Huge Congratulations to the following drivers and their teams, for setting new Time Attack Lap Records at Round 4 on Saturday:
Olly and the Roger Clark Motorsport team leave Cadwell Park with the provisional Championship lead, having scored maximum points in both qualifying and the final. They had an excellent day with total reliability, topping the timing sheets in every session throughout the day.
Olly qualified in first place with a blistering 1:26.512. Like every round his year, that set a new Pro Extreme lap record, but was an agonising 0.012 seconds behind the existing fastest Time Attack lap of Cadwell Park – the Pro class lap record of 1:26.500 set by Gavin Renshaw in 2013.
Onto the final and Olly immediately sets a 1:26.890 to put him top of the timing sheets. When Gareth Lloyd has a mechincal failure in the SVA Evo, it guarantees maximum points for Olly and RCM. Olly pulls into the pits.
A discussion breaks out amongst the RCM team. They’re aware Olly’s current 1:26.890 is just 0.390 seconds behind the outright Time Attack Lap Record set by Gavin Renshaw in the Pro Class NR Autosport Evo 9 in 2013. Olly fires up Gobstopper II once again. He’s going after the record.
Olly crosses the line for his flying lap with just seconds to spare. It’s now or never. Olly pushes GSII to the very limits, blasting the Impreza flat-out over Cadwell’s crests, piercing a line through the narrow, twisting ribbon of track. He crosses the line, cheers go up in the crowd. He’s done it! Olly has set a blistering 1:25.833!
However, a chief Marshall at the Mountain reported Olly for exceeding track limits at the tight right-hander before the climb up the Mountain. Staying within track limits is a huge part of the competition this year. Olly had run deep into the left-hander, leaving himself compromised into the right-hander. As a result, Olly put his wheels beyond the kerb, momentarily off track and knocking a corner post out of the ground in the process. It denied Olly and RCM an ‘official’ outright lap record in the process, which was unfortunate given the superb driving to achieve the time.
A disappointing day for SVA Imports and Gareth Lloyd, but it could have been far worse. Gareth qualified in second place behind GSII, with what turned out to be his fastest time of the day (1:27.386).
When the Final came around, Gareth wound the SVA Evo up and went for it. Unfortunately he suffered power steering failure at well over 100mph, sending the Evo across the grass where Gareth was able to wrestle back some control and avoid a huge accident. They hadn’t even been able to play with the news toys, turn the nitrous on, etc. So there’s plenty left in this lap-time, but it will have to wait for the next Time Attack visit to Cadwell Park.
Our Dutch friend Evert Thomas was a very welcome addition to the Pro Extreme class. His Audi Quattro S2 is extremely rapid, and features that distinctive 5-cylinder soundtrack made so popular by the Group B rally cars back in the ’80s.
Evert was just starting to find his way around Cadwell Park when he suffered a suspected turbo failure during his first qualifying lap. So his fastest time of the day was set during his fifth lap of the practice session, meaning there was plenty of time left in the car. Evert is unlikely to return in time for Silverstone but he did mention the final round at Brands Hatch in November. So don’t be surprised to see him there.
Plucky Ronnie Amis continues to battle away in Club Pro in his FWD Airtec VW Golf, against cars with 4WD and at least 350bhp more! The Golf previously competed in the British Touring Car Championship, so it’s a handling machine and as Ronnie gets to grips with it (and left hand drive!), he is closing the gap to the 4WD boys at the top of class.
Ronnie achieved his first podium of the season, setting his fastest lap during qualifying (1:38.774 versus a 1:38.927 in the final). The cluster of 1:38 laps shows how consistent Ronnie is behind the wheel. While the flames that licked out from the twin-exit exhausts were definitely appreciated by the crowds. Plenty more to come from this combination we feel.
The next round of the 2014 UK Time Attack Championship takes place at Trax show, Silverstone on Sunday 7th September.