Most of my reports about events start with comments about the weather at the time. The current weather (or indeed the forecasted weather) has a bearing on the likely track and spectating conditions. At Collingrove there is very little cover for spectators and competitors.
I say this because the weather last Sunday was not good. When I arrived it was a bit blowy, but within the hour it was blowing a veritable gale. You could also feel the rain coming in. This meant all the gear in the car, was now stowed outside in the wind and rain!
Not much fun standing around waiting for your turn to run in that. However the air was full of the smell of hot sausage rolls provided by Sandra Cardnell. This made the waiting bearable.
Today's event has a small field of 74 competitors. That meant the turnaround was quick, not giving much time to look around. This my first time competing at Collingrove for many years. I have been there many times as an official and spectator. The talk of the 'start', the 'bowl', the 'bus stop', and the 'wall' had new meaning when you actually get out and race up the hill! Tho I was doing leisurely 44 secs runs, these come upon you pretty quick. The term 'hitting the wall' seemed apt as at times I was about to HIT the wall!!
Rob Hall brought his latest toy, the MG ZS, and after a sighting run proceeded to lay down some good times. He says the times will get better with more time in the car.
The talk of the weather gave the track conditions, a cool rating. Times were improving until just before lunch when the moisture from the sky above appeared.
Tim and Alan were doing reasonably till the track got damp. John Davies was doing well with the Lancer's AWD, but eventually succumbed to the poor conditions.
This was the last round of the SCC series of hill climb's for the year. All the competitors would like to pass on their thanks to all the volunteer officials and helpers that contributed throughout the year. Watch out for the MGCCSA motorsport calendar for 2017 and get yourself involved in Motorsport.
check out results at http://www.sportingcarclub.com.au/results
Driver Car Time Rob Hall MG ZS 38.89 Alan Cardnell MGB 43.52 Tim Edmonds MGB GT V8 40.96 John Davies Lancer Evo 8 34.96 Linsay Hick MG PA 44.01 Peter Coulson MG ZR 43.47
Photos by Sandra Cardnell and action shots by Wayne Hough, to view - click here
Here we are at Mallala on a bright sun filled morning. The air ws filled with the aroma of warm sausage rolls (thanks to Karen and Sandra), mixing in with the oil and petrol smell! It's the last round of the MSCA Super Sprint for the year. Looks like a good field with many and varied cars competing. The Triumph owners had a grid of cars competing as part of their National meeting being held in SA over the weekend.
It was good to see more MG's than other cars out for this meet from the club. Today we had Berry up in the starters tower flagging us of. Wayne Hough was getting around as an accredited photographer.
As usual there was the paperwork and scrutineering to get through. See pic below.
Some bits from the pits;
Garry Bolt - engine oil spray from a hole in the rocker cover, broken plastic clip on accelerator bracket.
Rob Hall - 1st time out in new car, MG ZS, ex Hugh Webber car, and got to grips with it and put in some good times.
Apart from one major bingle, an Evo, the event went smoothly. The bingle caused a delay as the car was recovered, but the organisers called an early lunch. I didn't hear of any mishaps from our club members, so all had a good event.
The following is from the Marque Sports Car Association of SA Facebook page,
"Well that sums up our last sprint for the year, sad I know. Unfortunately the day brought with it some problems for some drivers but hopefully they get fixed quickly and everyone enjoyed the day!
As Adrian Flynn said during drivers briefing, spread the word about this page and get the new drivers to chuck us a like so we can get more drivers and you can have more fun, it's a win win."
The MSCA Presentation Day is on 26 Feb 2017 at Mt Barker oval. Keep an eye on the club web site for more info.
Next year's draft 2017 calendar for Motorsport has been developed. Promises to be filled with many opportunities to get those MG's and other cars out and competing.
The first MSCA Super Sprint next year, 12 March 2017, will have a Come and Try component for new sprinters or those seeking some tuition. The C&T section will be managed by MSCA Vic as they help MSCA SA to run its first one. This is a great opportunity to get into sprinting with some tuition and the guidance of an experienced sprinter sitting alongside you for the first two runs. More detail to follow by email and website but if you, or someone you know, want to try sprinting this is your chance. They don’t need to be a member of MSCA or have a CAMS licence. Contact Murray ph: 8278 4687 or email: email@example.com with enquiries.
