Our annual trip to East Anglia was treated to the most glorious weather throughout the weekend. However in our sporting discipline that sadly rarely arrives without taking its toll upon many of the competitors.
The weekend was greeted by the arrival of Jeff Wiltshire's GPR Zeus Challenger Evo 2 following a seemingly interminable exchange with both the MSA and MIRA concerning the quality of the car's ROPS and its relationship with the regulations. As the car was on its inaugural outing at an MSA event he was accompanied by Geoff Page.
Poor Carole Torkington had a day to forget on Saturday as if it could go wrong for her, it did! Nick Houston made an outing in his new car having acquired an OMS Hornet replete with K8 Suzuki engine to replace his Jedi, which is now for sale. Unfortunately the car's engine treated itself to a blown head gasket, which finished him off for the weekend. Steve Miles obviously treated himself to something special for lunch on Saturday as he produced a time in the 2nd timed runs he was unable to reproduce at any stage of the weekend during timed runs or Top 12 Run Off runs. Many competitors were suffering with the customary "green" nature of the Saturday 100 Snetterton surface. Otherwise difficulties seemed to vary between tyres or overheating.
Nick Algar's opening Top 12 run could be measured in feet and inches (mostly the latter) as he sadly broke a driveshaft as he tried to launch. Simon Bainbridge broke part of his rear suspension, warranting some welding to be undertaken overnight. Both Steve Broughton & Matt Hillam limited themselves to a single run each in an effort to protect an overheating engine. Another to conduct a single run was Steve Miles, as he spun on his second run at which point he aborted his efforts for the day. Chris Jones wasn't quite able to match his record breaking 2nd timed run but his first run off effort was only hundredths away, and the second just a tenths and a half adrift. Also record breaking in a fine display throughout the weekend on his first timed run was Pete Goulding. But he was unable to match that for the rest of the weekend. Top of the tree (and his first win for about 5 years) was Stewart Robb on his first run off run, a time he was unable to repeat for the remainder of the weekend. A tenth and a half shy was Colin Calder and Heather Calder was over a second adrift, something I haven't found it necessary to say for quite a while! Then came Terry Holmes employing successfully a particularly aggressive launch technique to good effect and John Graham was next, a third of a second back, pursued by only a quarter of a second by Steve Broughton. Almost a second further back was Steve Miles with Matt Hillam almost three quarters of a second further away. In his best run off performance yet Pete Goulding was next, closely matched by Chris Jones, and Simon Bainbridge at least able to complete a run to secure a couple of points.
|1 Stewart Robb||(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV)||75.10secs|
|2. Colin Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||75.25secs|
|3. Heather Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||76.32secs|
|4. Terry Holmes||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||79.26secs|
|5. John Graham||(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME||79.60secs|
|6. Steve Broughton||(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)||79.87secs|
|7. Steve Miles||(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)||80.83secs|
|8. Matt Hillam||(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)||81.53secs|
|9. Pete Goulding||(1.6t Mygale)||82.47secs|
|10. Chris Jones||(1.0 Force TA)||82.65secs|
|11. Simon Bainbridge||(4.2t SBR Chrono V8)||83.02secs|
|Nick Algar||(1.3s DJ Firehawk)||DNS|
Did things go better on Sunday? The Calders were scratching around for the last of their usable tyres, and limited themselves to a single qualifying run each, albeit far ahead of the opposition and only half a second apart. Nick Algar replaced his broken driveshaft and then broke the whole transmission......Also limiting themselves to a single qualifying run were Terry Holmes and Steve Broughton (who was driving alone on Sunday). Carole Torkington enjoyed an altogether better day. As a general point the high track temperatures were steadily leading, during the timed runs, to a diminution of times
Graham Porrett managed his first run off of the season. Things were not at all going to plan in the Bainbridge camp both his run off times being worse than the day's timed runs. Chris Jones seemed to be suffering the same fate, was it just the tyres had had enough? Graham Blackwell's times were altogether an improvement on Sunday. Nonetheless he was still unable to match counterpart Pete Goulding. Terry Holmes' first run was close to that of Steve Broughton's sole run, but then fell off on his second attempt. However between this pair was Steve Miles and there was just bits and pieces separating the three of them. John Graham managed to conclude his weekend satisfactorily by opening his Top 12 run off with his best time of the weekend. After first runs Stewart Robb lay at the top, and Heather Calder concluding an unsatisfactory weekend for her in 3rd. So what her Dad do? Left on his 2nd run off run, produced his best time of the weekend for the win, .......on intermediate fronts!!
|1. Colin Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||74.92secs|
|2 Stewart Robb||(5.0 Pilbeam MP88B-Judd GV)||75.93secs|
|3. Heather Calder||(3.5 Gould GR55-NME||76.07secs|
|4. John Graham||(3.5 Gould GR55B-NME||78.42secs|
|5. Steve Broughton||(2.0 SBD Dallara F3)||81.54secs|
|6. Steve Miles||(2.0 Van Diemen-SBD RF96)||81.62secs|
|7. Terry Holmes||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||81.68secs|
|8. Pete Goulding||(1.6t Mygale)||82.49secs|
|9. Graham Blackwell||(1.6t Mygale VVTi)||83.63secs|
|10. Chris Jones||(1.0 Force TA)||83.64secs|
|11. Simon Bainbridge||(4.2t SBR Chrono V8)||84.01secs|
|12. Graham Porrett||(3.5 Lola-Tegra Judd)||84.21secs|