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FDMC Spring Solo, 2010

Pictures by Richard Field

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

The 'Best of 4', at Bordon

May 16th, and it was time for our annual visit to Bordon, for the second of FDMC's 2010 Solos, with new organisers, Andrew Thompson (Clerk of the Course) and Matt Downes (Sec of the Meeting) in charge. Among the FDMC entries, we had 11 drivers competing in their first Solo, who were also mostly recent new members.

This event continued a couple of innovations from our March event, with an extra run at the first course (four instead of three), and a choice of routes in some parts of the last course. During the day the weather threatened rain, but stayed dry except for a couple of showers, and Tom Caldecourt emerged with the Fastest Time of Day award in his Westfield, while Keth Pettit took the Index award with his Austin Healey Sprite.

Another epic performance by Ben Griffin pushed his Peugeot 106 Rallye into third overall position, on the way to winning Class C (1400 to 1800cc). Steve Woodings, exercising his newly acquired Mitsubishi Evo, finished fourth overall to win Class D, with these two drivers finishing just 4 seconds apart - in very different cars.

Among the first time competitors were Maciej Knapinski with his Fiat Seicento, who finished 28th overall out of 52 entries, in the event's smallest engined car, and Nigel Baldwin with his smart metallic blue MGF.

Two more of the first time entrants were Tom Vincent in his Mazda MX5, and Simon Rose and Paul Sheehan, who were sharing their Golf GTi in Class F, with Simon winning this personal contest (so, under FDMC's rules, Simon should buy the beer).


This report continues on PAGE 2


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