Rounds 15 and 16 2018 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Anglesey-6th & 7th October 2018

End of an era?

Organised by Longton & District Motor Club

by Paul Parker

We had been threatened with varying degrees of rain in the week leading up to this event. As it turned out none materialised but a variety of levels of wind were certainly present, particularly on Sunday when boy was it cold, and that presented competitors with a significant headwind down the back straight of the International circuit which impacted negatively on times. The weekend was without the Scots, the Calders clearly decided nothing was going to change with the pair (which was the most likely outcome whatever might happen on Trac Mon) and Stewart Robb had entered but failed to appear. What was going to be interesting was what performance might materialise from the various sets of Pirelli tyres which appeared over the weekend. During the season the usual Avon A15s were in general use, these were supplemented in 2018 by Michelins, although their performance left little to write home about, so now as the season drew to its close was Sprinting's tyre wear for the future about to be debuted? Graham Harden was making an outing but this time powered by a 749cc turbocharged engine, which has been under construction for quite a while (and when fitted to a motorcycle managed to produce a 217mph speed at Elvington!) I think it fair to say that for an academic genius Grahame is far from the full shilling!! Also in the 1100class it was good to see the return of Mark Anson as he approaches retirement from the police force. Carole Torkington was sadly unaccompanied by her usual cockpit partner, news about Bill Gouldthorpe was far from promising sadly.

Saturday saw on the short single lap National course some serious performances being displayed. Records were being broken widely as bonus points were being captured to supplement scores as the season drew to a close. There was no existing record for the forced induction 1600 Racing Car class, so a battle was on to see who would leave with that one. Graham Blackwell managed to capture that on his first Top 12 Run Off run. Sadly on his second attempt the car decided to turn left shortly after launch which managed to destroy both wishbones, steering arm and pushrod on the left hand side, which concluded his weekend. Steve Brown concluded his engine's life after Saturday. He had already decided to upgrade the engine over the winter but a miss shift on Saturday lead to advice from his engine builder to leave well alone and withdraw from Sunday. Chris Jones was producing some startling runs in the Top 12 Run Off, taking well over a second and a half from the existing record on both runs. It was pretty clear who had the misfortune of wearing Michelin rubber. Steve Miles times were slower than Chris Jones' despite an engine twice the size. Well ahead and battling over the midfield final Championship placings were the two litre runners Steve Broughton, Matt Hillam and Nick Algar all of whom were battling manfully and all under the existing 2 litre record on both of their runs. With the look on his face as he left Blyton Park, there couldn't be more of a contrast to his performance on Saturday when he murdered the outright record on both his runs (and that despite having every reason to feel a poorly bunny with his one hand taped up after an injury).

Results

DriverCarTime
1. John Graham(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME)45.78secs
2. Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)46.14secs
3. Matt Hillam(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)46.73secs
4. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)46.86secs
5. Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)47.56secs
6. Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)48.46ecs
7. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)49.21secs
8. Graham Blackwell(1.6t Mygale)49.43secs
9. Pete Goulding(1.6t Mygale)49.80secs
10. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)50.78secs
11. Mark Anson(1.0 Jedi Mk 151.88secs
12. Steve Brown(1.5 JKS JR0152.00secs

What a contrast Sunday represented, with the wind blowing a gale, and creating a significant headwind for everyone along the back straight of the International circuit, to the detriment of the times. Before the event Grahame Harden felt that the clutch would be unable to cope with his new turbocharged engine, suggesting if he made it io the first corner on his first practice run on Saturday that would be an achievement. Despite suggestions that the engine was dropping into "get you home" mode on Saturday here we were on Sunday, the car was getting quicker and quicker and enough to manage 10th in Sunday's Top12 Run Off! Poor Mark Anson managed, on both his Sunday timed runs, to appear as if he had stopped for a sandwich. Tragic really as the times in either of his two practice runs would have both qualified him for the Top 12 Run Off and earned him enough points to double his season score, a sad way to conclude his season. Records were thin on the ground. Pete Goulding capturing the 1600 forced induction Racing Cars one, meaning the pair finished with one each over the weekend! It appeared that Chris Jones has an arrangement by which the wind changes direction when he takes a run. That's the only conclusion I am able to reach as he was the only other record breaker on Sunday, his weekend performances sufficient to secure a permanent number for 2019. There some smiling faces among the 2 litre runners Broughton, Hillam and Algar having satisfied themselves that Pirelli rubber is what is required for them in 2019, this despite the SBD pair limiting themselves to a singular Top 12 Run Off each after a problem manifested itself. Terry Holmes' performance was majestic as both his top 12 Run Off times put him top of the tree.

Results

DriverCarTime
1. Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)76.52secs
2. John Graham(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME)77.02secs
3. Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)78.70secs
4. Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)78.81secs
5. Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)79.91ecs
6. Matt Hillam(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)81.15secs
7. Pete Goulding(1.6t Mygale)82.04secs
8. Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)82.22secs
9. Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)82.58secs
10. Grahame Harden(0.7 Jedi Mk 686.30secs
11. Chris Bennett(1.0 Force TA)86.53ecs
12. Carole Torkington(1.6 SBD OMS CF0890.01secs