Andy’s hopes of the championship ends in disaster

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

AFTER a good string of results, Andy Laurence had all to play for at the Llandow Sprint.  In order to keep the championship hopes alive, Andy needed a win and a new record.  After a good start, Andy led the class and was under the record, yet there was definitely more time to come in the afternoon.  Unfortunately, crossing the line on that final practice run, a bolt sheared and the drive chain came loose.  With no spare, the day was over and so was the championship.  

Sandy Smith and James Hurford were at Castle Combe Circuit competing in Bristol Motor Club’s round of the Cotswold AutoSolo Championship.  Sandy was looking to get another class win and decided not to use the sport mode in his Abarth Punto to reduce power on this tight course to save overloading the tyres.  Despite this, he still struggled, stating “Michelin Pilot Super Sport are clearly not really good for Solos.”  Despite this, he took a commanding win.

James was sharing his wife’s Ford Focus with his friend, Steve, as a birthday present to him.  The car is normally used for ferrying the kids to school and is completely unmodified.    

James put in a string of consistent runs and finished 5th, summing up as “all in all lots of fun and I did a bit better than usual.”  Steve also had a great time and now wants to have another go.

There’s only one more tarmac speed event left this year and it’s the big one.  It’s the 5 Clubs Hillclimb at Wiscombe Park, near Seaton on 7th/8th September.  A range of cars from roadgoing up to F1 cars driving at huge speed up the driveway of a stately home.  Spectators are welcome and those who volunteer to marshal will get a free lunch and free entry.

In October you’ll find Bristol Motor Club displaying cars on a stand at Castle Combe Circuit’s Autumn Classic Raceday.  Three weeks later is the first winter event of the year, which is free to enter on October 25.  It’s a NavScatter where teams are given a list of places to plot on a map and visit before closing time at the finishing pub.  The following day, the club’s back at Castle Combe Circuit for the annual Supercar Saturday in aid of the Stroke Association where people can get rides around the circuit in exchange for a charitable donation.  The club will be running an AutoSolo where you can get a taster for what it’s like to compete with a passenger ride and the opportunity to have a go yourself, all in exchange for a charity donation.

If you want to get involved in motorsport as a competitor, spectator or marshal then you can find the club online ( on Facebook ( or Twitter (  Alternatively, drop by at one of the events or at 8.30pmon the first Tuesday of every month at The Old Colstonian’s Pavillion, Colston’s School, BS16 1BJ.

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