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
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
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
You will also require an IOWCC membership you can apply here
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.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