Entries are now open for Round 2 of the Vincenzo & Son Bristol MX5 Challenge. This is theKemble Autosolo, an excellent event and great value at only £35.
Hope you’re all ready for the 2018, whether you’re competing or just spectating?
For 2018, we’ve managed to secure an extra venue, Manor Farm Hillclimb, which we hope will provide something different for the final two rounds of the season. It’s a two-day event of a weekend so here’s hoping it’s a sociable event as I’m sure many will be camping. From what we’ve seen, it’s not a daunting hill and should ease people nicely into hillclimbs.
The events have been published here but it looks like we’ve lost the Wessex Sprint (another new venue). Not to worry, we still have a full season of 4x Sprints, 4x Autosolos and 2x Hillclimbs. Remember, this meansthat 7 rounds count!
The championship regulations have been approved by the MSA and are published on the Club Website so please remind yourselves of the rules, although they haven’t changed from last year. I’m more than happy to answer any questions or give guidance on getting started
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…
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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: