Round 5 results

Round 6 was another unsealed surface event 

Threading their way between piles of rubble and excavation machinery, 18 drivers kicked up dust and enjoyed the challenging venue of Knighton Sandpit.

It was fantastic to see 5 competitors contesting the title of The Fastest Lady of the day, Hayley Schuchart in her Citroen, Laura Parry in her MX5, Cathy True demonstrating some very competent skills in her Lupo, Sue Mitchell is flying this year in her Clio, however it was Louise Wren who not only took the honours of the fastest lady but also finished 6th place over all.

Fastest Youth was Joel Gilby in his Fiat Panda and to his relief Charles Gilby managed to just stay ahead of his son to be the fastest in class 1.

Class 2 went to Kevin Richardson, however, during his last run damaged the sump on his borrowed Skoda scuppering the chances of his team mates going any faster and Steve Glass took home the class 3 award.

Shane Parry was again showing some exceptional skill in his class 4 Ford Puma and was rewarded with his first ever podium spot finishing 3rd overall. Jon Barrett in his AWD Subaru took the second step and the class 4 win but it was Andy Williams in his single seater class 5 car that took the event win. 

Andy is building I nice lead in the championship, however, as we know anything can happen in motorsport.

For more details on how to spectate or even compete at a future event head to the club website at www.iowcc.co.uk

Round 4 Results

The much anticipated event at Atherfield provided many new members with the experience of competing on grass for the first time. This wide open field provides a safe and fun environment for drivers of all abilities.


25 drivers including 6 ladies, one youth driver and the Gilby and Lower family who travelled from the mainland enjoyed a great day of club level motorsport on the island.


This venue being on grass is always fun and slippery to start with but slowly the grass gives way to soil and the grip and speed increases throughout the day, however, the forecast was for rain in the afternoon.


John Barrett and his class 4 all wheel drive Subaru known as Clubby was the hot favourite to win the day and he did not disappoint the pundits by dominating the timing sheets and standing on the top step of the podium. Wayne Hole who was also sharing John’s Subaru finished second, only 0.32 seconds behind and Andy Williams in his class 5 special finished 3rd.


Driver of that day must go to Shane Parry who finished 4th place overall in his class 4 Ford Puma and who impressed the onlookers with his driving skill and in particular his ability to leave the slippery start line without wheel spinning – this certainly helped him achieve the great result that he did. 


As mentioned there was an amazing turn out of lady drivers at this event. Sue Mitchell’s event was almost scuppered when the throttle cable snapped during round 3 when co driver Steve Glass was driving her newly acquired automatic Renault Clio but after a quick fix, not only did Sue take the ladies’ title but finished 11th place overall.


As the afternoon progressed clouds formed and with it came the rain. The once mildly slippery venue now became an ice rink for those cars shod with standard road tyres, however, this did not dampen the spirits of the drivers who enjoyed sliding around learning and experimenting with car control techniques.


The class 3 award went to Steven Staff in his Nissan Micra who, despite using normal road tyres, finished 7th place overall. Steven and his team mate Karl Robins are already looking to upgrade to some proper rally tyres and when they do we can see them climbing even higher up the rankings.


Class 1 and 2 cars are the standard classes and because of this are only permitted to use standard road tyres. Kevin Richardson in his Suzuki Ignis Sport was awarded the class 2 win and Joel Gilby not only took the youth award but more importantly showed his dad how to drive by  beating him by just under 3 seconds in their class 1 Fiat Panda. Joel I think you may have a future as a rally driver.


The next event is another unsealed surface event but this time at Knighton Sand pit – see our website for details about how you can take part.

Round 3 results

The Isle of Wight Car Club returned to BAE systems in Northwood for round 3 of their forward only Autotest season.

Auto-testing is a driving challenge where competitors drive a set course around cones, striking a cone incurs a time penalty and the fastest time of the day wins, however, there are many different classes depending on the type of car you wish to use. 

Andy Williams was set to win this event as he was consistently posting the fastest times during the day in his single seater class 5 special, however, on the last run of the day Wayne Hole in his unmodified class 2 MX5 relegated Andy to the second step of the podium with a masterly drive.

3rd place went to Kevin Richardson in his standard class 2 MX5 and It’s great to see standard cars on the podium proving anyone can be competitive in this easily accessible sport no mater what car you choose to drive.

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc and Gordon Bushell in his Smart Roadster took the class win. Not far behind was father and son duo Charles Gilby and Joel Gilby in their class 1 Panda. Joel is under 18 years old so was also in competition with Max Snudden who is also under 18 years old and sharing an MGBGT with his father. The youth championship is now in full swing and in this round it was Joel who took the fastest youth title.

If you are 14 years or above and would like to take part in a future event please head to the club website for more details.

New member Hayley Schuchart was competing in her class 4 MG3, so not only was she competing against the other modified cars over 1400cc she was challenging Sue Mitchell for the honours of the fastest lady of the day. Jon Barrett took the class 4 award and after some friendly competition sue stayed ahead of Hayley to claim the lady’s award.

The next event is on grass at Atherfield on the 27th of June. Head to the club website for more details www.iowcc.co.uk

Next event 27th June

The next event is an Usealed surface event at Atherfield.

