The day before the Championship Co-Ordinator had been at Knockhill where he enjoyed a warm, sunny day and 16 degrees. Sadly the "warm and sunny" bit was not to be seen until the afternoon for a while but the day was dry throughout. The event unfortunately had a few folk missing. Peter Howgate (dropped valve guide) was awaiting his engine rebuild, John Graham had planned to start his season at Croft but was also awaiting the completion of the engine rebuild of his new mount, Terry Graves had his gears on order to enable his new car to attain Sprint speeds and Mike Musson had discovered shortcomings in the nose and front wing of his car which had to be attended to before re-appearing.
Everyone had missed Croft, there not having been Sprint events at the facility for the previous three years, but the same friendly reception was evident. Also apparent was an excellent new catering facility. Back after a year away was Roy Munro, this time accompanied by his son John, who will also be joining the British Sprint Championship when he has the requisite signatures to upgrade his licence, but Croft was his first event! Also back was Nick Algar also not alone having son Luke as co-pilot in the ex Mike Musson car. The Sports Libre fraternity was enjoying an upswing in numbers with many of them having their first British Sprint Championship outing. Included in this group was Mark Dempster, but sadly he was unable to enjoy much of the day with a problem during practice. Similarly afflicted was Jim Belt who broke some driveshaft bolts during practice, replacements were acquired.
Amongst the Sports Libre family it was a Radical battle during practice, half a second splitting Kurt Ramsden and Matt Carter. Mike Manning was amazing all present, on his first British Sprint Championship outing (although he had planned to start at Castle Combe but a problem after his winter engine rebuild meant his engine couldn't be fitted), with his "launches", although the nature of the car prevented him being quite at the level of the pure Sports Racers. In the 1100s John Munro lead the way, with Richard Arrowsmith close on his heels, and Roy Munro, despite years of Speed Event experience, was enjoying a whole new element of experience, Sprints on a Race Circuit, he was like a kid with a new toy! Among the 2000s all the usual runners were on the pace, but Nick Algar and son Luke, were struggling with the car proving unwilling to provide outright pace. All the unlimited runners were on the pace during practice.
In the timed runs Jim Belt produced a quick run on his sole run (enough, it proved, to qualify for the Top 12 Run Off) but the car came back to the paddock making some strange noises and a damaged diff was provisionally diagnosed. Kurt Ramsden was enjoying the benefit of a winter engine rebuild and was very quick, and Matt Carter was not a huge amount behind him. John Munro proved comfortably quickest of the 1100s and Roy Munro and Richard Arrowsmith were separated by mere tenths. Bill Gouldthorpe & Carole Torkington were discovering an historic March 79B to be one hurdle too difficult to overcome. Nick Algar had a rear wishbone fail on his only timed run attempt (although he did participate in the 3rd timed runs later, once a replacement set of wishbones were collected from their workshop). The Redditch duo of Martin Webb and Tony Jarvis both qualified for the Top 12 but were unable to take part as a 10mm piece of the gearchange mechanism had failed! Mark Smith qualified fastest of the 2000s but got carried away with himself and spun at the chicane during his 2nd timed run. Graham Porrett also mirrored that self same shortcoming during his second timed run.
|1||Heather Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||67.49secs|
|2||Terry Holmes||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||67.70secs|
|3||Colin Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||67.83secs|
|4||Mark Smith||2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH2||70.33secs|
|5||Steve Miles,/td>||2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm13||70.57secs|
|6||Steve Broughton||2.0 SBD Dallara F399/01||73.53secs|
|7||Kurt Ramsden||1.5 Radical SR3 turbo||74.45secs|
|8||Matt Carter||1.4 Radical PR6||76.73secs|
|9||Matt Hillam||2.0 SBD Dallara F399/01||76.77secs|
|10||Graham Porrett||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||78.17secs|
|11||Mike Manning||2.0t Ford Puma||81.73secs|
|12||Roy Munro||1.0 OMS Zoom||84.23secs|