Janice Moore was re-united with Ashley Field after nearly 4 years. They brought the Darrian T90 to 2nd place, missing out on 1st place by 4 secs at MIRA over the weekend. John, Andy and Fred serviced for them.
Josh Davison flew down south for the Somerset stages. Here he is (above pic) being interogated by special stage programme with Rachael Patterson (Driver).
This trip was attended by 12 members.
Again in a nutshell “BRILLIANT”
Couldn’t have been closer to the action on the stages, Couldn’t have been closer to the drivers in the bar after the rally (Petter, Sordo, Ogier, Mads)!
Fancy dress night for all! Karaoke another night for some! Hotel Lifts very reliable! Weather Rubbish – Good Job it wasnt a holiday! Additional night in Albufiera
We learnt that :
1: Sebastien Loeb is human
Yes, the eight-time world champion made a mistake. Or to be strictly accurate, he made a mistake in his hearing. The braking was right, the speed was right and the pace note was right. The corner, however, was left…
2: Jari-Matti Latvala is still vulnerable
The Finn doesn’t count what happened to him in Portugal as an accident, but there are two pertinent facts that won’t go away. Firstly, he was leading when it happened. Secondly, his car ended up where it shouldn’t have been: off the road.
3: History can be made when you least expect it
Who would have thought, at the start of the rally, that Mads Ostberg would become the first genuine privateer to win a round of the World Rally Championship since Gianfranco Cunico on Rallye Sanremo in 1993.
4: MINI is getting quicker
Victory on the Power Stage plus five other stage bests for Prodrive’s Dani Sordo is further proof of the emergence of MINI in the world championship with its latest-specification John Cooper Works WRC.
5: Rallying can be a cruel sport
Yazeed Al Rajhi was leading the Super 2000 World Rally Championship by close on 10 minutes when he retired on the final day with the category win firmly in his grasp. Then his car suffered a suspension failure, swiftly followed by a devastating retirement.
This trip was attended by 16 members.
In a nutshell “BRILLIANT”
Couldn’t have been closer to the action on the stages, Couldn’t have been closer to the drivers in the bar after the rally (Loeb, Ogier, the Solbergs, etc how tiny they are)!
Fancy dress night for all! Karaoke another night for some! Local people very friendly! Hotel Lifts very unreliable!
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
I am writing to inform you about the upcoming Annual General Meeting, which will be held at the Club House on Monday 31st January 2011 commencing at 8.00 p.m. prompt.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following:
1) Nominations for committee posts must be received by a committee member at the Club’s premises by 8 p.m. on 31st January 2011. Such nominations must clearly state the positions nominated, the name of the Nominee and bear the signatures of Proposer, Seconder and Nominee.
2) If you have any motions you wish to be raised, please inform the committee in writing at the Club House no later than 17th January 2011. Such motions must be duly proposed and seconded by current member.
3) Only fully paid up members of the club are entitled to attend and vote at the AGM.
N.B. There will be a membership check prior to the commencement of the meeting.
4) The minutes from the previous AGM and copies of the latest year-end accounts will be available at the meeting.
If you are unable to attend and wish to receive copies please forward an A4 sae.
The AGM of Tynemouth & District Motor Sports Club Ltd will be held immediately after the AGM of TDMC.
The purpose of this meeting will be to appoint/re-appoint the directors, consider the financial report and to conduct such other business as the Chairman may determine.
14 people from the club going so far. see link below for interesting info for the teams
I am organising a trip for members to the Algarve.
I have booked a block of rooms in central Vilamoura next to the marina.
Newcastle – Easyjet fly out on Thursday 24th March 2011 returning Tuesday 29 March 2011 (Faro).
Leeds – Jet2 fly out on Thursday 24th March 2011 returning Monday 28th March 2011 (Faro)
Approx pricing : The flight is £120-£130 (as at 13/10) and the hotel is £120 (includes breakfast).
Car hire is still to be sorted ( each car could be £20 a perday then split that between the occupants) to be confirmed.
Contact : Andrew Plunkett for booking – 0780 3964179
8 Tynemouth Crew made there way upto Crail on Friday. Many members also travelled to service or spectate. A good turnout for a nonlocal event.
Andrew Plunkett with his 14 year old son codriving for the first time.
Andy Heath having his first outing in his self prepared Tigra.
Mick Davidson in his Proton.
Kev Monaghan and Chris Purvis in his Corsa clicky.
Rae Cummings in his Redtop Astra.
Gary Salmon and Steve Dargon in thier corsa with a borrowed engine installed mid week.
Barry Renwick/Ken Bills in Barrys Escort
The Plunketts enjoyed thier first stage and Jacob was doing very well with the instructions but Dad was doing too well with the revs and then meltdown……………..
on our return to the North East the above components were removed from the bottom of the engine. Time for ebay….
Were going well until the steering had a mind of its own so they both travelled thruough a fence and out of the rally stage….more to follow.
