Corner Speed – August 2016

Hello and welcome to the August competition report.  On the 17th July 14 likeminded club members gathered in the bright sunlight on a crisp morning at Mallala Motor Sport Park for round 3 of the MSCA Super Sprint series.  It was another strong turnout with 90 competitors taking to the track for session 1.

For those who attended the Eurosport barbeque in February you may recall the 2600 which was part way through a meticulously restoration and race preparation, by Peter and this team, for Targa Tasmania.  I’d heard that the owner, Guy Standen, was likely to enter the 2600 in a few Super Sprints, to help iron out any issues, so I was not surprised to receive Guy’s competition entry form in the week leading up to the event.  The 2600 looked and sounded glorious, it’s a shame I was competing in the same group as I didn’t get a chance to watch it tear round the track.

In my short time sprinting I’ve never seen a driver come off the track without smile, unless of course a wall has jumped out in front of them, and Sunday was no exception.  Everyone I spoke to had a fantastic day.  I had my usual battle with Neil Heywood for king of the slightly modified class, after the first two sessions I was clearly faster, would my luck hold out? After session 2 the smile on Neil’s face said it all, bridesmaid again.  There’s was no stopping Andrew Scadding in the 156TI, he is now in the 131s, where will it end? Chris Tilbrook decided that only way to catch Andrew was to shed weight while heading down the back straight, I didn’t know 156s had an ejection button for the sunroof.  Adam Savis appeared happy with the results of his recent modifications and Dave Parken was consistent as usual.

The fastest times for the day were as follows

Competitor Car Session \ Lap Time
Andrew Scadding Alfa 156TI 4 \ 2 1:31.76
David Parken Alfa GTV6 4 \ 5 1:27.60
Adam Savis Alfa Sud 2 \ 4 1:33.59
Neil Heywood Alfa 33 3 \ 5 1:35.26
Mark Thomas Alfa GTV 2 \ 5 1:36.01
Chris Tilbrook Alfa 156 4 \ 2 1:39.20
Guy Standen Alfa 2600 Sprint 1 \ 3 1:35.20
Paul Connelly Ford XR8 4 \ 4 1:24.94
Paul Morris Ford Capri 2 \ 3 1:36.96
Darren Field Hyundai Excel 2 \ 3 1:30.91
Chris Staak Hyundai Excel 3 \ 4 1:35.17
Ian Crouch Toyota MR2 2 \ 3 1:27.07
Kim Thorpe Subaru BRZ 2 \ 5 1:28.23
Benno Curth Lotus Elise 3 \ 5 1:33.44

The next Super Sprint is scheduled for 28th August, it’s hard to believe this will be the penultimate round for 2016 season.

Remember your club membership expired on the 30th June and only financial members are permitted to compete in MSCA Super Sprints.  If you plan to enter the August Super Sprint renew your membership ASAP so as to allow time for your new membership card to arrive in the mail.

The results for round 2, held on the 19th June, were as follows:

Modified Road Reg U3L
First: David Parken
Slightly Modified Under 2L
First: Neil Heywood
Second: Mark Thomas
Formula 98
First: Andrew Scadding
Second: Chris Tilbrook
Non Alfa over 2L
First: Paul Connelly
Second: Ian Crouch
Non Alfa under 2L
First: Keith Wong

Motorsport events scheduled in August include

7 Aug Hillclimb – Winter Cup Rnd 3 Collingrove
7 Aug Superkart Race meeting & SA Modern Regularity State Championship Mallala Motor Sport Park
14 Aug Motorkhana Big W Series Rnd 4 Big W Monarto
20-21 Aug Master of Mallala SA State Championship – Rnd 3 Mallala Motor Sport Park
21 Aug Wickhams HillClimb – Rnd 2 Wickhams Hill Road Mclaren Flat
28 Aug Hillclimb – Winter Cup Rnd 4 Collingrove
28 Aug MSCA Multi Club Super Sprint – Rnd 4 Mallala Motor Sport Park

Until next month remember corner speed is everything.

Mark Thomas