Pretty well everyone had one problem or another this weekend. Very fortunately the organising club has now settled upon the use of the long course throughout the weekend for the whole of our visit. Staying dry all weekend, Saturday at least had one of Kirkistown's largest Sprint entries, which was pleasing as British Sprint Championship numbers were at their customary disappointing level.
Throughout qualification all seemed to go smoothly, apart from reigning Champion' Heather's second timed run. She was faced with a mass of dash lights she didn't immediately recognise which rather confused the down change process as she finished with a box of neutrals. On closer inspection it proved to be nothing of consequence. Most unfortunately John Graham's gearbox jammed solid and despite frantic telephone calls to his engineering support a solution could not be found. It meant he was able to catch the Sunday, rather than the Monday, morning ferry. The usual local candidates presented worthy opposition. Robert Morgan and son John, now armed with a 2.7 Millington in the rear of their Pilbeam MP82, finished 8th & 4th respectively in the course of the qualification runs. 6thoverall was the car which secured the "noisiest car of the weekend" award comfortably. Gerard O'Connell's 2.7 Radical SR8 was unsilenced but was seriously quick (breaking the Sports Libre record).
Simon Bainbridge seemed to be running well off the pace. It was only after Saturday's event was it discovered he was running only 0.8 bar boost when a pipe was twisted. Nick Algar having rebuilt his car's rear end with the assistance of John Loudon, enjoying a few days holiday, on Friday evening, was taking it gently during qualification. However jumped from bottom of the pile during qualification to conclude in 4th spot (with lots of lovely points!) Next to run was Simon Bainbridge and, whilst not far away on time still concluded the day with good points in 7th. Graham Porrett's run included a tour along the scenic route at Colonial, only later discovering that an element of one of his front wing's had become displaced such that it was closer to flat than upright, which left him 5th. Steve Miles would have produced better times had he realised rather earlier that his front anti roll bar was broken, but finished 6th. Stewart Robb looked to be on a mission on the wide open spaces of Kirkistown (e.g 170 mph through Debtors!) but slightly overdid it exiting Fishermans and bent his nearside push rod. As is customary practice in Northern Ireland he was accompanied to an adjacent engineering facility where the issue was repaired to enable him to run on Sunday. Terry Holmes suffered from the same front wing issue as his co-driver so it was only his first run which counted albeit enough for 3rd spot. The Calder family finished 1-2 about a second apart, but conscious they needed points from both days called it a day after first runs.
|1. Colin Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||104.23secs|
|2. Heather Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||105.33secs|
|3. Terry Holmes||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||107.61secs|
|4. Nick Algar||(1.3s DJ Firehawk)||113.26secs|
|5. Graham Porrett||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||113.28ecs|
|6. Steve Miles||(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)||114.52secs|
|7. Simon Bainbridge||(4.2t SBR Chrono V8)||114.79|
|Stewart Robb||(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV)||DNF|
Terry Holmes & Graham Porrett encountered a transmission issue ( gear stripped and its dog lost all its teeth. So the repair meant they relied upon just the single run to qualify. Simon Bainbridge's car developed an oil leak, which halted his day in the car but happily accepted an offer from Michael Sullivan (Louise Calder's partner) to share the BMW 330D! Not of course the first time he has driven a road car at a Northern Ireland BSC event to secure points.
|1. Colin Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||102.82secs|
|2. Heather Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||105.29secs|
|3. Stewart Robb||(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV)||106.72secs|
|4. Terry Holmes||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||108.27secs|
|5. Nick Algar||(1.3s DJ Firehawk)||112.21secs|
|6. Graham Porrett||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||114.15ecs|
|7. Simon Bainbridge||(BMW 330D)||150.13secs|
|8. Steve Miles||(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)||258.20secs|