A very healthy seventeen BARC Connaught Speed Championship competitors travelled to Lincolnshire for our next round and every single one of them got soaked to the skin on Saturday afternoon! Until then we had damp conditions, but during the afternoon, Blyton had more rain than had been seen there in the last eight years.
Did we pack up and go home? Of course not! Pretty much everybody braved the conditions and here’s how it turned out.
Class SB – Standard Saloon & Sports Cars Over 1400cc up to 2000cc saw Steve Riddle in the ClioCup putting his recent track day experience here to good effect with a class win. Steve held off another Clio to record 96.56 seconds.
Class 1A – Road Modified Saloons & Sports Cars up to 1400cc saw a keen battle between Andrew Rollason in the Ford Ka and Mike Edwards British Mini. Andrew took it with a best of 105.61 seconds to Mike‘s 108.79 seconds. It would be much closer on Sunday!
Class 1B – Road Modified Saloons & Sports Cars Over 1400cc up to & Including 2000cc, had The Flying Espresso Brothers Adrian and Leo Martorana in the Alfa Mito battling it out. This time Adriano took class second on 103.23 seconds with Leo on third with 104.24 seconds.
Class 1C – Road Modified Saloons & Sports Cars Over 2000cc, saw three protagonists battle it out. Paul Jaggard headed this group in his Alfa 147GTA taking second with a 96.68 seconds, followed by Ed McDonough in his Alfa 156 GTA on 102.00 seconds and then Emma Hunt in the Golf on a 104.79 seconds.
Class 2A – Road Going Kit, Replica & Spaceframed Cars up to 1700cc was 100% filled with BARC contenders. Heading this scrabbling pack was Anthony Shearman, who took the class in the Caterham 310R on 98.14 seconds. NSCC man John Clarke was second on 100.99 seconds in his Caterham Seven S3; Paul Webb in his Sylva Stryker was third on 103.71 seconds; Graham Holdstock in his Caterham Seven fourth on 109.32 seconds and Zoe Shearman fifth on 118.84 seconds.
Class 3B – Modified Production Cars Excluding Kit, Replica and Spaceframed Cars Over 1400cc up to & Including 2000cc saw Elen Worthington in the Elise win on a fine 96.67 seconds. Taras Andrusin in the Clio 172 Cup was second on 100.64 seconds.
Class 3C – Modified Production Cars Excluding Kit, Replica and Spaceframed Cars Over 2000cc, had Mike Stark manfully hauling the Alfa 156 GTA around the streaming conditions. Finding the car better around here with the power steering off, Mike took the class on 102.61 seconds.
Finally, in Class 4A – Sports Libre up to & Including 1700cc, Clive Wooster‘s Radical SR4 really didn’t like the soaked track and slithered unpredictably to a class win and fifth overall on 91.54 seconds.