Competition Report September 2008

Tom Hutchinson (TR8) continues his attack on the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships with consistent placings in Round 3 conducted at Sandown on 26 / 27th July. Tom qualified 4th fastest and then placed 8th, 4th and 6th in the three races for this round. If you are interested, have a look at the Natsoft website and see what Tom’s opposition is – great to see a Triumph amongst this sort of quality field.

We had four TSOA members compete in Round 3 of the MSCA Sprint series held at Mallala on Sunday 17th August. Amongst all of the gloomy weather we have had lately, it was great to have a mostly sunny day to enjoy the track, with a near capacity field of 107 cars taking part.  My GT6 is back to its best with a 1:20.4 recorded. Peter Nelson left his TR8 home in preference to a MX5 – sadly, the Mazda is quicker, with a best for Peter of 1:26.04 recorded on the day. Peter, the Mazda may be quicker, but the Triumph sounds and looks much better! Robin George is still trying to sort out the electrical gremlins that reside within his Westfield Clubman and could only manage 1:31.3 but Neil Martin produced a personal best of 1:38.06 in his TR7.

Upcoming events include :-

Sep 13 (Sat)          Super Sprint (Twilight)                        Mallala                   MSCA

Sep 14                   Modern Regularity (+Superkarts)       Mallala                   A7C

Sep 20    (Sat)       Hillclimb – “Come & Try Day”              Collingrove            SCCSA

Sep 21                   Hillclimb – Multi Club                           Collingrove            SCCSA

Oct 4-5                   Hillclimb – Vintage                              Collingrove            SCCSA

Oct 11-12              Historic Demonstration                        Lobethal

Oct 18-19              SA Hillclimb Championships                 Collingrove            SCCSA

If you are interested in any of the Austin 7 Club or Sporting Car Club events, go to their respective websites for more information and entry forms.

I mentioned the MSCA Twilight Sprint last month, and reiterate that this year, the MSCA has agreed to try something different during the tea break. This period of approx two hours has traditionally seen a fun competition of a four car, one lap relay event between clubs, but support for this has waned over recent years. So this year, the tea break period will provide an opportunity for non-sprinters to have a go – a “come and try” event.

The idea is for small groups of just 4 cars or less to complete laps of the circuit with an experienced sprinter as a coach / guide at no more than 80% speed to provide people who may be interested in seeing what sprinting is all about, but haven’t summoned the courage to enter an event. No special preparation is needed – just a helmet if you have one, or borrow one if not. Full neck to knee clothing of a non flammable type is required, and proper shoes.

If you are interested (places will be limited to the first 20 applicants) contact the MSCA’s Sue Stephenson on 8357 5362 to register your interest. A special Cams licence will be required at a cost of $25 which Sue will arrange.

It’s off to the Queensland Nationals for competition events at Morgan Park and Mt Cotton – full report next month.

That’s enough from me . . . . see you trackside!


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