Other crews news to follow………….
7th Barry Renwick/Ken Bills
18th Ray Cummings
28th Mick Davidson
30th Kev Monaghan/Chris Purvis
39th Andy Heath/Lisa White-Delf
dnf Garry Salmon/Steve Dargon hit fence
DNF Plunketts cooked cylinder 1
“Tynemouth and District Motor Sport Club have just announced that the Lindisfarne Rally, due to be held on 12th September 2010 on the Otterburn Military Ranges, has had to be cancelled due to army priority 1 training. Although a reduced route was proposed by the organisers to the Army, they felt that there are just too many troops on the range to guarantee anyone’s safety on the day.” Ed Barber, Clerk of the Course
Driver : Mick Davison, Co-driver : Ali Procter
Had a great day yesterday. (a full event after last years 3 stages)
The start and finish of Bothwell was sooooooo slippy
SS2Had spin 3/4 into Moon & Stars. Car snapped left then right (thought I’d caught it but then span left, fortunately didn’t hit anything)
After that confidence in car and notes grew and continued all day without probs.
Wasn’t sure whether to change to slicks for last 2, Paul (NERallysport) advised to stick with inters that we’d had on all day
Finished 46 o/a 6th in class
Thanks to Ali on the notes
and Paul and Josh in service
Driver : Kev Monaghan, CoDriver : Chris Purvis
Just to clarify we finished 20th oa 2nd in class and Carl/Rob had us on every stage but we got within 4 seconds on one and only 1 second slower on the small Duns stage .
Had a cracking Friday night set some reasonable times and was very surprised to be up with some very quick cars for the re-seed.
Due to Carl taking chunks off us (but still within my 2 seconds a mile target ) decided to back off when the rain came as we very nearly put it off several times and lost the brakes a few times too.
Huge thanks to Chris for keeping me right all weekend also Garry,Stu and Graham for keeping the car going. Must admit was great to get a few peeps coming for a look and bit chat saying how the car sounds awsome Not bad for a clubby Corsa
Driver : Stu Wilson, Co-driver : Steve Dargon
This was the first event since last years Pendragon stages, the venue is an old airfield close to Melbourne near York. The surface is a mix of good tarmac and concrete, poor potholed tarmac and concrete and some loose rough(ish) sections.
For this one Steve Dargan was back in the hot seat. We headed off on Saturday lunchtime and arrived just before noise and scrutineering opened. Door numbers on, passed noise and scrutineering no problem. Then off for a walk round some of the course to see where repairs and improvements had been made.
Sunday morning we had to make a choice on which tyres we would run, would it be worn gravel tyres or tarmac moulded slicks. We went for the tarmac tyres.
Stage 1 we caught the car that started 30 seconds in front of us with in the first loop of the stage, for some reason he didn’t seem to want to get out of the way even though it was obvious we were faster. Eventually we got past him then caught the next car in front passing him much more easily. We finished the stage leading the class, so very happy with that.
Stage 2 was a repeat of the first one, no problems on this one, but again catching the car in front again, but this guy gave us room and we got passed. We completed this stage 30 seconds quicker than stage one and were still leading the class.
Stage 3 was a longer stage with three splits rather than two. About two thirds of the way round the first loop we had a noise appear and the straight away lost second gear. Checking I could still get all the others we decided to carry on and finish the stage. The gearbox problem will have cost us a little bit of time but we were still leading the class. In service the gearbox cluster was changed in about 15 minutes thanks to Garry Salmon who was our spanner man for the day.
Stage 4, this was a repeat of stage 3. no problems this time until the third loop where we hit a pot hole and got a puncture on the nearside front tyre, we continued on with the flat tyre and finished the stage. We lost about 30 seconds but still managed to keep the class lead.
Stage 5 was the first to be run in the other direction, we went out and didn’t do to badly again leading the class. But I wasn’t sure about the tyres, it didn’t feel as if we had as much grip as on the previous ones. It was decided we’d give them another go on the next stage then decide whether or not to buy some new ones.
Stage 6 car was going well tyres were now working very well, no problems at all. We were still leading the class and pulling away from the car that was second in class
Stage 7 as we were just about to leave service Garry noticed one of the rear tyres was looking a touch soft, so a quick change of rear tyres to the worn gravel ones and we were away. Not sure how the car would handle on them we took the first chicane a little steady to see how it felt, it was no problem they were working well. Finished the stage taking more time from the next car in class and almost catching the car that was starting in front of us on the stage, arriving in the finish control right behind him.
Stage 8 the final stage, we just had to get round and finish to take the class win that we’d had since the first stage. The car was still going well and the tyres working very well, on this stage even had time to wave to one of the many photographers who were out taking pictures. We pulled in the finish control right behind the car in front again. We’d done it we’d finished first in class and 17th overall, a good result to round off a great days motor sport.