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Silverstone GP Report 2017, Rounds 6 & 7

July 11, 2017

The 6th and 7th rounds of the Monoposto Championship took place over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July at Silverstone on the GP circuit. The weather was fantastic for the weekend, with the sun shining and lots of competitors could be found sunbathing next to their cars in between sessions.

Qualifying on Saturday saw Chris Hodgen take overall pole for both races ahead of Ashley Dibden, who pulled in early with engine issues. Ashley said his car wasn’t on top form all weekend, but luckily he did manage to complete both races and retain the lead of the championship. Ben Cater qualified in third for the first race and second for the second race – which was determined by the second fastest qualifying time. Fourth overall and first in class was Jeremy Timms in his Hyabusa engine Dallara. Further down the field Phil Davis went off at Copse on the first lap of qualifying which unfortunately significantly damaged his car and put him out for the weekend. Hopefully Phil will be back up and running for Oulton Park at the end of July though. Damon Bland, in the 2000 class, also had issues during qualifying and had to retire after two laps and so was on the back of the grid for both races.

Race 1 on Sunday saw a number of incidents cause two safety cars and a myriad of yellow flags. With such a large grid at Silverstone it is always nerve-racking  waiting for the race to start and this is the only event of the year that uses a rolling start. The start was a clean one with all drivers making it safely and cleanly around the first corner, without anyone even breaking a track limit. But unfortunately this sigh of relief was swiftly followed by troubles with lots of cars. Jon Reed pulled off on lap 1 after his engine let go, as did Richard Gittings, Dan Levy was also out on lap 1 after contact with Kevin Otway and Mark Harrison pulled into the pitswith an oil leak. The problems didn’t stop there as David Gambling spun at copse on the start of lap 2, ending up in the gravel and setting off the first safety car. The safety car picked up Chris Hodgen who was still in the lead and led the pack round for 1 lap before restarting again.

Jeremy Timms had gained a couple of places in the opening lap and was up to second place overall with Ben Cater in third, Ashley Dibden in fourth and Jason Timms rounding off the top 5. Jeremy Timms got up to first place on the restart and Jason Timms got ahead of Ben Cater for fourth place, demonstrating how competitive the 1400cc bike engine cars can be against the 2 litre Mono F3 cars. Unfortunately, Nick Catanzaro and Richard Snuggs had a coming together at Copse on the restart which put them both out of the race and caused another safety car. The safety car was out for two laps whilst the cars were recovered and the race began again with 3 minutes remaining on the clock.

 

Richard Moorcroft had an impressive race in the Moto 1000 class, after qualifying fourth in class and 21st overall, he climbed up to first in class quickly and continued gaining track positions, eventually finishing 7th overall. He pulled a big gap over Dax Ward who was second in class and had 5 cars buffer from him. In the 2000 class Bryn Tootell got up to first in class, after qualifying third, and was being chased down by Paul Britten, who took the fastest lap in class and the lap record for the 2000 class. In the Classic class, Peter Whitmore won, with Ian Hughes coming in second. Matthew Walters took the victory in the 1800 class, with David Jones in second and Steven Griffin coming in third on his return to Monoposto after moving back to the UK from Dubai a couple of months ago. Geoff Fern won the 1600 class race, with Eddie Guest second and James Gordon-Colebrooke in third.

Race 2 on Sunday evening again had many challenges, with a red flag coming out on the first lap after a collision at Copse between Taylor Macvean and Richard Moorcroft. Both drivers were ok, but the delay in removing the cars meant that the race was abandoned and scheduled to restart at the end of the day. The drivers were pulled into the pits and regridded, whilst Formula Fords raced on track. Then the drivers were lead out for the race, which was allowed to run until 10 minutes after curfew thanks to the cooperation of MSVR and the circuit organisers.

