Elvington Sprint - Sat 9th June

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Elvington Sprint - Sat 9th June

Postby kevham » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:18 pm

Well, I'm sure you're all bored of me talking up the sport of motor sprinting but I'm at it again....

This weekend, I'll be competing in the Keith Pattison Memorial Sprint at Elvington near York (where Richard Hammond nearly killed himself).

I'm car no. 8 this week and my class includes some of the regular guys from Wigton Motor Club and some I've never come across before - this might mean a small chance of not coming last :shock:

Even if you were in the area, I wouldn't ask you to come and stand on an exposed airfield to watch me have fun - you can just wish me luck and read about my exploits sometime on Sunday.

Here's to not coming last............... :?

PS -My next 2 events confirmed as follows: Barbon Hillclimb on 16 June and Kames on 15 July
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Re: Elvington Sprint - Sat 9th June

Postby poing » Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:36 pm

kevham wrote:Well, I'm sure you're all bored of me talking up the sport of motor sprinting but I'm at it again....


Not in the slightest, positively look forward to your reports. Good luck :D
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Postby boydie » Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:05 pm

Best of luck Kev, I'll try get to Kames and watch you on the 15th.
How did you get on last saturday?
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Postby Skarecrow29 » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:20 am

Good luck Kev, Always look forward to your race reports.

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Postby kevham » Thu Jun 07, 2007 7:57 pm

boydie wrote:Best of luck Kev, I'll try get to Kames and watch you on the 15th.
How did you get on last saturday?


Did not bad, actually. No official timing you understand but on the second layout, I did manage to beat a nearly all the NA cars and some fairly meaty cars from the darkside too. Allegedly. :shock:

Thing is - I had a lesson there on the Sunday and I reckon I could shave 2 seconds off my runs now I know the proper lines! Plus, a set of Toyo 888s must be worth another second or 2 so next year............:lol:
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Postby annette » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:59 pm

good luck kev do you need me to come and show you the lines to take lol :lol:
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Postby kevham » Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:29 pm

Well, I'm just back from nearly 600miles in the '5 and what a day it was.

Got to Elvington at around 8.30am and went through all the usual scrutineering and signing on procedures no problem. Because I was a wee bit late arriving, I missed my chance to walk the course :?

The weather was scorching and Elvington, being a massive airfield, has no shelter so things got a bit hot. LOts of overheating cars on display today :? Some real special cars too - a couple of Metro 6R4 rally cars - I'd never seen real ones in the 'metal' before and I was taken aback by how big they are!

Anyway, first practice came and I took to the track with some trepidation since I had no idea where I was going! I managed a very poor 96 secs. Second practice came and I was not much better - in the wrong gear, braking too much and too early - managed just 95 secs. My class leader was in the 80s by this stage - I was very despondent :(

After lunch, I came out flying and managed a 93.8 secs. Better - but not good enough. I knew there was more in it but by this time my 'alarming clunk' had appeared (see other thread).

I really hammered it for my second timed run and this time the clunk was appearing every corner but I persevered. I posted 92.8secs - another second faster. :lol:

Final run came and I REALLY went for it, so much so that my clunk was an almost permanent noise but I posted 91.03 secs :D

So, I wasn't last. I was about 4th last in my class but I beat some fairly meaty competition including a 180bhp Mitsubishi and a 170bhp Peugoet. Best of all, I was only 7secs off the class winner - that's the nearest I've been to date.

The car is definitely handling much better with the uprated anti-roll bars - more grip and a nice controlled slide. I'm getting the hang of tight hairpins now - slow in, late turn and powerslide the rear round on exit :lol:

I just need to get my clunk sorted pronto, get another 30bhp and I'll be cooking with gas.

Next event is my first Hillclimb :shock: Next Saturday 16 June at Barbon, near Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lake District..............
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Postby poing » Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:49 pm

Great report as always and the 5 second improvement from run 1 to the end is great. And.... you were not last 8)

Hope you get to the bottom of the noise, even if it's not something serious it will bring you some confidence. Only 1 week till the next one. Scary :shock:
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Postby annette » Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:02 pm

:oops: so you did not need me after all.
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Postby Skarecrow29 » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:00 am

Well done Kev, hope you get yuor clunk sorted out.

Good luck for saturday

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Postby graeme » Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:41 pm

kevham wrote:Some real special cars too - a couple of Metro 6R4 rally cars - I'd never seen real ones in the 'metal' before and I was taken aback by how big they are!


We were on a club run one time and we stopped in a town in the borders (can't remember where it was but I think Richardn was with us - he might remember). A 6R4 kept prowling around the town square sounding lumpy as hell - it just couldn't cope with sub 20 mph!
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