New Year Tar Test.

By Barry Lindsay

After some negotiations between Neil Varah and the Pirelli management it was agreed that we could run a club auto test on the last day of the year. So with tarmac available, the tests were set up avoiding the few cars that were in the car park, we were ready to run. The tests were to be quite tight to keep the speed down.

The first test turned out to be harder than thought and marshalled by Michael Lindsay. I had to prove that it could be done without reversing and got a time of 1m 34. Neil T was next with 1m53 then Geoffrey on 2m31. On the repeat run I was again quickest with 1m 39; Neil Varah got 2m04 then Neil T on 2m 12.

Neil Varah
Neil Varah

Test 3 was a different route at a different part of the car park, marshalled by Ian Robinson. 59 sec was my time with John R & Jerry H next on 1m08 then Barrie in 1m16. For the rerun Neil T was quickest with 54sec then myself at 57sec next was Todd Brown a new member on his first auto test with 1m11. After a move round of cones the more flowing tests to follow were over a bigger area.

Geoffrey Harkness
Geoffrey Harkness

Test 5 John Ross was quickest with 1m 09 with Jerry getting 1m11 then Neil V on 1m13. For the re-run I got 1m 02 just ahead on Barrie T with 1m03 then Jerry, Neil T & Geoffrey all on 1m04.

John Ross
John Ross

Test 7 Geoffrey was quickest with 52sec then myself with 53sec then Neil V on 54. For the re-run Neil V was quickest with 50sec the Barrie on 52sec then myself on 54sec.

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

For the last two tests they were run in run-off style (slowest first). I managed 49 sec with Geoffrey next on 51sec then Neil T, Jerry & Barrie getting 54. For the final test Geoffrey was quickest with 48sec then myself on 49 and Neil T on 51sec.

Phil Jobson
Phil Jobson

Results:

1st    Barry Lindsay             10m 51sec

2nd   Neil Thomlinson         12m 30sec

3rd    Neil Varah                   13m 39sec

4th    John Ross                   14m 16sec

5th    Jerry Hettrick             14m 41sec

6th    Barrie Thomson         14m 56sec

7th    Phil Jobson                 14m 58sec

8th    Geoffrey Harkness    15m 30sec

9th    Todd Brown                16m 58sec

10th  Simon Jobson             27m 17sec

(Images © B. Lindsay / Spadeadam Motor Club 2012)