Con­di­tions thwart Santa Pod heroes

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Ivan San­som

Or­gan­iser: Santa Pod Rac­ing Club When: March 25-27 Where: Santa Pod, Northamp­ton­shire Cham­pi­onship Starters: 7

It was a cold and of­ten wet start to the 2016 MSA Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship over the course of the Easter week­end, with rain trun­cat­ing qual­i­fy­ing on the Satur­day. The elim­i­na­tions on the Sun­day were also se­verely lim­ited by some­what cool con­di­tions, the oc­ca­sional in­ci­dent on track and ul­ti­mately by one of the tor­ren­tial down­pours that swept across the coun­try.

MSA Pro Mod­i­fied fea­tured nine en­tries, two of whom were try­ing to se­cure li­cens­ing dur­ing the meet­ing. The Dutch duo of Michel Tooren and Marck Harteveld were both re­stricted by con­di­tions and me­chan­i­cal glitches, while class vet­er­ans Chris Isaacs and Mick Payne suc­cumbed dur­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion to turbo dam­age and trans­mis­sion fail­ure re­spec­tively. It wasn’t straight­for­ward for the rest of the class ei­ther. This was per­haps best il­lus­trated by Andy Robin­son. A flam­ing bang from the su­per­charged 1969 Ca­maro on his open­ing at­tempt to make the field came at the ex­pense of two torched heads and an overnight thrash to put a time on the board.

Down to the last shot, Robin­son ended up top­ping the field with a 6.3752s (225.88mph), fol­lowed by Bert En­gle­field (6.7895s), the afore­men­tioned Isaacs (6.9355s) and Jean Du­la­mon (6.9560s). Reign­ing class cham­pion Kev Sly­field (7.0721s), Payne (7.9380s) and Wayne Ni­chol­son (18.6165s) rounded out the rest of the qual­i­fied field.

The with­drawals re­duced the open­ing (and only) round of elim­i­na­tions to two pair­ings.

Du­la­mon pre­vailed over Sly­field with a 7.1684s and En­gle­field carded a 6.6968s to de­feat Ni­chol­son. A bye for Robin­son pro­duced class best num­bers of the week­end with a 6.3155s (224.64mph).

Un­for­tu­nately the rain that drew the event to a close came just be­fore the semi-fi­nals were due to run, al­though En­gle­field’s 1938 Ford Coupe had also suc­cumbed to dam­age af­ter the first round, leav­ing Du­la­mon and Robin­son as the last men stand­ing at the end of a frus­trat­ing week­end for all con­cerned.


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