BRI­TISH SPRINT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP Calder dou­bles up in North­ern Ire­land

Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship

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

Or­gan­iser: 500 Mo­tor Rac­ing Club Ire­land When: 6/7 Starters: 108 Au­gust

Colin Calder com­pleted a dou­ble in the Bri­tish Sprint Cham­pi­onship as the reg­u­lar bat­tlers headed to Kirk­istown in North­ern Ire­land for the se­ries’ an­nual ‘away’ week­end.

On Satur­day Colin Calder con­tin­ued his strong form with vic­tory. How­ever, his daugh­ter Heather con­tin­ued her strong form and she was only a few tenths adrift of her fa­ther. Also closely matched were Terry Holmes and John Gra­ham. While they were frac­tions from each other, they were still a cou­ple of sec­onds adrift of the Calder clan.

Steve Miles, who has con­tested every round so far this year, was fifth in his two-litre car. He was fol­lowed by for­mer Bri­tish Sprint cham­pion Nick Al­gar. Their two cars ter­ri­bly dif­fer­ent: Miles’ Van Diemen chas­sis has been ex­ten­sively de­vel­oped while Nick Al­gar’s DJ Fire­hawk is pow­ered by a su­per­charged Suzuki Hayabusa en­gine.

Again the pair were sep­a­rated by 0.3s. These two were closely fol­lowed by Holmes’s co-driver Gra­ham Por­rett.

On Sun­day the Calders suf­fered is­sues with their rear wing mount­ing. Nev­er­the­less, the pair man­aged a one-two once again.

Holmes’ first Sun­day run-off out­ing was aborted with high oil tem­per­a­ture. How­ever, ul­ti­mately his sec­ond run was just in­suf­fi­cient to over­come Gra­ham by a tenth.

Both the two-litre run­ners had a spill each dur­ing the run offs. Al­gar, hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced brake is­sues over the week­end, suf­fered a jammed throt­tle on his open­ing Sun­day run but retrieved mat­ters with a record-break­ing sec­ond at­tempt.

Miles also broke the record on his run off opener but a lit­tle over en­thu­si­asm on his sec­ond run meant he was un­able to com­plete that one.

Round 14:


5m17.826s +1.077s +1.557s +4.061s +4.608s +5.810s

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