There is something about the SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship and anticlockwise format at Knockhill. It seems to matter not which day of the weekend we run, we seem to attract the worst weather conditions of the weekend. This time the visibility on the pit straight was far from perfect, but at least to begin with, visibility after competitors had turned the hairpin and throughout the remainder of the lap to the top of Duffus Dip was acceptable. The track itself was wet and remained that way throughout the day. However that visibility factor varied as the day progressed leading to changes in the timetable as the day progressed. This meant that both the SBD Motorsport British Sprint Championship, and Super Lap Scotland, runners with whom the day was shared both ultimately lost part of their programme.
During practice John Munro experienced an issue with their engine which lead to their wihdrawal for the remainder of the weekend, totally frustrating for both John and his father Roy as they had both been looking forward to "playing at home". Other Scots to join us for the first time this season included Louise Calder in her 1 litre Jedi and was looking forward to a performance that could secure her the Junior Championship. Also a Junior Championship runner was Lindsay Robertson. We knew before the event no more than the fact it was a car, it was 2 litre and it was a Renault Clio. Well the latter element was "sort of" the case - it looked like one - and that 2 litre engine was in fact a pair of bike engines side by side in the back of the car. It was something of a "Super Saloon" and Lindsay had little experience of the car, and none of that at a venue like Knockhill, only "home" type Sprint venues had been undertaken so far, so very many new experiences would be discovered (like flat in 6th, something totally new, and the width of track was something totally new) leading to finding handling tendencies which, with the helpful assistance of Mike Musson, would hopefully be at least partially eradicated. During the course of the single practice run only a couple of failures to finish occurred, everyone else completing their run, although one or two, Colin Calder included, failed to have times recorded. But it did lead to an interesting picture at the end of practice with Heather & Louise Calder 1-2!
Then, what turned out to be the only, timed qualifying run took place. There was sadly one casualty of this when Martin Webb failed to complete his run. And shall we say some interesting times were displayed! Some as a result of some amazing efforts by some, as the TV screens of the circuit demonstrated, but others well...? Finishing as top qualifiers were Heather and Colin Calder, in that order, just a second apart, very little in a minute and three quarters? In fact from 3rd down to 10th it, very broadly, a similar interval between each competitor. The last few had a few more seconds between themselves and the rest (and Louise Calder would have qualified for the Run Off, had she been registered.) One or two others were a little more distant, in one case because they did not possess a set of wets for the car and in Lindsay Robertson's case, still learning the car in a very different environment to one he was accustomed to.
In the Run Off there was one unfortunate casualty, Kurt Ramsden, who suffered a spin exiting McIntyres. He did manage to get back on track and complete the run, but the time was by now meaningless it turned out. In 12th place was Mike Musson who entertained the audience with a tank slapper on the pit straight, which made his hair curl! in 11th spot was Colin Metcalfe..... in 10th place was John Graham, who must have been experiencing weather he was used to on his farm in the Lake District, but not in his Gould! In 9th was Graham Porrett being quite sure he completed his run and secured points. Then there were three, all in the 114s, a few tenths apart. Jim Belt, taking part in a trouble free weekend for once, perhaps the first time this season. Just a few hundredths quicker was Craig Sampson and Steve Miles a few tenths farther away. Then Terry Holmes & Mark Smith, a few seconds clear of the rest, but just hundredths apart from each other. Perhaps performnace of the day, in 3rd place, was Matt Carter. Watching his driving throughout his run it was clear he was very much on the edge and so to conclude his run only a handful of seconds shy of the Sports Libre record, set when conditions had improved latterly last year, was phenominal. Then the Top 2, Colin and Heather Calder, just 6/10ths separating the pair, in that order.
|1||Colin Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||101.85secs|
|2||Heather Calder||3.5 Gould GR55||102.49secs|
|3||Matt Carter||1.4 Radical PR6||108.35|
|4||Mark Smith||2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH2||111.70secs|
|5||Terry Holmes||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||111.77secs|
|6||Steve Miles||2.0 Van Diemen RF96mm13||114.44secs|
|7||Craig Sampson||2.0 SBD Reynard DBMH2||114.85secs|
|8||Jim Belt||3.0 Juno Jaguar||114.88secs|
|9||Graham Porrett||3.5 Lola Tegra Judd||119.36secs|
|10||John Graham||2.8 Gould GR55||123.46secs|
|11||Colin Metcalfe||2.0 Nissan Primera||124.28secs|
|12||Mike Musson||4.0 Pilbeam-Judd KV4 MP97||126.07secs|