Weather has always been an issue on our past visits to Knockhill. Well this time, on the Saturday, although we did have rain during the day. it didn't adversely affect issues when it mattered. This was a much busier programme than we have been accustomed to in the past. We shared track time with KMSC's Super Lap Scotland (Time Attack in a not dissimilar form) but also our friend from Croft circuit, Terry Wright, brought his DDMC race series too, but also there were other features over the weekend intermingled amongst all this. A combination of teamwork between the Sprint element's Clerk of the Course and BMSA Chairman Peter Howgate together with excellent co-operation of the competitors meant that this element ran more slickly than it had ever done, and well within the timescale allocated (except for the Top 12 Run Off when the Event Director rather slipped up in the time allowance for that in constructing the timetable.
The event saw a number of returnees. Terry Holmes & Graham Porrett, after a long saga over the winter and spring about which a book could be written, eventually managed to get their engine rebuilt and made their 2015 debut, and in a slick new colour scheme. Also coming back were father and son Roy & John Munro, not having been with us since the Anglesey closing weekend last year, John Munro having started his season racing Mazda MX5s. Sadly, having been let down by his transmission company despite promises made, father and daughter Colin & Heather Calder were unable to bring the Gould. Colin was planning on picking up some points sharing with younger daughter Louise in the Jedi as she made her seasonal debut. Martin Webb was only available on the Sunday, as he attended a wedding in Yorkshire on the Saturday.
All seemed to go fairly smoothly in the timed runs, Terry Holmes & Graham Porrett understandably taking things gently, but the wet second run lead many not to bother and of those that did lead to one spinner and slower times, it not really being wet enough for wets but some tried. John Graham finished on top of the timed runs, with the Mark Smith/Craig Sampson partnership close together, but some way adrift. There was then another interval where the closely match Colin Calder and John Munro were to be found.
At the end of the day came the Top 12 Run Off. John Graham, as if he didn't have enough to cope with one of his sheep having damaged his knee, so was wearing a light cast in support, discovered his car decided it would have a mind of its own when it came to gear changing. Only post-event was it discovered that it was suffering with a corrupt programme, a matter swiftly corrected in just a few minutes. So poor John's times were some way away from his timed run time (which was in the 80s). So the only Top 12 runner, with a time in the 80s, was Terry Holmes which won Saturday's event, which was some sort of payback for the trauma the pair had endured! In second spot, and under the 2 litre record in doing so, was Mark Smith, and then came John Graham back in 3rd spot, which given his earlier time was a disappointment for him. In 4th came Craig Sampson as ever he and Mark Smith are never far apart. Next up was Steve Miles, beginning a particularly successful weekend, having spent much time earlier applying decals from a new sponsor he had acquired, only a few hundredths adrift of Sampson. Then a little way adrift was the 1100 battle, on the circuit format probably best suited to them of the two over the weekend, Colin Calder overcoming John Munro by a little over half a second. Next was Jim Belt, also in sub record territory resetting the Sports Libre mark. Behind was Tony Jarvis, chased by Graham Porrett, then the remaining pair of 1100s Roy Munro and Richard Arrowsmith.
1. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd T90/50)89.81; 2. Mark Smith (2.0 SBD Reynard DB Mk1)90.80; 3. John Graham (2.8 Gould-NME GR55B)91.59; 4. Craig Sampson (2.0 SBD Reynard DB Mk1) 91.74; 5. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen-SBD Duratec RF96M) 91.77; 6. Colin Calder (1.0 Jedi Mk1) 95.31; 7. John Munro (1.0 OMS 2000M) 95.97; 8. Jim Belt (3.0 Juno TR400) 97.98; 9. Tony Jarvis (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 99.40; 10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd T90/50) 99.52; 11. Roy Munro (1.0 OMS 2000M) 102.45; 12. Richard Arrowsmith (1.0 Force PC)110.50.