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Seibon Sponsored Time Attack Round 2 Results

May 22, 2008

Round 3- Results & Report


Seibon saw some of its Time Attack supplied cars featuring on the podium in the second even of the year , for further information on Seibons fine range of Carbon Fibre products please click here

All three Time Attack records for Knockhill were annihilated this weekend, further proof of how much the series is moving forward.

The weather caught virtually everyone off guard as the normal weather system for Knockhill must have been on holiday and a stand in sunshine system arrived in its place, no rain, at Knockhill? Yeah right!

There was a practice track session which some of the teams took advantage of on Saturday afternoon, some gained valuable knowledge, some gained problems, Paul Hughes in the Club Challenge N/A DC5 ‘threw a rod’ and the team hot footed back home to Preston work through the night to get the motor replaced and get back to the circuit, dedication!

Sunday morning bright and early the 38 club challenge drivers made it out into the sunshine onto a dry track to have their warm up sessions, a chance to make sure that no extra corners have been put into the track since the last time they visited or to get to know the track if its their first time.

The Pro class were out next and there had been a nightmare for many teams in the run up to this round with breakages and problems cutting the field down to 14 but 14 of the most hardcore dedicated bunch this side of cowboy country!

Practice sessions got underway and some blistering times started to appear immediately, The Club F/I record from 2007 ‘54.686’ held by George Orr now a Pro class driver looked like it would be within easy reach, the nearest Club driver in 07 was Kev Atkins running 58’s and Kev is no slouch but straight off the bat this year in practice 56’s were hit by 6 drivers with half the field in sub minute laps, Sam Kerr running a 56.004, Kev Atkins chewing his bumper with a 56.373, Martin Willox, a stand in driver for this round close behind with a 56.433.

(Atkins Club Challenge Car No. 1)

In N/A Craig Winstanley in the RX7 FD3s running a V8 motor was on magical form just a fraction behind the F/I drivers with a 56.607, behind him, Jeff Mileham posting a 58.129, Tim ‘prayin for rain’ Chandler chomping at the bit behind Jeff with a 59.350.

Pro Class saw Rory Butcher, Driver for Autosportif’s Impreza this weekend pull out a 53.295, in the same car last year Jimmy Mcrae managed a 54.316 but in slightly worse conditions, Jamie Stanley, RC Developments new hired gun was close behind with 53.883 closely followed by the owner driver Olly Clark in the Clark Impreza with a 53.930.

Zen seemed to regain some ground and looked to be back on form, Phil Glew absent from this round, his seat being kept warm by GT Driver Tom Ferrier, Tom taking 4th in practice in the Zen machine with a very respectable 54.736.

It was going to be close as a 3.353 second gap was the difference between 1st and 10th this year compared to over 10 seconds last year!

CLUB CHALLENGE QUALIFICATION

Qualifying came all too soon for some, others were well in the swing of it.

For the Club Super Battle Final, the top 15 F/I cars are selected and the top 5 N/A, 20 cars against the clock for the final, in pro the top 20 drivers are selected, due to the misfortune of a large number of pro teams this meant that all the cars in Pro for this round would, as long as they kept it out of the wall, be taking place in the final.

Club Qualifying saw some amazing performances, Kev Horsley found his Mojo posting an amazing 55.143 after a total of 9 laps, Atkins 0.544 behind him with a 55.687, Mark Biggers, complaining of a burnt out clutch managed 56.147 whilst being chased by Barrie Rycroft with a 56.262, Top N/A man Winstanley running 56.322, top stand in Martin Willox posted 56.347 after 12 laps with Sam Kerr pulling a 56.771 not his fastest lap of the day.

Shane Smith sat in 7th with his R32 GTR Skyline and a 57.084 with Simon ‘Scrapman’ Deaton only a fraction behind in 8th with a 57.092, 0.008 of a second separating those two Alex ‘Taxi’ Bruce stole 9th with 57.566 just 0.006 in front of the next N/A driver Jeff Mileham and his 57.572 lap in the TVR Tuscan.

12th place went to Russell Tweed in the Evo 8 a 57.631 got his name in the frame and a 57.638 was enough to get another stand in for Knockhill with local knowledge into the finals Russ Paton.

(Rycroft Club Challenge Car No.15)

Steve Thorpe had his hero underpants on and took his place with a 57.990 followed closely by Steven Darley in his red Impreza Wagon hitting a 58.047, not bad for a estate car with a dog guard!

Donald Watt was 14th F/I qualifier hitting an impressive 58.129 with the final F/I slot being taken by Zak Ramage with a 58.457.

The last three N/A places saw Tim Chandler third running 59.022, James McDonald in his GD427 Cobra posting a 59.572 and Paul Hughes in the DC5 taking a 1:00.268 struggling due to mapping problems.

PRO CLASS QUALIFICATION

Pro Qualifying although spaces were guaranteed at this round was an awesome spectacle, it truly was put up or shut up with pro drivers rubbing shoulders with owner drivers.

