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MSA British Drag Racing Championship

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Round 1: Santa Pod Raceway – Festival Of Power - 18 to 20 April 2014

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Rain stopped play before Sunday’s eliminations could begin. Friday’s and Saturday’s four qualifying rounds all took place.

While others hunted for form, Robert Joosten delivered an early-season declaration of intent. The Dutch master unleashed a scorching 6.068sec elapsed time at 236.52mph in Friday’s second session to secure low qualifier and backed it up for good measure with a 6.182/232.58 on Saturday morning. Only Steve Hall got within half a second of Joosten, and that barely. Joosten’s first and last qualifying shots fell to tyre-shake.

Hall’s 6.561/218.97 in Friday’s Q2 were career-best figures for his ’55 Chevy, beating the marks achieved in his previous Corvette. It was the only completed pass he made during the weekend. Saturday’s Q3 attempt ended with a sharp right turn off the line followed by the burst-panel bursting and the parachutes deploying; no time was recorded. Hall did not appear for Q1 or Q4.

Chris Kevin Andy

Andy Robinson made all four qualifying attempts but his ’69 Camaro, freshly wrapped in orange, was plagued by shake. Robinson’s best was a teeth-chattering 6.983/228.97 in Q3.

Kevin Slyfield’s weekend was wrapped in irony. The characterful but top-heavy body of his previous Willys was always considered an impediment to progress; the powertrain was held to be fine, and worth rather better than the 6.52/213 bests achieved by the Willys. This weekend Slyfield debuted a sleek new ’57 Ford Thunderbird, fresh from the Andy Robinson Race Cars manufactory. The matte-black T’bird ran straight as a string but – wouldn’t you know it? – the motor promptly destroyed itself. A 7.04/188 Thursday afternoon test on the car’s first day at the track had hinted at the promise to come. A 7.337/163.09 in Friday’s Q1 produced a flash of flame, copious death smoke and a redundant powertrain. The hunt is now on for a replacement engine.

Robert spacer Andy spacer Roger

Rick Garrett, Roger Moore and Andy Wright were all running-in new, or reserve, motors and were broadly satisfied with their weekends. Wayne Nicholson was distinctly dissatisfied. His one tow down to the start, for Q2, resulted in a tow straight back to the pits (“A 10-cent part failure,” he explained) and the crew spent the rest of the weekend puzzling over transmission problems. Nicholson will hope to be in flying form when MSA Round 2 combines with Round 1 – The FIA European Championship (formerly known as The Main Event) in five weeks’ time.    

Qualifying    

Po. Driver Country Time Speed
1 Robert Joosten NED 6.068 236.52
2 Steve Hall GBR 6.561 218.97
3 Andy Robinson GBR 6.983 228.97
4 Kevin Slyfield GBR 7.337 163.09
5 Rick Garrett GBR 7.933 171.73
6 Roger Moore GBR 7.966 126.15
7 Andy Wright GBR 10.779 126.31
Non-qualifiers:
  Wayne Nicholson GBR    
  Chris Isaacs GBR 7.175 195.56

Eliminations

Rained off.

Personal-best performances set during event:

Steve Hall 6.561 218.97

The 2014 points table is on the Rounds & Points page.