With the day's entry rather lighter, courtesy of the Paul Matty fraternity making their customary return home on Sunday, the event was very swift from one run to another making matters very busy for most. Over the course of the delightful clear day, there were perhaps rather more spins than were customary, keeping the recovery truck busy bunnies. For this event on the National circuit the one change for the British Sprint Championship runners was Simon, replacing father Richard, in the Keen family Dallara. Although three timed runs were on offer only somewhat less than half of the contestants took up the opportunity.
During the course of the timed runs the times set were very closely bunched amongst the ultimate Top 12 Run Off contenders. Despite both Sports Libre runners, Matt Carter and Jim Belt, benefiting from re-runs, each having encountered debris in the middle of the pit straight on their second runs, neither was able to quite squeeze into the Top 12. Peter Howgate had to call it a day after his first timed run, his remote starter having become broken with a variety of different folk making attempts to start the Chairman, with varying degrees of success! Perhaps surprisingly only one third of the ultimate Top 12 runners made improvements on their second timed run. Indeed only a little more than a second bracketed most of the lower half of these. Graham Porrett and Terry Holmes had undertaken some overnight thinking, to very good effect, and the result was that Holmes was much more on his customary form, although strangely Porrett was not and was the final qualifier. The SBD Dallara pairing of Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam were in "tinkering" mode, after major changes to the car's suspension, compared with the previous weekend, in an attempt to try to retrieve the couple of seconds or so they were distant from the other SBD car of Mark Smith and Craig Sampson. Mike Musson was now beginning to display a degree of consistency, and was only a tenth away from Steve Miles. John Graham too was only a quarter of a second ahead of Miles. Then came Keen, who seemed to be struggling somewhat with differing elements of his power unit leaving some puzzled faces within the Keen family. Nonetheless he managed to find a second and half improvement on his second run to qualify 6th. Originally Mark Smith' was credited with a time that Lewis Hamilton couldn't have achieved. The timekeepers recalculated his time manually, which left Smith a liitle perplexed and particularly disappointed, that he had qualified behind his co-driver and so not benefiting from having his tyres warmed by his co-driver. The impact of that would be demonstrated later, but not quite as he expected. The very much back on form Terry Holmes qualified third, just a second away from Heather Calder, with a second and half improvement on his second run. Both Calders set their best runs on their openers, although the intervals between each of their runs was modest.
Graham Porrett maintained his 12th spot throughout unusually with an opener a little way away from the remainder, which he was unable to improve upon second time around. Simon Keen indulged in a spin on his opener, which unfortunately impacted on his second run, leaving him with a time almost two and a half seconds away from his qualifier. Both Matt Hillam and Steve Broughton found time on their second attempts to both set their best of the day but their times weren't quite enough to take them above their 9th and 10th finishing spots. Mike Musson likewise set his best time of the day, second time around, now demonstrating signs of real progress. Less than half a second ahead was John Graham, again on his second effort. Ahead of him was a delighted Steve Miles who managed to finish up with a sixth spot finish. Just head of him, by a tenth, was Craig Sampson. Bettering that time, by a second, was Terry Holmes with his opener. Then came Mark Smith who you'll recall had been puzzled and disappointed by his time run time. Well Mark managed, after a spin on his opener, a time three and half tenths better than Holmes and the only new record of the weekend. Heather Calder passed on her first run and found a good improvement on her second over her timed run times to finish a comfortable second. Her father set a time around a second away from the outright on his opener but, for one reason or another, aborted his second after the opening lap
Strangely, after the double Colin-Heather 1-2 both days, other daughter Louise managed a third place overall on Saturday....... at Golspie, beaten only by two other British Sprint Championship contenders in John and Roy Munro (the former securing his 3rd consecutive FTD on the bounce, in only his 4th event). On the Sunday she managed only a 4th overall and 2nd in class (beaten again by John Munro, who was 2nd overall).
|1||Colin Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||92.85secs|
|2||Heather Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||94.82secs|
|3||Mark Smith||2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH2||96.52secs|
|4||Terry Holmes||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||96.87secs|
|5||Craig Sampson||2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH2||97.81secs|
|6||Steve Miles||2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm13||97.95secs|
|7||John Graham||2.8 Gould GR55||98.81secs|
|8||Mike Musson||4.0 Pilbeam-Judd KV4 MP97||99.25secs|
|9||Steve Broughton||2.0 SBD Dallara F399/01||99.35secs|
|10||Matt Hillam||2.0 SBD Dallara F399/01||99.78secs|
|11||Simon Keen||2.0 Dallara TKD F302||101.11secs|
|12||Graham Porrett||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||101.96secs|