Motor Racing

Published on: 02 May 2013

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Local driver Andy leading the way

DOWNEND driver Andy Laurence won the sports racing class in the first round of the ASWMC Sprint Championship, the regional championship run by Bristol Motor Club at Castle Combe Circuit. It put him as the joint leader in the regional champinship for the South West.

The second round of the championship was held at Clay Pigeon Raceway near Yeovil, the place where Jenson Button, former Formula 1 World Champion, honed his skills.  

It was a troublesome day for Andy, who had never been to the venue before.  A spin in practice cut short the available track time, but worse was around the corner in the afternoon.  A sticky throttle put the car off the track and gave the driver a scare.  This meant it was all or nothing again on the final run.

Determined driving resulted in a new class record, but the excitement was short-lived as the record was further lowered by a rival competitor.  Andy finished in second place, but with points for breaking the class record, it left him leading the championship. 

The next round of the championship is at Llandow Circuit on May 11.  Spectators are welcome and there is no charge, but if you fancy getting really close to the action (and a free lunch), then register as a marshal at or by speaking to Winterbourne resident, Mark Benstock ( or 01454 311712/07891 160891).

Next month, James Hurford from Downend and Sandy Smith from Staple Hill will continue their assault on the Cotswold AutoSolo Championship at Kemble Airfield on April 28 and Silverstone on May 5.  If you fancy having a go at some motorsport, then you can join them.  You only need a road legal car, membership of your local club and around £30 to enter.  Maybe you can write about your exploits next month!

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