Results at racing.natsoft.com.au/results/ - Circuit Racing - 23 Oct Supersprint Rd5 Mallala
Driver Car best time John Davies Evo 8 1:17.0396 Jason Edwards Lotus Exige 1:19.8349 Laurie Houghton MGB V8 1:23.7252 Scott Stephenson Honda Integra 1:25.0105 Ron Gates Clubman 1:28.9513 Rob Hall MG ZS 1:28.2407 Dick Manning MGF 1:29.0049 Tim Edmonds MGB GT V8 1:30.5581 Garry Bolt MGB GT V8 1:41.9068 Alan Cardnell MGB 1:39.9722 Peter Coulson MG ZR 1:36.7984
Many thanks to those visitors and supporters (and to those I missed);
Wayne Hough - CAMS accredited photographer
Berry Treffers - Starting Marshall
On the weekend of September 18 & 19 the SAHC was run at Collingrove with 105 entries from SA, Vic and NSW.
The weather was not kind! There had been quite a bit of rain during the week prior to the event and there were occasional showers over the two days. Even when there had been longish dry spells there were still two or three spots where water was draining across the track making it interesting. Once you left the track, or the access road, you needed help to return.
The fastest time for the weekend was a 31.09 sec run by Greg Ackland in a car that would normally be under the thirty second mark.
Saturday was clearly the better day with most drivers achieving their best time that day.
Despite the weather it was a fun and challenging weekend trying to get the best out of the cars.
MG Car Club SA was well represented with five members competing, all in different classes, and two of them in MGs.
Laurie Houghton won the Marque Sports 3,001 to 6,000cc class with his best run in the MGB V8 on Saturday afternoon but had a serious misfire on Sunday which resulted in him packing up early.
Lindsay Hick won the Group Lb class in the TC Special with a steady performance all weekend. The two MGs looked great on the hill but it must have been unpleasant in an open car in the rain.
Stan Ward won the Marque Sports 1,301 to 1,600cc class in his beautiful Elfin Clubman C3. Stan skipped two runs on Sunday when it was raining and was pointless trying to do competitive times.
John Davies had some stiff competition in the 4WD Rally Cars class and finished fourth in his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO8. The gap to third was 0.29sec. Clearly the 4WD helped those guys with the class winner finishing eleventh outright and the fastest road registered car on the weekend.
Murray Stephenson finished second in the Improved Production under 1,600cc class in the Honda Civic. The gap to first was 0.02sec. A graceful 90 degree lose on the bowl required some car cleaning on return.
It was a great weekend of motorsport and socialising with a BBQ at the track on the Saturday night and the presentations after the event on Sunday. A number of club members braved the weather to cheer on the competitors each day.
Thanks to the members who came out and to the Sporting Car Club for a well run event against some stiff climatic opposition.
Driver Car Time Class Pos’n Outright John Davies Lancer EVO8 35.39 4 20 Stan Ward Elfin Clubman C3 37.50 1 39 Laurie Houghton MGB V8 39.48 1 63 Murray Stephenson Honda Civic 39.87 2 70 Lindsay Hick MG TC Special 44.39 1 101
MSCA Super Sprint Round 3 2016 by Murray Stephenson & Peter Coulson
Sunday 28 August, Round 4 MSCA Super Sprint, not cold, not wet, not hot, is this Mallala? The day was cool with a steady breeze but a pleasant day.
A good field of eighty five drivers lined up for the day with ten MGCC members among them. Among the ten MGCC members there were six MGs; a MGB, three MGB V8s, a ZR and a MGF.
Garry Bolt brought out his new car, an MGB GT V8, bright red for speed and sounding great. Must remember to put fuel in it before hitting the track as he was towed back before completing a lap! Otherwise, he had a good day sorting the car and getting used to it.
Peter enjoyed his second sprint steadily coming to grips with the car and getting quicker. He and Alan had a good day chasing each other and getting faster. Alan’s new sway bar was clearly working as he went quicker and the car looked more stable.
