Autumn Autoest – The Peth 2016

By Barry Lindsay

For the October Autotest we managed to get the use of the Peth wood yard for the day. The venue had been used on the Blue Streak with favourable reports and turned out to be another great autotest. Land owners took up the offer of the SMC club car so became a close contest between those two also. With a surface of smooth concrete polished withwagons  turning  on it along with a layer of gritty dust what more could we ask for!

Test got under way with some very close times over the Targa layout, Andrew Graham & Nigel Harkness were quickest with 51sec closely followed by Barry Lindsay, Martin Davis, John Holliday, Jamie Stuart & Richard Clark all on 52sec.

Test 2 was a repeat and now with a clean line Barry got 45sec, Nigel 49sec, Andrew G, Martin Davis and landowner Alan Faulder quickly adapting to the club car to all get 50sec. Another newcomer William Cheesbrough picked up a wrong test.

Test 3, basically the other way round but seamed more complicated. Barry got 53sec, Andrew, Nigel, John H all got 58sec.

Test 4, the repeat. Kenton Pattison debuting his #saxobeast finally got a clean run having hit cones on the previous tests. Fastest with 52sec saw the fightback begin. Barry getting 53sec, Andrew on 56sec then Helen Harkness & Nigel on 57sec.

Test 5 Kenton was quickest with 51sec, Barry on 54sec, Andrew on 56 then Helen on 57sec.

Test 6 Kenton got 49sec, Barry 51sec, Andrew 56sec and again Helen on 57sec.

Test 7 was getting more complicated. Kenton got 1m08, William Cheesbrough got 1m13, Richard C & Andrew  got  1m14  then  Landowners Alan and Andy Thomson both got 1m15. There were wrong tests for Barry (Who’s navigator nephew Graham still argue’s they were right!), Martin, John Barber, and John Ross also got wrong tests.

Test 8 but now everyone had studied the diagram abit more. Andrew & Nigel both getting 1m14, Martin on 1m15, John H on 1m16. Richard C picked up a wrong test on this run.

Test 9 Kenton & Barry were both in fight back mode getting 1m29, Richard got 1m33, John R, Andrew & John H on 1m35. While Helen picked up a wrong test, her first for a very long time, (blame the navigator all drivers do!)

Test 10 Barry got 1m 27, Kenton on 1m29, Richard on 1m30 Andrew 1m32, John H 1m33. Alan, Nigel & Helen got wrong tests

Test 11 Barry got 1m09, John H got 1m11, Nigel got 1m12 then Kenton and Andy T on 1m13.

Final test Kenton got 1m09, Helen, Nigel, John H got 1m10 then Barry on 1m11.

Results

1st  Barry Lindsay           13m  19sec

2nd  Andrew Graham    13m  27sec (1st Rd Car)

3rd   Kenton Pattison     13m 40sec

4th  John Holliday       13m 51sec (2nd Road Car)

5th Jamie Stuart           14m 09sec (3rd Road car)

6th   Nigel Harkness      14m 15sec

7th  Richard Clark         14m 15sec  (4th Road Car)

8th Martin Davis           14m 40sec

9th  Andy Thomson      14m 41sec

10th  Helen Harkness 14m 43sec

11th  Alan Falder         14m 59sec

12th  John Ross            15m 03sec

13th  John Barber       15m 05sec

14th  William Cheesbrough 15m 27sec

Autotest Championship Points Top 5

1st Barry Lindsay    57pts                   Road Car Class

2nd Nigel Harkness 43pts                   1st John  Holliday  17pts

3rd Helen Harkness 26pts                   2nd Richard Clark  15pts

4th John Ross             24pts                     3rd Andrew Graham 12pts

5th Kenton Pattison 23pts

Autumn Autotest – The Peth

Results from the event, report will be next month.