Jeremy Timms didn’t manage to get the jump on the Mono F3 drivers in the race and had to settle for third overall, but still won his class with Jason Timms close behind in second in class and fourth overall. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke gave a solid performance, finishing third in class again and 6th overall, he remains second in the Moto 1400 championship, behind Jeremy Timms and ahead of Jason. James Densley dominated the FR2000 class this weekend, with two wins and two fastest laps, this means that so far this season the FR2000 class has had a different driver set the lap record at each of the three tracks we’ve visited. Bryn Tootell got into the lead of the 2000 class race, after qualifying 5th in class, with a buffer of a couple of cars behind him and ahead of Mat Jordan, Terry Clark and Kevin Otway who were all close together and fighting for second, third and fourth in class.

Dax Ward lead the Moto 1000 class by a big margin, with Mark Reade in second. Mick Kinghorn, Craig Hurran and David Heavey were all close together and fighting for third in class. Unfortunately for Mark Reade he got caught up in an incident between Mat Jordan and Terry Clark on lap 4 which saw Jordan and Clark off at Luffield and Mark Reade pull off into the pits. The race was red flagged after this incident as, together with Russ Giles who had gone off at Luffield earlier on in the race, there were three cars in the gravel there. As the leaders of the race had just crossed the line to begin the sixth lap of the race when the red flags came out, the race results went back to lap 5, not lap 4, which meant Mark Reade could only come fifth in the race – a position he gained by crossing the start/finish line when pulling into the pits – instead of being second which is where he was on lap 4 before the incident occurred. This left Mick Kinghorn to come in second place in the race and take the lead of the Moto 1000 championship and by scoring the all important 8 points from finishing fifth, Mark Reade still managed to gain second place in the championship standings.

In the Mono F3 class, Ben Cater and Chris Hodgen had a close battle for the lead of the race, with Ben Cater taking the lead on the second lap and then pulling a gap to Hodgen. After a report from the marshals’ post at Brooklands saying that Cater had overtaken a backmarker under yellow flags, he was given a three second time penalty meaning that, although he was on the top step of the podium, he ended up second in the race behind Chris Hodgen after the results were amended. Ashley Dibden came third in class and fifth overall in the race. This means that Ashley still retains the lead of the championship, but Chris has gained some ground after two wins and a fastest lap. In the 1800 class, Matt Walters took his 7th consecutive race win and fastest lap, Douglas McLay came second after a close battle with David Jones, Marcus Sheard and Steven Griffin who finished third, fourth and fifth in class respectively. Geoff Fern won the 1600 class race again and broke his own lap record which had stood since 2012. Ian Hughes has risen to take the lead of the Classic 2000 championship from fifth in the standings after a successful weekend where he got a second place, a win and a fastest lap.

Oulton Park, Rounds 8 & 9, 29 July

July 5, 2017

We will be visiting Oulton Park on 29th July, using their international circuit for rounds 8 and 9 of the Monoposto Championship. This meeting is always a busy one, with both grids having qualifying and two races on the one day.

The fastest qualifying times will determine the grid positions for race 1, with second fastest times determining the grid for race 2.

Documents will appear here as they are released or updated:-

Club News Letter from the Chairman Summer 2017

June 26, 2017

Dear Monoposto members (and non-members)

I did say last year that I would do a regular news letter to keep you informed of what
the Board are doing on your behalf. So far it has been relatively quiet although we will soon
be planning next year’s calendar which takes the bulk of the work as well as reviewing the
championship regulations.

There are, however, a few items that are worth mentioning, entries started off a little
lower than we hoped or anticipated. As many of you are probably aware we calculate our
entry fees based on anticipated entry numbers to cover the cost of the circuit hire. If we are 1
or 2 entries down this has a significant effect on the finances of the club. The good news is
that we had good entries at Brands GP and Silverstone is also looking positive, although this
might not quite cover the earlier shortfall there is a positive trend on entries.

A hot topic that is regularly brought to the Boards attention is paddock parking, we
have spent a lot of time discussing how best to approach this and haven’t really found a
good solution, but I would appeal to entrants that to some extent we can help ourselves by
trying to minimise the amount of space we all take in the paddock. I know we all like to have
our trailers, awnings and cars / vans / motorhomes close by but please think if it is possible
to maybe arrange your rig in such a way to make best use of the space available. I did notice
at Brands that several trailers could have been parked behind the awnings rather than
beside them and it would have made better use of the limited space we have.

