Drivers ready to go at start of second round challenge

Published on: 04 May 2016

FIFTEEN drivers lined up for the start of the second round of the Vincenzo & Son Bristol MX5 Challenge at Castle Combe.
Sandy Smith of Mangotsfield had won the first round and led the championship as a result, while Phil Oliver of Downend was second and Garry Hendy of Fishponds in third. Louis Workman-Ruff of Pucklechurch was in fourth place and James Hurford of Downend was fifth. Needless to say, they all wanted to win.
Sandy was right on the pace in practice, followed by Garry, Louis and reigning champion, Dave Newman of Poole, Dorset. All four registered the same speed at the end of the first lap and all four were under the class record. Just outside the record but still in touch were Phil and James.
The first timed run is where it counted and Sandy upped his game, setting a blistering time four seconds faster than anyone else. Dave moved into second place, displacing Garry and Louis. All was not lost as there was a second run, but Sandy went faster still. Garry pipped Dave, while Louis couldn’t quite improve enough to get on the podium and Phil remained in fifth place after a mistake on the second run, but still breaking the old class record. James dropped to eighth place as track conditions worsened.
After this round, Sandy heads to the third round of the championship at Llandow in May with maximum points and odds-on favourite for the championship. Garry has moved into second place, whilst Phil is in a solid third followed by Louis, Dave and James.
The day after the Castle Combe event, Andy Laurence headed from Downend to Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby to compete in his Mygale single seater. The day did not start well when his driving partner mislaid his kit bag including Hans device and helmet. After negotiating a loan from other competitors, Andy was able to start the event. A battery problem limited the car to 60mph in practice and having not driven the car at speed since October, this was a cause for concern. A solid first run put him in the lead of the class and a significant improvement in the second run gave him a class win and fourth place overall. He will join the Vincenzo & Son Bristol MX5 Challenge drivers at Llandow in May.
If this sounds like fun, then you’d probably be interested in the events that Bristol Motor Club run. Search for the club on the web or social media and get involved, either as a competitor, spectator, marshal or event organiser. The club has around 200 members in Bristol who just like having fun with their cars.

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