Andy finishes ahead of Clive and aims for second overall

Published on: 03 Aug 2013

DOWNEND driver Andy Laurence finally overcame his nemesis, Clive Wooster, in Bristol Motor Club’s Dick Mayo Sprint at Castle Combe Circuit.

Andy was ahead after the practices but in the afternoon he dropped to third place, more than a second behind Clive. It was pretty certain that this gap could not be closed and Andy was resigned to second place.  Despite the likely conclusion, Andy gave it all in the final run, shaving 1.6 seconds off his time to grab the win by a third of a second.

This result gave Andy a new class record and a bonus point in the South West Sprint Championship on top of the points for the win.  It also resulted in a 10th place finish overall.  The next challenge was Clay Pigeon Raceway to the South of Yeovil, where the championship continued at the track where Jenson Button learned his craft.

Despite the full field of competitors, the small Sports Libre class was underpopulated and, with no real contenders, Andy was assured the win provided he could finish.  Unfortunately, he spun into the corner on the last run of the day, throwing away the chance of the lower record.  Nevertheleass, Andy now sits in a prime spot to take second place in the championship, which looks like it will go to Ian Parr, who has smashed records all season long in his Sylva Striker.

Entries are now open for the Castle Combe AutoSolo on August 10.  You can download an entry form from Bristol Motor Club’s website (  At the start of September, the club runs its annual hillclimb at Wiscombe Park in Devon.  Formula one cars driving at full speed up the driveway of a stately home is as dramatic as it sounds and you can get in to watch for free by volunteering to be a marshal.  You don’t need any experience and you’ll get your lunch paid for.  More information can be found at, by following @BristolMC on Twitter or by coming to club night to chat over a pint (details on the website).

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