Let’s hope this season doesn’t go out with a bang… #gasmainjokes Entries are open for the second visit to Manor Farm on the 28th & 29th September where you can take part in an enjoyable weekend of hill climb and maybe even buy your favourite root vegetables.
“It’s all change at the top” isn’t what I’m going to say to introduce these results. Once again Dave Greenslade proves himself to be King of Autosolos with 1st place at Westonzoyland.
Rich Glindon wasn’t too far behind and claimed 2nd place. Nick Lear claimed 3rd, bumping him up from 4th to 2nd place in the championship. It’s interesting to see the fight for 2nd place change from event to event.
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.