Scammonden Dam Hillclimb - Sunday 13 July

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Scammonden Dam Hillclimb - Sunday 13 July

Postby kevham » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:35 pm

Next outing for the MX5Scotland sponsored RacingFive is at Scammonden Dam, next to the M62 in West Yorkshire on Sunday.

The climb is round 6 of the TJ Services Northern Speed Championship. My class (Roadgoing Production Cars over 1400cc) is very close this season. :D

All the front runners have completed three rounds and I'm currently leading on 73 points. Hot on my heels is Paul Rigg in the race-prepared MGF VVC 160 on 72 points then joint third are Rich Lewthwaite in the Seat and Chris Harris in the 190bhp Elise on 70 points.

Both the MGF and the Elise are competing this weekend so I really need to beat them to consolidate my position. I only managed to beat them once - at Kames where I had local advantage and the weather on my side. I'm hoping my recent alignment and practice at Llandow will give me a fighting chance.

I'll have a full report on my return and hopefully some photos too.

You can see a video of the course here (.wmv format)

The rest of the season is shaping up as follows:

2 August - Elvington, York (Northern Championship)
3 August - Kames (Scottish Championship)
24 August - Forrestburn (Scottish and Northern Championships)
4 October - Kames (Northern Championship)
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Postby DouglasH » Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:37 pm

All the best Kev.
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Postby The Mailman » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:10 pm

Good luck Kev. I'll try to make it to one of your future races :D
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Postby kevham » Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:55 pm

Not long back from a mammoth trip down to Yorkshire for the Hillclimb. Lovely weather, well organised and a total of 8 runs on what must be the steepest hillclimb in Britain!.

I'll post a full report tomorrow with some photos.
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Postby kevham » Mon Jul 14, 2008 9:20 pm

There were several surprises during my trip to Scammonden Dam for the 6th round of the TJ Services Northern Speed Championship yesterday.

First up was the distance. I hadn't realised how far it was - the round trip was 490 miles. I travelled down on Saturday night and camped at a site behind a pub near the village of Marsden. After a good night's sleep, I awoke to blue skies and brilliant sunshine - great!

After a run through some lovely West Yorks countryside, I arrived at the venue and nearly had a fit when I saw the paddock arrangements. We had to park on a slope, on 2 foot high grass. At least it was dry.

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The paddock at Scammonden Dam

The scrutineer came round and gave the car a very cursory once over and it was time to walk the course. Then came the second surprise......

The hill is unbelievably steep! It might only be 550 yards long and have just 4 corners but the gradient is a real test of grunt. Or in my case, a real test of lack of grunt!

Practice runs were a fact-finding exercise. I found that snatching second gear just before the first corner gave a faster exit and enabled a quicker run up to the second corner which was a very steep, tight right hander. This second corner was crucial because it was at this point that the gradient really kicked in. Getting a good exit here would set up the car for a good run up the rest of the hill.

My competition for the day was Paul Rigg and Dennis Hope double driving the MGF. Chris Harris in the Elise was a no show. For a while it looked like it might be quite close. By our fourth run, Dennis had done a 31.9, I had done 31.7 and Paul was on 31.5 - all quite tight. On run five, Paul pulled out the stops and managed 30.44. I was stunned. I couldn't see where I was going to make a whole second on such a short course. Worst of all, Dennis was at my heels. I desperately needed to beat Dennis so at least I could claim 24 points and stay joint top of the class in the championship.

I hadn't completely given up hope of pipping Paul so for my last run I decided to give it all. So, I'm sitting at the start line and just as the light went green there was this enormous rumble - it sounded like the big end had gone. Undeterred, I floored the throttle and took off up the hill. Up to second gear and round the first bend. I noticed the marshalls looking skywards????? I carried on up the hill as fast as I could muster and all the way up I noticed the marhsalls and spectators looking up. Why weren't they watching me????

I got to the top to discover that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight had just flown past with the Lancaster and Spitfires - nae wonder folk weren't watching me in my poxy Mazda!

Anyway, I posted a time of 31.06 - not enough to get near Paul who did 30.3 on his last run but good enough to claim 24 points and keep me in contention in the championship.

I have to say that the car feels great these days. It's very neutral at the limit and there's plenty grip with the Toyo tyres now that they're worn in. I'll probably keep them on to get some more practice at Knockhill on Friday.

Next competitive outing is at Elvington on 2 August and then Kames on 3 August.......
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Postby Si » Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:12 pm

kevham wrote:So, I'm sitting at the start line and just as the light went green there was this enormous rumble - it sounded like the big end had gone. Undeterred, I floored the throttle and took off up the hill.


That's the spirit :lol: If it's going to go, the best place to be is on the track enjjoying yourself.

How are you finding the impact of fuel costs on your enjoyment of the sport?

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Postby kevham » Sat Jul 19, 2008 1:41 pm

Si wrote:
kevham wrote:So, I'm sitting at the start line and just as the light went green there was this enormous rumble - it sounded like the big end had gone. Undeterred, I floored the throttle and took off up the hill.


That's the spirit :lol: If it's going to go, the best place to be is on the track enjjoying yourself.

How are you finding the impact of fuel costs on your enjoyment of the sport?

Si

Im just having to eat less take aways!
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