Kames Super Sprint Weekend - 4/5 October

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Kames Super Sprint Weekend - 4/5 October

Postby kevham » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:43 pm

The season finale in the TJ Services Norther Speed Championship takes place this Sunday 5 October at Kames near Muirkirk in Ayrshire.

I am hoping to clinch the class R2 (Roadgoing Saloons and Sportscars over 1400cc) title - there's only one chap can beat me and all I need to do is get a timed run and I'm home and dry. If you can come along and support me it would be much appreciated.

If you can't make the Sunday, there is a charity sprint, organised by East Ayrshire Car Club, on the Saturday 4th which I'll also be attending. I'm competing for honour only and hope to beat the Porsche and TVR Grif to make up for previous defeats! :lol:

I'd like to thank the club for its generous support, both financially and from members coming and cheering me on. My participation this year has made an impact on the speed sport community and has definitely raised the profile of the MX-5 in speed events in Scotland. Whilst the MX-5 is by no means the fastest car for sprinting, it is a great car for starting out because it handles so well from stock and, with a bit of development (another 100bhp!) could be seriously competitive against the Elises etc.

It would be really great to get one or two others having a go next year - even if just at the odd event. Watch this space for my plans......... :mrgreen:
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Postby Hawkeye » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:08 pm

Looking forward to Sunday - hope the weather's good.

Please don't bend it on Saturday!
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Postby kevham » Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:48 pm

Just back from a very wet and dreary Kames where EACC had organised a Charity Sprint for the first time in a few years.

Not many souls braved the atrocious weather but even so, it looks like they raised a fair amount for the Cash for Kids appeal.

There was only one other competitor in my class - Alastair Matheson - who normally drives a TVR Griffith. Unfortunately, he had some oil pressure problems and had to turn out his other car - a lovely old Porsche 944 S2. With the relentless wet weather, it was probably just as well he didn't bring the TVR!

This was my first competitive outing on the Marangonis and I have to say I was a bit worried given the reports on their wet weather performance.

My first run was a very tentative 117secs. The Porsche did 117 too.

Second run I managed 113secs and the porsche did too! I decided to make some adjustments to the suspension (soften it up). Worked a treat! I managed 109secs on my first timed run - Porsche managed 114secs. I knew he had too much to do at that stage :D

Final run and the rain got a bit heavier again - I posted 111secs and the Porsche managed 112secs.

So, a class win in the rain, on Marangonis and I beat my previous best wet time! :shock:

Looking forward to tomorrow now! :mrgreen:
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Postby kevham » Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:42 pm

Thanks to all who came down to Kames on Sunday for the final round of the TJ Services Northern Speed Championship. I'm sure you'll all agree the weather was great and some of the track action was quite spectacular too!

Unfortunately for me, I was up against some stiff competition in the form of Melvyn Hartley's Porsche Boxster S and Alastair Matheson's Porsche 944 S2.

I really struggled all day to get my times down to the level I know I can do (just over 100secs) and I tried all sorts of desperate measures to gain time but I just couldn't crack 103 secs. I was consistently bad with times of 104, 104, 103.23, 103.32, 103.29 in my first five runs. The car was great fun to drive - slipping and sliding all over the place but that is not quick! :oops:

The competition were all chipping away at their times with Melvyn going sub-100secs for the first time and Alastair under 103 secs so for the final run I jacked up the tyre pressures and gave it a go.

What a difference - the car felt much more settled and there was certainly lots more grip. I managed to go round in 102.82secs (still nearly 3 seconds off my best).

It was very close but my time was only good enough for 4th place on the day - but I managed to beat my championship competition, Dennis Hope in the MGF and that was enough to clinch the Class R2 (Roadgoing Production Cars over 1400cc) title :mrgreen:

Thanks to the club for the support and hopefully I'll be defending the title next year unless anyone wants to buy a championship winning car for a knockdown price???? :D
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Postby rockdoc » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:03 pm

well done 8)
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Postby Robin » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:47 am

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Postby Snowcat » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:10 am

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Well done you!
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Postby skinnydoug » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:07 am

Nice one chap, sorry I missed it now. :)

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