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FDMC March Solo, 2011

Pictures by Richard Field

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

It starts from here - the March Solo

Returning to the Martinique parade ground at Bordon, the drivers are seen here looking (fairly) attentive at the briefing, with the organising team including Andrew Thompson, Matt Downes and Simon Taylor. In this report, we'll bring you a selection of the competitors, who were here to enjoy the first of our 2011 Solos.

With the weather staying dry and, at times, sunny, the sports cars were soon setting the pace, and last minute entrant Matt Carter kept his Honda S2000 wailing, and pointing the right way, to finish with Fastest Time of Day on 614 seconds. James Llewellyn finished an impressive second overall in his red MX5, on 620.3 seconds, to win Class E, and very close behind came Keith Pettit on 621.5, to win the Index award, with another strong performance in his Mk 1 Austin Healey Sprite, now 50 years young (the car, that is).

Ben Griffin, always a front runner, clocked in at 622.7 seconds to finish 4th overall, as well as winning Class C (1400 to 1800 cc), while Michael Duncan, sharing the BMW 318iS with his father Peter, took the second place award in this class.

In Class D (over 1800 cc), Andrew Wintherbotham, driving his black Impreza, took second place out of nine entrants, and Radoslaw Kmak was giving great entertainment with a more sideways style, in his blue Impreza Estate. In Class B, Andy Owler made a little bit of Solo history, in our events at least, with the first appearance by a Fiat 126.

Michael Weeks was running in Class F with his self built, K series engined Midget, newly equipped with throttle body injection, while Christo and Christine Frylinck were first time competitors, sharing their Golf GTi. In the late afternoon sun, it's Rich Aldcroft with the stopwatch, and Andy Fox on the startline with his MGB GT, fresh from a major rebuild, during which the firm doing it went bust!

This report continues, on PAGE 2

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