As last year we have decided to arrange a members meeting to have an open
discussion in preparation for next year and obtain feedback from you, This is at present
planned for the Snetteron event on the Saturday evening so as before if you have burning
questions or items you want to raise it would be helpful if you sent them in beforehand.

Next year sees the 60th Anniversary of the club which I believe is a huge milestone
and we are at present looking at ways of celebrating this. As our plans progress we will keep
you informed!!

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to our Championship Coordinator, Rachel
who has taken hold of the job and shown both excellent communication and organisational
skills!!

Thanks to all

Eddie

Brands GP commentary & timing

May 31, 2017

Kevin Couling (Empowered Racing) recorded the live timing feed from TSL and the circuit commentary, so you can watch and listen to the races unfold. Thanks Kevin.

F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Qualifying

F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Race 1

F3 / 2000 / Classic / FR2000 Race 3

1600 / 1800 / Moto 1000 / Moto 1400 Race 1

Brands GP Report 2017, Rounds 3, 4 & 5

May 24, 2017

1800, 1600, Moto 1400 and Moto 1000 Grid

Saturday started off with glorious sunshine and the weather held out nicely for qualifying for the 1800, 1600, Moto 1000 and Moto 1400 grid. This didn’t stop a number of incidents causing some stoppages though. A spin by Matt Walters on the second lap of qualifying brought out a red flag due to him being beached on the edge of Paddock Hill Bend, but that didn’t stop him getting pole for the first race in the 1800 class on the lap before his off. Qualifying got underway again but only for a few laps before the safety car came out. Overall pole in qualifying was taken by Bradley Hobday in the Moto 1000 class on the last lap, almost 2 seconds quicker than Jeremy Timms’ P2 time.

The first race got off to a good start with Bradley Hobday making a good getaway before Jeremy Timms took the lead of the race on lap 2. Bradley held 2nd for the entire race and also set a new lap record for the Moto 1000 class, taking almost a second out of the previous record. Mark Reade pulled into the pits on lap 2 of the race, but later rejoined and managed  to catch the pack and climb up the grid to get 14th place overall. Jason Timms unfortunately had his engine let go on lap 3 which put him out for the weekend and promoted Richard Gittings up to third overall and 2nd in the Moto 1000 class. He was being pressured for most of the race by Andre Gordon-Colebrook, but managed to keep him behind. Meanwhile in the 1800 class, Matthew Walters led the class start to finish and had some close battles with cars from other classes whilst climbing the order, Julian Hoskins and Chris Lord were fighting for 2nd in class for the whole race, with Julian eventually coming out on top. In the 1600 class, Geoff Fern ran away in the lead as usual, with Nigel Davers in 2nd and Eddie Guest and Kevin Bottomley fighting for 3rd, Kevin eventually came out on top to round off the 1600 class podium.

Sunday saw two races for each grid with the start positions for the first determined by the second fastest qualifying times from the day before. Race two of the weekend for grid 1 saw Jeremy Timms have a poor start and drop back a few places. He soon gained the places back and then took the lead after Bradley Hobday unfortunately had his engine give up which put him out for the rest of the day. Jeremy then promptly disappeared into the distance to win the race. Early in the race there was a good battle between 3rd and 5th place on the grid which saw Mark Reade, Richard Gittings and Richard Moorcroft swapping and changing positions at the top of the Moto 1000 class. Mark retired from the race on lap 5 and Richard Gittings went on to win the class and finish 2nd overall after starting 13th on the grid, with Richard Moorcroft 2nd in class and Mick Kinghorn having an impressive drive from 16th to 5th on the grid to take 3rd in class. A close fought battle in the 1800 class saw Matt Walters win again with Chris Lord bettering Julian Hoskins this time out to take 2nd in class.

