Cir­cuit revs up for a sprint clas­sic

Bangor Mail - - BUSINESS -

A MA­JOR sprint meet­ing will take place at the An­gle­sey Cir­cuit this week­end.

In to­tal eight dif­fer­ent cham­pi­onships reach their con­clu­sions with a round on each of the two days and with points awarded in their rel­e­vant se­ries.

The Lo­tus Club, MG Car Club, West­field Sports CC, Not­ting­ham SCC , Liver­pool MC and the NW As­so­ci­a­tion of Car Clubs, will all be com­pet­ing along­side the or­gan­is­ing Long­ton and District Mo­tor Club’s two se­ries, plus the high­light of the week­end, the fi­nal rounds of the SBD Mo­tor­sport Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship.

The SBD Mo­tor­sport se­ries with its big sin­gle seater race cars is led by Heather Calder (Gould V8 3500cc) on 111 points, closely chased by her hus­band, last year’s cham­pion, Colin in the same car on 105 points – a re­ver­sal of their stand­ings at the same point last year.

The cou­ple travel down from their home near John O’Groats to de­fend a chal­lenge from John Gra­ham, a farmer from Win­der­mere, driv­ing a sim­i­lar Gould 55B, cur­rently on 93 points, with sev­eral other com­peti­tors not far be­hind.

The two Long­ton DMC cham­pi­onships are also hotly con­tested. The over­all se­ries is led by Nigel Fox (Cater­ham 7) closely fol­lowed by Stephen Nor­ton (MG ZS TD), Eve White­head (RBS8), Andy Lar­ton (Peu­geot 016) and Steve Wil­son (Lo­tus Elise S).

The club’s sprint se­ries is the tight­est, with Gary Bunn (West­field SEI Type R) only 0.95 points ahead of Derek Hod­der (West­field Type R-SC). Dom Wil­son (Re­nault Clio 182 Cup) and Thomas Bourn (Re­nault Clio) will also be push­ing hard to clinch the ti­tle.

With such a wide va­ri­ety of cham­pi­onships and classes of cars the pad­dock alone will be worth see­ing and the track ac­tion will be full of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­tures by NEIL LAM­BERT

Mark Smith in high-speed cor­ner­ing ac­tion and (in­set be­low) and Steve Miles makes the sparks fly

Colin Calder in ac­tion at An­gle­sey Cir­cuit.

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