John Davies managed to get into the 1:15 being second fastest on the day behind a Nissan Time Attack car doing 1:07s!
Jason was into the low 1:19s and Laurie was having a great battle with a turbo classic Mini Cooper in the high 1:23s. Dick Manning is getting quicker and clearly enjoying himself and Craig Ruediger’s big Falcon is doing well. Dean Hosking’s Toyota was going well but Tim Edmonds’ BGT seemed to be of the pace on the day. Murray’s Honda was entered but refused get onto the trailer on Saturday afternoon so was a no show.
Everyone had a great day with no serious troubles or offs.
Berry Treffers was working as starter and a number of club members were there as helpers and supporters including Sandra Cardnell, Steve Bowra, Michael Bugg, Hugh Webber, Adrian Ward, Faye Edwards, Wayne Hough, Murray Stephenson and Jamie Manning.
Driver Car Time John Davies Mitsubishi Lancer EVO8 1:15.88 Jason Edwards Lotus Exige 1:19.13 Laurie Houghton MGB V8 1:23.78 Craig Ruediger Falcon GT 1:26.09 Dean Hosking Toyota 86 1:26.79 Dick Manning MGF 1:28.96 Garry Bolt MGB GT V8 1:29.49 Tim Edmonds MGB GT V8 1:30.36 Peter Coulson MG ZR 160 1:38.15 Alan Cardnell MGB 1:38.23
To view the great photos by Wayne Hough - click here
MSCA Super Sprint Round 3 2016 from Murray Stephenson.
Sunday 17 July saw the running of Round 3 of the MSCA Super Sprint series at Mallala.
The day started off very cold with frost on the ground in the paddocks of Mallala as we approached the track. It remained cool throughout the day which didn’t make for too many personal bests but it was dry and sunny. A good day.
A total of ninety entries started the day including nine MGCCSA members, four of them in MGs. Bev and Tim had the MGBGT V8s, Laurie in the V8 roadster and Dick in the MGF waved the MG flag. Non Marque MG members were Jason in the Lotus, John in the EVO, Craig in the Falcon, Scott in the Excel and Ron in the Clubman.
It was a largely trouble free day with everyone enjoying the competition. To view the photos taken by Bev Waters - click here
Round 3 was also MGCC’s turn to provide officials and we thank those who came out to help. Alan Cardnell, Paul Dallwitz manned the flags at turn 7, Steve Spong, and Peter Coulson manned the flags at turn 5, Berry Treffers continued his role as Starter and Murray shadowed the Clerk of Course pretending to be helping.
Another eight club members were observed as helpers, crew and spectators. Thanks to all who came out for a fun day at the track.
Driver Car Time John Davies Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 1:16.3 Jason Edwards Lotus Exige 1:19.3 Laurie Houghton MGB V8 1:25.4 Ron Gates Clubman 1:27.9 Craig Ruediger Falcon GT 1:27.7 Scott Stephenson Hyundai Excel 1:29.8 Tim Edmonds MGB GT V8 1:28.8 Dick Manning MGF 1:28.7 Bev Waters MGB GT V8 1:37.0
Sadly Rob Hall wasn’t competing in The Beast as he has sold it to WA. Hopefully it will come back for the Nat Meet but we believe Rob will be back in a different MG soon.
Multi Club Hill climb rd2, 3 July 2016 by Peter Coulson
Location – Collingrove
Time – 0750
Weather conditions – there’s a chill in the air!
Round 2 of the SCC Multi Club Hill climb series on today. For those who attended rd1, the weather was a significant improvement, just cold but no rain. Arrived at the shed and prepared for scrutineering the competitor cars after they completed their paperwork.
Collingrove is an open area (see pics) and many competitors were getting their cars off trailers, whereas other competitors drove their cars to the event. It’s interesting to see the varied types of cars competing, from competition specials to road registered street cars.
Tim Edmonds made it after doing some work fixing broken teeth in the car’s gear box! (see the pics on his facebook page)
8 runs were run for the day. Each round the times generally got better as the track temperature warmed up. A couple of offs and breakdowns delayed the runs. There was time for a lunch break, during which parade runs were done.
