Entries for round 4 at the college on the 20th of September are NOW OPEN

Entries close at midnight on the 16th of September

sorry no entries on the day

 

NEWS from Motorsport UK –

From Monday the 14th –

We are no longer permitted to allow spectators at any of our events due to new Motorsport UK Covid 19 rules. Please do not encourage non competitors to attend

There is now a requirement for all participants to wear a face mask in all areas of the venue at all times

Unfortunately if you have an exemption from wearing a face mask you will not be able to attend a Motorsport UK event during these times.

 

Round 2 Results

After the last championship event at BAE back in March, it was great to get back to some grass roots motorsport on the Isle of Wight again. 24 drivers competed in Round 2 at the Isle of Wight College.

With the threat of rain, drivers were keen to get out and bag a decent time, however, there was a little trepidation as initially the course seemed complicated and treacherous thanks to the many unforgiving curbs but the course soon had the thumbs up from divers as it was smooth and flowing with a great mix open and tight technical sections favouring different types of cars and driving styles.

In round 1 the class 5 specials of Andy Williams and Chris Wilson were the first to go sub 1 minute setting the standard for all to follow.

Toby Allan was the next and only other driver to join the sub minute during round 2 in his borrowed Lotus owned by Matthew Price. (Brave man letting someone drive his lovely car around this curb infested venue).

By run 3 there were fewer wrong tests and drivers were reducing their times. New club members, Karl Robins, Martin Read, Steven Staff and Robbie Cooper were all improving on their times and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Many people shy away from motorsport as they feel it may be intimidating or put them under pressure to perform but those that give it a go all say how much fun it is. So come and have a go, you will not regret it.

Motorsport is one of the few sports in the world that is not sexist or ageist, however, the IOWCC do like to promote the participation of ladies within our club and for this reason we also like to award an additional prize for the fastest lady of the day. Tahnee Attwood, Karen Moore and Louise Wren were showing the lads how it is done, and it was Louise who took ladies’ honours at the end of the day finishing in a fantastic 12th place overall.

Class 1 and class 2 cars are for unmodified cars. Shane Parry was the quickest of the day in class 1 in his sub 1400cc Fiesta and Wayne Hole not only claimed the class 2 win in his standard MX5 but also took 3rd place overall.

Class 3 and 4 are for modified cars and Dave Goodwin took his classic mini to a class 3 win and Toby Allan in his borrowed Lotus crashed through the competition to take the class 4 win.

Class 5 is for heavily modified saloon cars or specials and these lightweight race cars are hard to catch at the best of times but today the time gaps were huge. 2nd place Andy Williams in his special was a full 3 seconds ahead of Wayne in 3rd place and Chris Wilson was a staggering 3 and a half seconds ahead of Andy giving him a very well-deserved class 5 and overall win.

In the end the rain stayed away, everyone followed the government and Motorsport UK Covid 19 guidelines and we are all pleased motorsport is back on the calendar.

This must be the cheapest and most accessible motorsport available and for only £20 per event there is no reason why you should not give it a go. The next event is on the 6th of September at BAE in Northwood and entries close on the 3rd of September so head to the IOWCC website www.iowcc.co.uk and sign up today.

Images by Allan Marsh

 

Isle of Wight Car Club event IOW College 23.08.2020

Car sharing is now allowed regardless of household, provided the car is sanitised between driver changes

To meet the current government and Motorsport UK guidelines we have implemented procedures to help safeguard us all against Covid 19. These include :-

  • All entries forms, pre event declaration and payments must be completed online via our website by midnight on the Wednesday prior to the event.
  • No passengers may be carried which rules out Production Car Autotests and the Youth Championship.
  • Driver Briefing will be sent out in advance online as there will be none at the event.
  • Vehicles will only be touched by marshals and officials when wearing disposable gloves

Unfortunately we cannot except entries
on the day

Entries close at midnight on the 19th of August

Isle of Wight Car Club event

Atherfield 12.07.2020To meet the current government and Motorsport UK guidelines we have implemented procedures to help safeguard us all against Covid 19. These include :-

  • All entries forms, pre event declaration and payments must be completed online via our website by midnight on the Wednesday prior to the event.
  • No passengers may be carried which rules out Production Car Autotests.
  • Unless drivers are from the same household – Car sharing is not permitted so its only one driver per car for the day
  • Sanitisers, masks and gloves are being provided by Motorsport UK for our first event if needed.
  • Driver Briefing will be sent out in advance online as there will be none at the event.
  • Competitor paddock car parking required 2 metre spacing between vehicles.
  • Vehicles will only be touched by marshals and officials when wearing disposable gloves
  • Use of portable toilets will be minimised so we will not be bringing the Club ones to the venues.