Son of Knockhill circuit owner Rory Butcher took first place in qualification with a 52.418 in the Autosportif car usually driven by Duncan Tappy and Jimmy Mcrae, like a Bat out of hell, owner driver Olly Clark took second with 52.574 which he posted on his first lap out, RSE Motorsport finally had some good fortune which saw Chris Ward running their wide bodied Evo 8 round in 52.696 closely followed by the new Zen Car piloted by GT driver Ferrier in 52.890.

(Guglielmi – Pro Car No.3)

Guglielmi was as always on serious form in the Lotus, single handedly putting myths about Lotus (Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious) to bed, driving like his hair was on fire with a 53.137, Stanley who started the day in RC car No 6 switched to car 4 usually driven by Martyn ‘Pookie Powered’ Green, and managed to put down a 54.136 in 6th place.

Local man George Orr who wiped the floor in Club last year stepped up into Pro Class and ran 54.231, marginally quicker than last year, Guy Harrington pedalled the Auto Ergonomics car around for two laps until he was black flagged with an oil issue still running a 55.111, Andy ‘Baldy’ Harvey took 9th with an impressive 55.834, another owner driver running under the Scooby Clinic banner.

Suffering with braking issues, Darren Robinson managed a 56.715 in his FD3S RX7 Mazda closely followed by another one man band Lee Broadhurst in his immaculately turned out Edgehill Motorhome Evo 9 posting a 56.860.

Behind Lee, Darran Round was having technical gremlins, 59.849 was the quickest lap before they retired after six laps, Adrian Smith plauged with problems taking unlucky 13th with 1:02.015, the final driver to post a time Bob Parker in the GBH roof chop S14 giving his all and achieving a 1:03.752.

SUPER BATTLE FINAL CLUB CHALLENGE

Clouds appeared as if by magic and it looked like Knockhill would return to its former weather system, the track remained dry though and the drivers drove like no tomorrow.

Sixteen laps posted by some drivers, a real mixed bag as some chose their window of opportunity early in the session, other waited for a late chance.

Lap three was a busy one with Kev Horsley grabbing a 54.073, continuing to hammer round for another 5 laps in vain this was enough for him to take first place.

(Horsley Club Challenge Car No.2)

Barrie Rycroft waited until lap 12 his second to last lap before making his break for it, a 55.098 was good enough to take the second step on the podium, Sam Kerr driving the orange Impreza superbly managed a 55.705 in lap 13 which gave him another trip to the podium.

Shane Smith in his GTR missed out on the top three by 0.370 with a 56.075 on lap 7, Martin Willox used lap 3 to grab his best lap a 56.148 which landed him in 5th.

Man on a mission, later to go on the missing list when it came to photographs was Craig Winstanley, he laid down a 56.418 on lap 13 enough to take 6th place overall and first place in the N/A class in the FD3S Mazda, closely followed by Mark Biggers whose clutch held out to run 15 laps after all and a 56.484!

Taxi man’ Bruce took 8th with 56.710 just pipping Atkins who had some minor niggles which were enough to put him off the pace and landed him in 9th with a 56.768.

Steve Thorpe drove brilliantly all day and took a well deserved 10th place overall with a 56.872 followed by Tweed who had some off track action earlier in the day and managed to post a 57.058.

(Club Challenge – Find your space!)

The red wagon Impreza of Darley took 12th 57.221 was his best time after 12 trouble free laps, followed by ‘Scrapman’ Deaton with his 57.446.

Jeff Mileham piloted the Tuscan around with precision taking 14th overall and second place in N/A class 57.447, 0.001 second behind the Impreza of Deaton, tucked in behind Jeff, Don Watt snatched 57.742 a fraction in front of Scotsman Paton and his 57.922.

Zak Ramage brought up the rear in the F/I Class posting a 58.192 in his Impreza followed by the N/A challengers Chandler in the Porsche GT3RS and his 58.436, Hughes with a 59.642 and McDonald’s amazing 59.932 in the Cobra.

SUPER BATTLE FINAL PRO

It was general concensus that the qualifying action was going to be hard to beat, but boy were we wrong!

(Parker Pro 19 – MIA for Pro Final)

Having lost two of the 14 Pro drivers, Bob Parker and Martyn Green, we were down to 12 drivers for the next 20 minutes of nail biting track action.

It was looking like hired local driver Butcher in the Autosportif car was going to take the top step of the podium as he drove the Impreza faultlessly for 13 laps and for a large amount of those laps he sat top of the tree whilst the following 6 drivers all changed spaces lap after lap.

