Round 10 2013 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Kirkistown-7th July 2013

Curfew stopped play

Organised by 500MRCI

by Paul Parker

A customarily much lighter entry was present on the Sunday. Fortuitous given the later start time, catering for the needs of local church goers. Terry Holmes and Graham Porrett had effected repairs, so were runners again. So the British Sprint Championship ran all entrants again.

There was nonetheless one issue which took much time, with various meetings and modifications taking place. After the course was laid out by the Track Manager (and seen by competitors on their walk of the course and by me, when the Track Manager drove me round first thing, cones were introduced (on the track) at the insistence of the MSA Steward, to the chicane on the back straight. Only post event did I discover, after an e-mail exchange between myself and the MSA Track Inspector John Symes, that the cones shouldn't have been there in the first place!

In the Sports Libre class all three runners were covered by a second and half. Both Kurt Ramsden and Jim Belt again managing to beat Rory Stephens' SR8. Amongst the 1100s Grahame Harden was in something of a class of his own (despite missing this day last year following an altercation with the scenery)finishing nearly 7 seconds clear of the opposition. Sadly Louise Calder's day came to a blunt and sudden end when her engine siezed solid.

In the 1600s Glyn Sketchley, unusually for him, took a second timed run. It was worthwhile as it gave him a 3 second improvement to qualify 3rd overall. Steve Miles did something one just should not, in a shared car, having an off in his first timed run, so was left with just his second run to count (which was half a second slower than Glyn's first timed run). Bill Gouldthorpe just did enough to qualify 12th (but that was enough to outperform the three FVL's behind him.)

John Graham was again top 2 litre runner finishing comfortably clear of the Martin Webb and Tony Jarvis pairing. These three however were all clear of the Dermot Nolan (sharing with Phil Price for the weekend, squeezing into the car)Reynard 903 Peugeot and the three FVLs.

Terry Holmes and Graham Porrett proved the effectiveness of their repair to qualify 2nd and 4th respectively. Mike Musson, because of it being haymaking season, seemed insistent in following the lead of the local framers in both his timed runs, being unable to finish either run uncharacteristically. Colin Calder took both his timed runs, both in the 106s to qualify top. Terry Holmes and Colin Calder's times left them clear of Southern Irish ace Simon McKinley, whose style through the chicane on the pit straight was a sight to behold, concluding his "demonstration" through this complex "adjacent" to the pit lane barrier on each occasion.

Such was the time lost, combined with the later start time, meant that as timed runs were completed, the circuit curfew arrived. This was fortuitous for those booked on the 7.30pm ferry as had the Top 12 Run Off run after the curfew they would have been left with a dilemma! However that controversial back straight chicane issue will now not recur in future years, and so future year's visitors will have the same format on both chicanes of simply kerbs on entry and exit to both.


1. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould-NME GR55) 106.49 2. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Judd T90) 111.67 3. Glyn Sketchley (1.5 Force PT-Suzuki) 115.65 4. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Judd T90) 116.07 5. John Graham (2.0 Dallara-Vauxhall F397) 116.23 6. Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara-Vauxhall F399) 118.88 7. Steve Miles (1.6 OMS-Suzuki) 119.19 8. Kurt Ramsden (1.5t Radical SR3) 120.17 9. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara-Vauxhall F399) 120.75 10. Jim Belt (1.5t Radical SR3) 121.23 11. Grahame Harden (1.0 Jedi-Yamaha) 122.04 12. Bill Gouldthorpe (1.6 OMS-Suzuki) 124.17