More converts to to the racing scene

December 02 2013

AS predicted last month, Downend residents Nadeem Imtiaz, Phil Oliver, Dan Mustoe, James Hurford and Andy Laurence all headed to Castle Combe circuit to experience some supercars on track.

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AS predicted last month, Downend residents Nadeem Imtiaz, Phil Oliver, Dan Mustoe, James Hurford and Andy Laurence all headed to Castle Combe circuit to experience some supercars on track. 

First up, they all took a passenger ride on the AutoSolo course with the experienced competitors provided by Bristol Motor Club. That was enough for Nadeem to want to try his hand at driving. He borrowed the keys to Andy’s car and took to the track, setting a superb time for a novice. Afterwards, Nadeem exclaimed that it was far more fun than it looked and decided to start competing in the 2014 season. Phil took to the track as a passenger in a Radical SR3 sports racing car, which ultimately led to a very large grin and a severe case of being lost for words!

The previous night, James Hurford had tried his hand at a NavScatter for the first time. Arriving at the start with his navigator, Scott Boulton from Yate, he picked up the route cards before half an hour of frantic route plotting. Into the darkness, Scott directed James around the roads south of Bristol for two hours before arriving at the finish. Tales of the evening’s entertainment unravelled over a pint at the pub before the winners were announced. James and Scott finished a creditable 4th overall.

At the start of November, a few dozen cars descended into Dyrham Wood to ascend some impossibly steep muddy terrain. Andy Laurence headed down to watch the action at the Roy Fedden Sporting Trial. The cars motored up the hills with spectators watching from the sidelines, trying desperately not to fall over in the process. Tom Bricknell won the event and with it the 2013 British Sporting Trials Championship.

A few days after the Roy Fedden Sporting Trial, the annual Charity Karting Challenge for local racing , was held at the Raceway in Avonmouth. James Hurford and Andy Laurence from Downend teamed up with three others to compete in the 2.5-hour endurance race. After nearly winning the event last year, hopes were high for a good finish. Half way through the event, it was clear that a win was unlikely, but a podium spot was looking good before a penalty was applied for a mis-timed overtake on a back marker. Two laps lost, the gap was too much to pull back and the team finished 5th overall.

By the time you read this, Andy Laurence will have competed in his first off-road event in the Allen Classic Trial, held by Bristol Motor Club in the hills around Bristol. The route is mainly on public roads with special tests held on muddy hills that decide the winner of the event. You may have seen coverage of the Exeter Trial on 5th Gear a few years ago. Find out how Andy gets on next month.

If you fancy trying a bit of four-wheeled action, whether as a competitor, marshal or spectator, then Bristol Motor Club organises a variety of events throughout the year that are friendly to your wallet. Come to club night on the first Tuesday of each month at 8.30pm in Colston’s Pavilion, Colston’s School. You can find out about the club at www.bristolmc.org.uk or keep in touch on social media at twitter.com/BristolMC or facebook.com/BristolMotorClub.