“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.
Entries are now open for Round 4 of the championship at Westonzoyland.
If you have a Motorsport UK National B non-race licence then please make sure you use the National B entry and choose Class 5b. If you don’t have a National B licence then please use the Clubmans Entry and enter Class 2a.
Entries are open for the Westonzoyland Autosolo on May 26th. I have attached both entry forms (should any current non-competitors wish to take part) but for current MX5 Challenge competitors, please take note of the following:
NatB application form
Any non-challenge people are
more than welcome to enter, of course. It’s pretty cheap to enter and
it’s a great day out to skid your car around!
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.
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.
We had a good turnout at Combe and a good battle too. Well done to Louis on his first win and lowering the class record. You can see the current standings on the club website, but remember that only 6 rounds count, so things will change later in the year:
Entries are still open for Kemble in two weeks (let me know if you need entry forms) and also for Llandow in May, which you can enter online:
One of the marshals pointed out that some people yesterday didn’t carry on after a spin. I don’t know if it was any of us, but just in case you don’t know, if you spin/crash and you’re sure your car is not dropping bits/fluid, then please head back to the pits under your own steam. Checking mirrors as you rejoin, of course, but the next car should have been red flagged by the time it gets to you, so unless they’ve missed the flags, you won’t have anyone approaching at racing speed.
There wasn’t a great entry at the RosSolo on Sunday, so Rich leads from Richard! The points table is now on the club website:
There’s a dozen of you this weekend, so we should see some good battles! Don’t forget you need…
A timing strut fitted
Your racing licence and club card
A sticker showing the off position of the key – a marker pen and silver gaffer tape works well.
Some yellow tape on the battery earth lead.
Numbers on the side of your car (same number all season as in the entry list). We’re not providing the magnetic backing we did last year, so you’ll need to ensure you’ve got a background with numbers on. If you get stuck for numbers, black tape will get you through if Merlin are out of stock. This might be suitable background and can be delivered Friday on Prime:
Race suit, gloves and helmet to the right standard