The final race for this grid started off well with a clean start, but didn’t stay that way for long. Kevin Bottomley and Nigel Davers had a coming together on lap 1 which put Nigel out, however Kevin managed to recover from the gravel and carry on to eventually get 2nd in class. Mark Reade concluded a disastrous weekend by pulling off on lap 2, his team mate Morgan McCourt also had issues and finished last in the race. On lap 4 George Fowler and Geoff Fern had a coming together at turn 1 which put them both out of the race and brought the safety car out. Jeremy Timms led the race start to finish, Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke gained a place to finish 2nd overall and Richard Gittings came 3rd overall and won his class. Dan Levy had a change in fortune, after failing to finish race 1 and 2, by coming 4th overall and 2nd in class. Matt Walters again won the 1800 class for a clean sweep of poles, wins and fastest laps. Chris Lord came 2nd and Julian Hoskins was 3rd with Phil Davis and David Jones competing for 4th further down the grid; Phil eventually came out on top. With the retirement of Geoff Fern and Nigel Davers from the 1600 class, Eddie Guest was promoted to leading the class and managed to hold position against Kevin Bottomley who ended up with 2nd in class and Simon Pruce came in 3rd. Jeremy Timms, as well as taking 3 wins over the weekend, broke the Moto 1400 lap record - three times! He took 0.3 seconds out of the record in each race.

 

F3, 2000, Classic and FR2000 Grid

After a lovely start to Saturday morning, there was a downpour just before the start of the F3, 2000, Classic and FR2000 qualifying which led to a frenzied panic of wheel changes just before the drivers left for the assembly area. Most opted for wet tyres with only Lee Cunningham, Bryn Tootell and Terry Clark staying on slicks, this proved to be the wrong choice for them. Robert Smith spun on lap 3 and retired from qualifying and Chris Hodgen stopped on track on lap 3 which meant that he was much further down the order for Races 1 and 2 than would usually be expected. A coming together of James Drew-Williams and Nick Catanzaro put the safety car out and meant that James was unable to take part in races 1 or 2 of the weekend. Chris Davison got pole in the end, with Kevan McLurg P2 and Ben Cater P3.

Peter Venn and Andrew Barron pulled into the pits on the green flag lap and unfortunately did not get out at all in Race 1. Kevan McLurg, after starting from 2nd, stopped on track during the first lap but luckily didn’t cause a safety car. Ben Cater took the lead of the race on the first lap and Ashley Dibden stayed close behind in 2nd, putting pressure on all race but not managing to get past Ben. Simon Tate and Neil Harrison had a great fight for 3rd place which lasted for most of the race before Simon spun on the last lap and dropped back to 7th. Lee Cunningham and Chris Hodgen finished 4th and 5th respectively after starting from 9th and 8th. Bryn Tootell managed to defend well from Kevin Otway to win the 2000 class, with Kevin 2nd and Terry Clark in 3rd. Hayden Edmonds and James Densley enjoyed an intense battle for the duration of the race, with James just pipping Hayden over the line and taking the win by 0.007 seconds. The classic class saw Jared Wood take the win ahead of Ian Hughes in 2nd and Nick Catanzaro in 3rd, with Marcus Sheard close behind in 4th place.
Race 2 started with the cars in their second fastest positions from qualifying the day before, which again put Chris Hodgen well down the order, this time in 10th. Ashley Dibden took the lead of the race during lap 1 after starting in 4th place, he and Ben Cater then pulled away from the rest of the pack, before Ben had a spin on lap 3 which demoted him from 2nd to 6th. He then caught up to a very close battle between 2nd to  5th places which consisted of Simon Tate, Lee Cunningham, Neil Harrison and Chris Hodgen who all swapped and changed for most of the race. In the end Chris Hodgen came 2nd with Neil Harrison 3rd after starting 10th and 8th respectively. Peter Venn ran away with the lead of the Classic class but was in his own battle against the clock to break the lap record for the class, which he succeeded in doing. Further down the field, Ian Hughes took 2nd in the class and Jared Wood came 3rd, with Marcus Sheard beating Nick Catanzaro this time for 4th place. In the 2000 class, Bryn Tootell for most of the race but lost the lead to Kevin Otway on the last lap. However a red flag on the last lap, when Mat Jordan spun and stopped on track, meant that the results went back a lap and Bryn ended up winning the class. A similar scenario occurred in the FR2000 class as Hayden Edmonds and James Densley battled hard again but James lost the win to Hayden after the results went back a lap to when Hayden was still leading. Richard Crisp came in 3rd in the FR2000 class and set a new lap record for the class, bettering the one set by James the day before.
Race 3 had a clean start, but a poor getaway from Chris Hodgen meant that Neil Harrison got ahead of him for 2nd place. Ben Cater, who had started 4th, had a spin during the first lap which put him out for the rest of the race. Ashley Dibden again pulled a good gap to lead the race from start to finish. Chris Hodgen got past Neil Harrison on the inside of Paddock Hill Bend on lap 5 to take back 2nd place and Neil again finished 3rd. Lee Cunningham and Simon Tate had a good battle to eventually finish 4th and 5th respectively. In the 2000 class, Bryn Tootell and Kevin Otway fought for class honours, and again Bryn took them. Further down the field Paul Britten and Terry Clark had a close battle to end up 3rd and 4th respectively. Ian Hughes and Jared Wood both retired from the classic class during lap 5 of the race and Peter Venn disappeared into the distance again to take the win, with Nick Catanzaro 2nd and Marcus Sheard 3rd. In the FR2000 class, Hayden Edmonds and James Densley again swapped and changed positions during the race with Hayden eventually winning the class, James came 2nd and Richard Crisp 3rd. Chris Vosper came 4th in the class after a very well driven first race weekend. He, Richard and James were all also fighting for points in the SUNBAC Nova award, along with Robert Smith in the 2000 class, as they are all in their first season of car racing. James Densley is leading the Nova award going into round 6 of the Championship at Silverstone.