You can enter on line at
https://iowcc.co.uk/autotest-championship/don’t forget you will need to have a motorsport UK RS clubman licence – this is free and you can apply here
https://rsclubman.motorsportuk.org/…

You will also require an IOWCC membership you can apply here
https://iowcc.co.uk/membership/

Unfortunately the Burger van cannot make this event so bring a picnic

NEXT EVENT 13th June 2021

Round 3 of the 2021 IOWCC championship will be held at BAE systems in Northwood.
don’t forget you will need to have a motorsport UK RS clubman licence – this is free and you can apply here
https://rsclubman.motorsportuk.org/…
You will also require an IOWCC membership you can apply here
https://iowcc.co.uk/membership/

24 drivers competed in round 2 of the Isle of Wight Car Club’s forward only auto test held at the Isle of Wight College.
With rain forecast for the afternoon competitors were keen to get out and set a good time in their early runs. A map of the course had been sent to competitors to help them remember this twisty course that thread its way through the trees and curbs of the college car park.
Ryan Munt in his class 5 car put down a blistering time during his first run and stayed at the top of the leader board until the close of the day giving him the class and overall win. His fastest time was 1.01.48 over 7 seconds faster than the second place winner Andy Williams in his class 5 special.
Gordon Bushell in his Smart car took class 1 win. Kevin Richardson not only took the class 2 win in his standard MX5 he was also the 3rd fastest of the day putting him on the 3rd step of the podium. Class 3 went to Dave Goodwin in his classic mini and Jon Barrett driving his Subaru took class 4 honours.
Fastest lady of the day was Louise Wren in her class 4 Ford Puma and travelling to the island from the mainland to compete was Joel Gilby who took the title of fastest Youth of the day.
The IOWCC are encouraging 14 to 17 year olds to join the club and compete in the new Youth Championship series.
A member can drive at one of our events as young as 14 years of age, as long as they have a passenger with a drivers licence who is experienced in autotesting.
The car must be a production touring car (i.e. with back seats and a roof) under 2000cc.
Members as young as 12 years old can be a passenger with an experienced driver with a current driving licence.
In addition, all competitors and passengers must have a valid Motorsport UK RS clubman licence – this licence is free and can be applied for via the Motorsport UK website or at race control on the day.
The next event will be at BAE Northwood on the 13th of June. Head to the club website www.iowcc.co.uk to book your space now. Entries close at midnight on the 9th of June.
Class winners
Class.1 Gordon Bushell 1.17.94
Class.2 Kevin Richardson 1.10.02
Class.3 David Goodwin 1.11.11
Class.4 Jon Barrett 1.11.54
Class.5 Ryan Munt 1.01.48
Fastest lady Louise Wren 1.17.03
Fastest Youth Joel Gilby 1.34.37

Round 1 results

28 drivers competed in the first round of the Isle of Wight Car Club’s forward only autotest held at BAE systems in Northwood.
The weather forecast on this spring day was sunny with no risk of rain.
This venue is a wide-open car carpark with lots of run off so drivers can push their cars and their abilities to the limit with little chance of damaging their pride and joy.
One good thing that has come from the Covid pandemic is that drivers have access to a map of the proposed course ahead of time so they can study the course and hit the ground running.
It soon became apparent that some had not completed their homework as many struggled resulting in wrong tests. As frustrating as this is for many, I encourage those who do struggle to stick with it as with practice remembering the course becomes easier, I promise.
During run 1 Ryan Munt posted a time of 59 seconds and for the rest of the event not a single driver managed to complete the course in under a minute.
Such was the supremacy of Ryan in his class 5 Locost, that by the close of the day he had increased the gap to second place by 4.39 seconds. Fresh out of retirement it seems Ryan is intent on dominating the 2021 season.
Andy Williams, our 2020 champion, stood on the 2nd step of the virtual podium and well deserved it was too as he had to not only balance helping organising the event and competing but also spent a good proportion of his time feeding the competitors from the burger van.
Finishing 14th place overall the fastest lady of the day was awarded to Louise Wren in her class 1 Puma.
Also driving the same car Shane Parry took the class 1 honours finishing 12th overall.
Class 2 went to Kevin Richardson finishing 3rd place overall in his MX5.
Only 0.5 of a second behind Dave Goodwin took his classic mini to 4th place overall and the fastest in class 3.
Jon Barrett in his Subaru Impreza finished 5th overall and bagging the title of the fastest class 4 car of the day.
We are also proud to announce that the Youth Championship has now started and Max Snudden driving a fantastic looking MGBGT is now our Youth Champion leader. Unfortunately Max could not stay until the end of the event so could not receive his prize.
The IOWCC are encouraging 14 to 17 year olds to join the club and compete in the new Youth Championship series.
A member can drive at one of our events as young as 14 years of age, as long as they have a passenger with a drivers licence who is experienced in autotesting.
The car must be a production touring car (i.e. with back seats and a roof) under 2000cc.
Members as young as 12 years old can be a passenger with an experienced driver with a current driving licence.
In addition all competitors and passengers must have a valid Motorsport UK RS clubman licence – this licence is free and can be applied for via the Motorsport UK website or at race control on the day.
Please note Under 18s cannot apply for their licence online as it requires a parental / guardian consent so will require you to print the form off and send it via post to Motorsport UK.
The next event will be at the Isle of Wight College on the 2nd of May. Head to the club website www.iowcc.co.uk to book your space now. Entries close at midnight on the 28th of April.