Round 6 Report

Atherfield never fails to produce a great day of grass roots motorsport and round 6 of the Isle of Wight Car Club calendar had it all from super tight zigzags to fast sweeping sections.

This large flat field is popular with car club members as, if competitors want to try an unsealed surface event in their daily driver, there is little chance of damaging your vehicle.

The only modification permitted in the unmodified classes are a sum-guard to protect the car and a rear 4 point roll cage to protect the occupants. 

Class 1 is for unmodified cars under 1400cc.

Rob Highmore and Darren Phillips were sharing their Ford KA and were pushing each other throughout the day – proving you don’t need a big engined bodied car to have fun and friendly competition. Rob not only took the bragging rights being the fastest of the duo but also took the class 1 title.

Class 2 is for unmodified cars over 1400cc. 

There was an identical battle in class 2 between Jacques and Steve Riddett in their amazing Toyota Corolla. This time Jacques was putting in the fastest time and being awarded with the class 2 win.

Modifications permitted in the modified classes are limited and the car must look like a car that would be legal for the road, for example they must retain windows, bumpers and light lenses.

Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc. 

The small nimble cars were making light work of the zig zags and Steve Staff in his “No Money Micra” proved to be fast over the entire course giving him the class 3 win.

Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc.

Wayne Hole driving his Ford Focus was in a tight battle with Dean Long in his MX5 and Shane Parry in his Ford Puma, however, this is how the podium was due to finish, with Wayne taking the top step with the fastest time of the day, Dean on the 2nd step only 0.09 of a second behind and Shane in 3rd place overall.

Class 5 is for heavily modified cars, specials and limited production cars.

Colin Attrill in his fantastically prepared Classic mini Autograss pickup took some time to figure out how to navigate the tight zig zag sections in a front wheel drive car without a hand brake but by the closing runs of the day was nailing it and not only took the class 5 win he also finished 8th overall.

Fastest lady of the day was awarded to Louise Wren. Louise has been competing in many other motorsport events on the mainland and the time behind the wheel is paying off with some fantastic results.

Fastest youth of the day is sponsored by Jake Ellis Sunglasses. 

Members can drive in an autotest from the age of 14 provided their car has a roof, back seats and no more than a 2 litre engine. They have to have an experienced competitor sitting in with them to offer help and advice – a great way to get experience with car control before they learn to drive on the road.

Alfie Froment, at only his second car club event and in a borrowed car achieved the honours of the fastest youth of the day – a fantastic achievement and one to watch as he is only going to improve.

Running alongside the action on track, Wight Karting had their amazing Kart simulator. 

James Robbins was the 3rd fastest of the day with Jacques Riddett coming 2nd. Danny Grist, who proved to be a much better at the karting simulator than as a passenger on track, he repeatedly told his driver the wrong way to go round the course, claimed the top spot of the podium.

A big thank you to everyone who make these events happen, help set up and pack away at the end of the day.

The next event is at Knighton Sand Pit on the 6th of August.

We are looking for marshals to help at the Island Stages Rally on the 30th of September – 1st of October. 

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