Click Here for the current Championship Standings after Brands Hatch GP.

Silverstone GP, Rounds 6 & 7, 1/2 July

May 23, 2017

Silverstone GP is always a very popular meeting with spaces filling up quickly. This meeting sees all eight classes share one grid in a twin header format. This means that there will be qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday.

We will be holding the annual BBQ and Baking Grand Prix on the Saturday night at 7pm. Tickets are £12.50 and are available to purchase by clicking the link below or contacting Rachel Lovett or Terry Clark. If you would like to come, you can pay in advance or pay cash on the day but you must let Rachel or Terry know in advance so we can cater for you.

The Baking Grand Prix will again be organised by Sarah Harvey-Dittmann, entries will be taken on the day, they will be judged by a panel of 'experts' and there will be prizes for the winners. The baking grand prix entries will then provide the dessert for the BBQ.

Documents will appear here as they are released or updated:-

 

2017 R1&2: Cadwell Park Race Report

April 26, 2017

Cadwell Report

Saturday – F3, 2000, Classic and FR2000 Grid

The Monoposto season kicked off on 22nd and 23rd April with a trip to Cadwell Park in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The weather was unusually sunny and reflected the happy atmosphere of the paddock, most of whom were glad to be back racing after the winter break.

An early start for the Mono F3, 2000, Classic 2000 and FR2000 grid saw a tense 15 minute qualifying where the fastest lap continually switched between Chris Hodgen and Ashley Dibden, with Chris eventually getting pole. Bryn Tootell led the 2000 class field, with a time 2 seconds faster than Terry Clark and Kevin Otway who qualified 2nd and 3rd respectively. Heading into the race Bryn looked like he would manage to better Terry and Kevin after reportedly doing “nothing to the car all winter... except change the engine”, he led them well until unfortunately a slipping clutch meant he ended up third overall and finished his weekend earlier than hoped. Kevin Otway went on to win the 2000 class battle with Terry Clark second. Kevin bettered his lap record for the class from last year, taking 1.7 seconds off the time.

