Rounds 7 and 8 2017 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Blyton Park-8th & 9th July 2017

Daughter at least allows father a look in!

Organised by Westfield Sports Car Club

by Paul Parker

A gloriously sunny weekend greeted the large number of competitors arranged for this weekend at Blyton Park, on its Outer Circuit on Saturday and the Eastern Circuit on Sunday, the latter proving to be a newcomer to very many of the competitors and a challenging one at that!

Judging by the times set earlier in the day, even approaching the circuitís existing record on Saturday was appearing to be difficult. However ultimately during the Top 12 Run Off, when British Sprint Championship points are determined, in many instances on their second runs competitors really turned it on. Heather Calder, because of where she qualified was never going to set a time in reaction to that set by the opposition. Was that a hindrance? Not at all, she really turned it on with a new record (three quarters of a second under the former mark) of 54.00secs and enough points to place her at the top of the table for the first time this year with her 4th victory out of her last 5 performances. John Graham was her runner up just over a tenth shy of her mark, this perhaps his best performance of the series to date. Heatherís father Colin completed the podium a little over a second back of her. Not too far distant, with the car on a consistent 8 cylinders throughout the weekend, was Terry Holmes who was little further distant from Calder snr as Calder snr was from Calder jnr! Next was perhaps the British Sprint Championshipís quietest car, the SBR Crono V8, which on Saturday was absolutely flying and finished with a time almost 4 seconds under the Sports Libre record. Simon Bainbridge is really now coming to grips with his mount. Itís not often that Smiles is overcome by a Sports Libre car but, for the want of a tenth and a half, he was this time! Then came Chris Jones, having upgraded from Junior Challenge to full status since Pembrey, he was just a full second back from Steve Miles, thatís some achievement given the differences between the two cars! Another three quarters of a second back was Graham Porrett who was half a second clear of Simon Boulter who was troubled by clutch issues for much of the weekend. Grahame Harden was a little over a second behind his class compatriot, albeit with his GX Suzuki out of the ark! These two 1100s split by the increasingly competitive Graham Blackwell with his Mygale Ecoboost. Finally was Matt Hillam with a change of mount for the weekend, appropriately enough for a Westfield Sports Car Club event he was mounted in a shared SEi model.

However on Sunday, the Eastern Circuit gave competitors a new challenge altogether which provided competitors something new to almost all of them. This combined with a host of additional competitors rather put the organisers under a degree of pressure. How long ago is it since I have been able to say this in July? Colin Calder comes out on top for only the second time this season. Daughter Heather, rather niggled with herself about her performance, was about three quarters of a second adrift. Terry Holmes managed to complete the podium this time just heading John Graham by half a second. Just another three quarters of a second away was Steve Miles and Chris Jones only a further three quarters of a second distant. The Eastern Circuit was demonstrating that engine capacity was a lesser important commodity than is often customary. Simon Bainbridge was only another quarter of a second adrift.Only a tenth divided the two Grahams, Porrett & Blackwell, then came Simon Boulter and Grahame Harden, seven tenths dividing the pair and this time bringing up the rear, after his own car was troubled (and his spares delivery service not providing all the necessary bit of kit for his own car) was Nick Algar, courtesy of a very generous share drive offer from Pete Goulding and his other Mygale Ecoboost who hopefully will join the British Sprint Championship in 2018.

Results

Saturday

NameCarTime
Heather Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)54.00
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)54.11
Colin Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)55.05
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)56.32
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)58.53
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)58.69
Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)59.70
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)60.49
Simon Boulter(1.0 OMS 2000M)61.05
Graham Blackwell(1.6t Mygale Ecoboost)61.49
Grahame Harden(1.0 Jedi Mk6)62.20
Matt Hillam(2.0 Westfield SEi)67.67

Sunday

Colin Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)59.17
Heather Calder(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)59.90
Terry Holmes(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)61.75
John Graham(3.5 Gould-NME GR55B)62.28
Steve Miles(2.0 Van Diemen RF96)63.00
Chris Jones(1.0 Force TA)63.71
Simon Bainbridge(4.2t SBR Crono V8)63.96
Graham Porrett(3.5 Lola Tegra V8)65.82
Graham Blackwell(1.6t Mygale Ecoboost)65.92
Simon Boulter(1.0 OMS 2000M)66.75
Grahame Harden(1.0 Jedi Mk6)67.42
Nick Algar(1.6t Mygale Ecoboost)67.98