The Calder clan drive around the prob­lems to record an­other fam­ily dou­ble tri­umph

Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Paul Parker Re­sults

When: May 21/22 Where: Snet­ter­ton, Nor­folk Starters: 190

The Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship’s visit to Snet­ter­ton pro­vided broad grins for two mem­bers of the Calder fam­ily, with daugh­ter Heather vic­to­ri­ous on Satur­day and fa­ther Colin grab­bing the sil­ver­ware on Sun­day.

It was the Scot­tish pair’s in­au­gu­ral out­ing in the cham­pi­onship this sea­son. De­spite the im­pres­sive haul of tro­phies, the duo strug­gled through­out the week­end with gear change is­sues. Even­tu­ally, both learned to drive around the prob­lem by mak­ing early up-changes when they could.

Terry Holmes was strug­gling with his dif­fi­cult V8-pow­ered Lola Te­gra too. De­spite his trou­bles, he man­aged to take third place on Satur­day. His trou­ble mag­ni­fied on Sun­day when he spun on the open­ing run. On his sec­ond run, he was able to claim sixth. John Gra­ham was shar­ing the car and he man­aged fourth spot on Satur­day and im­proved that to sec­ond place on Sun­day with a per­sonal best.

Be­hind these on both days was a two-litre tus­sle be­tween the Dal­lara of Matt Hil­lam and the Van Diemen of Steve Miles.

These two bat­tled hard, with Miles pip­ping Hil­lam by mere 100ths on Satur­day. On Sun­day, bet­ter times were man­aged and po­si­tions were re­versed, Hil­lam get­ting close to the two-litre record in the process.

Be­hind these came the Sports Li­bre fra­ter­nity and the old record for this cat­e­gory was steadily taken apart.

Jim Belt, Matt Carter and Si­mon Bainbridge were all un­der the bench­mark on Satur­day and grabbed eighth, 10th and sev­enth spots on Satur­day. They all im­proved on Sun­day as the newly set record was beaten again as they man­aged P11, P9 and P7.

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