Rounds 9 & 10 2016 SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship

Knockhill-30th & 31st July 2016

Scots Champions Past, Present & Future?

Organised by Knockhill Motor Sports Club

by Paul Parker

<p>The 2016 version of this weekend was greeted largely with far better weather than hitherto. The event was greeted with an entry consisting of the 8 most recent British Sprint Champions but they were unable to monopolise the headlines.<p>

<p>Saturday’s victor was Heather Calder who beat 2008 British Sprint Champion Stewart Robb jnr, despite the weather intervening to make both their second Top 12 Run Off opportunities meaningless by a sudden shower, so they passed by those opportunities. Stewart however corrected his shortcoming on Sunday with victory (having not held an MSA Competition Licence it transpired for 4 years before this event).  Heather was unable to better third place on Sunday, troubled by tyre difficulties. Reigning champion Colin Calder managed 3rd place on Saturday, which he improved to a second on Sunday, and 2011 & 2012 Champion Stewart Robb picked up 4th place spots both days, all of the top 4 runners breaking the existing track record in the process of their performances on Saturday, when the anticlockwise layout of the track was used.<p.

<p>2009 & 2010 British Sprint Champion Nick Algar, not to be undone despite using a much lower capacity car than his compatriots picked up a 5th place spot, murdering the existing 2 litre class record in the process on Saturday, but wasn’t able to better eighth place spot on Sunday, having been troubled with electrical issues during the day. John Graham managed sixth on Saturday but improved one place to fifth on Sunday with his best time of the whole day as his final one.<p>

<p>Steve Miles managed a seventh place spot also bettering the existing two-litre record in the process on Saturday. Terry Holmes, troubled for much of Sunday with electrical issues, eventually overcome, managed an eighth place spot on Saturday but managed to improve to sixth on Sunday sounding much healthier.<p>

<p>The two Sports Car contenders were closely matched throughout the weekend. It was Jim Belt tenth and Matt Carter eleventh on Saturday, just a couple of seconds apart. The interval was much the same, but positions inverted, in 9th & 10th on Sunday.<p>

<p>Graham Porrett, sharing with Terry Holmes, managed a tenth on Saturday but slipped to twelfth on Sunday. Top player among the 1100s was Louise Calder with two comfortable victories against Colin Metcalfe who was giving his recently acquired car its debut, which on Sunday rather showed with a might over enthusiasm. Finally among the race car fraternity was Scot Eric Kiltie in his Caterham.<p>

<h3>Results – Saturday</h3>

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  1. Heather Calder (3.5 Gould NME GR55) 82.07 2. Stewart Robb jnr (4.0 Pilbeam MP88-Judd KV) 82.42 3. Colin Calder (3.5 Gould NME GR55) 4. Stewart Robb (4.0 Pilbeam MP88 – Judd KV)  5. Nick Algar (1.4s DJ Firehawk) 87.95 6. John Graham (2.8 Gould NME GR55B) 89.73 7. Steve Miles (2.0 Van Diemen SBD RF96 MM16) 89.83 8. Terry Holmes (3.5 Lola Tegra 90) 91.71 9. Louise Calder (1.0 Jedi Mk1) 96.97 10. Graham Porrett (3.5 Lola Tegra 90) 97.62 11. Jim Belt (3.0 Juno TR400) 98.13 12. Matt Carter (1.4 Radical PR6) 100.12<p>

<h3>Results – Sunday</h3>

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  1. Stewart Robb jnr 84.20 2. Colin Calder 84.46 3. Heather Calder 84.91 4. Stewart Robb 85.58 5. Graham 90.78 6. Holmes 91.47 7. Miles 94.39 8. Algar 96.00 9. Carter 98.08 10. Louise Calder 98.96 11. Belt 100.83 12. Porrett 101.22<p>