (Neil Lambert)


A consistent week-end for Graham Blackwell (Neil Lambert)


Simo Wallis made both Run Offs (Neil Lambert)


Goulding and Miles share honours at Anglesey


Event 2 at Anglesey on 02/04/2022

Following the removal of the Cadwell Park round from the 2022 SBD Motorsport UK HSA British Sprint Championship calendar the opening rounds became the Anglesey Spring sprint week-end on April 2 & 3.

Most of the championship regulars were present with a few changes to report. Series champion, Steve Miles, hadn't updated the highly developed Van Diemen RF96 much over the winter break but had invested in a new trailer fitted out with all the mod cons. The SBD Dallara of Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam appeared with a host of new aero appendages following some intensive development work, a new big bore, short stroke XE motor and smaller tyres. John Loudon had swapped his Force PT for a new Force TA decked out in the colours of his sponsor, Laser Tools. The Force TA of Chris Bennett and Chris Jones was making a re-appearance having finally managed to get the car running reliably.

The Saturday morning welcomed competitors with steady rain which only just abated as practice commenced on the National circuit. It remained cold and damp for qualifying for the first Run Off by which time many runners had already managed at least one spin. With everyone on wet tyres it was two AVON shod runners that led the qualifiers with Terry Holmes (Lola Tegra) ahead of Simon Bainbridge (SBR Crono). Next up were Jones, Miles and Graham Porrett (Lola Tegra).

By the time Run Off 1 came around it was time for slicks and the times tumbled. Pete Goulding had the Mygale Ecoboost going well and took the win by 0.7s from Broughton and Miles who were separated by 4 hundredths. Next up was Jones running old (like three and a half years) tyres by over a second from Holmes and Graham Blackwell (Mygale Ecoboost). Then came Porrett, Bainbridge and Hillam (not as comfortable with the Dallara handling as Broughton) with Grahame Harden (Radical PR6), Mark Anson (Jedi MK6) and Nick Scott (Force TA) rounding out the Top 12.

Qualifying for the second Run Off saw Miles, Goulding and Jones at the top of the time sheet. Loudon, Simon Wallis (OMS 3000M) and Steve Brown (Empire EVO 2) made the cut at the expense of Anson, Scott and Porrett.

The second Run Off featured the same four drivers in the top places and was won by Miles, a couple of tenths ahead of Broughton followed by Goulding and Jones. Further back Steve Brown was eleventh and suffering gear selection problems while Terry Holmes had a big spin coming out of Seamans and had to be towed back.

Results:

Anglesey, National Circuit, April 2nd 2022

L&DMC

SBD Motorsport UK British Sprint Championship Rounds 1 & 2


Run Off 1 (Round 1)

1. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 48.37s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 49.10s
3. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 49.14s
4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 49.93s
5. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) 51.13s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 51.32s
7. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra T90) 52.67s
8. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 53.04s
9. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 53.51s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 55.62s
11. Mark Anson (1.1 Jedi Mk6) 55.99s
12. Nicholas Scott (1.6 Force TA) 59.79s

Run Off 2 (Round 2)

1. Stephen Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 47.83s
2. Steve Broughton (2.0 Dallara F399) 48.09s
3. Peter Goulding (1.6t Mygale FF 200) 48.35s
4. Chris Jones (1.0 Force TA) 49.14s
5. Matthew Hillam (2.0 Dallara F399) 49.20s
6. Graham Blackwell (1.6t Mygale Ecoboost) 49.23s
7. John Loudon (1.1 Force TA) 50.58s
8. Simon Wallis (1.1 OMS 3000M) 50.78s
9. Simon Bainbridge (4.2t SBR Crono) 52.22s
10. Grahame Harden (1.3 Radical PR6) 53.31s
11. Steven Brown (1.3t Empire Evo2) 72.74s
12. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra Judd) DNF

Reigning champion, Steve Miles, began 2022 with a win (Neil Lambert)


John Loudon's new Force TA in wet practice (Neil Lambert)


Despite the conditions Steve Broughton scored a pair of 2nd places (Kim Broughton)


No time for the scenery as Pete Goulding takes a win (Neil Lambert)


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