Round 7 2015 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Pembrey-31st May 2016

John's really getting on top of the Gould

Organised by BARC (Wales)

by Paul Parker

Overnight rain rather upset the applecart to start with, although most seemed to undetake their day on slicks. Dave Cutcliffe decided it was not worth risking his engine until his oil pressure issues were sorted. The Calders only undertook one practice run apiece, Heather returning after hers to report a noise worthy of investigation. The transmission was stripped and a seized bearing was discovered, with slight damage to 2nd gear, so just as well Heather has an "engineers ear" because had they continued it could have resulted in an extensive and expensive, and possibly lengthy, rebuild. Another to be damaged was Richard Arrowsmith, his front suspension collapsing causing much damage to the front of the car (only just repaired after Lydden). Also having front end issues was Martin Pickles, losing his nose plus front wings, but he continued his opening timed run to discover why his front end was "a little wayward", so packed up and made an early start on the journey home.

The loss of the Calders made Sunday's Top 12 constitution a little different, as the sun came out and the temperature rose for the afternoon. Steve Broughton's health lead to him deciding enough was enough for the day, and didn't wish to take part in the Top 12 at all. Tony Jarvis, running after his co-driver Martin Webb's opening run, sadly broke a drivershaft as he left the line and continued for about the length of his car, so didn't manage a time. Nick Houston steadily improved his times as the weekend progressed and had his own private battle with Bill Gouldthorpe all day. There was little between the two at the end of the day Nick just failing to catch Bill by just a litlle over a quarter of a second. Jim Belt undertook just the one run, and he had loaded his car to make an early start to his run back home. Martin Webb, now very much more on his usual pace after a sticky start to his season with the car's revised suspenion settings that he's now settling into. Sadly with his co-driver's issue he was only able to undertake the sole Top 12 run. After qualifying in 3rd spot (with a time even better than his Saturday best) he was unable to manage better than a 6th place finish. Half a second better was Matt Hillam, but Steve Miles managed a 4th place finish a couple of seconds clear of Hillam. Although better than a second clear of Miles Mark Smith was some way adrift of his co-driver in 3rd. Craig Sampson tried his damndest to try to get the win and despite finishing the Top 12 with his best run of the weekend 2nd it would be. That's because John Graham is now really getting on top of what his Gould needs from him and gave himself his own birthday present for the day with his maiden win in the SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship


1. John Graham (2.8 Gould-NME GR55B) 92.17; 2. Craig Sampson (2.0 SBD Reynard DB-Mk01) 93.24; 3. Mark Smith (2.0 SBD Reynard DB-Mk01) 95.34; 4. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm) 96.69; 5. Matt Hillam (2.0 SBD Dallara F3 RB01) 98.78; 6. Bradley Hobday (1.0 Jedo Mk4) 99.34; 7. Martin Webb (2.0 Dallara F399/00) 100.16; 8. Jim Belt (3.0 Juno TR400) 101.87; 9. Bill Gouldthorpe (1.6 SBD OMS CF08) 107.24; 10. Nick Houston (1.0 Jedi Mk 1) 107.52; Tony Jarvis (Fail); DNS Steve Broughton