Words by Arthur Debenham
Pictures by Roger Arbon
DESPITE discouraging weather forecasts, the crowds were as large as ever, as Suffolk Motorsport presented the third annual Motorsport Show on the Angel Hill last Sunday.
During the day, the aim was threefold. To promote the sport in this area, provide an attraction to our town and, most importantly, to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
A good number of news items came my way from both exhibitors and visitors, to the only show of its kind in East Anglia. Here are a few of them.
Chris Nicklin, from Bury, introduced me to his teenage daughter, Kasia. Kasia is in her second year of rallying, as she contests the Formula 1000 Junior Rally Championship, driving a Nissan Micra.
Her motorsport involvement started at Red Lodge Karting at an early age, and six years were spent learning and winning a number of awards.
Formula 1000 is for those over the age of 14 and sees competition on single venue events, so public roads are not required. Kasia’s co-driver is Gareth Short, and her most recent even was at the Anglesey circuit, in North Wales, where, from a strong entry, she finished fourth.
Her next event will be this weekend, as Pembroke MC organise the Brawdy Stages Rally at RAF Brawdy.
Locally, Kasia will contest the Hutton Kitchens Woodbridge Stages, on September 24.
Staying with rallying, the vice chairman of West Suffolk MC gave me some good news on Sunday. Keith Pettitt tells me the club intends to bring back the Suffolk Stages Rally.
First held in 1968, it was the first daylight Special Stage Rally to be held in East Anglia, with all competitive sections entirely on private land. Co-organised in those days with West Essex CC, it quickly became popular, with oversubscribed entry lists.
Most of the stages were in Suffolk, although it occasionally strayed over the border into Cambridgeshire or Essex.
One of the previous winners was Steve Hill. He has moved to rallycross and is one of the country’s top Supercar competitors.
Hessett’s Brian Mitcham had his unique Mallock U2 Formula Junior race car on display. Brian recently took in his first street circuit race meeting in Portugal. Despite a qualifying problem which saw him start from the back of the grid in race one, he brought the car home to a class win and fastest lap, a feat which from a better grid position, he repeated during his second race.
He has now been invited to compete in the Goodwood Revival meeting later this year.
Matt Carberry’s new Sierra based Saloon Stock Car made its debut at the show. Still not fully completed, it will eventually be seen racing at Mildenhall Raceway. Matt will conitnue to do some events with his Superstox, so he will be racing with both local promoters, Spedeworth and RDC.
Former World National Hot Rod Champion, Chris Haird, displayed his Vauxhall Tigra. Haird Motorsport are busy building his next Hot Rod, a Mazda, and this is due to make its dubut at the Autosport International Show, to be held at the NEC, in January.
Finally, on behalf of the organising team, may I say a big thank you to everyone who played a part in making the show a huge success once again.
I will let you know how much was raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Here’s to next year. One exhibitor has already committed to 2012, and will bring more new exhibitors with him.
Both Barry Randall and Daniel Holden have become fathers during recent weeks, but the sleepless nights have not prevented them from contesting the English Oval Legends Championship, held at Foxhall Stadium last Saturday.
In all, 28 cars lined up for the title, two heats deciding how the grid for the championship deciding final would be formed.
The first heat saw a draw deciding the grid. This resulted in 17th for Holden and a lowly 22nd for Randall. Both improved their positions, Holden having a good run into fourth, with Randall coming through to 12th.
With a reverse of the grid draw in operation for heat two, Randall improved from fifth and, with only five laps left, he was holding down second position. Then, in an attempt to pass a back marker on a damp track, contact between them left Randall stranded on the kerb.
Meanwhile, Holden could only managed 15th at the chequered flag.
So to the championship race. Holden had secured a 12th grid slot, but Randall was down in 20th.
Ipswich based Mike Walmsley was destined to take victory and the championship, but both Holden and Randall made good progress.
Holden joined Walmsley on the podium with a second position while Randall improved to seventh.
Short Circuit. Great Yarmouth, Sunday, 5.30pm. Superstox, Rookie Rods, Banger.
Great Yarmouth, Thursday, 8pm. Lightning Rods; Rookie Rods; Bangers.
Motor Racing. Snetterton, BRSCC, Sunday. Mazda MX5, Tiger Racing, NM Saloons; Quaife Challenge; Tin Tops.
Silverstone, HSCC, Saturday and Sunday. Silverstone Classic, many Historic racing formulas.
Autograss. Cambridge AC, Stretham, Sunday.