Now chewing on fingers due to lack of nails the times grew closer and closer, Butcher had posted a blinding quick lap 52.254 after 2 laps and no matter now hard the other drivers tried it was looking like he was untouchable, then, as if someone had lit his touch paper, Olly Clark stepped up a gear, it must have been half way through the 20 minute session, he was possessed, he was electric, he was outstanding! 52.186, the spectators cheered as the announcement was made over the tannoy, Ward had already posted his quickest lap a 52.565 on his 5th lap and hadn’t got any quicker, Guglielmi was holding 4th, Ferrier gained 5th, Stanley 6th with a 52.898 a total of 0.712 seconds separating these drivers Orr driving 7th had peeked earlier on his first lap and couldn’t match his time a 53.531 was his best, Lee Broadhurst was fantastic, thundering round for 15 laps with a broken boost pipe and still managing 8th and a 56.249, ‘Baldy’ Harvey was tucked in close behind, he too had achieved a quick time early on in lap 2 a 56.577 and couldn’t match that either, Harrington still had oil issues and was black flagged after his first lap still gaining all important point though with a 1:00.081.

Adrian Smith had transmission issues in the Celica, Diffs and box gremlins hampered his times and he managed a 1:03.283 on his third lap out of four getting him nine points on the leaderboard.

The best, closest , most exciting track action to date, well done to everyone who travelled to Knockhill.

Roll on Round 3 at Silverstone June 1st.

Report: Rob Barnes / Pictures : Ed Fahey


Pro Class Winners

1st Place Olly Clark- Roger Clark Motorsport (Car No.2)
2nd Place Rory Butcher – Autosportif / TEIN (Car No.6)
3rd Place Chris Ward – RSE Motorsport (Car No.11)

Club Challenge Forced Induction Winners

1st Place Kev Horsley (Car No.2)
2nd Place Barrie Rycroft (Car No. 15)
3rd Place Sam Kerr (Car No.3)

**Image coming soon**

Club Challenge N/A Winners

1st Place Craig Winstanley (Car No. 39)
2nd Place Jeff Mileham (Car No.4)
3rd Place Tim Chandler (Car No.49)

Fastest Lap on the day regardless of session

Club Challenge 54.073 –  Kev Horsley (Car No.2)
Pro Class 52.186 – Olly Clark- Roger Clark Motorsport (Car No.2)

Mitsubishi Lancer Register fastest Evo of the day

Club Challenge 55.098 – Barrie Rycroft (Car No.15)
Pro Class 52.565 – Chris Ward – RSE Motorsport (Car No.11)

HKS Hard Charger Award

Steve Guglielmi – Guglielmi Motorsport (Car No.3) Pro Class.

Be sure to check the points table to see how your favourite team or driver are shaping up.

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Seibon sponsored Time Attack Round 1

April 17, 2008

The Seibon (Amber Performance) sponsored Time Attack got under way recently and the first round had its winners and losers!! Please find below all the important results from Round 1 , for any information on Seibon products please visit the website here

Round 1 – Results & Report

Round 1 of the 2008 Time Attack Series got underway this weekend with the usual thrills and spills that fans and teams have come to expect.

The Full race report will follow shortly, the gallery has been updated and in the meantime, here are the podiums…

Pro Class Winners

1st Place Duncan Tappy – Autosportif/Tein (Car No.6)
2nd Place Olly Clark – Roger Clark Motorsport (Car No.2)
3rd Place Jamie Stanley – RC Developments (Car No.4)

Club Challenge Forced Induction Winners

1st Place Kev Horsley (Car No.2)
2nd Place Sam Kerr (Car No. 3)
3rd Place Mark Biggers (Car No.30)

Club Challenge N/A Winners

1st Place Paul Hughes (Car No.91)
2nd Place Tim Chandler (Car No.49)
3rd Place Jeff Mileham (Car No.4)

Fastest Lap on the day regardless of session

Club Challenge 1:18.286 – Barrie Rycroft (Car No.15)
Pro Class 1:12.758 – Duncan Tappy (Car No.6)

Mitsubishi Lancer Register fastest Evo of the day

Club Challenge 1:18.286 – Barrie Rycroft (Car No.15)
Pro Class 1:15.050 – Jamie Stanley (Car No.4)

HKS Hard Charger Award

Simon Norris – Norris Designs – Pro Class

Amber Performance & Seibon at SEMA 2007

January 11, 2008

Amber Performance once again made their annual pilgrimage to the SEMA show held at the Convention Center, Las Vegas in the US in October / November 2007. This year with the now cemented distribution arrangement between the two businesses in place as of July / August 2007 their was heightened anticipation of the meetings to take place and discussions for the coming years trading! The show was as good as ever and Seibons stand typically one of the leading exhibitions at the event from an independant business.

Displaying some awesome show cars as always and having one of their biggest displays ever , this year it was the exhibits showcasing the new Dry Carbon products and the coloured carbon weave that drew all the attention , no detail was missed and the queues were enormous for the daily giveaway of Seibon backpacks , surely one of the best promo gifts at the whole event! A resounding success that Amber Performance equally enjoyed , expect to see scaled down displays at some of 2008 shows here in the UK with display cars , products and giveaway gifts to enhance the already growing brand awareness on these shores! With the potential of a full product display as per SEMA at Autosport International in 2009!!

For more product information and ordering please visit http://www.amber-performance.co.uk/shop.php?i=303 or http://www.seiboncarbon-uk.com/

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