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Friday, December 15, 2017

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Castle Combe 13th April 2009

Posted by admin On April - 18 - 2009

Well what a day the first event of the season started with thick fog which quickly cleared during the Formula Ford testing to reveal bright sunshine all day long! Not expected by many of us we all ended up either tanned or very burnt! The day was full of events with Prebble and Kilby taking pole and second in the Saloon car qualifying, to both have engine problems and not be able to compete in the main race later in the day, leaving pole empty for 3rd and 4th place for Squibb and Cox. TT’s very own Nick Charles and Jason Cooper managed to get pole in their class C and D, with Mark Wyatt in his Astra getting Pole for Class B.

Coming to the main race in bright Wiltshire sunshine all the cars left the grid to a huge collision behind the class A cars, around 6 cars were collected up in the damage including Wyatt, Wills, Bird, both of the farther and son Urqhart team and Nick Charles, the race was promptly red flagged and only Nick Charles of those involved made it back for the restart, Nick had suffered a large amount of panel damage to passanger door area but the car was deemed fit to race. After the track was promptly cleared by the Marshalls and CC team the race was back underway with Dave Kift having to retire shortly from the line with engine problems, Nick Charles starting from the pits was quick to work his way through the grid to finsh 2nd in his class with Will De Claudio to get his first win in Class C after leaving Class D last year. There was a battle for pole with Brian Cox and Barry Squibb swapping postitions several times to finally leave Barry Squibb victorious. Jason Cooper had a fight on his hands with Olly Lewis following closley behind all race until he managed to get past Cooper on lap 7, luckily Jason managed to regain the lead on lap 8 to get the Win for Class D. Unfortunatly Talk Torque’s Alan Dixon had to retire on the 3rd lap due to loss of brakes going into camp corner at 100mph! luckily Alan managed to control the car around the corner and nurse it into the pits.

So after race 1 the points look like this.

  Class A:  
Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fastest lap Total
1 Barry Squibb 2                 1 3
  2 Brian Cox 1                   1
                           
  Class B:  
Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fastest lap Total
1 Tony Dolley 6                 1 7
  2 Daryl Radford 5                   5
  3 Adrian Slade 4                   4
                           
  Class C:  
Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fastest lap Total
1 Will Di Claudio 6                   6
  2 Nick Charles 5                 1 6
  3 Nick Mizen 4                   4
  4 Carleton Williams 3                   3
  5 Anne King 2                   2
  6 Darren Hay 1                   1
                           
  Class D:  
Pos. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fastest lap Total
1 Jason Cooper 6                   6
  2 Olly Lewis 5                 1 6
  3 Trevor Long 4                   4
  4 Russell Poynter-Brown 3                   3
  5 Jonathan Benton 2                   2
  6 Peter Weston 1                   1

Officical Timing can be found here >> http://www.tsl-timing.com/ccrc/2009/91668.pdf

Lets hope everyone manages to get their cars back to track this season and for the majority of them that they make the next race day on the 4th May.

Here is some in-car footage from the race and the 1st corner incident.

Sunseeker Rally Special Stage

Posted by admin On February - 28 - 2009

Every year the Sunseeker rally has a special stage that takes place between Bournemouth lower gardens to Boscombe Pier along the prominade. A number of TT members attened this year in total the crowd pulled in over 10,000 people.

First of all there was an incedent with a Land Rover in the Lower Park where it hit a fence near the Pavillion. Then before all the cars had finished their first run, the event was cancelled when the number 20 Subaru Impreza of Geoff Underhill was invlovled in an accident, colliding with a lamppost and then rebounding into a wall, on the Promenade at the bottom of the east Cliff. Geoff was trapped in the car for over an hour whilst Fire Crews cut him free. Geoff is believed to have suffered ankle injuries, the co-driver Adrian Grinstead was seen to have walked away with help from rescuers.

Friday nights incident will not affect the stages due to take place on Saturday, with stages taking place in woodland surrounding Poole and Bournemouth.

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Wyedean Rally Results

Posted by admin On February - 8 - 2009

Unfortunately due to the recent snow it meant a number of Talk Torque members including myself did not attend the Wyedean rally this year. However I am hoping to bring you some pictures of the event from the members that did attend soon.

The winner of this years Wyedean rally was Nik Elsmore with Co Driver Craig Drew, in the Hydrex Mitsubishi EVO 9 in class N4.

 

Who’s Nik Elsmore?

From http://www.hydrexracing.co.uk Nik Elsmore is the younger son of Graham Elsmore, a former works driver known as the ‘King of the Dean’ due to a string of successes in Wales during the 70s.

Since his rally debut in 1995 Nik has won numerous accolades. By the end off 1997 he had been voted one of the finalists for the ‘Ford/Motoring News Rally Champion of the Future’. Awarded with the National Rally Champion Honours in 1999 he has been one of the leading Group N drivers in the UK for the last seven years. He is now ranked in the top 20 in the UK.

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Photo Courtesy of BBC

In the other classes Andrew Burton in the popular Peugeot 306 Cosworth came 3rd overall, 1st in the WR1 class, Nigel Griffiths in his Subaru Impreza  came first in the B13 class, Mad Mick Jones came 1st in the B11 class in his Ford Escort MK2 and Carl Davis in the BMW M3 came 1st in the B12 class.

To see a full break down of results and winners in all classes please view the results page on the btrdrally.com website.

 

Interview with Andy Burton for Forester TV


Autosport International

Posted by admin On January - 18 - 2009

With 2009 just upon us it was time for the motorsport fans annual pilgrimage to the Birmingham NEC and autosport international. Many Talk Torque members attended the show over the 3 days, some looking for inspiration for their race / track day projects, others to just fuel their motorsport obsession. For me its a great opportunity to photograph some cars that I would never be able to get that close to anywhere else. The 2009 show was teamed up with the Pistons Heads show which allowed a selection of their members to show of their cars, they had a nice selection of cars from minis, to Porsche’s and TVR’s. As usual the show had much to offer to motorsport fans, David Coulthard, Murrey Walker, Martin Brundle and Allan McNish among others were in attendance, there was an exhibition of David Coulthards career all the way from karting through to his final Red Ball racing F1 car. There was also the usual display of formula one cars. The live action arena displayed the usual adrenaline fueled in door racing and as ever was the centre piece to the show.

 

Feel free to flick through some of my photos from the day.

Barry Coombs