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Round 1: Santa Pod Raceway – Festival Of Power - 25th to 27th March 2016

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March Easters are notorious for dismal weather. Friday, however, was unusually sunny and pleasant and two qualifying sessions were completed. Saturday and Sunday reverted to the norm, their schedules both curtailed by rain (and wind aplenty!), allowing a single qualifying session and one elimination round on the respective days.

Marck Chris Michael

Andy Robinson continued his powerful form from 2015’s season-ending National Finals, qualifying low and setting Top Speed of the Meet in the Saturday session on his only completed qualifying pass after banging the blower in Friday’s opener. Robinson’s blown ’69 Chevrolet Camaro earned a first-round bye in the seven-strong field for Sunday’s opening elimination round and set the event’s Low ET on the solo run.

Philip ‘Bert’ Englefield took the driving seat this time in the blown ’38 Ford Coupe-bodied machine he shares with Andy Wright. Englefield qualified second, then ran a shade quicker in his first-round win over Wayne Nicholson, only to destroy the Coupe’s engine.

Chris Isaacs qualified third with his opening qualifying shot, then wrecked both turbochargers and retired the ’70 Plymouth Duster from further competition. Jean Dulamon and his nitrous ’68 Camaro qualified fourth and pipped reigning MSA Champion Kev Slyfield to the post in the first round.

BA Mick Wayne

Tyre shake was an ongoing problem for fifth qualifier Slyfield as he opened his defence of the crown. The champion’s blown ’57 Ford Thunderbird never got below 7 seconds but managed nevertheless to clock terminal speeds of 217mph and 219mph on two of its four completed passes once Slyfield had motored out of the shake zone. Cure the rattles and the champ will surely be back in business.

Sixth qualifier Mick Payne (blown ’68 Camaro) spun out just past the finish line on his only pass of the weekend and withdrew from competition before Sunday’s first round. Seventh qualifier Wayne Nicholson (blown ’63 Chevrolet Corvette) made it to the finish on each of his three passes but would likely wish to have gone a touch quicker.

Andy Kev Wayne and BA

New Pro Mod entrants from the Netherlands, Marck Harteveld and Michel Tooren, undertook observed licensing runs, again curtailed by the weather. Harteveld steps up from Super Pro ET, where his lime-green, blown ’70 Plymouth Superbird has already clocked a best of 6.79sec. Tooren steps into the storied driving shoes of the late Robert Joosten and takes the wheel of Joosten’s very potent, Pro Dutch blown ’71 Plymouth Barracuda.

Rick Garrett withdrew his entry at the last minute when his new car transporter was not ready and arrangements to use his old trailer fell through.

Qualifying    

Po. Driver Country Time Speed
1 Andy Robinson  GBR  6.375 225.88 
2 Philip Englefield GBR 6.789 195.38
3 Chris Isaacs  GBR 6.935 216.04
4 Jean Dulamon FRA  6.956 212.93
5 Kevin Slyfield  GBR  7.072 217.93
6 Mick Payne  GBR  7.938 144.86
7 Wayne Nicholson GBR 18.616 35.07 
Licensing – observed runs:
  Marck Harteveld NED 8.136 121.90
  Michel Tooren BED 8.502 108.85
Withdrawn entry:
  Rick Garrett  GBR    

Eliminations
Round 1:
Chris Isaacs DNS vs. Mick Payne DNS
Jean Dulamon 7.168, 192.13 def. Kevin Slyfield 7.402, 219.29
Philip Englefield 6.696, 194.62 def. Wayne Nicholson 11.748, 68.38
Andy Robinson 6.315, 224.64 BYE

Semi-Final:
RAINED OFF

Low Elapsed Time of the Event:  6.315sec. – Andy Robinson (E1)
Top Speed of the Event:  225.88mph – Andy Robinson (Q3)

Personal-best performances set during event:

None

The 2016 points table is on the Rounds & Points page.