Results

1st  Barry Lindsay           13m 19sec

2nd Andrew Graham   13m 27sec (1st Rd Car)

3rd  Kenton Pattison  13m 40sec

4th  John Holliday      13m 51sec  (2nd Road Car)

5th  Jamie Stuart   14m 09sec (3rd Road car)

6th Nigel Harkness   14m 15sec (4th Road Car)

7th Richard Clark  14m 15sec

8th Martin Davis      14m 40sec

9th Andy Thomson         14m 41sec

10th Helen Harkness         14m 43sec

11th Alan Falder               14m 59sec

12th  John Ross                 15m 03sec

13th  John Barber              15m 05sec

14th William Cheesbrough 15m 27sec

Autotest Championship Points Top 10

1st Barry Lindsay 57pts

2nd Nigel Harkness 43pts

3rd Helen Harkness  26pts

4th John Ross 24pts

5th Kenton Pattison  23pts

6th Andreww Graham 22pts

7th Martin Davis           20pts

8th John Holliday      17pts (1st Road Car)

9th Richard Clark        15pts (2nd Road Car)

10th Jon Fowler       15pts

Autotest Report – Summer Tests – June 2016

By Barry Lindsay

The Summer grass Autotest saw 12 drivers battle it out over 10 tests, it had been planned to run 12 but the weather turned so bad there was no fun for everyone standing around. For the first time we had a BBQ after  6 tests to try and attract non competitors along also.

The field was dry for the majority of the tests. Test 1 Nigel Harkness & Barry Lindsay equaled on 1m27, Andrew Graham on 1m28 then Helen on  1m30.  For  the  re-­‐run  Nigel  was  quickest  on  1m24,  John  Ross  got 1m26 then Barry on 1m27 again the Geoffrey Harkness on 1m28 in roadcar class Fiesta.

A quick move of cones and test 3 was ready. Neil Thomlinson was quickest with 1m26 but was suffering from a heavy night out the night before! Nigel got 1m 28, close behind was Helen on 1m29 then Barry on 1m30. Geoffrey Harkness got a wrong test. Continue reading

Spring Autotest – May 2016

By Barry Lindsay

First Autotest of 2016 was at Longpark on grass. Nine competitors reved up and ready to get the season off to flying start.

With 12 tests ahead Kenton Pattison led the field away as current champion but pressure got him as far as the third cone when he spun on the slippy grass and had to do a three point turn to recover. The early runners were struggling for grip but some massive slides were being had and almost as big a smiles on faces – although it wasn’t quick.

First test Helen Harkness was fastest with 1m25 just ahead of Jon Fowler on 1m26 the John Barber on 1m28.

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New Years Eve Autotest 2015

New years eve can only mean one thing, Pirelli Autotest. This year saw an almost full entry, 19 drivers in a very varied selection of cars from MG Midget & Escort Mk1 to a BMW 5 series.

With 10 tests planned and a cracking entry, our marshals Michael Lindsay & Ian Robinson would be kept busy and only time for a quick brew while tests were changed round and walked.

First tests was the out going years route the 15. Jack Palmer from West Cumbria was soon showing the regulars that the Ka would be the car to beat with a 53sec. Barry Lindsay & John Ross were as close as you can get though on 54sec Then Andrew Graham on 55. Wrong tests for Joe Herring, James McWhir, James Boothroyd and John Barber.

Chris Hunter

Test 2 was a re-run. Jack was again quickest with 51sec ahead of Barry on 52sec then Kenton Pattison on 53 despite fighting back from hitting two cones on the previous test. Andrew Graham next on 54sec ahead of the Stephen Dixon now with a LSD in the Corsa.

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New Year’s Eve Autotest 2015

New years eve can only mean one thing, Pirelli Autotest. This year saw an almost full entry, 19 drivers in a very varied selection of cars from MG Midget & Escort Mk1 to a BMW 5 series.

With 10 tests planned and a cracking entry, our marshals Michael Lindsay & Ian Robinson would be kept busy and only time for a quick brew while tests were changed round and walked. First tests was the out going years route the 15.

Jack Palmer from West Cumbria was soon showing the regulars that the Ka would be the car to beat with a 53sec. Barry Lindsay & John Ross were as close as you can get though on 54sec Then Andrew Graham on 55. Wrong tests for Joe Herring, James McWhir, James Boothroyd and John Barber. Continue reading

Grass Autotest – June 2015

By Barry Lindsay,

Due to weather and lack of entries cancelling the others The Summer Grass Autotest at The Plump Nr Gretna was the first Autotest of the year.

Eight competitors turned up on a Sunny Sunday afternoon for an action packed 12 tests. The test was using a grass field which had been silage a few days earlier so was it excellent condition.

Test 1. Nigel Harkness was quickest with 1m07 just ahead of Helen Gibbon with 1m08, Barry Lindsay on 1m10 then Kenton Pattison & Andrew Graham on 1m10.

