2019 Spring Kemble Autosolo Analysis

Round 2 was a change of discipline and it was Dave Greenslade who took a dominant win. But how did the event pan out? I’ve drawn a graph showing how everyone compared to Dave during the day.

It’s not as complex as it looks! Everyone’s got their own line in the chart and the day progresses from left to right. Dave is the blue line along the bottom and everyone’s scores are presented as a percentage of the fastest time to that point (Dave). Any line sloping down is showing improvement and the steeper the line, the more rapid the improvement.

So what’s clear? After the first test, Dave and I had a slender advantage with Nick, James, Josh, Phil O, Andy, Paul S and Paul SG all fighting for third place. 6 drivers were following the race for third and the people in their first ever event were at the start of their learning curve as is expected at these events.

After the second test, Dave and I were a little further clear and Dave still had the advantage. Nick, James and Mike had formed a group battling for the final step on the podium. The midfield was anyone’s guess, but Josh, Andy and Phil O looked to be at the top of the pack. Phil C, Curtis and Simon had all improved and that brought them closer to the battle with the two Pauls. All 3 of the new drivers showed massive improvements, closing the gap on the others.

After lunch, the final running order started to reveal itself. I dropped into the battle with Mike, James and Nick, which was now a battle for second place. There was a 6 way battle for 6th place led by Phil O, followed by Andy, Josh, Paul S, Phil C and Paul SG. Pekka, Curtis, Michael and Simon were having a battle and pulling away from Martyn. Dave B, Liz and Emily were still improving rapidly.

The final round was more of the same, but with some notable performances changing the positions in the 4 main battles. Mike was fastest overall by nearly a second, finishing a stellar afternoon with second place. Nick was unlucky to miss out on third. In the battle for 6th, Phil C continued his rapid improvement to find himself between the two Pauls. Simon managed to pull a gap on Michael in the last group to consolidate his position.

In all, it’s amazing that after a day of competition, 9% covered the top 15 drivers. More impressively, everyone appeared to have a brilliant day, despite the wind! Next up is Llandow in May for a completely different event.

Oh, and here’s the link to the spreadsheet to look at in detail.

2017 Champions!

After a season-long battle, Andrew O’Malley came out on top overall with James Hurford winning Class A.  They will both pick up their trophies at the awards day in February. Well done and thank you to all who took part this year.  I’m stepping down from running the championship but I’m leaving you in the safe hands of Andrew O’Malley, who’s moving on to pastures new for 2018.  He’ll no doubt be sending a message about changes for 2018 very soon…

2017 Westonzoyland AutoSolo Results

Our new venue at Westonzoyland seemed to be an instant hit with competitors and it’s another different winner in the series.  This time, James took his first championship round win with a dominant display, winning each of the four tests. Richard Glindon put in a great effort to finish second and Paul Sunshine took the last step of the podium in his Mk3.  Championship leader, Andrew O’Malley, was only able to manage 4th and that means he now shares points with Richard Glindon. Rich Welsh, Andrew Thompson, Paul St George and Phil finished 5th-8th.

It’s tied at the top of the championship with James a few points behind.  We have a good entry for Clay Pigeon this Sunday, so let’s see who’s on top at the end of the day.  Rich Welsh isn’t far behind the top 3 and Tom Caldecourt has put in a last minute entry for Sunday that could see him up top when dropped scores are taken into account.

2017 Kemble Autosolo 2

I hope you’re all ready for Westonzoyland on Sunday.  Entries are now open for the final round of the championship at Kemble Airfield next month.  Do get your entry in soon as it’s a round of several championships and there’s only 6 weeks or so left.

For the avoidance of doubt, if I am competing at an event, I am ineligible for the championship.  Points will be allocated as if I am not there, should I be placed in the same class. For example, if I were to finish third, then the fourth placed finisher would be allocated points for third place, the fifth would get points for fourth, etc.

2017 Westonzoyland Autosolo

URGENT: If you’re planning to enter the Dick Mayo Sprint (round 7) on 29th July, read the rest of this message after you’ve entered class F1 online!  There’s not many places left…

Now we’ve got that out of the way, entries are now open for round 5, the Westonzoyland AutoSolo on 9th July.  You should enter the Nat B event in class 5B.

We’ve also got entries open for round 6 of the challenge at Clay Pigeon Raceway on 16th July.  You should enter class F2; regs and entry form are attached.

2017 Dick Mayo Sprint

It’s time to enter the penultimate round of the championship!  Yes, I realise there’s two rounds before that, but with the late change of venue for the AutoSolo, we’ve not got the entries open for that one yet and I’ve been told Clay entries will open shortly.  The Dick Mayo Sprint is nearly 15% full by the time I’ve got this message out and entries only opened 2 hours ago, so make sure you enter early…

2017 Llandow Sprint Results

What a great day out at Llandow and brilliant weather!  It’s the first sprint I’ve been to at Llandow where rain didn’t feature in nearly 10 years.  We’re now half way through the season.

Congratulations to Andrew, James and Tom on their podium finishes.  Thanks to those performances, we have a new championship leader in the shape of Andrew O’Malley.  Behind the top 3, there were battles down the field; Richard and Nick for 4th/5th, whilst there wasn’t a gap between anyone else.  The championship scores are now on the club website:

Next up is our AutoSolo, which has moved from Chepstow to Westonzoyland, but retains the date on 9th July.  Once regs are available, I’ll send them on. That will be followed up a week later by the Clay Pigeon Sprint on 16th July and then just two weeks later the Dick Mayo Sprint at Castle Combe Circuit on 29th July.

2017 Llandow Practice Day

I hope you’re all now entered for Llandow on 13th May.  If not, enter here PDQ:

If you’re new to Llandow (or an old hand) and want to get a few laps of practice in, then several competitors are heading down on Friday 12th May for a few cheeky practice laps!  If you fancy joining in, then you can book in on 01446 796460 for £100 for a 3 hour session (or £150 if you’ve got enough fuel for all day). Most are aiming for a ~11:00 start with a 1 hour lunch break, finishing ~15:00.

2017 Eligibility Reminder

Since last Saturday, I’ve had a few queries about modifications and eligibility, so thought it best to remind you of a few key points:

  • Stripping out parts of the interior (door cards, trim, etc.) is not permitted with the exception of carpets.
  • All standard equipment (windows, stereo, roof, etc.) must remain operable.
  • Cars must run with a standard roof, although it can be up or down.
  • Valid tax, insurance and MOT is required.

As per the sporting regulations in the Blue Book, the penalty for infringements is exclusion.

If you’re still not signed up for Llandow, then you can do so online right now:

2017 Llandow Sprint Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the Llandow Sprint on Saturday 13th May.  Regulations are attached with an entry form at the bottom. Online entries will open in the next couple of days at www.bristolmc.org.uk – please ensure you enter class MX as a Bristol Motor Club member.

If you’ve still not entered the first round at Castle Combe, you really need to do this now.  We have just a handful of entries left. You can enter online here:

We’ve today managed to secure a venue for the next AutoSolo, so there will definitely be at least 7 rounds this year.  More details once we’ve got more concrete information.