Rounds 13 & 14 2017 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Anglesey- 14th & 15th October 2017

What a finish

Organised by Longton & District Motor Club

by Paul Parker

There were two common features throughout the weekend. The sky was grey constantly (although strangely enough, on leaving the island on Sunday afternoon, it was sunny all along the North Wales coast). The event organisation was first class with everyone having the opportunity of 4 timed runs both days, and the Top 12 Run Offs completed in about 25 minutes each day. Fortunately the track was only wet on Saturday morning, dry for the remainder of the weekend.

Welcome returnees consisted of Matt Carter (enjoying his final British Sprint Championship weekend before returning home to Australia), Tony Jarvis & Martin Webb, their gearbox issues now overcome, Bill Gouldthorpe and Carol Torkington made their return after missing the Scottish & Northern Irish weekends, Steve Broughton was around all weekend but his car was still away having a new floor developed and fitted and Mark Anson was back concluding his Junior Challenge rounds.

Terry Holmes topped the timed runs, pursued by Simon Bainbridge continuing his practice of re-arranging the nations Sports Libre category records. It was also good to see, like the previous two, Tony Jarvis in the 50s. Also in record breaking mode was Matt Carter under the existing Sports Libre record. Chris Jones was venturing toward the 1100 racing car category record. Curiously back in 6th spot was John Graham. Next came two who were battling over the same final British Sprint Championship number. Grahame Harden showed that the work he had carried out to the cylinder head of his antique Suzuki engine was having no derogatory effect.

Top 12 Run Off Saturday

It was so pleasing to see Bill Gouldthorpe (now in his 80s many/most will be surprised to learn) back in a Top 12 Run Off after the variety of negative issues that have impacted upon him. he achieved a time a second and a quarter better than his best timed run. Grahame Harden also found time (a second and three quarters) over his best timed run. Martin Webb managed to get into the 50s on his best run, seconds better than his timed run achievements. Then came Matt Carter having discovered a third of a second tucked away somewhere, then Tony Jarvis who was half a second quicker than he qualified. Then Chris Jones also found more time to consign the 1100 racing car record to history. Graham Porrett enjoying his season closing weekend, but just failed to get out of the 50s. Steve Miles then got into the low 49s, but only barely in the 49s (meaning nearly the 48s) Simon Bainbridge produced another new Sports Libre record, sporting wool tufts in the process of testing his aerodynamics for much of the weekend. But four tenths adrift of the 2 litre racing car category record came Nick Algar. Terry Holmes was unable to better the 47s in either of his 2 run Off runs, but down in the low 46s was John Graham and a new outright circuit record.

Then it was on to the International Course for Sunday's conclusion to our Championship year. John Graham & Terry Holmes managed to finish the timed rubs just 2/100ths apart! Smiles was intent on retaining his "Red 5" and got into the 80s and 3rd qualifier. Behind him was Simon Bainbridge, again making a mockery of the existing Sports Libre category record. Chris Jones followed his practice of the day before and qualified just outside the 1100 racing car record. Graham Porrett continued his pleasing season closer, this time pursued by Matt Carter. Then came Nick Algar going through a process of changing everything, plugs, injectors the whole shooting match in an ultimately vain attempt to rediscover 4 operational cylinders. The Redditch mafia swopped qualifying positions after taking all sorts of things apart to discover much in the fuel filter and rediscover a fully working engine. Just behind was Grahame Harden and final qualifier again was Bill Gouldthorpe.

Top 12 Run Off Sunday

Bill Gouldthorpe made real progress in his final Run Off of the season. Nick Algar however did not and unfortunately finished his season on a very negative note. Martin Webb finished off with a time with which he started the timed runs, but given the problems the pair faced in between that was heartening. Grahame Harden decided all was well with his engine and managed to get down into the mid 84s, just a couple of seconds adrift of the 1100 racing car record, which considering what was powering him was a result. Matt Carter produced two times within a tenth of each other, both under the Sports Libre record. Tony Jarvis was at least able to conclude his season with a smile having cured the issues he suffered earlier. Chris Jones managed to conclude on another positive note with another new 1100 racing car record. Graham Porrett finish up with an 80second run and a 5th place finish his second best points haul of the season. Just pipping him was Simon Bainbridge taking the Sports Libre record into a whole new orbit! Steve Miles managed 3rd spot with a 78 second run. The top 2 set three 77 second runs between them. But the time that mattered was Terry Holmes' 76 second effort to take the victory

Results

Saturday

NameCarTime
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)46.42
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)47.49
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)48.66
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)49.02
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)49.22
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)50.19
Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)50.32
Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00)50.33
Matt Carter(1.3 Radical PR6)50.70
Martin Webb(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00)50.98
Grahame Harden(1.0 Jedi Mk6)51.63
Bill Gouldthorpe(1.6 OMS-SBD Hayabusa CF08)52.73

Sunday

Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)76.27
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)77.68
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)78.56
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)80.41
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)80.61
Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)81.61
Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00)81.95
Matt Carter(1.3 Radical PR6)82.30
Grahame Harden(1.0 Jedi Mk6)84.52
Martin Webb(2.0 Dallara- Vauxhall F399/00)84.68
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)87.47
Bill Gouldthorpe(1.6 OMS-SBD Hayabusa CF08)87.96