Sprinting and Hillclimbing 2007

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Sprinting and Hillclimbing 2007

Postby kevham » Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:30 pm

Well folks, my car and helmet have passed muster with the scrutineer, I've got my licence, my overalls (extra large :o ), my yellow tape round the battery negative (thanks Douglas!) and I'm ready to roll.

I'll be competing in the Northern Speed Championship with the first event (hopefully) at Teeside (Middlesborough) on 6 April, followed by Knockhill on 19 May and then Kames on 15 July.

Maybe somebody else with an MX5 might like to join me and make it more fun?

PS - I'll be at the MX5OC 'sprint' at Curborough - anyone else going or will i be the only Scottish rep?
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Postby rockdoc » Sun Mar 25, 2007 11:32 pm

Where,s Kames, Kev?
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Postby Si » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:21 am

Kames is home to East Ayrshire Car Club. It's a small, but perfectly formed, sprint track. I'll try and come down to watch!!

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Postby kevham » Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:22 pm

My first sprint event confirmed for this Good Friday at Teesside Autodrome, Middlesborough.

I'll be car number 19 (out of around 50 entries) and others in my class include 2 Renault Turbo IIs, a Lotus Elise, a Rover 200 and a couple of Peugeot 205s. Guess I'll be bringing up the rear :roll:
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Postby -- » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:24 pm

Read here you out-ran some FI's.....so good luck!
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Postby graeme » Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:45 pm

Any details (time admission price etc) for Teesside?
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Postby Wesly » Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:29 am

Best of luck mate!

oh and watch out for the Renault 5' turbos... my brother has one as his main get about just now and he's humiliated a good few cars in it... not me though, i know to stay well clear of the roads when he's on them :lol:
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Postby kevham » Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:39 pm

graeme wrote:Any details (time admission price etc) for Teesside?


Graeme, not sure what the score with spectators is.

Gates open 8am. First practice runs start 10.00am with timed runs scheduled as soon as practice runs complete. If you happen to be in the area you might pop in but I certainly wouldn't make a special journey to see me come last!
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Teesside Sprint - 6 Apr 2007

Postby kevham » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:48 pm

Completed my first competitive sprint today. Full report below:

The day got off to a good start with a nice early 8am arrival at the track, having stayed at a nearby travel inn the night before. When I arrived, there were a few others unloading a wide array of machines off trailers. One other competitor had made the journey from Central Scotland - he had set off at 4am!

I got to work fitting my timing strut and race numbers (you can't drive of the public road with these) and then went to sign on.

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Car prepared for action

Once prepared, it was time for the dreaded 'scrutineering'. This is a check of your car, helmet and overalls to make sure you're safe and that you're eligible for the class you've entered. I'm in a roadgoing production class so I have to prove my car is road legal. That means producing tax disc, MOT and V5. The car was then checked over and after a brief discussion about my helmet (the BS sticker is peeling at the edges!), I was given a sticker to fix to the car saying I had passed the check. Hooray - I could now compete.

Then is was time to walk the track. This is a vital part of the process - especially if, like me, you've never been to the venue before. I chummed up with a guy who had been sprinting for over 10 years although it was also his first time at Teeside Autodrome. It soon became clear to us that this track was going to be fun..........

The track is short but reasonably wide in places with a big change in elevation on 2 corners. It has a reasonable straight and a 180 degree banked curve. In many respects, it is like a mini-Knockhill.

After walking the course and drivers briefing, we had a couple of sighting laps in convoy. Then it was down to business.

In sprinting (and hillclimbing), you get a couple of practice runs then your timed runs which count towards the results. So first up was my first practice run.

The cars are called up in numerical order - I was no. 19 so I had a bit of waiting in line. Then all of a sudden, I was on the start line, staring at a red light. Engine revving, adrenaline buzzing, heart pumping. GREEN light. GO. I will never forget that buzz.

Each run consisted of 2 laps of the track. I took it nice and easy on my first run and posted around 134 seconds - a bit lame, but I was happy to have got round in one piece :shock:

For my next practice run, I thought I'd really go for it. Got a nice clean start, neatly round the first bend and then got well sideways at the third corner :?. I managed to pull it together and posted a reasonably healthy 127.37 seconds.

Then it was lunch time. Time to rethink my strategy. Decided I would REALLY cane it on my timed runs!



First timed run. On the start line, Red light, red light, red light, 4,000rpm, GREEN light, clutch out, tyres squeeling, smoke but very little forward momentim! Hmmm........ perhaps I'm trying too hard? Posted a 128 sec run :x

Final run - my last chance to avoid being last in my class. I'm having a tussle with another novice in an Astra GTE - his best so far is around 129sec so I know I can beat him! I take the start a bit more gentle this time - too gentle! Hardly build up enough speed into the first bend. Get it together on the second lap and post 127.65secs. I know I can do better...

Get back to the paddock and look at the results. My nemesis has posted 127.37secs on his last run :evil: That means.......oh no..........I'm last !!!! :roll:

Oh well, at least I made it home. Off to Kames next week............

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Postby PaulDS » Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:59 pm

Great review Kev, I could sense your excitement in the writing.:P
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Postby -- » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:05 pm

Ditto. I am guessing the GTE was a late model 150BHP job...they were quicker than my 3ltr Monzas :wink:
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Postby poing » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:32 pm

Great report, could feel the tension and excitement :shock: :D

I would LOVE to do a sprint/hillclimb season so I'm incredibly jealous. Keep doing the reports, already can't wait for the next one. Only 1 way to go now and that's up. :wink:
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Postby DouglasH » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:46 pm

Congratulations Kev, excellent report...please send it to STHT, at least that's the first one in the bag.
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Postby jo » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:50 pm

Excellent report, wouldn't worry about the position by the sound of the report you had a great day and at the end of it all isn't it that what it is all about.
Keep the reports coming look forward to hear how you get on.
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Postby Gordon » Sat Apr 07, 2007 8:56 am

Great report Kevin, I can almost smell the oil and hot rubber. Do like Douglas says and send it to STHT, it'll make a change from all the holiday reports in there.
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Postby Hotch » Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:15 am

Great reading your report Kevin. Keep it up and you're sure to enjoy some enthusiastic support when you're racing at home :D
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Postby inddigo » Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:26 pm

Kev,
Great review, i agree with Douglas you should send it in...i could feel how you felt just from the way you wrote it...many congrats mate......


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Postby Lazza » Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:41 am

Hi Kev - congrats from a Soft Southerner :D

Great write up and a great read. Makes me want to have a go myself though I'd have to compete in a different class with my FI so I'd be very uncompetitive :roll:

I agree with Douglas - that needs to be submitted to STHT. It would make a welcome change to have something interesting to read :lol:
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