After the throes of qualifying, a great start from Ashley Dibden saw him ahead of Chris Hodgen by the first corner, he quickly gained a sizeable lead over Hodgen, but in the closing stages of the race Chris started clawing back the gap, but didn’t have enough time to challenge for the lead. Simon Tate gained third place from Neil Harrison early on in the race and an impressive battle between Robin Dawe and Neil Harrison saw Robin take fourth place, on his first race out with Monoposto in his Tom’s Toyota. Robin very nearly didn’t make it out on track in the race after it became apparent that he had no clutch whilst sat in the assembly area. Luckily, as is typical of the Monoposto spirit, members of rival teams joined forces to make sure that he got out on track.

Hayden Edmonds was the sole representative for the FR2000 class over the weekend after an unfortunate moment during Friday testing put James Densley out for the weekend. Hayden enjoyed his racing though and set a lap record for the class, which he went on to break the following day.

Saturday – 1800, 1600, Moto 1400 and Moto 1000 Grid

A hectic turnaround with back-to-back Monoposto races saw teams running up and down the hill between the assembly area and the pit wall, but fortunately the race was able to start on time. Jason Timms bogged down off the start which meant that Mark Reade, over from Ireland with his Leastone 1000, got past for second place in the race. Mark almost didn’t make it out in time for the race, but together with Team Boss, Paul, he managed to get the car fixed in time for the race. Jeremy Timms quickly disappeared into the distance and Mark Reade held P2 for a few laps until being caught and passed by Jason Timms. Jason later lost a few places after “a moment on the grass” – as the post marshal put it – and finished the race 7th overall and third in class. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke came second in the 1400 class and second overall after climbing up from fourth.

Dan Levy also gained two places in the race, coming third overall and winning the Moto 1000 class after getting past Mark Reade towards the end of the race. Peter Lague was going well in his Speads after a run of bad luck last year. It looked like his luck was finally turning until he pulled in on lap 7 with a poorly engine. Peter has subsequently decided to retire the Speads, but will be back with us at Brands in his Van Diemen. Mick Kinghorn came third for the Moto 1000 class, with Kyle Cutts in fourth.

The 1800 class battle saw Chris Lord out-qualify Matt Walters by 0.032 seconds, however Matt got the better of him on lap 2 of the race. Chris stuck with him for most of the race, but was unable to get past. Phil Davis retired from the race on lap 3 with a broken push rod which meant David Jones came third in the end, with Doug McLay in fourth. Geoff Fern dominated the 1600 class ahead of Eddie Guest, but both drivers managed to better a couple of the 1800 class drivers, gaining them 9th and 11th place respectively overall in the race.

Sunday – F3, 2000, Classic and FR2000 Grid

Ashley Dibden qualified on pole for Sunday’s race and had another great start, but an accident further back in the field, which saw Taylor Macvean and Kevin Otway retire from the race, meant that the race was red flagged and the drivers lined up again for the restart. Ashley managed to replicate the start though and led the race from start to finish. Chris Hodgen was again closing in on Ashley in the closing stages of the race, but again did not have enough time to challenge for the lead; he came second and recorded the fastest lap, which was only 0.015 seconds off the lap record held by Robbie Watts from last year. Simon Tate had an issue in qualifying which say him start 12th on the gird, he clawed back the places during the race, finishing 4th overall and battling with Neil Harrison for third place. This saw Simon earn the ‘Driver of the Day’ accolade in the prize-giving.

With Kevin Otway out of the race, Terry Clark led the 2000 class field and won it overall which sees him take the lead in the 2000 class championship. Mat Jordan finished the race second in class and Robert Smith came third in class in his first ever race. He was sharing the car with his father, Mark Smith, over the weekend and now leads him in the championship standings. Marcus Sheard was the sole Classic class representative in the race, after Ian Hughes had withdrawn due to a cracked brake disc.

