March/April – My Motorsport Year.
So we’re at the end of another month and it’s two months since I published my last Blog, so what’s happened in the interim?
March my competitive year finally kicked off with the long haul north from my home in Berkshire to Cumbria for the Malcolm Wilson to sit beside Boyd in the Escort.
Long story short we won! We clinched the class and Silver Star with a great run. We weren’t quickest early on and benefited from others misfortune at times but we were consistent and quick enough to be in with a shout, and shout we did. The car ran like clock work and we won from Gavin Edwards and Caron Tomlinson by 17 seconds, great way to kick off our BTRDA title defence.
At the end of March I was supposed to be acting as a Competitor Liaison Officer for my clubs Sprint held at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, raising funds for Combat Stress a charity close to my hear, but due to a personal issue I had bow out the week before.
On the last day of the month I attended the first planning meeting for this years Abingdon Car-nival. I’ve been involved with the Car-nival, I think, from the beginning of my motorsport in one form or another and this year I’m back as a Deputy Clerk of the Course again after being “promoted” last year to a Club Steward.
This years event is the same weekend as the Severn Valley Stages so I’ll be rushing back from the event to stand on the start line of Abingdon and look after the stage and the competitors, can’t wait!
So March was slim pickings really with just one rally, one sprint that I missed and one meeting but April’s been a little busier.
The month kicked off with my first BTRDA Rallies Committee meeting. I’d been asked to join this esteemed body at the end of last year and this was the first of three meetings where the popular sealed surface and gravel championships are discussed and the strategy for this season and forthcoming seasons.
I’ve been a member and competitor on BTRDA events for as long as I can remember and it’s an honour to help shape their championships and be part the most popular British rally championships.
The day before the meeting I should have been competing on Rally North Wales with Boyd but I was at a friends wedding instead. Gutting in a way as Boyd had his best ever result with a 4th overall in the clubmans section of the rally, but sometimes you have to park motorsport and join the normal people.
Jumping forward a couple of weeks and it’s another committee meeting for me. I’ve been an executive member of the Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs for a number of years now representing my home motor club, Craven Motor Club, but this year I was approached just prior to the AGM to take on the role of Vice Chairman of the association for the year, I accepted the nomination and was duly elected. I’m looking forward to seeing how this pans out.
The weekend after and I’m back in my comfort zone, I’m sat in the car with Boyd on the Somerset Stages. Well no win this time out just a second in Silver Star and class, reversing the positions with Gavin Edwards and Caron Tomlinson on the Malcolm Wilson.
We lost out by just 10 seconds but it was a great fight over the reduced mileage, a number of stalls on hairpins cost us dearly and we took some interesting choices on tyres to reel them in and given a bit longer we think we could have over taken them but rallying is full of if buts and maybe’s. Congrats to Gavin and Caron on the win. You boys have speed!
The final weekend and I’m acting as a Club Steward for Farnborough and District Motor Club on their sprint in Aldershot. It’s not rallying but it is motorsport and that’s the important thing once petrol is in your blood it never leaves and I enjoy sprinting. They’re a friendly group of competitors with a diverse group of cars.