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Round 4: Santa Pod Raceway – Mopar Euro Nationals -24th to 26th June 2015

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Report

Rain flushed away Sunday’s eliminations before they could begin and points were only awarded for Saturday’s three qualifying sessions. Robert Joosten was a welcome visitor with his 1971 Plymouth Barracuda making its UK debut after an American dock strike had prevented delivery in time for May’s The Main Event (MSA Rnd.2). The Dutch star was chiefly interested in gaining track time for his new vehicle, yet managed to secure low qualifier with a second-session 6.205sec (Low ET of the Meet) at 232.77mph.

For number two qualifier Andy Robinson, it was a costly weekend. On his opening pass, the Hampshire racer clocked 6.211 at 234.93mph for Top Speed of the Meet but snapped his Camaro’s crankshaft into three pieces in the process, damaging the block. Now both Robinson’s engines are hors de combat, his other motor already in America for repairs after damage suffered last time out at the Summer Nationals (MSA Rnd.3). Bobby Wallace also had a rum time in the same session when a flash and bang erupting from all his Willys’s orifices towards the finish line foretold a broken rod and a panful of masticated engine parts. Wallace’s Pro Mod career, which began so buoyantly at this event a year ago, is now on temporary hold while the team considers its options. Veteran and newcomer alike, Pro Mod isn’t choosy whom it bites.

The truncated event’s big winner was Kevin Slyfield. Setting new personal bests (6.390/223.30) to qualify third, the championship leader reinforced his points advantage with just two races left on the calendar. Slyfield’s closest challenger, BA Racing – this time with Andy Wright at the wheel – qualified sixth running alongside Slyfield in session three.

Mick Payne made a welcome return to action with a couple of running-in passes on a new supercharged motor installed in his ex-Gordon Appleton Camaro. Payne was present at the Summer Nationals but did not make it out of the pits.

Paula Atkin made her Pro Mod debut in the nitrous Ford Mustang she formerly drove with distinction in Competition Eliminator. Replete with a fresh, purple and yellow livery bannering Fuse Performance Fuel provided by sponsor Nimbus Motorsport, the Mustang produced best figures of 7.080/171.75 from three careful half-passes. Once the car is running with confidence, Atkin’s Comp Eliminator PBs of 6.61sec/210mph will be its first target.

Administrative error torpedoed Rick Garrett’s hopes of a late run at the championship. Garrett’s entry form for this event was received too late to be accepted. Instead, making the best of a bad job, Garrett showed up for the UK Top Sportsman Heads-Up shootout on the same programme and bashed out a pair of healthy passes, 6.474/214.81 and 6.512/214.88. But for the rain, he would likely have won Top Sportsman at a canter, though that would have been small consolation for slipping out of MSA Championship contention.

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Photos by blackettphotography.com

Qualifying    

Po. Driver Country Time Speed Best Speed
1 Robert Joosten NED 6.205 232.77  
2 Andy Robinson GBR 6.211 234.93  
3 Kevin Slyfield   GBR 6.390 223.30  
4 Roger Moore   GBR 6.434  214.82  
5 Chris Isaacs   GBR 6.755  211.10  
6 Andy Wright GBR  6.870  168.53 171.75
7 Jean Dulamon   FRA   6.932 164.88   
8 Paula Atkin  GBR  7.080 171.75   
  Alternates:        
  Wayne Nicholson GBR  7.837  184.31  
  Mick Payne    GBR 8.210  117.64  
  Bobby Wallace  GBR 8.377 112.22  

RESULTS:

ELIMINATIONS:
Rained off.

Personal-best performances set during event:

Paula Atkin 7.080 171.75
Kevin Slyfield 6.390 223.30

The 2015 points table is on the Rounds & Points page.