Rounds 3 and 4 2017 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Snetterton-13th & 14th May 2017

Heather's full house

Organised by Borough 19 Motor Club

by Paul Parker

An odd sort of weekend weather-wise. It had rained over Friday night and bits and pieces of drizzle seemed to be about for some parts of Saturday. That was less of an issue as the very nature of Snetterton meant that the course dried in no time. There was a suggestion from some that that the less frequent use of the 100 circuit (even though it forms part of the 300 circuit) meant that Saturday was not the best day for chasing record times. By contrast Sunday just got warmer and warmer as the day progressed and as the heat warmed the track this would help times no end.

It appeared that, over the course of the day, it was to be the Gould GR55s that would be the subject of any ill fortune over the course of the weekend. John Graham suffered with an annoying fuel pressure issue which was attributable to either the fuel pump or an electrical fault on the fuel pump relay. It appeared to have been overcome on Saturday evening but on Sunday the pump moved in its mounting, the terminals touched the body and this resulted in a small fire on the insulation around the pump control relay melting the adjacent electric cabling. So that was end of play after Sunday's first timed run. To add insult to injury the event was one chosen by his son to visit, being closest to his Milton Keynes base (he works for Red Bull!)

The Calder family, in their first outing of the season, were not short of their woes. During Colin's second Top 12 Run Off run the exhaust system came apart, an issue solved overnight. Matt Carter also suffered on Saturday (annoying too, because he was only half a second shy of Colin Calder's time in the first timed runs). In his case spinning in the midst of a run which would have comfortably qualified him in the midfield of the Top 12. Graham Porrett aborted one of his Top 12 runs on Sunday, and then set to with his "magic wand" to try to discover which of the 8 cylinders had gone missing. he found it, corrected it, and off Terry Holmes went with the car singing on 8 cylinders again. Simon Boulter must have had an issue with the timekeepers during his Top 12 participation on Saturday, he had to take so many re-runs he eventually had to return to his paddock space to refuel.

Getting an inaugural outing, at long last, was the Simon Bainbridge SBR Crono V8. The issues faced in this instance with MIRA and MSA before the team sees its MSA Vehicle Passport must take them into their own league! Much of the weekend was spent making the existing Sports Libre record a matter of history. It was also good to see the return of Bill Gouldthorpe for a whole weekend. It was a pleasing supplement to the weekend to see two of our past competitors within the Formula Ford Festival field in the shape of Keith Sollis and Iain Houston. Added to that too was the presence of one of our past British Sprint Champions in the form of Mark Harrison who was racing on the 200 circuit in the F3 Cup field.

So what was the highlight of the Snetterton weekend? The answer to that is easy. It was Heather Calder, she only got the one Top 12 Run Off run on Saturday, but that was enough to take the outright win. On Sunday she only needed the one Top 12 Run Off run to secure her second outright victory of the weekend. That wasn't enough though for Heather, she took her second run and managed to secure a new outright circuit record. Even though he had been beaten by his daughter twice over the weekend, it was a joy to see the delight on Colin's face at his daughter's achievements. Now to maintain that for the remainder of the season.....

Results

Saturday

NameCarTime
Heather Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)77.39
Colin Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)77.68
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)80.45
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)80.70
Matt Hillam(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)80.87
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)80.99
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)81.51
Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)84.00
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)84.07
Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara F399/00)85.25
Simon Boulter(1.0 OMS 2000M)88.78
Graham Blackwell(1.6t Mygale Ecoboost)88.94

Sunday

NameCarTime
Heather Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)74.43
Colin Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)76.26
Nick Algar(1.3s DJ Firehawk)78.88
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)80.12
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)80.43
Matt Hillam(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)80.63
Tony Jarvis(2.0 Dallara F399/00)82.00
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)82.01
Steve Broughton(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)82.88
Matt Carter(1.3 Radical PR6)83.27
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)84.95
Martin Webb(2.0 Dallara F399/00)86.05