Sunday – 1800, 1600, Moto 1400 and Moto 1000 Grid

The final Monoposto race of the weekend saw Jeremy and Jason Timms again qualify 1st and 2nd respectively with Dan Levy behind in 3rd overall and 1st in class for the Moto 1000 class. However, Dan was unable to get first gear on the green flag lap and due to a delayed departure from the grid he had to start the race from the back. He had a brilliant race though which saw him gain 3 places by the first corner and was up to 4th place by lap 4. Jeremy Timms again disappeared into the distance with Jason Timms behind in second and Mark Reade in 3rd after Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke had an issue on the start and ended up last. Mark was then promoted to 2nd overall and Dan Levy to 3rd after Jason Timms retired with a broken throttle. Mark and Dan had a good battle for 2nd place, with Dan taking 2nd on the first corner of the last lap, but lost the place to Mark again whilst negotiating a backmarker. Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke fought his way up to 4th overall and 2nd in class. Jeremy Timms not only won the race overall, but he also broke Jason’s lap record and came within 0.8 seconds of the overall lap record.

Further down the field, the results were much the same as the race the previous day, with Matt Walters winning the 1800 race ahead of Chris Lord and Geoff Fern winning the 1600 race from Eddie Guest. Phil Davis had better luck for this race though and came third in class ahead of David Jones and Doug McLay. Kyle Cutts cam 4th again the Moto 1000 race but improved on his best lap time by over 3 seconds from the previous day and cam 8th overall on the grid, ahead of Geoff Fern who had bested him the day before.

Feedback from the Weekend

“Please pass on my appreciation to the Mono competitors for their co-operation and understanding of the situation especially with the timetable adjustments / delays on Saturday due to the barrier repairs prior to commencing their sessions and for their excellent driving standards once again.” – Terry Scannell, Clerk of the Course

“Myself and Paul would just like to thank you and the club for a great weekend. Great bunch of people everyone helping us out on Saturday was a nice touch after I crashed. Looking forward to the rest of the season. Thanks again.” – Mark Reade #45, Moto 1000

“Just want to say a huge well done one the weekend, it all ran like clockwork... Already looking forward to the next one” – Matt Walters #76, Mono 1800

“I thought the atmosphere in the paddock was typical Monoposto, relaxed, helpful and friendly just as it should be” – Eddie Guest #57, Mono 1600

2017 Cadwell Grid 1 Results Book

2017 Cadwell Grid 2 results book

Code 60 Warning Flag

April 25, 2017

Our Clerk of the Course would like to use the Code 60 procedure for our events. Please see the Blue Book extract below for exact details, but basically all marshal posts show the Code 60 flag simultaneously, everyone slows their speed to 60kph and holds place (i.e. should not be catching up or being caught), when the incident is clear then all posts show green and racing starts immediately, no waiting until the start line.

The benefit is that the safety car is not deployed and thus we lose less time and get racing again much quicker.

An issue identified is that there is no current requirement for our cars to have speedometers and we are aware that some of you do not. Following discussions at Cadwell, we do not believe this is going to cause a major problem. Some of you can get speed on your dash, others may use a revs/gear calculation (see below) or there are some relatively cheap gps speedometers available.

We agreed with the CoC that Code 60 was not used at Cadwell and will not be used at Brands Hatch. We propose that this is introduced for first use in Monoposto at the Silverstone GP event 1/2 July.

Please respond with any comments or questions in the next couple of weeks.

Blue Book Q 15.1.1. (e)

(e) The Code 60 flag (Purple)

The Code 60 flag will be brought into operation to neutralise a race at the sole decision of the Clerk of the Course provided that all flag points are in communication with race control.

When the order is given to deploy the Code 60 flag it will be displayed at the start/finish line and simultaneously at all other posts.

All competing cars, when notified of the Code 60 intervention (by the flag signal, or by any other means) will release the throttle, reduce their speed to 60kmh and should remain behind the car in front.

Overtaking is strictly forbidden until the green flag is displayed. Any infringements may be penalised by a time penalty of 1 minute, or more.

While the Code 60 is in operation, competing cars may enter the pit lane, but may only rejoin the track when signalled to do so.

When the Code 60 flag is withdrawn it will be replaced with a waved green flag for one lap.

The waved green flag will be shown simultaneously at all posts

Each lap covered while the Code 60 flag is in operation will be counted as a race lap unless specified to the contrary in Championship regulations.


