Round 3, BAE Northwood Rain rain go away, come again another day. Well it’s possible that someone sung that song a few weeks ago and today was that other day because it absolutely pi**ed it down from the start of run 1 until just before the podium after run 6.Now, for some this could be a little depressing, however, car club members are never put off by rain as it just means more sliding and more drifting. 🙂
32 members competed at this large open car park venue and with the added bonus of a wet slippery track competitors could experience and enjoy sliding their cars around a set course with little chance of damaging their cars.
Despite the fun and games there was also a competition to win and the class 1 winner was Gordon Bushell in his Smart Roadster. Also in a standard car was our class 2 winner Kevin Richardson in his MX5.
Class 3 is for modified saloons and this field was full of Nissan Micras. These great little cars are the modern version of the classic mini, however, for the moment they are no mach for the original mini and the experience of Dave Goodwin who took the honours in this class.
Talking of minis, Cathy True is enjoying her BMW Mini Cooper S and was very close to stepping on the podium in the first few rounds in 4th place, however, it was not to be today. Cathy took the award for the fastest lady of the day and we all know its only a mater of time before she stands on that top step.
Class 4 had the cars with the most potential to win today’s event as this group had the two all wheel Subaru Imprezas of Jakey Jarrod and Jon Barrett and it was Jon who took the class win.
Class 5 had a new member today, Vasil Kiryazov in his Westfield SEiW powered by a turbo MX5 engine was battling against Andy Williams in his autocross special. Vasil is learning not only how to drive his beautifully prepared car but it was also his first time at auto testing, it’s no surprise that our 2021 champion Andy took class honours but Vasil enjoyed himself and we hope to see him back competing soon.
Fastest Youth of the day was contested between 5 junior club members. All developing their driving skills, years ahead of being allowed on the public roads and enjoying club motorsport in the process. It was Joel Gilby driving his MG ZR who clinched the winning points for this round of the Youth Championship.
Thank you to our new podium Sponsors PRO-TEK for the bubbly and junior prize
Overall positions went to Wayne Hole who finished 3rd in his class 2 MX5, Kevin Richardson who finished 2nd in his class 2 Mx5 and our event winner was Jon Barrett who took maximum points in the championship battle to finish first place over all.
The next event is another sealed surface event and will be held at Westridge behind Tesco in Ryde on the 12th of June. Please see our website for more details.
If you’ve done a sprint then you’ll have all the right gear to compete.
So what is a Hillclimb? Quite simply, it’s a hill and you have to get to the top as quickly as possible.
The IOWCC are invited each year to compete in there own class for a weekend of competition at Gurston, near Salisbury.
The event this year is the weekend of June 18/19, you can do 1 day or both as each day is a separate competition. Camping is available or there are some great pubs locally that offer accommodation.
The following IOWCC members are already signed up to compete: –
Gerald Wilby – Sat/Sun
Ian Thomas – Sat/Sun
Dan Young – Sat/Sun
Toby Allen – Sun
Shane Parry – Sun
Louise Wren – Sun
Glenn Snudden – Sun
The Club has a Facebook event and Club member Dan Young has created a FB messenger group for those that are competing so if you are interested drop him a PM for any further info or take a look here http://gurstondown.org
This amazing quay is one of the most popular unsealed surface venues due to its dramatic elevation changes, varied loose surfaces twisting through made obstacles of heaped sand and mammoth excavation equipment.
Despite the challenge 22 drivers competed in round 2 of the Isle of Wight Car Clubs 2022 season held at Knighton Sandpit.
Despite the brutal terrain many competitors chose to drive almost standard road cars, class one and two are for unmodified cars, the only optional permitted additions are a 4 point rear cage and a sump guard. Fingers crossed a roll cage would never be used but experience has shown that the addition of a simple sump guard can protect your car from the many bumps and rocks around the course.
Lewis Whittington was our class 1 winner finishing a very impressive 6th place over all and Steve Glass took the class 2 honours in his Ford KA finishing 13th overall.
Joe Gilby our current Youth champion was also competing in class 1 but in his in his new weapon of choice for 2022 a MG ZR. This more powerful car and his growing experience as a driver gave his the award of the fastest Youth of the day and a very respectful 10th place over all.
The modified classes of 3 and 4 are often lighter and have more traction because of their knobbly tyres, Steven Staff used his skill and experience to power his little Nissan Micra to not only win class 3 but to finish in 3rd place over all.
Louise Wren in her class 4 Ford KA was awarded fastest lady of the day and just missed out on the podium finishing 4th place overall.
Class 5 is for non production cars or production cars where modification has been taken to an extreme, and new member David Greaves blew everyone’s mind when he turned up in his specialist production Polaris Razor, these cars are often seen competing in desert rallies such as the Dakar and looked right at home kicking up sand and dust in our own little desert. David demonstrated huge potential by finishing 5th place overall along side his class award.
But it was the bookies fave route Jon Barrett in his Subaru Impreza that dominated the day, he really knows how to drive a Subaru and enjoys every minute of it. Finishing on the top step of the podium with class and overall victory.
An amazing day of grass roots motorsport
Please check out these TickTock videos that captured the day filmed and edited of our own youth driver Millie Blake.
Our next event is on the 15th of May at BAE systems in Northwood. Spectating is free and if you would like to have a go at a future event just come and introduce yourself at the club trailer or visit our website www.iowcc.co.uk
please check out this fantastic promo video by one of our Youth drivers – Millie
The Sandown Sprint has been a huge and enjoyable success
On behalf of every competitor and spectator we would like to thank all involved – all the marshals and officials made up of IOWCC / FDMC members and all the individuals who have given up so much time and effort behind the scenes.
Without all of your support this event would never have happened.
If anyone wants to be a Track Marshal at this weekend’s Isle of Wight Car Club sprint in Sandown, let us know. We have had a few last minute drop-outs.Watch the action up close. You’ll be given lunch and training is available.
The AGM and awards is this Friday – if you would like to book a meal please make sure you do as soon as possible via our website as the Inn needs to know our numbers. If you are only coming to the awards later in the evening can you let us know below – it would be great to see you all and plan for this season
I am sure you all know how hard club members have been working behind the scenes to organise the forthcoming Sandown Sprint on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April.
However, we will have some small tasks that need to be performed during the weekend so that things run as smooth as possible and we are hoping club members will step forward and help.
The pit area for the Sprint is going to be in the Yavaland Car park and there is only enough room for cars and vehicles that have pre organised pit passes.
Yavaland sailing club has organised someone to man the gate and allow vehicles with passes to enter, however, this is only one person and he has asked if we could find an assistant for him during the busy period in the morning when all the teams and race cars arrive.
If you are available to help please can you connect the club either via our email or contact a committee member.
Don’t miss out on the biggest night of the year.
The 2022 AGM will be held at the Chequers Inn in Rookely
The normal Format is a social meal at 7pm
followed by the AGM at 8:15 where you can voice your thoughts on how to help the club move forward.
And at 9pm the presentation of the trophies and awards to our 2021 winners.
If you would like to book your place for the Calvary meal please pay via the events page link on our website.