Well… After weeks of dry, hot weather, Round 16 attracted cooler and slightly wetter conditions. Actually, we had a couple of short downpours, particularly during P2, but otherwise it was a dry and breezy day.
My goodness, there were a lot of cars running at the Combe! The Dick Mayo Sprint had, according to my sheets, around one hundred and fifty competitors, leading to some enormous classes. So, here’s how our BARC Speed Championship contenders fared.
In Class A1 – Road Going Series Production Cars up to 1400cc, Andrew Till continued his winning ways in the MG ZR105 on 78.62 seconds.
Class A3 – Road Going Series Production Cars 1800cc up to 2600cc, had twenty-five runners, so as you can imagine competition was fierce. Steve Riddle in his Renault Clio headed our group in eleventh place on 75.12 seconds. Adriano Martorana took the Alfa Mito to fifteenth place on 76.96 seconds, with brother Leo Martorana in the same car on 77.72 seconds. Emma Hunt did well to take nineteenth place in the VW Golf with 81.18 seconds, ahead of the Triumph contingent.
In Class A4 – Road Going Series Production Cars Over 2600cc, Jim Hunt struggled with some gearbox issues. However, the BMW still took sixth place with 70.72 seconds, followed by Paul Jaggard in the Alfa 147 GTA taking tenth place on 76.40 seconds.
Class B2 – Road Going Specialist Production Cars – Car Engines Over 1400cc up to 1800cc, had Anthony Shearman in the Caterham 310R taking fourth place on 72.78 seconds, with Graham Holdstock in his Caterham 7 just one place behind on 73.05 seconds. Zoe Shearman in the 310R took seventh on 76.84 seconds, so it was pretty tight in that group.