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.
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.
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
As usual, Llandow provided four seasons in a day. Congratulations to Sandy on his third win and to Dave and Louis for their podium pots. Sandy’s now got a good points lead, but it’s not over yet as thanks to the dropped scores, several of you are still in with a shout. Garry, Phil, Louis and Dave could still win the title and the battle between 2nd and 5th is very close. Saturday’s battle ended with a gap of just a couple of tenths and whilst Sandy was dominant at Combe this year, his wins at Chepstow and Llandow were by far narrower margins.
The scores have been updated on the website (the graph wasn’t previously showing everyone’s scores – sorry Chris). Next round is Chepstow and I’ll fire out the regs as soon as they’re out. You should get results of the event from the Event Secretary soon or look on the Facebook group where Phil has kindly posted a photo of the results.
On a serious note, the movement of cones during the day was not appreciated and Sandy’s provided some video footage to show that two cones were placed on the apexes significantly affecting the lines. There was no notification that the course had been changed and no opportunity to inspect the course between practice and timed runs. The issue was raised on the day with the Club Steward and the Clerk of the Course but we didn’t have the evidence available at the time to show what had changed. This is not acceptable and will be raised at Committee tonight with the photographic evidence.
Well done to Sandy, who took a great win (and new class record) and also to most of you who managed a PB this year, despite the step down from 1B rubber to 1A over the winter. The championship results have been provisionally updated (I’m still awaiting confirmation of club membership for a couple of entries):
Hopefully, you’ve all got your entries in for Llandow. If not, there’s a paper entry form and an online one here:
We’ve also had an invitation to compete in the Llys-y-Fran hillclimbs in Wales. There’s one the day after our Llandow event in May and also one the day after the HSA’s Llandow event in July so you can make a weekend of it – Llandow’s on the way to Llys-y-Fran from Bristol. There will be a class specifically for MX5s at each event. I know there were a few competitors keen to include a hillclimb this year and if this non-championship round goes down well, it might well become a championship round in 2017. The regs and entry form are attached.
Round 1 is over and we have the first results. Well done to Sandy Smith who won the first round and scores 25 points. Phil Oliver and Garry Hendy round off the podium. The link below gives you a chart of points through the season and it’ll be on the website soon:
Unfortunately, we had so many competitors that some have not scored points. I hope you enjoyed yourself whether you scored points or not. Everyone I spoke to seemed to be happy irrespective of their position. Those I didn’t speak to, I left stickers under your wipers to go on your boot lids.
It’s only 2 weeks until the second round, so I hope you’re ready. You’ll need your helmet, suit, gloves, racing licence and a timing strut fitted to the car. Do shout if you’re struggling with any of that. I’ve cut out all the magnetic number backgrounds, so bring adhesive numbers that fit on a sheet of A4 (210mm/8.25” tall). The backgrounds will be available either at signing on or with one of the MX5 competitors in the paddock.
If you’ve not yet entered round 3 at Llandow, then please do get your entry in soon:
If you want to scribble some notes down from the day, then please do so and I’ll use quotes for the press releases. I’m sure Scott will publish any reviews in Driving Mirror too.