Round 1 of the 2017 BARC SBD Speed Championship took place on a bright spring day at Rockingham, the Superbowl of sprinting. A full entry filled most of the paddock and garages, with BARC Midlands rattling through the event to finish at a very civilised 4:00pm.
The event was notable for the generally good behaviour of the competitors, which avoided delays and added to the efficient running.
So, let’s take a look at how Championship competitors fared on the day…
In Class 0b, Standard Production Sports & Saloons 1400cc – 2000cc, Steve Riddle was out in his new acquisition, a Renault Clio Sport. It was clear Steve was continuing his 2016 form and in an 11 strong class took 2nd place on 90.72
Next, in Class 0c, the over 2001cc split, Emma Hunt in her Golf GTI was a little outgunned against Porsches, Aston Martins and Mercedes, but held her own to record 6th place on 95.74
Road-going next and in the up to 1400cc split, Mike Edwards and Andrew Rollason did battle. Mike’s British Mini coming home in 2nd place on a 94.69, having suffered a T1 misfire on the quickest part of the track. Andrew’s Ford Ka put in a 100.08 for 4th in class. Thanks must also go to Mike for his support of Clive’s Radical during the day – Way to go Battery Boy!
In the 1401cc – 2000cc split, Wynne Morgan’s Renault Williams Clio held its own for a 89.21 and 8th in class – Wynne also hobbling a bit on crutches. So, well done that man to be out at all!
Elen Worthington’s Lotus Elise put in a T1 of 89.81 and was looking for a stormer on T2, but it was not to be. A moment at the Hairpin was non-damaging, but put paid to any improvement.
Class 4, Road Going Production Sports & Saloon Cars – 4 Wheel Drive Cars of any Capacity, saw the Italian Stallions Adriano and Leo Martorana out in the Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 and shared the spoils – Leo putting a 89.08 for 1st place and Adriano 2nd on 90.23
Class 9, Modified Series Production Cars & Modified Specialist Production Cars 1401cc to 2000cc, saw a non starter in the shape of Ivan Russell’s lovely Anglia 105E. So, it was left to Paul Jaggard in the equally tasty Alfa Romeo Guilia to record 89.60 in a huge class.
In the 2001cc and over split, William Hunt overcame some mechanical issues to come 2nd in class on a ‘quick for a saloon’ 78.91, against some very potent competition.
In Sports Libre up to 1700cc, Clive Wooster’s Radical SR4 was up against a very innovative Lotus Exige, which turned out to be a Radical SR3 under the bodywork with Supercharged Hyabusa . It was nip and tuck all day, with Clive finishing on top for the class and BARC Midland FTD with 72.11
Class 15, Racing Cars up to 1100cc, a horde of Jedis and OMS did battle, with race car preparation man Phil Williams holding his own on 78.54 in his Jedi Mk4.
Final SBD runner on the day in the 1100cc -1600cc split was Nicholas Scott in his Force HC Suzuki, who recorded 76.95 in a squabbling class.
So, with Round 1 done and dusted, we’re off to Abingdon next for Sutton & Cheam Motor Club’s new Long Course on 9th April. See you there!