It was interesting hearing the competitors discuss the setup of the cars, and how a couple of PSI difference in the tyres made for a better run. Also the chat about how to get off the line, attack the first corner and different ways of driving the circuit made it interesting for a non-competitor.
Cars lined up in the form up area, and did a ‘burnout’. This is apparently to clean the tyres of dirt, then they approached the start line (see pics). Every competitor and car had a differing launch technique. However a Sprite/Midget didn’t make it to the timing tower, heard that clutch or driveline failure was the problem.
John Davies did a stout run of 33.96, the best of the day……..(see video)
View photos and short videos – click here
|Laurie Houghton||MGB V8 spec||40.31||40.04||39.21||38.68||37.72||38.54||38.28|
|Tim Edmonds||MGB GT V8||42.83||42.02||42.64||41.31||40.86||41.25||41.75|
|John Davies||Lancer Evo 8||36.27||34.89||34.27||34.20||34.10||34.83||34.37||33.96|
|Craig Ruediger||Ford XA GT||39.42||38.46||38.06||38.54||38.03||39.16||38.76|
|Andy Wortmeyer||Mazda MX5||39.59||37.86||38.08||37.80||38.33||39.17||39.06|
Results are available thru the Sporting Car Club of SA web site, found at http://www.sportingcarclub.com.au/#!results/c1bpo
Visitors & supporters; (if I missed someone, thank-you for coming along)
Rd2 Super Sprint Mallala, 19 June 2016 by Peter Coulson, and photos from Wayne Hough, click here
Location – Mallala Motorsport Park
Time – 0730
Weather conditions – it’s a bit fresh
Welcome to Mallala on this very fresh winter’s day for round 2 of the MSCA super sprint series. Arrived at the MGCCSA shed and unloaded the car and prepared for scrutineering. Other club competitors started arriving and preparing their cars.
Lined up for registration paperwork, then get car into line for scrutineering. After car being passed, back to shed and wait for practice. This being my first run in many years and in a new car, I was keen to see what lap time I could get.
By this time many other competitors getting their cars off trailers. It’s interesting to hear the varied sounds of cars starting and/or not starting accompanied by the verbal expressions of their drivers (Laurie?!)
Did the practice session to get a feel for the car and track. Got a 1:45 lap time after doing braking and tyre warming during the practice. Now that the cars and drivers were prepped and ready, off to the driver’s briefing. This is something to be experienced, not only the formal safety and racing rules information, the general banter and good nature of the officials makes for a good environment to go racing. Berry Treffers again provided support as the starter for the event.
During the event, live results were available thru the Natsoft Race Results site, found at http://racing.natsoft.com.au/results/
After Rd2 the cryptic joke about needing to go to a dentist from Tim Edmonds needed some explaining (teeth broken in gear box!) Check out pics on Tim's Facebook page.
4 rounds were scheduled for the day. Each round the times generally got better as the temperature warmed up. A couple of offs and breakdowns delayed the rounds. There was time for a lunch break.
We had a few spinners on turns 1 & 2. I hear that John, Jason & Dick may have had some offs. Alan Cardnell was right behind an Excel when it spun and was lucky not to have run into it. Even Laurie may have got a bit sideways at one stage.
It was excellent to see the number of club members who came out to support the motorsport competitors. Our Motorsport Secretary, Murray Stephenson, was unable to compete due to repairing his car, was able to give advice and support to the competitors. I think the fine winter’s day brought out the visitors and supporters to see the action at Mallala.
Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4 Rob Hall MGB GT V8 spec 1:26.8 1:25.3 1:26.3 1:26.4 Laurie Houghton MGB GT V8 spec 1:26.0 1:23.8 1:24.2 1:24.5 Tim Edmonds MGB GT V8 1:30.2 1:27.9 John Davies Lancer Evo 8 1:17.0 1:16.3 1:16.3 1:16.6 Alan Cardnell MGB 1:41.1 1:40.2 1:39.7 Dick Manning MGF 1:29.5 1:29.4 1:30.0 Jason Edwards Lotus Exige 1:21.0 1:22.4 1:22.3 1:22.5 Bev Waters MGB GT V8 1:40.6 1:38.6 1:35.1 Lindsay Hick MG TC spec 1:41.3 1:40.9 2:37.2 Peter Coulson MG ZR 160 1:41.7 1:40.2 1:39.7
Andy Wortmeyer & Leigh Harris visited, as fellow competitors from the 6hr relay.