A complete lap under Code 60 conditions should result lap times in the table at the bottom of the page, but that doesn't help for a partial lap.  Some dashboards may display speed which assuming is calibrated correctly is fine, others may choose to purchase an additional speedometer.   However it can be worked out mathematically, but you need to know some specific information on your car.

The formula to calculate RPM at 60 kmh = 159 / ( r * g * d).   Calculation courtesy of Tristan Cliffe / Omicron Motorsport.

where:

r is the radius of the rear tyre in metres
g is the gear ratio and
d is the diff ratio (cw&p)
159 is the result of combining several constants into one.

Example: For a car with rear tyre radius of 0.28m, gear ratio of 15/32 and differential ratio of 12/34.   

rpm = 159 / (0.28 x [15/32] x [12/34]).
Calculating the square brackets [ ] gives results as follows

rpm = 159 / (0.28 x 0.469 x 0.353).
Calculating the round brackets ( ) gives result as follows

rpm = 159 / 0.0464

rpm = 3426

Answer: rpm = 3426 rpm in that gear only = 60kmh

So for the example above, 60kmh is achieved on a level circuit in that gear at 3426rpm.      You may choose to do a calculation for 2nd and 3rd gears as 60 kmh is 37mph, and remember that the calculation changes if you alter diff ratio, change your gear ratios, or change your tyres - those with wets and slicks may have tyres of different radius.     The RPM can then be noted on your dashboard or steering wheel or with a line on your rev counter.

Thank you for the formula, Tristan

Lap time per circuit at 60kmh

Circuit mins/sec
Anglesey Coastal 02:29
Anglesey International 03:22
Brands Hatch Indy 01:56
Brands GP 03:54
Cadwell Park 03:31
Castle Combe 02:58
Croft 03:22
Donington National 03:11
Donington GP 04:00
Mallory Park 02:10
Oulton Park Fosters 02:40
Oulton Park International 04:19
Oulton Park Island 03:38
Pembrey 02:20
Rockingham ISS Long 03:17
Rockingham ISS 1.94m 03:07
Silverstone National 02:38
Silverstone GP 05:53
Silverstone International 02:58
Snetterton 300 04:46
Snetterton 200 03:11
Thruxton 03:47

 

Pirelli to offer circuit support for rest of 2017 season

April 24, 2017

Pirelli will be attending all of the remaining rounds of the main 2017 Monoposto Championship.

Should any competitors wish to order tyres, they will be able to bring them and fit them at the circuit.

Please send any orders to sales@protyre.co.uk as Protyre are looking after the service and sales for all of their circuit work.

Available sizes:

  • 160/530-13
  • 180/530-13
  • 180/560-13
  • 200/540-13
  • 225/550-13
  • 250/575-13

 

2017 - Brands Hatch (GP), Rounds 3, 4 & 5, 20/21 May

April 3, 2017

Brands Hatch's Grand Prix circuit is a sought after fixture, so we anticipate that the grids will fill quickly.   This is also first of two changes to the regular format, and you will get three races for the price of two.   Following the discussion forum at Silverstone last season, competitors expressed interest in a three race format, so BH GP will be the first of two 2017 events trialling this format.

Qualifying and Race 1 will take place on Saturday as usual, with Race 2 taking place on Sunday morning, and Race 3 on Sunday afternoon, so plenty of time to fettle and turn cars around.

Sadly it means those that share cars can't do so, but the three race format will return later in the year at Donington, which evens up the account.

Race 2 grid decided by qualifying 2nd fastest lap (already used at Oulton Park and Silverstone), and race 3 grid will be set according to the finishing order of race 2.

Documents will appear here as they are released or updated:-


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  • Oulton Park, R8 & 9: in 1 day
  • Snetterton 300, R10: in 29 days
  • Snetterton 300, R11: in 30 days
  • Donington Park GP, R12: in 50 days
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Monoposto has been ideal for Northbrook College, it suits our budget and the variety of venues is perfect for the student experience. We look forward to next year. Many thanks.

- Team Northbrook Racing

Everyone has been so welcoming and helped us out when we have been in need. The Championship has been excellently managed and we have thoroughly enjoyed every weekend

- Swansea Metropolitan University Team

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