Sep 012011
Euro Saloons Rockingham 2011

Euro Saloons Rockingham 2011

After Round 8 & 9 we move into 2nd place in class A!

Another round and another track to learn. It was my first time driving the circuit in this configuration although I had been around 3 corners before during the MLR sprint in 2010 in my road car. Very little had changed between the last round and Rockingham apart from just a new set of front pads. I have discovered that they don’t seem to last very long anymore!. I knew the competition at this round was going to be fierce and it was good to see everyone including Steve Linton in his Supra and Ian Froggatt with his new engine after problems during testing at Donington. I only could achieve a 1:32.522 that put us on the 5th row for race 1 hampered a little with the new pads although.

Waiting on the grid at Rockingham

The race didn’t get off to a good start when I hesitated coming into the first corner after darting up the inside of Steve Linton’s Supra which unfortunately let several cars from behind through around the outside of both of us. I was able to take one of the positions back that lap but it was several more before I could take back the position from Ian Craigs BMW. I then set about chasing down the Honda and Marcos of Derek Hale and Doug Ellwood. The sprinkling of rain was the first I had encountered whilst racing and time was lost as I flapped about at 130mph trying to get a good setting on the wipers! After the race, telemetry data was checked and indicated all was well with the car so we packed up for the day and went to enjoy watching some of the other championships racing. We finished the race 5th in class (out of 9 entrants).

The next day we were woken by the sound of heavy driving rain (no pun intended!). Not a good sign I thought and began to prepare for my first full wet race in race 2. Fortunately the rain was short lived and by the start of race 2 the track had even dried out. A slight panic ensued whilst checking the car over a final time when we couldn’t find the top up oil. It suddenly sank in that it had been left behind in error (the oil now lives in the boot of the car!). We asked around several other teams but unfortunately nobody had any to purchase. Luckily we found a Halfords 5 minutes down the road that saved the day with the correct spec of oil!


It was a better start to this race and I was quicker, recording a 1:31.010, although some way off the pace of the leading cars. The race was very intense as I was able to get past the TVR of John Wilson. His attempts to retake the place were relentless however I was able to defend where necessary and was able to stretch out a slight lead when he out-braked himself into the first hairpin. I ended up finishing the race 4th in class.


At the end of the race weekend we are currently positioned in 2nd place in Class. It will be hard to retain but we will try in the remaining rounds.

 After Race 2

I would like to thank Mark Harrison (Owen Developments) who prepared the car for Rockingham and the whole of the Owen Developments team for all their support in the lead up to the race weekend; Karen Roberts for all the support, Jonathan Faull (brother-in-law) for race analysis, advising on where I could go quicker for the second race, and other full support; Bettina Gallagher and baby Jake for popping up to watch Race 1.


May 222010

Pre Event

I was determined to make the event after missing the last MLR Sprint at Oulton Park. However it wasn’t until a couple of days before hand that I could confirm I could get time off work. We travelled up on Thursday night after packing the cars with the usual equipment, arriving around 10:30 at the “Hampton by Hilton” hotel (very nice place to stay and very close to the track, approximately a mile or so away).

The Event

We signed on and swapped over the wheels for the R888’s and then attended the driver briefing. We went out for the sighting lap trying to make a note of all of the corners and how best to take them as it was the first time we had been on track at Rockingham.

Throughout the morning my times decreased as my confidence increased when I became more familar with the track. Although the final corner was proving a little tricky.

At lunch time Karen and Jonathan (Easy Life) popped off in search of food to put on the BBQ. I waited back with the car and had a good chat with other competitors and several members of the MLR who had popped over to spectate.

The afternoon sessions begain and I improved my time a little. However other competitors in class B were much quicker. I was struggling with grip, finding the best lines, and entry speeds to the corners but was having fun!

I didn’t think I was going to break the 1:08’s but with my final run of the day I was able to drop my time from 1:09.08 to 1:08:65 which was an identical time with fellow class B competitor Armo. Quite interesting that there were 2 tied places at this round (the other being Neverneverman and Richard Marples with their 1:03:48 in class D).

I have upoaded the incar footage which shows a bit of a mistake coming around the last corner which I hope you will enjoy.

Thanks to the MLR staff and other members for making it such an enjoyable day. Hope to make it to the next event at Castle Combe!


MLR Round 3 Rockingham

MLR Round 3 Rockingham


MLR Sprint 2010 – Round 3: Rockingham – Quickest Run

Incar footage from MLR Sprint 2010 Round 3 at Rockingham on 21st May 2010. Footage taken by Ian ‘Surfa’ Roberts and edited by Jonathan ‘Easy Life’ Faull.


Rockingham Paddock shots – From the MLR Thread

Rockingham Sprint Pics – From the MLR Thread