Round 3 2014 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Lydden Hill-10th May 2014

SBD Territory

Organised by Tunbridge Wells Motor Club

by Paul Parker

The weather forecast did not bode well for this event. However the strangest happening lead to initially the second timed run and certainly the Top 12 Run Off taking place in far better weather conditions than were feared. The weather forecast rather suggested a damp (at best) event. And that was how the day began. However a most unfortunate happening enabled us to enjoy far better weather than was feared. One of the event's Roadgoing fraternity had a most unfortunate incident on the exit from Paddock Hill Bend. This lead to a recovery flat bed truck being mobilised to effect the retrieval of the unfortunate soul. However during the course of the recovery the truck managed to offload much of its hydraulic fluid on to the track. Ordinarily this would be a most unfortunate incident. However in view of the time taken to repair the damage that this had caused to the track, the wet weather had gone away! Dry (and sunny) weather then took its place for the remainder of the event.

The event suffered from its usual shortcomings in British Sprint Championship entry, being short of a number of North of England and Scottish entrants in addition to which there were three further entrants who were missing (one engine, one electrical and one chassis). So it would have been expected that Terry Holmes would benefit. However sadly incidents during both timed runs meant he failed to qualify and thus benefit from the entry shortfall, and become sadly the only non qualifier amongst the entry. The bottom qualifier was Tony Jarvis who had taken things gently thinking that the Top 12 Run Off wouldn't materialise at all. After a first run spin Graham Porrett corrected matters in his second run to qualify. Graham wasn't alone during the first runs, Craig Sampson must have thought he was rallycrossing as he went off course on the infield of the Paddock Hill bend exit, and also the Championship sponsor decided to face the way he had come both on their first runs. However in both instances they corrected their shortcoming on their second attempt to comfortably qualify. In fact everyone made significant improvements on their times during the course of their second runs

Top 12 Run Off

The bottom scorer was Richard Arrowsmith, his engine deciding to let go shortly before the finish line. Next up were the two sports racing cars Matt Carter just easing himself ahead of Jim Belt, the latter relying just upon his first run time. Then came a couple of two litre runners, closely matched and separated only by 1/100ths Grahame Harden & Matt Hillam, the former suffering a transmission breakage. Next up was Tony Jarvis, the last of the runners in the 70s. Then there were a bunch of closely matched runners all in the 69s. These were headed by Steve Broughton, closely pursued by Martin Webb who in turn has Graham Porrett chasing him. Then came the top 3. all closely matched, and all powered by SBD engines (making it an SBD 1-2-3-4) Craig Sampson was pipped by Steve Miles, who in turn but more comfortably was headed by the ultimate winner Mark Smith.

So an unusual day both in terms of the weather but also by the Top 12 Run Off taking place before a larger than customary audience, who were greeted to a drifting demonstration after the conclusion of the Top 12 Run Off. so plenty of variety for them


1.4 Radical PR6
1 Mark Smith2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH266.26secs
2Steve Miles,2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm1367.42secs
3Craig Sampson2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH267.61secs
4Steve Broughton2.0 SBD Dallara F399/0169.43secs
5Martin Webb2.0 Dallara F39969.48secs
6Graham Porrett3.5 Lola Tegra Judd69.93secs
7Tony Jarvis2.0 Dallara F39970.44secs
8Grahame Harden2.0 Dallara F39771.70secs
9Matt Hillam2.0 SBD Dallara F399/0171.77secs
10Matt Carter72.33secs
11Jim Belt3.0 Juno-Jaguar73.29secs
12Richard Arrowsmith1.0 Force PC - Suzuki76.70secs