... a bit Suffolk
|Mid Season Review||For the GOC Speed Championship Table Click Here!|
GINETTA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP 2010
The Championship kicked off with a double header ( 2 separate events over 2 days ) on the Shropshire Hill over the Easter weekend. Track conditions at Loton provide little grip early season, but the weather remained dry.
Event 1 - Saturday - Alone in class 4 Rob Pallett G33TVR finished on 61.97. In class 6 Geoff Stallard G12 Lotus recorded 60.46. Class 7 - Graham Beale in the now much modified G33 Cosworth turbo running on slicks finished on 60.56, Nick Stephens G12 Dunnell- 58.07, Tim Moore G18 BDD-57.48 and setting a new Ginetta outright class record ( by beating his own 2009 record of 57.24 )Steve Fidler G18 BDD on 55.95.
Event 2- Sunday - Martin Jones G17 Imp joined us for the Sunday event finishing the day on 59.31. Steve was looking forward to more record taking runs and big championship points but a driveshaft cried enough on Tim's first timed run leaving the pair with nil points. All others improved on their Saturday times - Rob on 61.01, Geoff breaking the class 6 target time of 59.81 to finish on 59.24. Graham 59.29, and with the G18 sidelined Nicks G12 took the class win with a 57.56.
A class of 9 Ginettas for this popular Yorkshire Hill . With fine conditions Mark Paterson G15 got very close to Les Czakow's target time of 70.50 , Mark finishing the day on 70.67.Also in class 1 Richard Branson recorded a best time of 78.61 in his G15. In class 3 Matt Eady G4 Zetec finished on 67.37. Class 4 Rob Pallett G33TVR - 66.31. In class 7 Graham Beale G33 - 65.94, Martin Jones G18 - 65.84, Tim Moore G18 - 63.81, Nick Stephens - 62.35 and taking the Ginetta class outright Steve Fidler G18 - 61.43.
Not so popular this Wiltshire Hill probably due to the scarry downhill section, 5 Ginetta Competitors, sunny and warm conditions. Class 6 - David Tearle recorded 38.20 on his first timed run , robbed of his second run when the chain broke on the G12 Honda Blackbird returning down the Hill after James Tearle's run of 36.83.
Geoff Stallard G12 split the two Tearles with a best time of 36.87. Steve Fidler G18 set a time of 35.44 but Nick Stephens G12 broke his own outright class record by 0.37 secs to reset the Ginetta record on 34.54.
Even less popular - only 2 Ginettas making it to this Devon Hill and very changeable conditions left Dominic Flint G27Lotus with a best time of 54.44, leaving the class win to Geoff Stallard G12 on 47.81.
|22 my 2010||Guild of Motoring Endurance 6 hour event at Mallory. From Martyn:|
6 hour race didn't quite go according to plan. My G4 had early fuel and then electrical problems. After these were sorted it ran really well, my co driver enjoying playing with modified lotus Elises. However, our other team car had an early off, bending the chassis and all the other attached items. Both driver and passenger were fine but obviously ending in early retirement. Now needs to some work to get it ready for the rally. So after this it turned into a shakedown for our car after its rebuild.
|16 my 2010|
HSCC Silverstone This 42 car race was run on the full GP circuit. Dave Randall used 8000 rpm (128 mph) on a couple of occasions to bring his G4 home 2nd overall to the pesky Morgan +8. He also beat the TVR Griffith that runs in the invitation class. As that car pulled into the pit lane at the end of the race, 3rd was awarded to the mad Australian in his G4!
Patrick was second in class and 18th overall in his G4 and Peter Bornhauser was 3rd in the same class and 25th overall in his G15.
|28 mr 2010||HSCC Silverstone . Graeme Dodd's G16 1st overall in the Guards Trophy. beating all the Chevrons etc. In Historic Road Sports the G4s had a good day: Dave Randall was narrowly 2nd to a Morgan +8 and Justin Murphy was 6th.|
CSCC Snetterton 10th April 2010. Paul's G4 was 6th in the Swinging 60s and a mad guy in a yellow G4 on Historic tyres did well in the other race too!
HSCC Cadwell Park 11th April 2010. An overall win for Dave Randall, Patrick's smaller engined G4 was 7th and 2nd in class, Peter Bornhauser's G15 was 3rd in the same class.
Palle from Denmark sent this remarkable news: We did a great run at the 2 hours Gentlemen Race became 12 overall and 2 in under 2 liter class. My co driver clocked 3:06 at SPA, I could not do better then 3:10. Next year we will be back, with a better aerodynamic Ginetta, to get more top speed. In the tricky part, we were as fast as the winning car.
|1st Feb 2010|
A lot of people ask what specification G4s have to be in order to compete in various forms of racing. Here is our view.
In European and North American club racing almost anything goes. For a British owner at FIA events in Europe you can only use a round tube Ginetta G4 with a 1000cc engine and an A series axle (this should not be so but it is the current thinking). This will give you GTS papers for which the Ginetta G4 was homologated. You can run an original car or a continuation car with a historic technical passport.
Otherwise you can run GTP papers providing your actual car is running to the specification that a G4 ran internationally in period (prior to 1966) and you have proof! A G4R (Independent rear suspension and Lotus twin cam engine) raced at Sebring so it should be possible to get an HTP for one. European owners seem to get GTP papers a little easier.
The Classic Sports Car Club allow any G4 to 1960s specifications i.e. Both round and square tube cars of any age are eligible as long as they have period engines.
HSCC will only allow 1960s production specification or FIA cars. So unless you have an FIA car or a production 1000cc, 1200cc, 1300cc or 1500cc car you will struggle as twin cam engines and independent rear suspension are not deemed "production" and are effectively banned. Spoil sports. Too many scared Elan drivers there we fear! However, Dave Randal has achieved outright wins and the overall championship with 1500cc.
|22 de 2009|
|15 jn 2009|
Good news from Castle Combe. Roger reports: Dave Randal came second in the HSCC Historic Road Sports – his first race of the year. The race ended under the safety car, which was a shame because Dave was gaining on the leader (James Paterson, Morgan V8) and shaping up for a lunge when the incidents occurred that bought out the safety car.
We followed the Ginetta factory Le Mans effort as often as we could over Le Weekend. Good effort chaps!
Gerry helped us at Oulton at the weekend but despite our efforts we were thwarted by a mystery ignition problem. However we got to learn about Gerry's plans to promote G15 racing which will compliment Ginetta Heritage Racing nicely.
|19 ja 2009||The 2008 GOC Sprint and Hillclimb Championship results can be found in the motorsport section. |
Our G4 is gaining new shocks and springs, an LSD, a new seat and hopefully a few more bhp prior to the forthcoming test day.
|14 ap 2008|
We have just bought a G27 Race car with huge potential (i.e. it'll be cheap!)
|10 ap 2008|
Dave Randall won the first round of the HSCC Historic Roadsports in his G4 at Donnington recently and he's coming to our race at Mallory. He beat his mate in the Griffith who started from pole by 8 seconds!