Visitors & supporters; (if I missed someone, thank-you for coming along)
Sandra Cardnell, Lisa Cardnell & ‘Fordy’
Leyland & Gloria George
Ian & Anne Moulds
Neil & Joyce Williams
Alexander Hick & brother
Mutli Club Hill Climb Rd1 June 2016 report by Rob Hall.
We were all greeted to a very cold and chilly morning at the Collingrove Hillclimb but to our surprise the track was dry and the weather was looking good. However, it didn’t last as the heavens opened just before the first run and made everything a lot harder. The MGCC had a great turn out with 7 competitors and all turned up to brave the conditions.
The competitors were Tim Edmonds in the MGBV8 , Bev Waters in the MGB V8, Laurie Houghton in the MGB V8 Special , Rob Hall in the MGB V8 Special , Alan Cardnell in the MGB 4cyl , Craig Ruediger in the ‘MG’ Ford XA GT V8, and John Davies in the ‘MG’ Mitsubishi Evo.
Great to see Sandra Cardnell up to support Alan although I think she was struggling a bit with the conditions too and also to Peter Coulson who braved the conditions to do scrutineering and support us.
The first couple of runs were very tricky and slippery but everyone made it through successfully, however in the third run my car decided to quit for the day with an electrical short which brought me to a stop halfway up the track. Yes, I was one of those people that all the competitors curse at for slowing down proceedings. Bev did one more run and decided to call it quits and head for the warmth of Home.
The rest of the crew stuck it out and after lunch the conditions improved a lot with the track drying out and the times dropping rapidly. (much to my disgust, I was fastest till then.) Then the competition started to happen with Laurie grabbing the Fastest MG time of the day and a big congrats to John Davies who came second overall by just .33 of a second, an excellent drive in the conditions. Alan was having a great time in the B and even went quicker than ‘The Beast’ by the end of the day.
Hopefully see you all at the next event, Cheers Rob Hall. For many other photos of the event click here - check out the Smart Roadster - a different car for a hill climb!
Hillclimb Mutli Club 3 Report by John Davies.
Round 3 of the Multi club hillclimb was held on 25th October and we were again blessed with good weather and excellent Track conditions.
It was a smaller but still quality field and Craig Ruediger returned with the XA GT for the first time in 2 years and put in a PB on his first run! He continued to improve during the day to take over a further 1 sec off his previous best time.
Dean Hosking bought out his new toy the Immaculate Red MG B V8 and was down into the 39's after just 3 runs. Watch out Tim.
Bev had her V8 back out for the first time this year and obviously had not forgotten where the track went with some excellent runs. I opted for comfort over speed and entered the Subaru again for this Multi club event and made steady improvement on my times in this car.
Fastest MG on the day was again Tim Edmonds in his B GT V8 with excellent times.
This event concludes the MG Car Club Motorsport Club Champion award rounds and the points will now be tallied to see who will be crowned 2015 Motorsport Club Champion.
Collingrove Multi Club Round 3 results:
|Tim Edmonds||MGB GT V8||39.13|
|Dean Hosking||MGB V8||39.40|
|Bev Waters||MG B GT V8||42.33|
|John Davies||Subaru WRX STI||36.02|
|Craig Ruediger||Ford XA GT||37.72|
To view the photos by Bev Waters from the event - click here
Well it was great weather for ducks but not for racing. At the tail end of the week of storms and rain the Collingrove grounds were well and truly soaked through. There were 4 MG club members entered, John Davies in his nice comfortable warm Subaru WRX with 4wd grip which certainly helped. Tim Edmonds and Bev Waters in the MGB GTv8’s and myself in ‘The Beast’ with bags of torque and an open diff resulting in wheel spin galore.
