2018 Curborough Sprint Championship supported by PJS Sports Cars and Paul Green Jewellers
And they are off, eventually!
The lack of any MSA available timekeepers meant the usual April S&HMC round had to be cancelled, so for the first time in 19 years the championship started off late, with the May BMMC round. The two-lap event attracted a really good Championship entry of 45, and, seemingly, also the summer!
Class Sa kicked off the season with a win for the MGZR of your scribe, with the double driven Fiesta of Tim Burrill and Bob Smith in second and third respectively split by 0.3secs.
The newly introduced Sb, (1401 to 1700cc) saw a great start for novice Jack Twomey in his Puma, setting a new class record.
The big, 12 car, entry for class Sc, had Mark Williams instantly adapting from his Boxster and recording a debut win in his Clio 200, from the similarly mounted Wayne Parke in second. Dave Chesterton’s 182 Clio was third, just pipping his co-driver Matt Walk in fourth by 0.28sec.
Class Sd had Porsche’s 1st and 2nd, with Simon Parkin in his Cayman, from the new 718 of David Tilley. 3rd was the Ford Focus ST of Warwick Bourton.
Class 1C saw a win for the Impreza of John Murphy.
The well supported kit car class, 2B, went to John Caldicott’s Caterham, from the Westfields of Matthew Haynes and Oliver Swadkin respectively who were split by just 0.1sec!
In class 3A, Graham Harvey led home a Mini 1,2,3 from Stuart Ballinger 2nd, and Stuart Gadd 3rd. Stuart Gadd also deservedly picking up the events’ best presented car award.
The four-car road going Lotus class went to the Elise S1 of Scott Bennett, from the S2 of Martin Roberts.
Tom and Andy Harding took the family Golf GTI to a one – two in the larger capacity Mod prod class.
In the road going period defined class, Roland Turner picked up the win in his Escort Mexico, (after a fraught few mechanical issues on his way to the event), with the Bond Equipe of Paul Cammerer and the Chevette of Scott Russell 2nd and 3rd respectively.
FTD was claimed by Steven Potter in his newly acquired OMS.
The Championship organisers would like to say, a BIG thank you to new sponsors for 2018, P.J.S Sports Cars and Paul Green Jewellers.
With entries still coming in we now have 61 to date, which is already a slight increase from last years total.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO ALL Championship Entrants; Hopefully you will all have seen that the Championship committee have been able to replace the cancelled round, with the Mid Cheshire MC Figure of Eight event on August 12th.
All of the rounds now have links from the Curborough website for the regs and entry forms. A Reminder that some of the events are also rounds of other Championships and so may get oversubscribed. Most clubs take entries in date entry order so please get your entries in early for the rounds you are intending to do to avoid missing out!
Hope to see as many of you as possible at the next round, the SDCC round on May 27th, Steve Wood