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Round 1

Bristol Motor Club - Castle Combe 18-2-2012

 Well who would have thought with the weather of recent weeks, the fore-mentioned event would go ahead. With the second year on the inaugural Autosolo Mini Series kicking off with a splash, the rain had held at bay all week and at 11am on the dot as forecast the heavens opened.

The usual players in the Autosolo spectrum had all turned out, ready for what without a doubt should be an extremely competitive year. The Championship has attracted the usual candidates travelling the distance too Castle Combe with the addition on Mark Bland in his smart looking Triumph Spitfire.

Final standings as follows:

      Test 1       Test 2       Test 3       Test 4          
    Car 1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total Overall time Overall position
1st Matt Helm Spitfire 77.6 50.7 49.1 99.8 48.0 47.9 47.6 95.5 50.8 50.3 50.0 100.3 61.6 49.4 50.6 100.0 395.6 10
2nd James Cooper Spitfire 52.0 51.1 51.3 102.4 50.4 50.1 47.5 97.6 51.5 49.6 51.2 100.8 51.3 50.4 51.0 101.4 402.2 15
3rd Mark Bland Spitfire 55.0 53.2 53.0 106.2 53.1 50.0 50.1 100.1 78.4 55.8 54.8 110.6 51.0 52.5 52.5 103.5 420.4 26
4th Richard Brake Spitfire 62.0 56.3 59.7 116.0 58.0 56.1 55.4 111.5 78.4 59.5 58.1 117.6 56.1 56.2 63.5 112.3 457.4 39

Round 2

Ross and District Motor Club - RosSolo 11/3/2012

Definitely a turn up for the books was the weather on the Sunday, breaking through the low lying fog the sun took everyone by surprise. With the second of this year's inaugural Autosolo Mini Series events, basking in the sunshine saw most sports cars with the tops down.

Their was a slight lack of Triumph entrants, understandable however considering the awards presentation was the evening before. The event attracted Matt Helm and fellow spitfire enthusiast Mark Bland both competing in the well known Spitfire Matt's dad sets up so well.

The largest group was the Sports carr class in the Clubman event which Mark wascompetingg in a proving some flowing technique first time out in FOL 5IL. Mark class was dominated by the modern MX5 with most fiercely competing in the BTRDA New Comers challenge. Needless to say Mark mixed it up with them and finished a credible 4th in class 10th overall.

Matt was once again competing in the National B event going up against The GBS zero which is being driven very competitively by a father and son as well as some very fast MX5's. Times were traded all day by the kit car and Matt – with Matt squeaking past in the afternoon session to finish 1st in class and 3rd overall.

Overall in both the Clubman and National B event we were all shown the way by a rather impressive Subaru Impreza driven by the well known Kevin Belcher, but also by a rather nippy Mini with an extremely aggressive engine. Again what has to be taken away is that even with all the modern cars competing, triumphs shows they still have a place competitively.

Thanks have to go out to the organisers for there hard work and endeavours with what had to be one of the smoothest running events of the year.

Round 3

CSMA NEL 15/4/2012

Middle of April and who would have thought you would need thermals. I have never been to North Weald and been this cold. Get beyond the bitter cold and it was great to see so many triumphs out competing at the same event.

The added incentive of others to compete again provided some tight battles between certain groups and what seemed to look more like a autosolo which was twice the distance certainly provided value for money.

The event attracted cars in both historic classes, was an excellent sight to see cars such as Tim Bancroft's magnificant GT6, Michael Helm's freshly prepared TR6 rally car, Andy Martin's ex-works Vitesse not to name them all.

Some smooth driving techniques from James Cooper took the class win in amongst the Spitfires and the very competitive Sprite which lost its way in the rain. James in a forced to be reckoned with after a spirited fight in the championship last year definitely a worthy opponent.

Tim Bancroft came back with a bang and stormed to victory taking on Michael Helm in the newly built TR6. So now the championship really begins and with the warmer weather appearing there will certainly be more competitors out and about.

Matt was once again competing in the National B event going up against The GBS zero which is being driven very competitively by a father and son eventually influenced the results with Matt dropping time in the final tests of the afternoon handing the position over to Ian who controlled the GBS Zero well in the greasy conditions.

Overall in both the Clubman and National B event we were all shown the way by a rather impressive Lotus Elise driven by Xavier Brookes a new competitor in the BTRDA challenge, but close on the hills was the spirited drive by the GBS Zero.

Thanks have to go out to the organisers for there hard work and endeavours with what had to be one of the coldest events of the year.