The weather was quite beautiful as I travelled to the land of my fathers (my father was born and bred in Swansea!) We were joined, looking for her first competitive outing for a year, by Heather Calder who had attained the grand old age of 23 the previous week. She was champing at the bit at the prospect of returning to her favourite sport which she had been missing....greatly! Also embarking on his first British Sprint outing of the year was Chris Bennett, who had one shared and another sole driven car with him in the FF1600s for company, Chris was immediately, and comfortably at the head of that pack! Returnee to the Championship after almost 10 years absence was Dave Cutcliffe his Van Diemen now sporting a "blown" Hayabusa engine, sadly some development will be required to enable him to become as competitive as he once was.
Sadly we lost Jim Belt at the start of the timed runs when his engine let go. Uncomfortably limping throughout much of the weekend was Richard Arrowsmith (he visited his A & E on Monday to discover he had a broken leg!) Another casualty during the timed runs was Stewart Robb. He was the victim of a moment at the very quick Woodlands kink on the back straight. As is his usual way, not being totally confident of the damage cause he felt it wise to pack the car on to the trailer and return home to investigate, with another weekend's events only a week away. Question marks about track conditions impacted upon times achieved, track temperature playing some part in this, and much energetic work was being conducted on tyres over much of the weekend.
Continuing his track learning process in his Primera at another new venue was Colin Metcalfe, who got quicker and quicker as the weekend progressed. Holding the flag, in Jim Belt's absence, for the Sports Libre fraternity was Kurt Ramsden continuing the learning process of his new mount. He finished well clear of the mixed variety of other Sports Libre cars at the event. In the 1100s Grahame Harden was again top of the tree, with Martin Pickles in close attendance. In the 1600s Gary Thomas qualified and was joined by Glyn Sketchley in the Run Off, after Stewart Robb's departure. Bill Gouldthorpe was not far away either. Amongst the 2000s it was the Mark Smith/Craig Sampson partnership who were top of the tree, with both Steve Miles and Steve Broughton is fairly close attendance. Phil Lynch too qualified for the Run Off, but is now being hounded by the Martin Webb/ Tony Jarvis Dallara mounted partnership in only their second weekend in their new acquisition. Amongst the unlimited racing cars Colin Calder was flying, with daughter Heather and Terry Holmes very closely matched all day. Terry Graves was enjoying his long overdue new tyres! He and Graham Porrett were fairly closely matched in the timed runs. Mike Musson's performance was "puzzling" being away from his customary pace on Saturday and John Graham was starting his leaning process in his newly acquired Gould GR37 Judd.