What a beautiful Autumn day it was at Curborough for the last competitive event of the season held by the Club. It was a full entry with ‘Best Time of Day” going to Gary Thomas in Class J1 & J2 combined in his Force PC in a time of 53.08s
The ‘figure of 8’ track configuration is a real test and one or two managed to take wrong turns during their morning practice runs.
The Honda S2000’s took first and second in ‘Class A2(a)/A2(b) ably driven by Michael Thomson and Raymond Worrall with the very nippy Fiat X19 of late entrant Jonathan Plowe taking 3rd. Class wins also went to Chris Berrisford in his Subaru Impreza (A3a), Graham Godfrey, Audi TT (A3b), John Palmer (B1 /B2), David Bickley (C2 & D).
Matt Carter managed just one run but still took the top spot in F/G Class in his Radical. Simon Andrews took best time by an MAC member in his OMS 28 and also won his class
It was good to see the Ralt F302 of John Chalmers on track and the Triumph TR5 of Rod Stansfield who managed a small ‘off’ just after the finish line, with Bruce Atkinson taking top honours in that class in his Alfa GT Junior.
Fourteen Ferraris turned out for their last event of the season and Richard Prior (who turned up late having chosen to watch the end of the Japanese Grand Prix!) then put in the fastest time in his Ferrari 355 GTB.
A great day of competition run in glorious weather and a suitable conclusion to our 2016 season.
Entries for the Blyton Park Sprint event were looking questionable until close to the date when there was a late surge of entries with 46 signing-on on the day. It worked out well on the very technical Eastern Circuit track configuration that had only been used once before for an MSA registered Sprint. It even attracted our very own David Nursey in a dual driven Ford Puma, Blyton Park owner Richard Usher in his McLaren 570s, and Rachel Lovett’s boyfriend Ewen Sergison who lives nearby in Doncaster.
With the sun shining all day and a very healthy entry from the Paul Matty Lotus Championship contenders, we saw a BTD of 67.85s for Paul Martin in his Radical PR6. 2nd fastest of the day was Richard Hollingworth in his DJ Firehawk and as a result, he now leads the MAC’s Sunrise Sprint Championship with just two rounds remaining. Malcolm Thorne in his Lotus Buick decided to spice things up with a spectacular 360 spin on the final corner clipping the finish line chequer board and then continuing on into the pits. He wasn’t alone as this final corner managed to catch several more competitors.
In the end, everybody gave the event a big ‘thumbs up’ and already we are talking about replicating the sprint using the same track layout next year due to the enthusiasm of those who took part on the day.
Class winners were:
Gordon Hick Seat Leon Cupra 280
Richard Usher McLaren 570S
Tim Brown Datsun 240Z
David Tatham Terrapin Mk41A
Iain Stallard Lotus Elan
David Hampton Lotus 69 Atlantic F2