Ryan Munt is on Fire


35 drivers entered the Isle of Wight Car Club 3rd round and the second sealed surface event of 2016, held at BAE Systems in Northwood.

This venue is a favourite among members and spectators alike. This huge open area has plenty of run off, which allows drivers to push their cars and driving abilities to the limit and beyond in a safe environment. Spectacular drifting and smoking tyres are the order of the day.

Drivers are required to memorize a simple course set out using traffic cones. Each driver has six attempts to produce their perfect run, however, there are no natural features at this venue, so many drivers use their first run as a sighting lap to help memorize the course.

They then take it in turn to drive the course and better their time. Touching a cone incurs a time penalty, so in this case, points don’t mean prizes.


There was a fantastic turn out of lady drivers at this event. It was great to see new member Leanne Arnold and the return of Zoe Henry who was over 5 seconds faster than Mark Henry in their shared MX5. Marion Brett and Sue Mitchell are both experienced drivers at the club but had no answer for the domination of Vicky Cox in her Peugeot 205. With 2 sealed surface event wins in a row, Vicky has her sights firmly fixed on retaking the ladies’ trophy at the end of the year.

During round 1 Ryan Munt threw down the gauntlet with a devastating time of 47:79 seconds, all other drivers were posting times of 50 seconds or more, all except Dan Morgan who retorted with a time of 48:87. Ricky Sheppard was the 3rd fastest driver and this is where he stayed for the rest of the day finishing on the 3rd step of the podium.

Dan Morgan struggled to improve his times as the day progressed and eventually Steve Wells stole second place from him in round 3 and refused to allow any other driver to stand on the second step of the podium.

During round 3 Ryan Munt’s car caught fire. The bad news was that his car had to be retired but the good news was his 2nd run of the day was so fast that it was unbeaten by the rest of the field and was the overall fastest time of the day, allowing him to remain on the top step of the podium.

Does anyone have what it takes to stop Ryan from winning 2 championships in a row? This man is on fire……..literally  🙂

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Round 2 – Knighton Sand pit

32 drivers competed at the Isle of Wight Car Club’s first unsealed surface event of 2016, held at Knighton sand pit

This is grass roots motor sports at its best. Drivers are required to memorize a simple course set out using traffic cones and the natural features of the venue. They then take it in turn to drive the course and better their time. Touching a cone incurs a time penalty, so it is just as much a test of driving skill as speed.

This venue twists its way through giant piles of broken tarmac left over from the island’s road resurfacing and multi coloured cliffs of quarried sand.  This not only creates a spectacular backdrop for the event but also provides a mix of challenging surfaces for the drivers to contend with. Gravel, grit, deep soft sand and even a water splash have to be mastered to stand on the podium at the end of the day.

Each driver has six attempts to produce their perfect run. Round one proved difficult for many. Remembering the course was the first challenge and the second was that the loose stones on the surface of the track acted like little marbles. The reduced grip was not conducive of a fast time but produced some dramatic drifting on the corners.

The cars used are varied and in this environment one would assume that four wheel drive would be the weapon of choice and indeed 7 competitors were driving 4wd Subaru Imprezas, however, these cars are heavy and initially Steve Brett led the field in his front wheel drive classic mini, proving power to weight ratio coupled with driving skill cannot be underestimated.

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By the mid day point, the small stones were being swept away as each car passed, providing traction for the more powerful cars. Now the lightweight rear wheel drive cars of Will Thomas and Chris Wilson were trading places at the top of the leader board.

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You don’t need a performance car to compete at one of these events and a lot of enjoyment can be had from using a normal road car. Ian Jones and Joe Booth experienced a great day of motor sport in their shared MGF, as well as Joshua Jacobs in his MG ZR180 and Dean Long as always drove his standard MX5 with amazing skill to obtain 7th place overall.


Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 07.37.02The ladies of the Isle of Wight Car Club are very competitive and often show the chaps how it is done. At this event Jill Broomfield drove behind the wheel of the mk1 Ford Escort rally car of John and Dan Cheek as her normal car was out of action. On that note, Sue Mitchell was faster than John Cheek  in her Fiat Punto and Marion Brett was the fastest lady of the day in her classic mini, achieving 18th place overall.

With the sand section becoming deeply rutted at the end of the day, the 4wd cars came charging up the leader board and displacing the lighter 2wd cars, all except Chris Wilson who stood on the top step of the podium at the events close to be crowned the event winner. Dan Morgan claimed 2nd place by producing his best time of the day on his final run in the car he shares with his brother Ben Morgan who came 3rd.



Another day of successful and enjoyable motorsport on the Isle of Wight. The next event will be a tarmac event at BAE systems in Northwood on the 24th of April. If you would like to see a full list of results and information on how to compete at a future event please visit the relevant sections of this website for more details.