Test 2. Was a re run. Barry quickest with 1m05 just ahead of Helen on 1m06, Nigel on 1m08 and Andrew on 1m09.

Test 3. We moved area slightly to avoid cutting up the ground. Kenton was quickest with 52 ahead of Barry on 53 then Helen & Andrew both on 55.

Test 4 was a re-run Nigel, Helen & Andrew were quickest all on 53, John Barber got 54 on his first Autotest and had soon got the hang of it.

Test 5 was a new route and a bit more complicated, Barry getting 1m04 but was fighting back after a previous cone. Kenton got 1m05 but he also had be getting cone penalties. Helen got 1m08 and was leading the event tactically mixing precision and speed (Yep, that was exactly what I was doing…errrr…!! – Helen).

Andrew Graham

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New Year’s Eve Autotest – 2014

By Barry Lindsay

The annual New year Autotest, New Years Eve and Pirelli factory was on maintenance over Christmas se we can use the car park. 12 tests we planned on the tarmac carpark. 12 drivers signed on and walked the tests before driving them. The longer tests was helping to remove the Christmas excess chocolate!

Test 1 Stephen Dixon was quick out the starting blocks in the lightweight Corsa to get 52s, Kenton Pattison was using the SMC club car and he showed its pace getting 56s, Barry Lindsay was next on 57s in the 106, Andrew Robinson 4th also using the Club Car Fiesta getting 1m00. Neil Thomlinson brought out his mini but got a wrong route.

Test 2 was the same and followed on Stephen repeated his first run 52s, Barry tried to close the gap with a 55s, Andrew Graham got 58s in the throaty sounding Fiesta ST. John Ross & Andrew R both got 1m00.

Kieron & Jon Stynes

Test 3 was different route but Stephen was still quickest getting 45s, John & Barry both got 47 along with Neil Thomlinson who was suffering overheating problems with the mini but had got the hang of it.

Test 4 Stephen repeated his time again with 45s, Barry & Andrew G were only a second behind then Kenton on 47s.

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New Year’s Eve Autotest – Results

1st Stephen Dixon           10m 44   7th John Ross                     12m 17

2nd Barry Lindsay             11m 07   8th Neil Thomlinson           12m 25

3rd Andrew Robinson         11m 20   9th Helen Gibbon               12m 32

4th Andrew Graham           11m 28 10th Nigel Harkness             12m 34

5th Kenton Pattison           11m 35   11th Jon Stynes                 13m 01

6th Chris Hunter               12m 02   12th Kieron Stynes             13m 12

 

 

Championship Points – After Final Round (31/12/14)

 

1st Barry Lindsay                   51     11th Joe Thomlinson         12

2nd Andrew Graham            42     12th Andrew Robinson       10

3rd Stephen Dixon                 40     13th Kieron Stynes             9

4th Nigel Harkness                 36     14th Richard Clark             8

5th Geoffrey Harkness           34     15th Jerry Hettrick             6

6th John Ross                      33     16th Eric Ritchie                 6

7th Neil Thomlinson               32     17th George Edminson       6

8th Helen Gibbon                   26     18th Rob Glendinning         1

9th Kenton Pattison               23     19th Alex Beaty                 1

10th Jon Stynes                     18     20th Christine Ross           1

 

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Pirelli Summer Autotest

By Barry Lindsay

Eleven drivers lined up to go head to head over twelve tests on the good tarmac of the main carpark at Pirelli during the plant being on summer break. The 11am start got things going as a full entry of 20 had been hoped for, but those that did take part enjoyed themselves.

Caroline Lodge & Michael Lindsay were armed with there stopwatches and kept the track busy as one car finished another started.

Tony Crisp

Test 1, Tony Crisp had brought his Autotest mini over from Durham along with Son Jonny with his Ka for his second appearance at a SMC Autotest. Tony flew round the course in a time of 49 sec. Stephen Dixon was the quickest of the SMC members with 53 sec in his stripped out Corsa. Geoffrey Harkness & Barry Lindsay were close behind on 54sec.

Test 2 was a re-run over the same course, Tony was again quickest with 51sec with Stephen & Barry just behind on 52sec then Geoffrey on 53.

Barry Lindsay

Test 3 Moved a few cones then was quickly underway after a walk round. Barry fought back with the old 106 getting 42, ahead of Geoffrey on 43, John Ross got 44sec using the club car Fiesta then Stephen, Tony & Jon Stynes now with a Mazda all getting 45sec.

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