(Pictures by Tony Harrison, and for lots more, see his Summer Solo gallery )
This report is in two sections; for more pictures, and results, click 'Page 2', below.
Hot and Strong - the Summer Solo
Held at Montgomery Lines, the entries for our 2010 Summer Solo included a healthy number of new FDMC members, plus guest members from the ever-growing Mazda MX5 community. With the organising team led by Steve Woodings and David Garside, the event also featured some new, computer-designed courses. In this report, we aim to show you a selection of the award winners, and other competitors, and the variety of cars in which you can enjoy Soloing.
For Fastest Time of Day, after a very close battle, Tom Caldecourt took this award, just ahead of our more usual winner Andrew Thonpson, with Tom finishing on 584.1 seconds in his Westfield.
The highest placed saloon car drivers were Shaun Finch, who took third overall in his Mitsubishi Evo, and Paul Prescott who was fourth overall in his 1300 Mini. Less than 5 seconds separated this very different pair of cars, with Shaun winning Class D, and Paul winning the Index award.
Michael Duncan, sharing the black BMW 318is with his father Peter, took first place in Class C (1400 to 1800 cc saloons and hatchbacks). Class E, for Production Sports cars, featured a record 19 entries - including fifteen Mazda MX5 drivers - but Simon Trickett outpaced them, to win this class in his Toyota MR2, also finishing 7th overall.
Among our newer members, competing in their first FDMC Solo, were Neil Deakin, driving the black Mazda MX5; Brett Daniels, with his rally prepared VW Golf; and Habeel Masood in his BMW 328. David Clayton, from West Cumbria Motor Club, with whom FDMC has a twinning arrangement, finished fourth in Class F with his Caterham, and would probably also have won the 'longest journey' award!
David Sampson finished fourth in Class D with his 2 litre Golf; Tim Cartledge was using his newly - prepared MR2 for the first time, finishing fifth in Class E; and Matt Wheatley was giving his Mini 1275 GT its first outing, to finish second in Class A, the Historics.
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