Round 1 Report

29 drivers competed at Round 1 of the Isle of Wight Car Club held at BAE in Northwood.
Excitement for the, now unfortunately postponed, Sandown Sprint encouraged many spectators to come and see how accessible grass-roots motor sport on the island can be.
For only £20 members of the Isle of Wight Car Club can compete in a day of forward only Autotesting. This consists of a driving challenge around cones, each driver has 6 attempts and their fastest time of the day decides their position on the leader board at the close of play.
Right from the start, long time club member and international rally driver Richard Weaver threw down the gauntlet posting a blistering time in his rally Evo.
Richard’s Evo was not the only car to wow the spectators. Adam Pomeroy in his Nissan R32 Skyline and George McFarlane in his BMW Z3 proved that posting your fastest time of the day need not be your primary goal, having fun and driving at the limits of your tyres’ adhesion can not only put a big smile on your face but entertain onlookers.

Class 1 may not seem as exciting as the more powerful fire spitting classes, however, if you would like to try this sport, an unmodified car under 1400cc is all you need. Shane Parry took class honors and also finished in 19th place overall ahead of some much more powerful machinery.
Louise Wren, Tahnee Attwood, Laura Parry and Karen Moore were competing for honors as the fastest lady of the day and this was deservedly won by Louise Wren.

Class 2 is the home of unmodified cars over 1400cc and was littered with MX5s, in fact 14 drivers sat behind the wheel of an MX5 in today’s event. These little cars may have a reputation as a standard issue mode of transport for all hairdressers, however, they are very competitive, cheap and fun to drive.
Wayne Hole in his class 2 MX5 narrowly missed the podium proving that, if you know how to drive, you can achieve a lot with a very basic car.
Class 3 is for modified cars under 1400cc. Dave Goodwin in his classic mini has always been hard to beat, however, Steve Glass fancies his chances for this year and has modified his MG ZR that he won the class 1 championship in 2019 in and is looking for another cup to add to his trophy cabinet. Dave managed to stay ahead of Steve for this event, winning the class and finishing 7th overall.
We had some inquiries from younger members aged 14-17, as they can now drive and compete with an experienced passenger at their side. We hope to see them behind the wheel at a future event.
If you are interested in the IOWCC Youth Championship, visit our website or ask at race control.


Class 4 is for modified cars over 1400cc. Adam’s Skyline, Richard’s Rally Evo, 2 Subaru Imprezas, a Lotus Elise and a good smattering of MX5s all sit in this class.
John Cooper in his Mk2 Escort finished 6th place overall but was denied a chance to improve on his time as he snapped a half shaft launching off the start line during run 6.
Class 5 is for heavily modified cars or specials such as Josh Finch’s single seater special and Steve Wells’his Locost.
It looked like Steve Wells was set to stand on the second step of the podium, however, Joe Moore knocked him down a step in run 6 claiming 2nd place for himself. Despite being relegated to third place, Steve did claim the class 5 win.
Richard Weaver, consistently kept the second place driver at a considerable distance throughout the day and finished with a well-deserved win.
We would like to thank everyone who came to support the club during these difficult times and enjoyed a great day of motorsport.
However, due to worries about the spread of COVID-19, Motorsport UK have now revoked all organising permits until at least the 30th of April.
As a consequence the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, planned for 28th & 29th March, will be postponed until further notice.
The Autotest to be held at IW College on 5th April and also at Knighton Sandpit on 19th April are also postponed.
I am sure you were all looking forward to attending the Sandown Sprint on the 28th and 29th March.
Please visit our website for more information, updates and detailed event results.

Check out the VIDEO report for this event below

Postponement of IW Speed Trials 2020.

Postponement of IW Speed Trials 2020.


Motorsport UK has today revoked all organising permits until at least 30th April 2020. As a consequence the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, planned for 28th & 29th March, will be postponed until further notice.
The Autotest to be held at IW College on 5th April and also at Knighton Sandpit on 19th April are also postponed.
I am sure you were all looking forward to attending the Sandown Sprint on the 28th and 29th March.
With regards to refund of entry fees, any competitor wishing to have a refund of their £160 entrance fee need simply to request one by email to sprint@iowcc.co.uk and this will be arranged. However, we have every intention of holding this sprint as soon as circumstances allow, and should you wish us to hold your entry fee we can do this. By holding your entry fee this will guarantee you a place on the replacement date.
For our mainland competitors:
Any competitor which had purchased ferry travel via Lymington or Portsmouth using the discounted booking portal that had been arranged, will automatically receive a full refund from Wightlink within the next 7 days and their ferry travel will be cancelled.
If you still wish to travel to the Isle of Wight on your original ticket, you will need to re-book.
Any competitor who has booked ferry travel via Red Funnel using the special single use discount code already provided should contact Red Funnel via email to sales@redfunnel.co.uk quoting the booking reference, lead name and travel dates to arrange a refund.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people.
However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant.”
Ticket holders and other stakeholders will be contacted directly in due course. “Once the current restrictions are lifted, we’ll want to sit down with the Isle of Wight Council and other partners to find a way forward. We’ve already proved the event is viable and we’ll look forward to announcing details as soon as possible,” commented promoter Tim Addison of Solent.

The Chequers, Rookley.

AGM/Awards Evening now confirmed for Saturday 14 March 2020. the evening starts a 7pm if you wish to eat – food is served at 7:30 £15 per head and you can book this in advance via the website . AGM starts at 8:30 with awards begin presented at 9:00.