Only 70 entries were received and 62 turned up on the day which was a good effort considering the weather. It was 5 degrees when we arrived and it didn’t warm up much at all. The track did dry out by the second run and things were looking better but during the third run it started raining again with that and some mud that had been dragged on to the course made things very slippery and tricky.
With the rain settling in for the next couple of hours, the four MG members called it quits for the day deciding that safety and a warm home was a much better option and looking at the remaining times from the other competitors that stayed was a good decision as the fastest times of the day by most were in round two.
Hillclimb Mutli Club 2 Report by John Davies
Round 2 of the Multi club hillclimb was held on 12th July as was nothing like round 1.
The forecast was for poor weather conditions and that's what we got. 4 MG Car Club members were competing and it was a battle of the MG B V8's with Tim taking the honours on this occasion.
It was a cold and damp day with only 15 cars breaking the 40 second barrier. After run 3 the rain came down again so we all decided to pack up and go home. But we'll be back.
Collingrove Multi Club Round 2 results;
|Tim Edmonds||MGB GT V8||43.07|
|Rob Hall||MGB V8 Special||44.58|
|Bev Waters||MG B GT V8||48.27|
|John Davies||Subaru WRX STI||39.63|
A surprise turn up, with Jason Edwards normally arriving in his MGTD was now driving his new acquisition, a Lotus Exige CR Race car. A rarity here in Australia. He had only taken delivery of it a couple of days prior so he wanted to give it a test run before the next MSCA Sprint Meeting at Mallala. Slightly different handling than his MGTD I would say, but he is keen to give Sprinting a go. It is good however, to hear that Jason still plans to use his MG and to take both the TF and TD to Perth for the MG National Meeting at Easter 2016 next year.
Rob Hall decided to try out his standard MGB and to rest the ‘V8 Beast’ for the Hillclimb the following weekend. Another transition but performed extremely well, and once he engaged his brain, there was no stopping him. Power is not everything, and again I have to sit behind him in the rankings. Some of the courses were much tighter than normal and I how I yearned for power steering.
Dave Beames continues to drive well in his Delta Special after all these years, and achieved another record time in the ‘2 loops then reverse’ course.
Scott Stephenson enjoyed his drive in the Excel instead of his Mirage, and still gained 7th place outright. He also shared the car with his friend Helen Stephenson who has just started taking part in Motorsport events, and Scott would have no doubt been a great tutor.
Tim Edmonds had the unfortunate, or fortunate misfortune (depending on the way you look at it), when his steering mount broke away at the completion of his first run, and he hit a flag, and as a consequence, the car had to be trailered home. Looking back, Tim said that he thought the car felt a little strange driving up the Freeway. Also, prior to the start of the event, Grant Stephenson asked Tim if he was going to practise, and his response was along the lines; No, if you practise you only break the car earlier. Rather prophetic Murray thought. Tim has entered the Hillclimb next week so I am sure the car will be back on the road quickly.
Jason in the 'batmobile'
Rob in a std MGB
Tim's car on the trailer!
Our supporters included Faye Edwards who helped out again with timing, Steve Bowra, Graham Menz and Hugh Webber.
I have nicknamed Jason’s car ‘The Batmobile’ and you will understand why when you see it in action. I see a problem with visibility through the rear vision mirror as the air cooler sits very high. – A few flag replacements coming up I feel.
Cheers - Bev Waters
Results: Dave Beames Delta Spec Class F 1st 91.87% DPI Scott Stephenson Mirage Class C 2nd 90.63% DPI Jason Edwards Lotus Class B 4th 83.67% DPI Rob Hall MGB Class B 6th 77.85% DPI Bev Waters MGB GTV8 Class B 7th 75.57% DPI Tim Edmonds MGB GTV8 Class B 10th 54.42% DPI
Jeremy Browne spoke about his involvement in rallying from the start in a Mini 850 in 1965 and showed us a variety of cars he has driven competitively including a Hillman Imp and Austin 1800. He brought along his 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.6HF rally car to show us. This is an ex-works rally car which had a successful career before Jeremy bought it and he has continued to compete in it in Australia and Europe. Jeremy has had success as a driver and co-driver but has also contributed to the organization of motorsport as the director of events such as the Classic Adelaide and Coopers Rally SA. He is a very entertaining and interesting speaker and I am sure he could have talked for many more hours.
