Robin­son sorts his prob­lems

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SPRC Sum­mer­na­tion­als Or­gan­iser: Santa Pod Rac­ers Club When: June 25/26 Starters: 9

The third round of the MSA Bri­tish Drag Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship fea­tured nine en­trants in the Pro Mod­i­fied cat­e­gory try­ing to make a move at the crit­i­cal mid­point in the sea­son.

Qual­i­fy­ing ended up with new­comer Steve Rawl­ings not quite com­plet­ing his li­cens­ing passes and Mick Payne side­lined with valve train dam­age.

That left just seven for elim­i­na­tions. On top of the heap was Andy Robin­son in his su­per­charged Ca­maro. He set the low­est elapsed time in each of the three qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions, cul­mi­nat­ing in a 6.0888s/232.87mph blast and that earned him a bye in the first round of elim­i­na­tions.

Solo passes would also be the or­der of the open­ing stages for Wayne Nicholson (when op­po­nent Bert En­gle­field’s ’36 Chevy’s mo­tor quit at the start­line) and Kevin Sly­field (af­ter Chris Isaacs was another to re­port in with trans­mis­sion prob­lems).

The only side-by-side match up was de­cided in favour of the vis­it­ing Dutch rookie Michel Tooren, who picked up his first round win with a 6.1775s/230.49mph from his Bar­racuda. Op­po­nent Roger Moore red lit away a 6.7098s run.

In the semi-fi­nals , Tooren con­tin­ued his win­ning ways with a con­sis­tent 6.1547s/234.05mph taking out Sly­field’s way­ward 6.9675s/190.50mph from his su­per­charged Thun­der­bird.

Robin­son also pro­gressed with a slightly quicker 6.1442s/231.69mph to earn lane choice in the fi­nal, when Nicholson’s Corvette left 0.0078s too early to light another red light on the start­ing tree.

In the tro­phy show­down, Robin­son got close to match­ing his quick­est run of the week­end with a vic­to­ri­ous 6.0921s/232.87mph. Tooren kept pace with a run of 6.1435s/233.74mph to earn his first podium fin­ish.

Robin­son was de­lighted with the progress made over the course of the week­end.

He said: “I’m re­ally happy, we seem to have found the ig­ni­tion prob­lems that caused us prob­lems in the early parts of the year and we can now tune the car and look for­ward to the rest of the sea­son.”

Andy Robin­son was the top racer at Santa Pod

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