Calder plays it cool to head up the for­mer cham­pi­ons in Knock­hill sprint

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Or­gan­iser: Knock­hill Rac­ing Club When: July 30/31 Starters: 14

Although there were eight of the most re­cent Bri­tish Sprint cham­pi­ons in the field for last week­end’s jaunt to Scot­land, they weren’t the main play­ers grab­bing the headlines.

The win­ner on the open­ing day was Heather Calder, who beat 2008 Bri­tish Sprint cham­pion Ste­wart Robb Jr, de­spite the weather in­ter­ven­ing to make both their sec­ond Top 12 run-off op­por­tu­ni­ties mean­ing­less. A sud­den shower meant that they both passed up that chance for an­other run.

Robb Jr cor­rected his short­com­ing on Sun­day with vic­tory. Heather Calder was un­able to bet­ter third place on Sun­day as she was trou­bled by tyre dif­fi­cul­ties.

Reign­ing cham­pion Colin Calder man­aged third place on Satur­day, which he im­proved to a sec­ond po­si­tion on Sun­day. The 2011 and 2012 cham­pion Robb picked up fourth place spots both days.

All of the top four of Satur­day’s fron­trun­ners broke the ex­ist­ing track record, when the an­ti­clock­wise lay­out of the track was used.

The 2009 and 2010 Bri­tish Sprint cham­pion Nick Al­gar, not to be out­done de­spite us­ing a much lower ca­pac­ity car than his com­pa­tri­ots, picked up a fifth place spot on Satur­day. He was well within the ex­ist­ing two-litre class record in the process, but wasn’t able to bet­ter eighth place spot on Sun­day hav­ing been trou­bled with elec­tri­cal is­sues dur­ing the day.

John Gra­ham man­aged sixth place on Satur­day but im­proved one place to fifth on Sun­day with his best time of the whole day as his fi­nal one.

Steve Miles man­aged a sev­enth place spot also bet­ter­ing the ex­ist­ing two-litre record in the process on Satur­day. Terry Holmes was trou­bled for much of Sun­day with elec­tri­cal is­sues but even­tu­ally over­came them, man­ag­ing an eighth place spot on Satur­day be­fore im­prov­ing to sixth on Sun­day, with his car sound­ing much health­ier.

The two Sports Car con­tenders were closely matched throughout the week­end. It was Jim Belt 10th and Matt Carter 11th on Satur­day, just a cou­ple of sec­onds apart. The in­ter­val was much the same, but po­si­tions in­verted, in ninth and 10th on Sun­day.

Gra­ham Por­rett, shar­ing with Terry Holmes, man­aged a 10th on Satur­day but slipped to 12th on Sun­day.

Top player among the 1100cc cars was Louise Calder with two com­fort­able vic­to­ries against Colin Met­calfe, who was giv­ing his re­cently ac­quired car its de­but, which on Sun­day rather showed with a might over en­thu­si­asm. Fi­nally among the race car fra­ter­nity was Scot Eric Kiltie in his Cater­ham.

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