Ed Ordynski spoke briefly about a number of amusing trophy presentations he has experienced and finished with a very interesting video clip of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug in Electric Vehicle) competing successfully in the Australian Safari. Very impressive and a great test bed for the technology. Ed is also a very entertaining and enjoyable speaker with enormous knowledge and experience of motorsport and the motor industry.
Ed then presented trophies to the class winners from the 2014 motorsport season and the Knox Trophy for 2015 which was won by Jason Edwards. A full list of class winners is posted on the website. To view click here
Thanks to Jeremy and Ed for the great discussions, to Dick Manning for arranging the evening and to Bev Waters, Karen Stephenson and Sandra Cardnell for the magnificent supper.
To view the many other photos of the night by Allan Semmler - click here
Master of Mallala – Round 2 by Murray StephensonOn the weekend of May 23 & 24 one of our younger members, Scott Stephenson, competed at the Master of Mallala race meeting at Mallala in the Circuit Excel category.
Circuit Excel, disrespectfully referred to as “Formula Korean Cab”, is for Hyundai Excels built around 1998 and generally running the 1500cc twin cam engine. Engine and drive train must remain original. Limited suspension modifications are permitted and they must run a control tyre, Federal 205/50x15. Scott bought this car in collaboration with Grant Stephenson with the view that Scott could race it and Grant and Sue’s daughter, Helen, could do motorkhanas while she learns to drive and graduate to Super Sprints. The car was bought as a road car in late January, competed in round 1 on 21 March (finished sixth) and was now ready for round 2. Like many of the cars on the grid this one has done approx 205,000km with only a new clutch to “freshen it up”.
Scott went to a practice day on the Friday to test the revised suspension setup as he had managed to get more negative camber at the front, although not as much as many of his competitors. It seemed OK and he had broken through the 1min 30sec mark for the first time which has not been done by a lot of the field.
In Saturday qualifying Scott managed second alongside the gun of the field, Asher Johnston, in the TAFE sponsored car. Asher regularly wins in a beautifully prepared car which he drives very well and cleanly.
During race 1 Scott broke the class record to 1:29.3 which he held for about a lap before Asher took it back. Later in the weekend Asher took it further, breaking through the 1:29 barrier.
Over the five races of the weekend Scott scored a third place, three seconds and a first, the only driver to take a race away from Asher.
These cars are not spectacularly fast but they are entertaining and reliable. Twenty two cars started the weekend and twenty finished it. One had an engine failure and one was damaged. (At round 1 twenty one started and finished). They bring the biggest field and the racing is furious throughout the field with several fierce battles going on at any time.
Scott has been fortunate to have support from Grant, Sue and Helen, Tyrepower Blackwood, Roadbound Automotive, SA Motorsport Tyres and Raven Customs as well as the family pitcrew.
Having started his racing with the MG Car Club of SA at 14 and competed in the MGA, the Mirage and a borrowed Formula Ford Scott is to be congratulated on his first race victory and his mature, fierce and fair racing behaviour. MGCC members can also take some credit in this as he has been well encouraged and tutored by his fellow competitors at MGCC and MSCA events over his short career to date.
Well done Scotty!
8 Mar 2015 - Motorkhana Rd 1, Monarto
Entries close on Friday 10 October. An entry form is attached along with supp regs for round 4, they don’t change. (click here to download)
For those I haven’t told yet, you can pay the entry fee by EFT on the details below but be sure to identify your payment clearly (e.g. Name, number, round 5) and attach a copy of the EFT receipt to your entry form when you post or email it. If the payment cannot be identified your entry has not been received!
Bank: NAB Adelaide
Name: MSCA(SA) Inc
Note closing date of 15 October and their preference for an online entry.
Round 5 Motorkhana at Monarto on Sunday 28 September.
Conducted by Southern Districts Car Club, you can enter in advance or on the day.
Gates open about 8:00am with scrutineering approx 9:00am.