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FDMC September Solo, 2012

Pictures by Richard Field

This report is in two sections; for more pictures, and results, click 'Page 2', below.

Soloing in September

For this year's September Solo our organising team, led by Steve Whittington and Bill and David Mexson, were rewarded with a full entry, including contenders in the 2012 GBS Kit Spares BTRDA AutoSolo Championship, who were competing in the National B section of the event, alongside the main Clubmans section. In this report, we bring you a selection of the award winners and other competitors, from a day's Soloing in the September sunshine.

Held on the Martinique parade ground at Bordon, the format included four different courses, and three runs through each, with your two best times to count for the results, and electronically timed to a hundredth of a second, by the Tag Heuer timing system which FDMC started to use during our 2011 season.

Kevin Belcher of Oxford MC and FDMC's Andrew Thompson are regular rivals for the top position in our Solos, and after a day of skilful and committed driving from both of them, it was Kevin who came home first overall with his Impreza, on 352.34 seconds, with Andrew in his Caterham on 353.80 seconds, second overall and the winner of Class CF.

Closest behind were Stuart Harrison in the GBS Zero kit car, sharing the driving seat with his father Ian, to take third overall and win Class NF, with Xavier Brooke following in his Lotus Elise to finish fourth overall and the winner of Class NE.

Among more of the regular competitors, Maciej Knapinski came out the winner in Class CB, up to 1400cc, in his Fiat Seicento 1100; Arthur Chan, driving his Mazda MX5, finished first out of eleven entries in Class CE, the Production sports cars; and in Class CD, over 1800cc, Radoslaw Kmak in his BMW 328i claimed first place by the narrow margin of just 0.53 seconds from Piotr Kozimor, who's featured on page 2.

And you thought Class CD was a close result? For the Ladies award, Anna Prescott driving the Prescott family's red Mini, and Rebecca Evans, driving Peter Manning's black Mini (in her first ever Solo), finished on 452.30 and 452.31 seconds. That's right - this award went to Anna, by just one hundredth of a second.

Driving his familiar Mk 1 Sprite, Keith Pettit took the Index award, for which the times in different classes are adjusted to put them on a (more) equal basis, and Ian Ashworth with his Smart Roadster was enjoying a free entry, following his performance in our 'taster' Solo at the recent Dunsfold Supercar Day.

This report continues, on PAGE 2


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