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FDMC Summer Solo, 2011

Pictures by Ian Trevena and Richard Field, and for lots more of Ian's pictures, see his Summer Solo gallery

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

Split-seconds, to decide the winner.

Held on Sunday July 10th, the third of our 2011 Solos took place at the Barton Stacey site, which we last visited in 2007. As well as entries from our own members, we welcomed seven from Dolphin Motor Club and two from the CSMA, and with the weather staying dry but overcast, the drivers took three runs through each of four courses, with their best two times on each course to count.

At the head of the field, after the first course, James Llewellyn and his MX5 had taken a nearly 2 second lead from Andrew Thompson in his Caterham, with Ben Griffin (Peugeot 106 Rallye) and Dick Whittington (Caterham) closest behind. Lunchtime scores saw the gap closing, and after the third course James and Andrew were on exactly the same total, of 373.9 seconds! Then, in yet another cliff-hanging Solo finish, the final runs saw Andrew snatch the lead to take Fastest Time of Day, by just 0.9 seconds, from James, with Ben finishing third overall to take the Index award.

Among the visiting drivers, competing for the first time at this venue, Dolphin MC's Trevor Stretch was running in Class B with his Rover 214, with Chantelle Farell also sharing this car; the CMSA's Chris Knott and his MINI Cooper S were in Class D, and the MG TF was being driven by Paul Rush and Tony Tildesley, also from Dolphin MC.

In the Historic Class, for cars registered before 1980, Matt Wheatley in his Mini Clubman 1275 GT came out the winner, with second place going to Martin Neal and his Escort Mexico. In the best period tradition, Martin and this car had come straight from competing in a rally, the day before.

Steve Woodings finished third in Class E with this MX5, recently purchased for his wife (we think this makes the fourth MX5 they have owned, so far), which John Heard was also driving, and Kozimor Piotr, who recently joined FDMC, was competing in Class C with his Golf GTi.

This report continues, on PAGE 2

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