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FDMC Dimanche Sprint, April 2011

(Photos by Colin Robinson, Tony Harrison, and Richard Field, and for lots more of Tony's pictures, see his Dimanche Sprint gallery )

This report is in two sections; for more pictures, and results, click 'Page 2', below.

Dimanche 2011: Sprinting in the sunshine

April 10th brought a strong entry of 70 drivers to the startline, for our first sprint of the year at Rushmoor Arena. As well as contenders in the 2011 Hamilton Classic ACSMC Sprint Challenge, twelve MG Car club members were contesting the 2011 Luffield Cars MGCC Speed Championship. This report brings you a selection of the competitors, including regular sprinters and first time entrants, some in specialised competition cars, and others using standard roadgoing models.

Repeating his success at our 2010 Sprint Royale, Paul Kenney took Fastest Time of Day in his Nissan Skyline GTR in 49.91 seconds, the first-ever run of less than 50 seconds at this event. Tom Caldecourt snatched the second overall position in his blue 1.8 Westfield SE, by just one tenth of a second, from previous winner Simon Besant in his yellow V8 Westfield.

Rikky Bartlett and his Nissan Almera F2 finished fourth overall, and first in Class C10. Richard Weaver, from the Isle of Wight Car Club, drove his Mk 1 Escort RS2000 heroically to fifth overall, on 52.07 - probably the fastest an Escort has been around this course (and great picture, by Colin) - and David Buttle, with his 1700 Westfield, finished sixth overall and first in class B7.

FDMC's David Dowson, with his green Caterham, was one of the first time competitors. Andy Owler, driving one of his Matra Simca Bagheeras (this one has a supercharged engine), took the first place award in Class C11. Kevin Lower, driving the Escort, will be entering 50 events this year, raising funds for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children. He's already raised the first �1000, and his donation page is here: Justgiving.com/KevinLower

Sprint Class A4 is where the MGA's and MGB's belong, and a fierce battle for the unofficial 'fastest MG' position is always guaranteed. Out of 18 in this class, a trio of modified MG's took the first three places, ahead of lots of more modern machinery. With these three separated by less than a tenth of a second, the verdict went to Rob Orford in his red BGT, on 55.97. Anthony Smith's beautiful 1938 MG TA was the runaway winner of another unofficial award, for 'most-admired car'.

For more pictures, and results, click to PAGE 2

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