Sandy's consistency keeps him on the podium

June 10 2013

SANDY Smith has been competing in the Cotswold AutoSolo Championship in his Abarth Punto. This last month, he’s competed at Kemble Airfield and at Silverstone. After a class win last time out, Sandy’s hopes were high.

sandy smith

sandy smith

SANDY Smith has been competing in the Cotswold AutoSolo Championship in his Abarth Punto.  This last month, he’s competed at Kemble Airfield and at Silverstone.  After a class win last time out, Sandy’s hopes were high.

The day consisted of four courses around the airfield, each attempted three times.  On the first course, Sandy struggled with traction, but still wound up leading the class.  In the second test, Sandy maintained his class lead, leaping up to third overall.

The third test caused Sandy trouble as he took a wrong route, but only two of the three attempts counts towards his overall time.  The final test of the day cemented Sandy’s position and he finished at the top of his class and an impressive third overall.

Moving on to Silverstone, Sandy managed the bottom step of the podium, finishing third in class.

Downend resident, James Hurford, has missed the start of the season with car troubles.  The time’s not been wasted though, as he spent a day at Silverstone with Caterham attending one of their drift school days to hone his car control skills.  Both he and Sandy expect to return to competition at the Abingdon Carnival AutoSolo, while Andy Laurence will be hoping to extend his lead in the South West Sprint Championship on the other side of the airfield at the Abingdon Carnival Sprint.

Andy spent the Bank Holiday weekend at the Bristol Motor Show at The Mall where his car was on display.  The following weekend was the next round of the championship at Llandow Circuit near Cardiff.  Despite a spin and a major mechanical problem in the morning, Andy bounced back to win the class in the afternoon and extend his championship lead. 

If motorsport sounds like your thing, make a date in your diary for 22nd/23rd June.  Bristol Motor Club are running the Dick Mayo Sprint on the Saturday and the Family Sportscar Day on the Sunday at Castle Combe Circuit.  Both are free to spectate and you can get a free lunch by offering to marshal.  You need no special skills other than enthusiasm and you’ll get a trackside seat.  Find out more at www.bristolmc.org.uk or follow the club on Twitter @BristolMC and Like the club at facebook.com/bristolmotorclub.

Photos courtesy of Scott Boulton of JackFlashPhotography.co.uk